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At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Keri Russell ...  Elizabeth Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
Matthew Rhys ...  Philip Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
Keidrich Sellati ...  Henry Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
Holly Taylor ...  Paige Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
Noah Emmerich ...  Stan Beeman 75 episodes, 2013-2018
Costa Ronin ...  Oleg Burov 61 episodes, 2014-2018
Lev Gorn ...  Arkady Zotov 51 episodes, 2013-2018
Richard Thomas ...  Frank Gaad 48 episodes, 2013-2016
Alison Wright ...  Martha Hanson 47 episodes, 2013-2017
Brandon J. Dirden ...  Dennis Aderholt 43 episodes, 2015-2018
Annet Mahendru ...  Nina Krilova 42 episodes, 2013-2016
Susan Misner ...  Sandra Beeman 38 episodes, 2013-2016
Margo Martindale ...  Claudia 34 episodes, 2013-2018
Frank Langella ...  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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The premise of this series is partly based on the true story that broke in 2010 of a cell of Russian Sleeper agents who had been "hiding in plain sight" in the United States for decades. Several of them had children, coworkers, friends, and neighbors who all had no idea that they were spies. These agents were ultimately returned to Russia in a trade for some Americans that Russia was holding. See more »

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Finally, a great television series.
23 February 2013 | by mrblumisSee all my reviews

I'm not going to spoil any of the episodes so read on. I'm just saying I've been waiting for years for a television series that sets the hook and does not let you go. Very intense, great social issues, Keri Russell is spectacular. I just started "Nashville" the series this year and thought that was the answer, but "The Americans" has bumped Nashville down to number 2. Some of the younger crowd who does not know the 80's, or the cold war between the USSR and the US, might not feel the intensity compared to us who felt the tension of the time - when WWIII felt on the doorstep. The first ten minutes of the series opener was the best ten minutes of any television series opener in history. The pounding music, the action, the mystery, the excitement was unbelievable. I just hope the writers can keep it going for the next ten years.


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