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Throughout its stellar first two seasons, FX’s Cold War spy drama “The Americans” has been incredibly adept at creating tension. Whether using spy-craft action set-pieces or more human conflicts among characters, “The Americans” is often an edge-of-your-seat series. With that said, the early episodes of Season 3 ratchet the tension up another level.
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The juxtaposition of domestic banality with covert, often erotic peril has never been more unsettling.
The Americans returns for a third season packed with tension, raw-nerve melodrama and enough levels of ambiguity, moral and psychological, to satisfy the most gluttonous appetite for the stuff. With, in short, all that has distinguished this series from its beginning.
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This might be a philosophical season of The Americans, but like any good countercultural force, it still gets its thrills from sex and violence. B+
3rd best show on metacritic's 2014 Critic's poll - http://www.metacritic.com/feature/tv-cr ... ws-of-2014
6th best show on Hitflix's 2014 Critic's poll - http://www.hitfix.com/news/tvcriticspoll/
Season 1 -
Wednesdays in the US.
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 – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-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. Complicating their relationship further is Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent. Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernández), are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.
Q) When's it on in the UK?
A) 1st episode is on Saturday June 1st at 10pm on ITV1
Q) Has it been renewed?
A) Yes, for a 13 episode 2nd season.
Critics Choice Awards Nominees
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Matthew Rhys BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Keri Russell BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Noah Emmerich BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets. A-
The Americans is outstanding television: It pops and crackles like only expert genre entertainment can.
The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do. GRADE: A-
The Americans might take a while to find its footing — most shows do; but it already has a personality, a pulse of life. I have no idea how long it can sustain its premise without seeming repetitious, but for now, I’m hooked.
It’s a fresh, compelling story about a couple of KGB operatives pretending to live the American dream as a married couple with kids in suburban Washington, D.C. 3.5 out of 4 stars.
The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since "The Sopranos."
83% average on metacritic - http://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-americans
Just finished watching the premiere which was easily the best of this TV season.