The Assets: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: Despite the occasional suspense and intrigue, The Assets ultimately misses the mark with its unoriginal take on Cold War espionage and rather predictable ending.


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Air date: Jan 2, 2014
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Paul Rhys
as Aldrich Ames
Jodie Whittaker
as Sandy Grimes
Harriet Walter
as Jeanne Vertefeuile
Stuart Milligan
as Arthur O'Neill
Julian Ovenden
as Gary Grimes
Ralph Brown
as Lawrence Winston
Goran Kostic
as Cherkashin
Oliver Cotton
as Vladimir Kryuchkov
Aisling Bea
as Kara Jensen
Emily Joyce
as Eliza Nichols
Christian Contreras
as Clayton Lonetree
Aras Marc-Christophe
as CIA Officer #1
Rudolfas Klimanas
as Uncle Sasha
Sarunas Datenis
as Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Assets Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

The Assets just can't get untracked, lumbering through its first two hours without any sense of purpose, style or urgency.

Jan 6, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

The real-life case was widely publicized enough that the outcome won't surprise most viewers. The opening scene, with Ames acting suspicious and guilty, acknowledges this. The point is the chase and to some extent the characters.

Jan 2, 2014 | Full Review…

The Assets isn't flashy, but boy, is it effective.

Jan 2, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is suspenseful and tight, but not overwhelmingly violent, especially considering the subject matter.

Jan 7, 2014 | Full Review…

The Assets reduces the complex world of espionage to laughably simplistic terms: "We are both spies, and I caught you spying!" bellows a KGB brute to a captured agent. Nyet thanks.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

This is real-life spying, not a James Bond movie; adjust expectations accordingly.

Jan 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Assets might have passed as merely boring, but following on the heels of FX's riveting Cold War series The Americans, it is hopelessly feeble.

Jan 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Paul Rhys is thoroughly compelling as the shabby-looking Ames-bumbling, maddened by fear as he senses danger, but with a touch, still, of prim arrogance about him.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

For all the talk this season about "limited series," The Assets offers the advantage of being exactly that - a self-contained story and temporary commitment.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…
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