AMC streams classic ‘Prisoner’ ahead of remake

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

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Did you know you could watch the entire 1967-68 cult classic TV series The Prisoner online — for free — right now? Legally? Yes!

The Prisoner is the surreal story of a spy who chose to resign and was exiled to a bizarre enclave called The Village, where names are stripped away and a mysterious authority named Number One, always prevents his escape, with a little help from a floating white sphere called Rover. It’s being remade as a miniseries set to air this November on AMC.

It starred Patrick McGoohan, who died in January, as the unbreakable Number Six, who protested that he was not a number but a free man. McGoohan came up with the concept and wrote and directed several episodes of the show, which has kept a devoted following in the United States and Europe for four decades. He voiced his Number Six character in an episode of The Simpsons in 2000.

“His creation of The Prisoner made an indelible mark on the sci-fi, fantasy and political thriller genres, creating one of the most iconic characters of all time,” AMC said in a statement after McGoohan’s death. “AMC hopes to honor his legacy in our re-imagining of The Prisoner.”

AMC’s remake stars Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, who blogs about the production for the network. You can watch a teaser trailer at AMC’s Web site.

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