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Counterpart: Season 1 (2017-2018)




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


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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"?


J.K. Simmons
as Howard Silk
Harry Lloyd
as Peter Quayle
Olivia Williams
as Emily Burton Silk
Stephen Rea
as Alexander Pope
Richard Schiff
as Roland Fancher
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All Critics (42) | 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.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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

January 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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

January 26, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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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.

January 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.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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