5 Reasons You Should Spy on ABC's The Assets 

ABC's The Assets has intrigue, Cold War spy culture, moles, spies, and badass women!

By: Victoria A. Brownworth
January 09 2014 3:39 PM

The Assets, ABC’s new limited series debuted Jan. 2 and runs until we all turn to the Olympics (or not). If you loved FX’s The Americans, the Reagan-era spy drama that made many year-end best lists, you will also love The Assets.

The limited series is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, the two CIA counter-intelligence agents who caught Ames. The Assets is a fascinating period drama about how the Cold War ended and who helped to bring it to a close. If you missed the first installment, watch it at ABC.com, but this series has to be watched at the edge of one’s seat from beginning to end.

5. Spies

Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning exposed just how deep spy culture still goes in the U.S. The CIA is bolder and broader than ever. From James Bond to Sydney Bristow, Jason Bourne to Carrie Matthison, we love spies on the big and small screen. Aldrich Ames is one of the most compelling. In The Assets, Paul Rhys chews the scenery as Ames with an icy gusto.

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