Turn: Washington's Spies : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 6, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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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

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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: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 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
  2. Jun 26, 2015
    10
    Turn is absolutely amazing. Please renew it, there are so many fans who want it back. The acting is beautiful and the actors/actresses areTurn is absolutely amazing. Please renew it, there are so many fans who want it back. The acting is beautiful and the actors/actresses are perfect. SHOUT OUT TO WHO EVER CASTED SETH NUMRICH. All us fans ask is for the show to follow the books more. Thanksxx Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2016
    10
    In 3 season that i have seen .the motion and screenplay and actors were good enough for tv series. and I see many dramatic scenes and alsoIn 3 season that i have seen .the motion and screenplay and actors were good enough for tv series. and I see many dramatic scenes and also high actions .
    the matter is TURN that a historical movie that based on true and false actions and events .
    i liked many characters on this movie like Major John Andre,captain Simco and Major Benjamin Tallmadge
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  4. Apr 20, 2014
    9
    AMC has brought us yet another incredibly well-written drama. With it's fantastic setting, characters, and story it's one of the best newAMC has brought us yet another incredibly well-written drama. With it's fantastic setting, characters, and story it's one of the best new shows of the year. While I can't tell you how historically accurate the actual tale is, I can tell you that the setting is filled with historical accuracies. This helps sell the world and tale that is being established here. Overall I am really enjoying the show and find myself looking forward to each new episode. As of right now this is one show I highly recommend. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2014
    9
    I really enjoyed the first episode. I'm a sucker for Revolutionary War period pieces, and Turn didn't disappoint. I'm not sure why this isI really enjoyed the first episode. I'm a sucker for Revolutionary War period pieces, and Turn didn't disappoint. I'm not sure why this is receiving bad reviews, the characters seem legitimate and the action is not overly dramatized. I'm excited for the progression of the show and how the writers will keep the plot interesting for multiple seasons. Expand
  6. May 19, 2015
    8
    Comments on Season Two: Last year I found this show to be slow and disjointed. The plots, concentrating on the character, Abraham Woodhull,Comments on Season Two: Last year I found this show to be slow and disjointed. The plots, concentrating on the character, Abraham Woodhull, wandered around and lacked focus. I am fascinated by history but this show simply left me behind. I stopped watching mid-season. This year, seeming to have more production money, they have chosen to really be about the Revolutionary War and the rebels early attempts at espionage. So much better than the show had been last year when it seemed to concentrate on Mr. Woodhull's uninteresting love affairs and marital problems.

    I was prompted to write this review by the May 16, 2015 episode which was essentially about George Washington's well known, but rarely portrayed, major difficulty in making decisions. Well written and very well played. It was a new high in the new and much improved "Turn".
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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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