Rejoice, comrades! With only three episodes remaining in the acclaimed third season of its Cold War spy drama The Americans, FX has opted to renew the series for a 13-episode fourth season, to air next year.
FX’s Nick Grad released an official statement announcing the pickup, in which he said:
“Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons. The series has cemented its status with critics as television’s best current drama and arguably the best show on TV, and we couldn’t agree more.”
The Americans centers on the complex lives of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two Soviet KGB agents living in a Washington, D.C. suburb and posing as a married couple, along with their two children, who are unaware of their parents’ true motives for living within the U.S. The tenuous tightrope the pair must traverse in order to carry out top-secret espionage missions and continue the illusion of normality is complicated by the presence of their neighbor Stan Beeman, an FBI counterintelligence agent.
As the show has progressed throughout three seasons, the strength of The Americans‘ writing, direction and performances have earned it many accolades, including Emmy and Critics Choice Award nominations. With its current season earning even wider praise than its previous two seasons, that doesn’t seem likely to stop any time soon.