Outlander (2014) : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 249 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: 51 out of 81
  2. Negative: 19 out of 81
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    I have read, reread & fell in love with DG's series of books many years ago & I'd always hoped for a screen version one day. But - as soI have read, reread & fell in love with DG's series of books many years ago & I'd always hoped for a screen version one day. But - as so often happens for me - at first - it's hard to wrap my head around the casting choices - until - if I'm lucky - the actors win me over - and they have!!

    Outlander is really,really great!

    So far I love it all - the cast, the set & art dec, historical accuracy, costume design, direction, the pace and most of all we can really feel the chemistry building between Claire & Jamie so I expect the screen to get a little steamy this fall!

    The only curiosity I have is how/why/when the change of Claire's costume - post henge took place? I guess I missed the part when Jack removed her belt, skirt and blouse leaving her in nothing but her 'slip'/'shift'? I'm a continuity and period costume design buff.

    She came through the henge with her 40's ensemble but I didn't notice the belt and change of neck line until she stood up following a roll through the leaves down a hill. If anyone can clarify this for me I'd be most appreciative otherwise I will just wait for a repeat as I expect the entire series with be worth watching a second or third time!!

    I'm just so happy to have a TV series that appeals to my demographic. The CSI types and Vampire shows that are so popular right now are completely lost on me so I am really grateful to have something to watch this season.
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  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. Jun 2, 2015
    9
    I am impressed with this show. The premise desn’t sound like much but it’s a good show. Thank goodness I was bored enough one day to check itI am impressed with this show. The premise desn’t sound like much but it’s a good show. Thank goodness I was bored enough one day to check it out. The theme song is just wonderful and intoxicating, a great choice for the show that it is. The pilot set everything up nicely, at least the first part of things, we got to know Claire's life in 1945 before diving deep in 1743's Scotland.

    The characters and the plots are slowly introduced and developed that they quickly feel real. The slow pace the show took created a solid base to amp up the drama, relate to the characters, and set up the era. I felt like with each episodes I learned a little bit more about Scottish culture. The voice over stayed throughout the season but I didn't mind it. It was on point, adding to the information that the images and/or the great performances were giving. It also made boring shots (people walking around, landscape shots - however beautiful they were) more interesting.

    The show is full of little references, I did not expect to find e.g. "When you eliminate the impossible whatever remain, however improbable, must be the truth." a quote that many of you have heard in Sherlock.

    The pilot's development on Claire's life in 1945 made even more sense once they started to use flashbacks. I don't know if the flashbacks would have made any sense if they hadn't spent a good portion of the pilot in 45. Claire strong, pigheaded AND annoying at times. Jack Randall is amazing, powerful, which is even more impressive when you compare the actor’s performance as Clair’s husband in 1945.

    The further we went with the show, the more riveting, and beautiful Outlander was. I was giddy and excited to watch the show. Outlander was a little bit all over the place when it came to categorize it, it was a bit sappy, cheesy but it also got dark, I mean really DARK, which was a direction I didn’t exactly expect. Not having any spoilers from the books I thought I was imaging Jack Randall's proclivities but I wasn’t! It made the show all the more sweater because the creative team was not afraid to get into the sadism, get gritty, and graphic. It got so disturbing but the way it was edited made it bearable.

    Outlander is an emotionally charged and riveting new show, arguably one of the best that came out this year. @wornoutspines
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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. 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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