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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?

Maureen Ryan

Peabody Awards Go To 'Last Week Tonight,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Americans' And Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment

“Jane the Virgin,” “The Americans,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” were among the entertainment program...

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 ...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: You Should Know... Karen Pittman

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Karen Pittman has stolen so many scenes, she should've been locked up years ago. I mean that figuratively, and man that opening line, which is still going on by the way, was pretty lame.

'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.

Speaking Out for Communal Tolerance and Secularism

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Among a slew of critical issues in India, secularism is what must be preserved above all. It is at the very core of India's multi faith based society.

'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.

Karen Pittman: Disgraced Star Talks Art and Life

Nsenga Burton | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

The character of Jory has completely disappeared when Pittman arrives for the interview dressed down. The actress, who has a recurring role on FX's The Americans, speaks softly and thoughtfully about the character of Jory.

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.

On the Set of FX's 'The Americans': or, How to Survive Being an Extra on the Graveyard Shift

David Munk | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy
David Munk

Extra work can be easy or hard. Mostly it is just boring. However, my work on The Americans was an overnight shoot so it was, at least, certain to be lucrative. Here is a breakdown of that day and night.

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...

Maureen Ryan

The Top 10 TV Shows Of 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment

The most important television development of the past decade occurred four years ago. It wasn't the arrival of the third season of "Breaking Bad,"...

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."

Entertaining Violence: A Day of Blood, Guts, and Guns, All for Fun!

David Toussaint | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
David Toussaint

8 a.m. Wake up, pour coffee, get paper. After reading about bloodshed and war, move on to the Entertainment Section for much-needed relief.

'All Is Lost' Equals Opportunity to Achieve

Jen Grisanti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

I am a story/career consultant for writers. One of the biggest story notes that I give is about understanding the significance of the "all is lost" moment.

From True Blood and Fargo to Everything Else

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Trevor Morris: "Believe me, all my kids know or think is cool, is Dora the Explorer, not that I am a five-time Emmy-nominee."

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?

My Take on 'The Americans'

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

One draws from The Americans the realization that the KGB, with its division of "wet operations" (assassinations) is far more lethal than most Americans ever dreamed of. Clandestine activity is not just a way of life, it is a way of Russian life.

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.