"Covert Affairs" is an action drama that aired on the USA network for five seasons from 2010 to 2014. It details the exploits and adventures of CIA agent Annie Walker, played by Piper Perabo. Following in the footsteps of "Alias," the show turned the typical action genre on its ear by featuring a strong female lead in place of the usual male protagonist.
Perabo is joined in the cast by several well-known TV veterans. Coming off a successful run as the patriarch of the Cohen family on "The O.C.", Peter Gallagher plays a disgraced CIA operative. Known from "Mad Men" and "House," Anne Dudek portrays Annie's older sister. Well-versed in the TV procedural, Hill Harper plays a fellow spy with questionable allegiances.
Each season of the series draws its episode titles from the discography of a particular band. Aside from the pilot, the titles of episodes from the first season are all titles of Led Zeppelin songs. R.E.M. songs provide the names for the second season. The third, fourth and fifth seasons use titles from David Bowie, The Pixies and Pavement, respectively.
The show's fifth season was unexpectedly its last. The USA network cancelled the show after the costs for location filming and retaining actors outpaced the revenue brought in by the show's declining viewership. Fans were left in the lurch as the final season ended on a cliffhanger, with the main character facing difficult choices.