The Americans: Season 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 26, 2014
2
Air date: Mar 5, 2014
3
Air date: Mar 12, 2014
4
Air date: Mar 19, 2014
5
Air date: Mar 26, 2014
6
Air date: Apr 2, 2014
7
Air date: Apr 9, 2014
8
Air date: Apr 16, 2014
9
Air date: Apr 23, 2014
10
Air date: Apr 30, 2014
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Season 2 of The Americans continues 2 months after Elizabeth is badly shot and sees the Jennings try to capture technology relating to the USA's development of a stealth aircraft. However, Phillip continues to be worried about Elizabeth's ability to carry out missions and Paige begins to get suspicious.

Cast

Matthew Rhys
as Philip Jennings
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth Jennings
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
as Henry Jennings
Maximiliano Hernandez
as Chris Amador
Noah Emmerich
as Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas
as Frank Gaad
Lev Gorn
as Arkady
Alison Wright
as Martha Hanson
Susan Misner
as Sandra Beeman
John Carroll Lynch
as Fred Timbrook
Costa Ronin
as Oleg Nicholiavic
Erik Jensen
as Bruce Dameran
Luke Robertson
as Gene Craft
Kathleen Chalfant
as Helen Leavis
Tim Hopper
as Sanford Prince
Owen Campbell
as Jared Connors
Victor Slezak
as Colonel Rennhull
Daniel London
as Roy Oatway
Nick Bailey
as Dan Maphis
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Critic Reviews for The Americans Season 2

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22)

Those escapes can make for exciting television, so they become a good bet when lively TV is the primary goal.

Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm happy to report that The Americans is still emphatically The Americans -- a superior television series by just about every measure -- direction, storytelling, writing, plot and immaculate performance[s] by [its two] leads.

Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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It is a kicky, swift-moving ride that uses its double agent protagonists to explore the divided loyalties and self-delusions that plague all humans, not just extremely attractive and bad-ass Soviet spies.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Joe Weisberg's series doesn't feel easily sustainable for years, but that's part of what's so enjoyable about it, the high wire tension it manages in keeping the Jennings in a precarious position while allowing them to stay unexposed

Feb 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Rather than only offering titillating suspense about spies, undercover ruses, and (it must be said) bad wigs, The Americans provides insight into how cultural differences, misunderstood information, and paranoia can lead to overreactions and escalations.

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…

The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's refreshing to see Philip and Elizabeth finally connecting and working together better than they had before with the drama in their lives coming from more dangerous, external sources.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The stakes are higher than ever. And the wigs even crazier.

Feb 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Drives the anti-hero focus of so many superb viewer-identification series into a new frontier: nationalism. The pair's state-of-the-union is at the star-sickled, hammer-spangled heart of the show. Romances are nearly always mission-bound con-jobs.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Can we just take a second... to salute the fine hair, makeup and wardrobe folks on the show. And those who create Philip's looks specifically?

Mar 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

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WalterM

Super Reviewer

The Americans concluded yet another very solid season that's becoming less about spy games and more about family drama and marriage. Don't let that fool you though, there's still plenty of exciting spy games happening not only for Elizabeth and Phil but also with Nina and Stan, that make due to very interesting moral choices and consequences. Keri Russel and Annet Mahendru are doing absolutely brilliant work and should get some award nods when the time comes. Still, some more excitment wouldn't hurt the series and some more clarity towards the spy games could help, even if it might be intentional that we're being kept in the dark sometimes.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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