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, Matthew Rhys
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Americans Season 1

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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, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati
Director Gavin O'Connor, Adam Arkin, Thomas Schlamme
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish
Subtitles Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
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, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati
Director Gavin O'Connor, Adam Arkin, Thomas Schlamme
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, French, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nym on 20 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
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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21 of 22 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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4 of 4 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
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 A. Pestell on 19 Mar 2014
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Entertaining and intelligent script writing with good plot development. Makes you wonder how much mof the plot is based on real events and experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JM on 9 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 6 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this. It has a strong cast, a strong plot (if slightly far-fetched at times) and depicts the 1980s brilliantly.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nanafish on 2 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
I have been watching it since episode 1 and am totally gripped by it. Yes some episodes are a bit 'racy' but I find the whole thing enthralling and cant wait each week for the next episode. One or two episodes were a bit difficult to follow but they are building the characters and plots and reflecting on the cold war. I find it very authentic and would recommend.
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