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The Americans 

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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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Joseph Weisberg
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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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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

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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 »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 FBI agents lived in a home adjacent to his for six months, but unlike the Jennings and Beeman families, the FBI never befriended Barsky over the three-year period that they investigated him in the mid-1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, Barsky was allowed to stay in the USA after it was determined that he was no longer after active and he agreed to share everything he knew about Soviet spy methods with the CIA; the agent who moved next door to him eventually became the godfather of Barsky's daughter. See more »

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In several episodes the Oldsmobile Delta 88's hood ornament disappears and reappears. See more »

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Well done for a pilot episode!
31 January 2013 | by moncaleSee all my reviews

I had not even heard of this show but by chance, saw an ad for it an hour before the pilot so I thought what the heck, and watched it. I was pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed it, much more so than I thought I would. It was not perfect as some reviewers pointed out, but for a pilot working out the kinks, I thought it was exceptionally well done. I love the concept of doing this show back in the 1980's when the "Soviet Empire" was doing everything it could to keep up with America in regards to technology, arms, etc. What better way to collect intel than to have "sleeper agents" embedded in American society for the long haul? I plan on catching this show on a regular basis and see where they run with it.


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