The Americans (2013– )

TV Series  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Next Episode
Wed, Apr 22 at 11:00 PM on FX
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 33,110 users  
Reviews: 75 user | 28 critic

Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government.

Creator:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Editors' Spotlight

On TV: Peabody Award Winners

The list of entertainment winners for the 74th Annual Peabody Awards was revealed this week, and Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," FX's "Fargo," and HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" are among the honorees. Read the IMDbTV Blog for the full list of winners!

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 18 Oct 2012
 
tv
a list of 32 titles
created 22 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 15 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 24 Feb 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Americans" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Americans (2013– )

The Americans (2013– ) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Americans.

User Polls

Episodes

Next Episode


Wed, Apr 22 at 11:00 PM on FX

Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory.


Most Recent Episode


Wednesday, April 15
S3.E12 I Am Abassin Zadran
8.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Martha hosts an unexpected guest; Philip and Elizabeth must work a formidable Mujahideen commander.


Previous Episode


Wednesday, April 8
S3.E11 One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov
8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014   2013  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Justified (TV Series 2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter
Homeland (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been "turned".

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
Ray Donovan (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight
The Blacklist (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent businessman and mastermind, "Red" Reddington, has allegedly been on the "10 Most Wanted List" of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over ... See full summary »

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
Mad Men (TV Series 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Fargo (TV Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman
Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Banshee (TV Series 2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff where he continues his criminal activities. His past seems to haunt him by those he betrayed... See full summary »

Stars: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
The Following (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore
Deadwood (2004–2006)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Hannibal (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy
The Bridge (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.

Stars: Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger, Thomas M. Wright
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Elizabeth Jennings (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Philip Jennings (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Paige Jennings (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Henry Jennings (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Stan Beeman (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Nina Krilova (38 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Frank Gaad (38 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Sandra Beeman (36 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Martha Hanson (36 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Arkady Zotov (35 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Oleg Burov (25 episodes, 2014-2015)
Edit

Storyline

A pair of deep-cover Soviet spies masquerades as a typical DC couple whose children, neighbors, coworkers & friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they're the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one's beliefs, if it's worth it, and if it actually worked for either side. Written by Steve83

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All's fair in love and cold war.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikanci  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joseph Weisberg created the show. Weisberg worked in the CIA's directorate of operations from 1990 to 1994. As a former agent, any script written by Weisberg must go in front of the CIA Publications Review Board. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
'The Americans' subverts a genre, along with its audience
26 April 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Who doesn't love a cold war drama set in the early days of the Reagan administration about deep cover KGB spies posing as a wholesome "all American" family living in a DC suburb? And in a perverted twist of fate, next door to the FBI counter-intelligence agent tracking these rumored agents, who exist primarily as mere urban legends in the paranoid imaginations of overly-thinking spooks. Needless to say, they ARE real and even more deeply rooted in Mom and Apple Pie than their believers would think possible. Not just disguised infiltrators, but perfect replicas of the Sears portrait American family in a simulacrum America as imagined by a Soviet espionage agency. That is to say 'Mom' and 'Dad' carry out often brutal espionage missions against the enemies of their Soviet homeland on American turf, while raising their 'American' kids, often with the unintended sit-com inducing results inherent in trying to maintain harsh Soviet-style discipline while pretending to be the indulgent and "decadent" parental units of innately suspicious, wise beyond their years 'tweens. Their situation is further complicated by a newly sworn-in US president with a more aggressive, anti-Soviet foreign policy, and their newly appointed handler "Claudia" - a matronly old Stalinist whom neither trust, and who will test the limits of their loyalties with far reaching consequences.

By the first episode, the emotional complications of their own arranged-in-a-KGB training camp marriage are starting to take their toll on 'Catherine' and 'Philip' with the latter showing signs of a flagging fealty to the Motherland and a deepening emotional bond with his de facto wife. Catherine, for her part, while still the mentor-pleasing star pupil of her Soviet special agent training academy maintains her stealth focus on the mission. If her heart is with the former Panther she had recruited years earlier, her body is a machine that belongs solely to the state, functioning simultaneously as a sexual weapon and a shape shifting, blow- deflecting device that can pack a school lunch. Kerri Russell, even in her '80's 'mom jeans', could serve any Bond girl her dinner in a dog dish.

Long story short: I'm just loving the s#*t out of 'The Americans', which could have just as easily been another 'Homeland' - in other words, more paranoid post 9/11 agitprop about the heroic government agents doing battle against a stealth enemy and his prayer beads. Unlike the aforementioned 'Homeland' that centers on Carrie Mathison's bug-eyed certitude of a turned 'evil-doer' in her imaginary-seeming cross hairs, 'The Americans', with the "blink and you'll miss it" sly humor so emphatically absent in the 'counterterrorism' genre it subverts, tells the story of subterfuge on American soil through the eyes of a Cold War nemesis. Where Homeland's Claire Danes channels Ann Coulter playing a Gena Rowlands 'woman-on-the- verge' protagonist you want to shoot with a horse tranquilizer, 'The Americans' - both husband and wife - dispenses with the Emmy-baiting histrionics, allowing the complexities of their characters to take shape through their interactions with each other, their children and the Americans they emulate. 'Catherine' can't seem to pronounce the A-word without revealing her contempt for her adopted homeland, while 'Philip' is at pains to conceal his love of hot dogs and a burgeoning middle-aged complacency at odds with the escalating danger of their missions. The perverse nature of their facades is encapsulated in a few second shot of the family appearing at the doorstep of their newly arrived next-door neighbors, bearing cake to welcome Mr and Mrs Beeman. The viewer gets a glimpse of the inner-turmoil behind their overly-rehearsed, "American" smiles with the knowledge that there is a near fatally wounded man bound and gagged in the trunk of the family sedan. Carrie Mathison would have pounded down their door at 3 am, brandishing a pistol and screaming about birthday cake until someone from Homeland Security dragged her back to her rubber room with a warning.

Their friendly neighbor Agent Beeman, whose backyard barbecues they attend as a family, pursues them via a beautiful Russian consulate employee he has managed to 'turn' through blackmail, murder and sex, not realizing of course, his somewhat doofus neighbor 'Philip' and his lovely wife are the chimeric KGB phantoms responsible for the growing body count among his ranks, which in time will include his own partner. In the meantime, 'Philip' has honey trapped a plain Jane clerical worker in the FBI who thinks her new beau works for the Vice- President. Non-American actor Matthew Rhys as "Phillip" disguised as "Clark" the bumbling suitor brings levity and a lovely pathos to the otherwise heart-stopping drama.

'The Americans' despite its Cold War, espionage-based story-telling and often stomach churning violence is at heart, a very human drama about the charades involved in maintaining an 'identity' (we are all implicated as impostors), while highlighting the futile, tit-for-tat end- games played by nation states all claiming a non-existent moral high ground.


41 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Martha ! Dr_Bonzai
A message to Banshee fans: happygolucki
Henry Afraid of Being Eaten by a Bear nottesigana18
THE AMERICANS VS HANNIBAL jetjobet
how'd you read the hotel sex scene? CrimsondoubleChin
The Cars - continuity? ariane-703-138835
Discuss The Americans (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page