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Episode Info

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.


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 Darkroom

The creation of this paranoia is clearly one of the show's great strengths no matter if it's justified.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The less momentous first two-thirds of "Darkroom" may even be better than the final act.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

In the exchange of rings as in that blood-red light, or in the match cut of Philip's face as he hears he's a pre-programmed machine, The Americans achieves a far more powerful force: fusion.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

The season as a whole continues to be a slow burn...but ...the show can still hit with devastating force.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Darkroom is another episode of the show turning up the burners underneath its simmering pot of water and letting us wonder if the damn thing is going to boil already. But as with most of the recent episodes that have done this, I liked it quite a bit.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

"Darkroom" ends with Bauhaus's "Slice of Life" and a scene that is equal measures chilling and heartwarming - so, a typical closer for The Americans.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Pity the TV series about Russian subterfuge that has to keep up with real life.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

In its performance, direction, and editing, "Darkroom" makes the emotional impact of the scene rise above the setting and subterfuge. Please forgive me while I dab a few lingering tears from my eyes.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Darkroom" remarkably threads together these impressions of shared torment-of everyone's dangerous practices and their complicated relationship to their homeland and offspring.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…

The individual episodes continue to be excellent, though, and this one, directed by Sylvain White from a moving, economical script by Stephen Schiff, was no exception.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…