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Covert Affairs

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New jobs are tough—especially when your new employer is the CIA. Annie Walker is fluent in six languages, has traveled the world and is besting her fellow CIA trainees in every test. But that doesn't explain why she's suddenly summoned by CIA headquarters to report for active duty as a field operative one month before her training is over. She doesn't know there may be something—or someone—from her past that her CIA bosses are really after. Annie's unofficial guide to the CIA is Auggie Anderson, a tech ops expert who was blinded while on assignment. As Annie navigates this new world of intrigue, danger and bureaucratic red tape, Auggie is there to make sure this quick study won't be kept in the dark for long. Also starring Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Anne Dudek.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: USA Network
  • Brian Lowry

    The pilot rumbles forward on crisp action and light-hearted humor, while hinting at higher stakes that offer room for narrative growth. While easily dismissed as another "Alias" (like Jennifer Garner, Perabo can do wonderful things to a simple skirt and heels), the show also makes clever use of Walker's newbie status.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Covert Affairs is fun and clever and Ms. Perabo has panache in the role.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    It's perfect summer television--just turn off the excess brain cells and let Agent Walker do the seduction, and the shooting, for you.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Covert Affairs may not have the revenge factor of "Burn Notice" or the bromantic banter of "White Collar," but it's fast-paced, fun and every bit as charming.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    But it's Perabo, as an endearing overachiever who thinks on her well-shod feet, who makes Covert Affairs such an entertaining ride.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Hanh Nguyen

    With Covert Affairs, USA has added another slick and likable drama to its summer lineup.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Covert Affairs is a zippy character study, and it puts Perabo's features to playful use in the earliest moments of the pilot, filling the screen with them in a context where they're begging to be studied.

    Slate Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    It promised, in short, steadily absorbing plots and skilled writing, and these the series has delivered ever since.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Still, in keeping with USA's sunnier outlook, this is a far lighter show than Alias: less complicated, less morally complex, less deep and, while fun, just simply "less."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The mood is bright and whimsical--easy to take and just as easy to forget.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Pretty much every character and character trait will be old-hat to regular TV viewers but director Tim Matheson makes the pilot episode hang together pretty well.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Covert Affairs (could there be any title that sounds more like being stuck at the airport with nothing to read?) at least does us the favor of introducing storylines that transcend the usual case files.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    If the show can strike a balance between chuckles and capers, Covert Affairs won't be a secret. It will be USA Network's biggest hit.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The series is fun, slick and fast, but cheesier than it needs to be.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Unfortunately, whoever developed this show couldn't trust the audience to accept Piper Perabo's character as strong enough to get out of a pickle or two without male intervention. I won't reveal how, because the first episode is otherwise very enjoyable, thanks to a solid supporting cast including "O.C." dad Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett and former WB/UPN heartthrob Christopher Gorham.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    USA promises "characters," and Annie Walker is all of that. She just once in a while maybe needs to go with decaf.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Perabo shows herself capable of playing Walker tough or sweet, clueless or competent. Unfortunately, in the span of a single episode, she's asked to do all of the above.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    I'm punchy after an hour-and-change of lame chases, inane dialogue, ludicrous plot twists and absurdist acting techniques. But by the end of this, I pretty much had a crush on Piper Perabo and Anne Dudek (who plays her sister), so I guess it was worthwhile after all.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Right from the start, Perabo's Annie Walker is after a foreign agent, ''one of the most danger- ous men in the world.'' Yes, the dialogue spells things out like that.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    For the most part, Covert Affairs is harmless fluff, with some nice action scenes. But it seems somehow more fitted for 1970--maybe 1950--than 2010.

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Annie calls for some sort of inner steel, but Perabo looks less like an untested agent than an overwhelmed intern.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Like so many other new shows this summer, the uninspired Covert Affairs is assembled from spare parts and elements that have been used better elsewhere.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    What it does have is a sleek but shallow cast that cannot lend any weight to the lighter-than-air writing.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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