Critic Consensus: The Americans is a spy thriller of the highest order, with evocative period touches and strong chemistry between its leads.
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The first series of "The Americans" follows Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies who pose as an American married couple living in 1980s Washington, D.C. Along the way, Philip faces temptation from an old flame, which strains his relationship with Elizabeth.
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as Chris Amador
as Nikolai Timoshev
as Stan, Stan Beeman
as Frank Gaad
as Colonel Zhukov
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as Pasty Bureaucrat
as Martha Hanson
as Henry Jennings
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Joseph Weisberg has made a confident, clever Homeland-a-like that could well surpass the original. Matthew Rhys is great as a Bolshevik bottom-kicker.
Rhys and Russell give Emmy-worthy performances as people managing multiple identities.
The show has a snappy premise and a strong underlying theme-how do Philip and Elizabeth juggle their extraordinary mission with the ordinary reality of family life?-but so far creator Joe Weisberg hasn't given the drama room enough to breathe.
The Americans is a fascinating idea for a show. I don't recall getting to explore the spy game from the other side like this, and that's where much of the show's attraction lies.
The Americans is the best new television drama since Homeland because, like that similarly sticky, Silver Age show, it uses its killer concept as an ellipsis, not an exclamation point.
Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 1
Yet another strong tv series for FX, courtesy of the people behind the equally excellent Justified, The Americans is an intimate look at family drama, aided by compelling and very well executed spy games. The ending was a big cop out for me and some episodes that preceded it were much stronger than this one but it was adequate and set the stage for what's to come very well. It's a series that doesn't really get to the next level, it's a bit safe but everything it does, it does so remarkably.
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