My husband and I have been watching The Americans, and it has become one of our favourite non-speculative fiction TV shows. Set in America in the 1980s, it is the story of two Russian spies posing as an American couple, Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings. The ruse runs deep; the couple have lived undercover in the USA long enough to produce two children, Paige and Henry, who remain completely unaware of their parents’ true heritage. Also unaware is their FBI counter-intelligence agent neighbour Stan Beeman.
The show has been favourably compared to The Sopranos, and I can see why; both shows encourage the viewer to sympathise with characters whose moral codes deviate vastly from the society in which they live, and both intersperse scenes of domestic banality with scenes of brutal violence.
But as intelligent, thought-provoking and riveting as the show is, it is not immune to the drinking game treatment.
So the next time you’re watching The Americans, have your favourite alcoholic beverage handy. And brace yourself.
Every time –
- · Someone has to hold a torch in his or her mouth – drink.
- · Someone gets locked in a car boot – drink.
- · Someone trades sex for secrets – drink.
- · Phillip looks ridiculous in his disguise – drink.
- · Elizabeth looks hot in hers – drink.
- · You wonder how long it’s going to be before Phillip’s ridiculous wig comes off when he’s having vigorous sex with Martha – drink.
- · Stan does something illegal – drink.
- · Teenaged Paige attracts the attention of a much older sexual predator – drink.
- · A male member of Paige’s family brutally bashes said predator – drink.
- · The kids have an anti-Russian homework project, or an anti-Russian news item comes on TV, and Elizabeth looks like she’s biting her tongue hard enough to make it bleed – drink.
- Phillip and Elizabeth narrowly avert the start of World War 3 – drink.
- Phillip and Elizabeth narrowly avert the start of World War 3 kind-of by accident – drain your glass.