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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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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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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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Former real-life KGB sleeper agent Jack Barsky, who visited the set, has said that his situation was similar to Philip and Elizabeth's in that the F.B.I. bought a home adjacent to his, but unlike the Jennings and Beeman families, the F.B.I. never befriended Barsky over the 6-month period that they investigated him. See more »

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Intriguing
31 January 2013 | by mohan59See all my reviews

It is early days yet, but the pilot was so engrossing (and Fox infuriating with its endless barrage of commercial breaks), it deserved a review.

Set during the Cold War when relations between the Big Two are still ebbing and flowing, we are taken on an intriguing ride on the back of an American couple: Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell). They make an everyday pair but there is something brewing from (and between) them. Their motives are ulterior, the tension palpable, the strain of a highly dangerous mission clearly burdening them. Despite two kids, Elizabeth has a singular purpose, a determination not as concrete in Phil's heart which is in a state of mental flux. He is getting weary of the masquerade but is a thorough professional, as his slick talents in hand-to-hand combat and imposture bear testimony. Not every step goes perfectly to plan, though. A tricky hurdle comes their way and as Phil and Elizabeth eradicate it, she begins to understand Phil's dilemma and choses to defend him from her superior.

Meanwhile, the FBI is hot on the trail of three people suspected of espionage, one of whom has a description. Through a cruel twist of coincidence, the Jennings become neighbors to one agent Stan (Noah Emmerich) whose sixth sense makes him doubt and investigate them, even as Phil gathers intelligence that the Feds have them on their radar. As the stakes in this fascinating game of cat-and-mouse rise, there are glimpses into who Phil and Elizabeth really are, what brought them here, and how they end up together.

It is an engrossing story, interspersed with great moments of tension, decadence, and charm (who would've thought Phil Collins and Fleetwood Mac could make such inspired choices for background score?). The writing is top-notch. Matthew and Keri are excellent casting choices, since portraying enemies as genuine people is not as easy as it looks. A very positive start from the show's makers.

Can't wait for the next episode!


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