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To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous "non-official cover" -- that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm.

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 John Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Edward Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tom Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Alice Tavner (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Leslie Claret / ... (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Detective Agathe Albans (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Dennis McClaren / ... (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Peter Icabod (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Lawrence Lacroix (10 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Stephen Tchoo (9 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Jack Birdbath (8 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Det. Lucie Prum-Waltzing / ... (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Ally O'Dhonaill (8 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Mahtma El-Mashad (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Numi (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Sophie (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mikham Candahar (6 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Gregory Gordon (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Kkyman Candahar (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Sandrine Gernsback (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Edgar Barros / ... (5 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Lori (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Upscale Hotel Lobby guest / ... (5 episodes, 2017)
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John Tavner doesn't really fit in with his quirky colleagues at the industrial piping corporation where he works. They don't really know much about him, but what they don't realize is that his life has been anything but mundane. To prevent Iran from going nuclear, he has assumed a fake persona as an average businessman when in reality he is actually a highly skilled intelligence officer, who took the piping job because of the routine business trips to Luxembourg, and because the job is secluded and too dull to be noticed. Unfortunately for him a European cop is at his heels trying to discover who he is, his incessantly grim and nervous coworker Mr. Icabod has figured out that he isn't who he says, and Steven, a chubby employee with a recent brain injury, is starting to remember a horrible act which John may have inflicted. Written by Gasmaskproductionsbooks

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The guitar that John plays in the series is a Cole Clark; this is probably Michael Dorman's own guitar, as he hails from New Zealand and the maker is a well known antipodean luthier. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the pipeline company executives grill the main character about his knowledge of pipelines. The head honcho mispronounces the type of weld he is asking about - a fillet weld - which is correctly pronounced "fill-it". See more »

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John Tavner: [angry] Look, I just wanted to talk to your dog on the phone, is there something fuckin' wrong with that?
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Birds of Amsterdam
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Written by Steven Conrad and Michael Dorman
Performed by Michael Dorman
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Don't assume anything from the title, this is a dark and smart comedy
10 January 2017 | by (Tampa) – See all my reviews

Thankfully, this is anything but a paint-by-numbers action series about spies starring somebody like Chuck Norris. This is a quietly hilarious black comedy about the snowballing consequences of acting on inaccurate intelligence information. It's not funny in a slapstick, goofy, unrealistic way like Get Smart of Spy Hard. It's more like Breaking Bad. The comedy surprises you by putting our hero, an intelligence agent, in absurdly bungled situations. These are usually not his fault and almost always made worse by what he has to do to carry out his mission. Shellshocked by what his trusted colleagues' mistakes (maybe even outright incompetence) have put him through, he puts his sadness into autobiographical musical lyrics for folk songs. He plays these with his guitar on park benches and coffee houses in countries where, hopefully, people who hear them won't understand English and rat him out.

His father, a distinguished former Congressman now working for the State Department as his boss, his brother, a loyal but childlike successor to his father's Texas Congressional seat, and his faraway wife help him along and keep him from quitting, getting arrested, or losing his mind. I can't describe to you how much I laughed in the first ten minutes of this pilot or how much I look forward to seeing the rest of them when they're finished. This is something new and unique like (as another reviewer mentioned) the first Coen brothers movie I ever saw. You don't know what's going to happen next, but you know it's going to be wickedly entertaining.


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