The Avengers In Argentina: A Brief Account
The Avengers in Argentina: A Brief Account (with Annotations)
By Carlos and Terylene
The records of the first screening of The Avengers in Argentina are uncertain. Although its re-launch in 1999 drew the media's attention for a while, they undertook only minimal research into the first run of the series in this country. Consequently, the dates given in many newspapers and magazines are often imprecise. As the Los Vengadores site went on-line, a reliable source of information was still unavailable.
We know, howevermainly due to memory rather than the existence of trustworthy datathat the series was first aired here around 1967 (probably through Channel 13, Buenos Aires) and continued appearing on different networks at irregular intervals until approximately 1975. (see 1)
According to what was the common rule in local television at the time (and even to this day concerning every foreign show broadcast through terrestrial TV) the episodes were dubbed into Spanish. (see 2)
No matter what the original format of programs episodes was, we only could see them in black and white, since color television did not arrive in Argentina until 1980. The same went for "The New Avengers"the original series revival, also produced by the Fennell-Clemens teamwhich was shown in this country around 1979, but would disappear from the screens shortly after, with no further reruns from then on.
Although 1980 marked the demise of monochrome TV in Argentina, the audience waited a long time to have the chance to watch the show in color. It wasn't until 1989 when a late night program from Channel 7, Buenos Aires, aired a few episodes of Season 5Emma Peel colorwhich were suspected to be "illegal copies" (it is said the broadcast rights of the series had expired). (see 3)
About ten years later, on 30 October 1999, the local cable channel Uniseries broadcast a premiere of four episodes from different seasons: "Warlock" (Season 2, Cathy Gale); "The Cybernauts" (Season 4, Emma Peel, B&W); "Epic" (Season 5, Emma Peel, color), and "Game" (Season 6, Tara King). This was a very important development in the history of the series in Argentina. Firstly, The Avengers returned to local screens after a period of absence thatexcept for those short-lived early morning broadcasts in 1989had lasted nearly twenty-five years. Secondly, it gave us, the rare privilege of hearing the original voices of the stars, thanks to subtitled episodes; and last but not least, Mrs. Cathy Gale had made her debut on local television marking the first ever showing of her episodes down here. Shortly after, it was such a pleasure to see "The Frighteners" (1961), the only Keel episode (Season 1) available at that time.
As of December 1999, Uniseries began screening the series in a Monday to Friday schedule, at 10 PM (repeating each episode at 10 AM and 5 PM the next day) with no commercial breaks, plus a Sunday evening special called "Your Avengers Favorite Episode." Season-by-season transmissions commenced with the fourth (Emma Peel, B&W) which at first, did not follow either the original production or transmission orders. From the episode, "The House That Jack Built", a curious change took placeinstead of showing the title translation in small yellow letters below the original title, a heavily accented voice-over making the translation was heard. Upon finishing the fourth, Season Five (Emma Peel, color) followed, but midway through it, sadly, two commercial breaks, albeit quite short, would be incorporated into all Uniseries programming from then on. The transmission sequence suffered one more change while Season 6 (Tara King) was being aired. Since mid-March 2000, Season Two has premiered, and a cycle of the reruns has continued through different days of the week (i.e. Monday: season Four; Tuesday, season Two, etc.) (see 4)
At present, after a new schedule change that curtailed the transmission of Season Three (Cathy Gale), the screening of The Avengers through Uniseries has become somewhat confusing and erratic, as the show has now been relegated to a once-a-week schedule, in which the episode broadcast order is quite difficult to predict. (see 5)
On this page you'll find a complete list of episodes shown in Argentinaordered by transmission date according to its 1999 re-launch.
1) An article published in the local newspaper "Clarín", on the occasion of the series re-launch in Argentina, affirms that "The Avengers" was first aired here between 1970 and 1973 on Channel 13, Buenos Aires. However, our fuzzy pre-teen memories stick fast to the year 1969. It's not easy then, in view of these discrepancies, to state accurately what was the year that "The Avengers" opened in Argentina.
In any case, we're positively sure about one detail the "Clarín" article didn't take into account: "The Avengers" was not only aired in Buenos Aires, but, like many other foreign series, was transmitted by dozens of other stations in major cities in the country as well. Channel 13 in Santa Fe, Channel 12 in Córdoba, and Channel 3 of Rosario were among them. (Back)
2) There was a time when some of us, restive lads and gals of
the 60s, had the incredible honor of being able to watch scarcely a few
subtitled TV-programswhich by the way, stimulated our fondness for reading
at a time when computer games weren't yet availableand one of those
programs was, believe it or not, "The Three Stooges." However
our joy would be most fleeting. Just a short time later, when this show
had to endure the dreadful consequences of dubbing, channels announced
pompously through the promos: "Now completely dubbed into Spanish!"
3) In the same "Clarín" article mentioned above, it is pointed out that "in 1990, [the terrestrial channel] ATC rescued it ["The Avengers"] from obscurity and confined it to the Kenya Sharp Club, a late night TV-program which erratically aired a few episodes at 2 AM." However, we disagree with the year mentioned by the author of this note, since we were grown up persons by now, and our memories are clearly centered on the year 1989. (Back)
Season 4 (Peel B&W) was broadcast with no commercial breaks between
1 December 1999 and 5 January 2000. At the same time, a special entitled
"Your Favorite Avengers Episode" was launched, running on Sundays
at 9 PM. For this special, each viewer voted (by phone, email, letter,
etc.) for his/her preferred episode which, hopefully, the channel decided
to put on screen some time later. Nevertheless, "Your Favorite Avenger
Episode" vanished from Uniseries schedule by June-July 2000.
However, more changes were still to come. On 13 March, when "Take Me To Your Leader" was supposed to be shown, we found out that Uniseries had made further rearrangements on "The Avengers" schedule. This time, the episodes were broadcast as follows:
Monday and Wednesday: rerun of Season 4.
That's why Season 6, shown then only once a week, ended by 11 May, and
then began a rerun from the following Thursday. On the other hand, Season
2 (Dr. Martin King-Cathy Gale-Venus Smith) premiered in Argentine TV on
Tuesday 14 March 2000, and was screened weekly, till 22 August, though
some episodes were never shown.
5) That's right. At the beginning of 2001, when only six episodes were still to show, broadcasting of Season 3 was abruptly discontinued, presumably for keeps, and no explanation was given to the audience. Since then, the screening of "The Avengers" on Uniseries has been nothing but a lottery, where the viewers' patience in tracking down the new and incomprehensible schedules, seems to be the only thing keeping the series on air (pardon, on cable). After a weekend cocktail that mixed Seasons 5 and 6 freely all over January and February, finally, as of 1 March 2001, Uniseries has relegated "The Avengers" to a weekly rerun of Season 5, starting at 11 AM on Fridays, and repeating the same episode quite tediously the same day at 10 PM, and on Sundays 8 PM and 12 AM. Not a bad way to learn the episodes from memory... (Back)
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