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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:
...  Elizabeth Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Philip Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Henry Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Paige Jennings 75 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Stan Beeman 75 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Oleg Burov 61 episodes, 2014-2018
...  Arkady Zotov 51 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Frank Gaad 48 episodes, 2013-2016
...  Martha Hanson 47 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Dennis Aderholt 43 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Nina Krilova 42 episodes, 2013-2016
...  Sandra Beeman 38 episodes, 2013-2016
...  Claudia 34 episodes, 2013-2018
...  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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30 January 2013 (USA)  »

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The inspiration for the Americans were based on the case of Tim and Alex Vavilov, whose parents Andrei Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova, acted as Russian sleeper agents in the United States. See more »

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For mother Russia!!!
19 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a great show this is. In stead of going for the 'fighting the bad guys' routine this show follows in the footsteps of great shows like Dexter/Breaking Bad or the Sopranos, where you find yourself supporting the bad guys and even rooting for them to win.

Now I have come to terms with my appreciation of that 'what makes a guy bad' is ever so often 'what makes a show interesting'. Us having slightly dull lives with work, kids, pc-games and drinking beer, we all want to be a badass meth-cook, brilliant murder of sicko's or in this case KGB undercover operative. Well at least for 1 hour per week.

This show follows in the high standard acting of the other mentioned shows. Is kinda slow, in a good way, not rushing into it. Takes time for character development that makes you want to know more about these spies and what there other motives are (other than fighting the cold war).

The strange relationship between the mother-spy and father-spy is also highly entertaining. They really 'work' together, even in their marriage. Can't wait to see how that part of the storyline will turn out.

In part 3 Margo Martindale (Maggs from Justified) makes appearance, a great actress that can play a very believable 'woman mob-boss' (or in this case KGB field director). A great choice for the part.

Hope to see many more seasons and if they run out of material, we can always hope for a second cold war between the US and good old Mother Russia


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