June 17th, 2018, was somewhat of a momentous day for me. You see, finally I finished watching the incredible spy thriller drama series that is The Americans. All six seasons of it I have watched and now I feel rather sad that it’s all over.
Series one of the amazing Happy Valley remains my favourite ever drama series. From start to finish it simply is sheer perfection. The biggest compliment I can give The Americans though, is to say that this programme is right up there with it in terms of its quality.
You know you must love a show when you get butterflies in your stomach just before the opening credits and theme music are about to start. This is what happened to me when watching the final few episodes of The Americans. Furthermore, you also know you must love a show when after it has just ended, you feel that you could burst into tears at any given moment. This is what happened to me yesterday after seeing the penultimate episode of The Americans.
For a lot of TV dramas I struggle to lose my suspension-of-disbelief(forget that it’s a TV show), but very rarely did this happen with me during the entire six seasons of this show. Being genuinely moved by outstanding acting and writing, this is what is so great about the television drama art form when it is done right.
In case you haven’t seen it, then I guess at this point I should briefly state what The Americans is all about. In a nutshell, it’s a spy thriller set in the early 1980’s, during the Cold War years. It focuses on the lives of two undercover KGB officers called Elizabeth(Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings(Mathew Rhys), posing as an American couple with two children who live in the North Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
The viewing delight and suspense of this show lies in the possibility of their true identities being revealed at any given moment. With every episode I was sat there on the edge of my seat(that’s a lot of minutes I can tell you). It really is like going on the very best white-knuckle ride you are ever likely to go on.
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, gives an absolutely outstanding performance. If there is any justice in this world then he will finally win an Emmy for it. Keri Russell and he are so convincing in the numerous roles and personas that they play.
The acting, the writing, the mise-en-scene and the music, there simply is not a substantial weakness in this drama. I guess the only slightly negative thing I could suggest is that at times it was slightly tricky to follow in places, but not enough to ruin your enjoyment of it. I also did not think the very last episode was perfection, however it was still very good all the same.
As the ending credits rolled belonging to the final episode, I felt so incredibly emotional. If I am honest, I still feel this way a bit today too. I feel so glad and privileged to have had this series in my life. Nevertheless, there is definitely a feeling of sadness there that there are not anymore episodes left to see.
If you love your TV dramas then YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE AMERICANS! I love this show that much that I watched it via Amazon Prime Video(not on terrestrial TV in the UK). Thank goodness that my love for this show will live with me forever! 5/5.