Parents' Guide to

Spycraft

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docuseries offers superficial history of espionage.

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People tend to know more about spies from entertainment than from real life. That's what makes Spycraft's premise so intriguing. Unfortunately, the show feels more like clickbait than a true documentary. It hooks you by promising a look into an unseen world. But rather than give true insight into the world of espionage and the lives of spies, the series simply compiles relatively well-known spy stories from the past 50 years or so of headlines. Other than some interviews with high-level government officials, the show is just basic research, dramatic reenactments, and stock footage. Not much consideration is given to telling the stories in exciting or suspenseful ways, and Dylan Berry's awkward, lifeless narration only makes things worse. Ultimately, despite its thrilling premise, Spycraft doesn't deviate much from the same well-trod territory that most espionage documentaries have taken in the past.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 20, 2021
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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