Charlie’s Angels – Circus of Terror

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2021

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – Circus of Terror
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Charlie's Angels - Circus of Terror television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police officers turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. When a family circus is plagued by a series of accidents, the son (James Darren) of the owner (Ramon Bieri) hires the Angels to discover who is responsible. Everyone goes undercover in this one as Sabrina (Kate Jackson) becomes an assistant to a clown (Charles Tyner), Kris (Cheryl Ladd) becomes the knife thrower’s (Denny Miller) assistant, and Kelly (Jaclyn Smith) becomes the star of a motorcycle act with Bosley (David Doyle) as her assistant. Despite Kris’ earlier experience as a clown in “Angels on Ice,” it’s Sabrina who puts on the clown makeup this time around while Kris gets to have knives thrown at her by a man with secrets to hide.

The episode is notable for the mulitple attempts on the Angels’ lives (including attacks on all three during their acts). Kris gets knives thrown at her by those with ill intent, first by the ticked off knife thrower who finds her snooping in his tent and later by one of the villains looking to take her out. Sabrina gets a snake left in her bed, Kelly’s stunt is sabotaged, and both Kris and Kelly are nearly burned alive when their tent is set on fire. There’s also some love in the air with Sabrina’s romantic interest in the the circus owner’s son and Bosley earning the notice of one of the circus performers. “Circus of Terror” is also notable for not ending in the Townsend offices as the Angels don’t offer Charlie a final debrief and instead celebrate with the circus. It was also the first episode filmed with Ladd, and a second version without her was prepared if Farrah Fawcett had chosen to return to the show.

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