The Americans

The Americans

The Complete First Season

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Secrets can be deadly in this suspenseful thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington D.C. Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings 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 to keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent movies in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.

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Russ_A
Jul 31, 2017

I just started watching this show. I'm a retired FBI agent who worked counterintelligence back in the Soviet era. I get asked a lot about this show, so I decided to give a try. It's a good show, but no, it is totally unrealistic in a zillion ways. If you're entertained, that's fine; I am too, but don't believe any of it, except for one thing - the Russians are still our enemy, still brutal, and do still spy on our country.

patcumming Jul 17, 2017

completely addictive

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jpdolan1
Jun 11, 2017

Such a graet show. Got hooked on it right the first minute I saw it. I love the Cold War setup and acting. Starts out slower, but it gets better right after Episode 2

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sdiblasio
Oct 12, 2016

This is a good example of how spies operate. They still work within our community. They are very dangerous and they are multi-national.

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christopherfry
Sep 17, 2016

If you enjoyed Homeland or House of Cards or The Newsroom, you will like this. The pace is quick and I particularly love the (so) many disguises the two leads wear. They currently (2016) live together in real life.

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Elizabeth_118
Jul 12, 2016

Disgusting not worthy to watch.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 05, 2015

It's the 80's and KGB agents were living in America in disguise. It is a cat-and-mouse espionage and counter-espionage game. Unfortunately for me, the subject matter did not interest me much. And Russians being the bad guys again is too much of a cliche.

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The_Bell_Jar
Jul 13, 2015

Wonderful dramatic television series. Lost of action, intrigue, and drama.

Love the concept and the setting

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kevinlarkin1986
Jul 11, 2015

This show is my jam

rwraysmith Jun 22, 2015

I just started watching The Americans with this season, and find it one of the most riveting shows I've ever watched. Having grown up in the 80s, I'm very familiar with the politics, the history, the culture, and while this show doesn't dwell on that, it does get the feel of the Cold War and the fear that pervaded life in those days. While being an exciting action show in its own way, it also nails the more personal, almost claustrophobic side of the relationship (marriage?) between the two main characters. The show exists on two levels: the "spy" part and the personal drama part, and it definitely wins on both counts. If you haven't tried this show, do yourself a favour and check it out - literally. Even though the principals are the "bad guys" you find yourself rooting for them anyway. The fact that we all know how the Cold War ends adds a touch of fatalistic hopelessness to all their activities that in no way diminishes the exquisite tension of each scene.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

General: Do you know why you were chosen for America?
Liz: Because of my commitment.
General: Yes. Loyalty, intelligence, skills. But most of all, you were chosen because of your fear.
Liz: My fear?
Genral: Of surrender. Surrender for you would be an act of suicide.

-Even if the meeting wasn't a setup before, it's insane to go into it now with Prince in custody. He could be broken with a feather duster.

Arkady: Besides, if you're wrong, we'd be giving up the greatest intelligence success since we got the atom bomb.
Claudia: That's what we always say right before our people die for nothing. The next thing we always say is, "it was ... so ... obvious."

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

FBI Chief: You're a responsible man, aren't you, Beeman?
Beeman: Well, my father always said so. Except for the time I wrecked his Bonneville.

-You can torture me...And you can kill me...But we're gonna kick your motherland's marbled ass, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Liz: Hey, you don't know how good things can be. Moscow is beautiful. It's Cosmopolitan, much more so than Washington. There is art. There... it's...there's culture.
Greg: You're a travel brochure.

FBI Chief: This isn't a cold war. There's nothing cold about the covert, violent exchanges between the United States and the Soviet union. They've killed not only our agents, but our citizens. And for that, they'll pay.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

Phil to daughter who was reading a teen's magazine:
"What to do about his ex-girlfriend"? "Here comes the bride"? "Super-quick hairstyles for after gym." "Bath to babe in under a minute." Now I know why your mom hates those magazines.

FBI chief: My mother always said coincidence was God's way of winking at you. That doesn't exactly feel like a friendly wink, does it?

- Mom, dad hasn't been home
for dinner in a week. The president of the United States eats dinner with his family occasionally.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

The deep cover femme fatale:
I was born in Smolensk. My father died fighting the Nazis at stalingrad when I was 2. There was a picture of him in his uniform. He was pale, with bushy eyebrows. He was smiling, although, of course, he was going off to die. My mother was a bookkeeper for the local party committee. My name is... Was... nadezhda.

The struggle:
Phil: America's not so bad. We've been here a long time. What's... what's so bad about it, you know? The electricity works all the time. Food's pretty great. The closet space...
Liz: Is that what you care about?
Phil: No, I care about everything.
Liz: Not the motherland!
Phil: I do, but our family comes first.

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May 16, 2015

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