The Americans: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
The Americans

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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: 40


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User Ratings: 538
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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 (40) | 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…
Top Critic

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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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

  • 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.
  • Feb 06, 2018
    I CAN'T BELIEVE they are cancelling this show. It's one if not the best show on tv. It's going to go down in history as one of the most under appreciated shows in history. UGH
  • Dec 12, 2017
    why aren't more people talking about well done

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