The Americans

Series Summary
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected president. The couple have two children, teenager Paige and preteen Henry, who are unaware of their parents' true identities -- until they tell Paige after some time has passed. The complex marriage becomes more passionate and genuine each day but is continually tested as the Cold War escalates. As Philip begins to warm up to America's values and way of life, his relationship with Elizabeth becomes more complicated. Further complicating things is the arrival of the Jennings' new neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman, who is part of a new division of the agency tasked with fighting foreign agents on U.S. soil. The drama series was created by former CIA agent-turned-author Joe Weisberg.

Air Dates: 2013 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: FX

  • Season 4, Ep. 13 : Persona Non GrataJun 8, 2016

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    Phillip and Elizabeth run a tense race against the FBI to recover a dangerous package; Paige thinks about entering the family business.

  • Season 4, Ep. 12 : A Roy Rogers in FranconiaJun 1, 2016

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    Paige begins to see her mother in a new light, and realizes she may have inherited some of her mother's skills; Oleg nears his breaking point with Stan.

  • Season 4, Ep. 11 : Dinner for SevenMay 25, 2016

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    Elizabeth finalizes the last steps of a personal mission, though the cost of that operation remains to be seen.

  • Season 4, Ep. 10 : MunchkinsMay 18, 2016

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    Paige's long-past indiscretion could resurface and tear the family apart, forcing Philip and Elizabeth to take action and Paige to re-evaluate who her parents really are.

  • Season 4, Ep. 9 : The Day AfterMay 11, 2016

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    As the stakes and consequences of the Cold War become ever clearer, Elizabeth struggles with the need to complete the "Patty" operation.

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  • Very few shows are able to combine pleasurable episodic storytelling so deftly with solid character building and delicious suspense, but the first five episodes of the new season do that with style, not to mention period-perfect wigs. Show More

  • As the new season begins, this series continues to be among the best of the extraordinary number of great TV dramas vying for attention. Show More

  • The Americans is already reinventing itself. Why? Because it has the confidence to know that it's about more than the relationship between two specific characters. Rather it's about the idea of relationships in general, in all their intricacy and weirdness--the secrecy they require, the comfort they create, the confusion they entail, the danger they can unleash. And that never gets old. Show More

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