Deep State: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Deep State

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Deep State is dense with terrific actors and slick action, but it's disappointingly shallow in dramatic depth as it fails to get to the bottom of its characters or offer much insight into the geopolitical arena.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 85

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Air date: Jun 17, 2018

Ex-spy Max Easton is brought out of retirement against his will, while Max's wife Anna, starts an investigation into her husband's past.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2018

In Washington, we meet the CIA's Amanda Jones. Max, now in Beirut, doesn't know who to trust after speaking to Leyla, a member of The Section team stationed there.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2018

When Amanda Jones arrives in London she brings the full force of CIA dissatisfaction to bear on White. In Beirut, Max and Leyla begin to decipher the real purpose of The Section's Tehran mission.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2018

Anna and her brother Noah struggle to protect her daughters, while Alexander Said arrives in London to see White. Max and Leyla stumble upon some information that could help them.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2018

Leyla investigates links between Iran and the US. In France, White and his second-in-command Khalid Walker use Anna to leverage pressure on Max. This drives Max back from Beirut to the Pyrenees, where matters come to a head.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2018

Max is reunited with his family, but danger is not far behind. He travels to London and finally manages to get to White. In Tehran, Leyla meets a US envoy who provides her with yet more clues related to the orders her unit were given.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2018

In London, Max's digging stirs the attention of a sniper with a fatal point to make. In Washington Jones sends out a crack team to recover scientific evidence from an Iranian desert nuclear facility – the net is closing in.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2018

Max heads to the US and may have finally discovered the real reason why the Tehran unit found themselves on The Section's hit list. Although he may have won the battle, he now has to work out if he can stop the war.

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Ex-spy Max Easton is brought out of retirement against his will to do one final job.

Cast & Crew

Mark Strong
Max Easton
Anastasia Griffith
Amanda Jones
Rachel Shelley
Elliot Taylor
William Hope
Senator Hawes
Indica Watson
Lola Easton
Cara Bossom
Chloë Easton
Donald Sage Mackay
Martin Collins
Alistair Petrie
George White
Joe Dempsie
Harry Clarke
Lyne Renee
Anna Easton
Mark Holden
John Lynn
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Critic Reviews for Deep State Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

As it races through a range of locations - Beirut, Tehran, France, Britain and the US - and initially also jumps around in time, Deep State is powered by a momentum hooked on Max's ethics and his need to protect his family.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The familiar sights and sounds - the arrogance and avarice of Americans, the inevitable presence of sharp objects on desktops during fights to the death - are presented with a businesslike restraint that makes them reasonably credible.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There's not much to fault in the execution that isn't nit-picking... We have seen enough of such stories that not every twist will prove a surprise, and as if to remedy this, many twists have been given twists of their own.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

At this point, it's too late. Too much of Deep State is bogged down in shallow family characterization, and very few of the assortment of bureaucrats, field agents and generic Middle Easterners register as distinctive either.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The action is great fun and the show looks good, but there's little to grab onto even as one knows the show ought to be getting incrementally more "tense."

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The first eight-episode season of Deep State underserves the strengths of its lead

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Skip it. There are more interesting spy dramas out there, and ones that won't put you to sleep.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Cynical shows can be fun; "Deep State" is undercut by some atrocious acting.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's plenty to be enthralled by that would deem the series worthy of a tune-in. The key is to just not go in expecting the next great spy show.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Mark Strong excels, and writing and filming likewise, as we move between Tehran, Beirut, the Tajikistan border and other locales not generally notable for their TripAdvisor thumbs-up emoticons. Get watching now.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It may not be the most original show to have walked the face of the earth, but it packs a heavyweight cast and oozes cinematic gravitas with its luxurious photography and atmospheric locations.

Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deep State: Season 1

  • Dec 30, 2019
    Excellent characters. Non-trivial, realistic plot line (vs. Homeland in later seasons). Filmed in diverse geographies which added to its distinctiveness. It's good.
  • Dec 24, 2019
    The plot for this season was so over the top it's unbelievable. I like the Max Easton character and his gravitas kind of makes up for the ridiculous plot lines.
  • Dec 06, 2019
    A controversial take on America's wars makes a different and twisty story. The serial does not try to vilify anyone in the MiddleEast which may not sit easily with many in the US in particular. The action parts are similar to other serials of the genre and add little new.
  • Oct 18, 2019
    Another example of the critics getting it completely wrong. This is a great show, with a very good story, and great acting. Mark Strong, is a terrific actor who really shines in this role. Im not big on spy shows much anymore, because of the same ole, same ole. This show is not that at all.
  • Apr 29, 2019
    Ever lived in the Middle East? Been through war zones, Everyone you know is either Embassy staff, military or ex-military fighting pirates off of Somalia, intelligence? No. Then you won't know that this is so real along with the PTSD weaved through the main characters, that just watching it triggers PTSD. Intense. Beautifully shot and excellent dialogue. Am guess the 'critic's have never been anywhere, done anything or know anyone related to the topics covered in the perfect series.
  • Apr 20, 2019
    Great show. mark strong is an amazing actor
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Still very watered down (when will they dedicate a season to Ukraine?), but always better than nothing and, above all, always better than "House of Cards". "Deep State": and you know who really plots against you. (Mauro Lanari)
  • Feb 24, 2019
    Scatter script, weird time jumps, Producers failed in tyring to use background music t save it. Fair acting. Camera work best thing.
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Same old Same old evil corporation stuff, but good acting and compelling characters.
  • Sep 13, 2018
    One good tv show can't wait for season 2 and 3. People say this and that about Spy shows this one has a nice pace good story. We need more spy story! PS the critics suck got a lot of tv shows canceled.

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