Thu
Mar 14 2013 12:00pm

The Americans: The New Cool Kid on the Block

It’s not often that a brand new TV show is renewed only four shows into its first season, but that has just happened to the new FX spy thriller, The Americans, and I can understand why. This is the freshest show I have seen in a long time.

The premise is complicated. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, KGB sleeper spies who live in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan era. They own and run a travel agency and raise an ordinary family to complete their cover (shades of Alias). 

Things become complicated when Philip and Elizabeth start to value their family more than their missions. Then an FBI agent who is more interested in other people’s families than his own moves in next door. And despite her grandmotherly tone and appearance, the KGB handler assigned to Philip and Elizabeth makes it clear that she considers them to be expendable in the name of a mission. Any mission.

To read the full post on the hit show on FX, The Americans, visit our sister Crime and Mystery blog, CriminalElement.com.

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3 comments
Susan Stokes
1. Camo
Perfectly Done...Great Show for all ,The Baby Boomer Generation Remembers ...But we really didn't know much...Of course We Trained Americans to do the Same... Embedded ... Probably still doing it of course.
Pamela Webb-Elliott
2. Spaz
I looooove this show. I am thoroughly fascinated by the relationship between Philip and Elizabeth!!! Their new KGB handler is phenomenal and the neighbor FBI guy's storlyine is super compelling as well. Such a great unique show.
Heather Waters (redline_)
3. redline_
I can't believe how quickly and thoroughly I've become invested in Philip and Elizabeth's marriage. The chemistry between Rhys and Russell is fantastic.
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