Covert Affairs

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Meet Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), a young CIA trainee who is thrust into the inner sanctum of the agency when she is unexpectedly promoted to field operative. While it appears that she has been plucked from obscurity for her exceptional linguistic skills, there may be something or someone from her past that her CIA bosses are really after.
Starring
Piper PeraboChristopher GorhamPeter Gallagher
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SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Covert Affairs - Pilot
    July 13, 2010
    1 h 5 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Annie Walker is removed from the CIA training school and thrust into the inner sanctum of the Agency for what appears to be their need of her exceptional linguistic skills, but there may be something or someone from her past that her CIA bosses are really after.
  2. 2. Walter's Walk
    July 20, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Being the new girl in the CIA's Domestic Protection Division, Annie gets the jobs nobody else wants, like doing lunch runs and debriefing the crazy "walk-ins". But after a woman and her son bring Annie evidence of an active IRA group in the United States, Annie finds herself in a race to find them before the cell silences them permanently.
  3. 3. South Bound Suarez
    July 27, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Annie is tasked with getting close to Diego, a college student, in the hopes that his sister, Julia, will provide the CIA with intel on Victor Ponces, a corrupt Venezuelan government official. But when the CIA station agent looking into Ponces goes missing, Diego's trust in Annie means that she's going to have to finish the job, despite her inexperience.
  4. 4. No Quarter
    August 3, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After a "simple brush pass" goes sour, Annie is stranded and on the run in Zurich with Eyal, a Mossad agent who can't be trusted. Meanwhile, as Auggie works to bring Annie home safely, Arthur and Joan are busy trying to track a leak coming from within the CIA ... and Auggie is near the top of the list.
  5. 5. In the Light
    August 10, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When the DPD gets word of an incoming shipment from Sudanese arms dealer Hasaan Waleed, Annie is sent to enlist Christopher McAuley, a former CIA operative who may hold the key to finding Hasaan. However, there are others showing an interest in the case, including former Director of Clandestine Services Henry Wilcox, and, for reasons unknown, Ben Mercer...
  6. 6. Houses of the Holy
    August 17, 2010
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Annie is tasked with investigating a potential national security leak originating from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Elsewhere, Auggie is assigned as a stateside handler for his old special ops unit, and Annie is worried that her brother-in-law, Michael, is cheating on Danielle.
  7. 7. Communication Breakdown
    August 24, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When communication systems throughout D.C. are shut down by a hacker, Auggie is put in the field to obtain the code for the CIA. But his excitement to be doing field work is tempered when he learns that the hacker responsible is Natasha Petrova ... who happens to be his ex-girlfriend.
  8. 8. What Is And What Should Never Be
    August 31, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After Annie witnesses a suspicious purchase at an art auction, her follow-up brings a surprise visitor - Ben Mercer - back into her life.
  9. 9. Fool in the Rain
    September 6, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Yahya "Johnny" Rahimi is a member of an Iranian trade delegation attending the WTO conference in Toronto ... who happens to love American music and movies. Upon arriving in Toronto, he escapes his handlers and contacts the CIA, hoping to parlay stolen intelligence into safe passage to the United States.
  10. 10. I Can't Quit You Baby
    September 14, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Annie is sent to London to be a "mark" attempting to be recruited by a group of smugglers. Back at the CIA, the chain of command is tested as Arthur and Joan are forced to bring Henry Wilcox back into the fold.
  11. 11. When the Levee Breaks
    September 14, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Annie is forced to confront her past when Ben Mercer walks into CIA Headquarters, and the two are sent to Sri Lanka together to rescue Ben's former asset.

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  1. Bonus: Covert Affairs Sneak Peek
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    July 6, 2010
    6min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Get an exclusive first look at the action and intrigue of Covert Affairs with this special sneak peek.

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Supporting actors
Kari MatchettSendhil RamamurthyAnne Dudek
Season year
2010
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USA
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Bookish OneReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
You can skip seasons 1 & 2, but 3 & 4 are lots of fun
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The 2 seasons are mildly entertaining. If you're looking for realistically staged espionage, this isn't it. There's eye candy galore and you have to accept that female CIA field operatives wearing 4 inch heels can outrun the average terrorist and that in the office they all wear skin-tight sheath dresses (designer, of course) and can afford all that & the swankiest addresses in the nation's capital on a government salary. But in all fairness, the plot lines improve tremendously in seasons 3 & 4 and Piper Perabo seems less one dimensional. Maybe she's a better actress than the first 2 seasons would suggest. Perhaps she just needed better material. None of the actors are terrible, but none are stellar, either. With the exception of the actor who plays Henry Wilcox, the arch villain of the series, who burns up the screen with his treachery, menace, and all around evil. He doesn't go as hammy as Spader in Blacklist. He never crosses the line into camp, but goes right up to the edge to wonderful effect. He's a joy to watch.
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30 Year BuilderReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very poor technical advisors!
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The drama and acting aren't bad. But the technical side of the show is pathetic. In one episode she blows up a "Sprinter" van by placing a rag in the fuel fill opening and lighting it.......these vehicles are ALL diesel and it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE to lite diesel fuel! You could through lit matches in a pall of diesel fuel all day and NOTHING would happen. Second major fail: CIA operative without a weapon is attacked in every episode by bad guys who are armed. Said operative then incapacitates bad guy in some manner who then drops weapon.....at which point operative runs away UNARMED to be chased by other bad guys with guns. EVERY episode. She's either the luckiest person alive or a complete imbecile.
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PRReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Actors mumble a lot.
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The actors mumble a lot, sometimes at key plot points. For example, in Season 2, Episode 8, Joan says, "She'll get to her ming." What? Three backtracks. Oh, "Ming" must be secret CIA mumble talk for 'meeting.'

Simple gooey bang bang shoot-em-up with pretty people and frequent stretches on believablity, Like, in S2E8, someone just happened to leave two 300' ropes and two climbing harnesses on the roof? And such sweet, loving, caring, affectionate CIA persons. Still, to my embarrassment, I keep getting sucked in. It reminds me of watching the A Team while in bed with a girlfriend. She'd say, "PR, why do you watch this ****?" Who knows? Sometimes guys like formulaic bang bang shoot-em-ups. Don't mind the three stars. It wasn't designed to be Howard's End.
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Robert W. DruesReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
mildly entertaining, but not great
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This show has a lot of well used themes in it such as:
The glamorous spy theme
The semi-bumbling newbie theme
The beautiful woman who usually ends up scantily dressed a couple of times theme. (though no actual nudity).
The beautiful woman who ends up in various romantic relationships theme.
The disaster that always comes out well in the end theme
and a few others

Ok, so that being said, my wife and I have been watching season 1 on amazon prime, and have been entertained by it. We will probably continue watching it, although I am not sure that we would continue if we had to pay for the next season. It is not that I find anything wrong with the show, but that I don't find anything new and exciting about it.

So, my advice is that if you like the spy fantasy type of show, you would probably like this show. At least it is better than the stuff on broadcast TV that is not only lousy, but requires you to spend a lot of time watching advertising.
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DKTReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you start watching it, you won't be able to stop!
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The writing and acting in this series is superb. I had never heard of the show, but am now hooked on it. Have watched my way thru the first 2 seasons (30+ episodes) and am now starting Season 3.

Some things to be aware of: Each episode in the series is almost always a single CIA assignment. Many of the nuances involved in the story are complicated and you have to remember them in order for the story to make sense. For that reason, it's best NOT to start an episode for the first few minutes, then quit, thinking you'll resume tomorrow. By tomorrow, you will probably have forgotten some of the critical things revealed in the first part of the video.

There are some things that don't make much sense. The main character, Annie Walker, falls in love with or gets very involved with various men from episode to episode, but the relationships never go anywhere. Some of the men just disappear; that is, the man she was involved with in the preceding episode just never appears again. No explanation. She is also obviously in love with Augie, her perennial guide and protector in the Agency, but nothing more than big smiles and now-and-then hugs ever happen. It will be interesting to see where that relationship goes in the last season. Annie also gets herself into many life & death situations, but is never armed. Given the kinds of danger some events pose, I don't believe a real CIA operative would go into them unarmed.
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Steve CReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible.
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I can't think of one thing that was portrayed that you would actually think had anything in common with the CIA. Not the unprofessional characters or the script. This was along the lines of Barbie at summer camp. Ridiculous.
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E. J. CunninghamReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mindless Soap Opera
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Soap opera.

Ridiculous people prancing through a comic book. Apparently people have no idea what the CIA ostensibly does, let alone its covert activities. A first failure is the CIA does not have jurisdiction to act in US (though that is only the law.) Go read a book (skip reading a paper.)
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erdprodReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A spy show in the tradition of Alias
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She's a CIA trainee who gets an emergency field promotion and learns to work through the politics of "the community." Without going into details or spoilers they tried several sub-plots over the seasons and several minor characters that changed over the course of the run. They also changed title intros in the last few years. Also in those last years they did season long main plots in which each episode resolved nicely. Annie didn't even get a gun until later in the series! They tried out several love interests but that didn't make the show run. It was the people at CIA and Annie that made the show run. It was Augie as her handler. Joan as her friend and mentor. Joan's husband Arthur and foreign spy Eyal Levine are part time "community" members helping her. These are the people you root for and watch for. Every episode is worth seeing. The pilot sets the mood showing what Annie and the show are all about. People who like shows like Alias, 24, Quantico will probably like this show as well!
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