‘The Americans’ Brings Back the Cold War

During the Cold War, was the USA packed with Soviet agents who lived as regular American families, spying on their neighbors and radioing the intel to Kremlin analysts? For anyone too young to remember the era, does that sound remotely possible?

The FX Network thinks it’s plausible enough to inspire the premise for The Americans, a new TV series where Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play Soviet spies living in America whose lives change once Ronald Reagan becomes president and amps up the anti-Soviet rhetoric. The show was created by former CIA employee Joe Weisberg and premieres on FX January 30, 2013.

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