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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans' 

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Updated May 19, 2020 111 votes 50 voters 5.9k views 6 items

This list features the best seasons of The Americans, listed from best to worst with pictures of season posters when available. Fans may debate which season of The Americans is the best, but each installment of the spy thriller features memorable episodes. Some The Americans seasons focus on Elizabeth and Philip Jennings' KGB missions while other good seasons find Stan Beeman and the FBI uncovering double agents.

This list of The Americans seasons has been voted on by fans from all over the world, helping to decide once and for all which collection of episodes from the mind of creator Joseph Weisberg are the best. Season One focused on the marriage and partnership of Philip and Elizabeth while later seasons found Stan getting closer to discovering their true identities.

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The Americans - Season 6... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
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The Americans - Season 6

The sixth season of The Americans premiered on March 28, 2018, and contains 10 episodes. This season still focuses on the final missions of Philip and Elizabeth.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Urban Transport Planning," "Jennings, Elizabeth" and "START."

Memorable moments from Season 6 include:

  • Stan confronts the Jennings at gunpoint.
  • The Jennings travel together to Russia.
  • Paige takes her life into her own hands.

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The Americans - Season 2... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
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The Americans - Season 2

The second season of The Americans premiered on February 26, 2014, and contains 13 episodes. This season still focuses on Philip and Elizabeth supporting their family and their comrades.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Comrades," "Cardinal" and "A Little Night Music."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Oleg Igorevich starts work at the Rezidentura.
  • Nina takes a polygraph.
  • The Jennings learn who killed Emmett and Leanne.
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The Americans - Season 4... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
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The Americans - Season 4

The fourth season of The Americans premiered on March 16, 2016, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on The Jennings desperately trying to keep the secret of their true identities.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Glanders," "Clark's Place" and "The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • Philip and Elizabeth meet with Pastor Tim.
  • Martha makes a big move.
  • A deathbed confession gives Stan a clue to the identity of Russian spies.
     
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The Americans - Season 1... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
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The Americans - Season 1

The first season of The Americans premiered on January 30, 2013, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on the double life of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Pilot," "The Clock" and "In Control."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • Agent Stan Beeman moves in across the street from The Jennings.
  • Martha introduces "Clark" to her parents.
  • Elizabeth gets shot.
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