Undercovers: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Undercovers

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Visually sharp but narratively undercooked, Undercovers is occasionally fun but lacks the dramatic tension needed to pull off its blend of action and comedy.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2010

Married former spies Steven and Samantha Bloom (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) reenter the world of espionage to track down a friend and fellow agent (Carter MacIntyre), who disappeared while on the trail of an arms dealer, in the series premiere. The pair find that their globe-spanning mission reignites their passion for the job and for each other.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2010

Steven and Samantha go on the hunt for a kidnapped scientist whose captors plan to force her to make a bomb to be used in an attack. Elsewhere, Leo meets Samantha's sister Lizzy.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2010

Steven and Samantha go to Berlin to make contact with an informant who claims to have a code-breaking device that could put all CIA agents at risk. During the mission, the pair struggle to find a balance between their personal and professional lives. Elsewhere, Lizzy forms a bond with a man while she caters his father's funeral.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2010

Steven and Samantha search for a missing CIA hard drive and must go undercover at the London Philharmonic to follow a lead. Elsewhere, Samantha reconsiders her arrangement with Steven about discussing their pasts; and Lizzy gets more involved in the catering business.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2010

Steven and Samantha receive a mission to bring a North Korean physicist to the U.S., but the man refuses to leave without his daughter. Defying orders, the Blooms go after the girl and encounter another pair of spies who are also looking for her. Elsewhere, Samantha misses an event that's important to Lizzy.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2010

The Blooms try to recover a painting that's hiding a formula for a biological weapon. During the mission, Samantha must adopt her old cover and work with Steven's enemy (Sean Maguire), putting a strain on the couple's relationship. Elsewhere, Hoyt develops a crush that could end up helping the mission.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2010

Leo and the Blooms are sent to thwart an assassination plot targeting Peru's president-elect (Alex Fernandez), but Samantha's emotional involvement in the case puts their mission in danger. Meanwhile, Lizzy works an event for Samantha's college friend.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2010

A pilot disappears off the radar while in possession of a dangerous bomb. During the hunt for the man, Steven and Samantha hit several obstacles and Hoyt is injured. Elsewhere, Shaw worries that his ulterior motives will be discovered, and Lizzy asserts herself with a client.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2010

Leo becomes a murder suspect in Mexico when he wakes up in a hotel room with a dead woman and has no memory of what happened. Steven, Samantha and Hoyt waste no time attempting to clear Leo's name, but more trouble awaits them when they learn that a terrorist is also on the loose.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2010

Steven and Samantha's latest mission---tracking down stolen currency plates that could be used to make counterfeit money---requires the duo to work with Steven's estranged brother. Elsewhere, Lizzy makes a big decision about her future with input from Leo.

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Tv Season Info

Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star as a bored married couple who get their groove back by reentering the world of espionage, which the former CIA agents thought they had left behind after retiring five years earlier to open a catering company. Cocreator J.J. Abrams directed the pilot, in which the pair accept a mission to track down their missing friend and fellow agent, played by Carter MacIntyre. Gerald McRaney, Ben Schwartz and Mekia Cox round out the cast.

Critic Reviews for Undercovers Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

"Undercovers" is so content to lapse into genre conventions, that it feels complacent and banal.

Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It feels more like a trip to nowhere.

Sep 30, 2010 | Full Review…

With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.

Sep 30, 2010 | Full Review…

Spy dramas sometimes get too enamored of their own twists, subplots and dark details, but this one never becomes impenetrable.

Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

But it's still missing the mark for me because it's just not particularly well-executed as a spy thriller.

Jun 9, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Overall, Undercovers is adequate, well-made, well-cast, but so suffocatingly middle-of-the-road and afraid to take any risks that it'll bore most of its audience.

Jun 9, 2020 | Full Review…

But this is escapist fare and escaping with this couple wouldn't be the worst way to spend an hour. It's likable enough and the performances make it fun.

Jun 9, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

For those that tune in, you won't see any groundbreaking television or sub-plots hinting that there's something "larger" going other than what's being shown - what you see is what you get.

Jun 9, 2020 | Full Review…

While the concept is familiar and at times recycled, J.J. Abrams' Undercovers delivers an espionage thriller with a dash of romantic comedy that certainly entertains.

Jun 9, 2020 | Full Review…

We get the breezy nod to classic series like Hart to Hart and Scarecrow and Mrs. King -- but it would be nice to get that style with a side of substance.

Jun 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

J.J. Abrams' "Undercovers" is a woebegone spy drama with nary a hint of intelligence. Call it "The Quantum of Stupor."

Jun 9, 2020 | Full Review…

I've never been so disappointed in an offering bearing the name J. J. Abrams until now. I can only hope that something changes, and soon. Otherwise Undercovers will find itself over and out.

Jun 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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