The Road to FX’s ‘The Americans’ in 5 Clicks
3. A time and place for everything
While Hollywood was racing to turn the political scandal into a script, every attempt fell short of feeling original. That was until Justin Falvey at DreamWorks suggested the show be set in 1981. And with President Ronald Reagan in office at the time, the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union would heat up.