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"The Americans" review by Suzanne 2/2/15
Premieres Wednesday, January 28 on FX 10pm

I've loved this show since the first episode. I only started watching because I liked Matthew Rhys so much in "Brothers & Sisters", but then this show is fantastic and ever better. Of course I'm sure you know by now that it's about a couple of USSR sleeper agents in the early 80's, living and spying in Washington, DC (as well as other characters like their children, the next door neighbor who's an FBI agent, the Russians at the embassy and more).

Every episode is very exciting. The show is very complex, with many characters, and some of the dialogue is in Russian, so it's subtitled. Even so, it's very action-packed and there's lots of sex, intrigue, drama, and even some comedy.

This season, judging on the 4 episodes I've seen, is just as good as the first two. Phillip and Elizabeth are fighting about whether they want to tell their daughter who they really are, and try to get her indoctrinated so that she can be an agent, too, even though she's only 14. The daughter has become a born-again Christian, much to their dismay. Stan, the FBI agent next door, is trying to get over his former mistress, who's now back in a prison in Russia, and also trying to win back his wife, who left him. He and Phillip go to some EST meetings because that's what his wife is involved with.  He struggles to be honest, even though that's awfully hard in their line of work.

Frank Langella joins the show as their old handler, Gabriel, who's returned after a lengthy absence. He's one of my favorite actors, so it's great to see him. He's just wonderful.

You should check it out, but if you haven't watched the previous seasons, I would advise watching them first, or you really won't know what's going on. Or at least, watch the video recaps below.  It's definitely one of the best shows on TV and you should watch it!


The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children – 14-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 12-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. The trickiest of Philip’s sources continues to be Martha (Alison Wright), the assistant to Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). In order to ensure her continued loyalty, Philip, in the guise of FBI bureaucrat “Clark,” one of his numerous cover identities, marries her. Things were going smoothly until Martha began pressuring Clark to start a family. Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat. When forced to choose between betraying his country or his KGB double-agent and paramour Nina (Annet Mahendru), Stan chose the USA. Nina has been sent back to Moscow to face charges of treason, much to the dismay of her boss Arkady (Lev Gorn), Director of the KGB Rezidentura. In addition to his rededication to his mission of uncovering the identities of the Russian spies living among them, Stan is also attempting to rebuild a relationship with his estranged wife, Sandra (Susan Misner). Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Philip and Elizabeth find themselves at odds over Paige’s future now that the KGB has made it clear that they want her to join the family business.


NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 – Academy Award® nominee and three-time Tony Award® winner Frank Langella will go deep undercover with FX’s critically acclaimed drama The Americans, in a recurring role in the show’s third season, which began production this week. 

Langella will play the role of “Gabriel,” Philip and Elizabeth’s former KGB handler who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing these two KGB operatives from their previous handler, Claudia (Margo Martindale).

“We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel,” said Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.  “We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”

Langella, who is repped by Paradigm, has three upcoming feature films set for release in 2015: the romance 5 to 7 opposite Anton Yelchin and Glenn Close, Driftless Area with Zooey Deschanel, and Captain Fantasticopposite Viggo Mortensen.

Set in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan is elected president, The Americans, starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is a drama series about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. The series was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), a former CIA agent who went on to become an accomplished author. Joel Fields and Graham Yost are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.  The Americans is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions. 

Season 3 of The Americans will premiere on FX in January 2015.

Promo clips:

From 10/23: Flying Colors Be on red alert. The Americans launch their new mission this January.

From 12/12: Official Season 3 Trailer “Watching You” The perfect American family … of Soviet spies. The Americans, FX’s critically acclaimed drama, returns January 28.

From 12/18: Domestic Affairs A life in secret is always on red alert. The Americans, FX’s critically acclaimed drama, returns January 28th.

From 12/29: Impact Review Critics agree “The Americans has it all.” The all new season of “The best show on television.” premieres January 28 on FX.

Impact Review See why critics are calling The Americans “The best show on television.”

From 1/12: First Look Will Paige be told the truth? One decision threatens the future of the family. Get a FIRST LOOK at the all new season of The Americans. Premieres January 28.

Face Off  Every move. Every breath. They’re watching you. The war grows colder Wednesday, January 28 on FX.

From 1/14

Season 1 Look Back Prepare for the return of The Americans. Watch a recap of Season One and see how it all began. All new season premieres January 28 on FX.

Season 2 Look Back Know the enemy. Watch a recap of the shocking events of Season Two of The Americans . The mission resumes January 28 on FX.

From 1/29: Next On: Baggage Elizabeth and Philip come together to deal with a mission gone wrong, but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies.  Stan welcomes a Soviet defector, Zinaida, to America.  Nina acclimates to her new living arrangements.

From 1/30: Declassified: Episode 1 Commentary Go behind the scenes of The Americans for a closer look at the premiere episode with Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, and Daniel Sackheim.

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