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Season 1
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No. of episodes 13
Original run January 30, 2013 - May 1, 2013
DVD release February 11, 2014 (Region 1)
March 3, 2014 (Region 2)
Season chronology
Season Two

Season One of The Americans premiered on January 30, 2013 and concluded on May 1, 2013. It contained a total of thirteen episodes. 


Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, it is the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI Counter-Intelligence agent.


Main Cast[]

Supporting Cast[]

Also see Philip's disguises.


# Image Title Airdate Viewers (millions)
1x01 1 S01E01-The Jennings.jpg Pilot January 30, 2013 3.22
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are an undercover team of Russian intelligence agents working deep cover in the United States. Their true identities are a secret to everyone, even their own children.
1x02 2 Theclock.jpg The Clock February 6, 2013 1.97
The Jennings have orders to infiltrate and bug the office of US Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; they coerce the Weinberger's cleaning lady to help. Meanwhile, Stan blackmails Nina, a Soviet embassy clerk, to spy for the FBI.
1x03 3 TheAep3.jpg Gregory February 13, 2013 1.65
Philip and Elizabeth discover Robert secretly had a wife and child. Meanwhile, the FBI learns from Nina that Robert was a Directorate-S operative. Both FBI and KGB start following Robert's wife, to try and determine what she knows.
1x04 4 S01E04-Philip sniper Liz.jpg In Control February 20, 2013 1.91
When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB. Meanwhile, Stan pressures Nina to find out if the KGB was responsible for the attempted assassination.
1x05 5 COMINT.jpg COMINT February 27, 2013 1.44
A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system, while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy.
1x06 6 TrustMe.jpg Trust Me March 6, 2013 1.88
A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion among allies and shatters trust within the Jennings’ marriage. Meanwhile, Stan’s plan to keep Nina safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.
1x07 7 DutyandHonor.jpg Duty and Honor March 13, 2013 1.70
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.
1x08 8 S01E08-Liz Phil after assassin blowup.jpg Mutually Assured Destruction March 20, 2013 1.65
Philip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Claudia shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Philip and Irina in New York.
1x09 9 SafeHouse.jpg Safe House April 3, 2013 1.38
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.
1x10 10 TA-1.10-4 FULL.jpg Only You April 10, 2013 1.50
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.
1x11 11 CovertWar.jpg Covert War April 17, 2013 1.81
The CIA assassinates three KGB officials, including General Zhukov. Elizabeth decides to kill the CIA official who planned the operation. She abducts him with Philip's help, but ultimately lets him go. The newly promoted Nina is given access to the material obtained from the Weinberger bug. Martha surprises "Clark" by introducing him to her parents.
1x12 12 TheOath.jpg The Oath April 24, 2013 1.49
Sanford Prince recruits an Air Force colonel who will sell information on the SDI project for $50,000. Moscow orders Elizabeth to meet with him despite her misgivings. Martha plants a bug in Gaad's office; Clark marries her to ensure her loyalty. Viola tells the FBI about the Weinberger bug. Nina is sworn into Directorate S and confesses her spying to Arkady, offering to become a re-doubled agent.
1x13 13 TA-1.13-11 FULL.jpg The Colonel May 1, 2013 1.74
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. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to the Jennings.

Title Sequence[]

For images and explanations of the opening credits title sequence, see Title Sequence.

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See also: Season OneSeason TwoSeason ThreeSeason FourSeason FiveSeason Six