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on 6 December 2013
Have watched season 2 & 3 on the TV and wanted to see how it all began. Great easy to watch series with a bit of action glamour and ok storylines. Great afternoon watch when little else is on offer
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on 6 June 2017
Great series, have bought all seasons 1 - 5
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on 7 February 2016
Good series
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on 23 January 2013
Covert Affairs Season 1 is an enjoyable piece of fluff in the Alias-mould, but without that particular show's darker edge. Most of the appeal of the show, in my opinion, lies with Piper Perabo. She is very engaging and I actually found myself caring about what happened to her character. This is great credit to her, because to be honest, the show isn't particularly suspenseful and some of the other characters are a little irritating! Her holiday-romance lover is annoying and the relationship between the married heads of department is cringey to say the least! Definitely worth a look if you want 40 minutes of escapism after a hard day at work - but don't expect anything too deep!!
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VINE VOICEon 17 April 2013
This is great fun! I can't help but think of alias as a comparison, but this series has got great casting, great writing and doesn't lose steam even in the second series. A thoroughly good piece of entertainment!
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This is really aimed at the lighter side of the CIA/Spy theme/plot, rather than the harder edged conspiracy series. Whilst it's not a comedy Covert Affairs is the kind of programme you put on when you don't want to get too bogged down in a beefy complicated plot. Though you will have to pay attention to some of the story lines.

Piper Perabo fits into the role of Annie Walker, the new field recruit for the CIA. But she has a decent supporting cast including a good performance by Christopher Gorham who play the role of "Auggie" the blind operative who mentors Annie and provides operational support. It's not easy to play a blind person convincingly and he does this very well.

Other cast members are also quite comfortable, Kari Matchett and Anne Dudek fit into the boss and sister roles for the most part successfully. Early episodes do tend to overplay the sister/sister relationship and strains a bit more than I expected (this does ease off later on in the series and in season 2)

I would tend to agree that the effects in some episodes, including the "green screen" work isn't top tier (but it does the job). Story wise I found it quite easy to follow and in most episodes a good watch. But this isn't the type of series everyone will warm to, though I find it easy watching. It won't really be your cup of tea if you like a gritty more realistic type production, and the stories can be a little unlikely and stretching reality a bit (though this is hardly rare for this genre) Piper does lift the series with her performance with some good acting and portraying the career minded woman keen to impress, but also a more vulnerable personal side too. Worth a look if you want a spy "lite" series to watch as and when you please.
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on 6 July 2013
I must admit I have seen Seasons 1 - 2 - 3, and every Season is better than the last. She is a good little actress and the cast works well togrther.
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Since I am addicted to all the other shows on the USA Network, I put Covert Affairs on my DVR sight unseen. It also helped that the show was being called a cross between Alias and Chuck, two shows I absolutely love. While it didn't quite live up to that hype, I found myself hooked on the show by the time the first season ended.

The show centers around Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), a new recruit at the CIA. She is pulled from training early and begins her field work. Her new boss is Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett) who just happens to be married to CIA director Arthur (Peter Gallagher). There are sparks between her and her two co-workers, Jai Wilcox (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the blind Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham).

Her first case finds Annie trying to retrieve secrets from a Russian only to have him shot by a sniper while she is in the room. From there, she tries to help a mother and son who have uncovered a coded IRA message, keep a senator's mistress from taking the fall for stolen secrets, and help an Iranian defect to the US through Niagra Falls.

What Annie doesn't realize is that the CIA wants her in the field because they are trying to flush out Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey). Ben and Annie met and had a steamy affair before he vanished. In the years since, Annie hasn't quite gotten over him enough to be ready to move on. Why did Ben leave without a word? What is the CIA's interest in him?

As I implied in the first paragraph, I wasn't hooked right from the start. The show introduced too many storylines. There was nothing wrong with any of them, but I needed time to get to know the characters first. For example, it's established in the pilot that Joan and Arthur have marital problems. At that point, I didn't care. Each episode has a main story and then brings in one or two of the storylines and advances them. Again, it would have helped if they'd have fewer stories to juggle so they could have advanced the story in every episode. By season two, the multiple storylines wouldn't have been the issue for me that it was here.

The main episode of each week is always fun and interesting. Annie is still very inexperienced, so watching her get into and out of some pretty hairy experiences is always entertaining to watch. I found the storyline with Ben fascinating and couldn't wait to find out what exactly was going on with him and why the CIA wanted to get in touch with him so much.

Most of the characters developed nicely, too. Annie is smart and resourceful, as she should be since she's the lead character. Jai has some interesting family relationships that come into play as the season progresses. We rarely see beyond Joan's business exterior, even with the marital troubles she has with Peter. But the most interesting character is Auggie. They really develop him in interesting ways. When I found out in the pilot that he was blind, I didn't think he'd ever leave the office, but they managed to find ways to show him in all kinds of environments. Next to Annie, he's the best character on the show.

The actors do a fine job bringing their characters to life each week. I've read some complaints at Piper's performance as Annie, but I always find it believable.

The only weak spot when it comes to characters is Annie's sister Danielle, played by Anne Dudek. Danielle really has nothing to do except try to flesh out Annie's character. She does that at times, although their sub-plots are usually the most predictable of any episode. That's no disrespect to Anne Dudek; she just doesn't have much to work with.

I should mention that the show lives up to its name. There are several steamy scenes. It doesn't get beyond PG-13 range, but there is definitely more content like that than anything else that USA Network has done to date.

The first season of the show consisted of eleven episodes, and they are presented here on 3 DVD's in their native wide screen and full surround. Extras include a few behind the scenes featurettes, a gag reel, a set tour, deleted scenes, and three commentaries. And, in a nice touch, the DVD's contain descriptive services for the visually impaired. I don't think I've even seen that on a DVD before, and considering one of the characters is blind, it's a great tie in.

I'm glad I gave the show a chance to grow on me because I got hooked on the first season of Covert Affairs. If you enjoy spy stories, be sure to check this one out.
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on 8 May 2014
Great new series showing how women have entered the world of spies and intelligence gathering and the subterfuge and deceit required to make a good field op. Definitely up for series 2.
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Finally, a TV show about a female spy that ISN'T all about dressing her in sexy clothing. Instead, "Covert Affairs" is all about a young CIA agent's adventures, as she carries out taut, action-packed missions. It's an enjoyable, promising little series, and Piper Perabo makes an enjoyably earnest young agent.

Annie Walker (Perabo) is undergoing training to be a CIA agent, and trying to forget her last romance -- her boyfriend Ben (Eion Baile) vanished without a trace, and she hasn't been able to find him.

Then she's suddenly pulled out of the program, stationed in Washington, and sent out into the field to use her linguistic skills. So when she isn't trying to have a semi-normal social life and spending time with her sister's family, Annie is diving into some very hard missions under the guidance of blind agent Auggie (Christopher Gorham).

She has to deal with a boy-genius, a deadly Venezuelan agent, a disastrous Zurich mission, a Senatorial leak, a computer hacker who wreck's D.C.'s communications, an Iranian refugee, smugglers, an art auction.... and the return of her former lover. At the same time, her bosses have discovered that someone inside the CIA is leaking information to a muckraking journalist.

Disclaimer: I am not a CIA agent, and I don't know what it's like to be one. But I assume that "Covert Affairs" is a pretty good dramatic depiction of that agency -- there are some obvious flaws (husbands and wives cannot work together in government agencies), but it FEELS much more realistic than many other shows' depictions of the CIA.

Every episode has a nice tight mesh of action, drama, and a bit of humor, as Annie grapples with life-threatening scenarios, hails of bullets, villainous agents and the possible deaths of innocents. But somehow she always manages to save the day, and the writers make sure to stay connected to her life with her family (such as when Annie's sister tries to set her up on a date).

It also helps that Piper Perabo makes a really likable heroine -- Annie is a very earnest, sensible, kind young protagonist, but she also can kick butt. Gorham is a pretty awesome sidekick for her, especially since it's rare to see a disabled person in a TV show like this one. And we have some solid performances by Peter Gallagher and Kari Matchett as Annie's bosses (who are also stormily married), and the megahot Sendhil Ramamurthy.

"Covert Affairs Season One" is a tight, action-packed little series with a likable heroine and some solid stories. Give it a try, and tune in next season.
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