The Americans will see season 5. And yes the producers are aware it’s suddenly a lot more relevant. FX’s critically acclaimed Cold War family drama will return for two more seasons before the Iron Curtain drops in 2018. The Americans Season 5 will have 13 episodes followed by a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2018.
The Americans Season 5 Release Date
The Americans Season 5 will premiere on March 7, 2017.
The Americans Season 5 Trailer
Houston, we have a trailer.
The title “Quotes” on FX’s YouTube page is fitting as our first official look at season 5 footage is accompanied in large part by our first official sounds of season 5.
“Nothing scares those two.”
“Everything scares those two.”
The Americans Season 5 Story
Here’s the official synopsis for The Americans Season 5:
Set in the 1980s at the height of the Cold War, The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear.
Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth’s ability to protect their cover and their family’s safety has become even more tenuous. Even as Paige pushes her parents to bring her deeper into their confidence, Philip and Elizabeth struggle to maintain normalcy in their family, especially around their son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati). Paige’s budding romance with Matthew, the son of their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), further complicates matters since Stan – Philip’s best friend – remains the greatest threat to the Jennings’ safety. He and his partner, Agent Dennis Aderholt (Brandon J. Dirden) are on the task force that seeks to uncover the Soviet Illegals living among them.
After Stan’s KGB lover/asset Nina was sent back to Moscow and executed for treason, he cultivated a relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin), who, torn between duty and conscience, shared top Soviet secret intel with Stan that allowed the FBI to avert a potentially catastrophic loss of life. Disillusioned with the KGB, Oleg returned home to Russia, but he is finding it harder to escape his past transgressions than he had hoped. As the Cold War rages on, paranoia on both sides reaches new heights, making Philip and Elizabeth’s work increasingly vital – and eminently more perilous.
“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded The Americans as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year,” Schrier said in a statement.
“All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show, and especially Co-Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor, Annet Mahendru and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”
The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg. Co-Showrunners and Executive Producers Weisberg and Joel Fields stuck a deal with FX Productions to develop their next series.
“I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at The Americans on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast,” Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke said in a statement.
“It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself.”
When The Americans Season 5 arrives, Brandon J. Dirden, who plays Agent Dennis Aderholt on the show, will be a series regular. Laurie Holden (Andrea on The Walking Dead) will be joining the cast as Renee, a love interest for Stan.
What time period can we expect?
Despite what many children of the ‘80s would like to believe, The Americans is a period drama. The show is particularly concerned with the passage of time and placing the action of the plot within the context of the political and social culture of the 1980s. So around what time and events can we expect in season five?
Thanks to the season four mid-season episode “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears” and the following episode “The Day After” we know that season four covered all of 1983 and part of 1984. It stands to reason then that season five could cover mid 1984 through 1985.
On March 11, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union. And by the end of that year, President Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev met for the first time in Switzerland – arguably the first event that led to the slow winding down of Russian-American hostilities. With only two seasons of The Americans to go, it looks like Philip and Elizabeth could soon be facing a thawing in their Cold War.
Will they still do crazy disguises?
On January 23, FX released the “School’s Out” teaser featuing a very badass Paige.
Will there be a Mail Robot appearance?
Unknown. But trust that Den of Geek, your official source for all Mail Robot news, will let you know once we do.