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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 30, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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  • Summary: Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth's (Keri Russell) plans to return to Russia are stymied and their daughter becomes involved in the spy game in the sixth and final season of the espionage drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Mar 28, 2018
    100
    Happily, the show has evolved in how it deals with its central concerns. ... Even at its less-well-loved moments, The Americans is still better than practically anything else around.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 27, 2018
    100
    They were, all three [episodes] of them, exceptional--clear examples of one of television's greatest dramas still very much on top of its game.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 28, 2018
    100
    Season six, then, feels like it’s finally homing in on the series’ great theme, which is to say it’s about communication, about the gaps that open up when we don’t tell each other what’s necessary and instead stick to what’s self-serving.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 27, 2018
    90
    There should not be a seventh year; the fifth occasionally lacked the forward momentum to power through all 13 episodes. The fact that the Jennings’ story is ending gives this season much of its dramatic heft and importance, as characters who haven’t seen each other in ages come together again, and as each choice in each personal and political maze carries more finality.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 28, 2018
    90
    The context of the show has shifted from a trip down memory lane to a fraught part of our contemporary saga. All this new relevance gives The Americans extra bite--but, to be clear, the show was already quite good on its own.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 28, 2018
    83
    Frankly, a little boredom sets in at times. ... How The Americans resolves their fates will be key to whether this series is remembered as a superbly rendered morality tale or a distinct disappointment after setting its bar so high. Season 6 so far is rife with both possibilities.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 22, 2018
    80
    The body count is high in early episodes and Philip gets pulled back into spying, just not in the exact way as before. This new avenue threatens to upend his family, which, of course, lays the groundwork for one of the show’s psychologically intense Philip-Elizabeth relationship-defining scenes early in the season’s third episode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. May 30, 2018
    10
    The last season of The Americans just proves that it is one of the best TV shows of all time.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Season 6 cements the show as a masterpiece. A breathtaking, intimate, and deeply sad ending for a show driven by family, faith, and love.Season 6 cements the show as a masterpiece. A breathtaking, intimate, and deeply sad ending for a show driven by family, faith, and love. Incredible musical choices guide you through the emotional finale. The perfect conclusion for a series that was always unpredictable, but in hindsight, you couldn’t imagine it unfolding any other way. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    A stunning final season, easily the best season in the series. Will miss this show. One of the best series ever.
  4. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    Legendary series on par imo with "The Sopranos" that subverted all expectations while somehow managing to surpass them all. Great direction,Legendary series on par imo with "The Sopranos" that subverted all expectations while somehow managing to surpass them all. Great direction, acting, music, and it remained tense and unexpected up until it's amazing ending. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    I think that all of the seasons were incredible.. except.. the last one. There was no pizazz, no fluff, nothing to get excited about. I wasI think that all of the seasons were incredible.. except.. the last one. There was no pizazz, no fluff, nothing to get excited about. I was actually unaware of it being a SERIES finale until the last episode and was blown away because I thought it was just one of those seasons that dragged for simple story plotting reasons. Don't let that stop you from getting into this show though. It was thrilling and mouth dropping time after time. Will go down as one of my favorite TV shows. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2018
    7
    I love the show, big fan of the 80s. The problem I see is does it takes the innecesary risk of assuming how Russian spies and the KGB wouldI love the show, big fan of the 80s. The problem I see is does it takes the innecesary risk of assuming how Russian spies and the KGB would think or act. In attemping to humanise them in the light of what an american would see as positive or compeling, they seem a bit alien, similar to some modern easter europeans and not even that. More a welsh family with a sicario side-job. Some scenes are pure quality. The first episode " Dead hand" beggins with the song of Crowded House, "Dont dream its over" and audiovisually it is almost perfect. Expand
  7. Mar 30, 2018
    2
    Is it because I'm European and went behind the iron curtain many times, lived in Moscow later that I find the last two seasons completelyIs it because I'm European and went behind the iron curtain many times, lived in Moscow later that I find the last two seasons completely preposterous?
    The depiction of the "love of the Motherland", the selflessness portending the actions or the belief in communism that seems to be motivating the spies (esp. Keri Russel character and her handlers) and the nomenklatura is so risible if it were not a symptom of the current lack of moral compass that has befell America and the West in general.
    Likewise Philipp seems such a snowflake , having mid-life existential crises that are just not in the Russian character, and even less that of a spy. Just ridiculous.

    Besides the Russians, East Germans or Poles all knew that the regimes were hypocritical, ruthless to the point of bestiality and totally devoid of belief. I doubt the Russian spies in America were that motivated in furthering the communist Internationale but rather trying to justify keeping their position in the land of milk and honey.

    That American critics pour such praise on a show that projects the current inner fears and decadence of America on another culture and period says much about their lack of a world outlook, and experience of other cultures.

    Funny that this season of Homeland is way may more compelling that the Americans.
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