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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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



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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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