Watch a Promo for FX's The Americans, Basic Cable's Homeland (VIDEO)

By Tim Surette

Nov 07, 2012

A spy planted in America! Total paranoia! A leading actress who first found fame on a young-adult show in the '90s! It may sound like Showtime's very buzzy Homeland, but I'm actually talking about FX's upcoming series The Americans.

The network has finally released a quick promo for the Cold War drama, which stars Keri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) as KGB spies pretending to be regular old suburban Americans in 1981.

If this is even half seven-eighths as good as Homeland, we're in for a treat.


The Americans debuts February 3, 2013 on FX.

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  • MikeLogue Nov 09, 2012

    That's rather dismissively reductive. Wow, espionage & counter-espionage, Homeland invented that right? Also the team behind this includes Gavin O'Connor & Justified's creator Graham Yost. FX is one of the best in the game, and have a much better track record for drama than Showtime, outside of Homeland.

  • mad-pac Nov 09, 2012

    Sounds like the kind of show I like, so I'm in. But already setting Homeland as a standard for comparison is a mistake. I just hope Tim doesn't get overrun by expectations again and judges the show in its own merits.

  • Ne2SuIueSzb Nov 08, 2012

    Quick question: If it debuts on February 3, then why the hell does it say January in the trailer???

  • bicelis Nov 08, 2012

    Oh, the good ol' Soviet sleeper agent story. This looks like more action melodrama version of Homeland, not a suspense show. But then again no one does suspense like the 24 people so it's probably good they won't even try it.

  • TypeB Nov 08, 2012

    I hope I'll get to see a lot of bad 80's fashion and hair.

  • Mate Nov 08, 2012

    This could be great or horrible. Is it bad if the audience already knows the end of the plot?

  • kanniballl Nov 08, 2012

    Do they? (Sure, I imagine we all do... but...)

    They don't need to stick to fact. For example, I was kind of surprised Tarantino ended "Inglourious Basterds" the way he did.

    Doing a period piece doesn't mean it has to be accurate. It can be alternate history.

  • Silver_Sword_14 Nov 08, 2012

    Bad teaser aside, I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. It's kind of funny seeing Keri Russell in such a serious role, but thankfully, she doesn't have Claire Danes' "I'm bat-shit crazy!" face.

  • JohnFron Nov 08, 2012

    Don't call Carrie crazy or she'll go crazy.