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“The Assets” is an eight-part limited series based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. “The Assets” will look inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA. “The Assets” stars Paul Rhys (“Borgia”) as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker (“Venus”) as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (“Babel”) as Jeanne Vertefeuile, Stuart Milligan (“Jonathan Creek”) as Paul Redmond, Julian Ovenden (“Downton Abbey”) as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole (“Casino Royale”) as Louisa, and Ralph Brown (“Withnail and I”) as Lawrence Winston. “The Assets” is based on the book “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed” by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuile. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman executive produce the series. “The Assets” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.
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May 2, 2016 10:16PM EDT
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You can't watch series based or inspired on true events -- as true as we can get from our extremely-unreliable main-stream media -- without letting yourself be transported by the fictional aspects of the production. This series does just that. Once you get over the "did he really do that" and the "did she actually say the other," when you fully immerse yourself in the story you're being presented regardless of how much of it is fiction or not, "The Assets" is an incredibly well-crafted story. It grows on you, and it gets much better towards the last episodes. This truly is one the best spy serials I've seen, although it's no match to Homeland and The Americans. Forgiving Sandy's relationship with her husband which gets a tad mushy at times, she's the wonderfully complex type of woman you can't help cheering and rooting for in her quest to find "the mole." The mole himself also plays an incredible character -- extremely believable in his devil-guided workings and sleepless nights.

Getting back to my initial thoughts above, if we think that our soup-letter institutions are only as inept, blind, evil, bureaucratic, and corrupt as the glorious CIA is in "The Assets," we might be in for a large surprise. In the real world of secretive military institutions and evil politicians, things are probably much, much uglier.

You can't watch series based or inspired on true events -- as true as we can get from our extremely-unreliable main-stream media -- without letting yourself be transported by the fictional aspects of the production. This series does just that. Once you get over the "did he really do that" and the "did she actually say the other," when you fully immerse yourself in the story you're being presented regardless of how much of it is fiction or not, "The Assets" is an incredibly well-crafted story. It grows on you, and it gets much better towards the last episodes. This truly is one the best spy serials I've seen, although it's no match to Homeland and The Americans. Forgiving Sandy's relationship with her husband which gets a tad mushy at times, she's the wonderfully complex type of woman you can't help cheering and rooting for in her quest to find "the mole." The mole himself also plays an incredible character -- extremely believable in his devil-guided workings and sleepless nights.

Getting back to my initial thoughts above, if we think that our soup-letter institutions are only as inept, blind, evil, bureaucratic, and corrupt as the glorious CIA is in "The Assets," we might be in for a large surprise. In the real world of secretive military institutions and evil politicians, things are probably much, much uglier.

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Oct 12, 2014 7:19PM EDT
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nice short show to get in to

nice short show to get in to

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by photono
Aug 12, 2014 10:29AM EDT
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This was a great period piece and I suspect follows to the book very closely. I didn't recognize any of the actors but thought it was all done very well. I am very grateful for ABC to release those lost few episodes months later instead of not doing it at all. Thanks! I would hope the younger generations will appreciate the authenticity and detail put into the production. Great finale and great shortest-lived TV series I have seen in a few decades. This crew managed to bring me to tears in the final episode before the characters started to weep.

This was a great period piece and I suspect follows to the book very closely. I didn't recognize any of the actors but thought it was all done very well. I am very grateful for ABC to release those lost few episodes months later instead of not doing it at all. Thanks! I would hope the younger generations will appreciate the authenticity and detail put into the production. Great finale and great shortest-lived TV series I have seen in a few decades. This crew managed to bring me to tears in the final episode before the characters started to weep.

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Jun 16, 2015 12:24PM EDT
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pretty good show

pretty good show

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by vronmo
May 23, 2015 11:50AM EDT
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Informative, but slow in my opinion. Good way to learn about the double spies and soies of the cold war.

Informative, but slow in my opinion. Good way to learn about the double spies and soies of the cold war.

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by jazeronContributor
Jan 23, 2015 10:03AM EST
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Oh we really liked this adult couple spy series. We were surprised to find it cancelled actually. Though we picked up The Americans soon after and never looked back. If you liked this show, I suggest you do the same.

Oh we really liked this adult couple spy series. We were surprised to find it cancelled actually. Though we picked up The Americans soon after and never looked back. If you liked this show, I suggest you do the same.

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Jan 20, 2015 10:43AM EST
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the assets is a great story that i would have never know about until i watched this show, its really good

the assets is a great story that i would have never know about until i watched this show, its really good

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Dec 27, 2014 6:49PM EST
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Its a good show story wise, follows real life facts, very infomative but it's kind of slow for my taste

Its a good show story wise, follows real life facts, very infomative but it's kind of slow for my taste

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Dec 17, 2014 12:07PM EST
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A little bit too dreary but very informative.

A little bit too dreary but very informative.

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Nov 1, 2014 5:53AM EDT
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A very nicely made Mini-Series about a true story. Nothing too James-Bondy, but still some ideas how things might have gone down in that certain era. Watched it within a couple of days...

A very nicely made Mini-Series about a true story. Nothing too James-Bondy, but still some ideas how things might have gone down in that certain era. Watched it within a couple of days...