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The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent.

Source: FX

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: BDU179
Airdate: Wednesday January 30th, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm
Special Runtime: 97 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) May 27, 2013
UK (itv) Jun 01, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Feb 11, 2014

Guest Stars
Richard ThomasRichard Thomas
As Agent Frank Gadd
Olek KrupaOlek Krupa
As General Viktor Zhukov (Colonel (Soviet Union - 1962))
Susan MisnerSusan Misner
As Sandra Beeman
Cotter SmithCotter Smith
As Deputy Attorney General
Alison WrightAlison Wright
As Martha Hanson
Daniel FlahertyDaniel Flaherty
As Matthew Beeman
David VadimDavid Vadim
As Nikolai Timoshev
Michael GastonMichael Gaston
As Agent Bartholomew
Joe UrlaJoe Urla
As David R. Sepsill
Chase ColemanChase Coleman
As Robert

Co-Guest Stars
Roman RoytbergRoman Roytberg
As Trainer
Brian HotalingBrian Hotaling
As School Principal
Philip HannahPhilip Hannah
As Cop #2
Main Cast
Keri RussellKeri Russell
As Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew RhysMatthew Rhys
As Philip Jennings
Keidrich SellatiKeidrich Sellati
As Henry Jennings
Holly TaylorHolly Taylor
As Paige Jennings
Noah EmmerichNoah Emmerich
As FBI Agent Stan Beeman
Maximiliano HernandezMaximiliano Hernandez
As FBI Agent Chris Amador


The scene opens in Washington D.C. in 1981 at a nightclub. Elizabeth Jennings is having a conversation with a guy. Elizabeth asks how she can know that the man isn’t making the information up. The man shows his U.S Department of Justice ID. The man tells Elizabeth that the information could be dangerous. They retire to the bedroom at a hotel and Elizabeth begins to pleasure the man for the information. Later, she gets into her car and takes off her blonde wig. She drives away. The scene fast-forward’s to thee days later. Phillip Jennings and Rob wait for someone while Elizabeth goes to an apartment to look out the window. Phillip sees that Elizabeth is in place. The man that they are waiting for is Timoshev, a KGB sleeper. Timoshev comes around the corner and senses something. He runs. Timoshev stabs Rob and continues to run. Phillip chases after him still. Eventually, the man stops and they fight. Phillip manages to win the fight and Elizabeth pulls up the car. Phillip puts Timoshev inside and removes the license plate on the car. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
April WineRollerPhilip assaults the pedophile
Fleetwood MacTuskEnd of Episode
Juice NewtonQueen of HeartsIn the Mall
Phil CollinsIn the Air TonightDisposal of the corpse
QuarterflashHarden my HeartAt the beginning

Episode Goofs
IBM Personal Computers are seen in the FBI offices. The series in set in early 1981 and the IBM PC was not introduced until August 1981.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoe Weisberg
Executive ProducerGraham Yost  |  Joe Weisberg  |  Joel Fields  |  Gavin O'Connor (2)  |  Darryl Frank  |  Justin Falvey
ProducerRichard Heus
Associate ProducerKatrin L. Goodson
Production DesignerDan Leigh
EditorAlan Cody (2)
CastingRoss Meyerson  |  Julie Tucker
Unit Production ManagerThomas J. Whelan
First Assistant DirectorEric Henriquez
Second Assistant DirectorXanthus Valan
Music EditorLisa A. Arpino
Music SupervisorAnastasia Brown
Costume DesignerAbigail Murray
Key GripJohnny Erbes-Chan
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerTom Ross
Property MasterJeff Mazzola
Construction CoordinatorRichard Tenewitz
Production Sound MixerT.J. O'Mara
Script SupervisorChristine Gee
Production CoordinatorJoshua Huffman
Assistant EditorStephanie Hernstadt
Post Production SupervisorClaire Newman
Supervising Sound EditorAlbert Ibbotson
Re-Recording MixerLisle Engle  |  Sherry Klein
GafferRichard P. Ulivella
Director of PhotographyAlan Caso
Stunt CoordinatorFernando Chien
Art DirectorRick Dennis
Production AccountantKathi Scharer
Transportation CaptainMike Fennimore
ScoreNathan Barr
"A" Camera OperatorMichael O'Shea Jr
Casting AssociateC.J. Molidor
Special Effects SupervisorConrad Brink, Jr.
Original CastingChristal Karge  |  Camille H. Patton
Best Boy GripJoe Doughan (1)
"B" Camera OperatorChristopher Lavasseur
"A" Camera First AssistantPyare Fortunato
"B" Camera First AssistantGreg Finkel
Best Boy ElectricDaniel Luebke
Key MakeupLori Hicks
Key HairMichelle Johnson (2)
SteadicamMichael O'Shea Jr
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