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Patriot

This unique anti-spy drama is one of Amazon Prime's hidden gems

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

show

English

Binge-Worthy, Thrilling, True-crime

2015

Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus

50 min

Synopsis

Our Take

9.0
Bilal Zouheir

Patriot is about a secret agent meddling with the Iranian elections to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Ok, so like Homeland? Yes, and also very much no. Its protagonist is not a hardened, larger-than-life secret operative but a singer-songwriter stoner with PTSD.

As far as spy dramas go, Patriot certainly takes a lot of risks. Professional assassin John Tavener (played by Michael Dorman), whose dad (played by the amazing Terry O’Quinn from Lost) is the intelligence chief, is on an undercover mission in Iran. But, he’s not sure he wants to be. On top of that, he faces an incompetent federal bureaucracy, challenges to maintaining his cover, and bouts of mental illness.

Tavener is no hero. Patriot is more a mix between offbeat spy thriller and workplace comedy with a lot of dark humor in between.

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