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The Day After 

The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?


Daniel Sackheim


Joseph Weisberg (created by) (as Joe Weisberg), Tracey Scott Wilson

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Elizabeth Jennings
Matthew Rhys ... Philip Jennings
Dylan Baker ... William Crandall
Brandon J. Dirden ... Dennis Aderholt (credit only)
Lev Gorn ... Arkady Zotov
Costa Ronin ... Oleg Burov
Keidrich Sellati ... Henry Jennings
Holly Taylor ... Paige Jennings
Richard Thomas ... Frank Gaad (credit only)
Noah Emmerich ... Stan Beeman
Kelly AuCoin ... Pastor Tim
Vera Cherny ... Tatiana Vyazemtseva
Danny Flaherty ... Matthew Beeman
Ruthie Ann Miles ... Young Hee Seong
Rob Yang ... Don Seong


The Day After premieres, making the stakes - and terrible consequences - of the Cold War plain. Even with that in mind, will Elizabeth be able to complete the painful process of the "Patty" operation?

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English | Russian | Korean

Release Date:

11 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Like many events referenced in the show, Oleg's story to Tatiana about how close the Russians came to launching nuclear missiles at the U.S. actually happened. On September 26, 1983 a Soviet officer, Stanislav Petrov, disobeyed orders and declined to relay information on what appeared on Russian radar to be five incoming missiles from the U.S. to his superiors. As depicted in the show, the "missiles" turned out to be reflections from a cloud. Had he disclosed the radar sightings it might have led to a nuclear war, as depicted in "The Day After". Petrov's actions did not become public until many years later. The incident is dramatized in the 2014 movie, The Man Who Saved the World (2014).

This was not the first time nuclear war was avoided. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, an Admiral aboard a Soviet sub ordered the captain to launch his nuclear missile. The captain, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, who had been appointed the commander of the submarine group involved, refused to do so. See more »


The VCR that Elizabeth uses in Yung Hee's home has the VHS HQ brand. HQ was invented by JVC in 1985. That is two years after the events portrayed here. See more »


References Julia (1977) See more »


Major Tom (Coming Home)
Performed by Peter Schilling (uncredited)
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Well depicted conflicts of conscience, bad music blasting ruins mood
15 May 2016 | by heaan-lasaiSee all my reviews

The series has almost always depicted people being torn between what they believe is right and what they're SUPPOSED to believe is right. This episode puts less weight on the sneaky-spy-business and characters otherwise depicted as cold blooded patriots also become torn by thinking of the possible consequences if someone uses the weapon they're trying to obtain. When Paige starts asking questions about a possible apocalyptic war the protagonists also have to ask themselves what their children will think of them. There isn't much else to say about this episode, the internal and interpersonal conflicts are gripping and realistic. However many scenes are ruined by bad music blasting in the background, often just as loud as the conversations. This breaks the tension in otherwise gripping scenes. The music doesn't enhance the mood of the scenes, it just seems like random 70:s and 80:s music from someone's old CD collection.

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