Edit
"The Americans" Pilot (TV Episode 2013) Poster

(TV Series)

(2013)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

At the beginning, the song "Harden My Heart" is heard on the soundtrack. This episode takes place before President Reagan's attempted assassination. The song was not released to the public until about nine months later.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
IBM Personal Computers are seen in the FBI offices. The series in set in early 1981 and the IBM PC was not introduced until August 1981.
6 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Character error 

One of the characters asks another if he works "in the city". Generally everyone there refers to Washington, DC as "the district".
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Astronaut Thomas Stafford is introduced as having flown on Gemini 9 and Apollo 10. This overlooks his first spaceflight on Gemini 6.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Continuity 

During the kitchen confrontation with Elizabeth, the position of Philip's hand on the knife blade changes between shots.
2 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 0 mins) As Agent Bartholomew opens the door to the meeting, a crew member (red short-sleeved shirt) is briefly visible in the room.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Factual errors 

The pilot for 'The Americans' starts off with historically inaccurate information. Two guys are talking about some tough guy who allegedly took out 4 Olympic Japanese judo players in a bar fight. And the other guy says "Which year? Because The Japanese didn't medal in Judo from 1964 to 1972.".... In fact the Japanese won 3 gold medals in 1964, skipped the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, then won 3 more gold medals in 1972, and 1 bronze.
Just after Philip and Elizabeth change the license plates on their car from DC to VA tags and begin to head out of DC to their Northern VA home with the body in the trunk of their car, they discuss which would be a faster way to get to the beltway (I-495)--the George Washington Parkway or I-66. I-66 did not open until August 1982, well after the supposed 1981 setting.
4 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Revealing mistakes 

Elizabeth removes a pan of brownies from the oven using an oven mitt, indicating that it is very hot. However, when she bumps the pan with her right hand after removing the glove, she doesn't even flinch.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page