Monday, June 1, 2015
6/1/1968 The Prisoner premieres
Patrick McGoohan, sick of starring in Secret Agent, created a show in which a man quits his job (presumably something to do with British Intelligence, but never specified) and wakes up the next day in The Village, a weird place in which everyone is known only a s a number and you can have anything you want - except escape -- if you cooperate with the authorities. An action show that was clearly an allegory on - and protest against -- modern society.
McGoohan: "I wanted to have controversy, arguments, fights, discussions, people in anger – waving fists in my face. How dare you? Why don’t you do more Secret Agents that we can understand."
He got it. Some people hated it. Some people thought it was the first great TV show. But it was hard to be neutral.