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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.
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.
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.
The fourth season was great. The fifth at least needs to match it, and the evidence so far establishes that it will.
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.
How The Americans balances big, worldly topics with intimate, familial stories has always been skillfully implemented. But now such moments are even more pointed.
A masterpiece of tension, political intrigue, complex plots, and wigs...
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.
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.
Through this dedication to storytelling and stellar performances, that show will continue to be a much watch show.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 5
Nov 21, 2020Great portrayal and storyline of how CIA and Russian spies embedded in America played cat and mouse.
Oct 30, 2019This 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, 2019In 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, 2018The 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, 2018boring. watched most of it on fast speed (1 viewing)
Jul 09, 2018This is one of the most addictive series on the tube. excellent acting & great suspense. I hope it continues for many more seasons
May 02, 2018We watch a lot of stuff; this might just be the best of 'em all.
Apr 06, 2018The 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, 2018Brilliant 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 USSRs 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 Jenningss 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 Im 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 FBIs 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 Jenningss 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, 2018Season 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.