TV-MA, 13 47-min. episodes
Creator: Joe Weisberg
Directors: Gavin O’Connor, Adam Arkin, Thomas Schlamme, Jean de Seconzac, Holly Dale, Daniel Sackheim, Alex Chapple, Bill Johnson, Jim McKay, Nicole Kassell, John Dahl
Writers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Melissa James Gibson, Sneha Koorse, Joshua Brand, Bradford Winters
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Richard Thomas, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Alison Wright, Margo Martindale, Maximiliano Hernández, Lev Gorn, Daniel Flaherty, Peter von Berg, Vitaly Benko, Derek Luke, Cotter Smith, Tim Hooper, Anthony Arkin
A few weeks ago I claimed that “Elementary” might be the best new drama on network television. It isn’t even close to as good as “The Americans”. The new FX series brings us back to the final days of the Cold War, when both sides were beginning to get desperate. The Americans and the Russians had been at it so long that each country had sleeper agents well embedded into the other’s bedrock. The genius of this series is that instead of showing us American spies, its protagonists are Russian agents posing as an average American family.