My friend who blogs as Intrepid Ideas just informed me that Hulu.com is streaming episodes of “I Spy.”
As a kid, I never watched “I Spy.” Not once. (I was hardcore into “Mission: Impossible” and “The Avengers,” but gave less than a damn about “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” or “The Wild, Wild West.”)
Anyway, you know “I Spy” was a breakthrough, right? Bill Cosby was the first black actor with a lead role on a TV drama... and he won three Emmy Awards for his work.
I have embedded a complete episode of “I Spy” at the bottom of this page. Originally shown in 1965, this episode guest-stars Eartha Kitt as a strung-out nightclub singer in Hong Kong. (She acts and sings a couple of tunes!)
The script was written by Cosby’s co-star, Robert Culp. (Remember when Culp visited “The Cosby Show”?)
UPDATE (11/28/08): I just found out that Eartha Kitt was nominated for an Emmy Award for this performance.