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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 205 Ratings

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  • Summary: Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, married World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) time travels to 1743 century Scotland, where she meets Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in this adaptation of the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Aug 8, 2014
    100
    Outlander succeeds admirably, and partly that’s because it follows the bent of both of its creators: It refuses to sit comfortably in any genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Aug 11, 2014
    83
    It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 11, 2014
    80
    The show is wonderfully conceived and executed (if a little pokey pace-wise).
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 19, 2014
    75
    Some episodes chug along faster than others, but the stellar production values render even the slower-paced installments worthwhile viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 8, 2014
    70
    There is very little urgency in the storytelling--layers of voiceover bits don't help, even--and therefore Outlander can hardly be described as compelling. In many ways, this is a story well and thoroughly told but with almost none of the smart pacing of similarly dense fictions like Game of Thrones. And yet the world created in Outlander is not without interest.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 6, 2014
    67
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    The resulting series is a bit of a snooze--handsome, yes, but about as dramatically compelling as the cover of a Harlequin Romance, and too flaccid to make hearts go pitter-pat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 67
  2. Negative: 16 out of 67
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    I read the books and fell in love with Scotland, Jamie and Claire and their whole adventure. What I love about how they've adapted the book toI read the books and fell in love with Scotland, Jamie and Claire and their whole adventure. What I love about how they've adapted the book to the screen is that they aren't rushing the story. I love the costumes, the actors (although Claire seemed a bit stiff in the first episode, she is definitely getting better) the accents, the authenticity to the story AND whatever adaptations that they have made to make it good TV. I love what the director did with "The Wedding." It captured the anticipation and the intimacy that I felt in the book but did it in a different way and it worked beautifully! I love this show. I love Sam Heughan- he is different as the Jamie I imagined while reading but he has definitely stepped in as "my Jamie." He is strong, loyal and very sexy. I have also fell in love with Graham McTavish as Dougal. I love the pace of the show and I look forward to savoring each chapter of the show. I think they are doing a wonderful job and recommend to all readers and non readers alike! Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    10
    A hidden gem of a show. Great chemistry between the leads, neither of whom I had heard of before but after watching them here I couldn'tA hidden gem of a show. Great chemistry between the leads, neither of whom I had heard of before but after watching them here I couldn't believe I hadn't because they just shine. With Battlestar Alumnus Ronald D Moore at the helm I shouldn't have been surprised at the attention to characterisation, including the smallest of parts. This show may have one of the best getting to know you wedding nights ever. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2014
    10
    The Starz Channel has not been notable for very high production values in its televised series shows. Things have taken a major turn for theThe Starz Channel has not been notable for very high production values in its televised series shows. Things have taken a major turn for the better. Extremely high production values, good writing, and excellent actors makes this "must see" TV. A touch of science fiction, lots of Scottish history, and lots and lots of romance makes this a women's show that men will enjoy too.

    My wife has read every one of the "Outlander" books and she approached this show with an extraordinary degree of suspicion, expecting a cheesy cartoon of the books she so enjoys. She is now a believer in this show and recommends it to all of Gabaldon's fans and to everyone else too.
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  4. Sep 20, 2014
    9
    I think this series is well done. It can not be compared to other programs. I read the books years ago when they were first published andI think this series is well done. It can not be compared to other programs. I read the books years ago when they were first published and key events have been represented well and do justice to the story while bringing in artistic changes to move the story along. I like the voice over. The nudity
    Is not needed to convey the story. I like some historic event that have been added and not part of the original story. Over all well done
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  5. Jun 8, 2015
    7
    While it hasn't exactly met my expectations in a lot of aspects, it managed to surprise me in others. I never read the books, for the record.While it hasn't exactly met my expectations in a lot of aspects, it managed to surprise me in others. I never read the books, for the record.

    I didn't like the pacing - it felt as though there were a lot of idle moments and episodes could have been shorter. The abundance of sex scenes came across as unnecessary sometimes or even silly. I also failed to grow attached to most recurring characters, except for the two regulars Claire and Jamie; and even that took a fairly long time.

    Now on the positive experiences: I think the 3 main actors did a good job, if not consistently. The art direction and the costumes made the series very pleasing to watch, but what really impressed me was the atmospheric and sometimes even catchy soundtrack. I liked the grounded approach of the fantasy side of the story, even though I still want answers for the questions they raised. Additionally, the two final episodes were very powerful in my opinion, however hard it was to watch.

    Finally, I liked it and had a pretty good time watching. Would probably not re-watch anytime soon, though. 7.4/10
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  6. Sep 16, 2014
    4
    The main character is the product of female supremacy writing and I find it extremely off-putting. She possesses no character flaws and isThe main character is the product of female supremacy writing and I find it extremely off-putting. She possesses no character flaws and is portrayed in the most wooden and difficult to identify with presentation I have ever seen. The 1st person narration sounds like it was read by the actress while she was half asleep and drugged.

    I went in expecting a nice historical fiction series and was inflicted with a trashy romance novel that felt like it was written by a Tumblr fanfic pseudo-intellectual.

    It's a a surprise to see such garbage on Starz! as this feels like it would be more at home on Lifetime.
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  7. Apr 19, 2015
    0
    This series is really dreadful. I really enjoyed the book series but sometimes a book does not transfer well to another medium. That beingThis series is really dreadful. I really enjoyed the book series but sometimes a book does not transfer well to another medium. That being said I think the real problem is the casting. Catrionia Balfe is not a good actress, nor does she fit the image of Claire in the book. I don't why anyone in their right might would cast her. She doesn't even look appealing in the nude scenes. Does she have any acting experience what so ever or is the case of her just knowing the right people. That being said, I ordered Startz for the purpose of seeing this series and now I plan on canceling it. Do us all a favor and replace her. Expand

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