The Americans

The Complete First Season

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Americans
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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Feb 24, 2015
  • bitsysmom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved it. A little less sex please. Don't want a really good show to turn into the "Same Old T&A. Plenty of that out there already.

Feb 16, 2015
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

@johngotwalt: I have a fairly new Toshiba DVD recorder which does play these discs. Maybe they've fixed the problem?
@roystreat: There was at least one female character with speaking parts who got whacked, not on camera but shown after the deed.
The show is fabulous. I especially like the atmosphere: two people living on the edge.

Jan 22, 2015

These 20th Century Fox discs are incompatible with Toshiba DVD players. At the main menu, selecting either 'Play Episode' or 'Play All' causes the player to display 'STOP' and will not playback from there. I tried it in 2 different Toshiba machines with same results.

Dec 11, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty much the only negative with this show is the horrible opening credits. Everything else is a combination of superb acting, excellent storytelling, and fabulous (and awful) 80s fashions.

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.

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