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The Agency (2001 TV series)

The Agency is a CBS television drama that followed the inner-workings of the CIA.[1] It aired from September 27, 2001 until May 17, 2003, lasting two seasons.

The Agency
Created by Michael Frost Beckner
Starring Beau Bridges
Ronny Cox
Gil Bellows
Rocky Carroll
Gloria Reuben
Paige Turco
David Clennon
Richard Speight, Jr.
Jason O'Mara
with Daniel Benzali
and Will Patton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Gail Katz
Wolfgang Petersen
Michael Frost Beckner
Shaun Cassidy
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Radiant Productions
Shaun Cassidy Productions
Studios USA Television
(season 1)
Universal Network Television
(season 2)
CBS Productions
Original network CBS
Original release September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) – May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)

The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Michael Frost 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 third episode of the first season.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist events 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.



Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)
2 22 September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)

DVD releasesEdit

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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