"What’s the creepiest show on TV? The Americans"
John Doyle at The Globe and Mail makes the argument.
"In this, its third season, the series has wandered into territory that makes viewers truly, viscerally uncomfortable. And there is no torture, little overt violence and no serial killer on the loose. Everything is about the exploitation of two teenage girls."
"The layers of deceit are breathtaking. The emphatic theme of young women being taken advantage of, in multiple scenarios, is repulsive. But it serves a serious purpose. We are made aware that the worst crimes are not necessarily committed by psychopaths and crazed killers. We are creeped-out by the mundane level of evil that is at work. There’s no gore. It’s much more terrifying than that."