Critic Consensus: Family-driven drama and psychological themes propel The Americans' tautly drawn tension, dispensing thrills of a different ilk this season.
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Season 3 of this period drama heightens the intensity as Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) face increased dangers, moral dilemmas and new family secrets amid rising tension within their family. Nina (Annet Mahendru) finds herself in prison while Stan (Noah Emmerich) hopes to save his marriage, and he also tries rescuing Nina, though his plan has unpredictable consequences. Paige (Holly Taylor), Henry (Keidrich Sellati), Sandra (Susan Misner), Martha (Alison Wright), Agent Gaad… More
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You - and the Jennings - are going to want a clear head to handle everything that goes down during the hour.
If it's even possible, The Americans Season 3 appears on course be the best yet.
The Americans has consistently been a show that brings violence and duplicity home. In Season 3, it's becoming even more intimate.
"EST Men" deviates enough in substance, if not in structure, to never feel like a rehash of what happened a year ago, but like a deeper, more troubling descent into the double life of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings.
This might be a philosophical season of The Americans, but like any good countercultural force, it still gets its thrills from sex and violence. Anything else would be un-American.
The Americans remains one of the best-written shows on television, and quite simply the best at the constructing intricate, layered plots. Every episode, every scene, gives the impression of a gun being cocked and placed carefully on a wall.
Audience Reviews for The Americans: Season 3
Yet another very solid entry onto the show but it's becoming quite evident that it will never be able to surpass its solid quality. Maybe it's time to start thinking about wrapping up this soon, since the pace is too slow to go beyond 5 seasons and with such limited production values, it's better to end on a high note, than a low one. We're starting to thread on repetition here and that's never a good thing for a show that has very little audience.
The third season of the Americans represents both a return to mature television and a slow-burn espionage thriller. It continues to feature excellent performances from an ensemble cast, and a story-line that places emphasis on it characters and never loses sight of what makes any drama effective. This season placed more emphasis on the family dynamics at play, which injected the show with a unique wrinkle that further distinguished it. The Americans also continues to develop its characters- the world they live in feels lived in, the changes organic to the story. For all it does right, this season is, on a whole, devoid of some of the same thrills that made the first two seasons enthralling. Its slow burn became a bit bogged down and, by the finale, there?s a bit of underwhelming climax. Still the pieces are there for a great season going forward.
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