The Day After



Critic Consensus: "The Day After" uses the titular 1983 TV movie as the backdrop for a reflective episode that finds The Americans catching its breath before charging headlong into the end of the season.

Episode Info

"The Day After" premieres and Elizabeth tries to complete the "Patty" operation.


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 The Day After

"You have to blink, Paige," may be how I choose to remember the episode overall: a tension-relieving respite from the pressures of eight anxious weeks, just before the real shit hits the fan.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I cried during this sequence. The antiwar message of the film the characters watched, the sense of colossal, avoidable loss and waste and tragedy, covered my brain like ashes. The power of art to communicate the awful truth was palpable.

May 13, 2016 | Full Review…

I loved how the airing of The Day After was an undercurrent to all the action-a reminder of how high the stakes truly are.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

The Americans is a great show because in the same episode that it shows that the end of the world is a possible consequence of Elizabeth not doing her job ... we desperately want her to not do her job.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Maybe it's because I lived through the era and am actually cognitive of the times that I so connect with what's happening. Regardless, The Americans Season 4 Episode 9 hit me hard.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Another solid episode of the series, if not as tense by default as the last few, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

May 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Whether it intends to or not, "The Day After" forces viewers to take a step back.

Jun 2, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Day After" is... fittingly enough, a tribute to the power of television: the foremost medium through which we enjoy, or endure, the experience of being alone together.

May 13, 2016 | Full Review…

The idea of blinking - choosing to hesitate in the face of a decision - gets a lot of play in this episode, which draws from the 1983 TV movie The Day After for both its title and its emotional resonance.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The morality of The Americans is rarely black-and-white, but the specter of mutually assured destruction has a way of rendering complicated issues into absolutes.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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