The BEST Episodes of The Americans

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Network: FX

Two KGB spies are posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, who have two children—13-year-old Paige and 10-year-old Henry, who know nothing about their parents' true identity—grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.

START

#1 - START

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired May 30, 2018

In the series finale, the Jennings face a choice that will change their lives forever.

star 8.65
1,559 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
Jennings, Elizabeth

#2 - Jennings, Elizabeth

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired May 23, 2018

Elizabeth wrestles with competing loyalties, and Philip has an encounter that turns into much more than he had bargained for.

star 8.32
1,470 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
The Colonel

#3 - The Colonel

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 1, 2013

When Philip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to Philip and Elizabeth.

star 8.20
3,457 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
Echo

#4 - Echo

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired May 21, 2014

No one is safe as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete the mission. Stan holds Nina's future in his hands.

star 8.05
2,631 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
The Summit

#5 - The Summit

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 16, 2018

With the arms control summit underway, a shocking revelation from Philip throws Elizabeth - and her work - into turmoil. Stan follows a dangerous hunch.

star 8.02
1,435 votes
Directors: Sylvain White
Writers: Joshua Brand
The Great Patriotic War

#6 - The Great Patriotic War

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 25, 2018

As the summit fast approaches, Elizabeth enlists Philip’s help for a mission that could yield game-changing intel.

star 7.96
1,485 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Hilary Bettis
March 8, 1983

#7 - March 8, 1983

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 22, 2015

Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns to an unlikely source for solace. Stan’s plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways.

star 7.94
2,286 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
The Oath

#8 - The Oath

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 24, 2013

One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.

star 7.93
3,415 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Joshua Brand, Melissa James Gibson
Harvest

#9 - Harvest

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired May 9, 2018

Philip and Elizabeth come together for a perilous operation unlike any they've ever had before. Stan and Henry spend a little quality time together.

star 7.92
1,451 votes
Directors: Stefan Schwartz
Writers: Sarah Nolen
Dinner for Seven

#10 - Dinner for Seven

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 25, 2016

Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation… but at what cost?

star 7.91
2,779 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Joshua Brand
Stingers

#11 - Stingers

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 1, 2015

Philip and Elizabeth deploy a plan for the C.I.A.’s Mujahideen visitors. Tensions at the Jennings’ home escalate.

star 7.89
2,272 votes
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
Dyatkovo

#12 - Dyatkovo

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired May 16, 2017

A surprise assignment from the Centre divides Philip and Elizabeth, forcing them into a moment of profound crisis. Stan gives Henry a tour of the FBI.

star 7.87
2,464 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Joshua Brand
A Little Night Music

#13 - A Little Night Music

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 19, 2014

Just when Philip and Elizabeth think they have a quiet road ahead, an old friend returns to complicate things. Not only do they have to intercept a target who could prove valuable to the Soviet Union, but they also have to take on an important rogue mission without the support of the Centre. Divisions inside the Rezidentura deepen between Oleg and Arkady and there’s an upheaval at the FBI as the chickens come home to roost for Agent Gaad. Meanwhile, Martha’s frustrations threaten to blow Philip’s cover.

star 7.87
3,010 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
Writers: Stephen Schiff
Dead Hand

#14 - Dead Hand

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 28, 2018

It’s autumn, 1987, and as a major arms control summit looms, Elizabeth is pushed to her limits as never before. Philip, meanwhile, has settled into running the newly expanded travel agency – until an unexpected visitor makes a disquieting request.

star 7.85
1,719 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
The Rat

#15 - The Rat

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2016

Martha must finally face the truth she has denied – and her life may never be the same. Plus, a chilling new development in William’s work forces the Jennings to face the realities of what a biological war would mean.

star 7.85
2,862 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Joshua Brand
Pilot

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 30, 2013

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent.

star 7.84
5,601 votes
Directors: Gavin O'Connor
Writers: Joe Weisberg
Only You

#17 - Only You

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 10, 2013

Stan pursues a lead that puts him on the trail to one of Gregory's crew members, closing the gap between him and Elizabeth, and reigniting some of the deepest conflicts between her and Philip.

star 7.83
3,234 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Bradford Winters
Travel Agents

#18 - Travel Agents

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2016

The KGB and the FBI both race to track down a vital agent… everything is at stake.

star 7.82
2,854 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Tanya Barfield
Chloramphenicol

#19 - Chloramphenicol

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2016

A devastating flaw during a mission forces Philip, Elizabeth, William and Gabriel to confront the depths of their patriotism… and their mortality. In Russia, in striving to be a better person, has Nina put her life on the line?

star 7.82
2,691 votes
Writers: Tracey Scott Wilson
Persona Non Grata

#20 - Persona Non Grata

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 8, 2016

Philip and Elizabeth are in a high-stakes race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package. Will they get there in time? And will Paige follow her parents into the family business?

star 7.81
2,824 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
Rififi

#21 - Rififi

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2018

A sudden assignment pulls Elizabeth away from her family at a crucial moment. At the FBI, a major development leads Aderholt to approach Stan about an urgent investigation.

star 7.81
1,458 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Justin Weinberger, Stephen Schiff
Comrades

#22 - Comrades

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 26, 2014

Elizabeth comes back from her injury and straight into what should have been a routine mission – but it goes awry, leaving her and Philip in fear not only for themselves but for their whole network… and family. Paige's suspicions have only grown in her mother's absence. Meanwhile, Stan continues to fall for the Russian agent who has started to play him.

star 7.80
3,273 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields
Safe House

#23 - Safe House

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 3, 2013

Philip and Elizabeth are put to the test when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. Stan and the FBI are pushed to their limit when one of their own goes missing.

star 7.80
3,375 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Joshua Brand
The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears

#24 - The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2016

The Jennings’s approach their breaking points as both Philip and Elizabeth must handle loyal agents. Will they make it through with their patriotism – and sanity – intact?

star 7.79
2,762 votes
Directors: Matthew Rhys
Writers: Stephen Schiff
The Deal

#25 - The Deal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 26, 2014

Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth, in disguise as Clark's sister Jennifer, does her best to smooth things over with Martha. As Stan searches for a missing scientist, Oleg and Arkady continue to argue over how best to handle the situation on their side, leaving Nina once again caught between the FBI and KGB.

star 7.79
2,803 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Angelina Burnett