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There are so many good episodes of The Americans, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Colonel" the best, or is "Chloramphenicol" your favorite episode of The Americans? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Americans are, let's rank every The Americans episode from best to worst.

Set in the '80s during the Cold War, The Americans on FX follows Russian KGB officers Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) as they (and their two children) pose as an American family living in northern Virginia, steps away from Washington DC. The Americans premiered on January 30, 2013 and is slated to end in 2018 with a 10-episode farewell. The Americans has been nominated for over 55 awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Americans, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Americans episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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The Colonel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Colonel Season 1 Episode 13: When Philip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship.

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Echo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Echo Season 2 Episode 13: No one is safe as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete the mission. Stan holds Nina's future in his hands.

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Chloramphenicol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Chloramphenicol Season 4 Episode 4: A devastating flaw during a mission forces Philip, Elizabeth, William, and Gabriel to confront the depths of their patriotism... and their mortality. In Russia, in striving to be a better person, has Nina put her life on the line?

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Stingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Stingers Season 3 Episode 10: Philip and Elizabeth deploy a plan for the C.I.A.'s Mujahideen visitors. Tensions at the Jennings' home escalate.

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Travel Agents is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Travel Agents Season 4 Episode 7: The KGB and the FBI both race to track down a vital agent... everything is at stake.

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Do Mail Robots Dream of Electr... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? Season 3 Episode 9: Philip and Elizabeth struggle with the gravity of unexpected collateral damage. Stan and Oleg hatch a risky plan to help save Nina.

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Martial Eagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Martial Eagle Season 2 Episode 9: Philip and Elizabeth's long-planned mission turns ugly, impacting each of them in different ways. Stan digs in deeper at work as his personal life continues to unravel.

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Comint is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Comint Season 1 Episode 5: A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants.

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Only You is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Only You Season 1 Episode 10: Stan pursues a lead that puts him on the trail to one of Gregory's crew members, closing the gap between him and Elizabeth, and reigniting some of the deepest conflicts between her and Philip.

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Trust Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Trust Me Season 1 Episode 6: A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Pilot Season 1 Episode 1: 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.

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Safe House Season 1 Episode 9: Philip and Elizabeth are put to the test when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. Stan and the FBI are pushed to their limit when one of their own goes missing.

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Americans Sneak Peek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Americans Sneak Peek One decision threatens the future of the family. Get a First Look at the all new season of The Americans, and see what danger awaits this January on FX.

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Comrades is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Comrades Season 2 Episode 1: Elizabeth comes back from her injury and straight into what should have been a routine mission – but it goes awry, leaving her and Philip in fear not only for themselves but for their whole network… and family.

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Dyatkovo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Dyatkovo Season 5 Episode 11: A surprise assignment from the Centre divides Philip and Elizabeth, forcing them into a moment of profound crisis. Stan gives Henry a tour of the FBI ‐‐ but will he see too much?

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The Clock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Clock Season 1 Episode 2: When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.

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Arpanet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Arpanet Season 2 Episode 7: Philip uses his agent Charles Duluth to help him gain access to an early precursor to the Internet so that the KGB can bug American government communications.

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8-Mar-83 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
8-Mar-83 Season 3 Episode 13: Elizabeth and Paige take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. After an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns to an unlikely source for solace. Stan's plan to save Nina culminates in unforeseen ways

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A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
A Little Night Music Season 2 Episode 4: Just when Philip and Elizabeth think they have a quiet road ahead, an old friend returns to complicate things.

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Operation Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Operation Chronicle Season 2 Episode 12: With Larrick closing in, Elizabeth rushes to exfiltrate Jared while Philip readies Fred for a crucial mission. Arkady finally plays his hand, forcing Stan to make an impossible choice.

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EST Men is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
EST Men Season 3 Episode 1: Tensions simmer between Philip and Elizabeth as they disagree over handling orders from the Centre. When Elizabeth loses key intel, Philip enlists Annelise on a mission with an unexpected outcome.

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The Rat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Rat Season 4 Episode 6: Martha must finally face the truth she has denied - and her life may never be the same. Plus, a chilling new development in William's work forces the Jennings to face the realities of what a biological war would mean.

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Cardinal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Cardinal Season 2 Episode 2: As Philip investigates the fallout from the last operation, Elizabeth sticks close to home, concerned for her family until she gets a mysterious distress signal.

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Salang Pass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Salang Pass Season 3 Episode 5: Philip juggles the many women in his life while Elizabeth takes drastic measures to complete a mission. Stan asserts a plan to save Nina with an unlikely ally.

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Gregory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Gregory Season 1 Episode 3: Philip and Elizabeth discover that their murdered colleague Robert had a wife they never knew about. As they try to determine what she knows and where her allegiance lies, Stan's investigation into Robert's death puts him hot on their trail.

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The Committee On Human Rights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Committee On Human Rights Season 5 Episode 7: As Paige becomes even more enmeshed in her parents’ world, tensions with Matthew Beeman come to a head, Philip and Elizabeth’s honeytraps take surprising turns, and Stan faces the consequences of overplaying his hand at the FBI.

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Baggage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Baggage Season 3 Episode 2: Elizabeth and Philip come together to deal with a mission gone wrong, but struggle to reconcile their increasingly opposing ideologies. Stan welcomes a Soviet defector, Zinaida, to America. Nina acclimates to her new living arrangements.

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Persona Non Grata is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Persona Non Grata Season 4 Episode 13: The explosive season finale of The Americans finds Philip and Elizabeth in a high-stakes race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package. Will they get there in time? And will Paige follow her parents into the family business?

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Dinner for Seven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Dinner for Seven Season 4 Episode 11: Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation... but at what cost?

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One Day in the Life of Anton B... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov Season 3 Episode 11: Philip and Elizabeth's home and work lives collide in new and dangerous ways. Nina struggles to figure out her next steps. Arkady assigns Oleg and Tatiana to an operation with uncertain potential.

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The Day After is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Day After Season 4 Episode 9: The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?

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The Oath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Oath Season 1 Episode 12: One of Elizabeth's agents has key intel for sale, but she and Philip find themselves taking increasingly greater risks for what could well be a set-up. Meanwhile, Stan's pursuit of Directorate S suddenly begins to yield unexpected results.

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Glanders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Glanders Season 4 Episode 1: Picking up on the heels of last seasons finale, the season 4 premiere of The Americans sees Philip and Elizabeth dealing with the fallout of all they've wrought.

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Duty and Honor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Duty and Honor Season 1 Episode 7: Philip and Elizabeth's troubled marriage is further tested when a mission to discredit a Polish pro-democracy leader reunites Philip with his old flame.

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Stealth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Stealth Season 2 Episode 11: Elizabeth makes a shocking discovery about Kate. Philip pursues a contact for information about stealth. Stan continues his pursuit of the illegals.

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Born Again is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Born Again Season 3 Episode 6: Gabriel has surprising information. Elizabeth begins to take family matters into her own hands. Stan receives upsetting news from his past and turns to Sandra for support.

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What's the Matter with Kan... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
What's the Matter with Kansas? Season 5 Episode 4: Philip and Elizabeth have qualms about a new assignment, while a specter from Philip’s past creates unforeseen dangers. At the FBI, Stan makes a shocking play that could throw his career into turmoil.

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The Magic of David Copperfield... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears Season 4 Episode 8: The Jennings's approach their breaking points as both Philip and Elizabeth must handle loyal agents. Will they make it through with their patriotism - and sanity - intact?

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Crossbreed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Crossbreed Season 5 Episode 6: Gabriel stuns Philip and Elizabeth with a sudden announcement and a crushing revelation about Philip’s past. Stan and Aderholt draw a fly into their web, while Oleg and Ruslan ambush their first suspect.

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New Car is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
New Car Season 2 Episode 8: Philip and Elizabeth both find themselves faced with painful turns in their various missions. Stan fights to gain access to an American military program that could give him the upper hand in his battle of wills with Oleg.

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Immersion is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Immersion Season 5 Episode 8: A secret brings Elizabeth and Paige together, while, in Moscow, Oleg’s own secrets put him under KGB suspicion. A new twist in the Morozov operation creates an opportunity that changes everything.

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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
IHOP Season 5 Episode 9: Philip and Elizabeth are thrown off balance when things with Tuan take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Henry makes a startling proposition and Stan has a disturbing encounter with Frank Gaad’s widow.

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World Council of Churches, The is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
World Council of Churches, The Season 5 Episode 12: As Philip and Elizabeth grapple with a momentous decision, Tuan takes matters into his own hands in the Morozov operation. Back in Russia, Oleg’s investigation collides with the realities of the Soviet system.

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Divestment is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Divestment Season 3 Episode 8: Martha and Clark's marriage meets its most challenging test yet. As pressures on Philip intensify, Elizabeth turns to Gabriel with a difficult request. Nina receives a new assignment that reconnects her with her past.

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Dimebag is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Dimebag Season 3 Episode 4: Philip faces a moral dilemma while developing an asset. Philip and Elizabeth's friction escalates. Stan develops a theory with serious repercussions for national security. Paige makes a surprising birthday wish.

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Experimental Prototype City of... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 3: Paige copes with new burdens that come with her family's secret as Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain their cover without destroying their daughter.

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Open House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Open House Season 3 Episode 3: Danger mounts for Elizabeth and Philip as they get closer to the inner circle of the C.I.A. Afghan Group.

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Amber Waves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Amber Waves Season 5 Episode 1: As Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain the risks from Paige's growing relationship with Matthew Beeman, the Centre sends them on an operation unlike any they've ever had before, straining their family and marriage to its limits.

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Pests is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Pests Season 5 Episode 2: Stan and Oleg wrestle with the harsh consequences of their complicated history, as Philip and Elizabeth face a new mission with devastating implications for their country.

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Lotus 1-2-3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Lotus 1-2-3 Season 5 Episode 5: Philip and Elizabeth receive surprising news about Henry -- and shattering news about a past operation. Stan might be falling in love, but Philip wonders if something darker is going on.