FX's new period drama The Americans premiered last night, filling the spot recently vacated by American Horror Story. The series premiere of Joe Weisberg's drama introduced us to Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell's characters Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies working deep undercover, posing as a happy American couple in the early 80's. The premiere episode is now available online, for those of you who missed it. Watch it ahead.
As you'll see in the premiere, you'd never know the Jennings are Russian spies to look at them or hear them talk. Rhys and Russell's characters present themselves as typical Americans, even to their own children, who have no idea who their parents really are. When they aren't pretending to be Americans, they're carrying out dangerous missions on behalf of their organization. But there's more to the story than that. Check out the premiere below.
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One of the things that seems apparent is just how muddled their situation has become, and how Philip's and Elizabeth's outlooks on their work and lives seem to differ. It kind of makes you wonder how many years you'd be able to go, living in a foreign country, posing as a native, raising a family and attempting to fit in before you eventually find yourself wanting to fit in, or feeling like you do. When there's a spouse and kids involved and more than a decade of pretending, it's not hard to understand how the lines between business and personal could get blurry. That's one of the sides to this story I'm eager to see developed and played with as the series progresses.
The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX. You can find a more in depth breakdown of the series premiere here
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