The Americans (2013–2018)
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When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.


Adam Arkin


Joseph Weisberg (creator) (as Joe Weisberg), Joseph Weisberg (as Joe Weisberg) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Maximiliano Hernández ... Chris Amador
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
Annet Mahendru ... Nina Krilova
Gillian Alexy ... Annelise
Tonye Patano ... Viola Johnson
Meg Gibson ... Mrs. Weinberger
James Andrew O'Connor ... Clark
Peter Von Berg ... Vasili Nikolaevich
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Grantham Coleman ... Grayson


When a secret meeting is to be held in the Weinberger's home, Phillip blackmails the maid to hide a bug in a clock. Agent Beeman turns a Soviet embassy worker into an FBI mole. The Soviets become worried when they learn about the new S.D.I. Written by A Dude Named Dude

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blackmail | poison | antidote | clock | sex | See All (13) »


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English | Russian

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6 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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When they are talking about Soviet submarines at the dinner party, they reference the K-19 & Akula classes. The K-19 was the name of a Hotel class, nuclear missile submarine that had a nuclear reactor problem & subsequently sunk in deep waters. The Akula was a class of fast attack submarines which did not carry nuclear missiles as was implied by the discussion. They could carry a few cruise missiles, however. Even if you put aside these discrepancies, the K-19 still had the ability to carry more warheads. Comparing both ships would be like comparing apples to oranges. See more »


When Philip is walking down the road with Viola there is a silver Hyundai Santa Fe parked in a driveway of the house they walk past. See more »

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Philip:''s not such a bad country, the electricity works...'
8 November 2017 | by jwsanfranciscoSee all my reviews

yes, I just caught episode 2(this is a belated review, the episode came out in 2013!); I will reserve additional comments( how this series is linked to me personally, although, I seriously have never worked in intelligence, though)for episode 3. Unlike most TV series I have watched, IE, Alfred Hitchcock hour, Breaking Bad(tense scenes between Walter white-Gus Frimg),Gof Thrones(subdued, yet ruthless Daenarys Targaryen), these dramatic fare is offered for entertainment purposes; while 'THE Americans' must have been written by those who had prior experience working in the spy business. As such while watching the series, I have learned an enormous amount of information about the now defunct KGB, IE, what is a 'dead drop'?; the difference between a 'legal resident spy', & an 'illegal resident spy'? ; what is a 'residentura'?; how spy agencies can 'turn' a KGB operative into a 'mole;?; what is a mole?; etc, etc. 'THE CLOCK' had one telling scene, when Nina Krilova was walking through a farmer's market, & the unrecognizable man standing next to her, measuring the tomatoes, & onions, calmly tells her he is an FBI agent. She slowly realizes the 'gig is up', & nods her head reluctantly, after the agent cajoles her into the consequences, if she refuses to cooperate(all the while, being videotaped from a van by Frank Gaad, & Chris Amador). The pained expression tells volumes, as they have probably determined through cloak & dagger work that she is a suspected KGB operative using diplomatic employment as cover at the soviet consulate(residentura) on Wisconsin avenue. Rewind back to July, 1960, in Gryazi, USSR, when 2 Russians are recruited by the KGB. Then they travel overseas during the Reagan administration years(80s) to take up residence in Fairfax, Va. posing as a married couple, 'Philip & Elizabeth Jennings' . This then is the backdrop for 'THE Americans'. I found that scene with Nina, & Stan Beeman, a little implausible( like the one in movie,PHOENIX, directed by Christian Petzold); are FBI agents really that skilled that they could 'turn' a KGB officer into a mole(FBI informant) in less than 2 minutes? This has been the best episode I have ever seen, but I have not seen the other seasons,except season 4(about mostly episodes about dangerous chemicals used as bio-weapons...)

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