Covert Affairs: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Covert Affairs

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Predictable and perhaps a bit dated, Covert Affairs is nonetheless a slick, entertaining espionage drama that benefits from Piper Perabo in the lead role.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 44

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Air date: Jul 13, 2010

In the premiere episode of this action-drama series, CIA trainee Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) receives an unexpected promotion as a field agent, but her agency bosses may have an ulterior motive for the move. Assisting Annie as she tries to adapt is a military-intelligence agent (Christopher Gorham) who was blinded in the field.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2010

Annie is stuck doing the undesirable jobs in the department due to her new-girl status, but she soon receives a tip about an active IRA cell in America that will go to great lengths to remain hidden.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2010

Annie tries to get close to a college student in hopes that he'll lead her to information about a corrupt government official in Venezuela. Her task becomes more complicated, however, when an agent investigating the official is murdered.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2010

Annie is stranded in Zurich with a Mossad agent whom she doesn't trust, while Auggie tries to bring her back. Meanwhile, Joan and Arthur try to find a leak within the organization, and Auggie seems to fit the bill.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2010

Annie enlists the help of a reluctant former operative (Eriq La Salle) to stop a weapons shipment from a Sudanese arms dealer. Her mission attracts unusual attention, with Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin) and Annie's ex Ben each showing interest in the case.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2010

Annie looks into a leak in the Senate Intelligence Committee that threatens national security. Elsewhere, Auggie becomes a handler for his old unit, and Annie questions Michael's fidelity.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2010

Auggie is excited to receive a field assignment tracking a hacker who shut down communication systems throughout the city. But his enthusiasm soon wanes when he learns the culprit is his ex-girlfriend.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2010

Annie looks into a suspicious art-auction purchase and comes face-to-face with Ben in the process.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2010

An Iranian trade delegate (Mousa Kraish) escapes his handlers during a trip to Toronto and tries to strike a deal with the CIA to hand over stolen intelligence in exchange for entry to the United States.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2010

Annie poses as a potential recruit for smugglers in London. Elsewhere, Joan and Arthur must work with Henry Wilcox, a task that tests the chain of command.

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CIA trainee Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is abruptly moved into the field in the first season of USA's spy drama. She adjusts to her new post with guidance from the charming and blind intelligence agent Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) but struggles with the burden of keeping her occupation a secret from her sister, Danielle (Anne Dudek). Though Annie is told she was chosen for her job due to her language skills, her CIA superiors Joan and Arthur Campbell (Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher) may not be telling her the full story.


Piper Perabo
as Annie Walker
Christopher Gorham
as Auggie Anderson
Sendhil Ramamurthy
as Jai Wilcox
Peter Gallagher
as Arthur Cambell
Kari Matchett
as Joan Campbell
Anne Dudek
as Danielle Brooks
Evan Sabba
as Michael Brooks
Eion Bailey
as Ben Mercer
Gregory Itzin
as Henry Wilcox
Julian Acosta
as Victor Ponces
Oded Fehr
as Eyal Lavin
D.W. Moffett
as Sen. Jarvis
Eriq La Salle
as Christopher McAuley
Liane Balaban
as Natasha Petrova
Sienna Guillory
as Sophie Jacklin
Mousa Kraish
as Yahya "Johnny" Rahimi
Eric Lively
as Conrad Sheehan
Lauren Holly
as Madeline Jarvis
Anna Camp
as Ashley Briggs
Ennis Esmer
as Polygrapher
Noam Jenkins
as Vincent Rossabi
Kelley Grando
as Sheila Calhoun
Clarke Peters
as Mark Ramsey
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Critic Reviews for Covert Affairs Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

If the CIA is even remotely like this place, we are all doomed.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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USA promises "characters," and Annie Walker is all of that.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

The mood is bright and whimsical.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Covert Affairs is a zippy character study, and it puts Perabo's features to playful use in the earliest moments of the pilot, filling the screen with them in a context where they're begging to be studied.

Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Watching Covert Affairs in real time, the fight scenes seemed better - more swift, visually clever - than I'd thought during a first look.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm not ready to start the Piper Perabo Appreciation Society just yet, but she's surprisingly good in the role of Annie Walker, a fresh-faced CIA agent who's trying to put her past behind her and get started out with the agency.

Dec 13, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Throw in unsettling themes of duplicity and deception, and you've got a compelling plot that isn't afraid to throw curve balls.

Apr 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Covert Affairs" is, of course, never going to be "24"-but, four episodes into this series, its pleasures are no longer the unexpected kind.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Annie calls for some sort of inner steel, but Perabo looks less like an untested agent than an overwhelmed intern.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

"Covert Affairs" isn't a terrible show. It's just redundant.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Covert Affairs isn't as complicated as Alias, nor does it have the sci-fi/fantasy element that show had, but it does have promise and Annie Walker could be a nice addition to USA's stable.

Dec 13, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Covert Affairs is the week's new cable drama that seems most sure of what it wants to be, even if what it wants to be is just Alias through a USA prism and devoid of that pesky Milo Rambaldi and his prophecies.

Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Covert Affairs: Season 1

  • Sep 04, 2020
    Makes CIA look like a unprofessional org - Husband and wife working together, playing office politics, favorites ( the way both of them gang up against Jai Wilcox), using their official power to make operatives do extra for personal reasons ,or making decisions based on personal reasons , sharing crucial information with each other - not a place where anyone would like to work especially a place where country and human lives are at stake . And for a operative who faces multiple life attempts from day one of work not being given a gun is just so silly The show script undermines common human intelligence.
  • May 24, 2019
    i am rating this a few months after i tried it so it's more of an estimate. i think i watched about 4 episodes. it was pretty trashy for noob watchers. i could tell immediately (1 viewing)
  • Apr 05, 2019
    Few episodes of 1st season were good and had Piper Perabo's natural act. Post that, she is full of over-acting and stupid cosmetic smiles. Couldn't proceed to watch second season due to her unrealistic acting.
  • Jan 25, 2018
    This show is a more clean-cut version of Alias. If the torture in THAT show freaks you out, then give Covert Affairs a try! Piper Perabo is great, and so are her costars (particularly her many male coworkers ;) ), and this show's standard TV-formula means that it proceeds at the normal pace we're all comfortable with. Each episode ends with a nicely wrapped bow and a lesson learned, while a bigger and more menacing picture develops in the background. That pace might not be particularly high-octane or thrilling, but the sleek scenes and aesthetics, the nitty-gritty of the combat, and the general all-around coolness of her disguises and the locations she travels to make it worthwhile. Plus, Piper Perabo's character really excels at bringing the normal realities of CIA work to life; whether it's bringing in assets or deceiving a totally average person, she manages to be really good and convincing at creating everday, normal excuses and white lies that we'd use to skip a party--but instead using them to save the world. A solidly good show!
  • Aug 29, 2016
    Entertaining, if not believable.
  • Oct 27, 2015
    The familiar tropes of a perky young woman in spy business, which can be a comedic entertainment. But this one is not. The dialogue and performance is very low.
  • Nov 24, 2013
    While not original this is a slick and smart spy drama with Piper Perabo's undeniably charismatic central performance holding it together.

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