On FX's new KGB-in-America spy show.
At the end of a particularly fraught season, Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage has never been stronger.
“The World Council of Churches” hits on a universality about parenthood.
Philip and Elizabeth must confront the toxicity of their own actions.
“Darkroom” is one of the best episodes of the season.
“IHOP” is an episode about parents, children, and the mistakes that can break them apart.
Elizabeth decides it’s time for Paige to learn harsh truths.
Is Project Paige headed for the rocks?
“Crossbreed” is about following your path, even when it seems hopeless.
This is as emotionally devastating an episode as The Americans has ever produced.
“What’s the Matter With Kansas?” is full of blackmail, seduction, and manipulative arm-twisting.
Philip and Elizabeth finally make their case to Paige.
Elizabeth’s advice to Paige is both unexpected and wise.
“Amber Waves” doesn’t budge an inch with our changing times.
The Jennings' house is their shelter, but it's also a symbol of their curse.
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are fighters. Is their daughter a fighter, too?
The biggest threat to the Jenningses still lives across the street.
Understatement of the year: "An operation didn't go as planned."
"You need to blink. I promise you it will be better if you blink."
What does it mean to be an American?
There are no good outcomes for Martha, no matter who catches her.
The truth won't save Martha now.
As Martha knows all too well, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
It's strange we didn't see this coming.
A bad plan is better than no plan at all, right?
How do you solve a problem like Pastor Tim?
Will this new mission finally break Philip Jennings?
Paige, Philip, and Nina unravel as special guest star Ronald Reagan makes an appearance.
Stan starts sniffing around Martha; Phil takes his wig off.
Forget Walter Taffet: Paige might be the toughest interrogator of all.
But can she handle it?
The robot attack becomes a major plot point, and Philip finally identifies his problem: Gabriel's face.
Nina finally gets out of jail, and Martha flips out — or maybe just flips.
Martha finally gets suspicious of Clark but doesn't want to pull the thread on her favorite sweater.
The Jennings have very important talks with teenagers.
Philip grows closer to two teenage girls: his daughter ... and the asset he's seducing.
This week is full of uncomfortably sexy babies, synth pop, and teens getting clean for Jesus.
Moscow is beginning to doubt Philip's commitment to Sparkle Motion.
Elizabeth doesn't seem happy very often, or at least not the sort of happy that floppy-haired seminar leaders would call "real."
Emmett and Leanne’s killer is revealed, Stan makes a call about Nina, and the stage gets set for season three.
Tensions are rising, and toupées are being acknowledged.
As season two nears its end, this episode may have been the calm before a storm.
This week’s episode gave us another signature spy-game set piece.
Philip and Elizabeth carry out a mission and go to church. But they aren’t exactly singing hallelujah.
Putting the intel in Intellivision.
At this point, The Americans seems incapable of producing anything other than tight, propulsive episodes.
“You first ... I like to watch.”
“The Deal,” the fifth episode of The Americans’ second season, is one of the greats.
We followed many pairings over the course of this episode, some romantic, others platonic.
The Americans aired its first great second-season episode last night.
A bridge episode that feels like a setup for a big payoff later.
If marriage formed the dramatic center of season one, family is shaping up as the core of season two.
Last night's finale brings down the curtain on maybe the best freshman outing since season one of Homeland.
Last night's Clark-Martha subplot is the closest The Americans has gotten to raised-eyebrow sitcom contrivance.
There is a moment with every season-one crush when you have a crisis of faith.
Matt Zoller Seitz's second favorite episode of the season, after "Gregory."
Stan shows that the Russians aren't the only spies who understand revenge.
In which Elizabeth is reminded by the KGB that she's married, but not really.
Man, this is one beleaguered marriage!
This episode’s storytelling strategy could be summed up as “Mind-eff first, explain later."
Last night's episode was, to a degree, about how secrecy is a part of sex and love.
The Americans is shaping up to be as historically conscious a drama as Mad Men.
Last night's episode was a marvel, expertly paced, with a number of unexpectedly piercing scenes.
After last week’s pilot, you might have worried that The Americans would bend over backward to make its characters as “likable” as possible. Nope!
This is an assured, adult series that errs on the side of subtlety.
Now’s the time to catch up on The Americans.
My current ranking from greatest to least is 4, 3, 2, 1, and then 5.
“For three seasons now you’re seeing the metaphorical bottom quivering lip.”
There’s no place like home.
“She’s lucky, I guess. Doesn’t really seem like it when you see her sitting all alone.”
“I hope I get to cut somebody else’s throat.”
If the show had more pop-culture appeal, you might have seen Elizabeth’s face on banners at the Women’s March.
“I’ve always wanted to do some stunts and stuff, so hopefully!”