The Best Episodes of The Americans (2013)

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2018

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

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

star 8.67
1,261 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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Jennings, Elizabeth

#2 - Jennings, Elizabeth

Season 6 - Episode 9

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

star 8.38
1,191 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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The Colonel

#3 - The Colonel

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.32
2,034 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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Echo

#4 - Echo

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 8.18
1,716 votes
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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The Summit

#5 - The Summit

Season 6 - Episode 8

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

star 8.07
1,155 votes
Directors: Sylvain White
Writers: Joshua Brand
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March 8, 1983

#6 - March 8, 1983

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.04
1,753 votes
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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The Oath

#7 - The Oath

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.97
1,954 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Joshua Brand, Melissa James Gibson
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Harvest

#8 - Harvest

Season 6 - Episode 7

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 7.97
1,155 votes
Writers: Sarah Nolen
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Dinner for Seven

#9 - Dinner for Seven

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

star 7.93
2,421 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Joshua Brand
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Safe House

#10 - Safe House

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.93
1,989 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Joshua Brand
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Trust Me

#11 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 6

A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.

star 7.92
2,044 votes
Writers: Sneha Koorse
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Only You

#12 - Only You

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.91
1,928 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Bradford Winters
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Stingers

#13 - Stingers

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 7.90
1,767 votes
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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The Great Patriotic War

#14 - The Great Patriotic War

Season 6 - Episode 5

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

star 7.89
1,176 votes
Writers: Hilary Bettis
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Pilot

#15 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.87
3,358 votes
Directors: Gavin O'Connor
Writers: Joe Weisberg
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The Rat

#16 - The Rat

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.86
2,436 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Joshua Brand
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Persona Non Grata

#17 - Persona Non Grata

Season 4 - Episode 13

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 7.85
2,462 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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Chloramphenicol

#18 - Chloramphenicol

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 7.85
2,330 votes
Writers: Tracey Scott Wilson
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Dyatkovo

#19 - Dyatkovo

Season 5 - Episode 11

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 7.85
2,083 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Joshua Brand
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Dead Hand

#20 - Dead Hand

Season 6 - Episode 1

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
1,372 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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A Little Night Music

#21 - A Little Night Music

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.84
1,921 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
Writers: Stephen Schiff
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Travel Agents

#22 - Travel Agents

Season 4 - Episode 7

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

star 7.84
2,416 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Tanya Barfield
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The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears

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

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 7.83
2,355 votes
Directors: Matthew Rhys
Writers: Stephen Schiff
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Rififi

#24 - Rififi

Season 6 - Episode 6

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 7.82
1,164 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger
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Comrades

#25 - Comrades

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.81
2,149 votes
Writers: Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg
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