The Americans

The Americans (2013)

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Baggage - S3-E2

Factual error: Sierra Nevada beer would not have been available in DC during this time period.

The Clock - S1-E2

Factual error: When Phillip gives the clock back to Viola, you can catch a glimpse of a Hyundai Santa Fe. A car that wasn't released until 2000. (00:28:25)


Chloramphenicol - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: Paige's wristwatch hands go forwards / backwards during the scene as she speaks on the phone with Elizabeth.


Chloramphenicol - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: The clock on the wall of the Jennings' home reads 1:25 am when Elizabeth calls her, but Paige's wristwatch shows a different time.


Chloramphenicol - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: Elizabeth's hand on Gabriel's arm changes positions shot to shot.


Show generally

Factual error: The soda cans use opening mechanisms not used until the 1990s.

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Suggested correction: Current tab pop tops have been around since the late 70's. I know because I broke a few of them off before getting the hang of them in high school.

IHOP - S5-E9

Factual error: When Philip and Elizabeth are driving in their Volvo after argued with Tuan, the front panel of the car radio is removed, and you can see a CD slot. This was not available in 1984. (00:41:00)

Show generally

Continuity mistake: Philip sustains a stab wound a little right of his stomach area but there is no scar in subsequent episodes.


Crossbreed - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: Phillips' hands go from clasped to unclasped on the table as the shot angles instantly change while speaking with Gabriel.


Trust Me - S1-E6

Factual error: A German bio-metric passport is shown that was only issued after 2005. (00:14:40)

Season 4 generally

Factual error: In several episodes, agents are handling biological material wearing blue nitrile gloves. The season takes place in 1983 but these gloves didn't come into use until the mid-90's.


Dinner for Seven - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: Paige and Elizabeth walk into a parking lot, immediately passing the front of a sedan parked near the parking lot entrance. However, the scene changes to their front and the same sedan is parked further in, as the duo take a long time before passing the same car.


Dinner for Seven - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: During the conversation between Elizabeth and Pastor Tim in his office, the Pastor's arms are instantly either raised or in his lap, occurring several times in the scene.


Glanders - S4-E1

Other mistake: The recap of Episode 4.1 has a scene that hasn't been shown until episode 4.2 or 4.3 where the FBI neighbor gets hold of Jennings in his garage to confront him on his alleged affair with his wife. The similar issue with another episode is seen in episode 3.12 or 3.13. (01:00:00)

Season 1 generally

Factual error: In nearly every episode shot outside in city neighborhoods just out of the camera's focus you can see so many cars from the late 2000s.


Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? - S3-E9

Factual error: The lady in the mailbox robot repair office takes a heart medication. On the medication bottle, it says Lisinopril 40mg 3 tablets per day. Not only is this a drug overdose but Lisinopril became only available in the early 1990s.

Show generally

Continuity mistake: Elizabeth sustained a fairly severe wound to her back (left side, if I remember correctly) a little above her waistline, but no scar appears in subsequent episodes.


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