The Americans: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
The Americans

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



Critic Ratings: 51


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Air date: Jan 30, 2013
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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
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Maximiliano Hernandez
as Chris Amador
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
Michael Gaston
as Mark Bartholomew
Cotter Smith
as Deputy Attorney General Warren
Joe Urla
as Pasty Bureaucrat
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Critic Reviews for The Americans Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Jan 29, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

Jan 30, 2013 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 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.

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

Rhys and Russell give Emmy-worthy performances as people managing multiple identities.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The show has a snappy premise and a strong underlying theme-how do Philip and Elizabeth juggle their extraordinary mission with the ordinary reality of family life?-but so far creator Joe Weisberg hasn't given the drama room enough to breathe.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The Americans is a fascinating idea for a show. I don't recall getting to explore the spy game from the other side like this, and that's where much of the show's attraction lies.

Feb 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

After seeing the pilot, The Americans can step up and take their place among the pantheon of cable shows now dominating the primetime airways.

Feb 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 1

  • May 13, 2019
    More episodic than the rest of the series but very worth watching. It features some of the best episodes of the show even if the whole story isn't as cohesive as it is in further seasons. The good news is that the show gets BETTER and BETTER. Fantastic season overall! Just keep watching with an open mind
  • May 13, 2019
    Albeit slower and less action packed, it is even better than Homeland, more spot-on on tech details (spy life and methods) and more serious story telling. Acting and writing is 5/5. Excellent first season.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    Riveting and full of good twists. The leads are likeable, and the producers’ tendency to not present any side as completely heroic or villainous helps create good twists and melodrama.
  • Jan 11, 2019
    The Americans is a spy thriller of the highest order, with evocative period touches and strong chemistry between its leads.
  • Nov 29, 2018
    Came late to this, but this is wonderful. So many layers, so clever and great chemistry. Notionally a story about spies, but so much more
  • Nov 20, 2018
    Best spy thriller ever.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    America’s greatest television drama had a strong start thank to wonderful work from Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.
  • Aug 25, 2018
    Gripping, plausible and yet strangely surreal. Couldn’t stop watching it and formed an attachment to the pathological characters, fixated on their cause however warped. The lengths the plots go to, in order to demonstrate the Russian agenda were disturbing. The human cost to people caught up in their world devastating and sad. Watch it without doubt it’s compelling viewing.
  • Apr 28, 2018
    The Americans is coming to the end of its 6-season run on FX at the end of next year. However, there's never been a better time to catch up with some of the greatest spies on television. Elizabeth and Henry are my favorite "bad guys," though the series is filled with some of the best, most authentic, characters I've ever seen on television. Superb acting, consistent story development, and organic character growth make this series a don't miss. Combined with the realistic yet fantastical depiction of the political climate in the 80's (perhaps the most authentic/meaningful 1980's representation I've ever seen), this series is indomitable, ruthless, and endearing. At the end of Season 1, I love where this show is heading, and hope to catch up with Directorate S soon.
  • Apr 12, 2018
    Wow! I was blow away!

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