The Americans: Season 1 (2013)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 53

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 30, 2013
2
Air date: Feb 6, 2013
3
Air date: Feb 13, 2013
4
Air date: Feb 20, 2013
5
Air date: Feb 27, 2013
6
Air date: Mar 6, 2013
7
Air date: Mar 13, 2013
8
Air date: Mar 20, 2013
9
Air date: Apr 3, 2013
10
Air date: Apr 10, 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.

Cast

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 (53) | Top Critics (29)

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…

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…

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

Jan 29, 2013 | Full Review…

What I liked most about the drama is that Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are so utterly believable as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, KGB spies posing as American citizens living in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 8.4/10 | 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…

The problem with The Americans is that it feels as if it were made in the eighties rather than made about the eighties.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 1

  • Jan 10, 2020
    A suspense and wig-filled joyride that puts you on the edge of your seat. Rhys and Russell both give deliciously duplicitous performances as two undercover KGB agents in the Reagan era.
  • Jan 02, 2020
    I like the show, but their history expert gets only 2 stars. Early in Episode 4 a lady approximately 50 years old said, "I fought behind the lines in Stalingrad (38 years earlier) for two years." The age discrepancy is not the major failure, though dubious by itself. The real failure is related to the 2 years. The Germans were not within 200 miles of Stalingrad until close to August, 1942 and had retreated much farther away than 200 miles by March, 1943. The battle for Stalingrad itself only lasted 5 months. There would be no possible way to be fighting there for even a year, much less "behind enemy lines for two years". I laughed out loud when I heard that.
  • Oct 20, 2019
    It is watchable, but one has to leave lots of brain behind. FBI is shown to be weak and kgb couple super humans.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    The writers seem to view the women characters as nothing more than a tool to please the men they encounter. Way too many rape and sexual abuse scenes to count I had to stop watching. Is that really all a woman's character is good for in a show like this? Seriously disappointing..
  • 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.

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