The Americans: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2
The Americans

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Adding fuel to the fire, The Americans retains all the suspense and action of season one while enhancing the level of excitement... and wigs.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2014

Elizabeth is back from her injury; Paige's suspicions have increased; Stan continues to fall for a Russian agent.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2014

Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation; Elizabeth gets a mysterious distress signal; a walk-in arrives at the Rezidentura.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2014

Philip and Elizabeth complete their next mission; Philip's fears about Elizabeth's readiness for action deepen; Stan tracks the KGB walk-in which leads to much praise at work; Paige snoops into her mother's family background.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2014

An old friend returns to complicate things for Philip and Elizabeth; divisions inside the Rezidentura deepen between Oleg and Arkady; Martha's frustrations threaten to blow Philip's cover.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2014

Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler; Oleg and Arkady continue to argue over how best to handle a situation.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2014

A dangerous Naval officer becomes the key to Philip and Elizabeth's mission; an intelligence officer working with the Jennings is tasked with getting Elizabeth access to Capitol Hill; Stan struggles with the potential costs of protecting Nina.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2014

Philip uses his agent Charles Duluth to help him gain access to an early precursor to the Internet; Nina faces the threat of a potential FBI polygraph exam.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2014

Philip and Elizabeth both find themselves faced with painful turns in their various missions; Stan fights to gain access to an American military program.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2014

Philip and Elizabeth's long-planned mission turns ugly; Stan digs in deeper at work as his personal life continues to unravel.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2014

A new mission with international stakes; Stan makes a discovery that could put the FBI hot on the trail of Illegals.

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Cast & Crew

Keri Russell
Elizabeth Jennings

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Matthew Rhys
Philip Jennings

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Noah Emmerich
Stan Beeman

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Holly Taylor
Paige Jennings

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Keidrich Sellati
Henry Jennings

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Annet Mahendru
Nina Sergeevna Krilova

Actor
Susan Misner
Sandra Beeman

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Alison Wright
Martha Hanson

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Kelly AuCoin
Pastor Tim

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Lev Gorn
Arkady Ivanovich Zotov

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Wrenn Schmidt
Kate

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Costa Ronin
Oleg Burov

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Owen Campbell
Jared Connors

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Aimee Carrero
Lucia

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John Carroll Lynch
Fred

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Michael Aronov
Anton Baklanov

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Aaron Roman Weiner
Agent Brooks

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Lee Tergesen
Andrew Larrick

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Trish McCall
Abigail

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Richard Thomas
Frank Gaad

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Joe Weisberg
Executive Producer
Joel Fields
Executive Producer
Graham Yost
Executive Producer
Justin Falvey
Executive Producer
Darryl Frank
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Daniel Sackheim
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Critic Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

  • Feb 19, 2021
    It was interesting to watch incompetent Americans and evil Soviets go head to head with some interesting reflections on the differences between the two
  • Nov 21, 2020
    I'm hooked. Interesting to see the point of view Russians are raised with vs. Americans.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    It has to build on what it's started to be a stepping stone, but it's still thrilling and intelligent to watch and see how the situations expand.
  • Oct 20, 2019
    Again watchable if there is nothing better to do and one is bored. KGB couple are successful in any damn thing they want, FBI and even CIA way behind ...
  • Jan 11, 2019
    Adding fuel to the fire, The Americans retains all the suspense and action of season one while enhancing the level of excitement... and wigs.
  • Sep 22, 2018
    The Americans second season solidified the series as one of televisions greatest dramas due to compelling storytelling and phenomenal performances.
  • Jan 11, 2018
    Brilliant series – highly original and incredibly intriguing and engaging. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings seem like your average American couple. Married for nearly 20 years they have two children, run a travel agency and live in suburbia. However, they are masking a secret double-life: they are, in fact, Russian spies, planted in the US nearly 20 years previously. It is the early-1980s and the height of the Cold War, with Philip and Elizabeth at the forefront of the USSR’s attempts to gain information on US activities and weaponry. Tasked with countering espionage and tracking down Soviet spies is a special division of the FBI. Stan Beeman is one of their brightest agents. He also happens to be the Jennings’s neighbour… Brilliant series – highly original and incredibly intriguing and engaging. Just the concept – telling a spy story from the point of view of the Soviets, the “bad guys”, is fascinating in itself and does add a dimension to the series. If we had a CIA couple posing as Russians during the Cold War I’m not sure the story would be as novel or interesting. Very intriguing. The whole spy and counter-spy back-and-forth, the missions, the methods Philip and Elizabeth use to get information, the personas and disguises they adopt, the often fragile arrangements they have that can fall apart at the slightest slip of the tongue or the suspicions of someone and the FBI’s similar methods make for very interesting watching. Throw in the fact that, like any parents or couples, they have family issues too and these are not necessarily independent of their work. The family dynamic adds another level of intrigue and this ratchets up with every series. Then, just to spice things up even more, the Jennings’s arch-nemesis is their neighbour! This adds even more intrigue and subterfuge. Excellent writing, with solid direction and great performances all round. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are particularly good in the lead roles.
  • Dec 08, 2017
    Not only is it still a good series, it got better as well. The series continues with following their family as Philipp and Elizabeth continue spying. It starts with a horrific death of another "illegal" couple they are friends with, and wraps the season up with finding out who and why the murder happened. They got over the whole "will they, won't they" situation and established the two main protagonists (are they protagonists if they are the Soviets?) who love each other. We get a bit more of a larger overarching story and the plots run together well. The only real negative I have is not the actress playing Paige, their 14 year old daughter, and not the actual writing, I just hate the whiny self-entitled privilege that she works from. That is a good writing thing, but its the part of the series that drives me nuts. Pros: This is still better than Homeland, and a great thriller. Cons: I still hate angsty 14 year old drama.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    Watching the first series was hard to stomach itself. The second has put me off completely. Very unrealistic portrayal of family life in general and also silly how they have time to live separate lives.
  • Jul 15, 2017
    Husband is hooked too!

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