7.9
1,552 votes
Counterpart

Counterpart

Starz 2018

After discovering that the spy agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension, a low-level UN bureaucrat in Berlin is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and danger and must determine if he can trust his near-identical counterpart in the other world.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Counterpart

Counterpart - S2E6

#1 - Twin Cities

8.16

Season 2 - Episode 6

The origins of the Crossing are revealed.

The episode was rated from 849 votes.

Counterpart - S2E10

#2 - Better Angels

8.16

Season 2 - Episode 10

Mira's looming threat forges some unlikely alliances.

The episode was rated from 777 votes.

Counterpart - S2E9

#3 - You to You

8.11

Season 2 - Episode 9

Management makes a historic decision. Emily sends a warning. Quayle, Clare and Temple investigate the final Indigo cell. Howard Prime reaches out to an old contact.

The episode was rated from 779 votes.

Counterpart - S2E8

#4 - In from the Cold

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 8

Howard Prime and Emily work together to figure out Indigo's plans. Clare and Quayle consider their future. Howard must face the truth about his wife.

The episode was rated from 781 votes.

Counterpart - S1E9

#5 - No Man's Land (1)

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 9

Howard attempts to thwart the Guest's plans. Howard and Emily chase Kaspar.

The episode was rated from 1457 votes.

Counterpart - S1E7
#6 - The Sincerest Form of Flattery
7.93
Season 1 - Episode 7

Clare's past is revealed. Quayle suffers through his own birthday party.

The episode was rated from 1553 votes.
Counterpart - S2E5
#7 - Shadow Puppets
7.92
Season 2 - Episode 5

A new revelation puts Howard Prime and Quayle in jeopardy. Life at Echo is disrupted. Clare reconnects with her past.

The episode was rated from 821 votes.
Counterpart - S1E6
#8 - Act Like You've Been Here Before
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 6

Aldrich questions a not-too recent death in the office. Emily, Howard and Shaw follow a lead.

The episode was rated from 1570 votes.
Counterpart - S1E10
#9 - No Man's Land (2)
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 10

A crisis at the O.I. leaves both Howards stranded.

The episode was rated from 1403 votes.
Counterpart - S1E8
#10 - Love the Lie
7.83
Season 1 - Episode 8

The aftermath of the Indigo school discovery takes an emotional toll. Quayle grapples with his wife's new identity.

The episode was rated from 1457 votes.

Last updated: jan 25, 2021

Comments

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The setting is contemporary, judging by the automobiles, but the ambience is decidedly 1950's era spy film noir. As for genre, I'm forced to call Counterpart science fiction, in that it involves parallel universes, but it's really like nothing else within that genre. The general scenario is this: 30 years ago, for reasons unknown, reality split into two bifurcating, independent time lines. Until that point, all was unified, meaning that every character alive at that point shared identical histories. Now, things have begun to diverge. But there is a doorway between the universes in a building in Berlin. Again, for reasons unknown, the two sides have been both communicating with, and spying on, one another through this doorway, and this is where our protagonist Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) comes in. "Our" Howard is a low level functionary in this spy agency who hasn't a clue as to what is really going on until, one day, his counterpart arrives with news that a woman from "their" side has been sent over to assassinate people on "our" side, including Howard's comatose wife. No one knows why, which is the prevailing state of awareness in this decidedly curious story. "Other" Howard decides that "our" Howard is critical to his investigation and, thus, the strange alliance begins. J.K. Simmons is a phenomenal actor, despite often being cast in secondary roles, and Counterpart is truly his opportunity to shine. He plays a single character, but one with two separate backgrounds despite shared childhoods, a role requiring some subtlety and nuance. He plays both characters to perfection as the similarities and differences between the two create something of a broader character that calls into question our notions of identity. In a way, Counterpart is an examination of the concept of self, or soul, but it is also an engaging mystery/thriller. Like its main character, the sum is both greater than, and equal to, its parts.

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awesome fully enjoying this - love the twist im addicted !!

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Mindbogglingly boring. I am a huge scifi fan, I love almost everything in the scifi and fantasy genre. So of course I was looking forward to this, two parallel worlds where the protagonists meet and interact, how cool is that premise? Turns out it wasn't, isn't nor will be cool or even interesting. It was dull, forseeable and an utter piece of crap. Do yourself a favor and just skip this one.

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Fantastic show, refreshing from the usual US produced TV drivel.

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This series has earned a spot in my "Top TV Series" list. It is a spy thriller with a SciFi premise. However, once the premise is established in the first episode it is all spy story from there on. There is a dark 50s bureaucratic vibe to the production and the action is a slow reveal. Fantastic international cast (J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Nazanin Boniadi, Ulrich Thomson, Sara Serraiocco), the acting is superb and the mystery is captivating. Some great themes, like, "How much of who I am is dependent on circumstance rather than character?" I've upped my rating of this series from a 9 (superb) to a 10 (totally in) out of 10. [Spy Thriller]

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jk simmons, you are the real deal. sad that this show didn't receive more traction.

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Counterpart is an unusual genre, somewhere between Man in the high castle, and Altered Carbon, but it is definitely one of my favorite show so far in 2018

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Not sure why I kept watching. I guess I was expecting it to get good. They waste an interesting concept and under two seasons not really much happens. The seasons could've been compressed into one season. [spoiler]"Twin Cities" i.e. the parallel Earth and the first meeting of the managements should've been episode 6/7 S1.[/spoiler] The terrorists and security/agents/police seem to be idiots concerning tactics and abilities depending on where they want the plot to go.

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A little complicated. But the background music is well furnished.

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GOOD series, but you have to be willing to pay attention, there’s a lot going on in season 1

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