History Series / TheAmericans

24th Aug '16 10:34:29 PM Azek
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* HideYourPregnancy: Elizabeth picking up salad bowls and laundry baskets to hide her real-life pregnancy in season 4.
24th Aug '16 10:33:03 PM Azek
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* HideYourPregnancy: Elizabeth picking up salad bowls and laundry baskets to hide her real-life pregnancy in season 4.
24th Jul '16 5:15:39 AM TrollBrutal
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Averted. The show does a good job in following history as closely as possible.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Averted. The show does a good job in following history as closely as possible.possible, but it takes some liberties from time to time:
24th Jul '16 4:19:16 AM eroock
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* ArrangedMarriage: Philip and Elizabeth, by the KGB. Also presumably Emmet and Leanne. Averted with Robert who married a third party.

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* ArrangedMarriage: ArrangedMarriage:
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Philip and Elizabeth, by the KGB. Also presumably Emmet and Leanne. Averted with Robert who married a third party.



** MarriageBeforeRomance: The Jennings...[[EarnYourHappyEnding eventually]]. From what we saw in the Season 2 premiere, Emmet and Leanne also qualified.



** Philip and Martha's fake relationship and fake marriage starts to get more real by Season 4, like in season premiere "Glanders", when he's going to Martha for comfort and telling her things he doesn't tell his other wife.



* LoveAtFirstSight: A one-sided example. At the start of the series it's fairly obvious that Philip cares deeply for Elizabeth, while Elizabeth still views her marriage to Philip as an assignment. It's also mentioned at one point that when Philip was introduced to Elizabeth for the first time he was relieved by how pretty she was, but he could tell by her face that she was disappointed by him. It isn't until the third episode that Elizabeth admits that she's starting to feel love for Philip for the first time in their twenty year marriage.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: A one-sided example. At the start of the series it's fairly obvious that Philip cares deeply for Elizabeth, while Elizabeth still views her marriage to Philip as an assignment. It's also mentioned at one point that when Philip was introduced to Elizabeth for the first time he was relieved by how pretty she was, but he could tell by her face that she was disappointed by him. It isn't until the third episode that Elizabeth admits that she's starting to feel love for Philip for the first time in their twenty year marriage.


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* MarriageBeforeRomance:
** Philip and Elizabeth. It's mentioned at one point that when Philip was introduced to Elizabeth for the first time he was relieved by how pretty she was, but he could tell by her face that she was disappointed by him. It isn't until the third episode that Elizabeth admits that she's starting to feel love for Philip for the first time in their twenty year marriage.
** Philip and Martha's fake relationship and fake marriage starts to get more real by Season 4, like in season premiere "Glanders", when he's going to Martha for comfort and telling her things he doesn't tell his other wife.
** The Jennings...[[EarnYourHappyEnding eventually]].
** From what we saw in the Season 2 premiere, Emmet and Leanne also qualified.
24th Jul '16 4:10:22 AM eroock
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** PerfectlyArrangedMarriage:: The Jennings...[[EarnYourHappyEnding eventually]]. From what we saw in the Season 2 premiere, Emmet and Leanne also qualified.

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** PerfectlyArrangedMarriage:: MarriageBeforeRomance: The Jennings...[[EarnYourHappyEnding eventually]]. From what we saw in the Season 2 premiere, Emmet and Leanne also qualified.
6th Jul '16 8:01:45 AM MBI
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* IgnoredVitalNewsReports: The first person to hear of the death of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (a fact which will have major implications on the series) is Paige, who listens to the news for a second before flipping to ''Series/TheJeffersons''.
30th Jun '16 6:19:43 PM pyroclastic
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* FamousNamedForeigner: Claudia is close friends with a General [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgy_Zhukov Zhukov]], but not ''that'' General Zhukov.
27th Jun '16 7:28:17 PM pillie38
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** [[spoiler: Ultimately {{averted}} when she refuses to report on Anton Baklanov and tries to smuggle a message to his son out of the country. She's executed because of it.]]
11th Jun '16 10:06:45 PM forsetipurge
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* BoringButPractical: In contrast to the KGB's flashy, subterfuge-ridden spycraft, when it comes to business the FBI agents of the series simply follow the book and procedure.
** Following Martha's defection, the FBI put surveillance on the mail robot she's known to tamper with. Sure enough, they catch a KGB hireling working on it.
** Stan and Aderholt manage to arrest William simply by checking the papers of the company he works for.
11th Jun '16 9:26:53 PM FictionIsntReal
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Col. Larrick at the end of season two resolves to capture the Jenningses and turn them over to the American government, and to confess to his own involvement with them and his betrayal of his country and his brothers-in-arms, saying that he doesn't care what happens to him. Just at the moment he seems on the brink of success, Jared shoots him in the shoulder, and then Phillip in the resulting struggle kills him.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: RedemptionEqualsDeath:
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[[spoiler: Col. Larrick at the end of season two resolves to capture the Jenningses and turn them over to the American government, and to confess to his own involvement with them and his betrayal of his country and his brothers-in-arms, saying that he doesn't care what happens to him. Just at the moment he seems on the brink of success, Jared shoots him in the shoulder, and then Phillip in the resulting struggle kills him.]]
** [[spoiler: After Nina is returned to the Soviet Union and imprisoned for spying on them, she is given the opportunity to improve her situation by spying on and betraying the confidence of her cellmate. After she does so, her next task is to do the same for Anton, the scientist kidnapped in an earlier season. Rather than take advantage of the woman his captors seemingly offer him, he tells her how guilty he is for losing his family, and notes that in order to retain one's independence one must refuse any benefits offered by their masters. When she finds the letters he is secretly writing for his son, she decides to smuggle them out rather than rat him out. Even Anton is shocked by this, but she is confident it's the right thing. She is caught and promptly executed as a result.
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