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The Americans: Season 1 (2013)




Critic Consensus: The Americans is a spy thriller of the highest order, with evocative period touches and strong chemistry between its leads.


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The first series of "The Americans" follows Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies who pose as an American married couple living in 1980s Washington, D.C. Along the way, Philip faces temptation from an old flame, which strains his relationship with Elizabeth.


Matthew Rhys
as Philip Jennings, Phillip
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth, Elizabeth Jennings
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Noah Emmerich
as Stan, Stan Beeman
Keidrich Sellati
as Henry Jennings
Richard Thomas
as Frank Gaad
Susan Misner
as Sandra Beeman
Alison Wright
as Martha Hanson
Lev Gorn
as Arkady
David Vadim
as Nikolai Timoshev
Olek Krupa
as Colonel Zhukov
Cotter Smith
as Deputy Attorney General Warren
Michael Gaston
as Mark Bartholomew
Joe Urla
as Pasty Bureaucrat
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Critic Reviews for The Americans: Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (37)

The Americans is the best new television drama since Homeland because, like that similarly sticky, Silver Age show, it uses its killer concept as an ellipsis, not an exclamation point.

September 17, 2013 | Full Review…

There's something really entertaining and thought-provoking about watching people caught up in double lives.

January 29, 2013 | Full Review…

Rhys and Russell are shockingly good as the multifaceted Philip and Elizabeth, who shed identities like snakes shed skins.

January 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The show keeps its tongue out of its cheek and actually creates decent suspense, along with some chewy moral dilemmas to keep the brain stimulated if not taxed.

January 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since The Sopranos.

January 30, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A gripping Cold War spy thriller - Alias, say, without the sci-fi digressions and with less ridiculous get-ups - and an equally intriguing domestic drama.

January 30, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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Yet another strong tv series for FX, courtesy of the people behind the equally excellent Justified, The Americans is an intimate look at family drama, aided by compelling and very well executed spy games. The ending was a big cop out for me and some episodes that preceded it were much stronger than this one but it was adequate and set the stage for what's to come very well. It's a series that doesn't really get to the next level, it's a bit safe but everything it does, it does so remarkably.

Francisco G.

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