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.
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!
Mar 09, 2016 6:32 PM EST
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 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.
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.
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.
This show was a tip from a friend of mine. And a good tip.
The Americans take place in the early 80's and is about two KGB spies placed in the american community. It is some what an arranged marriage. But they clearly care for each other. And that is for my the best part of the show. Ofcourse their is some great spystuff in there. And it is a bit weird to follow two russian spies in America fighting a war against them. In the most cases you see the USA against Russia.
There are some intresting story lines in the show. Phillip and Elizabeth (The two spies) are in America for about 18 years, give or take. And Phillip is liking living in the USA more and more. They have two children and raised as an Americans. They have no idea that they are Russian. There is a lot of intresting stuff in there. Including how thet did spywork 30 years ago.
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.