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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 161 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: 36 out of 51
  2. Negative: 10 out of 51
  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    9
    As someone who just recently discovered the book series, I was reticent at the prospect of Starz picking up the rights to Outlander. In myAs someone who just recently discovered the book series, I was reticent at the prospect of Starz picking up the rights to Outlander. In my experience, Starz just doesn't have the ability to avoid their usual ingredients of cheesy and gratuitous sex scenes.
    Allow me to happily announce, I was very wrong. Starz turned a corner with this show and raised their game. This production is on-par with quality, production and script as their competitors. The only reason I didn't give this show a 10 is that I think it will take a bit more time to see the cast truly gel together. These are big roles for leads without significant acting credentials. I believe they are coming along nicely and we will see them nominated along side of some of our greats.
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  5. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    "Captivating" - that's the best way to describe this show in a single word.

    Unlike so many others I never had the privilege of reading the
    "Captivating" - that's the best way to describe this show in a single word.

    Unlike so many others I never had the privilege of reading the books and in all honesty I don't really consider that a loss. The story is so well told and the atmosphere so palpable that it draws you in and captures the imagination. While the show had a strong first episode it was really the second episode that sealed the deal. The depiction of life in the Scottish highlands feels authentic and the actors, whom are mostly unknown, completely inhabit their characters.

    From reading the comments I understand that some of the characters are not aesthetically identical to their novel counterparts. This was enough to warrant lower scores for some reviewers. I find this puzzling as the show stands so well on it's own. Who cares if someones hair was longer in the book? Does it really detract from the experience?

    I would have given the show a 10 if not for the somewhat cynical side of me believing that nothing is ever perfect. I also have a personal gripe with the fair amount of nudity. While the nudity itself doesn't offend me, I felt it was forced in a bid to compete with shows like Game of Thrones and the like. It's unnecessary to have nudity only for the sake of nudity. Claire's expletive of choice also feels forced and rarely comes across as a natural reaction to a given situation. In the end these concerns are minimal in the bigger scheme of things and should not deter anyone from enjoying this masterpiece.
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  6. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    The constant voice over is annoying, the tone is bland, and the conflict became boring quickly. We lost interest after the second chapter.The constant voice over is annoying, the tone is bland, and the conflict became boring quickly. We lost interest after the second chapter. Nevertheless the acting and the production values are good. 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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