Trivia: The Americans

  • Dawson Casting: The show's timeline progresses slower than real life's timeline. By season 3, Paige is only 14 years old even though the actress playing her is 17 years old, and it shows. This is also true for Henry and his respective actor.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
    • Felicity is a Soviet spy.
    • Gabe Jones has grown disenchanted with America, and isn't going to fight alongside any patriotic super-soldiers anytime soon.
    • Before Agent Sitwell worked for SHIELD, he was an FBI Agent. And apparently, he died there as well.
    • John-Boy ended up working for the FBI.
    • Truman's best friend Marlon became an FBI agent as well.
    • The matriarch of the Bennett crime family crossed the Iron Curtain and went by the name of Claudia.
    • Steve Carey has become a KGB operative.
    • President Jack Davis started out as a mid-level functionary in the FBI.
    • Lord Ba'al now works for Mossad. He'll be home in time for Passover.
    • After the fall of the USSR the Resident in Washington immigrates to Israel and years later returns to the USA to work as a muscle for The Greek under the name of Eton Ben-Eleazer.
  • Playing Against Type: Keri Russell has typically been known for playing good girls in movies and television shows. In this show she's a ruthless KGB operative who is willing to seduce, manipulate, blackmail, and murder in order to serve Mother Russia.
  • Truth in Television: The Shoe Phone weapons used in the show have been used by real spies during the Cold War.
    • An umbrella with a hidden poisoned blade from Season 1 is reminiscent of a device that was used in the assassination of Georgi Markov in 1979. The historic assassin's umbrella did not have a blade but shot tiny poisonous pellets.
    • A cylindrical device Elizabeth used to poison a target in the pool was in fact a cyanide gun. The exact same weapon was used by a KGB assassin to eliminate leaders of the Ucranian nationalists in the late 50s. Elizabeth accurately points out that she needs to take an antidote pill to avoid poisoning herself. She even disguises her cyanide gun in a rolled up towel while the historical assassin hid his weapon in a rolled up newspaper.
  • Write What You Know: The show's creator, Joe Weisberg, is a former CIA Officer. Because of this, every script of The Americans must be submitted to the CIA for review to make sure that Weisberg didn't put any classified information in the script.