Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968.
It follows the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a fictitious secret international espionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E.. Originally co-creator Sam Rolfe wanted to leave the meaning of UNCLE ambiguous so it could be viewed as either referring to "Uncle Sam" or the United Nations.
Concerns by the MGM Legal department about possible
New York law violations
for using the abbreviation "U.N." for commercial purposes resulted in
the producers clarifying that U.N.C.L.E. was an acronym for the United Network
Command for Law and Enforcement. Each episode of the television show had an
"acknowledgement" credit to the U.N.C.L.E. on the end titles.
U.N.C.L.E.'s archenemy agency was a vast organization known as THRUSH (originally named WASP in the series pilot movie). The original series never divulged what the acronym THRUSH stood for, but in several of the U.N.C.L.E. novels written by David McDaniel, it appears as the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity, and is described as having been founded by Col. Sebastian Moran after the death of Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls in the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Final Problem."