The Americans is a Cold War era take on Homeland. But instead of a Marine-turned-terrorist at its core, the central conflicted characters are two Russian spies posing as husband and wife in suburban D.C. in the early ’80s.
Keri Russell (Felicity!) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, KGB operatives whose cover is an arranged marriage and two children who know nothing of their parents’ true agenda. As if covert living isn’t dramatic and tense enough, an FBI counterintelligence agent (Noah Emmerich) moves in next door. On top of that, Philip becomes gradually smitten with the American way of life, which we’re pretty sure the KGB frowns on. “The show is about marriage and that marriage is an allegory for international relations,” explained creator Joe Weisberg during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on January 9 (via The Hollywood Reporter). “And international relations are an allegory for marriage.” Executive producer Joel Fields added, “It might be a little different to believe and get used to, but we want you to root for the KGB. If you tried to tell a story like this about al-Qaeda now, it would be impossible; no one would want to hear it.”
Watch a preview below, and don’t miss the series premiere on Wednesday, January 30 at 10/9c on FX.