A 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017. The sixth and last season will consist of 10 episodes and air in 2018. Three episodes remain in the series’ current fourth season.
Series creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have also signed a new overall deal with FX Productions to develop their next series.
Created by Weisberg and Fields, “The Americans” stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Soviet spies living in a Washington, D.C.-area suburb during the Reagan era.
“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,” said FX original programming president Eric Schrier. “All credit for that achievement goes to everyone who has worked on the show, and especially co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Graham Yost, our brilliant stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor, Annet Mahendru and the ensemble cast for their incomparable performances every season. We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”
‘The Americans’ has been a critical favorite since its premiere in 2013. Although the show never became a major awards-season contender, it was recognized in 2015 with a Peabody Award, for outstanding achievement in drama at the Television Critics Association Awards, and for best drama series at the Critics Choice Television Awards. Actress Margo Martindale won a Primetime Emmy Award last year for guest actress in a drama series for her work on the show.
In her review of the season-four premiere in March, Variety‘s Maureen Ryan wrote of “The Americans,” “It’s long been in the top tier of TV dramas, and this year, it looks set to stay there.”
“I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at The Americans on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast,” said Fox 21 president Bert Salke. “It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself.”
Weisberg and Fields serve as executive producers on the series with Yost, Long, Stephen Schiff and Amblin Television’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.