The Americans is the most relevant show on TV now. Its plot centers around a married suburban couple who are Soviet spies and part of a sophisticated Russian espionage operation that would normally seem ridiculous but in today's political climate seems not only relevant but realistic, writes Eric Thurm in Esquire. According to Thurm, with stories of Russian espionage transforming from fiction to daily news stories, season 5 of The Americans is increasingly timely and includes plot lines that no longer seem far-fetched.
The Americans is great television but it's no more relevant today, starting its fifth season, than it was in past seasons. Despite critics' claims that this show is the best one on TV to capture the current political zeitgeist of intelligence leaks and clandestine meetings with Russian officials, it is actually at its best as a family drama, writes David Canfield in Slate. The show's humanization of both Americans and Russians displays much more layered storytelling and restraint than what we see unfolding in reality today.