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Parents' Guide to

The Assets

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Adult-oriented drama digs into the CIA's inner workings.

TV ABC Drama 2014
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Based on 1 parent review

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AY, Another MAYRA.

AY MAYRA. AY AY MAYRA. THIS IS THE BEST SPY SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN, EVEN OVER THE BLACKLIST. And it's not because it travels across the world, you know, when the CIA went from Washington, D. C. to the American Embassy in Russia, It's just that It was a good show. There is maybe 1 sex scene. If so, maybe I'll rate that a 9 or 10. But the series the earliest rating available in public ratings. It was cancelled after only 2 episodes, and I actually wasn't shocked. (Probably because I got to see both of them).

Is It Any Good?

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The book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed isn't required reading for enjoying The Assets, but it would help. Those without at least a cursory understanding of who Ames is and what he did will be a bit lost in the goings-on, when spying terms are thrown about with abandon and things move too quickly for a lot of explanation. That's actually a good thing for the type of viewers who will want to see The Assets, spy junkies who want a look at what really happened.

For said junkies, The Assets is a fiesta of inside information. Viewers will learn a lot about the CIA's inner workings and the United States' Cold War relations with the USSR. It's deeply creepy stuff, and it's illuminating to realize what was behind the Ames headlines. Meanwhile, a lot of the action will be boring for viewers who don't get the importance of what's going on. A clued-in viewer sees the fate of the free world at stake; one coming fresh to the Ames story sees an office worker frowning over pieces of paper in manila files. This is real-life spying, not a James Bond movie; adjust expectations accordingly.

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