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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as Philip Jennings
as Elizabeth Jennings
as Paige Jennings
as Henry Jennings
as Chris Amador
as Stan Beeman
as Martha Hanson
as Sandra Beeman
as Fred Timbrook
as Oleg Nicholiavic
as Bruce Dameran
as Gene Craft
as Helen Leavis
as Sanford Prince
as Colonel Rennhull
as Jared Connors
as Dan Maphis
as Roy Oatway
News & Interviews for The Americans: Season 2
Those escapes can make for exciting television, so they become a good bet when lively TV is the primary goal.
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.
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.
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
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.
Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 2
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.
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