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Undercover - S01 E02


As Maya continues her fight to ‘Go big', the establishment begins to fear the rigorous light she threatens to shine on areas they would prefer remained in the shadows. Sickened by his act of betrayal, Nick can only reflect on the actions that led him to this point. A flashback reveals Nick in 1996 as a fearless undercover officer. When his hard work is undermined by a radical young lawyer, Nick is furious. On his next assignment, spying on an anti-racist organisation at a seemingly peaceful march, he finds himself face to face with the lawyer, Maya.The march gets out of hand and Michael Antwi is attacked in a ferocious fight. Nick's feelings for Maya develop and he struggles to keep the professional and the personal separate, questioning his own beliefs, as a black man within the police force.

Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2016-04-10 at 21:00
  • Danette Chavez

    Okonedo and Lester shine in their roles as marrieds and determined professionals; their performances keep the whole thing from completely going off the rails, even during the goofy conclusion. Undercover isn’t exactly a misstep for Moffat, but it does lack the focus we’re accustomed to seeing in his work.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    The acting here is terrific, particularly among veterans Okonedo (Oscar-nominated for “Hotel Rwanda”), Haysbert (“The Unit” and those Allstate commercials) and Lester (“Girlfriends”), who all deliver meaty, nuanced performances.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    The complex plotting is a small hurdle at first, but [Peter] Moffat's talent is turning the arcane into intense and gripping human drama. [18 Nov 2016, p.53]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    Like both “Criminal Justice” and “The Night Of,” “Undercover” is concerned with the collateral damage wrought by the legal system, with its corrosive effect on lawyers, judges, defendants and, in this case, undercover cops. Unfortunately, these worthy and relevant themes get lost in the overgrown narrative weeds.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Undercover could have been far better, but it just isn’t. Nonetheless, it’s worth your time, if only to wallow in the brilliance of Okonedo’s performance and to consider what might have been if only Moffat had exercised some restraint.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    In the end, it doesn’t really come close to making sense, which is the worst thing you can say about this type of show.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The series starts strong as it establishes its hooks, but fails to stick any of its underwhelming climaxes. [7 - 20 Nov 2016, p.13]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review