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Mission Impossible Timeline

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Mission Impossible started as a popular television series which was adapted into a popular film series starring Tom Cruise. That series has gone on to be incredibly popular in modern times, and continues to produce more and more entertainment.

What’s on the Mission Impossible Timeline?


Most people would consider the old Mission Impossible television shows to be separate from the film series. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. The first Mission: Impossible film acted as a way to pass on the torch from the original generation to the next, since the leader of the original team defects in the film and it’s Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) responsibility to hunt him down. Since characters from the shows appeared in the film series as old agents, this Mission Impossible timeline includes the shows and the films in the same timeline.

Where to Start?

If you’re not up for a slew of old television to binge through, we recommend starting with the films. They’re a great way to get into the series, and if you like them, you can always go back and watch the original series. Otherwise, feel free to skip those for now.

As always, if you liked this timeline, consider checking out some of our others, such as the James Bond book timeline.