The Americans is about the marriage of two KGB spies that are pretending to be Americans shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. Philip and Elizabeth were partnered by the KGB to work undercover within the United States. They have two children: Paige and Henry.
The relationship between Philip and Elizabeth gets complicated when he begins to appreciate the American way of life, while she remains strictly loyal to her homeland. Their secret placement in the United States gets threatened when FBI Agent Stan Beeman moves in across the street from them.