Charlie’s Angels – Night of the Strangler

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2018

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – Night of the Strangler
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Charlie's Angels - Night of the Strangler television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police detectives turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. When a model with a striking resemblance to Kelly (Jaclyn Smith) is killed the Angels are hired by the victim’s parents to look into the case. For Kelly and Jill (Farrah Fawcett) that means going undercover as models with Sabrina (Kate Jackson stepping in as a photo stylist and working closer with a scummy photographer (William Beckley) with a history of violence against women and underground pornographic films. Although Kelly’s resemblance to the dead model is highlighted at the beginning of the episode, it really has very little to do with the outcome of the plot (making one wonder if it was originally supposed to be a much larger part of the story).

There are no shortage of suspects for three separate strangulations that take place over the course of the episode, and the show goes Hitchcock to come up with a conclusion that explains away alibis and gnabs not one but three separate murderers. “Night of the Strangler” is also notable for the attempted rape of Sabrina who is able to fight off her attacker and gets some help from Kelly to get out of a dangerous situation and for Jill’s friendship with one of the company’s odder employees (Alex Henteloff) who eventually gets framed for the crime. While the Angels can’t save his life, they are able to clear his name by solving the case.

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