Critic Consensus: With "Munchkins," The Americans plays on overarching themes of trust and consequences with shocking twists, bleak humor, and a sudden, poignant farewell.

Episode Info

A discretion from Paige's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy the family, which sparks chaos for Philip and Elizabeth and forces Paige to reevaluate who her parents really are.


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 Munchkins

Every week, The Americans plunges its cold hands into my chest and squeezes my lungs a little tighter.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

It solidified Season 4 as one for goodbyes. Three main characters - or at least recurring characters - have all left, two dead and one unlikely to be seen again.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As is no surprise by this point in the season, "Munchkins" was an effective look at how the information that ties us together can also strangle.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

"Munchkins" works better than the table-setting in last week's episode by digging into what it means to split apart families and continuing to prove how ruthless this season has been in excising extra weight.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

We got a firsthand look at how things can go well- and how they can go completely sideways at a moment's notice, no matter where one's loyalties lie.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

The Americans can deftly reverse our sympathies with a snap of its fingers.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The Americans needed an episode like this to push forward an idea about the war raging between two sides: As much as you may try to avoid them, there will always be casualties.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

"Yes." It was a single word, spoken calmly, but it had the force of an emotional breakdown. For the first time in nearly four seasons of The Americans, Elizabeth Jennings - killer, mother, patriot, spy - asked for a break.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

So much of what happens on The Americans is predicated on plans running perfectly, but they so rarely do. That gives "Munchkins" a feeling of bleak comedy, right alongside its tragic undertones.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

"Munchkins" provides The Americans with a breather, in which the main characters are steeped in consequence.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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