This post discusses a few broad plot elements of the forthcoming fifth season of “The Americans.”
President Trump’s election and the never-ending trickle of revelations about contacts between his allies and various Russian officials can sometimes feel like a viral marketing campaign for “The Americans,” FX’s drama about a pair of undercover KGB spies operating in 1980s Washington, which returns tonight at 10 p.m.
For four seasons, we’ve been watching Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) run around the greater Washington area seducing people, smuggling dead rats and hacking mail robots, all while splitting beers with their next-door neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), who happens to be an FBI agent. The show moves forward in time a little bit each season; there would be an eerie synchronicity if the mission that brought the Jennings into the present day wasn’t merely the possibility that America was tampering with grain imports to the Soviet Union, but the very institution of American democracy itself. Plus, the jokes are too good to resist: “At what point do we find out Jeff Sessions has been married to a disguised Matthew Rhys for years?” Slate’s Sam Adams jested, comparing the attorney general to one of the show’s many marks.
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