The Americans Recap: Way to Commit

The pilot for FX’s new spy drama The Americans is lumpy with exposition, its time-shifts don’t always work, and the opening sex-plus-action sequence is so obviously designed to grab us that I found it a bit tedious (more about the opening in a moment). But this is still an assured, adult series that errs on the side of subtlety, a feat that seems more impressive when you think back over the plot and realize how absurd it all is. I love the period details, the Mad Men–style nods to then-current events (germane but not overdone), and, most of all, the performances. Read More...


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