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Counterpart 

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A hapless UN employee discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension that's in Cold War with our own, and where his other self is a top spy. The war slowly heats up thanks to spies from both sides.

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Series cast summary:
J.K. Simmons ...  Howard Silk 19 episodes, 2017-2019
Olivia Williams ...  Emily Burton Silk 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Harry Lloyd ...  Peter Quayle 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Nazanin Boniadi ...  Clare Quayle 17 episodes, 2018-2019
John Funk ...  Howard / ... 15 episodes, 2017-2019
Sara Serraiocco ...  Baldwin 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Nicholas Pinnock ...  Ian Shaw 14 episodes, 2018-2019
Ulrich Thomsen ...  Aldrich 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Christiane Paul ...  Mira 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Betty Gabriel ...  Naya Temple 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Mido Hamada ...  Cyrus 8 episodes, 2017-2018
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Counterpart is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross - where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, "what if our lives could have been different?" Written by ahmetkozan

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Release Date:

10 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Both Nazanin Boniadi and Mido Hamada were on Homeland (2011). See more »

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First episode only... so far, so good...
14 December 2017 | by CorumJISee all my reviews

This is an odd, quirky piece, not a lot of action, but a lot of "what the hell...?" to keep you engaged.

The central character, played by well-known character actor JK Simmons with aplomb, discovers that the agency he works for has a strange little secret, which he had no inkling about before. Decades before, the agency inadvertently opened a portal to another dimension, with an earth that was identical, but, once the portal opened, they began to diverge steadily.

It's clear that this is not so much a "whodunnit", as a "whosdoingit and why?" I expect to enjoy this one. It seems to be a very subtle, low-cost SF thriller.


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