Keri Russell (a pretty white brunette) looks frustrated while sitting in a chair with American and British flags behind her


Title: The Diplomat
Released: 2023

Fix: Felicity Keri Russell, palace intrigue, hot people
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

Amid an international crisis, a career diplomat juggles her new high-profile job as ambassador to the UK and her turbulent marriage to a political star.

FYA Summary:

Okay, so what if Felicity turned into a toughass ambassador and was married to, like, a Greg who was actually smart but also kinda terrible? And she had to solve global conflicts while also dealing with a manchild (Greg) and her growing attraction to a handsome, aloof dude (Ben)? Y’ALL ARE IN RIGHT?!

For those folks who haven’t watched Felicity (you have homework to do!!!): Kate Wyler is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, but she is absolutely ignorant when it comes to navigating social graces, public speeches, and marriage (specifically due to her husband, Hal, who’s also an ambassador and like kind of an asshole?!). So when she’s suddenly given a post in London and thrust into a game of thrones, Kate has to balance her duty to maintain world peace with her desire to maintain her personal sanity.

Familiar Faces:

A handsome white man sits next to a pretty white brunette, both with disbelieving expressions

Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler, Keri Russell as Kate Wyler

Keri Russell, NO NOTES. CLEARLY. It’s great to see her play an awkward yet tenacious genius who constantly fumbles social situations but is always the smartest person in the room. Any other actor might drive you crazy in this role, but Keri makes Kate the gal you want to be besties with (but still jab with your elbow from time to time).

Hal, on the other hand, constantly makes me roll my eyes. AND YET. This show is not just about political diplomacy, it’s about managing romantic relationships, and the unique situation of Hal and Kate is fascinating to see play out.

An Asian American woman with long hair faces off with a Black man in a blue shirt

Ali Ahn as Eidra Park, Ato Essandoh as Stuart Heyford

Speaking of interesting duos, Eidra works for the CIA while Stuart works as the #1 to Kate, and surprise, they’re also dating! I love Eidra’s no-nonsense attitude, and Stuart is SUCH a sympathetic character, trying to do what’s best for Kate while constantly being driven bananas by her behavior.

A gorgeous Black woman with closely shaved hair, holding a glass, stands next to a handsome Black man in a suit

T’Nia Miller as Cecilia Dennison, David Gyasi as Austin Dennison

David, who you may recognize from Interstellar or Annihilation, plays the British foreign secretary, and he’s a total smokeshow. But I honestly can’t tell who’s hotter, him or his sister, played by T’Nia Miller (Foundation, Sex Education). I can’t EVEN with how dynamite she is.

Couch-Sharing Capability: No Nation Is an Island

If it’s not clear by now, allow me to inform you that this is not a party show. It has funny moments, and there’s certainly a lot of attractive people in the mix, but there is nothing rowdy about it. In fact, because there’s so much to follow, I do recommend watching with one or two people so you have a think tank to keep track of things.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Stone Cold War Sober

Y’all, I NEVER say this but… don’t drink while watching this series. There are a thousand things to keep track of! And many of the plot developments, just like a UN negotiation, are subtle as hell. You would also be in line with Kate, who admits that she “doesn’t metabolize red wine really well.”

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Mutual Assured Destruction Enjoyment

The beauty of this series is all in the details. It’s not showy; it’s not romantic; it’s invested in the nooks and crannies of diplomacy, both on a global, political level as well as on a personal scale. While it’s a bit of a slow burn, I think ultimately the show is deeply satisfying and very different from anything else on TV.


We published this review during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. This work would not exist without the labor of writers and actors, and we support their goals. 

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Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.