The Optimists TV Series Overview


The Optimists (Optimisty, Оптимисты) is a Russian spy drama series that brings a 1960’s “Mad Men” aesthetic to the Nikita Khrushchev-era, set during peak Cold War.


The show opens during the 1959 American National Exhibition in Sokolniki and continues to unravel the Russian and American acts of espionage and the personal lives affected by the fragile geopolitical picture.

The Optimists Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Michael Idov.
  • Director(s): Aleksey Popogrebskiy.
  • Producer(s): Valeriy Todorovskiy and Anton Zlatopolskiy.
  • Writer(s): Misha Shprits, Lily Idov, Mikhail Idov, and Lena Vanina.
  • Music: Jongnic Bontemps and Anna Drubich.
  • Cinematography: Evgeniy Privin.
  • Editor(s): Aleksey Bobrov.
  • Production: Marmot-film.
  • Distributor(s): Vserossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Televizionnaya i Radioveshchatelnaya Kompaniya (VGTRK).
  • Release Date: 27 April 2017 to 21 July 2017.
  • Running Time: 44 to 73 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-13.
  • Country: Russia.
  • Language: English (subtitles) and Russian.

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