Alias is an American action television series created by J. J. Abrams. It was broadcast on the ABC network for five seasons, from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. It starred Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a CIA agent.
The show's original concept is explained in the following narration, which played during the opening sequence in season one:
"My name is Sydney Bristow. Seven years ago I was recruited by a secret branch of the CIA called SD-6. I was sworn to secrecy, but I couldn't keep it from my fiancé. And when the head of SD-6 found out, he had him killed. That's when I learned the truth: SD-6 is not part of the CIA; I've been working for the very people I thought I was fighting against. So, I went to the only place that could help me take them down. Now I'm a double agent for the CIA, where my handler is a man named Michael Vaughn. Only one other person knows the truth about what I do - another double agent inside SD-6. Someone I hardly know, my father."
For more specific details about the show, its plots, the characters, etc. see below.
Series summary, by season:
Series summary, by season and divided episode recaps:
Series summary, by episode with additional details:
» View the list of episodes at the Episode Guide. »
Additional Series Information
The main actors/characters include:
- Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
- Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
- Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane
- Michael Vartan as Michael Vaughn
- Lena Olin as Irina Derevko
- Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin
- Merrin Dungey as Francine "Francie" Calfo/Allison Doren
- Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon
- Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman
- David Anders as Julian Sark
- Melissa George as Lauren Reed
- Greg Grunberg as Eric Weiss
- Mia Maestro as Nadia Santos
- Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson
- Elodie Bouchez as Renee Rienne
- Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace
- Amy Acker as Kelly Peyton
For more information, see also:
- Show FAQ - Answers to frequently asked questions about the show.
- Definitions & Trivia - Terminology used in the Aliasverse.
- Character Files - Some of the players in this crazy spy caper.