11:55am PT by Tim Goodman
Tim Goodman Picks the 5 Best Spy Shows of All Time
This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
With British spy miniseries The Game set to debut Wednesday night on BBC America, The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman took the opportunity to pick his five favorite shows in the spy genre.
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