Critic Consensus: Picking up the action immediately after the previous season's finale, "Glanders" uses the fallout from critical storylines to establish urgent momentum while furthering the main characters' journey -- and further unraveling their façade.

Episode Info

In the fourth season premiere, Philip and Elizabeth face the fallout from their previous actions and get a new bioweapons assignment. Elsewhere: Pastor Tim grapples with the revelation that Philip and Elizabeth are Russian spies.


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
Susan Misner
as Sandra Beeman
Alison Wright
as Martha Hanson
Richard Thomas
as Agent Frank Gaad
Lev Gorn
as Arkady
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Critic Reviews for Glanders

In case, you were hoping things somehow got easier for dear ol' Phillip (Matthew Rhys) over the break, "Glanders" was here to overwhelm our family patriarch even more.

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

While the war may be cold, the emotional journey of the characters is anything but, which is very evident as The Americans Season 4 Episode 1 begins.

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Though I wouldn't have minded a kicking '80s song beneath a boss montage, "Glanders" delivered a sure-footed return to the world of Cold War espionage.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

'Glanders' may not pack the visceral punch you may find in other dramas that play ball with the audience frequently enough to jolt you with expected thrills, but it is a solid season opener worthy of what the fans expect.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Kicking off the fourth season moments after where the third season ended gave the show an unprecedented sense of urgency.

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 9.1/10 | Full Review…

Flashbacks are in and out in The Americans, but the one we see of Philip as a tough

Jun 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The show doesn't waste time - guilt, terror and a spray of blood before the opening credits even rolled.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Picking up where "March 8, 1983" left off, "Glanders" pursues The Americans's increasing fatalism into the deepest recesses of Philip's psyche.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Having Paige find religion continues to be one of the smartest things The Americans ever did, as it opens up so many new avenues to explore the central ideas of trust and what is 'right.'

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Americans opens its fourth season with a reminder that even the most powerful surveillance operations can still overlook a deadly threat.

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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