The Americans Season 5 Gets March 7, 2017 Release Date on FX: Martha is Alive!

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Series info and plot

A period spy thriller, The Americans has been on the air since 2013, and is currently in its fourth season, which has premiered on March 16, 2016. The series is produced by Nemo Films, Amblin Television, Fox 21 Television Studios and FXP and is broadcast on FX in the United States. The creator and executive producer of the Americans is an ex-CIA officer, Joe Weisberg.

The series is set in the Cold War times in the early 1980s and chronicles the life of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two KGB officers in an arranged marriage posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. They do have two children, one of whom gets gradually drawn into the spy intrigue, but the story is, according to the series' creator, more of a family drama than a spy thriller. The marriage becomes more genuine, but then is strained significantly under the pressures of the complex situation that the Jennings are in.

Critical acclaim, current season and chances of renewal

The series has been critically acclaimed from the outset, and the current fourth season is no exception, with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 95% score on Metacritic. The fourth season of The Americans premiered to 1.11 million viewers, and sloped somewhat to 0.93 and 0.82 for the two subsequent episodes, which is perfectly on par with the previous season. The nuanced script, the well-developed characters, the multi-dimensional plot all make the spy drama a critics and viewer favorite, as well as a perfect candidate for another renewal. Stay tuned for further developments.

Season 4 recap

The 13-episode fourth season of The Americans has wrapped up on FX on June 8, 2016. 770,000 viewers have tuned in to watch the finale, while the season premiere was seen by an audience of 1.11 million fans. The finale proved somewhat muted in tone, but compelling nonetheless, with many possibilities laid out for the upcoming seasons to work with. William, the spy couple's asset, is captured by the FBI and reveals some crucial information to Stan, just short of uncovering the identities of Elizabeth and Philip, The couple, however, assumes the very worst, and is urged to make an escape back to Russia. Paige and Matthew become more serious about their relationship, much to Philip's displeasure. Philip's long-lost son Misha makes an appearance, probably to take up a more significant place in the upcoming season. Two further seasons of the Americans have already been commissioned by the network – season 5 will consist of 13 episodes, and should be broadcast in 2017, and the final 10-episode sixth season is bound to air in 2018, concluding the series. Stay tuned for more information on the future of The Americans.

Latest news

UPDATED January 13, 2017: Great news for the fans – the penultimate season of FX's period spy drama The Americans has had its release date confirmed. It is scheduled to go on the air on March 7, 2017 at 10pm and begin to broadcast 13 new episodes on a new night – on Tuesdays. The next season should be full of intrigue, action and thrilling moments for the spy family. Some major new twists are expected to be introduced in the upcoming chapter, so let's hold our breath until the show returns and drops all of these new developments on the eager fans.

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Comments  2017-03-06 23:00
I can hardly wait for the new season of The Americans to begin. I'm perplexed at why the series hasn't won more awards than it has already won. Wonderful writing and acting across the board on every single character - even secondary and tertiary characters put out remarkable acting abilities. I must go back and see who directs these people. At the young age of 65, being a Baby Boomer, I remember most of the events that are portrayed in The Americans. Thank you so very much for airing a spy thriller geared towards the older, laid back, Baby Boomers of the world. It is so refreshing and familiar simultaneously to have such a high quality drama series geared towards the population majority. Please, please, please don't shut this production down. The series has the capability of being one of those long-run, all-time favorite drama series (or so I think). Congratulations to everyone associated with making this project come to life.
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Sgt Jim Roof  2016-12-24 04:05
This is the best spy drama ever presented on Television. I'm glued in me seat every show. It's very realistic!
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DIANE SHATSWELL  2016-12-02 04:43
i love THE AMERICANS the cast is really outstanding and the show keeps me glued to my seat i love a good spy show but this is really outstanding as the family is involved and every one seems to work together in this thank you for presenting us with such a fine show
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Dawn  2016-10-10 03:43
Great news! I love the show!!
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colleen a. daugherty  2016-10-04 22:54
My husband and I have so enjoyed this series , "The Americans".Our daughter and her husband come up every week and have dinner with us and we all watch it together. We have 3 sets of friends that also watch it at our urging. They have also been hooked.
My husband says Kerri Russell 's character is his kind of woman ! She's adorable. And love her husband....... my daughter and I have said "poor Martha since she was first introduced......we love her character and hope she is brought back somehow in one of the final episodes. She is a great actress and one of our favorite on the shows until she was sent to Russia.
Thank you for the previous seasons and look forward to the last 2 seasons.
The show will be missed greatly by all of us , family and friends
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richard kight  2016-09-28 20:23
Please notify me with updates of current new about series.
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Irene wisniewski  2016-09-28 00:11
I am sick and tired of having to wait such a long time between seasons. I don't understand why it takes so long to produce a follow-up season. It never used to be that way! Not happy!
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Don ousley  2016-09-05 06:22
I just finished seasons 1-3 on netflix.
Why isnt season 4 on fx demand. Netflix is charging 3 dollars episode.
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NikkiMazzachev  2016-09-05 02:32
I have watched all episodes of the 4 seasons of the Americans 2 or 3 times. There is so much in most episodes that I need to see them again to pick up what I missed the first time! I can't believe we have to wait such a long time for season 5. I also purchased season 4 because I was traveling.
Barbra Streisand said it is a favorite of hers. Maybe there can be a spin off chronicling Paige and Henry's adult lives as second generation spies.
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Mike Bristow  2016-08-30 21:41
It's a low budget production as far as sets, lighting and special effects go but is enhanced as a result. The acting, the plot , the superb script and the direction makes it ok and I appreciate the subtitles during the Russian scenes - good ones that are clear and easy to read.
At times it verges on "Mission impossible" stuff and pretty thick FBI agents who suddenly become brilliant. If the Jennings weren't given a holiday from it all I would have stopped watching. Well done for that.
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Olly  2016-08-17 07:45
I agree..the suspense from simple actions such as walking (think the William/Philip potential meeting sequence) and the dialogue (also William at end Season 4!!!!)
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da  2016-08-11 13:08
I purchased all 4 episodes from Amazon after I began watching season 3 on FX,I have never enjoyed a series more than the Americans and waiting for the 5th season is really going to hurt. I'm looking forward to see what Martha is up to in Moscow and if Henry is being influenced by the computer Gabiel gave Phillip as a gift for the children.
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Eric Wilmart  2016-08-11 08:53
For me, maybe the best series with The Wire and Breaking bad... and the Sopranos... and Six feet under... and NYPD Blue... and Maximum Bob... and so on... Seriously, I look forward to seeing season 5 of this amazing culture clash series.
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EmmaLighthart  2016-08-04 20:11
Jennny, you should give Bates Motel a try too :-)
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Arthur M Kent  2016-07-26 19:45
One of the best series ever on TV! I am continually amazed at how great the acting is. Keri Russell, Mathew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich bring so much to this excellent, excellent series. I am constantly impressed how "American" Matthew Rhys portrays his part! He has such a distinct Wales accent in his "normal" life, but one would never know that from seeing him on this show.

Additionally, Frank Langella is fantastic as Gabriel, the Jennings' handler. Talk about actors who are perfect for their parts!

And of course there is so much suspense on the show. I really wonder what the final episode, in Season 6, will be like. Will the Jennings get caught? Or will they escape, most likely to either Canada or Russia? Tee suspense is killing me!
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Kevin  2016-07-20 06:24
Amazing show. The wait is to long between seasons but well worth it!
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Emmet  2016-07-12 02:29
Just finished season 4! Gutted I have to wait 'til next year to see what's next for E&P!
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amir karami  2016-06-30 19:57
i love kerry russel she is so cute
i love americans tv series
and russian agent
best tv series ever seen
tank u
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Howie  2016-06-27 02:18
Looking forward to the Season 5.
Keri is my No.1.....xxxx
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DENIS C. GRAY  2016-06-20 22:06
It is so rare to have such excellent TV drama but I for one am grateful.
I am even more grateful to those whose wisdom convinced them that
there shall be two more seasons. The scheduling suggests that the creative juices will not be pressed in such a way that something inferior results.
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Lil  2016-06-18 03:15
I do not root for the Russians. They disgust me, but the show is good! It could be great & probably would continue for more than 6 seasons if not for the sexual perversion. Who wants to see that?! It's unnecessary. Just tell the story! Thanks for allowing me to speak my mind.
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Barry  2016-06-14 12:11
So glad this wonderful series has been renewed! Probably the best program on tv right now.

The details are so accurate and the acting so good. Amazing!
As a "half Russian" I'm really impressed with the use of Russian actors and the Russian language used between them. Great scripting.

Looking forward to the Season 5 premiere! :)
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Bryan in Ohio  2016-06-13 13:58
Love the Americans and its storyline. I'm feeling that season 5 will be explosive and season 6 will be when Beeman finally finds out their true identities.
The Cold War was interesting and makes a great backdrop to a storyline that hits home with those of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s. I actually root for the Russians in this show. Lol.
23 episodes left. Not nearly enough for me.
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Tom in Roswell  2016-06-09 14:11
Season 4 has been my favorite so far. The writers have given us a story that week after week will both tug at hearts and cause jaws to drop. My sadness at Martha's destruction was in sharp contrast to my shock as Paige watched her mother slit the throat of a mugger.

On a lighter note and thinking ahead--if Paige the daughter of a KGB agent were to have a baby with Matthew Beeman the son of an FBI agent, would the baby be a Double agent? :P :P
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james  2016-06-09 12:35
the relieved this has been renewed. well done network for a change
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