The Americans Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 10:00 PM ET on FX

60 minutes

Created by Joe Weisberg, The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who have two children who know nothing about their parents true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan (Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter intelligence.
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Mar 14, 2015 4:02PM EDT
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Having grown up in the eighties, this show really appeals to me. I especially enjoy 80's references like Columbia House Records, Mars bars and, of course, Ronald Reagan speeches. Kind of gritty, but an awesome show!

Having grown up in the eighties, this show really appeals to me. I especially enjoy 80's references like Columbia House Records, Mars bars and, of course, Ronald Reagan speeches. Kind of gritty, but an awesome show!

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Mar 9, 2016 6:32PM EST
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The best spy drama on TV. Sorry, "Homeland." But also just one of the best shows on TV. Y'all got me straight-up rooting for the KGB.

The best spy drama on TV. Sorry, "Homeland." But also just one of the best shows on TV. Y'all got me straight-up rooting for the KGB.

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Feb 28, 2015 10:47PM EST
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The Americans is "Homeland"... but the opposite point of view. The Russians are here, sleeper agents have infiltrated the American continent. This family of Russian spies have to overcome and deceived each other for the greater good of Russia. There is death, sex, deception, betrayal, honor, murder, manipulation, infiltration and segregation. I recommend this show to any action period drama fanatic.

The Americans is "Homeland"... but the opposite point of view. The Russians are here, sleeper agents have infiltrated the American continent. This family of Russian spies have to overcome and deceived each other for the greater good of Russia. There is death, sex, deception, betrayal, honor, murder, manipulation, infiltration and segregation. I recommend this show to any action period drama fanatic.

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Jan 29, 2015 12:22AM EST
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Ahhh, there's nothing quite like the smell of fresh Cold War espionage in the morning. I've been a fan of The Americans since the first episode. Being of a certain age... (ahem, you know around 29 and a half), I remember the era depicted vividly. There was a desperation, a paranoia about the late '70s/early '80s that was unique to that time. The threat of annihilation by nuclear holocaust was a vivid horror etched into everyone's minds. Propaganda and misinformation was disseminated the world over to control what the general public thought. Popular culture depicted the spies of the time as glamorous, dangerous and sexy. The reality, I'm sure was a lot more brutal.

The Americans does a great job of authentically bringing the atmosphere of the era to life. Following what to all appearances is a normal all-American married couple who are, in fact, Russian spies the show draws us into the darkness of the Cold War. The brutality, the double dealing on both sides, the emotional cost, these are all dealt with. On one hand you feel that you should hate the main protagonists for their subterfuge and crimes. But, this is where the show is a cut above many others. The Americans makes all of the characters sympathetic in some way.

Each episode is over far too quickly and each season has flown by. Watch it: you will find yourself rooting for the most unexpected characters; you will hold your breath as you sit on the edge of your seat; you will be glued to the screen as you feel tears forming after a particularly brutal scene. It is probably the best drama on TV at the moment, in my opinion.

Ahhh, there's nothing quite like the smell of fresh Cold War espionage in the morning. I've been a fan of The Americans since the first episode. Being of a certain age... (ahem, you know around 29 and a half), I remember the era depicted vividly. There was a desperation, a paranoia about the late '70s/early '80s that was unique to that time. The threat of annihilation by nuclear holocaust was a vivid horror etched into everyone's minds. Propaganda and misinformation was disseminated the world over to control what the general public thought. Popular culture depicted the spies of the time as glamorous, dangerous and sexy. The reality, I'm sure was a lot more brutal.

The Americans does a great job of authentically bringing the atmosphere of the era to life. Following what to all appearances is a normal all-American married couple who are, in fact, Russian spies the show draws us into the darkness of the Cold War. The brutality, the double dealing on both sides, the emotional cost, these are all dealt with. On one hand you feel that you should hate the main protagonists for their subterfuge and crimes. But, this is where the show is a cut above many others. The Americans makes all of the characters sympathetic in some way.

Each episode is over far too quickly and each season has flown by. Watch it: you will find yourself rooting for the most unexpected characters; you will hold your breath as you sit on the edge of your seat; you will be glued to the screen as you feel tears forming after a particularly brutal scene. It is probably the best drama on TV at the moment, in my opinion.

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Dec 28, 2015 1:52AM EST
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If you loved the movie Salt with Angelina Jolie you will DEFINITELY love The Americans. Russian Sleeper Spies undergo an entirely new definition in this series featuring two KGB spies posing as your average suburban family, except for the fact that their children know nothing about their identities and they are awaiting to fulfill their mission. 3 seasons later, the show continues to impress, and interesting point of view for a TV show instead of the usual CIA/FBI point of view.

If you loved the movie Salt with Angelina Jolie you will DEFINITELY love The Americans. Russian Sleeper Spies undergo an entirely new definition in this series featuring two KGB spies posing as your average suburban family, except for the fact that their children know nothing about their identities and they are awaiting to fulfill their mission. 3 seasons later, the show continues to impress, and interesting point of view for a TV show instead of the usual CIA/FBI point of view.

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Mar 3, 2015 10:47AM EST
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Probably one of television's most underrated dramas, The Americans is one game of cat and mouse after the other. Each season outdoes the last.

Probably one of television's most underrated dramas, The Americans is one game of cat and mouse after the other. Each season outdoes the last.

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Oct 16, 2015 9:21AM EDT
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Excellent recreation of the era, amazing screenplay and acting by the cast. If you like US - USSR cold war era spy thriller and drama , you can't miss it!!

Excellent recreation of the era, amazing screenplay and acting by the cast. If you like US - USSR cold war era spy thriller and drama , you can't miss it!!

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Mar 15, 2016 11:43AM EDT
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I loved the pilot but haven't been able to see more eps, so far. Can't wait!!!!! It looks soooo good.

I loved the pilot but haven't been able to see more eps, so far. Can't wait!!!!! It looks soooo good.

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Apr 25, 2015 2:48AM EDT
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Such a good show!!Raw,full of emotions and twist.Great acting and script!!!It drags you to watch and wonder what will be in next episode,which I want from a show.

Such a good show!!Raw,full of emotions and twist.Great acting and script!!!It drags you to watch and wonder what will be in next episode,which I want from a show.

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Nov 11, 2014 11:47PM EST
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Love this show. Can't wait for it to come back!!

Love this show. Can't wait for it to come back!!