Critic Consensus: Tense and gripping, Counterpart is an absorbing thrill-fest led by J.K. Simmons' multi-faceted dual lead performance.
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Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations 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... where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, "what if our lives… More
as Howard Silk
as Peter Quayle
as Emily Burton Silk
as Ian Shaw
as Alexander Pope
as Roland Fancher
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A Cold War-era Fringe shot through with a sprinkling of Lost, perhaps? The pilot is very promising.
Counterpart has the potential to join the ranks of shows like FX's The Americans or-again-Showtime's Homeland. Both have routinely fought to show history and world events from a perspective other than that of their target audience.
In the most enjoyable who-are-they-now tour de force since Tatiana Maslany's multiple star turns on Orphan Black, Simmons is sensational as Howard Silk.
It's a slower burn than you might expect, but it also grows a little more rewarding with every episode.
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