The Americans was a surprising find for me. I knew the concept, KGB spies living undercover in America, but I had not expected it to be such a human story. The show’s creator and former CIA agent-turned-author, Joe Weisberg, has described the series as being ultimately about a marriage.
The couple routinely receives orders from their KGB handler and they are sent on missions that often require them to flirt, have sex, and even develop relationships in order to keep their cover and complete the mission successfully. In order to ensure the continued loyalty of one his trickiest sources Martha, Philip, in disguise as FBI bureaucrat ‘Clark’, ends up marrying her.