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The Americans 

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At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 114 nominations. See more awards »

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A pair of deep-cover Soviet spies masquerades as a typical DC couple whose children, neighbors, coworkers & friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they're the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one's beliefs, if it's worth it, and if it actually worked for either side. Written by Steve83

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All's fair in love and cold war.


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30 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Slate Magazine's podcast about the show reported that during the later seasons, the Russian dialogue and other Russian text appearing on screen (on documents, props, etc.) has been translated from the screenwriters' English into Russian by Masha Gessen. This is a fun side-job for Gessen, whose highly regarded, award-winning, and very serious journalism on Russia has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, Harper's, and many others; she is also the author of several nonfiction books on Russian and Slavic history and current events. Gessen was born in Moscow and moved with her Russian-Jewish family to the United States when she was a teenager; she is also an activist against Russian persecution of the LGBT community. See more »

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This show swings both ways
31 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I don't know who to root for in this show. Awesome!

Phillip and Elizabeth have been sleeper Russian agents in DC from the early 1960s to the early 80s, the show's setting. Reagan is the new President and is heating up the Cold War. Our two spies have been playing the role of typical American husband and wife, keeping their secret life even from their pre-teen daughter and son. Then an opportunity arises where Phillip, who has been tiring of his double life, is given a chance to take his family, whom he's grown to love, out of the game and into riches and safety. Elizabeth, also of two minds but for different reasons, is suddenly shown just how much Phillip loves her through his unhesitating sacrifice of this ticket to freedom. In the end it looks like it will be the two of them against the rest of the world. What will happen?

I have a few problems with the production, particularly the flashback sequences of the characters twenty years younger in Russia. They really should have used different actors. It is just the pilot, though, so we'll see how that goes.

On the plus side, there's good acting, good writing, and good character development. I'll be watching!


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