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The Americans: Season 2 (2014)

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The Americans: Season 1
The Americans: Season 1
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97

Average Rating: 9.2/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 1

Adding fuel to the fire, The Americans retains all the suspense and action of season one while enhancing the level of excitement... and wigs.

95

Average Rating: 9.1/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 1

Adding fuel to the fire, The Americans retains all the suspense and action of season one while enhancing the level of excitement... and wigs.

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Average Rating: 4.6/5
User Ratings: 287

My Rating

Season Info

Season 2 finds Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) struggling to connect with their children, whose American lives are vastly different from their own experiences growing up in the Soviet Union. They're also scared that their spy work will come back to haunt their family?fears that become terrifyingly real when another KGB couple and their daughter are found executed in a hotel room. Elsewhere, troubled G-man Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is targeted by the Soviets, who plan to use

Network: FX

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 26, 2014

Comrades

Elizabeth comes back from her injury and straight into what should have been a routine mission - but it goes awry, leaving her and Philip in fear not only for themselves but for their whole network - and family. Paige's suspicions have only grown in her mother's absence. Meanwhile, Stan continues to fall for the Russian agent who has started to play him... (C) FX

2
Air date: Mar 5, 2014

Cardinal

As Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation, Elizabeth sticks close to home, concerned for her family until she gets a mysterious distress signal. The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

3
Air date: Mar 12, 2014

The Walk In

Philip and Elizabeth complete their next mission, but not without complications. Philip's fears about Elizabeth's readiness for action deepen. Stan tracks the KGB walk-in. The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

4
Air date: Mar 19, 2014

A Little Night Music

Just when Philip and Elizabeth think they have a quiet road ahead, an old friend returns to complicate things. The Americans airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

5
Air date: Mar 26, 2014

The Deal

Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth, in disguise as Clark's sister Jennifer, does her best to smooth things over with Martha. As Stan searches for a missing scientist, Oleg and Arkady continue to argue over how best to handle the situation on their side, leaving Nina once again caught between the FBI and KGB. (C) FX

6
Air date: Apr 2, 2014

Behind the Red Door

A dangerous Naval officer becomes the key to Philip and Elizabeth?s mission as well as a potential threat to their family's safety. Lucia, a Sandinista intelligence officer working with the Jennings, is tasked with getting Elizabeth access to Capitol Hill. Stan struggles with the potential costs of protecting Nina. (C) FX

7
Air date: Apr 9, 2014

Arpanet

Philip uses his agent Charles Duluth to help him gain access to an early precursor to the Internet so that the KGB can bug American government communications. The Americans airs on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

8
Air date: Apr 16, 2014

New Car

Philip and Elizabeth both find themselves faced with painful turns in their various missions. Stan fights to gain access to an American military program. The Americans airs Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

9
Air date: Apr 23, 2014

Martial Eagle

Philip and Elizabeth's long-planned mission turns ugly, impacting each of them in different ways. Stan digs in deeper at work as his personal life continues to unravel. The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

10
Air date: Apr 30, 2014

Yousaf

A new mission with international stakes has Philip calling on Annelise for assistance. Stan makes a discovery that could put the FBI hot on the trail of Illegals. The Americans airs on Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

11
Air date: May 7, 2014

Stealth

Elizabeth makes a shocking discovery about Kate. Philip pursues a contact for information about Stealth. Stan continues his pursuit of the illegals. (C) FX

12
Air date: May 14, 2014

Operation Chronicle

With Larrick closing in, Elizabeth rushes to exfiltrate Jared while Philip readies Fred for a crucial mission. The Americans airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

13
Air date: May 21, 2014

Echo

No one is safe as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete the mission. Stan holds Nina's future in his hands. The Americans airs on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT, only on FX.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (1)

Rather than only offering titillating suspense about spies, undercover ruses, and (it must be said) bad wigs, The Americans provides insight into how cultural differences, misunderstood information, and paranoia can lead to overreactions and escalations.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Can we just take a second... to salute the fine hair, makeup and wardrobe folks on the show. And those who create Philip's looks specifically?

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

We know how the Cold War turned out, but as viewers, we're far less certain as to the fates of these characters who may lack our knowledge, but understand full well the potential cost of the games without frontiers they're playing at.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Now we have a whole new season to be ready for and I am hoping it continues on the path it laid out in Wednesday's excellent premiere episode, "Comrades."

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Young Folks
The Young Folks

The Americans is a pretty fascinating look at morality and doing the right thing - or certainly what you believe to be the right thing - from a side we don't usually follow.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Holy Mother Russia, you need to be watching The Americans. Very few shows are able to combine pleasurable episodic storytelling so deftly with solid character building and delicious suspense.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Credit Weisberg and Fields for nailing down season two of The Americans right from the start, by picking up where the story left off and making sure that this spy-vs.-spy thing has real-life costs.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Five episodes into the new season, the creative team led by producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg are charging forward with even more intrigue, deception, disguises and duplicity.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Comrade set up an intriguing and much more complex world for those involved in the espionage war between the United States and Soviet Union.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

It's like a brutal Jane Fonda workout tape for us...who love to have our pulses quickened by a series of close calls and panicked, Breaking Bad-style encounters that threaten to unravel the ruse and expose the Jenningses for what they really are.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

That kind of duality is the central joy of The Americans, which mixes the suburban mundane with sudden bursts of spy-movie sex and violence.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The real heart here is the Jennings family. It's what make The Americans a better show than most, and what keeps it a show to watch heading into its second season.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

I'd recommend skipping work, ignoring your family, going directly to iTunes or Amazon, and watching the first season, binge-style, while drinking vodka.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

This new season is even better: tighter, better paced, more thematically consistent.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

Absolutely dynamite.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

True, now that we know how the show functions, it will be trickier to pull the wool over our eyes as viewers, but the premiere shows that, if nothing else, this show has a few more tricks up its sleeve yet.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

Much like Elizabeth, The Americans returns for a second season stronger than when viewers last left it.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Though the show occasionally threatens to spin out of its orbit, at least its leads are up to the task.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Season 2 is just as brainy and twisty and kinky, and it ratchets up the suspense by making the threats to our ''heroes'' even more personal.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

It raises question that should be asked of so many shows: How much can we care about characters who are so willing [to] put two children at risk?

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Nothing else on TV can match The Americans for the dizzying highs of its suspense or the unsettling depths of its emotion.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

It took me some time to really get into The Americans. The pilot was bloated. The cinematography is, I believe, deliberately bland. But the acting... is subtle and convincing.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

It's these deeper questions that give the action and melodrama a bit of existential heft, and redirect our vicarious enjoyment away from fantasy and back towards reality.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Those escapes can make for exciting television, so they become a good bet when lively TV is the primary goal.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

I'm happy to report that The Americans is still emphatically The Americans -- a superior television series by just about every measure -- direction, storytelling, writing, plot and immaculate performance[s] by [its two] leads.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The Americans isn't just a history lesson, it's a fast-paced drama that uses Cold War spy craft to uncover the hidden inconsistencies of the human heart.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This thriller is a fast-paced ride through the minefields of domestic and international relations - with one hell of a wig budget.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

A narrative high-wire act, the show remains eminently watchable, in part by pushing the sex-nudity-violence quotient about as far as any basic-cable series can.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It is a kicky, swift-moving ride that uses its double agent protagonists to explore the divided loyalties and self-delusions that plague all humans, not just extremely attractive and bad-ass Soviet spies.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

The stakes are higher than ever. And the wigs even crazier.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The second season of The Americans resets the pieces of its chess game to a precarious status quo.

February 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

So far, they seem to know the key, as it is in any great TV drama, is character: Write great characters, keep them real and, most of all, believable and you are halfway home.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Weisberg's series doesn't feel easily sustainable for years, but that's part of what's so enjoyable about it, the high wire tension it manages in keeping the Jennings in a precarious position while allowing them to stay unexposed

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

The new season-suspenseful as ever, more brutal in its violence, perhaps, and more expansive in its reach into history-easily upholds the standard of the first.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Drives the anti-hero focus of so many superb viewer-identification series into a new frontier: nationalism. The pair's state-of-the-union is at the star-sickled, hammer-spangled heart of the show. Romances are nearly always mission-bound con-jobs.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

The Americans concluded yet another very solid season that's becoming less about spy games and more about family drama and marriage. Don't let that fool you though, there's still plenty of exciting spy games happening not only for Elizabeth and Phil but also with Nina and Stan, that make due to very interesting moral choices and consequences. Keri Russel and Annet Mahendru are doing absolutely brilliant work and should get some award nods when the time comes. Still, some more excitment wouldn't hurt the series and some more clarity towards the spy games could help, even if it might be intentional that we're being kept in the dark sometimes.
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