This New Docuseries About Espionage Is Currently the #8 Show on Netflix (& It’s Totally Terrifying)

There’s no denying spy thrillers are one of the most popular movie and TV genres these days. But we often forget that international spies and espionage are very real. How much do we actually know about the art and history of espionage? Is what we see in the movies actually accurate?

Lucky for us, a new documentary on Netflix is tackling exactly that. Called Spycraft, the 8-part series does a deep dive into the ways different countries have been attempting to (in many cases successfully) gather information and intelligence from other countries. And did we mention it’s already landed the number eight spot on Netflix’s top ten movies list after just six days on the streaming platform?

We’re not going to lie, while the series is interesting, it’s also pretty terrifying.

Part of the show’s official synopsis reads, “The spy game is a serious business, and throughout history, the tools and technologies developed for it have mattered as much as the spies themselves.” The non-fiction series is actually based on the book of the same way by Henry R. Schlesinger. Similar to most documentaries, Spycraft is comprised of stock footage, reenactments and, of course, expert interviews. 

So, if you’re looking to learn the tools of the trade or simply need some thrilling new content to stream this week, we recommend giving this one a shot.

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