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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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73

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 156 Ratings

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  • Starring: Graham McTavish, Tobias Menzies, Laura Donnelly
  • 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: 35 out of 50
  2. Negative: 10 out of 50
  1. Aug 18, 2014
    10
    The books were amazing and for the Starz Family to produce and air the series is fantastic, They have done an amazing job of bringing it toThe books were amazing and for the Starz Family to produce and air the series is fantastic, They have done an amazing job of bringing it to life for me, I love it! Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    FANTASTIC!!!! I have not loved a series in years like this one. This has got to be by far one of the most accurate (by the book) series in theFANTASTIC!!!! I have not loved a series in years like this one. This has got to be by far one of the most accurate (by the book) series in the history of TV series, movies, mini-series etc. It's romance, sci-fi, history and SCOTTISH MEN in kilts and it's so very realistic. I can't get enough of it. Wish it was a two hour series...or on every single night. 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 28, 2014
    9
    The cast is impeccable,the writing as well .A perfect mix of Romance and Adventure with a little bit of SF.One of the best this year and aThe cast is impeccable,the writing as well .A perfect mix of Romance and Adventure with a little bit of SF.One of the best this year and a must see of this genre. Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2014
    8
    This is an excellent show. The acting is very good and the storyline is interesting and, I believe, reflective of the relationship betweenThis is an excellent show. The acting is very good and the storyline is interesting and, I believe, reflective of the relationship between England and Scotland during this period in history.

    I hope this show will continue for several seasons but am not sure it can continue past the battle between the British and the Scots.
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  6. Sep 22, 2014
    5
    I loved this series of books and was so looking forward to seeing the TV version. The characters are well cast and the settings are authenticI loved this series of books and was so looking forward to seeing the TV version. The characters are well cast and the settings are authentic and believable. However, I am having a great deal of difficulty understanding the English characters with heavy Scottish accents. Very distracting! I tried watching it with CC but that too distracts me from the screen action. I'm very disappointed with the production for this reason and do not think I will continue to watch it. Expand
  7. Sep 14, 2014
    0
    HUGE disappointment they opened series with nakedness, don't know if they were trying to compete with game of thrones....o WHAT??? is a whatHUGE disappointment they opened series with nakedness, don't know if they were trying to compete with game of thrones....o WHAT??? is a what went wrong on the casting. clair is suppose to have whiskey gold eyes. Jamie long unusally gold red amber hair. They cut it short as well az the height on the actor and put him in really scruffy clothes on the eve of hallows..I think I will just re-read the book... Expand

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