Just four episodes into its inaugural season, FX has already granted its spy drama series The Americans a 13-episode order for a second season. The show has garnered a lot of critical acclaim and is backed by strong performances from its leads, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich. According to the network, the series premiere was the most-watched debut in FX’s history, with 5.11 million viewers tuning in. The network is also reporting ratings gains every week, making The Americans a bona fide hit.
The show, created by Joe Weisberg (a former CIA agent), takes place in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan’s election, and follows two embedded KGB spies, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, (Russell and Rhys) who spent years preparing to become “typical” Americans so they could help out their government from U.S. soil. Though Elizabeth struggles with the emotional aspects of assimilation, Philip seems to be developing some positive feelings for the land they were bred to hate. In addition to the spy elements, the show also focuses on the newly budding relationship between the two leads, who were forced into a marriage for appearances sake, but have only now begun to see each other as more than business partners. Hit the jump for more on the series, and click here to catch up on my recaps.