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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
5 Seasons, 66 Episodes
April 11, 2013
Crime, Drama
8.3/10
Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor
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  • The riveting season finale of The Americans finds Philip and Elizabeth racing against the clock as a life hangs in the balance, while Stan faces an uncertain future.

  • As Philip and Elizabeth grapple with a momentous decision, Tuan takes matters into his own hands in the Morozov operation. Back in Russia, Oleg's investigation collides with the realities of the Soviet system.

  • A surprise assignment from the Centre divides Philip and Elizabeth, forcing them into a moment of profound crisis. Stan gives Henry a tour of the FBI

  • Paige's snooping leads Philip and Elizabeth to make a choice that could shift the balance of their lives forever. Stan and Aderholt's recruitment of Sofia suddenly bears fruit.

  • Philip and Elizabeth are thrown off balance when things with Tuan take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Henry makes a startling proposition and Stan has a disturbing encounter with Frank Gaad's widow.

  • A secret unites Elizabeth and Paige. In Moscow, Oleg's own secrets make the KGB wary. A new twist in the Morozov operation changes everything.

  • As Paige gets more involved in her parents’ world, tension escalates with Matthew Beeman. Philip and Elizabeth’s honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI.

  • Gabriel delivers shocking information to Philip and Elizabeth and a crushing revelation about Philip’s past. Stan and Aderholt attract a fly into their web, while Oleg and Ruslan ambush their first suspect.

  • Philip and Elizabeth are delivered unexpected news about Henry - and shocking news about a past operation. Stan may be falling in love, but Philip is suspicious about what is really going on.

  • Philip and Elizabeth have concerns about a new assignment, while a menace from Philip’s past causes unforeseen problems. At the FBI, Stan makes a shocking move that could throw his career into chaos.

  • Philip and Elizabeth reveal more details to Paige about the family business, but pressing new questions arise when an operation goes awry.

  • Stan and Oleg struggle with the harsh realities of their complicated history, as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with shocking implications for their country.

  • In the final season premiere, the Jennings struggle to suppress the risks from Paige's budding relationship with Matthew Beeman. The Centre sends Philip and Elizabeth on a unique operation, straining their family and marriage to its limits.

  • 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.

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