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Cold-War Spy Thriller Producer Admits ‘We Want You to Root for the KGB’

Fields said he realizes this will be hard for some to accept but the producers feel enough time has passed for it to be successful as a concept for the series.

“If you tried to tell a story like this about al-Qaeda now, it would be impossible; no one would want to hear it,” Fields said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel even the same could have been said up to 10 years after the Cold War ended.”

The main characters, played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, are Russian spies planted in Washington, D.C., during the Cold War era at the time of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. They fit into American society perfectly, living a facade with two children who know nothing of their undercover operations to steal information about America for the KGB.
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I've been watching this, I highly recommend it. The portrayals of tradecraft are stunningly accurate, right down to numbers stations. While the main characters are fictional, the main events and techniques are not.

What's more, the Soviets were more advanced in basic tradecraft, HUMINT in particular. We tended to rely more on technology. We're suffering for this now since groups and countries that focus more on the basic skills tend to perform very well against us.
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Apparently some spooks were involved in the production (hence the accuracy). Here's some relevant reading:


Quote:Yahoo! TV Q&A with 'The Americans' showrunners: Real-life CIA alum created the series, which features real-life political drama


Will we see her embrace that a little bit more as the season goes on?

Weisberg: No, not particularly. (Laughs) I think she's a true believer, and she's not a ... she's somebody who really believes in the cause, the socialist cause, and I think it's easy to forget now, in 2013, that the clash wasn't just between two random superpowers, but it was between two different ways of life, and two different beliefs about how society should be structured. We know now that one collapsed under its own weight and the other is still marching forward, but back then there was a real question about which society was going to dominate. She believed that, as many people did around the world, (the Soviet way) was the way to go.


Quote:'The Americans' recap: 'Lied? What's that even mean to us?'

...How do you know your life has become impossibly complicated? When you have a secret life from your secret life. KGB spies posing as American surburbanites Phillip and Elizabeth have lived in an arranged marriage, with children, for 15 years, and just recently bonded in a way that made it possible for their professional marriage to evolve into a genuine romance. But, as Gregory told Elizabeth, you can't do that on a lie, so some secrets had to be revealed first.
Next week: "The Americans" takes on the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt.

"The Americans" airs Wednesdays at 10PM on FX.

And Keri Russell doesn't exactly detract from the visual aesthetics, either.
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