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Niles Is to Frasier as Tuan Is to The Americans

Paige has some questions.


Each week on Slate’s Americans podcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama’s fifth season.

This week, Thomas talks to co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about proper spy terminology, Philip and Elizabeth’s frank conversation with Pastor Tim, and the ways in which Tuan Eckert is like Frasier’s Niles Crane. Then producing director Chris Long talks about shooting in Moscow for the first time.

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Podcast production by June Thomas.