‘The Americans’ (FX) Season 2 Premiere Date Announced

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The most critically-acclaimed new drama of 2013, The Americans, which was recently named by the AFI as one of the Programs of the Year, will return to FX for its anticipated second season starting on Wednesday, February 26.

‘The Americans’ is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys, formerly of ‘Brothers and Sisters’ fame) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell of ‘Felicity’ fame), who have two children – 14-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.

Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) has already come dangerously close to discovering their secret, but was thwarted by Nina (Annet Mahendru), his KGB mole and paramour. Torn between his wife Sandra (Susan Misner) and his deepening feelings for Nina, Stan is completely unaware that the beautiful Russian is actually a double agent, reporting on him to the KGB. Philip has been more successful handling his mole within the FBI, Martha (Alison Wright), assistant to Stan’s boss, Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas of ‘The Walton’s fame). Romancing Martha under the guise of one of his cover identities, an FBI bureaucrat named “Clark,” Philip has secured her unquestioning loyalty… (gasp!) by marrying her. Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Paige has become increasingly suspicious that her parents are hiding something.

When ‘The Americans’ debuted back on January 30 of last year it was the most-watched drama ever for FX, earning 5.1 million viewers. And the series received the most Television Critics Association Awards nominations of any show this year (four in total) and also earned four Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations.

Again, the second season of ‘The Americans’ will return to FX starting on February 26 at 10/9c.