9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Original Charlie’s Angels Series
Charlie’s Angels was hugely popular when it first aired on ABC back in 1976. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show lasted five seasons, and for its first two seasons, it was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings. Even though it’s been over 35 years since the show was cancelled back in 1981, the show continues to have a pop culture following, even spawning two feature films that featured Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, as well as a TV reboot that starred Minka Kelly. Because Charlie’s Angels is such a pop culture phenomenon, we have 9 things you didn’t know the show:
9. The Alley Cats
Originally the series was going to be called “The Alley Cats.” The three female investigators were going to be to live in alleys and wear whips and chains, but Kate Jackson, who had semi-control over the development of the show, disapproved of the title and the general concept. After seeing three angels hanging in Aaron Spelling’s office, she instead decided that three women would be called Angels and then the series briefly became known as “Harry’s Angels.” The title was changed again to Charlie’s Angels when ABC realized that the name Harry’s Angels might conflict with the series Harry O.
The show was originally going to have a blonde, brunette and red haired Angel. Kate Jackson was the first actress cast. She was initially cast as Kelly Garrett, but decided that she preferred the role of Sabrina Duncan, so she switched roles. Farrah Fawcett was then cast as Jill Munroe without having to audition for the part. Although producers wanted a redheaded Angel, they ultimately chose to cast Jaclyn Smith. She was the only brunette to audition for the role and was cast because producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg liked the on-screen chemistry she had with the Jackson and Fawcett.