The sixth and final season of the American television drama series The Americans, comprising 10 episodes, premiered on FX on March 28, 2018. The final season was announced in May 2016, when the series received a two-season renewal to conclude the series. The series moved back to its original time slot, Wednesdays at 10:00 pm, after airing on Tuesdays the previous season.
The events of the sixth season begin in late September 1987, three years after the conclusion of season five. The work of American artist Alyssa Monks was used as the artwork of Miriam Shor's character Erica Haskard, including a small number of pieces created just for the series.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|66||1||"Dead Hand"||Chris Long||Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg||March 28, 2018||BDU601||0.64|
|In 1987, Philip has become a full-time travel agent, Henry has become a promising hockey player at the boarding school he attends, and Paige is now in college and is a Soviet agent-in-training. Stan has married Renee and has moved out of counterintelligence except for Sofia and Gennadi, whom he still handles with Dennis Aderholt. Finally, Elizabeth is exhausted and resentful from handling a full KGB case load nine weeks before the Reagan-Gorbachev summit. On orders from Claudia, Elizabeth meets with a Soviet general in Mexico who tells her about "Dead Hand" (a doomsday device) and the Soviet military's plan to overthrow Gorbachev if he renounces it. He gives her a cyanide pill to take if captured. Arkady, now deputy chief of Directorate S and a Gorbachev supporter, recruits Oleg, now married and out of the KGB, to travel to the US and ask Philip to uncover (and possibly stop) Elizabeth's unapproved new mission. While Paige is on a surveillance detail, a young US security officer tries to coerce her for a date by taking her (fake) ID. Elizabeth then kills him to recover the ID. When Philip tries to tell Elizabeth about Oleg's visit, she rudely dismisses him.|
|67||2||"Tchaikovsky"||Matthew Rhys||Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg||April 4, 2018||BDU602||0.62|
|Stan gets a message that "Teacup" (Gennadi) wants to meet with him; he learns that Sofia has kicked Gennadi out, but Gennadi still makes a Soviet courier run with an FBI team covertly X-raying his diplomatic pouch. Dennis also tells Stan that Oleg Burov is in D.C., registered for a class on urban transport planning. Elizabeth meets with CIA contact Patrick McCleesh to gather information before the summit and has to sneak into the State Department (where she claimed to be employed) to have lunch with him. He discloses Ronald Reagan's onset of Alzheimer's. For Dead Hand, Elizabeth pressures General (formerly Colonel) Rennhull to hand over a lithium-based radiation sensor by threatening to expose his prior contact with the Soviets. After a Soviet lesson on Tchaikovsky from Claudia, Paige asks Elizabeth if the Soviets ever use sex to get information, which Elizabeth at first denies outright but then hedges. When Elizabeth meets Rennhull to get the sensor, he instead pulls a gun on her. When she jumps him, he fatally shoots himself through the jaw, splattering blood and brains over her face just as Paige breaks lookout cover and runs to her mother's aid.|
|68||3||"Urban Transport Planning"||Dan Attias||Tracey Scott Wilson||April 11, 2018||BDU603||0.71|
|Elizabeth berates Paige for leaving her position during the Rennhull fiasco. After Paige leaves, Elizabeth tells Philip some of the details of her mission. Sofia tells Stan that she's discussed meeting with the FBI with a friend at TASS, and Stan discusses the danger with Dennis. Philip negotiates an extension on Henry's tuition payment and exhorts the travel agency to sell more. Elizabeth tells Paige that she's not afraid to die for her job. Stan awkwardly meets with Oleg, who brings up Nina. Claudia, Elizabeth, and Paige cook zharkoye, a Russian stew, and Claudia gives Elizabeth a new target for acquiring the sensor. After Elizabeth brings a sample of the zharkoye home, she and Philip discuss their very different views of the changes in Russia and her hatred of America. Stan and the FBI pick up Gennadi, Sofia, and her son Ilya to give them asylum. Elizabeth meets with a warehousing supervisor at the sensor plant to find weaknesses in security and then kills him when she realizes her cover will be exposed by his girlfriend. Philip meets Oleg.|
|69||4||"Mr. and Mrs. Teacup"||Roxann Dawson||Peter Ackerman||April 18, 2018||BDU604||TBD|
|70||5||"The Great Patriotic War"||Thomas Schlamme||Hilary Bettis||April 25, 2018||BDU605||TBD|
|71||6||"Rififi"||Kevin Bray||Stephen Schiff & Justin Weinberger||May 2, 2018||BDU606||TBD|
|72||7||"Harvest"||Stefan Schwartz||Sarah Nolen||May 9, 2018||BDU607||TBD|
|73||8||"The Summit"||Sylvain White||Joshua Brand||May 16, 2018||BDU608||TBD|
|74||9||"Jennings, Elizabeth"||Chris Long||Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg||May 23, 2018||BDU609||TBD|
|75||10||"START"||Chris Long||Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg||May 30, 2018||BDU610||TBD|
The sixth season has received widespread acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 100% approval rating with an average score of 9.6 out of 10 based on 16 reviews, with a critics consensus of: "The Americans' powerful final season pumps up the volume on an already intense show, concluding the complex series arc with epic familial conflict... and a high body count." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 92 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".