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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 30, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: The Americans follows two KGB agents posing as Americans in the suburbs of Washington D.C. The series stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 27, 2014
    100
    Sometimes watching greatness expand and realizing that a foundation is in place for the future (excellent writing, superb acting, a clear conceptual vision) is just the kind of assurance you need to cement your allegiance.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 25, 2014
    100
    Season 2 finds ways to introduce even greater tension, even as [Philip and Elizabeth are] a more fundamentally sound unit, while also adding a whodunnit element that spices things up nicely.... Absolutely dynamite.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 25, 2014
    91
    Still excellent, still hard to love.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 21, 2014
    90
    FX's The Americans does the near-impossible of making viewers cheer for Russian spies in America and at the same time for the American FBI agents who are trying to unmask those Russians living in suburbia. It's an incredibly deft balancing act that's accomplished through strong character development all around.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 24, 2014
    90
    Watching, it is almost impossible not to root for these two Communists as they do any and everything they can to undermine America. In this regard, The Americans works its American audience as effectively as its heroes work their marks: It makes double agents of us all.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 26, 2014
    88
    what these two characters, so fabulously played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, are about to realize as this excellent series returns is that their jobs put their children at risk.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Credibility starts to fray when our heroes, or anti-heroes, keep needing miraculous last-second evasions and escapes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    Only 1 episode of this new season aired but 'The Americans' is a much more confident show than it ever was. It's well acted, well written and the story the show is telling is extremely compelling. Must watch tv. Absolutely loved it. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    What a great program!

    The acting, dialog and plotting are fantastic. How else can you explain the fact that one can feel real empathy for
    the leads as dedicated and loving parents who also happen to be stone cold killers who are sworn enemies of our country?

    It is one of the most intelligently written programs on TV, one that never ceases to surprise and entertain.
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  3. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    Yes, it's better than Homeland. Good performances from the main cast and an interesting story. Makes me wonder if my relatives are Russian spies.

    If you're tired of continuous American propaganda (I hope it never goes down that path), I highly recommend it.
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  4. May 16, 2014
    8
    I really love this show but its soo boring. It takes a lot of effort to get through an episode without falling asleep. Its a good show though, maybe just not for me. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2014
    8
    It's really hard to fault "The Americans" and its an interesting feeling to be rooting for the supposed bad guys. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are a great pairing of solid actors, especially Rhys. My only qualm is that Annet Mahendru's character Nina is probably getting too much screen time this season. The subplot is dull and the time could be better spent elsewhere. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2014
    7
    Overall I like the show, but some episodes drag. When it is good, it is excellent, but when there isn't much going on, the filler is tedious. It is easy to care about Matthew Rhys character Phillip, but Keri Russell's character is always irritated and angry. This past season the storyline with their daughter Paige was also boring and I tended to fast forward through those parts. I must say though, the last episode of the season was great! Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2014
    0
    The Americans is interesting for the first couple episodes butthen you get the feel for it and realize that it's just another gimmicky russophoic trash.
    Not interested. Feels cheap. Vastly overrated show.
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