ALOTT5MA FOREIGN CAR DESK: So I am about halfway through Season 2 of the sublime The Americans when I noticed something. With the exception of a single Citroen driven by some Russians and the Mercedes driven by a Congressional aide, I do not believe I have seen a single imported car driven by anyone within the narrative. And it's all big body sedans, too. Impalas and Crown Victorias and such.
Now, it's a lot of government cars, of course, but it is also possible I haven't seen a single vintage import on the street. No Porsche 914s, no Honda Civic CVCCs, no Suburu Brats. The director's eye for the 1980s is simply too good for this to be an oversight. And I think it's a great choice.
[N.B.: A spoiler-free thread, please, but any comments on the raw 80s-ness (and, indeed, early 80s-ness) of the show are welcomed. Est? Intellivision? The same donut phone my sister had?]