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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 30, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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78

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 525 Ratings

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  • Summary: Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are KGB agents posing as married Americans just outside of Washington D.C. during the 1980s.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 30, 2013
    91
    Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jan 25, 2013
    90
    The Americans unfolds a thoroughly seductive tale of sleeper KGB agents.
  3. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 29, 2013
    80
    It's a subtle, complex portrait of a relationship etched into an engaging espionage thriller set in 1981.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 29, 2013
    80
    By episode 2, though, after the crammed (and super-sized) premiere, [creator] Weisberg reveals a sure sense of detail that bodes well for the future of the series.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Feb 1, 2013
    80
    [A] smart espionage drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 30, 2013
    75
    [An] exciting but frustrating spy thriller from former CIA employee and writer-executive producer Joe Weisberg, skillfully captures the anxiety of the age.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 28, 2013
    50
    The Americans at the moment seems to fall uneasily between the methodical and the campy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 90
  2. Negative: 8 out of 90
  1. Mar 30, 2015
    10
    This show is fantastic. Keri Russell is just amazing and the writing and plot lines are great. As someone that remembers the cold war and theThis show is fantastic. Keri Russell is just amazing and the writing and plot lines are great. As someone that remembers the cold war and the USSR, it also seems fairly historically accurate. I mean it is a television show, but Casper Weinberger and Alexander Haig actually had those roles, so it is a little walk down memory lane. This is such a recent piece of history and I work with people in their 30's (I am in my late 40's) that do not remember this at all, nor did they learn of it in school. Considering the enemy today, it is almost a "remember the good old days" feeling when you knew exactly who your enemy was and the reason you were fighting. They also reference Afghanistan and the war with Russia and our part in that little piece of history as well. Anyway, very excellent show. I hope it stays on for years to come. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    Hands down, one of the best TV shows of all time. This is a show where clever people outsmart each other, unlike Breaking Bad, where you canHands down, one of the best TV shows of all time. This is a show where clever people outsmart each other, unlike Breaking Bad, where you can mostly bet the characters to do the wrong thing. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2013
    10
    Great pilot! To begin, what's not to like about a spy thriller set in the 80's with a huge twist. It actually had me, a patriotic militaryGreat pilot! To begin, what's not to like about a spy thriller set in the 80's with a huge twist. It actually had me, a patriotic military member, routing for the Ruskies. The character relationships are off to a great start and will no doubt become more in depth as well as a huge part of the show. I can't wait for the next episode! I still don't know if I should be routing for the FBI or the sleeper agents! Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2014
    9
    I've started watching this show somewhat by chance, reading some reviews on Metacritic.
    Well, I really get enthusiastic for doing it! I
    I've started watching this show somewhat by chance, reading some reviews on Metacritic.
    Well, I really get enthusiastic for doing it! I don't want to speak about the storyline because, you know, it'll take too much time; but I just want to give you a tip: watch it and you won't regret it!
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  5. Jan 31, 2013
    8
    Overall a good show so far. It is an episode one so we will have to see where it goes from here. Not quite as strong as the Shield, Sons ofOverall a good show so far. It is an episode one so we will have to see where it goes from here. Not quite as strong as the Shield, Sons of Anarchy or Justified. But still pretty good. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2013
    8
    Really cool show. The acting is really good and the plot is interesting. The most successful part of this show, however, is how they make youReally cool show. The acting is really good and the plot is interesting. The most successful part of this show, however, is how they make you root for the people who should be the "villains" and against the FBI. Very interesting thus far and I will continue to watch it with interest as it progresses. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2018
    0
    I loved the first few seasons, but this new one is getting ridiculous. I hate Elizabeth now, she is so selfish. Also why would her daughterI loved the first few seasons, but this new one is getting ridiculous. I hate Elizabeth now, she is so selfish. Also why would her daughter have such an affinity for Russia when she never grew up there. She was raised with american children. Why is Elizabeth farming her out already, she is so young and stupid. Are you trying to set up a situation where elizabeth is going to have to KILL STAN, her neighbor??? Im done. The only 2 likable characters left are Phillip and the son, who dont have anything much to do with espionage.....anymore. I would like to see more story like with Stan, Sonja(?) and her son, & husband... Expand

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