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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Jun 12, 2016 9:54PM EDT
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This season was intense, well written, superbly acted, compelling must see TV. I never loved two commies so much. I can't wait for next season.

This season was intense, well written, superbly acted, compelling must see TV. I never loved two commies so much. I can't wait for next season.

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Aug 10, 2015 10:07PM EDT
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learning a lot about the 80's and the cold war great show

learning a lot about the 80's and the cold war great show

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Mar 18, 2015 10:55PM EDT
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My husband and I LOVE this show. It's deep, doesn't insult our intelligence, and has a great cast. Just a great show all around. We are part of the nuclear fear, Cold War generation, and it's nice to see the good and the bad of both sides.

My husband and I LOVE this show. It's deep, doesn't insult our intelligence, and has a great cast. Just a great show all around. We are part of the nuclear fear, Cold War generation, and it's nice to see the good and the bad of both sides.

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Oct 21, 2014 12:17PM EDT
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Amazing and insightful. Original and Unique. Breath of fresh drama air.

Amazing and insightful. Original and Unique. Breath of fresh drama air.

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Oct 11, 2014 3:43PM EDT
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Eh, don't get the love for this series but Felicity is still a a tasty little biscuit so I tune in.

Eh, don't get the love for this series but Felicity is still a a tasty little biscuit so I tune in.

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Sep 24, 2014 4:45PM EDT
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Not your usual kind of spy drama. It has a stronger focus on the political and international plot than the romance, which i like.

Not your usual kind of spy drama. It has a stronger focus on the political and international plot than the romance, which i like.

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Sep 15, 2014 12:14AM EDT
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This is a very, very good show. The acting is brilliant, as is the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing where the show goes in season three.

This is a very, very good show. The acting is brilliant, as is the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing where the show goes in season three.

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May 31, 2016 9:57AM EDT
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I agree with the critics....THIS SHOW IS AWESOME!! Highly recommend.

I agree with the critics....THIS SHOW IS AWESOME!! Highly recommend.

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May 20, 2016 3:25PM EDT
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For an Middle European (meaning a person born in Poland) it is not easy to review this show. It's perfectly produced (no doubt about that) and also acting is one of the best among the so called "the good TV series" (specially the main two characters, played by actors I very much admire from before). And as much as I like criminal and suspense and spy plots, there is a BUT.

On one hand, I guess to the younger generation (I am 1983) this might be the best way to bring up the matter of the cold war. On the other hand, me and probably everyone older than me, very much remember how complicated and dangerous the situation was. Nobody really knew what might happen, both communist and USA societies were terrorized by their governments, being fed with fear and suspicion. And than of course, here in Middle Europe being politically occupied by the USSR, we felt it even more within every part of our life.

And yeah - I know - these are TV shows. Do I care if dragons exist? Do I care if Batman can fly? Do I care if the vikings could travel from Sweden to Paris in 1 day? In a way I do, in a way I don't. Of course it is suppose to be fun. An entertainment.

But take a look at "Homeland". We all know the current situation (even if you don't care, you know who Osama Bin Laden was or probably heard about the Islamic State). Homeland - imho - accepts challenge of telling a quite sophisticated story in an interesting and amusing way.

So where does this story end? I can't tell. On one hand when I see this completely ridiculous imagination about Russian prisons in the '80 (toilet paper? Baby, even high class educated people had problems with having constantly toilet paper in the bathroom - in prisons that would be like an LSD hallucination), partially poor and naive plot, weird hard moment solutions. On the other - great acting. Music and lifestyle of the '80 in USA, which is pretty interesting to me and part of it - sentimental (music I grew up with being a kid). Really good actors and - as I see it - more and more complex story.

So in the, with mixed feeling, I still keep watching it :)

For an Middle European (meaning a person born in Poland) it is not easy to review this show. It's perfectly produced (no doubt about that) and also acting is one of the best among the so called "the good TV series" (specially the main two characters, played by actors I very much admire from before). And as much as I like criminal and suspense and spy plots, there is a BUT.

On one hand, I guess to the younger generation (I am 1983) this might be the best way to bring up the matter of the cold war. On the other hand, me and probably everyone older than me, very much remember how complicated and dangerous the situation was. Nobody really knew what might happen, both communist and USA societies were terrorized by their governments, being fed with fear and suspicion. And than of course, here in Middle Europe being politically occupied by the USSR, we felt it even more within every part of our life.

And yeah - I know - these are TV shows. Do I care if dragons exist? Do I care if Batman can fly? Do I care if the vikings could travel from Sweden to Paris in 1 day? In a way I do, in a way I don't. Of course it is suppose to be fun. An entertainment.

But take a look at "Homeland". We all know the current situation (even if you don't care, you know who Osama Bin Laden was or probably heard about the Islamic State). Homeland - imho - accepts challenge of telling a quite sophisticated story in an interesting and amusing way.

So where does this story end? I can't tell. On one hand when I see this completely ridiculous imagination about Russian prisons in the '80 (toilet paper? Baby, even high class educated people had problems with having constantly toilet paper in the bathroom - in prisons that would be like an LSD hallucination), partially poor and naive plot, weird hard moment solutions. On the other - great acting. Music and lifestyle of the '80 in USA, which is pretty interesting to me and part of it - sentimental (music I grew up with being a kid). Really good actors and - as I see it - more and more complex story.

So in the, with mixed feeling, I still keep watching it :)

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May 12, 2016 11:09AM EDT
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The Americans is a trip, to say the very least. This is masterpiece theater. We think it's the Russians playing the U.S. Americans, and the U.S. Americans playing the Russians. We might even think it's the spies -- whether Russian or U.S.-American -- playing the civilians. And it's definitely civilian-against-civilian all over the world. Under the constant threat of atomic bombs and nasty viruses, spies from both the KGB and the CIA fight for the same principle: sparing humans from bad-guy-induced Armageddon. And there lies the key question in The Americans: who are the true bad guys playing the strings on both sides of the Atlantic? As the show progresses, we realize that whether Russian or U.S.-American, spook or civilian, we're all victims of the same psyop the purpose of which is to keep us both scared and hating one another. How long is it going to take us to understand who the real enemy is and where they hide -- in plain sight?

The Americans is a trip, to say the very least. This is masterpiece theater. We think it's the Russians playing the U.S. Americans, and the U.S. Americans playing the Russians. We might even think it's the spies -- whether Russian or U.S.-American -- playing the civilians. And it's definitely civilian-against-civilian all over the world. Under the constant threat of atomic bombs and nasty viruses, spies from both the KGB and the CIA fight for the same principle: sparing humans from bad-guy-induced Armageddon. And there lies the key question in The Americans: who are the true bad guys playing the strings on both sides of the Atlantic? As the show progresses, we realize that whether Russian or U.S.-American, spook or civilian, we're all victims of the same psyop the purpose of which is to keep us both scared and hating one another. How long is it going to take us to understand who the real enemy is and where they hide -- in plain sight?