Articles for The Americans Season 1

The Americans is a new show from FX that premieres on January 30, 2013. The cast, including Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, as well as creator Joe Weisberg, and executive producers Joel Field and Graham Yost spoke at TCA 2013 about what we can expect in the show‘s first season.  Read more »
The Americans series premiere "Pilot" offers movie-quality action sequences, suspenseful drama and an awesome 80s soundtrack that will have you busting out your parachute pants. The premise seems almost hackneyed: "Two spies struggle combining raising kids and destroying the USA." Still, The Americans delivers a solid first episode.  Read more »
The American‘s second episode "The Clock" isn‘t as bombastic as last week‘s premiere, but remains just a suspenseful and thrilling. That‘s mostly due to its narrower focus. Last time we saw botched kidnappings, multiple brawls and and frequent flashbacks. The spy shenanigans this time revolve around bugging one tiny, little clock.  Read more »
The Americans third episode "Gregory" doesn‘t weave a web of lies, it knits a quilt of deception then a  snuggie of subterfuge to boot. The secret life of a KGB agents gets discovered, past affairs haunt Philip and Elizabeth‘s marriage and state secrets are sold. There isn‘t an inferno of action this time, just slow burning suspense.  Read more »
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot at a hotel in Washington, D.C. The Americans addresses that historical event on tonight‘s "In Control" and the response by both the FBI and KGB. Were the Soviets responsible for the attack? Read more »
The Americans fourth episode, "In Control," switches gears from historical fiction to historical fact, working the attempted Reagan assassination into its plot. This installment stands out due to how its characters react to the shooting. No one seems to know what they should do next, and it‘s this atmosphere of confusion which makes things compelling.  Read more »
The Americans has been renewed for a second season by FX after airing its first four episodes of the series. The premiere was the most-watched new show debut in FX history and the ratings have remained strong.The Americans is about Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings, two Soviet spies that are living in America as born and bred Americans shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected president. Their situation becomes more complicated when FBI Agent Stan Beeman moves into the house across the street. Read more »
After helping prevent a showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union in the aftermath of President Reagan‘s shooting in last week‘s episode, there‘s no rest for The Americans, Elizabeth and Philip. In "COMINT," they are given several risky assignments and neither of them will come out of it unscathed. Read more »
The Americans fifth episode, "Comint," understands that sex sells. Not just in the sense fewer viewers would tune in if Elizabeth wasn‘t stripping down to her skivvies often or the (regrettably) rarer instances of Philip showing off his KGBanging body. Both Russian and American characters trade their bodies for secrets in "Comint," with sometimes deadly results.   Read more »
Loving someone doesn‘t mean trusting they won‘t hurt you, it means trusting they won‘t hurt you too much. That‘s The American‘s theme in its sixth episode "Trust Me". Philip and Elizabeth aren‘t alone in getting betrayed by their closest allies in this stellar spy romp.  Read more »
Philip and Elizabeth constantly hook up with other people. They make their living off lies. Their arguments reach such intensity that if Leonard Tolstoy wrote a book about them it would be titled War and More War. Yet for all that, these two have one of the most functional relationships on TV. Examining their fake marriage can offer some revolutionary ideas for real couples. Read more »
On The Americans, Philip (Matthew Rhys) has become an increasingly complicated and compelling character. He has embraced his life in America, while questioning his job spying for his homeland. His growing relationships with both his wife, Elizabeth (Keri Russell), and FBI Agent neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich), have been intriguing to watch play out.Last week, Matthew Rhys spoke to reporters about his role on The Americans. Below is an edited excerpt of the interview where he discussed both of those challenging relationships. Read more »
The Americans eighth episode is another savage opera of assassins, adultery and explosions. There‘s only one thing fiercer than its spy versus spy shenanigans: the modern job market. Even though it‘s set in the 1980s, "Mutually Assured Destruction" reveals four work - related truths we can all relate to.  Read more »
The nominations were announced Monday for the 2013 Television Critics Association Awards, with cable shows yet again garnering most of the spots. The only categories where the networks came out on top were in outstanding comedy (by a slim margin) and reality TV. And non-TV programming is starting to get recognize more and more with Netflix‘s House of Cards. Read more »
The nominations for the 2013 Critics‘ Choice TV Awards were announced Wednesday morning, spanning a wide array of not only network and cable, but from Netflix as well with the popularity of House of Cards on the streaming/rental service. Read more »
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations will be announced Thursday, July 18 at 5:35am PT. They will be revealed by House of Cards star Kata Mara and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul.Before we find out who will compete, I‘m taking a look at what you might expect to see Thursday morning. What old favorites can bank on nominations? What new shows have a shot?  Read more »
Every year the Emmy nominations give us plenty to be excited about, but just as important as who was nominated is who wasn‘t. The 2013 Emmy Award nominations are no different.  Read more »
The Television Critics Association‘s 2013 summer press tour is now over, with the networks providing teasers, previews and spoilers for all our favorite shows, including new ones debuting in the fall. As part of this event, they held their annual TCA Awards, and the 2013 winners have now been announced. Read more »