Mom, we’re up!
You’re the first person I’ve met who wasn’t exactly as they seemed.
Perhaps you’re wrong about everyone.
The best available intelligence suggests that The Americans shouldn’t be this good. The FX espionage drama, which premiered its second season last week, is one of the best on television in spite of the potential silliness of its subject matter—a pair of Soviet sleeper agents in the early ’80s, living across the street from an FBI agent. The brilliance of The Americans, however, is its ability to balance high-stakes spy drama with more grounded (and more important) domestic stories about those spies (the Jennings family) and their pursuer (FBI agent Stan Beeman). The first season found the Jennings and Stan in the middle of a plot to intercept American missile defense plans, but its real emotional core was the realization that the Jennings’ marriage might not be so fake anymore and the toll that took on their work.
But after the first season ended with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) touchingly together and committed to their now-real union, the show was backed into a corner. Prodding at the foundation of the Jennings’ marriage would have substantially diminishing returns to ground the spy games—after another separation or a contentious affair and subsequent reconciliation, it would’ve become difficult for anyone to take threats to their marriage seriously. Trying to draw too much emotional water from the same well has plagued almost every drama that’s made it past a first season (see: Dexter, Weeds). Thankfully, for its second season at least, The Americans has found a way to avoid this pitfall: by focusing on the Jennings’ relationship with their children."
2x03 The Walk In Promo
Congratulations, Nina Sergeevna. You’re the first person I’ve met who wasn’t exactly as they seemed.
Although it’s not necessarily lacking in viewership, FX’s best show still isn’t talked about in the same way as Game of Thrones or Mad Men.
“The Americans delivers on the promise of Homeland, which is an unconventional and dynamic heroine, international intrigue, a story filled with unknowns and tension, and some brilliant set pieces. Homeland doesn’t convert this potential into quality television.The Americans does.”