The Americans

Sat Jun 15, 10-10.50pm, ITV



Add +

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

Series one, episode three
Reassuring evidence comes tonight that ‘The Americans’ isn’t the sort of series to cast aside a fertile plotline: it transpires that Philip and Elizabeth’s fallen comrade, Rob, had a secret wife and hidden life – but how much did she know, and could she be a threat?

Waters are muddied further when long-term collaborator Gregory is brought in and painfully exposes further fault lines in the Jennings marriage; and then there’s the FBI’s own mole and a new Soviet handler, both settling into their new roles with aplomb. It’s another confidently directed, intricately written episode, with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys crafting a partnership just about flawed enough to make you doubt its durability.

Although the intricate plotting, it has to be said, is more sophisticated than the politics: while the Cold War is a dirty war, most of the true brutality comes courtesy of the Soviets. But with its winning combination of brains and brawn, ‘The Americans’ is establishing itself as a genuine TV superpower.

Users say

Follow us


Subscribe to Time Out London on Spotify for daily playlists and recommendations from our Music team.




We feature London's most spectacular sights and coolest locations.