The Americans is a 1-hour drama on FX which tell the story of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C. in the cold war era. The couple have two children, Paige and Henry, who too faces many problems because of their parents secret lives but they’re never fully aware of what is going on (at least not yet). The complex marriage becomes more passionate and genuine each day but is continually tested as the Cold War escalates. As Philip easily warms up to America’s values and way of life, his relationship with Elizabeth becomes more complicated. Further complicating things for them is their neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman, who is part of a new division of the agency tasked with fighting foreign agents on U.S. soil. This show has engrossed viewers with its brilliance since day one and has continued to keep its confidence and control from season 1 up to this point (season 4), and even though a few parts in season 2 can be a bit dull for some viewers, I can assure that The Americans have yet to have a bad season.
What makes this show so good you asked? Well first there’s the intriguing premise. This is a story that have not yet been told and despite this fact the cast & crew have done an excellent job with production. FX might not have the money to give The Americans a ‘Game of Thrones’ type budget, so the production values are not A1, but it still holds much competition with all the other shows considered ‘best on TV’. The Americans continues to excel with their great writing, acting and compelling main characters with a whole lot of depth. The ‘training’ Phillip and Elizabeth received from the KBG have pretty much gave them PTSD, and they are most times conflicted with themselves on if what they are doing is wrong/right. They go on dangerous missions which seems to have a heavy burden on them. In fact, all characters on this show are very interesting and they all have depth. My personal favorite character is definitely Paige, and the plotline that centers around her from season 2 onward is one of the best I’ve ever seen on TV. Holly Taylor does a great job playing Paige, she’s definitely the best teen actress on TV. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russel are also excellent actors/actresses. The acting on the show is ‘god-level’. Every single actor/actresses that have appeared on this show have done an excellent job, from Margo Martindale to the boy who plays Henry.
The missions -whether long-term or short-term- are always fun to watch, it keeps you at the edge of your seats, it always makes you wonder what’s going to happen next. They have found the right balance of action, suspense, and old fashioned family drama to keep the show feeling mostly realistic. The show keeps startling in its intensity and its endless probing intelligence–not to mention the raw suspense that hangs over every moment of every scene. But beyond that, The Americans is also a show that isn’t afraid of taking risks. Killing off characters and revealing big secrets in non-finale episodes are very unconventional where TV is concern, but it is quite the norm when watching The Americans.
The whole show is just freaking great. It is an engrossing story, interspersed with great moments of tension, decadence, and charm. The Americans returns for its 5th season March 7 on FX.