Almost everyone loves a good spy story.
Dashing men and glamorous women who live life on the edge to save the world from ultimate disaster make for some excellent television, but not every spy on TV fits the James Bond stereotype.
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There are spies who are trying to live their lives as average Americans (while doing dirty deeds for their home country), spies who have been forced into their new career to save their families, and even spies who are bumbling idiots and shouldn't be allowed to hold a gun.
No matter what kind of spy is your favorite, we've gathered the goods on 23 shows that will satisfy your espionage addiction!
If you haven't watched Killing Eve, what exactly have you been doing with your life? When desk bound MI5 agent, Eve discovers that a woman is behind a series of high-profile murders, it quickly turns into a thrilling cat-and-mouse adventure. The BBC America series is sexy and smart, and you'll have a completely different view of serial killers after getting to know the ultra-enticing psychopath, Villanelle. Killing Eve can be streamed on BBC America.
Marvel's Agent Carter
Sometimes networks make stupid decisions, and ABC made a major blunder when they axed Marvel's Agent Carter in 2016 after only two seasons. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and taking place after Captain America: The First Avenger movie, Agent Peggy Carter is still working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), but because it's peacetime (and 1946), she finds that the men she works with don't value her exceptional skills. Instead of sending her out on exciting missions, she's relegated to being nothing more than a secretary until her old friend, Howard Stark calls on her for help when he finds himself in a sticky situation. Peggy finds herself back in the field kicking ass all over the place as she tries to clear Stark's name. You can watch this unstoppable secret agent in action on Hulu.
The Night Manager
The Night Manager is a binge-worthy spy thriller that will blow your mind. It features an ultra-talented cast including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Colman and follows Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who has been recruited by British intelligence (Colman) to bring down bad guy Roper (Laurie). Based on a 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carre, the series is smart, seductive, and addictive. The Night Manager originally aired on BBC in the UK, AMC in the US, and can currently be seen on Amazon Prime.
Set in 1983 Germany, the German-language series follows Martin Rauch who is recruited by East German agents to travel to West Germany and gather NATO military secrets regarding the Cold War. Rauch is a reluctant spy whose naivety nearly costs him the mission and missions yet to come. The series is subtitled, but you'll forget all about that once you're drawn into this compelling and thrilling story. A second season titled Deutschland 86 is set to premiere in October on Sundance TV in the US. Deutschland 83 can be seen on Hulu.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Ian Fleming was actually involved in this TV series until legal complications relating arose due to the similarity to his James Bond movies. It was Fleming who came up with Napolean Solo's name. The series follows Solo and his team from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement as they battled the mysterious THRUSH who wanted to rule the world. The Man from U.N.C.L.E was wildly popular when it aired back from 1964 to 1968 and spawned many copycat shows. The show can be seen on Amazon Video.
The Looming Tower
9/11 was one of the most devastating events in American history. The Looming Tower takes a hard look at how it all might have happened, and who was ultimately responsible. Could a rivalry for information between the CIA and FBI have allowed pertinent information to slip through about the impending attacks? This is explored in this high-action thrilling drama which can be currently seen on Hulu.
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