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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingadora  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the opening credits, the Rambaldi symbol is flashed over the "Alias" logo for exactly one frame. During at least the first season, this happens while Victor Garber's name is on screen. Also, the images moving behind the logo are home movies of creator J.J. Abrams' children during a 4th of July celebration. See more »


In many of the episodes when Sydney visits other "countries", one can identify that filming took place in the US because of American telephones, traffic lights, types of signage, types of cars, architecture, door frames and door knobs in the background. Those are subtle for the most part but people living in the countries depicted feel that "something isn't quite right". See more »


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

Opening credits generally do not appear until after the first act, 10-15 minutes into the episode, an unusually late appearance for an American TV series. See more »


Referenced in Super 8 (2011) 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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