Television Spies and Spooks

by Michelle C.

There is something incredibly fun and romantic about the notion of spies (although I imagine the reality is a lot less exciting). Unlike with a James Bond film, in television there is so much that can be developed with the spy thriller. Some of my favorite spy shows use humor and absurdity to bring a breath of fresh air to the genre. Shows like Chuck, Get Smart, Burn Notice, and Archer do not get bogged down in the seriousness of espionage. They delight in the humor.

Other shows like La Femme Nikita, Alias, and Dollhouse show the power of strong female leads. James Bond isn’t the only spy who gets to show off his cool gadgets, cars, and personas.

Still more shows develop the psychological and physical effects of being a spy. The Americans and The Game are intense and plot driven, but also give time to developing the characters. They show how relationships can falter or grow stronger based on what is happening within the spy universe.

What are some of your favorite spy movies and TV shows? Check out the ones mentioned on the list Television Spies and Spooks.




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2 responses to “Television Spies and Spooks”

  1. Isaac H. says:

    Great list! I hate that Dollhouse was cancelled after just 2 seasons. It was a great show, maybe Joss Whedon’s cleverest.

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