The Americans

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Season 1 episodes (16)

1 Pilot
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. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent.
2 The Clock
When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinbergerês office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate. Stan closes in on a member of the Soviet Rezidentura in an effort to uncover the identities of deep cover Directorate S operatives.
3 Gregory
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 In Control
When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB. Meanwhile, Stan pressures his source within the Rezidentura to find out if the KGB was responsible for the attempted assassination.
5 Comint
A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy.
6 Trust Me
A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the JenningsÍ marriage. Meanwhile, StanÍs plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.
7 Duty and Honor
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 Mutually Assured Destruction
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 Safe House
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 Only You
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 Covert War
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 The Oath
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 The Colonel
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. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to Philip and Elizabeth.
101 Perfecting the art of Espionage
Inner-workings of KGB operations are surfaced as the production team researches secrets of Cold-War spies.
102 Operation Ghost Stories: The Real Directorate ‘S’
De-classified government files uncover stories of real spies and reveal facts to characters set in the time of the series.
103 The Cold War for Paige
Inside the families dilemma as Phillip and Elizabeth struggle with a potential recruit, their daughter.

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FX original drama The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as undercover Soviet spies in the U.S. during the Cold War in the late '80s.
3.95K reviews
Cyndia Smith
July 20, 2016
I got hooked on this show by Amazon prime. Of course, they don't have the current season for free. But I had a Google Play gift card.... money well spent. I love Philip and Elizabeth and totally root for their messed up life to somehow work out. I love Oleg and hopes what he did for Nina doesn't ruin his career. And Stan, I mean, great acting and I feel like I should root for him because he's the FBI agent and neighbor to Soviet spies, but he's an incredibly flawed "hero".
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Lil Poetboy
March 21, 2013
This is some amazing tv. Wow. There arent words to describe the talent that goed into this show. Very smart dialogue, the tension of the drama , episode after episode draws you in. I've liked Keri Russell, and thought she was cute in the 90s, didn't really consider her a A list actress....until now. I never knew how amazing she is to watch on scene. We are getting close to the end of the season, im expecting the director and producers to go ALL OUT on the finale. I also expect this show to wind awards!
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Hayley Hicks
April 23, 2017
first 4 seasons were great. the last 2 still have same great acting but the main protagonists have resolved their relationship issues and have committed to love each other. now their fatique with the job is palpable as demonstrated by elizabeths fading devotion to her mission.esp after ruining a targets marriage. now i just want some peace for them but i doubt they will be granted a happy end...and their daughter or beeman will probably be the architects of their destruction.
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