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

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 Elizabeth Jennings (75 episodes, 2013-2018)
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 Philip Jennings (75 episodes, 2013-2018)
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 Henry Jennings (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Paige Jennings (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Stan Beeman (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Oleg Burov (51 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Arkady Zotov (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Frank Gaad (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Martha Hanson (47 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Nina Krilova (42 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sandra Beeman (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Dennis Aderholt (33 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Gabriel (31 episodes, 2015-2017)
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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

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All's fair in love and cold war.


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The season four episode "Clark's Place" contains the song "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. The rights to the song were obtained from Bowie only two days before his death in February 2016, making this one of the very last clearances he granted in his lifetime; he allowed the filmmakers to use the song because he was a fan of the series. See more »

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A star is born...
2 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is very rare that you have a near perfect episode, especially of a series on commercial television. But FX has done it here with The Americans. It is nearly flawless. Great mind candy for the thinking person, with something to come back to after the first viewing. I credit the success of The Americans to 3 things: Great script, great music, and Matthew Rhys.

The script is adult, no-nonsense storytelling built on an original premise, the Cold War. Those of us who are old enough remember this period, a period of the Russians-are-coming hysteria that was second only to the Civil Rights movement the decade before. An era very under- represented in film and ignored on the small screen, comes to life for a new generation.

Of course this era would be nothing without the music of this time and again, The Americans is flawless. "Harden my Heart" opens the series, and how appropriate. Disguised, and ready to perform sexual acts for information, we first meet the series heroine, Elizabeth Jennings whose heart is truly hardened. Fast forward to a back alley chase and we are introduced to our hero(?) Phillip to the pulsations of "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. "Tusk" is appropriate here too. Just think about it.

Must mention these disguises too, which are not your silly, unrealistic mission-impossible disguises. No, the disguises in The Americans are really disguises and surprisingly, with very little disguise. What makes these disguises work for the Jennings is that the Jennings can act. With each disguise is a new personality. Elizabeth does her disguise well but the master of disguise is Phillip.

Phillip, played by Matthew Rhys, is special, or should I say, Matthew Rhys is special as Phillip. Rhys takes the art of disguise to the next stage. He is authentic, nerdy and funny in disguise talking to Martha, reminding you of a young John Ritter. And then as the kick-your-ass, baddest-ass-kicking daddy of them all over a barbecue pit, Rhys is wonderfully dangerous, stellar, and I can't get enough of him.

This series only has to live up to its pilot a little bit. The series has everything: originality, sex, espionage, suspense...did I say originality? And yes, Matthew Rhys who has the role of his life, I daresay, the role he has been waiting for, is the welcomed surprise here. Hat's off to casting. Can't wait to see what they are going to do with this.


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