Set in the 1980s, The Americans follows two Soviet spies who go undercover as a married couple in order to get insider information on the American government. The couple lives in DC and keeps their secret from their neighbors, friends, and even their children. They live a stereotypical life to uphold their cover, posing as travel agents at work.
From the very first episode, viewers were taken away by the startlingly realistic plots and life-like details of the story. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star side-by-side in this critically acclaimed series that makes viewers question what the real consequences of such an act would be, and the plot often leads to a string of compelling questions that spark debate amongst fans. The pilot proved to be a strong start to this excellent series, and the fourth season is set to release in 2016.
The Americans began in 2013 thanks to creator Joseph Weisberg. Airing weekly on the FX network, The Americans has been nominated thirty-two times, and it has received seven wins in addition to three Primetime Emmys. Creator Joseph Weisberg manages to produce an incredibly realistic plot for every episode, which is likely because he used to work as the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. Ever since he quit his job in 1994, since he is a former agent the CIA Publications Review Board must approve everything Joseph writes.
The creator’s interesting background also supports the show in being surprisingly accurate and sometimes too realistic. In today’s world, it’s rather rare to find a show that actually gets viewers thinking about real-life consequences, but that’s exactly what The Americans does. Fans of the show often get into heated debates online, questioning the character’s secret lives and starting month-long debates with other viewers that contemplate what the actual outcome would be if such a plot were real.
In addition to inspiring online conversations, The Americans is gaining more press everyday as fans spread the word. The Americans is now one of the hottest series of the year with over one million viewers. Even though ratings declined slightly from the second to third season, fans of the show say they are anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Based on viewership alone, The Americans is the ninth best series on FX at this time.
IMDb users have given The Americans 8.3 out of 10, which is unusually high given the site’s community is generally rather critical. Even professional critics have softened up, with Entertainment Weekly saying that despite the show’s uneven start, it is now becoming one of the best series on television.
Those on TV.com gave it 8.6, Metacritic users gave it a 78%, and RottenTomatoes.com rated it a fresh 90% with 94% of viewers saying they liked it.
The third season’s finale aired on April 22 and, as many finales do, it ended with a family betrayal and an open path into the next season. Critics and viewers agreed that the finale didn’t quite live up to the rest of the episodes in the season, but it seems all fans of the show plan to come back when the next season arrives.
Keri Russell, who plays Elizabeth Jennings in the series, has let out little information about what the fourth season will entail for the characters, and neither has her co-star, Matthew Rhys. Joe Weisberg wouldn’t share much either, but in a recent interview he stated that the “betrayal” of Paige (played by Holly Taylor) might not be what it seems, and even hinted that her character and the show may be going in a direction that fans haven’t yet considered.
Even though the makings of season four seem to be under tight wraps, fans can rest assured that the creators and actors are working hard to make sure the comeback makes up for the somewhat disappointing finale of season three. With interviews of the cast revealing nothing about what will happen to the Jennings family, fans will just have to wait and see.
No exact release date has been given for the fourth season, but the next thirteen, one-hour episodes should be expected sometime in 2016. As far the actors, they can be spotted in a few separate projects that are coming soon. Keri Russell is currently filming a part in The Free State of Jones, which is also set for a 2016 release date, and Matthew Rhys is set to be seen in four movies that are going to be released this year (two are in pre-production and two are in post-production). Matthew is also filming his part in Jungle Book: Origins, which will be released in 2017.
In the meantime, fans have announced their plans to re-watch all the past seasons and continue with their speculations on what will happen next, which may just be the only thing viewers can do to curve their excitement as critics anxiously await the fourth season.