On FX's new KGB-in-America spy show.
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.
There are so many.
Meanwhile, ABC's Mixology is pretty much dead on arrival.
Pretty sure that was a basic cable first.
"Under any normal circumstance, Stan would be the hero of this show."
Season two has Keri Russell's character wrestling with a surprising threat to her daughter.
Some of the best cable dramas are built around sustained acts of deception.
Hey, that's Susan Lucci!
The stakes are higher, the wigs shaggier, and the sex more dangerous.