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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Soviet spies (played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) infiltrate suburban D.C. in a series set in the Reagan years. © 2013 FX TELEVISION NETWORK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Fake marriage, real kids

More than a spy show, FX’s The Americans is a thought-provoking meditation on marriage, identity and the power of culture. Season one premiered last January and a second season is planned for next winter.

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, an ordinary suburban couple who are not what they pretend to be. Their two kids and white picket fence, their jobs as travel agents, their laundry room and the plates of food they offer to welcome new neighbors do not convey their real life at all. Their marriage is a cover for their mission. Philip and Elizabeth are Soviet spies.

 

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