'Charlie's Angels' Turns 40: Little-Known Facts About the Iconic TV Series and Its Stars

The original Charlie's Angels television series premiered in the fall of 1976 on ABC and was a massive hit right from the start. Within weeks, the original trio of Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith graced the cover of Time magazine with a caption that read 'TV's Super Women.' In honor of the show's 40th anniversary, check out these 40 factoids about the show and its iconic stars.

The Alley Angels?

Co-creators Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts' original title for the show was The Alley Cats. Harry's Angels was also used as a working title, but CBS' Harry O -- starring David Janssen -- was already a major hit at the time, with Farrah Fawcett even appearing in an early episode. Goff and Roberts eventually settled on Charlie's Angels.

The Pilot Cast

Before the show aired as a television series, ABC approved of a 90-minute pilot film that saw M*A*S*H alum David Ogden Stiers in one of the lead roles. Ogden Stiers played Scott Woodville, the Angels' backup and John Bosley's superior. However, ABC executives were less than impressed with some aspects of the film and ultimately cut the Scott Woodville character from the series.