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The Americans is a classic spy story with a twist. Set in the 1980's Cold War period when Ronald Reagan was pressuring Russia to bring the Cold War to an end, the show is about two Soviet spies living near Washington DC. The two spies, Elizabeth Jennings played by Keri Russell, and Phillip Jennings, played by Matthew Rhys, are pretending to be two normal looking American suburbanites.

The story line has the couple, whose marriage was arranged by the KGB, interacting with a myriad of characters that can sometimes be dangerous and other times humorous as they go about their mission of gathering vital national security information. Throughout the interactions with the spies and informants under their control the couple has to balance the spy work they are sent to do while maintaining the suburbanite cover.

Maintaining the cover is made more difficult by the fact their next door neighbor is FBI Agent Stan Beeman, played by Noah Emmerich, who becomes suspicious of the two. His suspicion is thwarted by the lovely Nina (Annet Mahendru), who is the FBI agents mole in the KGB but also works for the Jennings.

Maintaining the married couple cover is helped with the addition of two children, 14 year old "Paige" (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old "Henry" (Keidrich Sellati), neither of whom suspect their parents are foreign spies. The interaction between the Jennings as a couple and parents is a blossoming love story in it's own right. Facing the perils of their job together creates a close bond as does facing the challenges of raising a teenage daughter and young son.

Wednesdays 10PM ET/PT on FX
4 Seasons, 53 Episodes - Currently Airing
January 30, 2013
Crime, Drama
8.3/10
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  • Philip and Elizabeth race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package. And will Paige follow in her parents' footsteps?

  • In the aftermath of the damage, Paige sees her mother in a new light...and finds she has inherited some of her parents' abilities. Plus, Oleg reaches his boiling point with Stan.

  • Elizabeth completes the last details of a very personal operation, but will the cost be too great?

  • When one of Paige's past transgressions surfaces, it threatens to destroy the family.

  • "The Day After" premieres and Elizabeth struggles with completing the painful process of the "Patty" operation.

  • The Jennings are ready to break as both Philip and Elizabeth must handle loyal agents.

  • With the stakes high, the KGB and the FBI are desperate to locate a vital agent

  • Martha must finally face the truth she has fought to ignore - and her life may never be the same. Plus, a chilling new development in William's work forces the Jennings to accept the possibility of a biological war.

  • Philip considers his life with Martha and makes a decision there's no turning back from.

  • A weak point in a mission forces Philip, Elizabeth, William and Gabriel to question their patriotism...and their mortality. In Russia, Nina attempts to be a better person, but is her life at stake?

  • Paige must shoulder new burdens that come with her family's secret - as Philip and Elizabeth attempt to keep their cover in tact without destroying their daughter.

  • Philip is desperate to get rid of a sensitive and dangerous package as family tensions in the Jennings House erupt when Paige divulges a secret of her own.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Philip and Elizabeth struggle with the fallout from their actions.

  • Elizabeth and Paige take a dangerous trip. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip seeks comfort from an unlikely source. Stan's plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways.

  • Martha encounters an uninvited guest. Philip and Elizabeth have to deal with a formidable Mujahideen commander.

  • Philip and Elizabeth's home and work lives collide. Nina struggles with what to do next.

  • Philip and Elizabeth set a plan into motion for the C.I.A.'s Mujahideen visitors. Tensions at the Jennings' home rise.

  • Philip and Elizabeth struggle with the gravity of some unexpected collateral damage.

  • Martha and Clark's marriage is put to the test. As pressures on Philip mount, Elizabeth turns to Gabriel with a difficult request. Nina receives a new assignment that reconnects her with her past.

  • Philip and Elizabeth are burdened by a new family secret while following up on the KGB's interests in South Africa. Stan faces obstacles both at work and at home. Martha addresses a shocking development.

  • Philip and Elizabeth are burdened with a new family secret while following up on the KGB's interests in South Africa. Stan faces struggles both professionally and personally. Martha confronts a shocking development.

  • Philip tries to juggle the women in his life while Elizabeth is willing to do what it takes to complete a mission. Stan plots with an unlikely ally to save Nina.

  • Philip is conflicted while developing an asset. The contention between Philip and Elizabeth intensifies. Stan develops a theory with serious repercussions for national security.

  • Elizabeth and Philip's safety is threatened the closer they get to the inner circle of the C.I.A. Afghan Group. Stan monitors Zinaida. Agent Aderholt challenges Agent Gaad on a crucial operation. Arkady assigns Oleg and Tatiana the task of gathering high-level intel.

  • Elizabeth and Philip must work together to fix an unsuccessful mission, but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies. Stan welcomes a Soviet defector, Zinaida, to America. Nina gets used to her new living arrangements.

  • In the third season premiere, Philip and Elizabeth clash over how to handle orders from the Centre. When Elizabeth loses key intel, Philip recruits Annelise.

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