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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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64

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

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  • Summary: Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is suddenly picked from her CIA training class for her first field assignment.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. But it's Perabo, as an endearing overachiever who thinks on her well-shod feet, who makes Covert Affairs such an entertaining ride.
  2. It's perfect summer television--just turn off the excess brain cells and let Agent Walker do the seduction, and the shooting, for you.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    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.
  4. 70
    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.
  5. 63
    The series is fun, slick and fast, but cheesier than it needs to be.
  6. USA promises "characters," and Annie Walker is all of that. She just once in a while maybe needs to go with decaf.
  7. 30
    What it does have is a sleek but shallow cast that cannot lend any weight to the lighter-than-air writing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  1. Jul 19, 2013
    10
    In so many words, really uplifting show. This series will become one of your favorites if you love spy stories and comedy entwined. BrilliantIn so many words, really uplifting show. This series will become one of your favorites if you love spy stories and comedy entwined. Brilliant and believable acting, great writing. Some stories may seem over the top but they manage to keep us tuned. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    Truly enjoyable. Fun and exciting, clever dialogue, great timing, excellent acting and just such a refreshing show. The main characters' goodTruly enjoyable. Fun and exciting, clever dialogue, great timing, excellent acting and just such a refreshing show. The main characters' good chemistry is palpable. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Although unrealistic to the typical day at the CIA, the characters are easy to relate with and very entertaining. Christopher Gorham'sAlthough unrealistic to the typical day at the CIA, the characters are easy to relate with and very entertaining. Christopher Gorham's depiction of a blind CIA agent makes you love him even more and the witty comments swapped between characters leave a smile on your face. All in all, a great show, that is perfect for a summer drama series. Hopefully it sticks around for a long time. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2010
    7
    This is a nice show, I am not a fan of the main character and her sister. Probably baggage from House, but nonetheless not my interest inThis is a nice show, I am not a fan of the main character and her sister. Probably baggage from House, but nonetheless not my interest in this show as I fast forward through her scenes. I partake in the events and the missions, though definitely not the Bourne Trilogies, it does keep my interest. It definitely is a nice substitute while I wait for Burn Notice as this show is not even close, but does try to resemble it. Not enough drama for me to care about the characters, meaning if one died in the show, I do not think it would matter to me at all. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2010
    5
    This show to me is a poor copy of Alias, more like "Alias-Lite", but I find the acting a bit weak and Annie just doesn't do it for me as aThis show to me is a poor copy of Alias, more like "Alias-Lite", but I find the acting a bit weak and Annie just doesn't do it for me as a covert agent. I think I was spoiled by Jennifer Garner and after watching Nikita, this show just is weak. It's the only way I can describe it. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2010
    4
    From the promotion and the looks of it this show showed some promise but it never picked up. It was mediocre at best. That only tells me thatFrom the promotion and the looks of it this show showed some promise but it never picked up. It was mediocre at best. That only tells me that maybe I've watched way to many spy or cop shows and that it would take something remarkable to impress me. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2011
    0
    saw the show - loved the story - cant watch anymore because the lead lady is so annoying by flipping her hair constantly. why does she insistsaw the show - loved the story - cant watch anymore because the lead lady is so annoying by flipping her hair constantly. why does she insist on doing that? Expand

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