8.4
8,779 votes
The Americans

The Americans

FX 2013

Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI Counterintelligence agent.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Americans

The Americans - S6E10

#1 - START

8.65

Season 6 - Episode 10

In the series finale, the Jennings face a choice that will change their lives forever.

The episode was rated from 1563 votes.

The Americans - S6E9

#2 - Jennings, Elizabeth

8.35

Season 6 - Episode 9

Elizabeth wrestles with competing loyalties, and Philip has an encounter that turns into much more than he had bargained for.

The episode was rated from 1447 votes.

The Americans - S1E13

#3 - The Colonel

8.32

Season 1 - Episode 13

When Philip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to Philip and Elizabeth.

The episode was rated from 2147 votes.

The Americans - S2E13

#4 - Echo

8.16

Season 2 - Episode 13

No one is safe as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete the mission. Stan holds Nina's future in his hands.

The episode was rated from 1827 votes.

The Americans - S6E8

#5 - The Summit

8.04

Season 6 - Episode 8

With the arms control summit underway, a shocking revelation from Philip throws Elizabeth - and her work - into turmoil. Stan follows a dangerous hunch.

The episode was rated from 1411 votes.

The Americans - S3E13

#6 - March 8, 1983

8.03

Season 3 - Episode 13

Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns to an unlikely source for solace. Stan’s plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways.

The episode was rated from 1890 votes.

The Americans - S6E7

#7 - Harvest

7.96

Season 6 - Episode 7

Philip and Elizabeth come together for a perilous operation unlike any they've ever had before. Stan and Henry spend a little quality time together.

The episode was rated from 1402 votes.

The Americans - S1E12

#8 - The Oath

7.95

Season 1 - Episode 12

One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.

The episode was rated from 2051 votes.

The Americans - S1E9

#9 - Safe House

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 9

Philip and Elizabeth are put to the test when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. Stan and the FBI are pushed to their limit when one of their own goes missing.

The episode was rated from 2091 votes.

The Americans - S1E6

#10 - Trust Me

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 6

A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.

The episode was rated from 2154 votes.

The Americans - S4E11
#11 - Dinner for Seven
7.91
Season 4 - Episode 11

Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation… but at what cost?

The episode was rated from 2572 votes.
The Americans - S1E10
#12 - Only You
7.91
Season 1 - Episode 10

Stan pursues a lead that puts him on the trail to one of Gregory's crew members, closing the gap between him and Elizabeth, and reigniting some of the deepest conflicts between her and Philip.

The episode was rated from 2032 votes.
The Americans - S6E5
#13 - The Great Patriotic War
7.89
Season 6 - Episode 5

As the summit fast approaches, Elizabeth enlists Philip’s help for a mission that could yield game-changing intel.

The episode was rated from 1407 votes.
The Americans - S3E10
#14 - Stingers
7.89
Season 3 - Episode 10

Philip and Elizabeth deploy a plan for the C.I.A.’s Mujahideen visitors. Tensions at the Jennings’ home escalate.

The episode was rated from 1905 votes.
The Americans - S1E1
#15 - Pilot
7.86
Season 1 - Episode 1

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 and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent.

The episode was rated from 3509 votes.
The Americans - S4E4
#16 - Chloramphenicol
7.84
Season 4 - Episode 4

A devastating flaw during a mission forces Philip, Elizabeth, William and Gabriel to confront the depths of their patriotism… and their mortality. In Russia, in striving to be a better person, has Nina put her life on the line?

The episode was rated from 2484 votes.
The Americans - S4E6
#17 - The Rat
7.84
Season 4 - Episode 6

Martha must finally face the truth she has denied – and her life may never be the same. Plus, a chilling new development in William’s work forces the Jennings to face the realities of what a biological war would mean.

The episode was rated from 2575 votes.
The Americans - S4E13
#18 - Persona Non Grata
7.83
Season 4 - Episode 13

Philip and Elizabeth are in a high-stakes race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package. Will they get there in time? And will Paige follow her parents into the family business?

The episode was rated from 2616 votes.
The Americans - S4E7
#19 - Travel Agents
7.83
Season 4 - Episode 7

The KGB and the FBI both race to track down a vital agent… everything is at stake.

The episode was rated from 2566 votes.
The Americans - S6E1
#20 - Dead Hand
7.82
Season 6 - Episode 1

It’s autumn, 1987, and as a major arms control summit looms, Elizabeth is pushed to her limits as never before. Philip, meanwhile, has settled into running the newly expanded travel agency – until an unexpected visitor makes a disquieting request.

The episode was rated from 1612 votes.

Last updated: jul 06, 2022

Comments

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I am in the middle of the first season but I gonna say: this show is so good ! Since The Walking Dead is getting more and more boring, Homeland's season is over, and Breaking Bad's final season is starting in July I was looking for a TV Show which is exiting, got a central theme in it. Where you get surprised and the acting is good. A TV show which is realistic and dangerous. I found all of it with this show! Since this TV Show is about the cold war I want to compare it with James Bond, and the second reason is I don't want to put spoilers in it: I am pretty sure you know the older James Bond movies, where Bond is jumping of a cliff with no parachute, into a plane, gets control over the plane, destroying the enemy's base and got no scratches. Superhero Bond. No problems. And then you know the newer Bond movies with Daniel Craig. Where Bond has problems. He's a drinker. Getting hurt, Getting scratches, simply more realistic. If you know what I mean, then you know who the show is like. Two KGB agents who are in the US for some years. Got two children. Have to live their whole life under disguise, which living a FBI Agent next door. They like in some way there life as normal people and they do like in some way the people of America. But in their point of view the US government is evil. They what to build a anti-missile defense system (google Star Wars Bush), which would make the nuclear arsenal of Russia worthless. And they have to do something against that. Lets see how the show develops. 9/10

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Enjoyed this show right up until the last episode... can't say that for very many TV shows these days. 10/10

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Renewed for seasons 5 and 6!

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I rarely buy newer seasons of shows versus waiting for hulu buy this is one of the few I caved in on. Amazing twisted storyline and such vivid personalities make the series pop. The atmosphere is just spot on and acting is perfect.

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A few wonderful episodes and runs of episodes, and one of the finest series finales I’ve seen, but I found the series overall to be plagued by a lack of planning. Too often, a major new direction was established only at the beginning of the episode that made use of it. At the same time, threads that had been on the go for some time as well as apparent turning points in the plot were suddenly dropped, only to be picked up again in a half-hearted fashion seasons later. Worse, in the later seasons there emerged a reliance on rewriting the show’s history. But somehow it still captivated me to an extent and certainly I never seriously considered abandoning it. Would like to rewatch sometime down the track.

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Great series, but please get rid of the Paige character; she’s nauseating, boring, and a great time waster. Kill her off

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This show is absolutely amazing. I loved it from the very first episode. I've heard about it before but i was a bit skeptical because i didn't really know what is it even about, until i decided to check it out. Season 3 finale left me on the edge of my seat, especially last minutes. A MUST WATCH.

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THIS! This is why Peak TV is peaking. Not many times I have seen a show going from 7/10 to 10/10. And I do not mean 7/10 as an offense, because there was already something in season 1 I couldn't properly put into words, but I felt something big about it. And as it developed, it quickly became a darn masterpiece.

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Loved the show. I like spy movies and the 80's. So perfect.

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Keri Russell's emotionally stoic approach to her character contrasted with Matthew Rhy's emotive soul searching was such a refreshing take on the typical male-centric troupe. Plus..."Felicity" kicking ass & taking numbers? Yes, please.

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