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It's pretty good, I especially enjoy when they flash back from their "present" on the show (early 80s) to when they were first starting out together in the states and before they had children.

This series brings to mind an episode of Miami Vice that featured an assimilated KGB illegal who went by the nickname "Surf", played by the character actor who went on to the goofy sitcom Sledge Hammer.
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Allegiance

Whenever cable comes up with something that's fairly novel and has some success, it doesn't take long for the networks to follow suit.

You saw it with all the Mad Men type ripoffs, now comes a new show called Allegiance, which is clearly "inspired" by The Americans.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3581654/

Like they say, there's really nothing new out there, just a bunch of rehashed stuff from the past, with a little Shakespeare thrown in for good measure.
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Like they say, there's really nothing new out there, just a bunch of rehashed stuff from the past...
Dont worry, the all-gal Ghostbusters is coming soon!
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I am a bit late with this but I just recently bought the series. Am midway into the second season. I concur with all the above here, but has anyone noticed the huge anti- Reagan administration mind set from the Russians and how it may mirror so much of the opinions today of our young adults and how they perceive any Republican administration.
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... has anyone noticed the huge anti- Reagan administration mind set from the Russians and how it may mirror so much of the opinions today of our young adults and how they perceive any Republican administration.
You can read and understand the genesis of it all in a book written by a former Agency case officer:

http://www.amazon.com/Willing-Accomp.../dp/0983426406

Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America
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You can read and understand the genesis of it all in a book written by a former Agency case officer:

http://www.amazon.com/Willing-Accomp.../dp/0983426406

Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America
SATCOM, thanks for the info. I just finished season two on DVD, as I have no cable . I also listened to some of the extras commentary, some of them interesting. I need to peruse these posts and figure out how to download some shows without costing me a fortune....
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Old 14 January 2015, 17:09
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I am a bit late with this but I just recently bought the series. Am midway into the second season. I concur with all the above here, but has anyone noticed the huge anti- Reagan administration mind set from the Russians and how it may mirror so much of the opinions today of our young adults and how they perceive any Republican administration.
Perhaps, but I'm betting if the show were set a few years prior to that, during the Carter administration, they'd show a huge anti-Carter administration bias.

The undermining of America probably cut across administration lines and party affiliation, although I can see how that bias might seem stronger when it comes to Reagan. He was a bit of a polarizing figure throughout his two terms.

I thought the episode where the sleepers go on high alert after Reagan was shot was actually pretty realistic as far as what the reaction would be in such a case, especially after Alexander Haig, a former American General, declared that he was in charge (I know, context is everything).

It was a gaffe on Haig's part, and I don't know of anybody who really took it seriously, but I could see how Russians would perceive it as a possible coup. We had analysts that tried to figure out what the Russian mentality was, and they had their counterparts in the former USSR who did the same.

There was always a lot of misperception, as well as propaganda, going on during the Cold War. I would go as far as to say it was at its height during the Reagan administration.

In the end, it's just a tv show.
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Wow, America has been destroyed? Well shit, I guess I won't be doing that ski vacation in NM this year afterall....
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Wow, America has been destroyed? Well shit, I guess I won't be doing that ski vacation in NM this year afterall....
LOL - sort of like the "Victory Over America" Palace Saddam built in Camp Slayer.
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So for example... when gays started speaking up and it eventually became socially unacceptable for people to use the word "faggot" casually... that was a creation of the KGB?
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Good news for this show.

I am still thoroughly enjoying this show.

My concern was that the show was going to0 drag things out and leave certain issues unresolved, for the sole purpose of renewing season after season.
Most shows don't want to develop story arcs that end i nresolution and closure, because they want the show to keep going.

FX has come to an agreement with the show's creators to end the show.
It is not being cancelled and this isn't as a result of someone not wanting a contract renewed.
The show's creators want to go out on top and build a story line that will wrap up the series and end the story of this family.

This season is almost over and the creators and FX have agreed to end the show after the next 23 episodes.
Season five will be 13 episodes... and season six, the final season, will be 10 episodes.

I think it's a great idea and, as a fan of the show, I am glad to see it going out on its own terms and, unlike so many other drama series that end, they are not ending with things unresolved or on a cliffhanger, in the hopes of renewal... they are going to take their time and wrap it all up

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Let the predictions begin on the ultimate fate of the Jennings family.
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Elizabeth dies, Phillip defects. Or vice versa with Philip sacrificing himself.
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FX has come to an agreement with the show's creators to end the show.
It is not being cancelled and this isn't as a result of someone not wanting a contract renewed.
The show's creators want to go out on top and build a story line that will wrap up the series and end the story of this family.
I love this idea for the same reasons. It gives it a sense of finality and not just a fizzling out and dying.

My quintessential example of this is when they did this for the Battlestar Galactica Reboot on SciFi(one of my all time, if not my all time, favorite show).
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I'm just finishing up last season, it's still good but beginning to drag a little bit, especially that subplot with Paige and her pastor. I also don't buy that the "Centre" would risk their two illegals in place by trying to get them to recruit their daughter, although perhaps that was always a part of the plan if the couples wound up having children.

They could end this series in a lot of different ways, one intriguing possibility is that Paige buys into the whole operation (unlikely, IMO) and ultimately takes over for her parents, who in the end are spirited out of the country after "dying" in freak accident at sea in which their bodies are never found.

As for her little brother, he goes on to become FBI director without ever suspecting her parents and sister were/are agents for the KGB.
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Good series finale!

Been one hec of a TV show for sure.
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I thought it was good ending as well.
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