I recently watch the third season of The Americans on DVD. The series is as good as ever. I love the series about two Russian spies posing as an American couple in the Washington D.C. area. The acting and story are both excellent. But what I love best about the show is that it’s so realistic and fits in with the Cold War era of the Reagan administration. In addition, I care about the main characters. They are Russian spies and are essentially the bad guys. But I can’t help but root for them. They are very likable and they have to deal with the same issues as most American parents of teenagers. The Americans Season 3 (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) is available now on DVD and digital HD. The 450-minute DVD set includes all 13 episodes of season three on four discs. BTW, I received the DVD set for review on my blog.
Seasons 1 and 2
If you have not seen the previous two seasons, I recommend you watch those episodes before watching season three of The Americans. You can follow the storyline in the third season without watching the other two seasons, but you’ll get a better understanding of the characters if you watch the previous seasons first. Here’s what you need to know if you’re still plan on skipping the previous two seasons. The main characters of the show are Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell). They are Russian spies who went under deep cover in America when they were very young. To blend in, the two Russian spies even gave birth to two kids in America.
In the third season of The Americans, the main storyline involves the Soviet–Afghan War in the 1980’s. In the storyline, Russian soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan. Philip (Keri Russell) and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys) are tasked with gathering information about US’s involvement with the Afghan rebels and to stop the US from helping the rebels. In addition to the main storyline, Philip and Elizabeth also have to deal with their teenage daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor). She has become very religious and has also become very suspicious of her parents very odd behavior — especially when they leave during the middle of the night. As if that wasn’t enough, the KGB are pressuring Philip and Elizabeth to recruit their daughter for Russia’s spy program. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that their neighbor and Philip’s best friend, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), is an FBI agent.
The Americans is not rated. But if it did have a rating, it would probably be rated NC-17 because of the explicit sex scenes in some of the episodes.
DVD Special Features
There are only a couple of bonus features. The deleted scenes were not very interesting, but the Paige feature might be worth looking at.
- Deleted Scenes
- The Cold War for Paige
The Americans Season 3 Synopsis
In the nail-biting third season of The Americans, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings’ (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) personal and professional worlds collide like never before. Exposure of their real identities as Russian spies looms as their friendship with FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) grows. Meanwhile, Stan’s past involvement with a double agent shakes up the bureau. And as the Jennings’ assignments grow riskier and more ethically questionable, they face mounting pressure to induct Paige into the KGB.
The Americans Season 3 Episodes
- EST Men
- Open House
- Salang Pass
- Born Again
- Walter Taffet
- Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?
- One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov
- I Am Abassin Zadran
- March 8, 1983
More info: The Americans Season 3 DVD