Mirror, Mir: Why Cold War Period Piece 'The Americans' Is T.V.'s Most Relevant Spy Show

The Americans

If I’ve talked to you in the past year or so, I’ve probably talked your ear off about spies, from Homeland to the Mata Hari. I’m obsessed with espionage like a seven-year-old is obsessed with dinosaurs. So, I wrote this thing about the excellent FX spy show The Americans, the second season of which premiered last week. I couldn’t find a home for it in time, so I made a home for it myself on the beautiful Medium. RIYL cloaks and daggers and pop-culture criticism (no spoilers, and no need to have watched the show).