Alias (2001–2006)

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Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense.


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Series cast summary:
 Sydney Bristow / ... (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Arvin Sloane (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Marcus Dixon (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Marshall Flinkman (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Jack Bristow (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Michael Vaughn (96 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Eric Weiss (68 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Julian Sark (56 episodes, 2002-2006)
 Francie Calfo / ... (48 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Will Tippin (47 episodes, 2001-2006)


Sydney Bristow is a young, athletic, college graduate who was recruited her freshman year as a secret agent for SD-6, a top-secret branch of the CIA. After a few years -- after Sydney confides her lifestyle to her boyfriend, the evil head of SD-6 -- Arvin Sloan, has him killed. Sydney learns that SD-6 is part of a rogue international agency called the Alliance of 12, out to rule the world. She becomes a double agent, working with the real CIA to bring down SD-6 with the assistance of her handler, Michael Vaughn, and her estranged father Jack Bristow -- also a double agent. Along the way, Sydney fights various rival agents, rival terrorist groups, and traitors all the while keeping her cloak-and-dagger lifestyle a secret from her friends. (Season 1) Written by Matt Patay

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Spying. Stealing. Murder. And You Think Your Family Has Issues. See more »


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Release Date:

30 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingadora  »

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In episode ten of the third season it is finally revealed Sark's first name is Julian. See more »


In the opening credits of season 1 a car explodes and is flipped over. As the explosion occurs the bonnet comes off and it is revealed that the vehicle has no engine. See more »


Sydney: [after Vaughn kisses her] Dinner's ready.
Vaughn: You do have an oven you know, we can reheat.
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Crazy Credits

The fourth season opening credits are presented over rapidly intercut shots of all of Sydney Bristow's aliases prior to the fourth season. See more »


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Performed by Michael Giacchino
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Best show I never heard of
8 October 2015 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I found Alias on one of those top shows on Netflix nobody is watching. I watched the pilot and 6 episodes later went to bed primed for more. I am surprised I had never heard of it given the first two episodes launched the viewer into the world of Sidney at an intense pace, like grabbing a bullet train at full speed and trying to hang on. I'm only half way through the show, but I can't imagine the show self destructing. The pace of Sidney's missions are insanely fast, but that is part of what makes the show exciting. Things happen fast, change fast, and surprises are woven into the story line on a regular basis that are of large magnitude and game changing it is amazing that the show maintains its story with the constant ground breaking changes and shocking revelations. Realistic? Who knows, I'm not exactly in the position to judge the accuracy of a show about the life of being a double agent. Yes, it is a bit unbelievable that a group could fool its participants into believing they are part of the CIA when they are actually acting in complete counter actions to the CIA but then again they are supposed to be black ops under the radar and by definition without the oversight that the CIA has making them buy that the CIA can't acknowledge them because they aren't aware of them. So while it has its stretches it has an incredible pace, is exciting and Jennifer Grarner a treat to watch even though until seeing her in this show is really the first time I've really liked her. In costume she comes off fantastic in her diverse characters and pulls the off great. They make the skinny little woman look capable of taking down 5 foreign intelligence officers as the fights are choreographed to be at a speed and her actions with precision that she has the skills to pull it off. I have read some harsh slams about the show, but it is the best show I've never heard of and am grateful for those lists of good shows nobody watches because I have found several very good shows that may not have won rave reviews but for me are top notch and this is one of them. Might be old, but as I waited for Season 3 of Arrow to come out the day Season 4 started it was a great filler to give me a show to watch that was difficult to fall asleep watching from the adrenaline rush. I love it!

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