‘The Americans’ Renewed for Season 3

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Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys in The Americans Season 2 Episode 2 The Americans Renewed for Season 3

The Americans may not possess the word-of-mouth appeal of other FX series like Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story. However, the spy drama – which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of Soviet KGB officers posing as a married American couple during the Cold War – has managed to carve itself a strong niche among viewers and a fervent fanbase all its own.

After a highly praised first season, The Americans returned for season 2 with modest but solid ratings in keeping with its season-one average. Furthermore, the series has proven to be a great asset to FX with regards to the precious demographic of adults 18-49, where its numbers spike considerably (especially when DVR viewings are taken into account). However, despite the fact that its second season has only a handful of episodes left to air, the show had yet to be renewed for another year. Until now.

FX has officially ordered 13 new episodes of the series, confirming that The Americans will indeed return for season three. Despite the show’s less-than-stellar ratings, its renewal isn’t particularly shocking, considering that The Americans has garnered strong reviews and a slew of awards nominations and honors since debuting early last year.

Keidrich Sellati and Keri Russell in The Americans Season 2 Episode 1 The Americans Renewed for Season 3

It’s a testament to the network’s faith in the long-term future of the show that it is holding on to The Americans even with a number of high-profile new projects in the works. In addition to the recent debuts of the Coen brothers adaptation Fargo (read our review) and George Lopez comedy Saint George, the network has the David Yates-directed Tyrant pilot in the queue, as well as vampire thriller The Strain from director Guillermo del Toro. All in all, the network is certainly not in a position to be forced to keep shows that aren’t performing up to par.

Exactly how long The Americans will stick around and where the show’s espionage-laden narrative will take it next are questions for another day. In the meantime, it looks like – at least for now – fans of The Americans can rest easy and enjoy the continuing adventures of the Jennings family.

Are you glad that The Americans is coming back for another round of episodes on FX, or would you prefer the network continue its focus on promising new series instead? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.


The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.

Source: FX

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  1. I like this show so did zer is third season

  2. I love The Americans. Great show actors are wonderful

  3. Yay, season 3. This is such a great series. A real ‘period piece’ a phrase more often used for a painting or a book, but applies so well here. Catches the essence of life at the time that we all (50+) lived through, including the whole cold war thing that was always there, if not front and centre, always in the background. This done while dramaticly revealing a part of that time that most never saw.

  4. Cant wait for season 3 of The Americans
    Hopefully on UK tv very soon

  5. My friends and I have enjoyed watching The Americans — the actors and storyline are compelling.

  6. yes! this is a seriously underrated show! It is hard for anything on TV to excite my interest but this one had me deeply compelled to continue watching it. It’s a mystery to me as to why it isn’t more popular.

  7. Love, love, love this show. Can hardly contain myself till it returns to British TV.

  8. This is an intriguing show with great character development. Glad another season is in the offing.

  9. The Americans…Great Plot..wonderful Actors

  10. Its the kind of show you watch once and your hooked! Looking forward to the 3rd season and hoping for more to come. Great cast!

  11. Great program and fantastic acting. Very accurate portrayal of the illegals activity in this country

  12. Very glad that the Americans are coming back! Great show. Hopefully people will continue to watch.

  13. I am of the cold War generation and find The Americans fascinating; its cancellation would be unfortunate because of the importance of the geo-political and historical framework it is set in. Besides, the story line and characters are very appealing.

  14. great news that The Americans is going to have a 3rd season. great, great show. just wish that some of the characters that are duped catch on in Season 3. They can work it in w/o blowing the Jennings cover. Some of the story line seems implausible. At the very least Martha needs to figure something out. i know there is no internet yet, but how about asking a few questions once in a while????

  15. Yes! Bring season 3. We loved the Americans series on FX.

  16. The Americans is a great show, with the second season out performing the first. Anyone growing up in the cd war era will be able to relate, and learn things they were not aware of. Even if you didn’t live through it, the Americans is an exciting spy thriller with excellent acting and a great story line. I hope it’s around for several more seasons and can conclude with their lived after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  17. great show, look forward to it each week

  18. I almost stopped watching The Americans
    because it showed too much sex! Breaking Bad is a great example of how good writing doesn’t need all that explicit sex!!

  19. I AM very glad that The Americ’sans are coming back for Season 3. It’s a great series and I love that it is a “period series”. IF we had to stick to current time, all we would see is series/films about Arab Terrorists–Homeland, for example. Anyway, I think the Russians always made good “bad guys”.

  20. I am pleased that The Americans was renewed for season 3 — this series combines excellent writing with superb acting to create an entertaining and stimulating series. I very much look forward to return (especially to see if Nina is saved at the last minute)!

  21. We love this show and haven’t missed an episode. Hope it stays on for a long time.

  22. Yes, The Americans is my favorite TV indulgence, and I am eagerly awaiting season 3!

  23. I am a big fan of the Americans! I can’t wait for season three!

  24. I am very happy that the Americans are coming back .
    I just don’t think we need to see so much of all the private stuff .
    People know what is going on with out it in our face .
    But I do like the show and think they have done a great job of
    the relationships between all these people and just how complex
    It could be . And I am thankful for the fast forward button so I can skip through
    The things I don’t care to see .

  25. I enjoyed the show and purchased it from amazon, let keep the story going.

  26. The Americans is an amazing show! I feel guilty though, because I don’t have FX, I have been streaming it through torrent sites. Please don’t cancel!

  27. The Americans is the best drama on TV. Love it

  28. I absolutely love the Americans. Though it doesn’t have the pop-appeal that other series like SOA and “The Strain” do, it watches like a good spy novel to older more intellectual viewers who’s attention spans can maintain a longer plot.

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