The Americans: Season 4 (2016)

Season 4
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With its fourth season, The Americans continues to deliver top-tier spy drama while sending its characters in directions that threaten to destroy their freedoms - and their lives.



Critic Ratings: 48


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User Ratings: 832

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Air date: Mar 16, 2016

In the fourth season premiere, Philip and Elizabeth face the fallout from their previous actions and get a new bioweapons assignment. Elsewhere: Pastor Tim grapples with the revelation that Philip and Elizabeth are Russian spies.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2016

Family tensions hit a boiling point as Paige shares a secret and Philip tries to get rid of a sensitive and dangerous package.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

Paige faces new burdens due to her family's secret and Philip and Elizabeth try to keep their cover without destroying their daughter.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2016

Patriotism is tested after a flaw during a mission puts Philip; Elizabeth; William; and Gabriel in danger while Nina puts her life on the line back in Russia.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2016

Philip faces a tough choice that will drastically impact him and Martha.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2016

Martha faces the truth and new developments surface in William's work, forcing Jennings to face the realities of a biological war.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2016

Stakes are raised as the KGB and the FBI race to track down an agent.

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Air date: May 4, 2016

The Jennings hit their breaking points as they try to handle local agents.

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Air date: May 11, 2016

"The Day After" premieres and Elizabeth tries to complete the "Patty" operation.

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Air date: May 18, 2016

A discretion from Paige's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy the family, which sparks chaos for Philip and Elizabeth and forces Paige to reevaluate who her parents really are.

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Season 4 of this period drama begins with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) dealing with the fallout from the previous season as the FBI learns about Gene's suicide. Later: tensions rise in the Jennings house due to a secret involving Paige (Holly Taylor) and a a serious flaw in their mission tests the patriotism of Philip, Elizabeth, William, and Gabriel.

Cast & Crew

Keri Russell
Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys
Philip Jennings
Noah Emmerich
Stan Beeman
Holly Taylor
Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
Henry Jennings
Annet Mahendru
Nina Sergeevna Krilova
Alison Wright
Martha Hanson
Lev Gorn
Arkady Ivanovich Zotov
Costa Ronin
Oleg Burov
Dylan Baker
William Crandall
Brandon J. Dirden
Dennis Aderholt
Danny Flaherty
Matthew Beeman
Kelly AuCoin
Pastor Tim
Ruthie Ann Miles
Young Hee Seong
Vera Cherny
Tatiana Vyazemtseva
Peter Mark Kendall
Joe Weisberg
Executive Producer
Joel Fields
Executive Producer
Graham Yost
Executive Producer
Justin Falvey
Executive Producer
Darryl Frank
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Americans Season 4

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (32)

Creator Joe Weisberg and executive producer-writer Joel Fields have guided the story well so far, but how much more incestuous can the relationships get?

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

The greatness of The Americans comes in large part from its constant state of crisis.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Layered in ways we only see in our best television, The Americans transcends its espionage show genre to become something more relatable while never forgetting to also be a wildly entertaining story of spies and the people trying to catch them.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

The time for analysis and evaluation is over. It's time to act, and how this family moves forward remains the most intriguing mystery of all.

Mar 16, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The Americans is one of TV's best drama series, if not the best, and it's also one of the most challenging. There are details to remember, nuances to catch and morality to ponder.

Mar 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This is a television show at the very peak of its powers, confident and controlled. The cast and crew have done their part - your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is simply to tune in. You won't regret it.

Mar 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Relying on interpersonal interactions and the relationships they've built over time has given the audience a reason to invest in every character on the show.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Most of the time it feels like I'm watching chess. The pieces are logically moving into place, in anticipation for those big moments in the plot and character development.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The Americans has managed to create a universe presided over by a tension that goes more season after season. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The fourth and, by far, most compelling, understands that national-security concerns during the Cold War were determined to a large extent by the bogeymen that haunted nations in their sleep.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Wiggy complexity is a crucial part of the show's brilliance.

May 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Some breakneck busyness in The Americans' fourth season does little to distract from the feeling that you're watching the beginning of the end for TV's best drama.

Mar 9, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 4

  • Nov 21, 2020
    How strange it is to root for people who are actually spying on my country. That's how good the writers of this show are.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    More engaging and entertaining than previous seasons, with some thrill and suspense. At this point one starts to hate the kgb spies lead couple actually with visible psychopathic tendencies, more so the lady with the sinister smile ... hope this does not end up glorifying the same in coming seasons ...
  • Jan 11, 2019
    With its fourth season, The Americans continues to deliver top-tier spy drama while sending its characters in directions that threaten to destroy their freedoms - and their lives.
  • Sep 24, 2018
    Do I really need to keep saying it at this point the Americans is the best drama on television.
  • May 25, 2018
    The Americans gets better every season.
  • Mar 22, 2018
    this is the best season of the best drama on tv. the writing , the complexity of the pl;ot and character development are superb.
  • Jan 11, 2018
    The best season to date, and that says a lot. The show is at a stage when the writers could easily resort to formula, retreading the same basic plot, just with different characters, missions and other devices. Yet it is as unpredictable, fresh and engaging as ever. Rather than keeping certain characters whose arc has run its course around just for familiarity sake, they are removed from the series. New characters and intrigues appear, while simmering sub-plots become important threads. It is far from formulaic.
  • Dec 21, 2017
    This is sadly the first season I have seen that has slid backwards. The acting is still great, so no problems there. However the storylines were a lot less interesting. Maybe its because the renowned character actress Margo Martingale didn't have as big an influence this season. Let me say that Frank Langella was a high point in the season. He is older now, but still able to push through with his acting and make me feel like he is a real person. The low points came once again with Paige, the daughter. Now that they have told her who they are, they waffle around telling her no when she throws temper tantrums. That whole situation sucks and I try and fast forward sometimes through those scenes. The other areas overall was Phillip's fascination with EST, and more focus on the Rezidentura. None of those were entertaining and I don't really care to know the people. Pros: Frank Langella is still keeping it real. Cons: Slower stories with no payoff, and the whole daughter situation. Can we please move on yet?
  • Jul 27, 2017
    Dropped off a little bit from the first 3 seasons, but still the best show going around
  • May 10, 2017
    I absolutely love this show..It's my favorite

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