Why do we like spy TV shows so much? Well, in addition to the childhood fantasy where every one of us has at least once inmagined himself as a spy, there’s something about a TV show that blends good acting with action and an intricate conflict. Some of them are extremely well done and keep you on the edge 75% of the time, while others might seem a bit funny and goofy. Nevertheless, a good show will leave you asking for more episodes as soon as the end credits roll. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The Americans (2014)
Partially based on the 2010 scandal where a number of Russian spies have been found in the United States under false identities. while offering information to their mother country, they were living “normal” lives, having children, friends and coworkers. This still ongoing series shows us the whole situation from the perspective of two spies, a man and a woman who have been together from a young age and who are struggling to keep their cover and create the best possible future for their two children.
- Spies, Lies and the Superbomb (2007)
Watching this one is a great, but powerful experience. Although short and brutally honest for the most part, it is a must see TV show even if you’re not into spies at all. The show centers around the birth of nuclear weapons and the people involved. Saying anything more would ruin your experience while watching it, so you’re going to have to discover the rest by yourselves.
- Homeland (2011)
Another ongoing TV series, Homeland has an intricate and unexpected topic: a bipolar CIA agent who has become a convicted war prisoner in the Middle East. Given her condition, she soon changed her mind about what’s right and wrong and is now part of Al-Quaeda, planning a terrorist attack on her home land.
- The Assets (2011)
An interesting example of how uprightness and integrity bind people together no matter the conflicts around them. It’s also a very representative “trailer” of the CIA and how everything works there. A show that keeps you on the edge without it being frustrating.
- The Company (2007)
This one is a must watch, definitely. It mixes reality with fiction by portraying real figures that participated or had an important role in the Cold War and putting them in a fictional story where the CIA agents and representatives of KGB, MI6 and the Mossad have to interact more than any of them would want to.
Of course, an honorable mention should go to the animated TV show “Archer”. It’s an animated comedy TV series that started airing in 2009 and let me tell you, it’s one of the funniest TV shows we’ve ever seen. Just try it out, you won’t be disappointed.