The Americans

The Americans

The Complete Final Season

DVD - 2018
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It is 1987, and an imminent Gorbachev-Reagan nuclear arms summit promises to ease world tensions. But life for the Jennings family is more precarious than ever: Elizabeth's relentless dedication as a KGB agent has dealt a potentially lethal blow to her marriage to Philip, who has left espionage behind. As Philip's friendship with FBI agent Stan Beeman grows, the danger of exposure of the family 'business, ' which now includes Paige, reaches crisis level.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 AMERICANS
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 526 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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empbee
Jan 27, 2020

A good series but could have been condensed.

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krober44
Jan 15, 2020

What a terribly bleak ending to this series. It doesn't make the FBI look very good, with hoodwinked Stan letting his feelings and emotions get the better of him, how unprofessional, how completely criminally complicit! In letting them go free, he released mass murderers back out into society. I'm sure some fan has kept a running tally of their many homicides. What will they do now with no one to kill? Since when do criminals get off without consequences with Philip's excuse "I don't do that anymore. Now I'm just a shitty, failing travel agent." Poor Philip, we should feel sorry for him? Gives travel agents a bad name, too! Perhaps the producers thought that the Jennings' future would be punishment enough, awful, disillusioned, empty, family-less, childless (Paige takes a patriotic stand, on the south side of the Canadian border), and back in the dark repressive USSR, too afraid to travel to a non-communist country for fear of arrest and extradition. Best part of the whole series was watching a very talented Keri Russell take on the persona of many of different characters, some of them absolutely terrifying. Not your traditional, positive, upbeat, good-guys-always-win finale, but worth watching.

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baldand
Dec 21, 2019

Spoiler Alert:
At the end of the series, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, after killing who knows how many innocent people as KGB agents return to Russia, although we are not sure how safe they will be. Their handler, Claudia, is also planning to return and she will probably succeed; she isn’t in the FBI’s sights. It is the most decent of the main Russians in the series, Oleg Burov, who is languishing in an American prison as the series closes, who has caused the death of no-one. His crime is to enter the United States on false pretenses to counter a plot by elements of the Soviet military to sink détente and depose Gorbachev.
In this season Paige commits herself fully to KGB work, although being the decent, kind-hearted girl she is, she never gets involved in murderous acts herself. In the end, she doesn’t go to the Soviet Union with her parents. This is hardly surprising. What was surprising and was the weakest plot line in the whole series was that she would ever commit to the Soviet cause in the first place. Elizabeth (or Nadezhda) using her Russian name, has a fanatical commitment to her work all through the series, and will kill innocent people with nary a thought on KGB orders. It is really only in this final season that she shows (quite modest) signs of cracking, mostly her increased smoking. When she finally turns on her handlers at the end, and really turns on them, killing a KGB agent who is about to kill a Soviet negotiator, it was unconvincing. After towing the line for decades without demur, why would this be the breaking point? And why would she not, like her husband, just walk away from the KGB, instead of risking assassination at their hands by taking one of their own agents out? If the makers of The Americans wanted to keep us guessing, they certainly succeeded , but it cheapened the whole project.
The final season confirms the suspicion that the producers have it in for Ronald Reagan. The earlier episodes were full of scenes of Reagan making bellicose speeches against the Soviet leadership, and quite justifiably so. Now, with the Summit conference about to start, representing the triumph of his diplomacy and the end of the Cold War, Reagan virtually disappears, and one gets the impression that Mikhail Gorbachev did all the heavy lifting during détente.
Although this is supposed to be the end of the series, lots of things point to a sequel. Although my comments here have been mostly critical, I would love to see one. There is not that much for a Russophile to watch on TV, so it was wonderful to have six seasons of “The Americans.” Thank you so much to everyone involved.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 22, 2019

Revealing the truth may set you free or do exactly the opposite.
That's the terrible choice confronting our Russian Americans (and others).
A plot and characters wrap-up finally final season where a lifetime of familial and friendship relationships and moral decisions come to the fore.
No fireworks but perhaps sparklers.

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jazzy4u
Nov 20, 2019

The entire collection was a real good watch - compelling, intriguing, unexpected, fast paced, and all the other good things that make up for a movie to be worth your time. You can only guess where each season is going to take you and it's one good ride.

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Steve_49
Jun 06, 2019

I found the ending a disappointment since it left a lot of loose ends.

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Raynam
Mar 08, 2019

This season was just a repeat of the last 3 seasons.Got very bored the ending left a lot to be desired.
Was just not worth watching.Fast forwarded through most of it.

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rbouchard
Jan 14, 2019

This was my favourite TV series. I grew-up during the cold war and spent with the Canadian Armed Forces in West Germany where we faced the Soviet empire and received some training on soviet intelligence (spying) capabilities, tactics and to report anything suspicious. The program is not only entertaining but very historically accurate and relevant, except for the highly overworked main characters. I enjoyed the end and will miss this show.

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maipenrai
Jan 08, 2019

I have watched and enjoyed every season of the Americans. As with most films in which the "bad buys" are the "heroes" it often feels strange to be cheering on Russian spies. I did not enjoy the first 4 episodes of this final season. There has always been violence in the show, but Elizabeth must have killed 50 people in the first of the series. As the story line began to change, however, I found myself liking the episodes more and more. I will miss this series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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