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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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Season 2 finds Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) struggling to connect with their children, whose American lives are vastly different from their own experiences growing up in the Soviet Union. They're also scared that their spy work will come back to haunt their family—fears that become terrifyingly real when another KGB couple and their daughter are found executed in a hotel room. Elsewhere, troubled G-man Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is targeted by the Soviets, who plan to use his affair with Nina (Annet Mahendru) to turn him into a double agent.

Cast

Matthew Rhys
as Philip Jennings
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth Jennings
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
as Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich
as Stan Beeman
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
Victor Slezak
as Colonel Rennhull
Owen Campbell
as Jared Connors
Nick Bailey
as Dan Maphis
Daniel London
as Roy Oatway
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Critic Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (22)

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

February 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

February 26, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

February 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Slate
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

February 21, 2014 | Full Review…
indieWire
Top Critic

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.

March 17, 2014 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

February 27, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Uncle Barky
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Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 2

WildalyM.

Super Reviewer

½

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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