According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, "'Charlie's Angels' is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 1976 to June 1981. It plotted the adventures of three females working in a private detective agency and starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith." But it was so much more than that. Anyone of a certain generation learned about life, love, and the perils of being female from this show.
Here are just a few things one learned by camping out in front of the television on the night and watching with intensity, studiously, so we would know how to conquer the world...
What did you learn?
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1. Always Look Your Best
1. Always look good, no matter what the situation. it does not matter if you are wandering around the street at four a.m. because of an evil hypnosis trick, or going to Las Vegas. Looking good can help the ego tremendously.
2. Gun Safety is Important
2. Use guns safely. Gun safety is really never an issue on an "Angels" episode, unless you are a sniper. You notice snipers on "Charlie's Angels" never miss? (And no one ever bleeds from a wound) The angels swing those .38 snub-nosed magnums around as if they were fashion accessories and there is never an accidental discharge.
3. Kelly & Sabrina…?
3. People could be themselves. If something was going on between Sabrina & Kelly, no one cared. Jill never asked Bosley, "Is there something…you know…funny about those two?"They were free to be who they were and no one bullied, poked fun, or said anything snarky. And Charlie never fired them for suspecting they were that way, even in his sexist domain.
4. Prison Is Bad
4. Do not get locked up. Prison is not a good experience. There are only five officers and one warden and they are all up to something, usually sexual. Your hair and makeup may look good, and you may even look good in the clothes, but the food is bad and everyone is up to no good.
5. No "I" In "Teamwork"
5. Have your friend's back. It doesn't matter if they are a glamourous chick or a garrulous old man, you have to work together. You have to share information. You are part of the puzzle. Even if one guy is a mystery to you, but not to a hundred hussys that know where he lives.
6. All Guys Have a Chance
6. Even chunky drunk guys can score. Ever notice the Angels never flirt with a strapping, handsome stud? That is because they know everyone has something -- some bit of information needed. There is someone for everyone, after all.
7. You Will Live Through Bad Stuff
7. It may be bad, but you will get through it. Look at Kelly Garrett. She took two head shots, one by a child with a gun, and she got through it all with just a gauze patch to the head. Even when the doctor said she was "lucky to be alive." You will make it through anything.
8. You Can Do It!
8. You can do anything you desire. Kelly Garrett landed an airplane full of passengers. Jill Munroe was a roller derby queen. Sabrina Duncan was a nurse with little medical training. Kelly passed as a can-can dancer, a Vegas chorus girl, and a cocktail singer. Jill swam, surfed, and drove that Mustang Cobra. Sabrina spoke multiple languages. And they each disarmed a bomb on a luxury cruise. Never let anyone tell you your dreams are not possible!