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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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Justin Marks
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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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USA

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English

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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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In high school show runner Justin Marks and executive producer Jordan Horowitz were in a band together called The Side Project. As seen on The IMDb Show (2017). See more »

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Interesting, well done, entertaining
18 February 2019 | by bogus-bogus-oneSee all my reviews

This show has everything I love about entertainment. It science fiction about a cold war with three main classes of players, "management", spy's and their "counterparts". The rest of the population (us viewers) watch the difficulties and negotiations of their daily situations and relationships.

Each episode is well written, with subtlety. I would describe the acting as authentic, understated and nuanced ( which I much prefer to screaming melodrama). I can understand the motivations of each character and I cared about them.The period is an impressive combination of elements from cold war era in Germany thru to the present day. There are many technological gadgets on display to "excite the eye" but they are totally believable. I especially liked the old computers with green screen and short wave radios with a "steam-punk" twist.

This may be classified as sci-fi but its really a sophisticated study of people and the choices made (or not) in differing situations. It's a fantastic ride that remains relate-able from beginning to end.


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