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The personal likes of a music loving, book reading, film watching obsessive geek who spends way too much time watching TV and getting emotionally attached to fictional characters.

This is not a spoiler free blog

Obsessions (Autumn 2014 edition)

• The Affair • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • A to Z. • Boardwalk Empire • Bob's Burgers • The Bridge (US) • Brooklyn Nine-Nine • Bruce Banner • Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers • Cast & Crew of Marvel Movies/Shows • Doctor Who • The Good Wife • Guardians of the Galaxy • Marry Me • Matthew McConaughey • Mark Ruffalo • Marvel movies • The Middle • Reading • Selfie • Sleepy Hollow • The Strokes • Time-Travel • True Detective

Albums of 2013 / TV Shows of 2013 /
Comics of 2013 / Films of 2013
Who I Follow

Top 35 TV Shows of 2013

8. The Americans

I made a terrible mistake. Terrible mistake. So many things have gone wrong for us

In The Americans we know our central duo, the married Russian spies Elizabeth and Phillip will ultimately lose their battle against the US because history tells us how the Cold War ends. Yet there is something really compelling about watching them on their missions every week and I ended up caring for the characters. By the time The Americans ended its first season I was rooting for those spies to fix their once fake marriage and keep on surviving another day.

What I really love about the show other than the superb acting, the amazing 1980s soundtrack and those endless wigs is how both sides of the war are equally interesting. Whilst I often want the Jennings to win I also want the same for FBI Agent Stan Beeman. He has his own storyline and intrigue with Russian embassy spy Nina and his own marriage problems.

It would be easy to make the show very black and white, but the bad guys are never clear cut. Even Claudia who at first seems like real trouble for the Jennings has layers and depth, she may fight for the Motherland and trick her agents but she has her own need for revenge and perhaps even cares for them.

In the end The Americans is about both sides struggling to survive, questioning their loyalties and it doesn’t matter what happened in reality, it matters than maybe Elizabeth and Phillip can get out, that maybe Stan can stop one of their plans, that they all live another day even as everything around them slowly falls apart.

Favourite episodes: Only You / The Colonel

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