Must See: The Prisoner Must-see TV shows are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Must see by James Rocchi.

Title: The Prisoner

Date: 1967-68

Vitals: Patrick McGoohan, chafing after years of playing a secret agent on Danger Man, re-invented the spy series as a mix of surreal paranoia and Kafka-esque estrangement. McGoohan plays an unnamed spy who wants to quit; he's gassed, kidnapped and awakens to a bizarre community where everyone smiles, he's addressed only as 'Number Six' and all the people in charge want to know is everything he knows. It only ran for 17 episodes, but it's a cult classic nonetheless.

Famous Names: Patrick McGoohan (Creator/Star).

Crunchy Goodness: 4

Spin-Offs: A big-screen adaptation's been rumored for years; DC Comics published a graphic-novel 'sequel' in 1988.

Bang for Your Buck: The killer weather balloon, 'Rover.'

Deadliest Spoiler: He gets out! Or does he?

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