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The Bureau

The Bureau

Canal+ 2015

Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their mission is to identify individuals who may be recruited as sources of information. Operating "under caption", that is to say in a fabricated identity from scratch, they live for many years in a permanent duplicity. Our hero just returned from a clandestine mission six years in Damascus. But contrary to what is required by safety rules, he does not abandon his legend and the identity under which he lived in Syria, thus putting in danger the whole system.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Bureau

The Bureau - S1E1

#1 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

Agent Malotru (Debailly) is recalled to Paris after six years undercover in Damascus, and ends his affair with Nadia El Mansour. In Algiers, agent Cyclone is arrested, drunk, despite being avowedly teetotal. Debailly struggles to forget Nadia and to return to a more normal working life. He is assigned to train Marina Loiseau, who will work undercover in Iran. Debailly discovers that Nadia is in Paris and resumes contact with her. Meanwhile, agent Cyclone has gone missing in Algeria.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Bureau from 249 votes.

The Bureau - S1E3

#2 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

Marina starts work at the Institute of Earth Physics. A brief scene shows Debailly, connected to a polygraph, continuing to recount his story. The DGSE interrogates Gherbi to confirm he is not also working for Algerian intelligence. Duflot's brother-in-law works undercover in the Sahara Desert. Meanwhile, Nadia's visits to Lefevbre arouse the suspicion of Syrian agent Nadim. Debailly digs into Nadia's background, and confronts her as to why she is really in Paris.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Bureau from 191 votes.

The Bureau - S1E2

#3 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

Debailly is still under routine surveillance, whilst resuming his affair with Nadia under his cover identity Paul Lefevbre. He starts to question Nadia's reason for being in Paris. Meanwhile, the DGSE hires psychologist Dr Balmes, and asks her to review his state of mind. Agent Gherbi is exfiltrated from Algiers after hearing about Cyclone, and Marina continues preparing for her mission. The episode closes with a brief scene of Debailly recounting his story while connected to a polygraph.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Bureau from 229 votes.

The Bureau - S2E1

#4 - Episode 1


Season 2 - Episode 1

Marina begins to socialise with young Iranians, including Zamani, the son of a well-connected minister. She finds adapting to the internal politics a challenge. The Americans fail to rescue Nadia in an ambush in Lebanon. Debailly threatens to withdraw co-operation; the CIA retaliates by threatening to betray him, then asks him to make a better offer. Debailly offers to share a prospective DGSE source within Iran's nuclear industry. The DGSE discovers that one of ISIS's executioners, Boumaza, is a French national.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Bureau from 187 votes.

The Bureau - S2E2

#5 - Episode 2


Season 2 - Episode 2

Debailly recalls when he first met Nadia, and continues to agonise about her fate. The CIA confirms its interest in Zamani, but Debailly and Marie-Jeanne fall out over Marina's mission; Debailly persuades Deflot to replace her with him as Marina's handler. Debailly tells Marina to get close to Zamani. The Iranian secret police take an interest in Zamani and Marina. The French Government authorises action against Boumaza; Cyclone cultivates the jihadist's family, and Sisteron poses as a supportive lawyer. Duflot continues to hunt for the mole inside the Bureau. Nadia is held prisoner in Syria.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Bureau from 180 votes.

The Bureau - S1E5

#6 - Episode 5


Season 1 - Episode 5

DGSE makes contact with Algerians holding Cyclone, and Sisteron goes to Algeria. The Syrians continue to investigate Paul Lefevbre, testing him by mugging him in the street. They also seek help from the Russians. Meanwhile, DGSE puts Marina through a surprise mock interrogation. DGSE is also concerned that Cyclone's capture could have compromised the Sahara Desert operation, in which the Americans are involved. In flashforward, Debailly continues to recount his story to the Americans.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Bureau from 182 votes.

The Bureau - S5E9

#7 - Episode 9


Season 5 - Episode 9

Marie-Jeanne is back at the Bureau. Sisteron processes information from Karlov. Mikhail must explain to his wife and son the difficult situation they are in. Jonas discovers that the young woman with whom he has had an affair for several weeks is working ... for the Russians.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Bureau from 107 votes.

The Bureau - S4E6

#8 - Episode 6


Season 4 - Episode 6

Under Karlov’s watchful gaze, Malotru initiates Ellenstein’s recruitment. At the DGSE, Sisteron suspects that Cesar is not ready to go on a mission and will not be able to hold his legend undercover. Back in Raqqa, still under Daesh’s occupation, Jonas and Jean-Paul join a battalion of Yazidi women to track down Iode 3.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Bureau from 151 votes.

The Bureau - S1E9

#9 - Episode 9


Season 1 - Episode 9

ISIS threatens to execute Cyclone; Debailly is asked to work on his rescue. Nadim tries to blackmail him with Nadia's life, wanting him to betray Syrian sources; Debailly refuses to do so. The Americans pull out of the Sahara operation; DGSE suspects they may have a mole. Marina is further tested before leaving for Iran. Debailly shares details of the rescue plan for Cyclone with his colleagues.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Bureau from 175 votes.

The Bureau - S2E3

#10 - Episode 3


Season 2 - Episode 3

The DGSE recruits the jihadist's sister, planning to trap and kill Boumaza. Meanwhile the Iranian secret police continues to investigate Marina, and DGSE discovers this from a source. Marina is recalled to Paris, but leaves on an expedition before receiving the message, and is arrested. In Syria, Judge Badran interrogates Nadia about her affair. Duflot suspects that Dr Balmes, who has resigned from the DGSE, may have been the CIA mole, but fails to find any evidence.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Bureau from 186 votes.

The Bureau - S1E4
#11 - Episode 4
Season 1 - Episode 4

The episode starts with a flashforward of Debailly continuing to explain his story. Nadim investigates Paul Lefevbre, and tells Nadia not to see him again. But he finds them having dinner, and interrogates Lefevbre. Nadia confesses her true reason for being in Paris, and Debailly realises that their relationship puts her in danger. Meanwhile, Reza starts to flirt with Marina, and she has to rebuff his advances. DGSE tries to find out if the Algerians are holding Cyclone, and must stop his mother travelling there to search for him.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Bureau from 186 votes.

The Bureau - S1E7
#12 - Episode 7
Season 1 - Episode 7

Debailly continues to be tailed by the Russians. The DGSE meet an Algerian with information about Cyclone. They decide to recruit Nadia; Marie-Jeanne realises that Debailly has not told her the full truth, and confronts him. She also helps Marina compel a second colleague to refuse the Iran secondment, and teaches Marina a lesson about not getting close to her contacts. Debailly continues to be interrogated by the CIA in flashforward; it is revealed that Dr Balmes works for the Americans.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Bureau from 179 votes.

The Bureau - S2E4
#13 - Episode 4
Season 2 - Episode 4

DGSE receives a report that Nadia has been executed in Syria, but the CIA has warned Debailly to anticipate false reports, and agrees to work with him in return for his Iranian source. Marina is interrogated by the Pasdaran, then released, and she returns to Paris. Duflot tells Marina not to contact Zamani, who is coming to Paris, but Debailly then tells her to contact him again. Sisteron and the sister arrange to meet Boumaza on the Syrian border, where the Turkish military intend his capture. However, the sister is communicating secretly with her brother. Meanwhile, after a mock execution, Nadia is given her 'freedom', but forced to work undercover for the Syrian government representing its rebels abroad.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Bureau from 182 votes.

The Bureau - S3E6
#14 - Episode 6
Season 3 - Episode 6

Malotru can only rely on himself and must fight alone to hope to escape his pursuers. Duflot, who had just left office at the head of the Bureau, went to meet Cochise on the banks of the Euphrates. In Baku, Marina is offered a post at the Institute of Seismology.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Bureau from 148 votes.

The Bureau - S3E1
#15 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1

Malotru is hostage to Daech, and the DGSE tries to get him out of this hell with the help of Nadia and his Syrian contacts. The CIA is not enthusiastic about seeing the hostage come back and the potential scandal of its betrayal. Marina, traumatized by her detention in Iran, is devastated by paranoia ...

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Bureau from 154 votes.

The Bureau - S2E7
#16 - Episode 7
Season 2 - Episode 7

Continuing her meeting with Debailly, Nadia insists that DGSE help her escape from her forced role as figurehead for the Syrian rebels. Debailly decides to compromise Nadim by forging his application for asylum; he defects, and Nadia is taken away to a safe house. Debailly and Dr Balmes discover the bug in her office. The CIA stands Dr Balmes down from its service. Meanwhile, the French are close to securing Zamani as a source, only to find he has just been recruited by the CIA. Debailly continues to plan to execute the jihadist.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Bureau from 180 votes.

The Bureau - S4E5
#17 - Episode 5
Season 4 - Episode 5

Just as Karlov is beginning to lose patience, Malotru suggests recruiting Ellenstein. Back at the DGSE, Marie-Jeanne is monitoring a cyberattack, hoping to track down the person responsible for hacking Marina’s phone. Meanwhile in Mosul, Jonas and Jean-Paul are searching for a way through the ravaged city to get to the Collector.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Bureau from 152 votes.

The Bureau - S1E8
#18 - Episode 8
Season 1 - Episode 8

Nadia refuses to betray her country, and is angry at Lefevbre's revelations. Ill from the stress of her situation, she confesses to Nadim, and is flown back to Syria. The Russian FSB confronts DGSE and buys its silence. In Algeria, DGSE fails to plant a bug on the General holding Cyclone; Cyclone is handed over to ISIS. Marina is trained to deal with interrogation by Marie-Jeanne, tested by an Iranian agent pretending to be Reza's wife, and offered the Iran secondment. In flashforward, Debailly continues to talk to the CIA; the Americans do not fully believe his story.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Bureau from 188 votes.

The Bureau - S3E2
#19 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2

As negotiations begin between the DGSE and Daech, via Nadia, Malotru sees a glimmer of hope: one of his jailers is a mole of the Russian secret services and can help. Duflot tries to help Marina overcome her trauma.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Bureau from 146 votes.

The Bureau - S1E6
#20 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6

Debailly continues to investigate the leads on Cyclone. Nadim traces Debailly's daughter Prune and starts asking about him. Marina and another agent force a colleague at the Institute to refuse the secondment to Iran. Debailly realises that the Syrians and Russians are tailing him, and finally tells Duflot about Nadia and her involvement with the Syria talks. Meanwhile, the DGSE identifies who is holding Cyclone for ransom in Algeria.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Bureau from 173 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021



This show is the most realistic picture of an intelligence agency I've ever seen ! The way people talk is subtly polished, in terms of both languages spoken and accents used. The style is very sober, fascinating, impressive and largely differs from Legends, I am hopping up and down with impatience waiting for the next season !


Just finished watching Season 1. This is one spy-thriller that does not focus on action and focuses on drama instead. And as much as I thought I would hate it, I did end up loving it. It does get a bit slow. But some brilliant performances, and a nice dose of character study and character dynamics make this show special. Mathieu Kassovitz as special agent Malotru impresses, with his controlled expressions, and the feeling that he is just on the tip before boiling over. It is only in brief moments of self-reflection when the audience gets to see the perfect spy who committed the one grave mistake of falling in love. Loved it!


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Season 1 through 3 is a solid spy drama using current events as background story, and that makes it very enjoyable. The 4th season is dragging on with the main character, and to be perfectly honest other character in the show could have been developed a lot more and brough firmly in the foreground. That is not the case and this could easily be called the unbelievable adventure of rogue agent Malotru.

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