A Canadian action-comedy and Work Com that premiered on CBC in early 2011, InSecurity (not "Insecurity" as the page title suggests) is a parody of modern spy fiction. (It was once labeled as "24 minus Jack Bauer.") The show follows a team of agents who work for the fictional National Intelligence and Security Agency centred in Ottawa. Essentially a latter-day Get Smart, but with more Canadian-ness. The show follows the basic character template of all Canadian shows (Deadpan Snarker, Butt Monkey, Only Sane Man, etc.) and drops it into an espionage-themed setting. InSecurity was conceived by Robert de Lint and Virginia White (a director and executive producer of Corner Gas, respectively) who then approached Kevin White (showrunner of Corner Gas). The original pilot revolved around the tedium in electronic surveillance work, but it was rejected on the grounds of being too niche and a second pilot was done in a more 24 style. The show was picked up for thirteen episodes and premiered on January 4, 2011. The first episode was viewed by 740 000 people. (Doesn't sound like a lot by American standards, but it's a respectable audience up here.)A second season is already complete and a DVD release for the 1st season is out there. However, the series won't be continued due to budget cuts made by the Canadian federal government for 2012.Head here for the Shoutout page.
This show provides examples of:
Action Girl: Jojo and Alex both fit this a lot of the time.
Air-Vent Passageway: In "The Ghost", the titular villain leads Alex into the vents before replacing the grate cover and trapping her.
All Nations Are Superpowers: In the show Canada has secret programs to develop advanced stealth submarines and portable supercomputers, has suborned the Norwegian prime minister, and has a shadowy rivalry with the Dutch. In reality, Canada has second-hand British submarines plagued with technical problems, is on good terms with the Netherlands, and has no official foreign espionage program under CSIS...or so we're led to believe, anyway
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: According to N'udu, when Peter goes drinking he loses something. Those things include keys, files, laptop, and... N'udu's FLAMETHROWER.
Big Bad Duumvirate: In "The Kwan Identity", The Anti-Monarchist People's Popular Front of the Republic of Eire, an anti-monarchist, Ottawa-based terrorist cell and the Silver Kings, an Asian-Canadian street gang.
Bi the Way: Peter, in the episode "Keeping up with the Laslovs", openly admired Victor, stating that he's a "handsome, Russian devil" and not blaming Alex for making out with Victor because "the guy's ripped." However, he has shown feelings for Alex, most notably in the episode "Death by Birthday." See Getting Crap Past the Radar as well.
However, earlier in the same episode, Peter seems impressed by the physique of a CIA agent/male stripper.
California Doubling: An only-in-Canada variant — set in Ottawa, filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Can Not Spit It Out: When Peter believed Alex was going to die in "Death by Birthday", he tried to tell her his feelings (and he sort of did.) When Alex was going to say something in return, she fainted and when she got better, thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia, she didn't remember anything at all.
Chekhov's Skill: Jojo is a forensic scientist, code cracker, bomb defusal expert, linguist in English, French, German, Italian and Ojibwe and an expert in keeping Burt quiet. She says she can't speak Mandarin Chinese.
Child Hater: Jojo doesn't like children (and she doesn't seem to be actively malicious to them, as shown in the episode "Recycle after Reading" and they all seem to adore her.)
Happens in a sting operation to arrest Alex's killer with some hilarity in it. This is also part of Bi the Way.
Claude: "You may want to tie up your hospital gown."
Benjamin: "Nobody's asking you to look."
Burt: "And yet I can't turn away."
Go Look at the Distraction: Claude does this to the Ghost to allow Alex to subdue him. It didn't work, but Claude was able to disarm Ghost anyway.
Government Agency of Fiction: The main characters work for NISA, a fictional Canadian agency based partly on the real CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.) It's also mostly based on spy agencies as seen on TV. Same with DISA.
Highly Conspicuous Uniform: NISA's Dutch rivals (DISA) wear orange bulletproof vests. They admit they lose a lot of agents that way.
I Did What I Had to Do: Burt when he stole a prototype item from NISA HQ to ensure the safety of his parents from a DISA cell in Ottawa.
Improbable Weapon User: Alex subduing her kidnapper by smacking her face with a volleyball. When Alex and company were taken hostage by the Mexican Freedom Front, they were suppose to use dental floss, an asthma puffer, saute skewers, and a serving tray to take out the terrorists.
Knife Nut: N'udu has a lot of knives ranging from cutting things to open canned items to killing people in covert ops.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: As mentioned above in "Death by Birthday", but also plays a big role in "The Kwan Identity" when Jojo gets it and her new identity (she was undercover as a drug dealer's girlfriend at the time) actually likes Burt. (In the end of the episode, she's back to normal and Burt tries to hit her over the head with a bowling ball.)
Burt: So, to be clear, we're all just sitting around waiting for this guy to poop?
Alex and the Ghost have both also "never been regular."
Not as You Know Them: In an interview video, Alex tells the NISA interview officer that she enjoys working together with her team due to "great chemistry". Let's say that no one in her team backed up on that.
Western Terrorists: The Ottawa Eight, the Mexican Freedom Front, and the A.M.P.P.F.O.T.R.O.E. or the Anti-Monarchist People's Popular Front of the Republic of Eire (the Irish terrorists in "The Kwan Identity".)
What the Hell, Hero?: NISA after they deployed the SWAT team to the wrong place. The news report calls the unit a bunch of "psychopaths".