Arnold Schwarzenegger Is A Retired CIA Operative In A Streaming Record Setter

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in FUBAR, his first streaming series and Netflix's latest number one hit.

By TeeJay Small | Published

Fans may know him more these days from his lucrative side hustles like filling in potholes or becoming the governor of California, but Arnold Schwarzenegger’s place in our hearts will always be as an action star. Schwarzenegger’s first-ever television series, FUBAR, is currently streaming at #1 on Netflix, according to FlixPatrol, setting records for the streamer as one of the biggest television debuts ever. The series was developed for Netflix by Reacher producer and showrunner Nick Santora, and serves as a spectacular return to form for the Austrian Oak in this comedically inclined, action-packed role.

FUBAR stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Monica Barbaro as a father-daughter duo of undercover CIA operatives. The two have kept their career paths secret from one another for years, ultimately putting a strain on their relationship and entangling their family within a web of lies, though a top-secret extraction mission threatens to send their elaborate ruses toppling. After spending years in retirement, Schwarzenegger’s character, Luke Brunner, must return for one last mission, forcing him to work alongside his daughter in an explosive tale of espionage and family togetherness.

This marks Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first foray into the medium of television acting, as his career has mostly been marked with large blockbuster action films such as the Terminator film series, The Expendables, and 1987’s Predator. Schwarzenegger has appeared in minor cameo appearances on a number of television shows in the past, including Two and a Half Men, Chad Goes Deep, and FXX’s Little Demon, though FUBAR will be the first series to be anchored by the action icon’s layered performance. In addition to the high-octane Netflix series, Schwarzenegger is rumored to be a lead in the upcoming Western television series Outrider on Amazon Prime Video, which will see him play a ruthless Federal Marshall attempting to track down and apprehend a wanted criminal.

Monica Barbaro and Arnold Schwarenegger in FUBAR

FUBAR reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger with former co-stars, including Tom Arnold, whom the action star worked alongside in 1994’s True Lies, as well as Gabriel Luna, who appeared on screen with Schwarzenegger in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate. The series also boasts an impressive cast consisting of Milan Carter, Fortune Feimster, and Jay Baruchel, as well as The Office‘s Andy Buckley. Clearly, the casting directors sought out nothing but the best for both the action and comedy corners of the series.

In addition to joining the ranks of film stars who pivoted to television acting amid the current golden era of streaming content, such as Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, and Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger also has a couple of feature films in active production. According to IMDb, Schwarzenegger is set to appear in a legacy sequel to his iconic 1982 film Conan The Barbarian titled The Legend of Conan and an action thriller titled Breakout. While it was previously announced that Schwarzenegger would be reprising his role alongside Danny DeVito in an upcoming Twins sequel, the latest reports seem to confirm that the film is currently under halted production.

With FUBAR, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be receiving a bit of a career resurgence, launching the action hero back into the fray of the public consciousness as a big name actor, rather than a political figure, as he has been for some time. After appearing in a number of iconic film roles, Schwarzenegger shocked the world by becoming the 38th Governor of California, serving the people throughout his tenure from 2003 to 2011. This political pivot earned him a place on the Time Magazine 100 most influential people in the world list for several years in a row, proving that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a force to be reckoned with, on and off the screen.

For now, the future looks bright for the action star, though the shifting politics of Hollywood could soon become an issue for Arnold Schwarzenegger if he plans to act in more television series. The ongoing Writers Guild of America strike has put a stop to nearly all scripted productions until streamers and networks alike can come to an agreement to pay their writers a fair and livable wage that allows a path toward making television writing a viable career. Of course, if there’s anyone with the political pull and the on-screen charisma to clear up a dispute between the working man and the Hollywood executives, it could be Arnold himself.