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Series cast summary:
Yuriy Maslak Yuriy Maslak ...  Secretary of the German Embassy 13 episodes, 2017
Margarita Adayeva Margarita Adayeva ...  Klava 10 episodes, 2017
Ekaterina Shumakova Ekaterina Shumakova ...  Tonya 9 episodes, 2017
Vladimir Chuprikov ...  Nikita Khrushchev 3 episodes, 2017


The Optimists is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960's "Mad Men" aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War. The show opens during the 1959 American National Exhibition in Sokolniki and continues to unravel the Russian and American acts of espionage and the personal lives affected by the fragile geopolitical picture. Written by Janson Media

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Stylized and done well
21 February 2019 | by awg-07529See all my reviews

The series does an excellent job of being accurate with set details. Clearly they took their cues from Mad Men. The costumes, sets etc are all first rate. the intro is one of the best. Dialogue and character portrayal is an odd mix of serious and in depth and semi sitcom. Not sure if they are to be archetypes but the result is a show that gives you post card views on events from that time. It's not really a serious deep and complex gritty series like an Ozark or and that's ok. It does seem odd that no one seems to swear in the series at all. Worth watching just to get a unique perspective on a critical time in world history.

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