It’s Time You Start Watching The Americans

January 28, 2015 10:24 PM

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Every January, I make a list of overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions that always includes something to better my health, something to improve my finances, and something to expand my cultural repertoire. For 2015, I decided it was time to give The Americans a chance. The show about a pair of married covert Russian spies living in the United States seemed to make every TV critic fall madly in love with it when it premiered back in 2013. After it landed on a multitude of “best of TV” lists last year, I finally decided to find out what all the hype was about. While I’ve only managed to get through season one so far, the praise is definitely well deserved. In anticipation of tonight’s season three premiere, here are three reasons to start binge-watching The Americans now.

1. It provides a fascinating portrait of the U.S. during the early eighties. Set in 1981, the show revolves around Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), a pair of Soviet spies who have been living undercover as a married couple in a suburb of Washington D.C. for fi...

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