Counterpart: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Tense and gripping, Counterpart is an absorbing thrill-fest led by J.K. Simmons' multi-faceted dual lead performance.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1582
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Air date: Jan 21, 2018
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Air date: Feb 11, 2018
Air date: Feb 18, 2018
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Air date: Mar 11, 2018
Air date: Mar 18, 2018
Air date: Apr 1, 2018

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Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross... where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, "what if our lives could have been different"?


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Critic Reviews for Counterpart Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

Count me among the fans of JK Simmons...If you liked The Man in the High Castle, you will love this show.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Counterpart is more than a trending topic. It feels like a series that's here to stay.

Jan 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are elements that don't work in Counterpart, and more of them with each passing episode, but Simmons keeps it often riveting. It's a performance you simply have to see. Actually, it's two.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Not everything meshes entirely smoothly, but the series' style and substance are apparent from the start.

Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Throughout all the setup of this riven world, imagined by show creator Justin Marks, Simmons shines. His performance as both Howards is endlessly entertaining, and it kept me engaged in the story even when I wasn't certain exactly what was happening.

Jan 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What makes the show work is that it invests very little in selling the science of this concept, choosing to craft a taut, suspenseful spy thriller rather than a more fantastical work of science fiction.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This first episode is quite conventional in every way: At the level of the script and at the level of the presentation of characters and dilemmas. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

[It's] a percipient, resolute and magnetic tale of what is and what may be is in the offing from the series produced by MRC.

Jan 5, 2019 | Full Review…

An engrossing, intelligent and adult science-fiction drama.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The restraint of Counterpart, especially given its potentially outsized, ridiculous premise, is impressive. In fact, it mirrors Simmons' performance -- by far the best reason to watch the show.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Counterpart: Season 1

  • Mar 20, 2019
    This fresh IP felt like a "try hard" attempt to get in to the big league TV series (of Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot etc.) to fast and this made it a little dull. But the series it's rather good, entertaining and interesting to watch. The plot was intriguing, but it picked up to late in to the season due to it's mysterious nature and the sheer seriousness of the events. The actors where amazing, and J.K. Simmons is the perfect actor to play this two sided role that is the different in so many ways yet similar. The directing was great with all the amazingly shot scenes and the editing choices. The script was short worded but still managed to give the audience enough to think about and to keep it very complex and keep the viewer's tension up and going, in order to figure out more about this interesting double world and about the characters. It was truly executed in a really good way with all it's details and elements. The characters had enough screen time to develop their core connection with the plot and the audience at the same time. The visuals where really good and practically shot most of it. The sound effects where realistic, and the music helped but very little because the background song not always matched the mood of the scene, and when it would have been great that it just wasn't there. Sadly this TV series has real artistic value and entertainment value, but due to it's huge pacing issue and immersion breaking nonsense conversations it faults. So overall this original concept of this fractured worlds is amazing and interesting, but the season could have been more polished, because of this I would say this is a very good TV series so far but it can be better. So I am curious what they have in store for the viewers the next season and if they actually pull it of and make it better than this one, so it can live up to it's fullest potential.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    One of the best shows on TV. Great acting, characters, storyline. Perfect for binge watching!! Love it, and highly recommend!!
  • Feb 11, 2019
    Increible series with great story lines and a bevy of incredible actors. Cannot believe Starz will drop the show after two seasons.
  • Feb 04, 2019
    I am addicted to Counterpart. It is far and away the BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION!!! Brilliant writing, stunning performances across the board - (JK Simmons is putting on a Master Class and all the actors amazingly portraying dual roles make it an absolute must see for anyone who really appreciates the craft of acting), unbelievably unique creative concept executed to perfection! BINGE WATCH IT NOW!!!!
  • Feb 04, 2019
    GReat blend of science fiCtiOn and spy thrIlller. Look Forward to every episode. The acting is supErb.
  • Jan 18, 2019
    Superb. one of the most intelligent sci-fi dramas on tv. Amazing acting especially from jk simmons.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    Awesome new show, love the Fringe vibe with international location, great actors, and the best stories.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    I love it. Something good to watch while a lot of other shows have gone down hill recently this was a welcome replacement and breath of fresh air
  • Jan 17, 2019
    I love this show. I know people don't trust the critics, but I watch this show and love it.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    The idea may sound like standard sci-fi.. But the execution is stunning. The story is part 'cold war' espionage, but also an intriguing mystery. This is pure suspense drama, with action scenes and great characters. The best debut series ive seen in years...

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