The Americans: Season 5 (2017)



Critic Consensus: In its penultimate season, The Americans brings long-simmering storylines to a boil while heightening the spy-thriller stakes and deepening the domestic drama -- all brought vividly to life by superb performances from its veteran cast.


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The Jennings teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) spends Season 5 of "The Americans" trying to find out more about the family business now that she knows her parents aren't mild-mannered travel agents, but Russian spies. As she helps protect them (or is she?) by collecting intel on Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) and his wife Alice (Suzy Jane Hunt), she grows closer to her mom Elizabeth (Keri Russell), who is teaching her self-defense. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Philip (Matthew Rhys) investigate an American plot to create famine in the Soviet Union, and Elizabeth comes to terms with a difficult decision after a mission goes awry. Elsewhere, Oleg (Costa Ronin) struggles with his loyalty to the KGB; and as the FBI continue to seek out the Soviet agents, Stan (Noah Emmerich) struggles with the loss of Nina (Annet Mahendru) and the consequences of his choices.


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 Americans Season 5

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

There's more TV to watch than ever before, but fewer shows that feel like they earn that capital-G Great title. The Americans is a Great Show. In fact, it is the greatest currently on television.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Well, I have been watching - and it's been fascinating from the start. But now, with Cold War intrigue hotter than it's been in decades, many curious new viewers are likely to flock to this series.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Americans otherwise remains in the top tier of TV dramas, even if the first three episodes of the 13-episode new season could use a kick in the pants pacing-wise.

Mar 7, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The fourth season was great. The fifth at least needs to match it, and the evidence so far establishes that it will.

Mar 6, 2017 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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This season, the conditions in Russia seem to be taking a more forward position on the show. Cleverly, the writers introduce a Russian family in America whose father despises Russia and is glad to be out.

Mar 3, 2017 | Full Review…

How The Americans balances big, worldly topics with intimate, familial stories has always been skillfully implemented. But now such moments are even more pointed.

Mar 2, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Through this dedication to storytelling and stellar performances, that show will continue to be a much watch show.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I've found the last few episodes of this Cold War thriller a tiny bit boring...Normally I love it but this series seems as though it's merely treading water instead of rampaging ahead.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The Americans excels in mining the psychological damage visited upon those playing the deadliest of games.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The spy craft is terrific - tense, subtle and expertly plotted and paced - but the real battles are on the home front, fought in Philip and Elizabeth's bedroom or at the kitchen table.

May 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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