'The Americans' is an American period drama created and produced by former CIA agent Joe Weisberh. It airs on FX and made its debut in 2013. The series is set in the 1980s during the Cold War and follows the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) who are a pair of KGB officers posing as an American couple living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. The couple have two kids, one of who gets pulled into the spy element of the tale. However, at its heart, The Americans is a family drama rather than a spy thriller. The marriage between Elizabeth and Philip started out as nothing more than a cover story, but over time it becomes more and more genuine and as a result it soon starts to become strained by the unique situation that The Jennings Family finds themselves in.
From the very beginning critics have been heaping praise on The Americans and the series has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 95% on Metacritic. The series is regularly attracting close to 1 million viewers per episode. The popularity of the series can be attributed to a number of combining factors. The characters are well developed and the plot has multiple dimensions to hold viewers' interest. The Americans has received a string of award nominations and has won several of them including scooping the American Film Institute's Top 10 TV Shows of the Year title for 3 consecutive years and picking up a TV Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama two years running. The series is scheduled to end in 2018 after six seasons.
If you enjoy series such as 'Homeland', 'House of Cards' and 'the Man in The High Castle', then it is likely that you will also find 'The Americans' entertaining.