Covert spies normally have a habit of, well, dying. Their profession is fraught with dangerous activities like trying to kill other, more dangerous individuals who are equipped with various weapons and other cohorts. Throughout televisions long and illustrious history there has been a number of shows dedicated to spies and their endeavors. Here is a list of six TV spies who were very covert and managed to be so undercover that even their families didn't recognize them.
Napoleon Solo, "The Man From Uncle."
Robert Vaugn's Napoleon was a elegant, charming and sophisticated detective who worked alongside the Russian Illya Kuryakin at the height of the Cold War to thwart international espionage. This often involved the duo working deep undercover so that they could infiltrate their foes but with Napoleon being so god damn smooth and handsome he would often have no problem achieving this. It was that damn British accent, it always works.
Jack Bauer, "24."
If you need a man to integrate himself into a Mexican drug cartel or fake his own death in order to protect his families lives, Jack Bauer is your man. Kiefer Sutherland's intense turn as the CTU kingpin was perfect for the post 9/11 audiences and showed that there was someone ready to protect us if the worst was to happen again. He also taught us how to take out someone's entire indigestion system just with a wet towel.
Sydney Bristow, "Alias."
Before JJ Abrams took us to some mystical island that looked suspiciously like Hawaii and reinvigorated the "Star Trek" franchise he showed us that not all spies were gruff and ugly cretins but that they could also look as beautiful as a rainbow. Jennifer Garner's Sydney was so transcendent that she could make anyone do whatever she wanted. A pretty good trait to possess as a spy.
Emma Peel, "The Avengers."
Before Nick Fury assembled his own version of "The Avengers" that featured a philanthropist and a radiated scientist, British airwaves had its own version. However this show followed the exploits of the British intelligence and featured the wonderful Emma Peel, whose leather clad attire sent 60s audiences loco in appreciation for her fabulous body. A true feminist icon that girls could be proud of.
Michael Westen, "Burn Notice."
"Burn Notice" focuses on the exploits of an agent who, after an operation ends poorly in Nigeria, finds himself branded as unreliable and has all of his assets taken from him. "Burned," as it's called in the industry. Michael looks to investigate his demise and to do so he must go undercover in a variety of scenarios to find out information and he often has a variety of weapons and quick witted responses at his disposal. The series usually involves Michael doing some benevolent deed every week, while he slowly peels back the layers about who truly burned him.
Sarah Walker, "Chuck."
Agent Sarah Walker is a drop dead gorgeous spy who is forced to protect the titular star of the show after the knowledge he possesses makes him a target for a variety of different forces. Sarah's attempts to remain covert mean that she has to get a job at a restaurant near where he works and even has to pretend to be his girlfriend. All for the love of the job.