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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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30 September 2001 (USA)  »

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The number 47 is used repeatedly throughout the series. Examples: Marshall expresses a desire to improve a camera design so that it has 47 exposures; the key code Will needs to get into a computer room in order to retrieve data on SD-6 is 4747; the crate at the Vatican which contains the painting with Rambaldi's cipher-key has a 5-digit catalog number ending in 47; page 47 is always significant in a Rambaldi manuscript; and of course, there are 47 parts to Rambaldi's magnum opus. In episodes of season 3, Sydney tries to retrieve memories of when she is abducted, as she is dreaming... Masked men take her in to a room with the number 47 largely printed on its doors. And also in the dream she sees fireworks when she looks through the window as a reference to 4th of July (4/7). Interestingly, the Star Trek TV shows also feature the number 47 many times (it's usually seen in their monitors). Also server 47 is the number of the server that Sydney needed to get information from to take down sd-6. Ramboldi See more »


During season 4, the shots of downtown Los Angeles are clearly from years past. BP Plaza was renamed Bank of America Plaza in summer 2004, and the Disney Concert Hall is never seen. See more »


Will: Who would live a double life like that?
Sydney: There are people.
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Crazy Credits

All episodes end with the word "ALIAS" appearing on the screen, except for the final episode of the final season in which the message "Thank you for five wonderful years" appears on screen instead. See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.19 (2005) See more »


Alias Theme
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Performed by Michael Giacchino
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ALIAS is my Favorite Show...
29 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch Alias because I had seen the commercial and thought that it had to be interesting. When I flipped it on last September 30th, I was amazed beyond belief and the show quickly became my favorite.

One thing to address is the plot. It's not a soap opera style plot where everyone knows one another and there is set guidelines and plot requirements. Instead there are plot twists, and turns and by the end of ever episode after Sydney has completed a mission (or several) you end up staring at the screen in awe wondering how brilliant the writers must be.

The plot is not the only thing that draws the viewer into the realm of Alias. Another key component would have to be the cast and characters. The main character is Sydney Bristow, who is a grad student and a spy for The CIA... but in the first episode after she divulges her secret to her fiancé and learns of his murder...she also discovers that she has been working for the very people who she thought she was fighting against. Sydney is played by Jennifer Garner, who is to star in DAREDEVIL (which is expected to be released next Feb.) Her character is forced to go through emotional turmoil while attempting to gain justice for the assassination of her Fiancé (Daniel Hecht) with no one to turn to Sydney turns to the real CIA, and she becomes a double agent. Her CIA handler Michael Vaughn (played by Michael Vartan, who has appeared in NEVER BEEN KISSED and the recent release 1 HR. PHOTO) ends up being one of the only people in her life who she can trust and turn to. Their relationship is complex, due to the fact that they can not act on their apparent feelings for one another, eventually there feelings cause danger to be heightened and situations to gain risk…

Another member of the acclaimed Cast is Ron Rifkin who Plays Arvin Sloane, the head of SD-6 which is an agency which is an enemy of the CIA, and of AMERICA. Then there is Victor Garber who portrays Sydney's father, a man who also is affiliated with the CIA and SD-6.

There are many other phenomenal characters and cast members who deserved to be pointed out. Such as Sydney's closest friends Francie and Will. There is also Sydney's partner at SD-6, Dixon and another CIA agent who works with Vaughn named Eric Weiss.

This Show is amazing and this review can not give it justice. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who is looking for a show with depth, drama and a departure from Shows of the past. The plot, dialogue, characterization and acting are spectacular and if your not watching Alias on ABC…You really should be!

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