Sydney Bristow was recruited as an undergrad to work for SD-6, which she thought was a government agency. However, when her fiancé is killed by SD-6 agents, she finds out that SD-6 is actually a counter-government agency. Sydney approaches the CIA and becomes a double agent, which means that she goes on SD-6 missions, but passes the information about her missions to her CIA handler, Vaughn. Sydney’s father, Jack Bristow, is also an double agent. Both had a distant relationship for years, but their present situation brings them closer together. Sydney and her father spend the first season trying to foil SD-6’s missions and preventing them from getting their hands on what they are determined to get. For years SD-6 has fought against FTL and K-Directorate, two crime organizations that are also in the pursue of various artifacts build by the 15th century scientist and prophet, Milo Rambaldi. However, when a new player referred to as “The Man” comes to town, FTL and K-Directorate are put out of business and SD-6 engages in the pursue of this new mysterious opponent. After eliminating SD-6 and all of the other SD cells, Sydney, Marshall, Dixon, Jack, and Vaughn are now fully working for the CIA. (taken from tv.com)
There is so much jam packed into this show I can’t believe it’s only 43 minutes an episode (no matter how many times I watch it). The characters are well thought out. I liked that I became so invested in the characters’ lives within one episode and forgot that it’s been less than an hour. The scripts are robust and full of cliffhangers which makes me want to alternatively kill and praise the writers.
The push and pull with Sydney’s father and Sydney’s love life can be somewhat annoying and they sort of lost themselves in Season 4.
I would recommend this to everyone (and not just because of all the eye candy).
p.s. Covert Affairs on USA is a poor rip off of this show and I suggest all fans of that show watch this one to see how it’s supposed to go.