An original member of the Charlie’s Angels cast, Jaclyn Smith (left) was also the only actress to stay on throughout all five seasons of the series. Today, the 73-year-old is still dedicated to the show and the empowering message it had for women — something she hopes to pass onto her granddaughters.
Smith’s own children never really got into watching their mom on the show, but Smith wants to change that with the next generation, Bea, the two-year-old daughter of Smith’s daughter Spencer Margaret, and four-month-old Olivia, daughter of Smith’s son Gaston.
“I bet I’ll have fun watching it with Bea and Olivia,” Smith recently told People. “That might be fun to say, ‘Hey, here’s your Mimi a long time ago.’ I’d like them to see how things change, and I think it’s important for them to see their history, to see where they came from.”
Although critics tend to look down on Charlie’s Angels as nothing more than “jiggle TV,” Smith plans to point out the more important values it promotes while watching with Bea and Olivia. “It’s about strong women,” she explained. “It was about women having each other’s backs. It was about women being their own person, being emotionally independent, financially independent, carrying out their job. The show was really about the bond of friendship.”
You can’t deny that the trio of angels took their jobs seriously, even if they wore skimpy outfits while closing cases. “It was groundbreaking,” Smith told People in 2016, the 40th anniversary of the show. “I think the producers were smart. They wanted to bring in that younger audience and did want families to watch together.” Considering how iconic the series and characters remained over all these years, we’d have to agree with Smith on that.
If you find yourself suddenly in the mood for a marathon of classic Charlie’s Angels episodes now, you’re in luck. You can find them streaming online ($14.99 for season one, Amazon Prime).
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