History Series / TheAmericans

16th Jul '17 4:00:22 PM Fireblood
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* ClarkKenting: One of the alter egos is also called "Clark". And this Clark looks a lot like Philip with a toupee and glasses. However, for the most part the disguises are not meant to completely change the agents appearances, just to look nondescript.



* CityOfSpies: Washington DC is full of not just KGB, CIA, and FBI agents, but also Contras, Sandanistas, South Africans (both pro- and anti-goverment), Mossad, ISI, Mujahaddin, and others.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: The early 1980s being an especially tense period of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, following the accession of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan to the presidency and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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* CityOfSpies: Washington DC is full of not just KGB, CIA, and FBI agents, but also Contras, Sandanistas, South Africans (both pro- and anti-goverment), Mossad, ISI, Mujahaddin, Mujahadeen, and others.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: The early 1980s being an especially tense period ClarkKenting: One of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, following alter egos is also called "Clark". And this Clark looks a lot like Philip with a toupee and glasses. However, for the accession of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan to most part the presidency and disguises are not meant to completely change the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.agents appearances, just to look nondescript.
16th Jul '17 3:08:35 PM jogarz
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*** The Mujahideen are portrayed almost as proto-Taliban, which is admittedly the popular narrative today. In actuality, except for a couple of senior commanders, the Taliban mostly consisted of people who were too young to fight the Soviets (the hint is in the name, Taliban=Students). The Taliban fought and defeated the remaining Mujahideen factions in Afghanistan after the USSR collapsed.

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*** The Mujahideen are portrayed almost as proto-Taliban, which is admittedly the popular narrative today. In actuality, except for a couple of senior commanders, the Taliban mostly consisted of people who were too young to fight the Soviets (the hint is in the name, Taliban=Students). The Taliban fought and defeated the remaining Mujahideen factions in Afghanistan after the USSR collapsed. Most of the Mujahideen factions that actually fought the Soviets joined the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance.
2nd Jul '17 8:59:55 PM pratchettgaiman
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* CityOfSpies: Washington DC is full of not just KGB, CIA, and FBI agents, but also Contras, Sandanistas, South Africans (both pro- and anti-goverment), Mossad, ISI, Mujahaddin, and others.
15th Jun '17 12:28:01 AM TrollBrutal
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* NothingButHits: Iconic music from the 80s is seamlessly played and the songs are almost another character in the show, often containing lyrics that put a point on what's happening.
19th May '17 10:24:06 PM forsetipurge
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** Larrick equipped and trained the Contras, a right-wing force so brutal that US congress voted to stop funding them. If that's the right side of history, I'd rather be wrong.
17th May '17 6:16:15 PM Fireblood
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* MathematiciansAnswer: When Claudia identifies a woman in the US as a Nazi collaborator who killed Soviet [=POWs=] based on them being the same age and height, Philip asks whether this means they're really the same person, or just share those characteristics. Claudia says "Yes".



* NoDelaysForTheWicked: Generally played straight although notably averted at times. The KGB is highly efficient. Forged government IDs? No problem. Safe houses across the Washington metro area? Got them. Files on American top-secret security personnel? Piece of cake. They even have an office facility that can pass itself off as the CIA's. Admittedly, the KGB has the advantage of surprise, by being undercover, they [[VillainsActHeroesReact have the advantage of deciding where and when to strike, the US has to react to them]].

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* NoDelaysForTheWicked: Generally played straight although notably averted at times. The KGB is highly efficient. Forged government IDs? [=IDs=]? No problem. Safe houses across the Washington metro area? Got them. Files on American top-secret security personnel? Piece of cake. They even have an office facility that can pass itself off as the CIA's. Admittedly, the KGB has the advantage of surprise, by being undercover, they [[VillainsActHeroesReact have the advantage of deciding where and when to strike, the US has to react to them]].
19th Apr '17 9:33:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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23rd Mar '17 6:42:47 PM Fireblood
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*** There is a great deal of angst about the ISI's fundamentalism bent. The Pakistani spy even moans about "officers growing beards, and getting questions on religiosity". In reality, the ISI was at the time led by the very secular officer ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhtar_Abdur_Rahman Akhtar Abdur Rahman]]), who was quite suspicious of religious elements and often clashed with CIA officials over that. ISI support for religious groups came after the end of the Afghan War... and in Kashmir.
*** Pakistan and the ISI's motivations are also couched (probably for purposes of modern American opinions, which are quite anti that Country) as being for religious reasons. In real life, they were a lot more complex, but generally a mixture of anti-communism, and fears of further Soviet expansion.

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*** There is a great deal of angst about the ISI's fundamentalism bent. The Pakistani spy even moans about "officers growing beards, and getting questions on religiosity". In reality, the ISI was at the time led by the very secular officer ([[http://en.(=[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhtar_Abdur_Rahman Akhtar Abdur Rahman]]), Rahman]], who was quite suspicious of religious elements and often clashed with CIA officials over that. ISI support for religious groups came after the end of the Afghan War... and in Kashmir.
*** Pakistan and the ISI's motivations are also couched (probably for purposes of modern American opinions, which are quite anti that Country) country) as being for religious reasons. In real life, they were a lot more complex, but generally a mixture of anti-communism, and fears of further Soviet expansion.



* CulturalCringe: Philip and Elizabeth cozy up to a Soviet defector in the fifth season who almost constantly lambasts the USSR in favor of the US. This annoys not only them (privately) but also his wife, who didn't want to defect.



* DidYouJustHaveSex: happens off-screen Season 4 finale. Beeman comes home after work and finds Paige and Mathew hurriedly fixing their hair and clothes.

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* DidYouJustHaveSex: happens Happens off-screen Season 4 finale. Beeman comes home after work and finds Paige and Mathew hurriedly fixing their hair and clothes.
21st Mar '17 9:59:16 PM TroperBeDoper
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*** This scene leads to UnfortunateImplications when you realize that Elizabeth poses as "Clark's" sister.
15th Mar '17 10:08:13 PM pyroclastic
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* TheMountainsOfIllinois: THe season 5 episode "Pests" has a scene set in rural Illinois but very clearly filmed in the rolling countryside of upstate New York.

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* TheMountainsOfIllinois: THe The season 5 episode "Pests" has a scene set in rural Illinois but very clearly filmed in the rolling countryside of upstate New York.
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