Fresh off The Americans, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields head for the equally thrilling world of high school rodeo

Having just finished up their six-year tenure on one of the most tense, critically beloved drama series of its generation, The Americans’ Joe Weisberg and Joe Fields are ready to take a break and rope a couple dogies. Which is to say, the producing duo has just announced their next project, teaming up with creator…

On set at The Americans with Russia on the mind

I arrive on The Americans’ Brooklyn set on a chilly November day, shortly after Donald Trump has won the presidency. At that point it is clear—but not as abundantly as it would become—that Russia had tried to exert influence over the election. It is after Trump had suggested that Russia find Hillary Clinton’s emails,…

The creator of The Americans doesn’t feel good about its political parallels, either

Once upon a time, FX’s The Americans was just a fun, pulpy period piece, a throwback to an era in which the Russian and U.S. governments were constantly working to undermine each other with underhanded tactics and clandestine ways. But the popular spy show has taken on a rather contemporary feeling in recent…

How The Americans’ showrunners brought their fourth season home

Adding a tragic coda to a subplot involving biological weapons and setting up a potential getaway for Soviet sleeper agents Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings, FX’s Cold War thriller The Americans wrapped its fourth season tonight. After screening “Persona Non Grata,” The A.V. Club spoke with …

Americans values: Spy, lie, die, destroy everything else on TV

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From the very beginning, The Americans has always treated its high-stakes premise—Russian spies infiltrating American life from the inside—as a microcosm for broader thematic concerns. However entertaining the espionage and the political intrigue is on the surface, showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ interests…

FX’s The Americans is poised to turn its pair of brilliant seasons into a troika

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Within the first 10 minutes of the third season of The Americans, two significant characters come face-to-face for the first time, exchange blows, and walk away battered and bloody. Despite the gravity of the moment, even devoted fans of the ratings-challenged spy thriller may forget that the two characters haven’t…

The Americans’ showrunners walk through a terrific season character by character

Though The Americans’ first season was hugely successful creatively and critically, the second season started attracting the kinds of raves that are usually reserved for the upper echelon of TV dramas. This was for good reason: Through 13 episodes, the show’s missteps were minor, and the overall story arc for the…