The Americans (2013–2018)
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Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are two seemingly normal Americans who are really undercover KGB agents. After kidnapping a Soviet defector they discover their new neighbor is an FBI agent assigned to their case.


Gavin O'Connor


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Joseph Weisberg (as Joe Weisberg) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Maximiliano Hernández ... Chris Amador
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad
David Vadim ... Nikolai Timoshev
Michael Gaston ... Agent Bartholomew
Olek Krupa ... General Vijktor Zhukov
Susan Misner ... Sandra Beeman
Cotter Smith ... Deputy Attorney General
Joe Urla ... David R. Sepsill
Alison Wright ... Martha Hanson
Danny Flaherty ... Matthew Beeman


In the 1980s, two Russian KGB agents were trained and set up as 'sleepers', the inconspicuous all-American Jennings couple Philip and Elisabeth, along with their unsuspecting kids Henry and Paige. Now, they must prevent the defection of KGB agent Nikolai Timoshev, formerly one of their abusive instructors, whom they manage to kidnap. By coincidence, their new neighbor is FBI agent Stan Beeman. Loyalties are tested among the spouses and by KGB general Vijktor Zhukov, who promises the Jennings a small fortune if they allow him to defect. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

30 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an odd coincidence for a pair of communist agents, the spies' aliases are the names of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip. They are alluded to as well by General Zhukov when the agents are given their names, and says the others are not to be discussed. See more »


(at around 1h 0 mins) As Agent Bartholomew opens the door to the meeting, a crew member (red short-sleeved shirt) is briefly visible in the room. See more »


Philip Jennings: America's not so bad. We've been here a *long* time. What's so bad about it? The electricity works all the time. Food's pretty great. The closet spac...
Elizabeth Jennings: Is that what you care about?
Philip Jennings: No, I care about everything.
Elizabeth Jennings: Not the Motherland.
Philip Jennings: I do, but our family comes first.
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Referenced in The Americans: Immersion (2017) See more »


Harden My Heart
Written by Marv Ross
Performed by Quarterflash
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My favorite episode and what a start to an amazing series
9 April 2018 | by alexguinSee all my reviews

I love this episode, the amount of story tension they managed to fit into an episode a little over an hour is amazing. This is combined with awesome music choices such as Tusk by Fleetwood Mac during the chase scene just added that extra umph that made me fall in love with the series.

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