The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Please Don't Eat The Daisies

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)
Please Don't Eat The Daisies (1965-1967)
Type: Crossover
Group: 28

   Okay, I'm not 100% convinced that this is a valid crossover. From the description it sounds like more of a case of an actor appearing as himself than as his character. To be sure I'd have to see the episode. Given that the episode is from Please Don't Eat The Daisies, a short lived series from the 60s that will never be repeated, that seems unlikely. But given that this crossover is a dead end, that it doesn't potentially link massive amounts of shows that would be difficult to untangle if this is in fact invalid. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

   The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a spy series on NBC inspired by the popularity of the James Bond film series. Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were U.N.C.L.E.'s super spies.

   Please Don't Eat The Daisies was an entirely different show with an oddly similar background. Please Don't Eat The Daisies was a family sitcom about a family that, from the times, was unconventional. Dad was a college English professor. Mom was a newspaper writer. They had four boys and a big old sheep dog. What made them so odd? Well, first, mom did have a job. A working mom! Gasp! But wait! That's nothing! Mom didn't like to do housewife things like cooking and cleaning. She did what she wanted. Dear God no!!!!! I mean, nowadays you have to go a lot farther to be an unconventional TV family. Two gay astronauts raising an adopted, dyslexic Eskimo baby. Something like that. A liberated mom who doesn't cook and clean? Hell, you couldn't even get that on the air. The show was based on a book and a movie of the same name (just as U.N.C.L.E. was indirectly inspired by the James Bond movies which were in turn based on a series of books).

   So how do you cross a family sitcom over with a family sitcom? Watch Alias and find out!

   No, seriously. Here's the info I was able to gather. Two of the kids see dad talking to Illya Kuryakin. The kids are on a spy kick and begin to think that dad must also be a spy. Mom hears dad on the phone ordering dynamite too. A sure sign of a spy I guess. Spies order dynamite! Gee, you'd think the spy bosses would have a guy to do that. Spies have to order their own explosives??? That sucks. Government cutbacks likely. What happened to perks???

   Now that is literally all the info I could find. Was dad really a spy? Can't tell ya. I'm guessing no. I'd also lay odds dad was buying explosives to get rid of a tree stump or something.

   But that leaves the issue of Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo (who also appeared). Now all the info on this episode says actors Robert Vaughn and David McCallum appear as their U.N.C.L.E. characters. Okay. So then how did the kids recognize them as Napoleon and Illya unless it was from watching them on TV. If they watched them on TV then it seems Napoleon and Illya are actually fictional characters and that the actors were playing themselves but using their character names so as not to spoil the kids' fantasies. If that is the case, this isn't a true reality connecting crossover. My guess would be this is the case but since I haven't seen the episode I cannot say for certain.

Other Man From U.N.C.L.E. Crossover Links
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and McHale's Navy
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and One Day At A Time

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