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      Season 1 – TURN: Washington's Spies

      2014 History Drama List
      54% 39 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 250+ Ratings Audience Score After scoring a hit with a series set in the 1960s, AMC travels much further back in time for "TURN: Washington's Spies," a Revolutionary War-era drama based on the same-named Alexander Rose novel. The series goes beyond the battlefront to a conflict involving everyday men and women, taking place in a cryptic world of double agents, covert operations and code-breaking. It revolves around Abe Woodhull, a young farmer torn between loyalty to his Tory background and respect for those who fight for the Patriot cause. Living on British-occupied Long Island, Abe joins a group of his childhood friends to form what becomes known as the Culper Ring, a spy network charged with sniffing out British military strategy. Under the direction of Gen. Washington, Abe and his fellow agents help turn the war to the Continentals' favor, and their daring efforts ultimately serve as the foundation for modern espionage. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered May 09 Buy Now

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      Turn's uneven treatment of the American Revolution is more frustrating than exciting and memorable.

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      Episode 1 Aired Apr 6, 2014 Pilot America's first spy ring; in the early years of the Revolutionary War, a Long Island farmer is recruited to spy on the British army. Details Episode 2 Aired Apr 13, 2014 Who by Fire To prevent Anna being blamed for the murder of a Royal Officer, Abe must find the culprit; Ben and Caleb interrogate Simcoe. Details Episode 3 Aired Apr 20, 2014 Of Cabbages and Kings Ben is betrayed by his own militia while on the run from the British; Abe and Richard travel to New York; Mary confronts Anna. Details Episode 4 Aired Apr 27, 2014 Eternity How Long Abe and Richard grapple with orders to dig up gravestones; Ben and Caleb try to get their intelligence to General Washington. Details Episode 5 Aired May 4, 2014 Epiphany Celeb and Ben follow mysterious orders; Washington's army crosses into enemy territory. Details Episode 6 Aired May 11, 2014 Mr. Culpeper Abe is ambushed by a desperate patriot while on the way to New York; Ben is charged with the task of creating a spy. Details Episode 7 Aired May 18, 2014 Mercy Moment Murder Measure An old threat returns to Setauket; Abe tries to protect Anna; Rogers travels to a prison ship in search of a mysterious man. Details Episode 8 Aired May 25, 2014 Challenge Anna searches for intelligence at Andre's exclusive gentleman's party. Details Episode 9 Aired Jun 1, 2014 Against Thy Neighbor Simcoe plans to weed out rebel conspirators in Setauket through a political witch hunt; Ben is assigned to a secret mission. Details Episode 10 Aired Jun 8, 2014 The Battle of Setauket Mary struggles with the knowledge that Abe is a spy for the rebels; Ben and Caleb lead a raid on Setauket. Details

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      John Anderson Wall Street Journal Without getting too sappy about it, Turn puts flesh on a seminal chapter of U.S. history that has largely been left to Gilbert Stuart and James Fenimore Cooper. Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Chuck Barney San Jose Mercury News Just good enough to make you wish it were better. The story piques your curiosity, but it takes too long to gain traction. The characters are certainly functional, but they lack compelling quirks. The subject matter is worthy, but it just doesn't crackle. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Alessandra Stanley New York Times Turn doesn't dumb down history for the audience. Instead, it gives life to some of the messier parts of a period that is too often starched and oversimplified by schoolbooks and politicians. Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Meghan O'Keefe Decider While TURN: Washington's Spies does a great job with capturing the spirit of the time period, I still found myself struggling to fully connect with the characters. Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Ellen Gray Philadelphia Daily News The true strength of Turn, though, isn't in any awkward, abortive romance but in the pictures it paints of real people under pressure, sometimes doing the wrong things for the right reasons and having no way of knowing how it would all turn out. Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Kristi Turnquist Oregonian Though its pilot is on the plodding side, with its promising material and striking setting, I'm rooting for Turn to take a turn for the better. Dec 7, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jackson Season One's poor review by Rotten Tomatoes (RT) is just sour grapes. Anyone who has written a novel or tv series knows that the opening requires exposition and the more complex the plot and number of characters the longer the exposition. So RT, quit with your short attention span, toddler's tantrum and buckle down for some adult entertainment. My major complaint is why would a hot number like our heroin go for a skinny little drip? Oh, yes, because men like to think that even if they're a five they can win a ten without looks, money, or charisma. If your female lead is a beauty, so must your male lead be a hunk. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Not sure why this season has a lower rating than the others seasons. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A.MAZING. I never would have imagined how a film series could trigger in me such an intense interest and respect of that historical time. Brilliant. Also, the incredibly well written and strong female characters were what got me ..and kept me. Loved every minute of it!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I had no expectations of liking this show at all, as I'm not really that into the subject matter, but I soon found out this show is very well done. I'm through season 2 and it's held up very well. I'm not sure why the critics decided to give this a 54%, but I promise you that is underrated. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review aw m If you like this period in history you will enjoy this show very much. Of course it's not totally accurate, it's a period drama not a documentary. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It may start off a little slow as with most series, but this is the start of a good little and refreshingly historically accurate spy drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Oliver Hirschbiegel, Jeremy Webb, Eagle Egilsson, Nick Copus, Michael Uppendahl, Ed Bianchi, Rupert Wyatt, Kenneth Fink, S.J. Clarkson, Adam Davidson
      Craig Silverstein, Michael Taylor, LaToya Morgan, Mitchell Akselrad, Andrew Colville, Aïda Mashaka Croal, Andrew Colville, Michael Taylor, Craig Silverstein, Joseph Bellotti
      TV-PG (S|V)
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Apr 6, 2014