Special Ops: Lioness S1

13 June 2024

Special Ops: Lioness S1

Zoe Saldaña was up for a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress: Action for her performance in Special Ops: Lioness as Joe McNamara, the leader of an undercover all-women US special ops team dedicated to befriending the wives, girlfriends or daughters of high-value terrorist targets and working to turn them for the CIA.

Created by Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, 1923, Tulsa King and Sicario), Special Ops: Lioness became Paramount+’s most-watched global series when it launched and has already been renewed for a second season. 

The stacked cast includes the likes of Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman, four-time Emmy nominee Michael Kelly (Hank Stamper in House of Cards), and Sheridan favourites like Yellowstone’s Dave Annable and 1883’s Stephanie Nur. 

Special Ops: Lioness is inspired by the true premise of ‘Team Lioness’, which saw female soldiers specifically added to patrols in Iraq in 2003 to search local women, who insurgents were using to smuggle contraband. They often found themselves amid intense fighting, in violation of the US’ Combat Exclusion Policy – one established in 1948 which excluded women from combat positions and was only lifted in 2013.