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Secrets can be deadly in this suspenseful thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington, D.C. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) seem to be a typical suburban couple, but they're actually lethal KGB agents plotting to bring down America. As the Cold War escalates, Philip and Elizabeth must take extreme measures to continue their mission and keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent moves in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.

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  • Actors: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich
  • Directors: Adam Arkin, Alex Chapple, Bill Johnson, Daniel Sackheim, Gavin O'Connor
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11,684 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Americans: Season 1" on IMDb

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167 of 177 people found the following review helpful By B. Warrick on October 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Okay. From the very first time I saw an advert for this show, I was intrigued. Finally, a new show with a unique premise - I just had to watch it, if only to get away from the 10th reincarnation of one of those once-successful cop shows.

And what an ambitious premise it is: Set in 1980's Washington D.C., the "Americans" in question are in fact not Americans at all, but Russian sleeper-spies, sent to the U.S. in the 1960's but only being activated (at least for the more dangerous capers) in the 1980's time-frame.

Of course, the first question I asked myself was if they would be able to pull off the 1980's Cold War 'feel'. Personally, I think they were successful at this - the show definitely has that 80's aura, and the period clothing, technology, and mind-sets of the characters is spot-on.

I also really love the way these "Americans" have their own struggles, in addition to the work itself. The characters deal with such issues as their true feelings inside an arranged 'marriage' of long standing, the impact of those feelings on their work, their relationship to their two children (who do not know that their own parents are in fact KGB spies!), the relative levels to which Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) have been assimilated into the evil capitalistic culture of America, and perhaps the best part of all - their struggles in dealing with their new KGB 'handler' Claudia, played magnificently by Margo Martindale.

The characters are very likeable and appropriately conflicted, if flawed, and not since Tony Soprano have I found myself 'rooting for the bad guys' to this extent. The acting on the part of the entire cast is great, the writing tight, and I don't feel as though things are being dragged out endlessly - the show moves along, which is good.

Here's hoping that S2 will be as good as S1. If so, we are in for a wild ride indeed!
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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Posner on September 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Were it not for the fact that this astonishingly good series was unaccountably first broadcast on the UK's most rubbish television channel, and with each episode shredded to smithereens by commercial breaks, many people would now be talking about The Americans in the same paragraph, if not in the same sentence as, The Sopranos. Never has there been a stronger case, then, for putting one's name down for a box set many months before it's finally released.

Astutely written, immaculately cast from top to bottom and always directed with the utmost flair it's impossible not to marvel at the sheer cleverness of the whole enterprise. A cynic might proclaim how unbelievable is its premise but to them I would simply say, go look at the credentials of its executive producer (a former CIA officer) or do some rudimentary research into real-life spy Anna Chapman. If you still feel you can't suspend your disbelief, d'you know what? It simply doesn't matter (because you soon will.) The ingenuity of the plotting, the confidence of its execution, and not least the mesmerising performance of Keri Russell makes it impossible to look away. Drama this good improves the quality of your life.

Oh, and the wedding in the penultimate episode is worth the admission price alone.
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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 9, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
With the debut of the original FX television drama "The Americans," the network seemed to be inspired by the success of Showtime's EMMY winning "Homeland" which also addresses covert action on domestic soil. The FX channel, to me, has long been a leader in adult and challenging programs. In fact, they virtually changed the landscape of basic cable original programming with two of my all time favorite shows in "The Shield" and "Damages" and provocative button-pushers like "Nip/Tuck" and "Rescue Me." If not for the adventurous FX (which continues to churn out some of TV's best shows), I don't think other networks (especially AMC with hits like Mad Men and The Walking Dead) would have been as likely to develop original programming. So thank you FX! Not all of the great shows should be on premium cable! "The Americans" fits comfortably into the niche of quality entertainment made for audiences looking for great storytelling. It has a nifty premise, to be sure, and its introductory season of thirteen episodes was a bona fide ratings and critical success.

Combining elements of a domestic drama with that of an espionage thriller, "The Americans" is set in the Reagan administration eighties when the Cold War was in full affect. On the surface, Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings and their two children are the ideal suburban family. Living in a tranquil Washington DC neighborhood, they run a successful travel agency and do all the things that happy families in America are supposed to do. There's just one catch, though. The Jennings are really Soviet agents implanted into the United States, their marriage is just an assignment, and they use their business to cover for their information gathering missions. One of the show's most successful elements is in developing this central relationship.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Marc R on February 22, 2013
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Here's another example in the argument that TV is doing more adventurous stuff than the movies.
This show is very well done.
When I missed an episode and couldn't wait for it to pop up on on Demand, I went the Amazon route and it was a good experience.
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Fox Home Entertainment has it listed as February 11th as the release date.
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This is what I REALLY want to know! I love the behind-the-scenes stuff, hearing how things came to be developed, hearing from the costumer, that makeup artists, hairstylists, set decorators....especially on wonderful period pieces like this. To me, that's at least HALF the fun of a truly great... Read More
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