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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'

Updated May 19, 2020 223 votes 68 voters 8.0k views6 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.

Which The Americans season is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorite The Americans season a vote up.

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  • 5

    The Americans - Season 2

    The Americans - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
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    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 5

    The Americans - Season 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Americans'
    Photo: FX

    The fifth season of The Americans premiered on March 7, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. This season still focuses on Philip and Elizabeth's KGB assignments.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Amber Waves," "Pests" and "What's the Matter with Kansas?."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Philip and Elizabeth get a new son.
    • Renee moves in with Stan as Philip grows suspicious.
    • Philip and Elizabeth abandon plans to return to the USSR as Philip semi-retires.
       
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