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The Americans 4 Seasons 2013

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4.5 out of 5 stars (180) IMDb 8.3/10

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.

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Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

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Season 1
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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: 30 January 2013
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2. The Clock

When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 6 February 2013
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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.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 13 February 2013
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4. In Control

When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 20 February 2013
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5. Comint

A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 39 minutes Release date: 27 February 2013
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6. Trust Me

A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: 6 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 13 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 20 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 3 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 10 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 17 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 24 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 1 May 2013
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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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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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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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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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By Steven TOP 1000 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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This show does so many things right. Committed acting, tricky plots. Stylish and good to look at. What's the problem? I don't like these people! And worse, I just can't suspend disbelief ... even watching the show as some kind of satire, it fails to convince me that the anyone would behave like this in real life.
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