Sleeper Cell

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  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (6,698)

Sleeper Cell is a thrilling drama series that premiered on Showtime in 2005, which explores the world of terrorism and intelligence work in post-9/11 America. The show features an all-star cast, including Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr, Henri Lubatti, and Melissa Sagemiller, who brilliantly portray their characters throughout the series.

The show follows Darwyn Al-Sayeed (played by Michael Ealy), a Muslim FBI agent who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist cell in Los Angeles. Darwyn is a former Islamic militant who converted to Christianity and joined the FBI after serving time in prison. He is recruited by the bureau to gather intelligence on an Islamic extremist group planning a major attack on American soil.

The group is led by Farik (played by Oded Fehr), a cunning and charismatic operative who is plotting a major terrorist attack against the United States. Farik and his team are determined to carry out their mission, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.

Throughout the series, Darwyn must maintain his cover identity as a devout Muslim and gain the trust of the terrorist group's members. He must navigate the complexities of their world while also working to prevent a catastrophic attack on American soil.

Darwyn's cover identity allows viewers to explore a world that is not commonly shown in mainstream media. We see the ways in which Muslims in America navigate their faith and their identities amidst the heightened surveillance and racism that post-9/11 America brings with it. Darwyn learns to strike a balance between his duty as an FBI agent and his obligations as a Muslim.

As the story unfolds, we see the personal struggles of each character as they try to reconcile their faith with their actions. Some characters are born into extremist families, while others are disillusioned by their experiences in America. The show explores the complexities and nuances of extremist movements, while also shining a light on the personal relationships and struggles that exist within these groups.

Sleeper Cell is intense and gripping, with each episode building upon the previous one. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats as Darwyn and his team race against the clock to prevent a catastrophic terrorist attack. The show is not afraid to delve into the darkest corners of humanity, exposing the ugliness of terrorism and extremism while never losing sight of the human beings caught up in these actions.

Overall, Sleeper Cell is an intelligent and powerful series that masterfully blends drama and suspense with a nuanced exploration of the world of terrorism and intelligence work. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of extremism, as well as for fans of high-stakes drama and suspense.

Sleeper Cell is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on December 4, 2005.

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8. Reunion
December 17, 2006
On the heels of successfully thwarting the attack on the Hollywood Bowl, Darwyn grapples with the loss of Gayle and his failure to stop Mina?s suicide bombing in Las Vegas. Upon receiving new intel on Farik?s whereabouts, Darwyn plots a trap for Farik ? using the terrorist leader?s wife as bait.
7. Fitna
December 16, 2006
The day of reckoning has arrived. The Cell members prepare to launch the attack, even as the FBI springs its trap. As Salim escapes the dragnet to exact revenge, Mina and Gayle confront their destiny alone in the desert. Tragedy mars Darwyn?s victory as the Cell reveals one last surprise.
6. School
December 15, 2006
A new terrorist leader takes over the planned nuclear attack on Los Angeles and keeps Darwyn in the dark about the specifics; Mina goes on a mission that endangers Gayle; in Yemen, Farik turns the tables on an idealistic American philanthropist; Ilija's Bosnian homecoming is a disappointment.
5. Homecoming
December 14, 2006
Darwyn and his estranged father have an uncomfortable reunion; Salim wrestles with his sexual identity; Ilija struggles to make it back to Sarajevo for a confrontation with his troubled past; Darwyn learns about Farik's special shipment to L.A. and attempts to intercept.
4. Faith
December 13, 2006
Escapee Farik finds refuge in a safe house in the city of Najran; Darwyn risks blowing his cover to keep a vengeful member of his cell from killing a televangelist; Ilija is guillt-stricken about having to kill a woman to facilitate his escape from Canada.
3. Torture
December 12, 2006
Unable to break Farik, American intelligence sends him to Saudi Arabia, where torture methods are stepped up; terrorist leaders order Darwyn to secure nuclear material, but his new FBI boss refuses to help; Ilija makes it into Canada, but must clear up loose ends before he goes back to Europe.
2. Salesman
December 11, 2006
Darwyn experiences problems on two fronts: as new leader of the cell, and with his new FBI case agent, whose inexperience in the field is a concern. The cell's first order of business is to steal a surface-to-air missile from a former arms dealer in Pakistan; Farik's interrogators turn up the pressure; Ilija has a plan to slip into Canada.
1. Al-Baqara
December 10, 2006
An American Muslim and FBI agent, scheduled to begin a stint as a teacher at Quantico, must first check out a terror suspect; the CIA grills former cell leader Farik.
Where to Watch Sleeper Cell
Sleeper Cell is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sleeper Cell on demand at Showtime, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.
  • Premiere Date
    December 4, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (6,698)