Berlin Station is a Spy Fiction drama television series created by Olen Steinhauer, starring Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, Leland Orser and Tamlyn Tomita. It has aired on Epix since 2016.
The first season has Daniel Miller as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst in Virginia when he was called in to be stationed in Berlin, Germany after being in the field in Panama for a special assignment. He's ordered to investigate two things after he arrived in Germany: Find out who is Thomas Shaw and what kind of beef he has against the CIA since the agency has been suffering from bad publicity when leaks have resulted in arrests and forced retirement of agency employees.
Meanwhile, the CIA is investigating rumors of a Georgian terrorist who has been living in Germany after he was reformed from his Islamist extremist days. They suspect that something big is going on in Berlin.
The second season starts with Miller returning back to Germany on an undercover assignment while the CIA is checking out a politician who's suspected of using ties with right-wing extremists as part of winning the federal elections.
The series has ended after the third season.
This show provides examples of:
- Depraved Bisexual: Hector DeJean sleeps with both men and women to gain intelligence. His personal life is a complete mess as a result.
- Driving Question: Who's Thomas Shaw and his endgame with the leaks made?
- Gambit Pileup: Nearly every character has their own agenda (some have multiple agendas) and they are all constantly crashing into one another throughout the first season.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Between the CIA and the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz aka the BfVnote , mostly because of the bad publicity the former's receiving and the illegal actions the agency has done over the past.
- Middle Eastern Terrorists: The CIA is suspecting that a supposedly reformed terrorist is helping ISIL by smuggling Muslim sympathizers living in Germany in the guise of an underground refugee transport network.
- A couple of girls planned to travel to Syria in "Unter Druck" when they were picked up by police at the airport.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The actions of Thomas Shaw are similar to what Edward Snowden's been doing after he leaked secrets of the NSA before he went on the run.
- Oh, Crap!: Whenever leaks from the CIA and the BfV are publicly broadcasted to the public in the first season.
- Scenery Porn: Berlin is shown in its glory, including the Brandenburg Gate.
- Shown Their Work: The CIA employees who work in the field are all referred to as "Case Officers" while the local assets that they run are called "Agents", which is Truth in Television despite what decades of spy dramas would have you believe.
- Spy Fiction: Very much a stale beer and cigarettes story. Everyone involved is cynical towards their jobs and most are just trying to survive (as in not get fired rather than not get killed) long enough to retire with a pension. The one tuxedo seen in Season 1 is begrudgingly worn and is discarded as quickly as possible.
- Straw Character: In "Everythings Gonna Be Alt-Right", the CIA has covertly investigated a right-wing politician who plans to use the federal elections to inspire extreme right-wing groups.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Everyone in the CIA's Berlin substation, especially with how they should pursue and hunt down terrorists and protecting defectors.
- Western Terrorists: The Red Army Faction is mentioned by Daniel in "Lights Don't Run on Loyalty" as part of his Dark and Troubled Past brooding with Hector.