The Americans: Season 1 Reviews

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July 31, 2019
This is more than a conventional US spy drama. The primary source of tension lies in the use of a spy cover-marriage as a metaphor for long-term relationships: what if the person you were closest to was a perfect stranger?
October 19, 2018
The problem with The Americans is that it feels as if it were made in the eighties rather than made about the eighties.
November 2, 2017
Joseph Weisberg has made a confident, clever Homeland-a-like that could well surpass the original. Matthew Rhys is great as a Bolshevik bottom-kicker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2017
Rhys and Russell give Emmy-worthy performances as people managing multiple identities.
March 7, 2017
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.
February 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2013
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.
June 2, 2013
It works, once you've figured out what the hell is going on.
March 6, 2013
The Americans, after a slightly uneven start, is fast becoming one of TV's best new shows.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 8, 2013
After seeing the pilot, The Americans can step up and take their place among the pantheon of cable shows now dominating the primetime airways.
January 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
January 30, 2013
My guess is that it will be a critical smash but perhaps not be a huge ratings hit. But you gotta love the network for taking a flier on a concept like this.
January 30, 2013
The Cold War may be heating up here, but "Americans" never gets above lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 30, 2013
It's a delicate task The Americans has set for itself, not just balancing large- and small-scale dramas, but completely intertwining them; if it continues to pull it off, it'll be exhilarating to watch it unfold week to week.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 30, 2013
It's gritty, sometimes dark and unquestionably great to watch.
January 30, 2013
The couple's relationship is far more interesting when, after one botched mission, they finally start to show some warmth toward each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 30, 2013
The Americans isn't as successful as it could be, thanks to flashbacks that feel less than real and choppy plots that make the action hard to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2013
It has Felicity kicking ass as a Russian spy. Come on, that's just awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
January 30, 2013
The pilot begins with what might be among the 10 best minutes of TV viewers will see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 30, 2013
A great cast, detail-oriented producers, and an amazing concept - I can't wait to see where "The Americans" goes from here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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