12 TV shows about the CIA that are worth watching

World conspiracies, confrontations between powerful powers and secret missions – the life of the secret services cannot be called boring. All year round you have to destroy other people’s intrigues and build your own, and also catch traitor moles and chase terrorists around the world. We have compiled a selection of the best CIA series, whose twisted plots will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of adventure, mystery and special operations.

Messiah (2020)

In the Middle East, which is mired in conflicts and wars, a new Prophet appears. A middle-aged man, ready to lead believers, is known to the world thanks to social networks. The Messiah gathers an army of supporters, but among the opponents there are many influential people. Among the doubters is CIA agent Eva Geller. The young woman intends to expose the charlatan and put an end to mass hysteria.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Messiah

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Mehdi Dehbi, Tomer Sisle, Michelle Monahan…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6


Instinct (2018 – 2019)

The American series about CIA agents is a crime drama where a duo of an eccentric veteran and a young beautiful woman will investigate. Daniel Reinhart left the intelligence service long ago, having published a book about the most unusual crimes during his work. The man lectures at the university and leads a measured life, but one day former colleagues turn to him for help. A serial killer is operating in the city , copying crimes from Daniel’s bestseller, and only the author is able to predict the next move of a maniac.

Original title:
Instinct

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Secret power (2018 – 2019)

Former intelligence agent Max Easton lives with his family in a quiet province, enjoying quiet everyday life. The man is forced to return to service after the death of his son from his first marriage, who in his youth decided to follow in the footsteps of his father. The guy’s life has become a bargaining chip in a political game , and Max wants to avenge his bereavement. Easton travels to the Middle East, where a conspiracy scenario is unfolding.

Original title:  
Deep State

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Mark Strong, Joseph Dempsey, Karima McAdams…

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Jack Ryan (2018 – 2019)

The protagonist of the series about American intelligence is a former marine who was forced to leave active work due to post-traumatic stress disorder. Jack Ryan has landed a job as a financial analyst, but the quiet work leads to an unexpected discovery. A man notices several suspicious banking transactions – and finds himself at the center of an investigation into a terrorist attack.

Original title:  
Jack Ryan

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, John Hugenakker …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Condor (2018 – 2020)

The life of CIA programmer Joe Turner is in mortal danger when the hunt for members of his department begins. The agent is forced to flee while investigating a chain of mysterious events. Joe “Condor” manages to find out that the program for calculating terrorists is involved in what happened. Turner worked on it for several years, but as soon as the project was launched, someone began to get rid of unnecessary witnesses.

Original title:  
Condor

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Max Irons, Kristen Hager, Bob Balaban …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Ghost Tower (2018)

In the center of the plot of the series about US intelligence is the joint actions of the CIA and FBI agents to capture Osama bin Laden and neutralize the activities of al-Qaeda. A good undertaking quickly develops into a serious rivalry between two influential organizations, which results in a tragedy. On September 11, a large-scale terrorist attack is committed, followed by a large-scale military operation in Iraq .

Original title: The Looming Tower

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Renn Schmidt…

Country:
USA Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 8.0 

 


Berlin residency (2016 – 2019)

Various departments of the CIA around the world came under massive attack after the exposure of Snowden. Information is also leaking at the Berlin intelligence office , where members of the diplomatic mission are trying to find a spy. An experienced agent Daniel Meyer is sent to help colleagues from the head office, who knows the mentality and character of the Germans thoroughly. The situation is complicated by the fact that many countries are interested in hiding the organizer of the attacks.

Original title:  
Berlin Station

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Leland Orser, Michelle Forbes, Mina Thunder …

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Patriot (2015 – 2018)

A few months ago, CIA agent John Tavner failed miserably in an operation to eliminate an Egyptian physicist working on a nuclear weapon for Iran. The young officer receives a new assignment and one last chance to restore his reputation. John needs to prevent the resumption of the nuclear program for the countries of the Middle East, as well as transfer money to finance the election campaign of a candidate beneficial to America in Iran.

Original title:  
Patriot

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:  
Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


24: Live Another Day (2014)

The action of the series takes place in London, where former intelligence officer Jack Bauer arrives on an important mission. According to confirmed data, an assassination attempt on the President of the United States is planned in England . Jack wants to prevent the assassination, but falls into the hands of the CIA. Bauer manages to escape, and an experienced special agent, Kate Morgan, who has a personal score with Jack, joins the pursuers.

Original Title :
24: Live Another Day

Genre:
Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.3


Motherland (2011 – 2020)

During an anti-terrorist operation, the squad discovers American Marine Nicholas Brody in a bandit lair. The military was considered missing for several years, after which he was declared dead. Nicholas is returned to his homeland, where he is interviewed by intelligence agents, but not everyone believes Brody’s story. The heroine of the series, Carrie Matheson, discovers the involvement of the military in the operations of Al-Qaeda, and the woman intends to get to the bottom of the truth.

Original title:  
Homeland

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Secret connections (2010 – 2014)

Annie Walker is in good standing in the Intelligence Agency due to her ability to carry out complex assignments. The girl is fluent in six languages, so the management sends a talented employee to special assignments abroad. Inspired by success, Annie does not notice that the authorities are pursuing another goal. Walker is a decoy for an ex-boyfriend who left her several years ago without explanation.

Original title:  
Covert Affairs

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Chuck (2007 – 2012)

The nerdy loser gets a secret intelligence database called the Intersect – and from that moment on, Chuck Bartowski no longer belongs to himself. Criminal personalities begin to be interested in the geek, so the CIA assigns two bodyguards to the valuable object . Chuck has a difficult path from an ordinary carrier of classified information to a super spy, and now the guy cannot do without the help of true friends .

Original title:  
Chuck

Genre:  
Action, drama, comedy

Actors:  
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:  
0+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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