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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 6, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the historical drama series focuses on Long Island farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who forms the first American spy ring with his friends in 1776.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Apr 7, 2014
    83
    Turn is a heart-racer at times. That’s the sign of a thriller done well.
  2. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    It may not be as intriguing as "Thrones" or as tense as FX's spy thriller "The Americans," but Turn--which touches on still-relevant topics like torture, homosexuality and politics--offers a fresh spin on the War of Independence.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 7, 2014
    75
    Bell, who started out as a child actor, has matured into a compelling leading man and he seems capable of conveying Abraham’s troubling journey into the underbelly of the war effort.
  4. 60
    An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 24, 2014
    60
    It's quite a story, but the pilot for Turn takes a long time to get going, and isn't all that compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 4, 2014
    50
    Turn isn't bad, but it's also too forgettable to deserve a long look, cool credits or no.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    For all those neatly appointed trappings and period touches, Turn simply feels hollow at its core. And that, ultimately, is something even an accomplished spy ring can’t disguise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    Great show. Really well done,historically representative of the rebels and their first spy ring in the American Revolutionary War. Can't waitGreat show. Really well done,historically representative of the rebels and their first spy ring in the American Revolutionary War. Can't wait for the next season! Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    Great actors, Great plot, and plenty of suspense. As for the naysayers It's nearly impossible to capture the attention of today's youth if youGreat actors, Great plot, and plenty of suspense. As for the naysayers It's nearly impossible to capture the attention of today's youth if you aren't talking fashion, reality TV, and social media. Expand
  3. May 28, 2014
    10
    great show well worth watching.i was not expecting this show to be as good as it is. the scenery looks very authentic for the era and thegreat show well worth watching.i was not expecting this show to be as good as it is. the scenery looks very authentic for the era and the costumes seem very believable.the story is very well written and gives great insight into war and tactics employed by both sides while detailing some of the dark traits of human nature. Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2014
    9
    Terrific all around, strong character development, convincing setting, suspenseful, entertaining and well acted. It is refreshing to watch aTerrific all around, strong character development, convincing setting, suspenseful, entertaining and well acted. It is refreshing to watch a program about the American Revolution. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2014
    8
    Hmm.. great concept for a show, however, I can see this going one of two ways.. either cheesy and badly acted long drawn out nonsense.. orHmm.. great concept for a show, however, I can see this going one of two ways.. either cheesy and badly acted long drawn out nonsense.. or perhaps (I'm hoping) somewhat factual, gritty, deep, well acted non-cliche' drama. It gets an 8, for now. Expand
  6. May 1, 2014
    8
    While I was concerned that the concept would be better than the execution, the show about espionage and the Revolutionary War in fact hasWhile I was concerned that the concept would be better than the execution, the show about espionage and the Revolutionary War in fact has turned out well. The world itself is fantastically realized, and the number of outdoor locations and the aesthetic feels very American, even though they're using Virginia as New Jersey and New York. It's amazing how many dramatic plot points revolve around farming and crops, but it works. The conflicted Colonial setting feels different from anything I've seen on film.

    A significant degree of nuance is established; the characters haven't been hammed up too much. The absence of any real representation of slaves or Native Americans is somewhat concerning, but perhaps accurate. The women of the show come off fairly well, yet are period appropriate and their roles feel authentic. Shifting loyalties and unexpected mishaps have created plenty of drama, even though we as modern Americans know where this story must end.

    On the whole, the show has a sense of authenticity, and the spying is successfully woven into a variety of narratives. The one odd note is the music; by film composer Marco Beltrami and not bad music as such, but it feels more like generic film score than the Colonial music I would have hoped for, sometimes overwhelms the action on screen. On the whole, though, the show works; hopefully it catches enough viewers to stay on for a while.
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  7. Apr 13, 2015
    4
    It feels like a low-budget History Channel reproduction without grit. I find it hilarious all these soldiers and woodmen are out in the wildIt feels like a low-budget History Channel reproduction without grit. I find it hilarious all these soldiers and woodmen are out in the wild for weeks, clean faces and bright clean uniforms. It breaks immersion, everything is too clean and sterile, especially the cities. There was a market scene that looked like it was in a warehouse, some of the locations look like modern locations with historical props. Combined with wooden acting from some of the support characters, the show feels like a children's play than an actual war. Expand

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