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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 180 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: 37 out of 56
  2. Negative: 13 out of 56
  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 24, 2014
    9
    This show has all the components that any viewer could want in a series, the production is spectacular, the location is excellent, theThis show has all the components that any viewer could want in a series, the production is spectacular, the location is excellent, the photography is stunning, the story is absorbing, from various angles, historical, fantasy, romance. The performance is intriguing, perhaps hereinafter greater complementarity is achieved, the chemistry between the characters is believable, the viewer just wants to know what will happen ... Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2014
    6
    I am trying so hard to like this series. I loved the books. While I think she is an excellent actress, Caitriona Balfe simply isn't ClaireI am trying so hard to like this series. I loved the books. While I think she is an excellent actress, Caitriona Balfe simply isn't Claire Beauchamp to me. She lacks a warmth that the Claire character has and Ms Balfe gives the impression of Claire being hard rather than tough. Physically she is completely wrong being willowy and tall while Claire is average height tending toward the plump. The scenery is beautiful. The plot is a bit plodding, but I think people who have not read the series might find it less so than those of us who have. Overall, I am hopeful that the series will improve once Claire and Jaime get married and the relationship between the two develops. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2015
    4
    Seeing the promos for this show lead me to read the book and for that a I am thankful, because they are wonderful. The tv series howeverSeeing the promos for this show lead me to read the book and for that a I am thankful, because they are wonderful. The tv series however leaves much to be desired.

    My biggest issue is with the casting of Claire. In the books she is a buxom, spirited, youthful, 26ish year old woman. Catriona, is about 10 years too old, about 25 lbs underweight, and comes off more bitter and whiney. I cringe every time she utters JH Roosevelt Christ (wasn't a fan in the books either) I'll need to ask a man from the grandma's retirement center to say it properly to wrap my head around it. Because the Claire character is so hard to love the relationship with Jamie is just flat and is just about having sex to just get off, no passion.

    I do appreciate the decision to not add subtitles for the Gaelic within the show, as it puts the viewer in the same position as Claire who doesn't speak Gaelic. The acting from Sam Heughan really carries the show, and the rest of the main assemble does a fine job. The overall production quality is good. If there was a different Claire the show would probably get a 9.
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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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