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    Stan 

Special Agent Stanley "Stan" Beeman

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Played By: Noah Emmerich

An FBI agent tasked with rooting out Soviet spies. After spending a long time undercover with a white supremacist group, he and his family have moved into the Jennings' neighborhood. A professional and highly driven man, Stan's homelife isn't as well-composed as the man himself.


  • Ascended Fanboy: In the episode "Stealth" we learn that Stan decided to become an FBI agent as a kid because he was a fan of comic book adaptations of famous FBI cases. Specifically, he mentions the FBI's takedown of notorious bank robber John Dillinger.
  • Badass Boast: He gets two great ones in "Safe House".
    "If anything happens to Amador, Vlad is dead. I will personally send you his balls to wear around your neck to wear at your next May Day parade."

    "If you don't tell me where he is you will never get dropped at my master's feet. My bite will go hard and you will know you are dead before your heart stops beating."
  • Broken Ace: His job leaves him unable to function as a normal human being, alienating his family and leaving him generally isolated. He also takes borderline career suicide level risks at his job that only haven't cost him because his gambles have paid off.
    • It is implied that his time as an under cover agent in white supremacist groups has likely destroyed all sense of what's normal for him.
  • Character Tics: Stan has a left side facial tic shown prominently throughout the first two seasons.
  • Cowboy Cop: Chain of command be damned. He regularly does unsanctioned work and follows his own hunches, which are usually accurate.
  • Dating Catwoman: Unbeknown to him, Nina is not as naive and innocent and she appears to be.
  • Deep Cover Agent: Spent some time undercover as a white supremacist. It is implied he he did unsavory things to maintain his cover.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may not talk much, is working for the right side and is usually well meaning but take a close look at how he actually behaves: This guy is rough at best and is often an asshole. It's telling that his son, his wife, his boss, and even his supposed paramour hate him, but he can be smooth when he puts in the effort.
  • Hero Antagonist: As an American intelligence officer, Stan is often working the other side of cases in which our antiheroes Philip and Elizabeth are working.
  • Married to the Job: Overly-committed to his duty at first, he alienates his wife even before his job becomes tangled with an affair.
  • Properly Paranoid: Stops being paranoid once Nina charms him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He brutally kills an innocent Russian embassy worker with no evidence in order to avenge Amador's death.
  • Right Under Their Noses: Stan suspects that something might be off about the Jennings when he first moves in, but after snooping around their garage he comes to see them as close friends and has no idea that they're KGB.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He goes on one after Amador's death, relentlessly hunting the KGB agents he believes responsible for killing his partner.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He went deep undercover in a white supremacist organization before the series starts, which clearly took a toll on his psyche and marriage.
  • The Strategist: Puts together a beautiful misdirection gambit that pays off.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Either since he started having an affair with Nina or since he shot Vlad in a fit of anger. You pick.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ever since Nina was taken back to the Soviet Union Stan has more or less been trying (key word being trying) to do the right thing and live up to the ideals of what he believes being and FBI agent and an American should be.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has an affair with Nina. One of the factors that end up sinking his marriage.
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    Sandra 

Sandra Beeman

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Played By: Susan Misner

Stan's caring wife who feels her marriage being put to the test after her husband returns from undercover work a changed man.

  • Nice Girl: She is one of the only major characters who is completely innocent.
  • Not So Different: From Elizabeth. Both are keeping up a charade of a perfect marriage for outsiders but have severe problems that are tearing their families apart.
  • Promoted to Opening Credits: Susan Misner became part of the main cast in season 2 after recurring in season 1. However, she was bumped back down to recurring status in season 4.
  • Stepford Smiler: Part of what makes her Not So Different from Elizabeth. She and Stan appear as a happy couple, but they're distant and Sandra doesn't feel like she knows him anymore.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a scathing and heartbreaking one to Stan after a night out with Elizabeth.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Is utterly forthcoming with Stan about the fact that she's been seeing another man. Given his distance it is understandable and we feel sympathy for her.

    Matthew 

Matthew Beeman

Played By: Daniel Flaherty

The teenage son of the Beemans. He forms a friendship with Paige.

  • Ascended Extra: Matthew spends most of the first season in the background, with him serving somewhat as a reminder of how much Stan's commitment to his work is taking a toll on his family. He then mostly drops off over the next 2 seasons as the Beemans settle into their separation and divorce. In Season 4, however, he takes on a more prominent role when Sandra allows him to start visiting Stan again and Matthew subsequently grows romantically attached to Paige.
  • Out of Focus: For the first several seasons.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: A lot of friction exists between him and Stan throughout the first season, as Stan's difficulty in acclimating back to civilian life leads to him becoming a lot more obsessed with his work at the bureau.

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