The Great Patriotic War
The Americans Season 6



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"The Great Patriotic War" is taut and purposefully paced with glimmers of humor, heart, and heightened stakes for a good majority of The Americans' cast of characters.

Episode Info

As the summit fast approaches, Elizabeth enlists Philip's help for a mission that could yield game-changing intel.


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
Lev Gorn
as Arkady
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Critic Reviews for The Great Patriotic War

The family of spies has been divided, and it's hard to see anyone going back to the way things were during "the old days -- like, the pre-Renee days."

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

"The Great Patriotic War" is my favorite episode of season five so far, remarkably taut for something that indulges in one of modern TV's most bothersome habits. It runs long, but it runs long with purpose.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

It was a packed episode, with some welcome, though brief, interludes of tenderness and humor.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Philip realizes that Elizabeth is out of control...

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Did any of you conclude that episode by thinking, "Brilliant. Now I have to go throw up"?

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

For the love of Paige, someone has to stop that girl!

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I can't see this as bonding between a mother and her adult daughter. It's a psychological honeytrap.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Pain is a wheel and it rolls along, picking up speed and crushing others under its path. Philip Jennings may have just become the first person in the history of The Americans to merely step off of the wheel.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Unlike the previous episodes, which simmered with Elizabeth and Philip's suppressed contempt for one another, "The Great Patriotic War" is an episode bursting with explosive revelations for the two of them.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This is gonna pull Stan all the way back in. I can feel it.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

[It is] the rare super-sized drama episode that earns every extra minute, and never feels padded or self-indulgent, thanks to a marvelous and weighty script by Hilary Bettis and the usual precise direction from the great Tommy Schlamme.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"Something's wrong with you," Kimmy tells Philip, though in an episode of slippages she might be speaking of anyone. "I know, but I'm trying my best," Philip replies, and so might he. Aren't we all?

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…