Outlander (2014) : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Universal acclaim- based on 277 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

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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: 55 out of 85
  2. Negative: 19 out of 85
  1. May 19, 2015
    10
    Ron Moore, the writers, the cast produce magic when blended with Diana Gabaldon's detailed historical romance series. The care taken withRon Moore, the writers, the cast produce magic when blended with Diana Gabaldon's detailed historical romance series. The care taken with detail brings the story to life with the amazing acting skills of Sam, Cait and Tobias. I couldn't be happier! While I have been a dedicated reader of this series for almost 20 years with visions in my head of the settings and characters, I've been excited to see everyone come to life in the adaptation. I'll never re-read the books now without seeing Sam as Jamie, Cait as Claire and the stunning portrail of Black Jack Randall by Tobias. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2014
    10
    I absolutely love this outlander show. I' m only sad that only 2 more episodes are left. I never eat the books outlander is based on but nowI absolutely love this outlander show. I' m only sad that only 2 more episodes are left. I never eat the books outlander is based on but now that I love this show I am earring the first book. Just a note. This us the only show I am watching on tv of paid channels. Everything else is too violent. 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. Aug 12, 2014
    9
    I didn't think it would be any good, but I loved it. If I were to be whiney and criticize, ok. I will,
    1--Claire's hair isn't curly & her
    I didn't think it would be any good, but I loved it. If I were to be whiney and criticize, ok. I will,
    1--Claire's hair isn't curly & her J.H.R.Christ's were totally lame.
    2--Frank/Jack Randall is totally wrong.
    3--Where's Jamie's short RED spikey hair?
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  5. Sep 21, 2015
    8
    Brilliant mini-series. Great acting. Kudos to leading actress (she's Irish, would have never guessed) and the actor that plays as Dougal.Brilliant mini-series. Great acting. Kudos to leading actress (she's Irish, would have never guessed) and the actor that plays as Dougal. Great music score. Despite being a series that , in my opinion, is focused more to women I've got to say I love it. Looking forward to season 2. Expand
  6. May 31, 2015
    5
    starts off really good then descends in to episode after boring episode of male gay sex, really disappointing, hopefully episode 17 onwardsstarts off really good then descends in to episode after boring episode of male gay sex, really disappointing, hopefully episode 17 onwards gets it back on track - a real shame so far! Expand
  7. May 11, 2016
    0
    Any TV show that requires a sex scene within the first 25 minutes to draw in viewers is probably a bad TV show. The only way this show made itAny TV show that requires a sex scene within the first 25 minutes to draw in viewers is probably a bad TV show. The only way this show made it to a second season is probably because it was ordered in wholesale. Sincerely speaking it's time Scottish accents include subtitles, because I struggled through a few episodes before it became pointless. Oh yes, and there's more horrifying sex scenes to spice up the drudgery of sitting through a few episodes of Outlander. Should be renamed Outsider because there's nothing that would save this show from being canceled. Expand

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