The Americans

The Americans

Season 1

DVD - 2014
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A pair of Soviet spies pose as an American married couple so they can spy on the U.S. government.
Publisher: [United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 AMERICANS
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (572 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Americans (Television program)

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chetanka
Jan 20, 2019

Oh, my goodness, where to start!

This is a superb series for the cast alone if not for the subject matter.

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, Noah Emmerich as Stan Beeman, Richard Thomas as Frank Gaad, Alison Wright as Martha Hanson for just the “leads” are super!
My favourite? has to be Margo Martindale as Claudia and Granny. She is a pistol as both characters.
Derek Luke as Gregory Thomas introduces an interesting hypothesis of a black man “turned” by Soviet spy Elizabeth. When she attempts to save him from retribution by the FBI with a promise of a privileged life in Moscow, he queries “Can you see me in Moscow?”
For a hearty chuckle at the failed attempt by all forces and vehicles to capture the two spies but unknown as Elizabeth and Philip, it surpasses The French Connection.

Anywhoo, I have returned Season 1 to-night so someone is in for a treat.

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NFN
Dec 03, 2018

Unrealistic and uninteresting.

JCLIanH Jun 05, 2018

Though the Americans never quite received the prestige it (rightfully) deserved, it is quietly of the best TV shows in recent memory. The show chronicles the exploits of two Russian spies posing as a picture perfect American family during the 1980s at the end of the Cold War. Don't let the series' understated nature fool you, it's an unbelievably tense show that of the "just one more episode and then I will go to bed" caliber. Stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys deliver career defining performances as the spies, and the show's writing is The Wire-level great.

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redworc
May 26, 2018

Not our 'cup of tea' that's for sure! Called it quits after the first 2 episodes.

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DBoone
May 25, 2018

Such a great series for edge of your seat watching. Love it.

shokolit Apr 16, 2018

This excellent show is about a married Russian spies , living in the U.S , raising two kids, and pretending to be a suburban "normal" family.

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reginator_22
Jan 18, 2018

Great show about Russian spies infiltrating the United States and posing as regular citizens. Great cast and story!

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Russ_A
Jul 31, 2017

I just started watching this show. I'm a retired FBI agent who worked counterintelligence back in the Soviet era. I get asked a lot about this show, so I decided to give a try. It's a good show, but no, it is totally unrealistic in a zillion ways. If you're entertained, that's fine; I am too, but don't believe any of it, except for one thing - the Russians are still our enemy, still brutal, and do still spy on our country.

patcumming Jul 17, 2017

completely addictive

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jpdolan1
Jun 11, 2017

Such a graet show. Got hooked on it right the first minute I saw it. I love the Cold War setup and acting. Starts out slower, but it gets better right after Episode 2

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

General: Do you know why you were chosen for America?
Liz: Because of my commitment.
General: Yes. Loyalty, intelligence, skills. But most of all, you were chosen because of your fear.
Liz: My fear?
Genral: Of surrender. Surrender for you would be an act of suicide.

-Even if the meeting wasn't a setup before, it's insane to go into it now with Prince in custody. He could be broken with a feather duster.

Arkady: Besides, if you're wrong, we'd be giving up the greatest intelligence success since we got the atom bomb.
Claudia: That's what we always say right before our people die for nothing. The next thing we always say is, "it was ... so ... obvious."

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

FBI Chief: You're a responsible man, aren't you, Beeman?
Beeman: Well, my father always said so. Except for the time I wrecked his Bonneville.

-You can torture me...And you can kill me...But we're gonna kick your motherland's marbled ass, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Liz: Hey, you don't know how good things can be. Moscow is beautiful. It's Cosmopolitan, much more so than Washington. There is art. There... it's...there's culture.
Greg: You're a travel brochure.

FBI Chief: This isn't a cold war. There's nothing cold about the covert, violent exchanges between the United States and the Soviet union. They've killed not only our agents, but our citizens. And for that, they'll pay.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

Phil to daughter who was reading a teen's magazine:
"What to do about his ex-girlfriend"? "Here comes the bride"? "Super-quick hairstyles for after gym." "Bath to babe in under a minute." Now I know why your mom hates those magazines.

FBI chief: My mother always said coincidence was God's way of winking at you. That doesn't exactly feel like a friendly wink, does it?

- Mom, dad hasn't been home
for dinner in a week. The president of the United States eats dinner with his family occasionally.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2015

The deep cover femme fatale:
I was born in Smolensk. My father died fighting the Nazis at stalingrad when I was 2. There was a picture of him in his uniform. He was pale, with bushy eyebrows. He was smiling, although, of course, he was going off to die. My mother was a bookkeeper for the local party committee. My name is... Was... nadezhda.

The struggle:
Phil: America's not so bad. We've been here a long time. What's... what's so bad about it, you know? The electricity works all the time. Food's pretty great. The closet space...
Liz: Is that what you care about?
Phil: No, I care about everything.
Liz: Not the motherland!
Phil: I do, but our family comes first.

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May 16, 2015

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