The Americans is an American television series that is a mixture of period drama, serial drama, and spy fiction. Created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg, the series takes place during the 1980s, and follows Elizabeth and Philip Jennings. They are two Soviet KGB officers that are posing as an American couple, along with their children. Focusing on their marriage strains, it also incorporates real-life events from the Cold War period. Cast includes Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.