The Americans - Season 1 2013

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Set during the Reagan presidency in the early 1980s, The Americans is the story of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. in order to spy on the United States.

Starring:
Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 35 minutes
Starring Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Matthew Rhys
Director Thomas Schlamme, Gavin O'Connor, Adam Arkin
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Americans - Season 1, The - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 35 minutes
Starring Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Matthew Rhys
Director Thomas Schlamme, Gavin O'Connor, Adam Arkin
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Finnish, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nym on 20 Jan. 2014
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There were two great new tv dramas that came out in 2013... The Vikings and The Americans. Out of the two I think the Americans just edges the best drama.

Considering who they are supposed to be playing and the paranoia the acting is great. Each episode adds to the story and fill in episodes are minimal and where they do occur, they provide essential background knowledge to the storyline which is unlike many tv dramas these days.

Each episode has some action but almost everything is absolutely believable. This is no Jack Bauer/James Bond type set of spies... these are people who make mistakes, who ride their luck and who recruit others to do the dirty work... which makes this spy drama one of the more believable TV spy dramas in some time.

The whole perspective from the position of the KGB buys into the recent trend of making the traditional 'bad guys' the heros. You are never sure whether you want them to get caught or whether you want them to get away.

The only bit that stretches reality is the role of the FBI spy catcher... but I really like the coincidential nature of the story because it allows the viewer to see him live like a normal person and make the same mistakes and successes as someone in that role would actually make. FBI agents have families and live in the suburbs too.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anne Power on 26 Aug. 2013
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It is so refreshing to watch an American-made TV series that doesn't fall into the usual patriotic cliches. These anti-heroes are beautifully portrayed and wonderfully sympathetic, brilliant performances from all concerned. It's a gripping, unusual, really special series and I can't wait for the next season!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diane Coffey on 16 Mar. 2014
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Took a chance on this one and started buying episodes. I wasn't disappointed. Everything from graphics of title to plot is truly thrilling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2014
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Sex, violence and duplicity. People have made much of the 'period' stylings of The Americans, set c.1981, but for whatever reason I ignore them or simply don't rate them as important. What is compelling are those qualities which always make US drama compelling - the exploration of intelligent themes, character development, dramatic irony, engaging retro music. On domestic telly this could be compared with Homeland (also a matter of war and national security). I'd say Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are the more subtle but also much more physical pairing, in contrast to Claire Danes and Damien Whatsit. The Americans doesn't have quite the bravura of Homeland, but it's much easier to believe in.

Sleeper spies (Directorate S) go active in Cold War era Washington and undertake various missions to keep Moscow apprised of what's developing in US defence. The real interest is in the psychological turmoil inculcated when two people assume false identities, a fake marriage, but create a real family with 2 kids and a car in suburbia, right across the street from the friendly neighbourhood FBI agent and his brood. I can't say I believe in every detail: Elizabeth's bloodymindedness and her sparring with Claudia in particular, or certain other plot contrivances. All in all, The Americans is brimming with tremendous scenes and a superb impersonation by Welshman Matthew Rhys of a Russian pretending to be an American. No lack of action and it has the potential to be developed further and make itself unmissable (Season 3 is due soon).

Good show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By superscribe on 4 May 2014
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This story is of two KGB agents planted into American society ( I think they used to be called Agents in Place). Press reports during the Cold War stated that Russia built copies of American towns and used them to familiarise their spies with an alien culture before sending them abroad. Watching this series I can well believe it. The KGB agents have two children who know nothing of their parent's history and their 'mom' and dad are in fact ruthless killers who will readily use sex and blackmail to obtain information. The quality of 'The Americans' is such that this couple come across, not so much as evil people, but as devoted Russians willing to sacrifice all for their country. Perhaps the fact that the FBI/CIA were behaving in exactly the same way keeps the storyline in perspective. I enjoyed watching this box set (far more satisfying without the annoying adverts unavoidable on the ITV programmes) and look forward to the release of Series 2. Top class entertainment and highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2013
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This strongly scripted show delivers the goods in every department. Action and suspense are woven into a series of adventures where the two heroes are soviet agents operating in 80's America. The two leads make a strong screen pairing and their strengths and voulnerabilities are portrayed with commitment and emotion without falling into melodrama or cliche. As well as an uncompromising look at the darker side of spying the show even manages to provide a unique twist on the will they / wont they scenario. The idea that two people are basically forced into marriage and parenthood whilst being given outlandish tasks by their KGB masters is deftly handled in some of the best TV I've seen in years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JM on 9 Mar. 2014
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Great acting. Great overarching storyline and mini storylines. Gives an examination of the mindset of the "bad guys" of the Cold War, and makes you think maybe they weren't so bad. Can't recommend it highly enough: buy it!
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