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The Americans

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8.42013X-Ray15
The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.
Starring
Holly TaylorKeidrich SellatiKeri Russell
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    1 June 2013
    1 h 9 min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.
  2. 2. The Clock
    6 February 2013
    48min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.
  3. 3. Gregory
    13 February 2013
    46min
    12
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Philip and Elizabeth discover that their murdered colleague Robert had a wife they never knew about. As they try to determine what she knows and where her allegiance lies, Stan's investigation into Robert's death puts him hot on their trail.
  4. 4. In Control
    20 February 2013
    42min
    12
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB.
  5. 5. Comint
    27 February 2013
    40min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants.
  6. 6. Trust Me
    6 March 2013
    49min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.
  7. 7. Duty and Honor
    13 March 2013
    41min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Philip and Elizabeth's troubled marriage is further tested when a mission to discredit a Polish pro-democracy leader reunites Philip with his old flame.
  8. 8. Mutually Assured Destruction
    20 March 2013
    47min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Philip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Grannie shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Philip and Irina in New York.
  9. 9. Safe House
    3 April 2013
    49min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Philip and Elizabeth are put to the test when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. Stan and the FBI are pushed to their limit when one of their own goes missing.
  10. 10. Only You
    10 April 2013
    45min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Stan pursues a lead that puts him on the trail to one of Gregory's crew members, closing the gap between him and Elizabeth, and reigniting some of the deepest conflicts between her and Philip.
  11. 11. Covert War
    17 April 2013
    42min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Events in Moscow strike a personal chord for Elizabeth, leading her to take on a dangerous mission she can't complete without Philip's help, and placing the couple on a collision course with both Grannie and the FBI.
  12. 12. The Oath
    24 April 2013
    42min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.
  13. 13. The Colonel
    1 May 2013
    47min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    When Philip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship.

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Matthew Rhys
Season year
2013
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Ian PolkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Staggering achievement of writing, acting, directing
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I am referring here to the entire series of six, which ranks as one of the greatest series for television ever made, in my opinion – and, indeed, is ranked in numerous ‘Greatest’ lists as such.
It is great in every aspect, but let’s start with the writing, where all TV and films begin and without good writing – no matter how good the acting and directing – nothing will work. Suffice to say, if I was the writer of this - Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg were the key two, with Weisberg being a former senior CIA officer – then I probably wouldn’t bother doing anything ever again, as it is virtually perfection. I say ‘virtually’ only because this first series does suffer (in a tiny, tiny way) from having too many ‘will they, won’t they’ (‘they’ being the two ‘married’ Russian spies living and operating undercover in America in the 1980s and 1990s era of President Reagan, basically) moments of whether they decide to have a genuine marriage or just an operationally-based one. It’s a valuable theme to discuss but it goes back and forth too much in places in this first series.
After the first series, this theme is developed in a less frenetic and more intellectually joined-up way as more of an incidental sub-theme. As such, the rest of the series – 2 to 6 inclusive - is writing perfection. More specifically, as the net begins to tighten on these two – and their two children – as the series progresses, I can honestly say that it is the best piece of writing for TV or film that I have ever seen, with the exception perhaps of ‘Breaking Bad’ (although a very different type of show) with the denouement hour-long episode in Series 6 being brilliant (an often-overused word but true in this context) – everything you’d want in a written work: full of character-driven movement, enormously subtle, and deeply moving.
As for the other elements, I don’t know much about directing (I know a lot about writing, hence the longer analysis of that in my review) but I do know what works as a viewer and this works all the way through in that regard. The acting is superb by everyone from the main characters through to every single other person and it is my view that this is also, in part at least, the product of the actors knowing that the scenes they were in and the lines they were saying were brilliant, so they had better live up to them.
RoseLovesRomanceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intelligent watching
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I put off watching this show because the subject matter didn't interest me. Russian spies posing as American citizens even going so far as to having children and keeping house. I thought Cold War, early 80s not a part of history I am interested in but I always knew that I was on the side of the Free World which has not changed.
The first episode was enticing and I kept on watching. The writing is intelligent, the plots and subplots are well thought out and the cast is kept pretty small so the characters are linked and affect each other in ways sometimes that only the audience is aware of. As a result people are foiled, hurt, killed, betrayed or hindered.
The words that spring to mind are patriotism, defection, orders, obedience, hierarchy, brainwashing, pawns, conflict - personal and physical - subterfuge, tension and perhaps contradiction when you think of two highly trained deep cover killer spies who come home to two innocent, naïve children and deal with their minor squabbles, keep up an atmosphere of familial harmony and all after they have eliminated a current target.
The lead characters are a middle aged couple chosen by Mother Russia for their intelligence and commitment among other things so they are methodical and not at all stupid which makes it great compared to shows like The 100, Poldark, Salem for example that are ran by younger headstrong individuals with little or no experience or mature guidance. What they fall down on is their patriotism and their belief in what they are doing in spite of the fact they have been in America for twenty years thereabouts and you would expect they observe how the majority of Americans work, think and believe and have a balanced view of what is really going on in both countries. It is the patriotism that stops them from seeing what is in front of their eyes and this is a conflict between the two 'married' spies. The woman is more suspicious, reserved and passionate in her patriotism whereas the man is seemingly more understanding but carries on with orders nonetheless.
Knowing what we know now we can possibly say that the Cold War was most likely a waste of time, years of mistrust and we can only be glad that an actual 'hot' war was not started as a result of the machinations going on because at one point it was almost farcical.
In short I expected to dislike the main characters and the Russians and I was not disappointed. I do dislike them even though you can see a human side as opposed to the cold assassin side. On the other hand the actual Americans are not very likeable either but mainly because of their outside work activities yet you are still rooting for them to find out what they need to find out.
You will see people be used, duped, hurt, killed sometimes as a result of an expected event (GREGORY!!!!) and it will anger you but it is interesting watching and perhaps a little educational too i.e KGB recruiting from the civil rights movement. Clever, yet despicable. A huge example of people being used in a major way.
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DellyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Has great potential but unsympathetic lead, one-sided portrayals and some weak story telling mean it's very average.
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This was written a few years back by an ex CIA agent who later apparently said it was a mistake joining the organisation so perhaps not the greatest fan of American intelligence services. Viewing this as someone who sees Russia under Putin as an aggressive and destabilising influence in the world, I could not fully warm to the series which seemed like a Russian love fest to me. In particular, I had no sympathy for the female lead who seemed like a totally brain washed robot because she doesn’t appear to have been influenced at all by the people or society who she has spent over a decade with. Her husband and fellow spy is more nuanced and a much more realistic and sympathetic character in my eyes. As a result, I was constantly rooting against the female Russian spy but obviously left disappointed as she is the hero (or anti-hero) and has to prevail for the series to continue.

If you’re Russian, a sympathiser or anti West you will love this because the portrayal of the two groups is all in favour of the Russians. They are smarter and more effective, besting their American counterparts on virtually every occasion including escaping (without firing a shot) when confronted by a dozen or so FBI agents who are armed and on a stake out so completely prepared for the situation, as well as having police back-up, while the Russian escape is a last minute necessity. The Russians are loyal to the cause, even the ones that stray later return to the fold as a matter of conscience rather than necessity. In contrast, some of the Americans are easily bought or turned and will apparently betray their country readily due to a combination of stupidity, romance or cash. The secretary to the FBI boss is unfeasibly stupid in her actions and I found this plot line unbelievable in the way it was portrayed. The unquestioning loyalty of the turned former black civil rights activist to his new KGB masters also completely ignores the racist nature of Russian society in the way that the story is told. The first series of this program suggests that the FBI and CIA are amateurs compared to their Russian counterparts and as individuals the latter are far more loyal and committed than the ever ready supply of treasonous Americans.

Having said all of this, I will probably watch series 2 to see how the story develops and to see if the gap in inherent loyalty and operational competence narrows to a more realistic level so that the fake Americans are no longer superior to the real Americans in every respect. A more balanced and nuanced representation of the various parties would make the series far more enjoyable.
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John StaceyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great
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Good TV
E. SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling
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This was another one we put off watching, but it has turned out to be compelling tv. Basically, you have a typical apple-pie perfect American family, where the parents just happen to be devious, murdering, sleeper KGB agents.

We weren't sure how this series could work, but it has two compelling over-arching plots about the spies combining their double lives with their liking for many things American, and also the turning of the pretty Soviet embassy (or whatever) worker and her relationship with her FBI handler. Also there are numerous subplots about specific missions and the workings of the Soviets and the FBI.

The characters are generally pretty likeable, making it easy to care for them. You can't help rooting for the sleepers, especially the guy who also leads another life as the secret husband of Martha, the FBI secretary. We like poor Martha a lot, as all she wants is a nice husband who loves her, but of course Clark is not what he seems. Martha and Clark make a great double act, although she hasn't a clue what's really going on.

The female lead reminds us a lot of the lead in Alias. She's a master of disguise (as is her husband), is scared of nothing, can beat the living daylights out of any man and is utterly ruthless when someone, no matter how nice, needs to be killed. She's a great character and it's quite amusing watching how unbelievably frumpy and nerdy she can make herself look.

It even reminds us a bit of 24, without all the high tech, as there's plenty of action, and you get to see things from both the KGB and FBI angles. It's one of those series where you keep having to watch "just one more".
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ChristineJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant series
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Set during Cold War in 80’s Russian couple living in US as Americans with their two children act as spies for their country. Superbly acted and one of the best series I’ve seen.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very interesting insight into the Cold War in America
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It is recent history and the total distrust between America and Russia is very clear. Episodes are a bit similar but it conveys the atmosphere of the times, the ruthless exploitation of patriotism which we in the West certainly perceive as indoctrination. Well acted. I haven’t seen until the end so don’t know whether the principal characters will be able to respond to other - more humane - values. Doubts and conflicts of interest are emerging; how do the you relate the values of children brought up in liberal America with Communism. It’s well done, and seems to be a developing scenario.

I almost expected it to be in black and white, but it’s lively!
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Nikue AssarpourReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Suspenseful
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Gripping . Binge worthy show .
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