The Americans (2013–2018)
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What's the Matter with Kansas? 

Philip and Elizabeth have qualms about a new assignment, while a specter from Philip's past creates unforeseen dangers. At the FBI, Stan makes a shocking play that could throw his career into turmoil.


Peter Ackerman, Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Kelly AuCoin ... Pastor Tim
Laurie Holden ... Renee
Cotter Smith ... Deputy Attorney General
Snezhana Chernova ... Yelena Burova
Suzy Jane Hunt ... Alice
Ravil Isyanov ... Ruslan
Alla Kliouka Alla Kliouka ... Ekaterina Rykova
Clea Lewis ... Deirdre Kemp


Phillip and Elizabeth begin to work contacts with researches in Kansas. Paige finds Pastor Tim's diary, but her mom tells her to stop for fear it will cause more trouble. Stan threatens to expose FBI misconduct if they don't layoff on Oleg. Written by A Dude Called Dude

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Release Date:

28 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Did You Know?


In the previous episode Phillip ruefully asks Elizabeth why the USSR, which has farmland as big as the USA, can't grow enough food to feed their people. In this one, Alexei Morozov tells him that because of the overwhelming bureaucracy in the USSR, harvested grain often sits for long periods and rots before it can be processed, which explains why they had such enormous shortages. The persistent food shortages will be a recurrent issue for the Soviet characters for the rest of the series. It was problems like this that would eventually lead to the downfall of the USSR. See more »


In a flyover shot of the Topeka Capitol Building the building is adorned with the Ad Astra statue. This statue was not affixed to the building until 2002. See more »

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