The Jennings Basement: The Americans

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Jun 15, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen apologize for the delay, but Dave didn't have much of a voice.  But we made it today! and we have our thoughts on the season finale Persona Non Grata where we discuss cuddling with your mom, giant laundry baskets and Soviet mental institutions!

We'll be back for a season wrap up episode in the near future, so head to to leave your feedback or email us at!

Thanks for the reviews on iTunes but we could always use more!

Jun 5, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen break down episode 12 of season four, and are hoping for a major payoff next week.  We talk about dot matrix printers, Elizabeth being a choosy mom, and the Kenyan space program.

May 29, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen sit through awkward moment after awkward moment in this episode. We talk about Unexpected flowers, church flirting and have a Stan impression contest. Enjoy this episode Dinner for Seven

May 21, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen are saddened and shocked by this episode, but we must press on.  We discussed all sorts of details about this episode including Owls, the Big Lebowski and trends in kitchen countertops.

We hope you enjoy!


May 14, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen are seething with anger at the actions of various people this week.  They discuss leotards with thongs, porno tapes in stealthy sleeves, and a bottles of mysterious liquids on this week's episode The Day After.  So get a few families together and sit and listen to The Jannings Basement.

May 7, 2016

Wow, that is a long title for this week's episode!  Dave and Mary Ellen take 7 months to break down this episode.  We have a good time talking about Amway, Marriage Fights and a simpler time when movies were 90 minutes long.  We also discuss The Americans here and there including listener feedback. Enjoy!

Apr 30, 2016

Martha Martha Martha!  Dave and Mary Ellen talk a lot about Martha this episode!  And you should be happy we do.  We talk about lots of stuff in this episode including banana clips, hidey holes and shitty night shift employees.  Please enjoy this episode for Travel Agents

Apr 23, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen rejoice as The Americans regain their form. Some tense moments, some detective work and some kick ass Martha.  Enjoy as we discuss apartment leases, omelettes and a travel agent's office staffed by rats.

Apr 16, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen just watched Clark's Place, and they have some mixed feelings.  We discuss the arrival of Matthew, Stan wanted to watch Philip and Elizabeth have sex, and considered some other Queen songs that could have been applied to other scenes from The Americans, 


Apr 9, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen don't have much pep when it comes to this episode, maybe we just aren't catching the Fever.  We discuss a dark episode 4 and the topics of rope ladders, being out of milk and promises of Matthew. 

Apr 3, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen have caught Americans Fever!  And we know there is no cure for that, save for maybe a Nina dream sequence.  We talk about all sorts of things this episode, including bad cologne, Disney kids, and Alan Arkin's country of origin!  

Mar 26, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen have some thoughts on episode 402, and you should too!  We discuss Czech pilots, altoids tins and picture Elizabeth kicking ass at an EST meeting.

Mar 19, 2016

OMG The Americans is (are?) back!!  Dave and Mary Ellen discuss the first episode of season four and cover such topics as guilty up-dos, weaponized cologne and two black labradors.

Mar 5, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen are excited, and you should be too!  They run down their thoughts on season 3, and get prepped for season four! 

Feb 21, 2016

In the last installment of our movie series before the start of season 4, Dave and Mary Ellen set out to LEARN something for a change and we watched the documentary The Man Nobody Knew about former CIA director William Colby. 


Jan 24, 2016

Dave and Mary Ellen have a good time watching this origin story of Machete, Spy Kids which is a fun diversion from the gritty realism we get in The Americans.


Enjoy the Magical worlds, dastardly plans, killer kid robots and Tony Shaloub in Spy Kids

Dec 26, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen are filling the time spent waiting for Season 4 by catching up on spy movies.  This month we watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and we had a quite enjoyable time. 


An all star cast keeps us engaged throughout a complex story.  Check it out and tell your friends!

Nov 23, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen, while waiting for the new season are watching movies that are tangentially related to the Americans, so this month we watched Charlie Wilson's War, a movie about the US involvement in the USSR's war with Afghanistan.  Got a suggestion for a movie to watch?  let us know

Oct 17, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen are here to check in with our agents!  We talk about a bit of news, we discuss who everyone on the Americans would be for Halloween, and we talk about some upcoming plans!  Enjoy!

Sep 26, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen conclude the re-watch of season 1 with a great episode that involves Asheville, NC travel tips, mom guilt, and marital responsibilities.  

Sep 18, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen are off this week, and instead of a lack-lustre finale episode, we decided to delay a week.  thanks for understanding and listening!

Sep 12, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen have taken an oath to podcast about the Americans, and we shall keep doing it.  This episode we discuss fancy broaches, tupperware parties and food fights.

Sep 5, 2015

Dave and Mary Ellen check in on episode 11, Covert war, and we talk about meeting the parents, peeing in motel parking lots, and fajitas at Chili's

Aug 29, 2015

Dave is thankful that Mary Ellen is back at the the notes position, and they discuss a very emotional episode that includes crappy motel rooms, Henry's cereal spoon, and Stan's constant need for something salty.

Aug 22, 2015

Dave gets hosting duties this week as we discus Philip's hockey practice schedule, the revolutionary war, and Chinese food.

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