Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Television Obsession: The Americans

Do you ever find yourself sitting around thinking, "You know what would be awesome? A television series that combined the terrible fashions of the 80's, Cold War politics, and Felicity kicking someone's face in."

Well....someone obviously did.  And they came up with the newest television obsession in our household.

The Americans.

To be totally honest, my husband and I haven't been this mutually interested in television show in years.  (I gravitate towards junky reality shows and anything involving Mindy Kaling, while my husband will put on, literally, any sporting event.)  But every week, we look forward to watching The Americans every single week.

It's the story of KGB agents living undercover in Washington, D.C., as a married couple who also have to carry out spy missions for Russia.  Keri Russell is doing her damnedest to shed her Felicity image in some acid washed jeans and wigs.  It also has a major nostalgia factor with the DC setting and the leg warmer references, plus, my husband is a big Eastern Bloc buff and loves the incorporation of actual news footage and events into the plot.  It's awesome.

Plus, it's been picked up for another season already, so you don't have to get worried about getting emotionally attached to a show about to be cancelled. (Damn you, Pushing Daisies!)

The Americans airs on Wednesday nights at 10 PM.  Watch it.


  1. I totally agree with this post. I am OBSESSED with this show! As well as our parents ;)

  2. I've been watching too, but I feel like they have done a horrible job making Keri Russell's hair/makeup look remotely 80s-like, and it bothers me so much!

  3. I think this is our favorite show right now! Helps that they do a better job of setting it in DC than Homeland does (which is clearly shot somewhere else...but dammit, I love it too).

  4. @Emily I'm a little weirded out by the fact that our parents are watching it, given all the nudity, so I'm just going to pretend they are not.

    @Bethany I think they take it easy because they don't want it to be *too* over the top, but you could maybe chalk it up to her character's communist tendencies?

    @Anna Louisa They film in New York, which is evident by some of the street signs. I'm hoping to bump into a location shot at some point...

  5. "Weirded out" by your parents watching nudity on a TV show?? How provincial!


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