20 best spy series

World cinema is no longer limited to the cult Bond, and not only Tom Cruise with a series of impossible missions looks great in the role of a secret agent. The list of the best spy series includes both dynamic adventure pictures and interesting thrillers with a twisted plot. Every day, special agents conduct an invisible battle, which is reflected in modern telenovelas.

Black Sea (2020)

The novelty of Russian cinema will take viewers to the events of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, when battles took place on land, in the air and at sea . Critics warmly responded to the new picture, calling the Russian series about saboteurs and spies of the Second World War the best among those filmed in recent years.

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

Captain Saburov arrives in Novorossiysk to carry out a secret mission. The intelligence officer is instructed to identify and destroy German spies who are preparing a local sabotage in the coastal zone of the Black Sea. On paper, the plan looks perfect, but in reality, SMERSH of the Baltic Fleet has to face a lot of problems.

Actors:
Pavel Trubiner, Ekaterina Vilkova, Evgeny Miller …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Sorge (2019)

In the list of military series about spies, there is a telenovela about a Russian agent of the KGB special services, based on real events of the Soviet era. Richard Sorge was a Soviet intelligence resident in the Land of the Rising Sun during World War II . The agent worked undercover at the German embassy, ​​where he received reliable information about a possible German attack on the Soviet Union. On the wave of repression, the fate of the spy turned out to be unenviable.

Actors:
Alexander Domogarov, Victoria Isakova, Andrey Leonov …

Country:
Russia, China, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Killing Eve (2018-2020)

After an illegal and too bold interview with an important witness, Eva Polastri is expelled from the ranks of British intelligence. A talented and experienced spy does not remain without work, because another secret unit needs her services. The main goal of the special services is a serial killer – a woman named Villanelle, behind whom a bloody trail stretches. Eva too zealously starts investigating crimes, which attracts the attention of a dangerous maniac.

Original title:
Killing Eve

Actors:
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw …

Country:
USA, UK, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Condor (2018-2020)

The series about CIA agents has earned a high rating and positive feedback from the audience thanks to the action-packed and dynamically developing scenario. In the center of the story is an ordinary analyst who develops programs to search for terrorists. Joe Turner becomes the only survivor – the rest of his colleagues were eliminated in a matter of hours. The guy suspects a connection between the latest program and the massacres of employees and begins his own investigation.

Original title:
Condor

Actors:
Max Irons, Kristen Hager, Bob Balaban …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Secret power (2018-2019)

Former spy Max Easton has put espionage behind him, stepping back from secret affairs and prying eyes. However, the idyll is destroyed, and life takes a sharp turn after the death of his son. Max returns to his old job for revenge, but finds himself at the center of a grand conspiracy. The secret services unleashed a war in order to get the maximum benefit from the reigning chaos, where people become a bargaining chip.

Original title:
Deep State

Actors:
Mark Strong, Joseph Dempsey, Karima McAdams …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Little Drummer Girl (2018)

In the list of the best foreign series about secret agents was a telenovela about spies of the 70s. Aspiring British actress Charlie comes to Greece with her colleagues. The most striking impression of the holiday is getting to know the charming Gadi Becker. A man uses all his charm to recruit a girl and infiltrate her into a terrorist organization. Charlie agrees, unaware that she will soon be drawn into a deadly game.

Original title:
The Little Drummer Girl

Actors:
Daniel Litman, Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Adaptation (2017-2019)

The new Russian cinema has learned how to shoot good spy sagas, and this series about the misadventures of a foreign intelligence agent in Russian Siberia is proof of that. An American spy disguised as a Russian engineer is sent to snowy Noyabrsk to obtain secret information. The spy needs to learn more about an innovative natural gas development.

The use of a unique technology in production can lead to economic growth in Russia. America can’t let that happen, and the CIA sends its best intelligence officer. The FSB and special forces seemed to be the most terrible opponents to the foreigner , but the usual Russian mentality turned out to be an invincible enemy.

Actors:
Leonid Bichevin, Arthur Beschastny, Evgenia Brik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Berlin residency (2016-2019)

American directors are considered record holders for the production of series about intelligence agents and spies, and this time they pleased the audience with a high-quality telenovela. Analyst Daniel Miller is sent to the Berlin division of the CIA, and even his colleagues do not know about the secret mission. A spy is tasked with finding a mole who is generously sharing data with a popular media personality. However, on the spot, the problem is much more serious.

Original title:
Berlin Station

Actors:
Leland Orser, Michelle Forbes, Mina Thunder …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.6


Night administrator (2016)

Spy mini-series tells about the difficult task of the former British soldier Jonathan Pine. An intelligence agent recruits a guy who must ingratiate himself with the arms baron. Jonathan works as an administrator in a Cairo hotel, so he is unlikely to arouse suspicion and unnecessary questions. Pine meets an arms dealer, his partner and mistress, hiding his true intentions behind the guise of attendants.

Original title:
The Night Manager

Actors:
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Bureau (2015-2020)

The product of French cinema is one of the best spy series, since the action movie is based on real reports of former intelligence officers. The legendary agent Malotru returns to Paris from Syria after a six-year mission. The spy needs to return to normal life, but relations with the family do not add up, and thoughts are busy with a stormy romance. The last years the scout spent in the company of the charming Nadia, and the appearance of his beloved in France pushes the man to a rash step.

Original title:
Le Bureau des Légendes

Actors:
Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Loiret, Jonathan Zakkay …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Romeo Division (2015-2016)

People around know Wolfgang McGee as a university professor and an erudite person. However, the academic degree and work are a reliable cover for the true activities of the teacher. McGee is a former national intelligence agent who is currently busy recruiting spies for unusual assignments. Charming girls are taught the special art of seduction, which will help to get any information.

Original title:
The Romeo Section

Actors:
Andrew Airlie, Juan Riedinger, Eugene Lipinski…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
IMDb – 6.9


Germany 83 (2015)

Of everything that has been among the series about intelligence and counterintelligence in recent years, many viewers call this wartime spy story the best. The GDR is in full combat readiness because of the upcoming entry of American troops into the territory of the FRG. A spy from East Germany is sent to collect up-to-date data on the actions of a foreign army. Among the seasoned spies is the young Martin Koch, who has yet to dive into the dangerous world of political conspiracies .

Original title:
Deutschland 83

Actors:
Jonas Ney, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Nothen …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


London Spy (2015)

The British detective series is not like a traditional story about secret agents, since the plot was based on a romantic relationship between lovers. The frivolous and romantic Daniel loves parties and fun, while the reserved Alex, an intelligence officer, is his complete opposite.

Over time, the relationship develops into true love, but happiness is overshadowed by an unexpected twist of fate. Secret agent Alex disappears under mysterious circumstances, later Danny finds him dead. The unfortunate decides to find out the truth at any cost and finds himself face to face with the dangerous world of espionage.

Original title:
London Spy

Actors:
Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent…

Country:
Great Britain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5


False flag (2014-2019)

The plot of the series about undercover secret agents is developing rapidly from the first minutes of viewing. An ordinary morning turned out to be shocking for five Israelis – law-abiding citizens learned that they were accused of kidnapping Iran’s defense minister. The crime was committed in Moscow, thousands of kilometers away, so the suspects are confident that justice will be served. But no one is in a hurry to protect the innocent, on whom the full power of the national intelligence services falls.

Original title:
False Flag

Actors:
Angel Bunani, Morris Cohen, Miki Leon…

Country:
Israel

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
16+


Legends (2014-2015)

Martin Odum is an experienced undercover FBI agent who changes his identity before the next assignment. The spy masterfully juggles the masks and characters of fictional characters, so all his legends are tested. Intelligence activities are left behind, and now Martin works as a private detective, but an encounter with a stranger turns Odum’s life upside down. The man learns that espionage and secret missions could be a game of inflamed imagination. Now his goal is to search for the truth.

Original title:
Legends

Actors:
Sean Bean, Morris Chestnut, Ali Larter …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5


Where does the Motherland begin (2014)

The list continues the Russian series about the best spies and intelligence officers of the era of the decline of the USSR, when the security of a great power was largely in the hands of intelligence. The CIA has set up a fabulous bounty and promised political asylum to any spy who uncovers active residents. The KGB decides to play ahead of the curve and sends a specially trained spy to the Americans. Years later, the undercover operation will bear fruit when James Snow makes US intelligence secrets public.

Actors:
Evgeny Tsyganov, Alexander Robak, Georgy Taratorkin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Blacklist (2013-2020)

The character of the spy series Raymond Reddington is listed by foreign intelligence services in the list of the most dangerous fugitives, and it would be better for him not to catch the eye of intelligence. Therefore, the appearance of a daredevil in one of the headquarters of the FBI causes bewilderment among the agents.

The criminal does not offer resistance and is ready to cooperate, giving several criminal personalities into the hands of American justice. In return, Raymond puts forward the condition that he will only work in tandem with the recently enlisted Elizabeth Keen. The Bureau agrees to the deal, unaware that the man is able to think through his actions dozens of steps ahead.

Original title:
The Blacklist

Actors:
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Americans (2013-2018)

GRU intelligence agents were introduced into the United States at the height of the Cold War between the superpowers. Many years have passed since then. The couple leads a normal life, opened a business and had children. The heroes of the series about secret agents are unlikely to attract the attention of intelligence, because outwardly Russian spies are no different from respectable Americans. But a threat looms over the mission – a new neighbor Stan, an experienced FBI officer, settles nearby. The legend of the scouts is in danger of crumbling like a house of cards.

Original title:
The Americans

Actors:
Keri Russell, Matthew Reese, Keidrich Sellati …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Wrong Guys (2013-2014)

Sam and Phil are ordinary office clerks with an unenviable fate. One was abandoned by his girlfriend, who became his boss, and the second still lives with his mother. A ludicrous accident changed the guys’ lives dramatically when Sam discovered a phone on his way to work. The mysterious stranger said that he was ready to kill an innocent woman if the opponent did not show up for the evening meeting. Sam didn’t have a chance to argue with the caller. Now the life of the characters of the series will turn into an action-packed spy thriller with many variables.

Original title:
The Wrong Mans

Actors:
Matthew Baynton, James Corden, Sarah Solemany …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8


Source (2013)

Next in the top is a French series about covert operations of spies, filmed in the genre of psychological thriller . A young student, Marie, has been working as a nanny for several years in the home of a wealthy family, which is of interest to the secret services. A woman gets in touch with the girl, forcing Voisin to spy on the head of the corporation. The service is interested in any information, because at home you can learn a lot more about a person. The heroine of the series is faced with a difficult choice.

Original title: La source Actors: Flore Bonaventure, Christopher Lambert, Clotilde Kuro… Country: France Rating: IMDb – 6.2


Motherland (2011-2020)

New episodes of the series about scouts and saboteurs were released in 2020, ending the era of an exciting telenovela. The Marine had been missing since 2003, until eight years later he was found in the secret hideout of a notorious terrorist.

In a conversation with scouts, Nicholas claimed that his partner was killed, and he himself did not give out any information under torture. However, CIA agent Carrie Matheson has her own opinion about the amazing rescue of the infantryman. According to a verified informant, Brody is a ticking time bomb. Matheson is determined to prove her case.

Original title:
Homeland

Actors:
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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