The cases of the I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force),
    a top secret U.S. government organization that handles
    dangerous and highly sensitive international assignments.
    Stories depict the step-by-step planning and final
    execution of highly tense and complicated missions.

    At the opening of each episode (in the early seasons), the leader of the I.M.F.
    would receive a tape-recorded message outlining
    instructions for an assignment he was to consider taking.
    The voice on the tape would give him some background
    information, usually tied to the pictures of adversaries
    that were included with the tape, and would conclude with
    "Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it,
    is . . . As always, should you or any member of your I.M.
    Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow
    any knowledge of your actions. This tape will
    self-destruct in five seconds."

    The top-secret assignments taken on by this elite group
    of agents usually involved disrupting the activities of
    various small foreign powers seeking to create problems
    for America or the Free World. By the last season the
    agents began to run out of little Communist countries
    and obscure principalities, so they concentrated their
    efforts more on dealing with organized crime within the
    U.S. All the plans executed by the I.M.F. were incredibly
    complex and depended on split-second timing and an
    astounding array of sophisticated electronic gadgetry.
    The leader of the group, Daniel Briggs during the first
    season and Jim Phelps is subsequent seasons, devised
    the complex plans used to accomplish the teams missions.
    Barney Collier was the electronics expert and Willie
    Armitage provided the muscle. Rollin Hand was an expert
    at disguise and Cinnamon Carter was the versatile,
    beautiful female member of the team.