• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 30, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 306 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 306

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  1. May 10, 2014
    5
    I loved season one of this show. However, as season 2 of The Americans draws to a close, the formulaic approach of each episode begins to grate, despite more focus being given on the effects the agents roles have on their relationships with their families.

    Acting itself is good, but plot and character development are becoming painfully slow and often unconvincing (the Martha sub-story
    I loved season one of this show. However, as season 2 of The Americans draws to a close, the formulaic approach of each episode begins to grate, despite more focus being given on the effects the agents roles have on their relationships with their families.

    Acting itself is good, but plot and character development are becoming painfully slow and often unconvincing (the Martha sub-story for example).

    FX have announced they expect the series to be on screens for the next five years or more. Season 3 and onwards will need to have significant redevelopment and a fresh approach to prevent the show descending into the realms of farce.
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  2. Jan 7, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Second season disappointed me because of two main things:

    1st: The relationship between Philip and Elisabeth became much more superficial:
    Much more often than in the first season, I get the feeling that they do not actually talk. Problems come up, they feel strongly about them but instead of actually building dialogue, they state their opinions and change the subject.
    It was endearing to see shows of affection from time to time, but these also suffered a bit from gratuity. Might've missed a detail or two, but the scenes related to Elisabeth wanting to know how "Clarke" was with Martha.. that was really weird. Not only they didn't talk about it, as.. well, she just burst out crying after he "showed" her.. and then the topic never comes up again? Everything's fine?

    Second issue is a major spoiler: the main storyline is wholly based on a kid shooting up two highly trained agents (who are his parents, yes) and then him and the Centre proceeding to maintain a sort of charade into how he didn't know about it and then there's some ex-filtration which goes conveniently wrong.. and so on.
    It just wasn't that interesting, convincing and whatnot. The ARPANET scenes were quite funnier, even if a bit nonsensical as well.
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Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    Elizabeth and Philip react with the appropriate amount of fear for and protectiveness of Paige and Henry. No doubt, this will further widen the cracks already forming in their political/professional resolve, but there is no going back: The Americans puts the kids front and center.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The Americans can be wrenchingly emotional, and it’s terrifically well paced. But it doesn’t take itself overly seriously, and while the show looks pretty good it’s not the most cinematic series on the block.