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'The Americans' Recap: Paige What Are You Doing? Please Stop.

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

The whole season was slow burn -- there was a teeny tiny less violence than usual. Not so many shock and awe, or sit on the edge of your seat as the Jennings make their way out of a house just in time or something. This is about the unraveling of a family, a marriage, and the Cold War.

Maureen Ryan

7 Reasons 'The Americans' Was So Addictive This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “March 8, 1983,” the Season 3 finale of “The Americans.” It’s too bad about that mysterious and fata...

The Americans Recap: Are They Going to Kill Martha?

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.17.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Granny's back. Stan is at Martha's. We are heading into a finale and the stakes are higher than ever before. Are we all having mini strokes every Wednesday?

The Americans Recap: Off the Hook in 'Stingers'

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Forget Martha, it's all Paige now. All of that tension between Philip and Elizabeth was worthless, because Pastor Tim and Paige figured out something was wrong all by themselves. A few things about the writing that blew my mind.

All About Martha: The Americans Recap

Karen Fratti | Posted 03.26.2015 | TV
Karen Fratti

NOTE: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 9 of FX's The Americans, titled "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?" People are not ...

'The Americans' Recap: Jesus Came Through for Me in "Born Again"

Karen Fratti | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

It's hard to talk about Paige without talking about Elizabeth. Mothers are mothers, and Elizabeth loves her daughter. But not the way everyone else loves their kids.

'The Americans' Recap: Yaz and Baby Soft in "Dime Bag"

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.26.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

After the cringeworthy dental scene last week (I had to recover), the most violent moment this episode is when Paige figuratively stabs her parents in the back by asking her pastor to dinner.

The Americans Recap: Breaking Down Bodies in 'Baggage'

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.08.2015 | TV
Karen Fratti

Apart from the fact that this was one of those episodes that makes me want to buy a new TV because it's so dark, my obsession with this show continues to grow.

'The Americans' Recap: Doing Something Bad in "EST Men"

Karen Fratti | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Catch up: Elizabeth has been going to church with Paige. She's learning that Paige is "open" to the ideas they need her to be open to, but not quite ready for a KGB confession.

Maureen Ryan

8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment

The second season of "The Americans" ended up on many 2014 Top 10 lists (including mine), and there's no reason to believe Season 3 won't be a contend...

There Truly Is No Place Like Homeland

Andrew Cristi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Cristi

Ever since Homeland premiered, fans of Showtime's extraordinary gem have been dying to say it "Jumped The Shark."

Maureen Ryan

Nice Job, Comrades: Why 'The Americans' Finale Ruled

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.22.2014 | TV

Don't read on unless you have seen "Echo," the Season 2 finale of "The Americans." "The Americans" pulled a long con on us, and it was glorious. ...

The Americans 'Echo' Recap They Want Paige

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.22.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

If you didn't think this was a great season finale, then something must be wrong with you.

The Americans Recap: Running to Nowhere in 'Operation Chronicle'

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

There's a lot of foreboding, because even as Paige asserts herself, Elizabeth is starting to worry that this all is so unsustainable. How long until Paige is on a train to nowhere, getting answers to her long asked questions?

Actress Alison Wright of FX's The Americans Binged on BBC's Orphan Black

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

If you've ever seen The Americans, then you looooooove Drunk Martha! If you've never seen the show, then it's time to hop on the bandwagon because Alison Wright can do no wrong.

The Americans Recap: Church Camp and Control in 'Stealth'

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 11 of FX's The Americans, titled "Stealth."

The Americans Recap: Things Fall Apart in 'Yousaf'

Karen Fratti | Posted 07.01.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

Wig count: Just two. But two very serious ones. I guess the show is always about dualities, but tonight it was right up in our faces.

'The Americans' Recap: There Is No God in 'Martial Eagle'

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

There were a lot of great moments tonight, but my favorite scene was Stan, interviewing DoD staff who attended the meeting in Alexandria, attached to project Stealth, or for laymen, the invisible plane team.

The Americans 'New Car' Recap: 'I'm a Good Person, I Swear!'

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

What do you think Henry's deal is? Why break into the neighbors house -- because they have nicer things? Or do B&E's run in the family? And what's up with Sandra and her self help cult?

The Americans 'Arpanet' Recap: Sex, Lies, and More Lies

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

In terms of nerding out over '80s technology and Philip brooding over Duluth's vodka and cranberry, this was a decent episode. But there are some major follow up questions I want to ask.

The Americans 'Behind the Red Door' Recap: Are You Mad At Me?

Karen Fratti | Posted 06.02.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

No matter how adorable the new handler is, 'dignity for all' is starting to get very blurry. If it turns out that Granny's man was the one who's out to get them -- was that goodbye for good?

The Americans 'The Deal' Recap: Will Stan Snitch for Nina?

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.27.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

It's way too early in the seasons for this kind of action. Oleg is talking to Beeman about Nina. Arkady is actually becoming a fleshed-out character with a personality and values. The divide between the American Way and the Russian Way is now glaringly obvious.

The Americans 'A Little Night Music' Recap: Granny's Back!

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.20.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

The thing is, Elizabeth is having a hard time getting into the mood these days. Is it her almost-death experience? Her newfound love for Philip? Middle age? You can't do KGB and love, apparently.

The Americans 'The Walk In' Recap: Crow Bars and Cigarettes

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.12.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

Maybe I just didn't notice it last season but the new episodes of The Americans are all tightly written around a theme. Tonight? "The Walk In" was about more than just poor Bruce Demeran.

'The Americans' Recap: No One Is Safe in "Cardinal"

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

I know this show is supposed to be about families and marriage, but this episode was all about sources and leaks. First, Philip heads to Virginia to meet Emmet's source: a poor, balding agent who flips when he finds Philip in his house (though given the bad mustache, we can forgive his shock).