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What’s on the Mission Impossible Timeline?


Most people would consider the old Mission Impossible television shows to be seperate from the film series. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. The firstĀ Mission: Impossible film acted as a way to pass on the torch from the original generation to the next, since the leader of the original team defects in the film and it’s Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) responsibility to hunt him down. Since characters from the shows appeared in the film series as old agents, this Mission Impossible timeline includes the shows and the films in the same timeline.


#Time/Series:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 1)TelevisionBruce Geller1967
2Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 2)TelevisionBruce Geller1968
3Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 3)TelevisionBruce Geller1969
4Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 4)TelevisionBruce Geller1970
5Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 5)TelevisionBruce Geller1971
6Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 7)TelevisionBruce Geller1972
7Original SeriesBuyMission Impossible: The Original Series (Season 7)TelevisionBruce Geller1973
8Series RebootBuyMission Impossible: Series Remake (Season 1)TelevisionBruce Geller1989Same timeline, mostly different characters.
9Series RebootBuyMission Impossible: Series Remake (Season 2)TelevisionBruce Geller1990
10Film RebootBuyMission: ImpossibleFilmBrian De Palma1996Characters from the series make an appearance.
11Film RebootBuyMission: Impossible 2FilmJohn Woo2000
12Film RebootBuyMission: Impossible 3FilmJ. J. Abrams2006
13Film RebootBuyMission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolFilmBrad Bird2011
14Film RebootBuyMission: Impossible - Rogue NationFilmChristopher McQuarrie2015