The Enemy Within: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Enemy Within

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Despite a set of stellar performances led by the capable Jennifer Carpenter, The Enemy Within stumbles into an overly formulaic narrative that fails to produce any real spark.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 169

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Air date: Feb 25, 2019

The premiere of the series about a former CIA operative-turned-traitor, who's serving life, and the FBI agent who recruits her to help him track down a dangerous and elusive criminal.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2019

When a former CIA operative is murdered, Keaton enlists Shepherd to help recover valuable intel that could take down Tal once and for all.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2019

A U.S. ambassador is selling classified intelligence to a Colombian cartel, so Shepherd devises a plan to catch him that will push Keaton's moral code to the brink. Keaton brings a new member on to the team.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2019

Intelligence obtained by Shepherd at the ADMAX prison is linked to a pending attack on U.S. soil, so Keaton and the Cointel team embark on a manhunt to find and stop a deadly international operative. Keaton confronts questions of loyalty and betrayal when it comes to Anna Cruz and his late fiancée's father, Thomas Heffron.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2019

Shepherd convinces Keaton that Anna Cruz is a mole inside the FBI working for Tal, so Keaton decides to keep his enemies close. With a fox in their henhouse, Keaton and the team spy on one of their own hoping Cruz will lead them to Tal.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2019

After a bomb explodes in Jersey City, the Cointel team captures a key planner, Sam Fathi, who can lead them to Tal, the mastermind behind the bombing. When Sam proves difficult to break, Shepherd convinces Keaton to detain a former Egyptian intelligence officer to help, leading to an urgent mission to stop another bomb from going off.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2019

When the FBI intercepts stolen NSA software intended for Tal, Keaton uses the technology as an opportunity to go on the offensive and sends Shepherd undercover to pass the technology to the intended recipient, a 19-year-old computer genius. Keaton must choose between catching Tal or saving the life of an innocent teenager.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2019

Flashbacks to the past reveal the fateful events that led CIA Deputy Director Erica Shepherd to betray her country and the ensuing investigation that put her on a collision course with Will Keaton.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2019

After a major Tal operative escapes CIA custody, Shepherd returns to Langley to help track the fugitive down. When Shepherd and Keaton discover the CIA are withholding vital information on the Tal investigation, the case becomes an opportunity for Shepherd and Keaton to spy on the CIA and find out what they know.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2019

A group of contractors working for the CIA are murdered on board their chartered plane, and Keaton and his team discover there are secrets the CIA is keeping from the FBI regarding Tal. Shepherd's ex husband finds out that Hannah has been lying to him and visiting Shepherd regularly.

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Cast & Crew

Jennifer Carpenter
Erica Shepherd
Raza Jaffrey
Daniel Zain
Morris Chestnut
Will Keaton
Kelli Garner
Kate Ryan
James Carpinello
Anthony Cabrera
Coral Pena
Anna Cruz
Chelsea Watts
Laine Heffron
Sophia Gennusa
Hannah Shepherd
Kathleen McNenny
Grace Molinero
Lev Gorn
Mikhail Tal
Michael James Shaw
Desmond Visser
Alex Feldman
Mikhail Tal
Lucia Sawh
Flight Attendant (Jillian)
Pawel Szajda
Viktor Nemec
Keidrich Sellati
Andrew Gordon
Elliot Villar
Steven Haibach
Brooke Trantor
Aireka Muse
Mellori Velasquez
David Boyd
Martha Mitchell
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Critic Reviews for The Enemy Within Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Carpenter and Chestnut solidly play their roles, but Enemy Within doesn't crackle the way The Blacklist did in early episodes. There's nothing particularly special going on here, and it's hard to muster the enthusiasm to say much more than that.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A generic FBI show, with a generic title, that had the good sense to cast Jennifer Carpenter as a helpful traitor.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Grading on that curve, "The Enemy Within" doesn't bring much new to the party but offers enough polish on this earnestly played, tried-and-true formula so as not to be, unlike some of these shows, its own worst enemy.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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It isn't the worst in the network's line of dramas featuring generic intelligence operatives forced to team up with morally and ethically compromised partners best kept in containment.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The Enemy Within is a predictably thin and hyped-up network concoction.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

If the show can find more unique ways of harnessing its star's power going forward, it might find a more interesting groove. Until then, "The Enemy Within" will remain more of a shrug than a must watch.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Cliched crime thriller has some gore, great actors.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

No charm. No camaraderie or sexual tension. It's just familiar faces regurgitating dry, boring dialogue, as though reading from cue cards.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Just go back and watch The Blacklist from the beginning. You'll be watching a much more entertaining show.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Familiarity can be fun, I don't dispute this. But life is far too short-and the TV landscape far too crowded-to play spy games I've already played dozens of times before.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

NBC's midseason drama created by Ken Woodruff (The Mentalist) is elevated from the cop drama norm by the lead performance of Jennifer Carpenter .

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This show goes beyond the standard cloak and dagger to ask some serious ethical questions about methods and how even the most seemingly benign operation can lead to civilian collateral damage.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Enemy Within: Season 1

  • Aug 16, 2020
    Good thought provoking story. Americans probably used to silly tv were unable to understand real story
  • Jan 27, 2020
    This was a great show and extremely disappointed it was cancelled after one season especially after it left of on a cliff hanger, it reminded me of 24 and brought suspense all the time.
  • Jan 21, 2020
    14 critics outvoted 166 REAL people, tv watchers and you cancelled the show?? This show was good!!!!!!! Please bring it back. But please ask Jennifer to gain about 30-40lbs. She appears anorexic. Good actress though!!!!!
  • Dec 12, 2019
    it was good. can't believe it was cancelled
  • Oct 30, 2019
    How did this get cancelled?! Super bummed!
  • Sep 04, 2019
    this show is very intense, great show and I feel Morris Chestnut very great actor
  • Aug 19, 2019
    I think this is a good show and would like to see season two
  • Aug 14, 2019
    This series turned out to be a pleasant surprise, you have a quite interesting plot, good scripts, and solid acting from the cast, I hope there will be a second season
  • Aug 02, 2019
    It is like some kid wrote the dialogues and script. So bad. Insultingly stupid. I have registered here just to say this.
  • Jul 12, 2019
    I pray netflix or Hulu picks this up!

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