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The Americans

'All Is Lost' Equals Opportunity to Achieve

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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.

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.

You'll Never Believe How Many Wigs Have Been Worn On 'The Americans' So Far

www.vulture.com | Posted 03.14.2014 | TV

The Americans is many things — an espionage drama, a domestic drama, a period piece. And it does many things well — those perfectly timed eighties...

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).

'The Americans' Premieres With Shocking Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 02.27.2014 | TV

"The Americans" came back for a bloody season premiere that left our leads reeling. The biggest struggle that Elizabeth and Philip have faced as under...

You're Home Now

Karen Fratti | Posted 04.28.2014 | TV
Karen Fratti

We all better get it together, because it feels like The Americans has found its rhythm and a fair share of drama. Directorate S might be exposed, Paige is getting a little nosy, and Beeman is way over his head.

Why 'The Americans' Is More Complex Than It Seems

Posted 02.25.2014 | TV

Noah Emmerich stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about Season 2 of "The Americans," and what's in store for his character, FBI agent Stan, as he tries t...

Sex! Spies! Wigs! Why 'The Americans' Is Awesome

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.27.2014 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Holy Mother Russia, you need to be watching "The Americans."

The Americans at the Plaza

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Season two of the award-winning, much acclaimed FX cold war series The Americans kicks off this week, proving that Americans were ready to embrace a t...

House of Cards Is a Republican Fantasy World

Randy Shaw | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Randy Shaw

It's as if Pete Peterson and his anti-entitlement crowd got control of Netflix and used its streaming power to create a fictional universe where elite interests not only win, but are widely popular.

Jessica Goodman

'The Americans' Season 2 Refocuses On Family, But Is Full Of Sex & Wigs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Goodman | Posted 02.19.2014 | TV

Season 2 of "The Americans" is about more than KGB spies and sex in bars. The critically-acclaimed FX show starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as u...