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TV Series

Some days there is nothing more satisfying than getting home from work, putting on sweats (or pajamas) and watching a great television series for hours on end. The only down side of binge-watching a television series you love is when you come to the end and, not to sound too dramatic, are left with a void.

 Even though it’s already in it’s sixth season, “Homeland” with Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, is a show I just recently started watching. It is a gripping series with fabulous acting, but a little panic started setting in when the end was nearing. Fortunately, a friend and co-worker had a recommendation, “The Bureau”, a French series that is available on DVD through the library.  It stars, Mathieu Kassovitz, who plays Malotru, a French Secret Service agent who has been brought back to Paris after serving years undercover in Damascus trying to find potential sources. The series follows his adjustment back to “normal” family life in Paris as well as the clandestine operations of a very secret branch of the French intelligence service.

Another series that was recommended to me is the AMC show “Turn” starring Jamie Bell that dramatizes the untold story of America's first spy ring. It is based on the book “Washington’s spies’ by Alexander Rose.  The series follows Abe Woodhull who is a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island during the Revolutionary War. Woodhull, with his friends, form the Culper Ring, a team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spy craft. This series has so much going for it- great acting, compelling storylines, and a bit of history.

“Restless” is a 2012 BBC miniseries starring Michelle Dockery from Downtown Abbey. Ruth is stunned to learn that her mother, Sally, has been living a double life. We learn that Sally’s real name is Eva Delectorskaya, she worked as a spy for the British Secret Service in the 1940s, and now someone is stalking her. Thirty years later, her cover blown, she turns to her daughter to help and faces her former spymaster.

There are loads of series to choose from at the library. When you’re in the mood to lose yourself in something, just come browse shelves to see what series are available at the library!


By Caroline Badowski, Reference Librarian