The Americans
Created by: Joe Weisberg
Starring: Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich
Premiering: Wednesday, January 30 on FX.

Over the past few years, FX has quietly begun offering one of the more diverse and strangely brilliant line-ups on cable. From acclaimed dramas like Sons Of Anarchy and Justified to acclaimed comedies like Louie and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to utter weirdness like Wilfred and American Horror Story, its programming slate is brimming with originality and more often than not, quality. Later this month, The Americans will throw its hat into the ring alongside that madness, and if the early previews are any indication, we might be in for something nostalgic, perverse and incredible.

The program stars Felicity actress Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys from Brothers and Sisters and underrated character actor Noah Emmerich in a plot about KGB agents embedded in the United States during the 1980s with cover stories in order to spy for the USSR and potentially accomplish larger missions. If done correctly, the premise should offer plenty of nervous intrigue and uncomfortable humor, and with a former CIA agent (Joe Weisberg) and the Justified creator (Graham Yost) steering the ship, there should be plenty of authenticity and reckless aggression along any path the writers choose to go. You never truly know about a series until you see a few episodes, but on paper, The Americans reads like the best new show on television.

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