The Americans: Season 2 (2014)

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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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Critic Ratings: 38

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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…
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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…
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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

  • 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!
  • Dec 20, 2016
    The second season of The Americans ratchets up the tension and increases the stakes making for another great season of television.
  • Jun 09, 2016
    Love this show, I watch it prime time every week. I love the Soviets, their mission and there cause. I am an American but when I watch this shows I feel I wish I were a Soviet agent like these guys. The stories are great and I'm so glad they're continuing the series, it's a fantastic show!
  • Mar 06, 2016
    in questa seconda stagione The Americans fa quel salto di qualità che nell'annata precedente aveva dimostrato di essere in grado di fare. la struttura del telefilm è rimasta, ovviamente, invariata rispetto all'anno scorso, con una serie di puntate verticali che lasciano pian pianino spazio ad un robusto ma mai invasivo plot orizzontale. le tematiche sono sempre le stesse, ma messe in scena con maggior convinzione: l'aspra critica all'establishment americano permane è più contestuale, facendo prendere coscienza, episodio dopo episodio, dell'effettiva brutalità del sistema statunitense, che non ha nulla da invidiare sotto questo aspetto ai più aspri regimi dittatoriali; d'altro canto sono tante anche le critiche mosse allo spietatos modus operandi sovietico, in un quadro generale che mira dunque a mettere in dubbio un sitema mondiale che sempre più svilisce la figura di ogni singolo umano, a prescindere dal proprio schieramento. altro aspetto molto importante è quello ideologico: se nella stagione scorsa i sovietici erano dei semplici nemici degli americani, senza grosse differenze a tratteggiare gli uni dagli altri, ora le dissimilitudini, labili ma non per questo poco importanti, vengono fuori, manifestandosi nell'ambiente familiare della famiglia Jennings, in un'esplosione di sentimenti contrastanti che colpiscono sempre nel segno. altro passo in avanti è riscontrabile anche in termini di regia, spesso sorniona ma pronta ad alzare il ritmo a dovere quando necessario, pur non eccedendo in scazzottate proprie di un genere a cui The Americans sembra non voler appartenere in nessun modo. una gran bella stagione insomma, anche se si ha sempre la sensazione che manchi qualcosa, dovuta forse al fatto che certe volte il ritmo crolla, impantanandosi in certe situazioni non proprio riuscitissime.
  • Jan 30, 2016
    Wow I have finally caught up in full with all three seasons of "The Americans" and it's the best Suspense/Drama show I have ever watched and I watch a ton of television shows. I will say this is a review for all three seasons and not just one or two of them. I will start off with the story which takes place in Washington, D.C. during the Cold War in the 1980's. The story progresses outside of this conflict to center on a married KGB couple with children that are spies working for their Motherland Russia. I love the story because no show to my recollection has ever dived into a story like this one and least of all not centered on it. I will move onto the acting which is Superb. I mean Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as the main protagonists are Incredible and really flesh the characters out. The other actors and actresses all do an Amazing job including Noah Emmerich as the FBI Agent. I will follow up now on the action which is in my opinion extremely scrutinized and I mean that in a great way. The action/espionage is done Masterfully as it was created by Joe Weisberg who used to be in the CIA. I believe he recreates that time period with exquisite detail. The action is not Game of Thrones violence but when it's there it's all out and running for the finish line. I will finish with the cinematography which is done flawlessly and every shot and angle is shot with a purpose. I will close by saying this is a Must See television show. I mean I can think of no other show that keeps my Heart racing every episode at what might happen next like this show does and you will not regret watching it of that I can assure you. I can't wait for Season 4.

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