The Americans: Season 5 (2017)

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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.



Critic Ratings: 43


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Air date: Mar 7, 2017

In the Season 5 premiere, the Centre sends a new operation unlike anything before to Philip and Elizabeth, which puts more strain on their already tense marriage and family life.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2017

Stan and Oleg wrestle with the harsh consequences of their complicated history as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with devastating implications for their country.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2017

Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige more about the family business, but pressing new questions arise when an operation takes a ghastly and unexpected turn. Elsewhere: a sensitive package jeopardizes Oleg's life back home.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2017

Philip and Elizabeth have qualms about a new assignment while a specter from Philip's past creates unforeseen dangers. Elsewhere: Stan makes a shocking play that could throw his career into turmoil.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2017

Philip and Elizabeth receive surprising news about Henry and shattering news about a past operation. Elsewhere: Stan might be falling in love, but Philip wonders if something darker is going on.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2017

Gabriel stuns Philip and Elizabeth with a sudden announcement and a crushing revelation about Philip's past. Elsehwere: Stan and Aderholt draw a fly into their web while Oleg and Ruslan ambush their first suspect.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2017

As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents' world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth's honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2017

A secret brings Elizabeth and Paige together. Back in Moscow, Oleg's own secrets put him under KGB suspicion and a new twist in the Morozov operation creates an opportunity that changes everything.

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Air date: May 2, 2017

Philip and Elizabeth are thrown off balance when things with Tuan take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Henry makes a startling proposition and Stan has a disturbing encounter with Frank Gaad's widow.

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Air date: May 9, 2017

Paige's snooping leads Philip and Elizabeth to make a choice that could shift the balance of their lives forever. Also: Stan and Aderholt's recruitment of Sofia suddenly bears fruit.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Keri Russell
Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys
Philip Jennings
Noah Emmerich
Stan Beeman
Holly Taylor
Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
Henry Jennings
Costa Ronin
Oleg Burov
Brandon J. Dirden
Dennis Aderholt
Darya Ekamasova
Sofia Kovalenko
Irina Dvorovenko
Evgheniya Morozov
Zack Gafin
Pasha Morozov
Ivan Mok
Tuan Eckert
Alex Ozerov
Mischa Semenov
Joe Weisberg
Executive Producer
Joel Fields
Executive Producer
Graham Yost
Executive Producer
Justin Falvey
Executive Producer
Darryl Frank
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Americans Season 5

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

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…

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…

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…

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…

A masterpiece of tension, political intrigue, complex plots, and wigs...

Apr 15, 2021 | Full Review…

It sets everything up for the brilliance of the final season, which contain some of the finest writing, acting and suspense in the history of television.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

It would be easy to say that the spies of The Americans traffic in information, but it would be more accurate to say they specialize in leveraging emotions against uncertainty.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 5

  • Nov 21, 2020
    Great portrayal and storyline of how CIA and Russian spies embedded in America played cat and mouse.
  • Oct 30, 2019
    This is improving with each season and season 5 is undoubtedly more gripping and thrilling. The KGB couple feels more and more sinister lying straight faced to their own daughter as it suits them, the lady is so psychopathic and husband at least trying to come out of the mess. I fast forwarded some parts in each episode mostly involving deception by couple towards prospective sources which feels contrived.
  • Jan 11, 2019
    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.
  • Sep 24, 2018
    The penultimate season of the Americans is a slow down after the intensity of season 4. It is still an excellent show, but this season feels like it was made just to set up the final season.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    boring. watched most of it on fast speed (1 viewing)
  • Jul 09, 2018
    This is one of the most addictive series on the tube. excellent acting & great suspense. I hope it continues for many more seasons
  • May 02, 2018
    We watch a lot of stuff; this might just be the best of 'em all.
  • Apr 06, 2018
    The Americans continues to deliver with great success in its fifth season, bringing deep-seeded issues and storylines into the fold and amping up the drama between its extremely complex characters.
  • Feb 17, 2018
    Brilliant series – highly original and incredibly intriguing and engaging. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings seem like your average American couple. Married for nearly 20 years they have two children, run a travel agency and live in suburbia. However, they are masking a secret double-life: they are, in fact, Russian spies, planted in the US nearly 20 years previously. It is the early-1980s and the height of the Cold War, with Philip and Elizabeth at the forefront of the USSR’s attempts to gain information on US activities and weaponry. Tasked with countering espionage and tracking down Soviet spies is a special division of the FBI. Stan Beeman is one of their brightest agents. He also happens to be the Jennings’s neighbour… Brilliant series – highly original and incredibly intriguing and engaging. Just the concept – telling a spy story from the point of view of the Soviets, the “bad guys”, is fascinating in itself and does add a dimension to the series. If we had a CIA couple posing as Russians during the Cold War I’m not sure the story would be as novel or interesting. Very intriguing. The whole spy and counter-spy back-and-forth, the missions, the methods Philip and Elizabeth use to get information, the personas and disguises they adopt, the often fragile arrangements they have that can fall apart at the slightest slip of the tongue or the suspicions of someone and the FBI’s similar methods make for very interesting watching. Throw in the fact that, like any parents or couples, they have family issues too and these are not necessarily independent of their work. The family dynamic adds another level of intrigue and this ratchets up with every series. Then, just to spice things up even more, the Jennings’s arch-nemesis is their neighbour! This adds even more intrigue and subterfuge. Excellent writing, with solid direction and great performances all round. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are particularly good in the lead roles. After five seasons the writing is as good as ever. Looking forward to Season 6.
  • Feb 13, 2018
    Season 4 was a bit weak compared to the first 3 seasons, so was worried it was going to drop off quite badly like so many shows do. Season 5 is as gripping as the first 3 seasons, can't wait for the final season to start.

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