The Agency (2001 TV series)

The Agency is an American action-drama television series that followed the inner-workings of the CIA.[1] The series was aired on CBS from September 27, 2001 until May 17, 2003, lasting two seasons.

The Agency
Created byMichael Frost Beckner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time44 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) –
May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)

The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Beckner, Shaun Cassidy Productions, and Radiant Productions in association with Universal Network Television and CBS Productions. The program featured unprecedented filming from the actual CIA headquarters.


The show was controversial in its exploration of contemporary international affairs and its treatment of the ethical conflicts inherent in intelligence work. Beckner's pilot script, written in March 2001, posited a re-invented CIA tasked with a "War on Terror" after Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist organization plots a lethal attack on the West. The pilot was to premiere at CIA Headquarters on September 18, 2001, and set to air on CBS September 21, 2001; however, the actual 9/11 attacks convinced the network to hold the pilot and instead air a later episode. That first episode was broadcast later as the fifth episode of the first season.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks changed the way Americans viewed topical entertainment and "The Agency", at the time, was one of the most topical offerings on network television. The producers of the series quickly responded to this new American perspective on world affairs, but CBS canceled the show shortly after the second season's final episode.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)
222September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)

Home mediaEdit

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2
The Agency (22 Episodes from Season 1) N/A October 4, 2004


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1 A-E). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.

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