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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Release Date:

30 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Bank of America tower in Manhattan is used as the exterior shot of the CIA. Headquarters in season 1. JJ Abrams later used this building as the exterior of the Boston Federal building in Fringe. See more »


Many episodes feature a sequence in which a long-distance sniper uses a laser sight to hone in on a target, but a real sniper would never even consider using one. First of all, the laser gives away the presence of the sniper which, although used successfully in the show, completely defeats the purpose of a hidden sniper. Second, and more importantly, a laser sight is completely worthless to a sniper because there are so many factors that affect the trajectory of the bullet on long-distance shots - wind, altitude drop, and the Coriolis effect on very long shots to name a few - and have no affect whatsoever on the laser that the bullet would wind up being at least several feet, if not several yards, away from target the laser pinpoints! See more »


Sydney: Vaughn?
Vaughn: How come you never call me Michael?
Sydney: I call you Michael sometimes.
Sydney: Vaughn.
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Crazy Credits

The first few episodes of the first season do not have the "My name is Sydney Bristow..." introductory monologue; neither does the later season 1 episode "Q & A." By midway through the second season, the opening narration (which by that point was no longer recited by 'Jennifer Garner') was replaced altogether with a recap of previous episodes. See more »


Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) See more »


Alias Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
Performed by Michael Giacchino
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The reason television was invented
22 May 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I simply cannot understand anyone who slates this show, unless perhaps they simply were not intelligent enough to follow it's superbly complex and intricate story. The immaculate acting of both Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin alone should be enough for anyone, but the incredible plot twists and threads, superb character development and, dare I mention it, exciting action sequences too, just add to this outstanding show.

Personally, I was hooked from the first episode, but I strongly urge anyone who has either never seen it, or seen a few episodes and dismissed it, to give it a chance. I agree it might be a little frustrating, particularly in the first two seasons, because (much like that other fantastic JJA show, Lost) each episode leads directly into the next and so missing an episode can be confusing, but it really is worth it.

Watching the final episode and understanding just how everything in the past five years has been building up to the conclusion made me realise just how talented the writers were. Although I am glad the show went out on a high (although there never really was a low point), I still mourn the loss of possibly the greatest television show on Earth.

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