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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 30, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

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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. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Whats not to like about a gritty spy show with relatively unknown actors!? Sure it has some cheesy character moments (its set in the early 80's after all, so like no DUH!), but 99.99% of it is fantastic acting and great edge of your seat entertainment! Love it. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    Several episodes in, The Americans continues as strong as ever. If you were afraid the writers were going to resort to lazy plot devices, especially the usual one (the previously clever characters start inexplicably doing stupid things) in an attempt to make it more accessible or exciting, then you can relax. The plotlines are still complex yet subtle, as is the brilliant acting from both leads. The writing is perceptive - it feels like you're watching real people, and compassionate - you actually care about them. The only thing not to like about this is that it will remind you how terrible almost everything else on TV is. Expand
  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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