27 Things You Might Not Know About "The Americans"

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“Pretty much like reality, but of course without the murders and the wigs.” (Warning: spoilers through Season 4!)

The show is based on a real-life illegal spy program.

The show is based on a real-life illegal spy program.

The FBI busted a Russian espionage ring in 2010 and expelled 10 Russian spies, including a couple who raised their two sons to believe they were Canadian.

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There were actual marriages like the one between Martha and “Clark.”

To get information, agents of the East German Stasi seduced and sometimes even married West German women who worked as secretaries in government offices.

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The C.I.A. has to approve all the scripts.

The C.I.A. has to approve all the scripts.

Series creator Joe Weisberg (left) worked for the C.I.A. in the early 1990s, and like all former agency employees, has to submit anything he writes about intelligence to the C.I.A. Publications Review Board to make sure it doesn’t include classified information.

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Real-life spying is way more boring than it looks on the show.

Real-life spying is way more boring than it looks on the show.

“Our spies are probably busier than any spies in the actual history of espionage,” Weisberg told NPR. “Fictional spies have to stay very, very busy in order to keep people entertained.”

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