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DHS- Sleeper Cell title poster
Second Season Poster
Written by Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Angel Dean Lopez
Alexander Woo
Kamran Pasha
Katherine Lingenfelter
Andrew Barrett
Nina Fiore
Directed by various
Produced by various
Starring Michael Ealy
Oded Fehr
Carlos Gómez
Kevin Alejandro
Henri Lubatti
James LeGros
Melissa Sagemiller
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography by various
Editing by various
Distributed by Showtime
Rated TV-MA

Sleeper Cell is an American one-hour drama on the Showtime network that began airing on December 4, 2005. The tagline for the first season was "Friends. Neighbors. Husbands. Terrorists." and the tagline for the second season was "Cities. Suburbs. Airports. Targets."

DHS- Michael Ealy and Oded Fehr in Sleeper Cell

The series was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Miniseries. The eight-episode second season of the series, titled Sleeper Cell: American Terror and premiered on December 10, 2006. Both seasons of the show were originally aired in an unusual fashion, by filming the entire season ahead of time and then airing the episodes on consecutive nights, such that each brand new season was aired for the first time over a period of less than two weeks.

Show Concept[]

DHS- Sleeper Cell gallery photo

Darwyn Al-Sayeed, a 30-year-old American undercover FBI agent who is a Muslim and embracing Islam as his religion, is assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack in Los Angeles. The cell is run by an Arab extremist named Faris al-Farik who disguises himself as a Jew. The members of the cell come from a variety of racial backgrounds and conflicting personalities. The series also portrays the hypocrisy and dichotomy of the cell members who claim to be Muslims but engage in behavior that is sinful in Islam (e.g. sex outside marriage) yet they profess a desire to be martyred for Islam.

Darwyn is supervised by FBI senior agent Ray Fuller, also a close friend who worries for Darwyn's safety.

In the second season, Darwyn infiltrates a new cell that has formed to avenge the defeat of the original cell. When his second handler, Patrice Serxner, is killed in Sudan, Darwyn must try to work with yet another handler, Special Agent Russell. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Gayle is drawn deeper into the intrigue when she's caught between Russell, Darwyn and a member of the cell.

The writers once again offered a non-stereotypical mix of cell members, including a white European woman, a Latino-American man and, in a first for American television, a gay Muslim man.

Cast of Characters[]

Main Protagonists/Antagonists[]

  • Michael Ealy as Darwyn al-Sayeed (Alias: Darwyn al-Hakim)
  • Oded Fehr as Faris "Farik" al-Farik / Saad bin Safwan
  • Henri Lubatti as Ilija Korjenić
  • Alex Nesic as Christian Aumont
  • Blake Shields as Thomas "Tommy" Allen Emerson
  • Melissa Sagemiller as Gayle Bishop
  • Omid Abtahi as Salim
  • Kevin Alejandro as Benito 'Benny' Velasquez
  • Thekla Reuten as Mina

Recurring Characters[]

  • James LeGros as Special Agent Ray Fuller
  • Albert Hall as The Librarian
  • Michael Desante as FBI Special Agent Alim Saleh
  • Joshua Feinman as FBI Tech
  • Sonya Walger as Special Agent Patrice Serxner
  • Megan Ward as Mrs. Fuller
  • John Fletcher as Deputy Attorney General of the US
  • Ally Walker as Lynn Ellen Emerson
  • Raj Mann as Radical Muslim Man
  • Luis Chavez as Khashul
  • Jay R. Ferguson as Special Agent Russell
  • Michael Rady as Jason
  • Susan Pari as Samia
  • Sarah Shahi as Farah
  • Angela Gots as Carli