‘The Americans’ Showrunners Tell Us Why You Need to Finally Watch Their Show

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields sell the critically-acclaimed FX drama to TheWrap ahead of final season premiere

Last Updated: March 26, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

Will everyone who has been “meaning to watch ‘The Americans'” for five years now raise their hands? That’s what we thought.

For every fan who has never missed an episode of a critically-acclaimed series, there is always a person who has been saying “I need to see that” since Day 1 — but hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

Well, we understand. There is a lot of TV out there. And “The Americans” showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields get it too. So TheWrap asked them to give us their best pitch for the FX drama ahead of its sixth and final season premiere this week.

Here is why Weisberg and Fields say you need to start binging the adventures of married KGB spies Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) ASAP:

“Well, I would say the typical thing is people are going to be talking about the ending and you don’t want to know what it is without being in on it,” Fields said. “So you better catch up fast. I would start tonight.”

“My wife and I watched ‘Breaking Bad’ exactly that way,” Weisberg added. “We binged the whole show and then watched the final season live and that was a really fun way to do it. And we think it’s going to be even more fun to watch ‘The Americans’ that way.”

Weisberg told TheWrap this last bit was an “exclusive” — but we’re 98 percent positive he made it up.

“And the final thing I would say to encourage people to do it is, it hasn’t come out yet, but the American Medical Association has done an extensive study that shows watching all of ‘The Americans’ live is going to add seven to 12 years of healthy life. So really people should do it for their own health.”

The first five seasons of “The Americans” are now available on Amazon Prime.

The sixth and final season of “The Americans” premieres March 28 at 10 p.m. on FX.