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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Americans  

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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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Do Mail Robots Dream of Electr... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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The Magic of David Copperfield... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Stingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Chloramphenicol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Darkroom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 5 Episode 10: Paige’s snooping leads Philip and Elizabeth to make a choice that could shift the balance of their lives forever. Stan and Aderholt’s recruitment of Sofia suddenly bears fruit.

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Walter Taffet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 3 Episode 7: Philip and Elizabeth feel the weight of a new family secret while following up on the KGB's interests in South Africa. Stan faces struggles both at work and at home. Martha confronts a shocking development.

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Travel Agents is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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The Colonel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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11 1
New Car is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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14 3
Dyatkovo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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16 6
Echo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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10 1
Behind the Red Door is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 2 Episode 6: A dangerous Naval officer becomes the key to Philip and Elizabeth's mission as well as a potential threat to their family's safety.

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10 1
Soviet Division, The is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 5 Episode 13: The riveting season finale of THE AMERICANS finds Philip and Elizabeth racing against the clock as a life hangs in the balance, while Stan faces an uncertain future.

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11 2
8-Mar-83 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Operation Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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11 3
The Rat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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8 1
Amber Waves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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9 2
Comrades is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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7 1
Persona Non Grata is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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7 1
Baggage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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8 2
Only You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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10 4
Duty and Honor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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6 1
Dinner for Seven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 4 Episode 11: Elizabeth completes the last steps of a very personal operation... but at what cost?

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7 2
Glanders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Lotus 1-2-3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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.

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6 1
Salang Pass is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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9 4
The Clock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Gregory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Martial Eagle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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6 1
Trust Me is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Arpanet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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5 1
Clark's Place is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 4 Episode 5: Philip must consider his life with Martha and make a crushing choice from which there is no coming back.

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6 3
The Day After is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Dimebag is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Stealth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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4 1
Cardinal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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4 1
One Day in the Life of Anton B... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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4 1
Immersion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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The Deal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 2 Episode 5: Philip and Elizabeth are finally assigned a new handler as Philip works to clean up the mess of the last operation and Elizabeth does her best to smooth things over with Martha.

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Divestment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Munchkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 4 Episode 10: When Paige's long-ago indiscretion threatens to resurface and destroy the family, Philip and Elizabeth find themselves scrambling - and Paige finds herself reevaluating who her parents really are.

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Pastor Tim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
Season 4 Episode 2: Philip tries with increasing desperation to get rid of a sensitive and dangerous package as family tensions in the Jennings House reach a boiling point when Paige shares a secret of her own.

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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5 3
EST Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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5 3
Open House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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5 3
Experimental Prototype City of... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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5 3
The Oath is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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4 2
World Council of Churches, The is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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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Born Again is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Americans
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.