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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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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: 40 out of 60
  2. Negative: 14 out of 60
  1. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    i have to admit, as a long-time fan of the books and audio, i was afraid to hope - and watched with trepidation. All my fears were unfoundedi have to admit, as a long-time fan of the books and audio, i was afraid to hope - and watched with trepidation. All my fears were unfounded and the dream cast of all time has been assembled - if the cast, director, script writers remain solid, this will be an amazing multi-year worthy of standing ovation saga - These people are not mere frosting, the depth of the talent and obvious respect they have for these characters shines in every scene, every nuance and we Outlanders will accept nothing less. Jamie and Claire are people we would all aspire to be - and watching Cait and Sam transcend these amazing books and make Outlander "more" exceeded my wildest expectations. Every cast member resonates authenticity. Watching this little bit of history unfold is enthralling - and if I were Scots - I would be prouder still to know my voice is being heard Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2014
    10
    Having read all of Diana Gabaldon's books in the Outlander series, I have been waiting for 20 years for someone to take on the challenge ofHaving read all of Diana Gabaldon's books in the Outlander series, I have been waiting for 20 years for someone to take on the challenge of adapting them for TV. To say that I am "thrilled" with the result is an understatement--long-time fans are being rewarded with a series that is remaining very true to the source texts. While some may find the pace slow and cumbersome, I find it refreshing: producer Ron Moore has turned away from the pitfall of trying to cram every episode full of action. Those unfamiliar with the books may not like the use of voice-over narration by Claire in some places, but since the entire story is told from her point of view, it is absolutely essential that we understand what is going through her mind.

    I am very pleased with the casting: Sam Heughan (Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire) have such terrific chemistry on the screen that the viewer can practically see the sparks fly. I was initially skeptical of casting Tobias Menzies as both Frank and Black Jack Randall, but he makes it work. And Graham McTavish as Dougal is phenomenal--one look at his eyes and you know to step carefully around him.

    One feature of the production that intrigues me is the use of the Gaelic language without subtitles. It is used just enough to make the viewer feel the disorientation of Claire as she tries to navigate this new reality in which she finds herself. The Gaelic conversations are short enough that the viewer can follow the meaning of what is being said without being so long as to cause the viewer to 'tune out'.

    Fans of Gabaldon's books will be hooked on the show as they see the story brought to life (even if their vision of the characters was different from what is portrayed); those who have never read the books should prepare for their newest addiction!
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  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. Sep 13, 2014
    8
    The Starzs series could have done without the graphic violence in this episode. Jamie's whipping was handled well in the previous episodes. ItThe Starzs series could have done without the graphic violence in this episode. Jamie's whipping was handled well in the previous episodes. It was pivotal to the novel, but to subject the viewers to the prolonged violence again, just took away from a brilliant story. Diana Gabaldon should be more insistent over how the producers interpret her books. Expand
  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. May 6, 2015
    0
    Nice woman fantasy, but it´s ridiculous to called that show historical drama. Acting is good from most actors, but I have to mute the mainNice woman fantasy, but it´s ridiculous to called that show historical drama. Acting is good from most actors, but I have to mute the main actress because of her stilted accent. Costumes are nice to look at, but are not typical for this time period nor for the Highlands culture. But the worse is the depiction of that time with stereotyps and the typical black/white image of the scots vs. the english. Outlander is Braveheart of the 18th century. The Gaelic was a promising start, but not to use subtitles was a big mistake, but was probably made so that the extras and secondary actors didnt have to speak it, since most Highlanders spoke Gaelic and not English. The cinematography is beautiful, but the storytelling is mediocre full of holes and the directing looks sometimes very amateurish. Expand

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