A Classic Spy Cast Revealed for Ted Danson-Led Netflix Series

Netflix has unveiled the ensemble cast for its upcoming comedy project, A Classic Spy. The 13 new cast members — including Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Elizabeth Ellis — join the previously announced series star Ted Danson (The Good Place). 

Danson will be playing the lead character, Charles, a retired man who “gets a new lease on life when he answers an ad from a PI and becomes a mole in a secret investigation.” He will be joined by Ellis as Charles’ daughter Emily, Beatriz as the Pacific View Retirement Residence’s managing director Didi, and Lilah Richcreek Estrada (Chicago Med) as private investigator Julie. 

Danson will also be joined by two of his The Good Place’s co-stars, including Eugene Cordero as Emily’s husband Joel and Marc Evan Jackson as Evan.

The rest of the cast includes Stephen Mckinley Henderson (Dune) as Pacific View Community’s “eyes and ears” Calbert, Sally Struthers (Gilmore Girls) as Virginia, Margaret Avery (The Color Purple) as Virginia’s best friend Florence, John Getz (Social Network) as Elliott, Susan Ruttan (L.A. Law) as Charles’ neighbor Gladys, Lori Tan Chinn (Joy Ride) as Pacific View resident council president Susan, Clyde Kusatsu (Never Have I Ever) as Grant, and Jama Williamson (American Rust) as Pacific View activities director Beatrice. 

What is A Classic Spy about?

Created by Mike Schur, A Classic Spy will follow Charles’ quest to make an unexpected late-life career move as he becomes an undercover detective, commonly known as a mole, after he responds to an ad from a private investigator. The comedy series is based on the 2021 Oscar-nominated documentary The Mole Agent. 

Hailing from Universal Television, the show’s executive producers include Fremulon’s Schur, 3 Arts Entertainment’s David Miner, Micromundo Producciones’ Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibañez, and Motto Pictures’ Julie Goldman and Christopher Clements.