Parents' Guide to

The Game

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Espionage drama is smart, twisty Cold War tale.

TV BBC America Drama 2006
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The deeply creepy idea of shadowy terrorists seeking to sneak warheads onto enemy soil resonates with American viewers, which lends menace to this already heart-stoppingly thrilling show, easily the equal of the early seasons of Homeland or cable drama The Americans. The pacing is quick, the motives murky, the characterizations deft. We know everything we need to know about one agent when she sizes up an undercover colleague as a spy because he hadn't thought to crack the spine of the novel he was pretending to read.

Knowing the history of how the Cold War developed and turned out is useful -- things move pretty fast on-screen -- but it doesn't spoil the action, as this is a small offshoot of a greater conflict examined under a microscope. The proceedings do require that viewers pay attention, as many characters are thrown at you all at once, and things are not neatly summed up by clunky bits of exposition. Many of the most important lines are thrown off or mumbled; much action takes places offscreen. However, that only serves to make what's on-screen more emotionally juicy and resonant. The Game is brilliant drama.

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