Critic Consensus: "Crossbreed" quietly heightens the stakes in The Americans' fifth season while opening the door to a beloved character's departure -- and an unexpected meeting.

Episode Info

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.


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 Crossbreed

Throughout the whole episode, actor Matthew Rhys looks like he'd just gotten awful news seconds before the cameras started rolling, and his face is shot up against the edge of the frame as if he's trapped. Yeah, I'd be worried too.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Rarely has a show more artfully married its camera quirks to an episode's themes, and as those themes change, so do the ways the camera echoes them.

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

An excellent episode of TV and and episode show.

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The job is forcing everyone to take a long, hard look at who they are and how they got here, and it's hard to like what anyone's seeing.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

"Crossbreed" was a welcome relief. It's a pretty sedate hour, all things considered, but it's intimate and revealing in a way I've been waiting for all season.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

An alternative title to "Crossbreed" could be "Adieu, Frank Langella."

Jun 2, 2018 | Full Review…

"Crossbreed" gives Gabriel-and [Frank] Langella's performance-some long overdue acknowledgement.

Jun 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Crossbreed is the type of Americans episode that makes you want to grab an Emmy voter by the lapels and scream, "What do these people have to do to win a trophy?"

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

This episode is full of short, choppy scenes -- more of a grab bag of offbeat moments than a cohesive story.

Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Crossbreed (on the surface, a reference to hybrid wheat) extended the season's atypically peaceful vibe -- tension, without real danger. But the emotional stakes were high.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…