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The Americans

The Complete First Season

(DVD)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Americans
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Secrets can be deadly in this suspenseful thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington D.C. Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings seem to be a typical suburban couple, but they're actually lethal KGB agents plotting to bring down America. As the Cold War escalates, Philip and Elizabeth must take extreme measures to continue their mission to keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent movies in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.
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Nov 20, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Don't usually watch "spy" movies but somehow this one has me hooked. Looking forward to more seasons.

Sep 16, 2014
  • thislibrarysucksbad rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Good Drama, though I had to fast forward through some mushy blather.

May 07, 2014
  • stse88 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good show. Terrific acting, great script, and intriguing storyline.

May 06, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you're burned out on "Homeland," this Cold War drama/thriller, set in the 80s, is a good series to replace it. Great performances and good use of the Reagan-era setting.

Apr 17, 2014
  • roystreat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well acted spy thriller aimed primarily at women, which probably explains why it presents spy craft as a dangerous game of charades -- dangerous for men, that is; somehow women always seem to be spared the worst. I counted four men with speaking parts brutally slain on camera, but not one women. (And I didn't even try to keep track of slain men without speaking parts, like police and agents killed in the line of duty.) The sexual and family dynamics are also particularly interesting; against stereotype, Rhys (the husband) is presented as holding the family together, Russell (the wife) as the hard-core ideologue.

Apr 01, 2014
  • twistedweather rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The chemistry between Keri Russel and Mathew Rhys is compelling. Americans is an excellent combination of psychological and action thriller that leaves you wanting more after each episode. If you like Homeland, The Americans is must watch tv.

Mar 14, 2014
  • docjnsuss rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first season of The Americans is an action packed drama that takes place during the Cold War in the 1980s. Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are two Soviet KGB officers living as a married couple and raising their two children. Through a Soviet handler the couple gets involved in various counterintelligence assignments that put them at great risk of being discovered. During the episodes there are flashbacks to the 1960s that explain the couple's training and how they were matched and trained as spies. Adding to the danger is the fact that their Washington DC area neighbor Stan Beeman is a counterintelligence agent who just joined the FBI Counterintelligence Bureau created by President Ronald Reagan. Although many of the Jenniings' assignments are difficult and extremely dangerous their value to the Soviets are worth the risks. The series also focuses on personal relationships as well as espionage.

Feb 26, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I almost didn't get past the first slow-moving episode, but I'm glad I persisted since this series gets better with each episode. Well-acted and well-written, with complex, plausible plots, it's set in the early 80's as the Russian/US cold war was winding down and as Mikhail Gorbachev's Perestroika was softening the Soviet Union's iron will and crumbling its empire. It might have been better if set in an earlier time frame at the height of the cold war intrigues with less sophisticated technology, but it is very good as it is. Superb portrayal of the American spy franchise in all its cynical, amoral glory. I am looking forward to season 2.

Feb 16, 2014
  • joeguy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gets better with every episode. Matthew Rhys has created a once in a lifetime lead series character, like Don Draper and Tony Soprano. Russell is almost as good in her own intentionally cold way.

Good suspenseful series.

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