The Best Episodes of The Americans (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, 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.

The Colonel

#1 - 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 8.34
1,887 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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#2 - 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
1,596 votes
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March 8, 1983

#3 - 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 8.05
1,643 votes
The Oath

#4 - 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 7.98
1,812 votes
Directors: John Dahl
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Safe House

#5 - 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 7.94
1,829 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
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Trust Me

#6 - 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 7.94
1,884 votes
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Dinner for Seven

#7 - Dinner for Seven

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

star 7.94
2,285 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
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Only You

#8 - 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 7.93
1,786 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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#9 - 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 7.91
1,637 votes
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#10 - 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 7.88
3,066 votes
Directors: Gavin O'Connor
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The Rat

#11 - 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 7.87
2,299 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
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#12 - 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 7.87
1,892 votes
Directors: Steph Green
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Persona Non Grata

#13 - 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 7.86
2,325 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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#14 - 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 7.86
2,203 votes
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A Little Night Music

#15 - 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 7.85
1,774 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
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Travel Agents

#16 - Travel Agents

Season 4 - Episode 7

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

star 7.85
2,284 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
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The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears

#17 - 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 7.84
2,223 votes
Directors: Matthew Rhys
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#18 - 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 7.82
1,993 votes
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Mutually Assured Destruction

#19 - Mutually Assured Destruction

Season 1 - Episode 8

Philip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Grannie shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Philip and Irina in New York.

star 7.80
1,845 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
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I am Abassin Zadran

#20 - I am Abassin Zadran

Season 3 - Episode 12

Martha hosts an unexpected guest. Philip and Elizabeth must work a formidable Mujahideen commander. Paige acts out.

star 7.79
1,579 votes
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The Deal

#21 - The Deal

Season 2 - Episode 5

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
1,694 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
In Control

#22 - In Control

Season 1 - Episode 4

When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB. Meanwhile, Stan pressures his source within the Rezidentura to find out if the KGB was responsible for the attempted assassination.

star 7.79
2,044 votes
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Clark's Place

#23 - Clark's Place

Season 4 - Episode 5

Philip must consider his life with Martha and make a crushing choice from which there is no coming back.

star 7.79
2,229 votes
Directors: Noah Emmerich
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Duty and Honor

#24 - Duty and Honor

Season 1 - Episode 7

Philip and Elizabeth's troubled marriage is further tested when a mission to discredit a Polish pro-democracy leader reunites Philip with his old flame.

star 7.78
1,864 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
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A Roy Rogers in Franconia

#25 - A Roy Rogers in Franconia

Season 4 - Episode 12

As Paige deals with last episode’s trauma, she sees her mother in a new light… and finds she has inherited some of her parents’ skills. Plus, has Oleg reached his breaking point with Stan?

star 7.78
2,265 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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