Monday, February 16, 2015

The Americans: an accessible spy series



As regular readers will know, I much prefer books to television. But I will gladly put away my books for an hour each week to watch the FX Cold War-era spy series, The Americans.

The Americans has all the expected espionage tropes: assassinations, ruthless secret agents, and fancy gadgets (even though it’s set in the 1980s).

At root, however, The Americans is about family life and marriage; and this, I believe, is why the series has become so popular. Very few of us can relate to James Bond, or Alec Leamus of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. But you will see yourself (or perhaps someone you live with) in the characters on The Americans.