Season 1
The Americans
No. of episodes 13
Original run January 30, 2013 - May 1, 2013
DVD release February 11, 2014 (Region 1)
March 3, 2014 (Region 2)
Season chronology
Season Two

Season One of The Americans premiered on January 30, 2013 and concluded on May 1, 2013. It contained a total of thirteen episodes. 


Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, it is the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI Counter-Intelligence agent.


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# Image Title Airdate Viewers (millions)
1x01 1 Pilot Pilot January 30, 2013 3.22
Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are an undercover team of Russian intelligence agents working deep cover in the United States. Their true identities are a secret to everyone, even their own children.
1x02 2 Theclock The Clock February 6, 2013 1.97
The Jennings have orders to infiltrate and bug the office of US Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; they coerce the Weinberger's cleaning lady to help. Meanwhile, Stan blackmails Nina, a Soviet embassy clerk, to spy for the FBI.
1x03 3 TheAep3 Gregory February 13, 2013 1.65
Phillip and Elizabeth discover Robert secretly had a wife and child. Meanwhile, the FBI learns from Nina that Robert was a Directorate-S operative. Both FBI and KGB start following Robert's wife, to try and determine what she knows.
1x04 4 In Control In Control February 20, 2013 1.91
When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Phillip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB. Meanwhile, Stan pressures Nina to find out if the KGB was responsible for the attempted assassination.
1x05 5 COMINT COMINT February 27, 2013 1.44
A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Phillip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system, while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy.
1x06 6 TrustMe Trust Me March 6, 2013 1.88
A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion among allies and shatters trust within the Jennings’ marriage. Meanwhile, Stan’s plan to keep Nina safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.
1x07 7 DutyandHonor Duty and Honor March 13, 2013 1.70
Phillip and Elizabeth’s troubled marriage is further tested when a mission to discredit a Polish pro-democracy leader reunites Phillip with his old flame.
1x08 8 Mutually Assured Destruction Mutually Assured Destruction March 20, 2013 1.65
Phillip and Elizabeth must stop an assassin from taking out key US scientists, while Stan and the FBI hunt the same man. Claudia shocks Elizabeth with the truth of what happened between Phillip and Irina in New York.
1x09 9 SafeHouse Safe House April 3, 2013 1.38
Phillip and Elizabeth are put to the test when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. Stan and the FBI are pushed to their limit when one of their own goes missing.
1x10 10 OnlyYou Only You April 10, 2013 1.50
Stan pursues a lead that puts him on the trail to one of Gregory's crew members, closing the gap between him and Elizabeth, and reigniting some of the deepest conflicts between her and Phillip.
1x11 11 CovertWar Covert War April 17, 2013 1.81
The CIA assassinates three KGB officials, including General Zhukov. Elizabeth decides to kill the CIA official who planned the operation. She abducts him with Phillip's help, but ultimately lets him go. Stan's wife leaves him. The newly promoted Nina is given access to the material obtained from the Weinberger bug. Martha surprises "Clark" by introducing him to her parents.
1x12 12 TheOath The Oath April 24, 2013 1.49
Sanford Prince recruits an Air Force colonel who will sell information on the SDI project for $50,000. Moscow orders Elizabeth to meet with him despite her misgivings. Martha plants a bug in Gaad's office; Clark marries her to ensure her loyalty. Viola tells the FBI about the Weinberger bug. Nina is sworn into Directorate S and confesses her spying to Arkady, offering to become a re-doubled agent.
1x13 13 The Colonel The Colonel May 1, 2013 1.74
When Phillip and Elizabeth are ordered to go through with a meeting that could potentially be a set-up, they find themselves confronted with unexpected truths about their relationship. Stan's investigation puts him and the FBI even closer to the Jennings.
The Americans
See also: Season OneSeason TwoSeason ThreeSeason FourSeason FiveSeason Six