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Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 104 nominations. See more awards »

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 Elizabeth Jennings (75 episodes, 2013-2018)
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 Philip Jennings (75 episodes, 2013-2018)
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 Henry Jennings (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Paige Jennings (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Stan Beeman (65 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Oleg Burov (51 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Arkady Zotov (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Frank Gaad (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Martha Hanson (47 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Nina Krilova (42 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sandra Beeman (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Dennis Aderholt (33 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Gabriel (31 episodes, 2015-2017)
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A pair of deep-cover Soviet spies masquerades as a typical DC couple whose children, neighbors, coworkers & friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they're the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one's beliefs, if it's worth it, and if it actually worked for either side. Written by Steve83

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All's fair in love and cold war.


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30 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Slate Magazine's podcast about the show reported that during the later seasons, the Russian dialogue and other Russian text appearing on screen (on documents, props, etc.) has been translated from the screenwriters' English into Russian by Masha Gessen. This is a fun side-job for Gessen, whose highly regarded, award-winning, and very serious journalism on Russia has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, Harper's, and many others; she is also the author of several nonfiction books on Russian and Slavic history and current events. Gessen was born in Moscow and moved with her Russian-Jewish family to the United States when she was a teenager; she is also an activist against Russian persecution of the LGBT community. See more »

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Finally, a great television series.
23 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to spoil any of the episodes so read on. I'm just saying I've been waiting for years for a television series that sets the hook and does not let you go. Very intense, great social issues, Keri Russell is spectacular. I just started "Nashville" the series this year and thought that was the answer, but "The Americans" has bumped Nashville down to number 2. Some of the younger crowd who does not know the 80's, or the cold war between the USSR and the US, might not feel the intensity compared to us who felt the tension of the time - when WWIII felt on the doorstep. The first ten minutes of the series opener was the best ten minutes of any television series opener in history. The pounding music, the action, the mystery, the excitement was unbelievable. I just hope the writers can keep it going for the next ten years.


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