The Americans is an American period spy thriller television series created by Joe Weisberg for the FX television network. Set in the 1980s during the Cold War, it is the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple living in Falls Church, a Virginian suburb of Washington, D.C., with their children, Paige (Holly Taylor) and Henry (Keidrich Sellati). Their neighbor Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is an FBI agent working in counterintelligence. Season 1 begins shortly after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan in January 1981. Season 6 ends in December 1987, shortly before the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The Americans premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, and ended on May 30, 2018, after six seasons. Over the course of its run, the series was considered among the best of its era by critics, winning two Peabody Awards, five Television Critics Association Awards, and two Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Series Awards. In its final season, Matthew Rhys won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.