What is The Night Agent about? (and is it worth watching?)

The Night Agent. Luciane Buchanan as Rose Larkin in episode 103 of The Night Agent. Cr. Dan Power/Netflix © 2023
The Night Agent. Luciane Buchanan as Rose Larkin in episode 103 of The Night Agent. Cr. Dan Power/Netflix © 2023 /

It’s been a whirlwind premiere week for The Night Agent, Netflix blockbuster action-thriller series that has taken the world by storm. The series made Netflix history with a second season renewal coming just SIX days after the series premiered. It’s that serious!

While fans of the series will be waiting until 2024 for the next chapter of Peter Sutherland’s story to arrive, it’s still racking up new viewers and diehard fans. If you haven’t yet watched, you’re probably wondering what this new show is that everyone’s talking about.

What is The Night Agent all about, and is it a new show worth watching and getting invested in? Here’s what you need to know about the show’s synopsis and whether it’s worth adding the biggest show on Netflix to your watch list.

What is The Night Agent about?

The Night Agent is based on the book of the same name by Matthew Quirk. However, the series, which was developed by The Shield and S.W.A.T. creator Shawn Ryan, takes some creative liberties that diverge from the plot of the novel.

In the series, a low-level FBI agent working in the White House answers a call on the Night Action phone that places him directly in the center of a far-reaching political conspiracy. When Rose Larkin (Luciane Buchanan) must run from the assassins who killed her aunt and uncle, she’s placed under the protection of Peter. Together, they piece together the mystery of her aunt and uncle’s true identity, what they knew about the metro bombing, and how it connects to Peter.

The series also incorporates a parallel story involving the Secret Service agents tasked with protecting the Vice President’s daughter in college. While seemingly disconnected from Peter and Rose’s story, the Secret Service agents and the Vice President’s daughter soon become integral in the untangling of the truth behind the metro bombing.

Here’s the official synopsis via Netflix:

"Based on the novel by Matthew Quirk, The Night Agent is a sophisticated, character-based, action-thriller centering on a low level FBI Agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings — until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office."

Is The Night Agent worth watching?

If you’re a prospective watcher and wondering whether The Night Agent is worth getting invested in, here’s what you need to know about pressing play. Since the series has already been renewed for a second season, you don’t have to worry about watching the show under the risk of cancellation. Another season has been confirmed to be on the way.

Likewise, the series has been receiving mostly positive reception from critics and audiences alike, leading to the following Rotten Tomatoes scores: 74% from critics and 81% from the audience. Like with any show, it won’t be for everyone, but it’s clearly worth checking out since the series racked up over 168 million viewing hours in its first four days of release.

The Night Agent might not be at the same level of certain Emmy-winning series, but it’s a super-fun, action-packed thriller that will have you entertained for 10 episodes. It very well could be one of the best Netflix shows of the year. If that sounds like something you’d like on your watch list, then it’s definitely a Netflix show worth watching.

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