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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 Worst Episodes of Counterpart

Counterpart - S1E2

#1 - Birds of a Feather


Season 1 - Episode 2

Howard and his counterpart must work together. Baldwin comes face to face with her past. Emily, from the other side, attempts to make sense of her orders.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Counterpart from 2357 votes.

Counterpart - S2E1

#2 - Inside Out


Season 2 - Episode 1

While hiding in Howard's life, Howard Prime must avoid detection at home and at the OI. Quayle and Clare struggle to adjust to their new arrangement.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Counterpart from 978 votes.

Counterpart - S1E5

#3 - Shaking the Tree


Season 1 - Episode 5

Howard discovers another side of Emily; Howard and Emily search for answers about a mysterious drop site. Aldrich and Quayle seek intel from an old friend.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Counterpart from 1686 votes.

Counterpart - S2E2

#4 - Outside In


Season 2 - Episode 2

Imprisoned on the Other Side, Howard's loyalties are tested. Emily Prime gets a promotion.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Counterpart from 893 votes.

Counterpart - S1E3

#5 - The Lost Art of Diplomacy


Season 1 - Episode 3

Both sides turn to diplomacy to resolve a conflict. Emily obtains a special visa. Howard interrogates a suspect.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Counterpart from 2045 votes.

Counterpart - S1E1
#6 - The Crossing
Season 1 - Episode 1

Howard Silk, a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based UN 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. The only man he can trust is "Prime," Howard's near-identical counterpart from this parallel world.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Counterpart from 2979 votes.

Counterpart - S2E3
#7 - Something Borrowed
Season 2 - Episode 3

Howard is transferred to a mysterious prison called Echo. An unexpected visit gives Emily a connection to her old life. Emily Prime and Shaw's investigation is met with resistance.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Counterpart from 874 votes.

Counterpart - S2E4
#8 - Point of Departure
Season 2 - Episode 4

Howard Prime, Quayle and Clare must unite against a common enemy. Emily Prime turns her investigation towards her other. Yanek probes Howard's past.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Counterpart from 836 votes.

Counterpart - S1E4
#9 - Both Sides Now
Season 1 - Episode 4

Both Howards deepen their investigation of the conspiracy. Quayle meets one of Howard's sources; Clare must decide what to do about Baldwin.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Counterpart from 1836 votes.

Counterpart - S2E7
#10 - No Strings Attached
Season 2 - Episode 7

The fallout of the lockdown casts suspicions around the OI. Howard and Emily Prime find clues about the history of Management. Clare questions her allegiances.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Counterpart from 802 votes.

Last updated: jan 25, 2021



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.


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


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.


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


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]


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


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


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.


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


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

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