The endgame is mapped out for a cable drama that has been chalking up Emmy nominations for a few years. FX gave a two-season pickup to “The Americans,” which will wrap with a sixth and final season in 2018.
Season five will run 13 episodes and is set to bow in 2017. The final season will consist of 10 episodes.
In a statement, showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg said: “It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the final stretch on ‘The Americans,’ and we’re so grateful to know we’ll be telling the story to its conclusion. The best part of the last four years has been the intensive and fruitful collaboration with all of the people who make this show. … We’re looking forward to the final two.”
The series, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian spies living as a typical American family in the U.S., has been a consistent presence at industry awards events, including winning a Peabody last year. The show has received five Primetime Emmy nominations, including a win for Margo Martindale as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2015.
The AFI Awards named “The Americans” among its TV Programs of the Year for the past three years.
Said Eric Schrier, president of original programming for FX: “Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded ‘The Americans’ as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year. All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show.”
Season four is currently airing, with the finale set for June 8.