Just began watching this show this past season (its 4th), and am totally hooked. My husband and I watched this season 1 DVD over the last week and now we're back to buy season 2. We should probably exercise self control and pace ourselves a bit, but where's the fun in that?
It's definitely a good idea to watch this series from the beginning, I think. Altogether, the series is the best thing I've watched on tv in a l-o-n-g time--the acting is superb (Matthew Rhys in particular is uncannily good), the plot is pretty novel/exciting, and there are quite a few surprisingly funny situations (well, funny in an absurd or bleakly humorous way, that is). The Americans will keep your interest, that is for sure.
As others have pointed out, there's sex and violence in most every episode. So, be aware. I found myself in an awkward situation when I was talking about this show at a family dinner and my grandmother started getting very interested in it--now she wants to borrow...
Okay. From the very first time I saw an advert for this show, I was intrigued. Finally, a new show with a unique premise - I just had to watch it, if only to get away from the 10th reincarnation of one of those once-successful cop shows.
And what an ambitious premise it is: Set in 1980's Washington D.C., the "Americans" in question are in fact not Americans at all, but Russian sleeper-spies, sent to the U.S. in the 1960's but only being activated (at least for the more dangerous capers) in the 1980's time-frame.
Of course, the first question I asked myself was if they would be able to pull off the 1980's Cold War 'feel'. Personally, I think they were successful at this - the show definitely has that 80's aura, and the period clothing, technology, and mind-sets of the characters is spot-on.
I also really love the way these "Americans" have their own struggles, in addition to the work itself. The characters deal with such issues as their true...
Fascinating series in plot, action and juxtaposition of Americans confronted by spies with complex agendas!.
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