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