The Americans

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The Americans is an FX original drama about two KGB spies posing as Americans in the '80s. Fighting for Russia, they struggle with the KGB's intent to recruit their daughter.
Starring
Keri RussellMatthew RhysLev Gorn
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. EST Men
    January 27, 2015
    47min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tensions simmer between Philip and Elizabeth as they disagree over handling orders from the Centre. When Elizabeth loses key intel, Philip enlists Annelise on a mission with an unexpected outcome.
  2. 2. Baggage
    February 4, 2015
    46min
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    Elizabeth and Philip come together to deal with a mission gone wrong, but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies. Stan welcomes a Soviet defector, Zinaida, to America. Nina acclimates to her new living arrangements.
  3. 3. Open House
    February 11, 2015
    43min
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    Danger mounts for Elizabeth and Philip as they get closer to the inner circle of the C.I.A. Afghan Group.
  4. 4. Dimebag
    February 18, 2015
    45min
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    Philip faces a moral dilemma while developing an asset. Philip and Elizabeth's friction escalates. Stan develops a theory with serious repercussions for national security. Paige makes a surprising birthday wish.
  5. 5. Salang Pass
    February 25, 2015
    44min
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    Philip juggles the many women in his life while Elizabeth takes drastic measures to complete a mission. Stan asserts a plan to save Nina with an unlikely ally.
  6. 6. Born Again
    March 4, 2015
    47min
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    Gabriel has surprising information. Elizabeth begins to take family matters into her own hands. Stan receives upsetting news from his past and turns to Sandra for support.
  7. 7. Walter Taffet
    March 11, 2015
    46min
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    Philip and Elizabeth feel the weight of a new family secret while following up on the KGB's interests in South Africa. Stan faces struggles both at work and at home. Martha confronts a shocking development.
  8. 8. Divestment
    March 18, 2015
    43min
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    Martha and Clark's marriage meets its most challenging test yet. As pressures on Philip intensify, Elizabeth turns to Gabriel with a difficult request. Nina receives a new assignment that reconnects her with her past.
  9. 9. Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?
    March 25, 2015
    44min
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    Philip and Elizabeth struggle with the gravity of unexpected collateral damage. Stan and Oleg hatch a risky plan to help save Nina.
  10. 10. Stingers
    April 1, 2015
    45min
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    Philip and Elizabeth deploy a plan for the C.I.A.'s Mujahideen visitors. Tensions at the Jennings' home escalate.
  11. 11. One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov
    April 8, 2015
    43min
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    Philip and Elizabeth's home and work lives collide in new and dangerous ways. Nina struggles to figure out her next steps. Arkady assigns Oleg and Tatiana to an operation with uncertain potential.
  12. 12. I Am Abassin Zadran
    April 15, 2015
    43min
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    Martha hosts an unexpected guest. Philip and Elizabeth must work a formidable Mujahideen commander. Paige acts out.
  13. 13. March 8, 1983
    April 22, 2015
    48min
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    Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns to an unlikely source for solace. Stan's plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways

Bonus (1)

  1. Bonus: Americans Sneak Peek
    January 18, 2015
    2min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    One decision threatens the future of the family. Get a First Look at the all new season of The Americans, and see what danger awaits this January on FX.

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2015
Network
FX
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ChuckBeattyxHOEYologist75to03Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bought it due to intel community members giving it a high grade
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I guess one would have to work in FBI or CIA to know all the non-public details behind the story lines in this series.

As an old person today, my hope is our intel community and FBI members and leadership are of the highest principled persons. I conclude we need our best humans working in our countries', and in all countries', intel jobs.

They make so many decisions which the public cannot be let into the know about, so I conclude that our public faith has to be in the best possible persons to hold intel community jobs. Smartest and best, and most dedicated and versatile to do that business.

Rather than "deep state", I think our layman public faith ought shift to support and constantly wish for the smartest and brightest into our most sensitive govt agencies who hold great power to do things worldwide, etc.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everything is cool, but the set design.
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I do love this series. Seriously.
I don't even care that some of the actors talk with the fake Russian accent. It's understood. They live in States and they speak English all the time. So the native young could become somewhat difficult to manage. The make up on "Phillip" for all of his transformations is awesome.
The "only" thing I do not like is the way the set design in Soviet buildings is done. Guys responsible for that should be punished. I would do that myself if I may.
There are no IKEA style beds in Soviet prisons. There are no pillows in Soviet prisons. There is no way a person would be allowed to lay in bed during a day time in Soviet prison. There is no way anyone would be allowed to have a sport suite with the cord in a Soviet prison. There are no windows like that in any building from that period. There are no blinds on the windows. The glasses and cups people are using in Soviet research center do not belong there. There are no modular ceilings with easy access to the air conditioner system in Soviet buildings. There were no air conditioners. All ceilings are concrete.
How do I know all of it?
I was there. I used to live in that country and I know what it looks like. But, I guess the set designers didn't know I would be watching.
10 people found this helpful
ElizabethSReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Going downhill
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Season 3 has gone downhill from the previous two seasons. For starters, there are too many storylines to advance at a reasonable pace. Things plod along. I thought we might get something to happen with Martha, but no, that's being dragged out. The only thing that has really happened is telling Paige about themselves. This series seems to have sunk to gratuitous violence and sex. The scene upstairs at the mailbot repair shop was totally unnecessary. How did that advance any of the myriad plotlines? The first two seasons seemed to have more spy action and intrigue. Now, it's all about family life and random assignments like the Afghans, the sub propellers, South Africa (really, what was that about?) And, of course, they had to set a man on fire AND listen to him scream on and on. What was the point? Maybe this is what the youth of America wants in a TV series?

This season went downhill. Slower. Less spy action. Too many plotlines trying to advance at once. Gratuitous violence (did I forget to mention Hans strangling the SA student forever?) I got the point long before the director did.

I hope season 4 returns to earlier season action.
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AviateReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing show, my binge ruined by no subtitles on Amazon though.
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I love this show and thus far it has me fully interested. This was up til I got to Season 3 and couldn't watch the first episode. They managed to add episode 1 back but then another problem reared it's head. There are no subtitles for the Russian spoken parts of the show. Usually I would maybe write this off and continue, however, just in the first episode alone you see a moment where Elizabeth is listening to something in Russian and you know it's important because there is a dramatic shift in the tone as she's listening. Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea what she is hearing as I do not speak Russian and I don't own a translation app. I contacted Amazon about this and I received a reply on 02/22/17. This is the segment pertaining to the issue, the rest was very courteous and apologetic.

"Earlier we were facing issue with the subtitles of this season and in order to resolve this issue, we have requested new content from content provider. This being the reason the season has been temporarily taken out of Prime catalog. We have been informed by the content owner that the new content would be available in a couple of days and we'll immediately add the content back to Prime catalog."

I was really hoping this would have been taken care of by now so I could continue to binge over the weekend but it seems it's still a problem. The other downside is that you can't even go to FX's website to watch this season anymore. It directs you to Amazon Prime. >.<
8 people found this helpful
LA55Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as good as the prevous seasons
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This season was good but not as good as 1 and 2. The writers focus way too much on the teenage girl which quickly becomes boring, in my opinion. Homeland made the same mistake in their earlier seasons.

The Margo Martindale character (Claudia), easily the most interesting of the series, doesn't appear in very many scenes . The rollercoaster relationship between Elisabeth and Phillip is overdone. The writers keep vacillating on whether or not the two characters love each other. I would say that this season focused on personal relationships more than spy missions. I prefer spy missions more than personal relationships; there is already enough of that material on TV. I would at least like a good balance between the two.

The actors did a great job with the material they were given. I would say that this season is worth watching but it doesn't have the same suspense as the previous two seasons.
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HelloReeseReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Americans is the most underrated show on TV!
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"The Americans" is the most underrated show on TV. I didn't start watching it when it first started, it was a couple of years later, when I happened to see a rerun on TV. After watching about 10 minutes worth, I was completely hooked! It is a smart, realistic, dramatic thriller, although on the surface it seems pretty demure as it focuses on a family of 4 living in Washington, DC and their daily lives.

It turns out that the parents of the all-American family are actually Russian spies from the CBG, who infiltrated the U.S. as young adults, and have built their entire lives and family as Americans, while covertly working to advance Russian interests. The scenes where the parents/spies accomplish secret missions are thrilling and exciting, but the real drama comes where they maintain perfectly normal looking lives to the outside world, including hiding their true nationality and jobs from their two children.

In this particular episode, the father is stretched to his limits between the different women in his life. As part of his duties for the CGB, to compromise an American CIA employee, he has to woo her and actually become romantically involved with her, despite the fact that he has a very real wife - who knows all about his assignment. The parents actually have a real romantic relationship with each other, although when they became a couple years earlier it was all just for show as part of their duties as CGB members. Keeping his new "love" happy with a part-time relationship, when she wants to be with him every day as normal people do, while also keeping his wife and KGB partner assured that his interactions with the target are just an act, are almost too much for the father to bear, as they would be for anyone. Watching the dynamics between the couple and their family unit is fascinating.
3 people found this helpful
KGReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
"The Americans" comes of age
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This has always been a strong series: top notch acting, solid, smart writing, focused nimble direction. But this season the show took its game up another notch, by backing off from any action movie spy tropes, and focusing with even more of a laser beam intensity on complex, emotional issues of family, character, morality, and personal history.

In the past, there were always those occasional moments that felt just a touch 'Hollywood', but this year it seemed to stay much more firmly grounded in the possible and the real.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Delving into the idea of the daughter coming to understand and be unable to really digest just who her parents are added a heartbreaking human intensity. The FBI 'mole' story-line felt like what I imagine that paranoid world must really be like. And the 'robbery' episode with Lois Smith in an amazing guest appearance was one of the most affecting and chilling pieces of TV this year.

END SPOILERS

In joining the best shows at the very top of the current schedule, if "The Americans" hasn't quite graduated to "Breaking Bad" level brilliance, it's certainly came a lot closer this year, and left me very excited to see where the show goes next.
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HombreViejoReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
It is addictive. Real Drama, good scripts, good acting, not emptyless action like James Bond for the last 20 years.
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Developed by a former CIA operative, is the nuts and bolts of source development that includes the haywire family dynamics of a Soviet era cell in America. I don't want to give spoilers, it is best to see how things get unraveled by all concerned. Set in the 1980's era, there is more to work with because all the video cameras out nowadays would make the script unlikely.

For the past 2 decades our universities have admitted into our Computer Science/Engineering departments foreign baby dolls that get married to American engineer students and high tech professors. They become American citizens and if they have not written the computer code or worked on the engineering project they either have the passwords or crunch the statistical data. There is no cyber security, and no amount of money can buy it. There is no high tech secret. We pay for the groundwork, and they avoid the cost overruns. Great system.
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