This Day in Halloween: Iconic and pioneering TV series "The Prisoner" premieres on CBS in 1968. / Illustration by Annika Krein
The Prisoner premieres on CBS in 1968. The pioneering, surreal, Kafka-esque limited series is co-created by star Patrick McGoohan, who also writes and directs a few of the 17 episodes. The highly influential and award-winning series is considered one of the greatest shows in TV history.