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'The Americans' vs. 'Homeland': Which Is More Intriguing?

By Brendon McCullin, Hollywood Staff

Homeland stars Claire Danes, famous for her role in the teen drama My So Called Life, as a bipolar CIA agent that is caught in political subterfuge as she tries to suss out terrorist plots. The Showtime series has earned Danes some of the best reviews of her career.

The Americans stars Keri Russell, famous for her role in the teen drama Felicity, as a Russian spy who is embedded in the United States with her fellow spy husband and unsuspecting children. The FX series has earned Russell some of the best reviews of her career.

So, which shows uses political intrigue, espionage and its former ingénue to best effect?

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