'The Americans' is such a good series, not difficult to get caught up with the storyline. We learn as we go along that this series is really about marriage. At first a marriage of convenience, then a marriage of love.
In 1981, Philip Jennings played by Matthew Rhys and Elizabeth Jennings, played by Keri Russell are Soviet intelligence agents from the KGB's Directorate S, operating in Washington, D.C.. They live with their children, Paige and Henry who do not know their secret. This is an ordinary American family except they are Russians under deep cover and will do anything for their 'mother country'. Remember this is in the 80's when Russia and the US were involved in many nefarious misdeeds. As luck or not would have it, FBI counter-intelligence agent Stan Beeman, played by Noah Emmerich moves into the neighborhood. He and his family become good friends with the Jennings.
We, of course, can see all that goes on, the wigs, aplenty, the mustaches, the clothes, the counter espionage and the killings. Stan becomes suspicious once, but nothing ever pans out. In fact he is set up to fall in love with another Russian woman, who reports everything. Stan's mistress becomes all important to him. Margo Martindale,one of my favorite actresses, is the supervisor to the Jennings, and she is as ruthless as anyone. It is quite interesting watching the Russians spying on the US, and the stories they tell.
This is such a well acted series. Superb acting along with the superb scripts boil down to one heck of a series. This marriage of convenience leads to love and to many secrets, and we feel part of the family.
Recommended. prisrob. 03-08-14