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TURN: Washington's Spies 

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A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence
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Series cast summary:
Jamie Bell ...  Abraham Woodhull 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Seth Numrich ...  Ben Tallmadge 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Daniel Henshall ...  Caleb Brewster 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Meegan Warner ...  Mary Woodhull 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Heather Lind ...  Anna Strong 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Kevin McNally ...  Judge Richard Woodhull 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Samuel Roukin ...  Lt. John Simcoe / ... 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Burn Gorman ...  Major Hewlett 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Ian Kahn ...  General George Washington 33 episodes, 2014-2017
Angus Macfadyen ...  Robert Rogers 31 episodes, 2014-2017
JJ Feild ...  Major John Andre 30 episodes, 2014-2016
Ksenia Solo ...  Peggy Shippen 30 episodes, 2015-2017
Owain Yeoman ...  Benedict Arnold 30 episodes, 2015-2017
Nick Westrate ...  Robert Townsend 24 episodes, 2015-2017
Idara Victor ...  Abigail 20 episodes, 2014-2017
Aaron Angus Aaron Angus ...  Dragoon / ... 18 episodes, 2015-2017
Aldis Hodge ...  Jordan / ... 17 episodes, 2014-2017
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This drama follows Long Island farmer Abe Woodhull, who bands together a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. Written by AMC

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Do something revolutionary. (Season 2) See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

6 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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TURN: Washington's Spies See more »

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Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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The real Robert Rogers authored a set of rules of warfare known as '28 Rules of Ranging' which, in one form or another, has been used by various units of the United States Army, including the 75th Ranger Regiment, to this day. See more »

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Thematically Unique and Well Done
22 June 2014 | by m_houranSee all my reviews

I love TV but I am so completely bored with the offerings of my hundreds of channels. Virtually no thematic variety.

So first and foremost, TURN is an interesting theme and time period for a series. Although it is fictionalized for the soap-y through storyline, I am so totally intrigued by the real historical accuracies that after every episode I am reading the on-line content, researching bits, and have even borrowed the copy of Washington Spies that I gave my Dad for Father's Day a few years ago to read. At last, a TV show that Dad and I can't wait to enjoy together!

I thought the first episode was just good enough for me to tune in the second week. By week 4 though, TURN had challenged Mr Selfridge for the "which do I watch and which do I dvr." By episode 8, I was craving TURN in between episodes.

Criticisms: The accents: I think the accents - which DO enrich the characters and would have been present in that era - makes the dialogue hard to understand at times, and I watch with closed captioning on at least once in order to catch all of it. The accents don't confuse the action but particularly when they use a period colloquialism, I find myself worried I missed something subtle.

Who is who: It took me five full episodes to sort out the British and in the first three episodes confused John Andre and Ben Tallmadge. None of them had enough screen time in the first four episodes for me to know who was who for whom.

CGI Backgrounds: OMG, this is the worst criticism I have. The CGI ocean ACTION scenes are so freaking bad and it cheapens an otherwise high production value. They remind me of the final ocean scenes in Truman.

The Pros: So well acted, and I don't say that lightly. In the first three episodes, I thought they leaned heavily on Kevin McNally to assure the audience this was serious performance drama. None of the characters except Anna and Abe get a great amount of screen time in any one episode, so every look and every word and every action has to project a great deal of information to the viewer. I think this show is as well acted as any of my regular viewing which is mostly Downton Abbey, Big Bang Theory and HBO.

The incorporation of the historical, the literary, and the vehicle. Very well done.

The likability of the characters: Each of these characters are not entirely likable and yet all are riveting.

Captain Simcoe's chilling, amazing, insane gestalt shriek! Abraham Woodhall's transformation. John Andre's perfection. Anna's broken heart over and over, and awesome latent feminism. I could go on.

Cultural and period accuracy. I love the artifacts and domestic aspects on screen.

I appreciate the costuming skill.

Advice to AMC: I do not like requiring that you require coordination with my TV provider in order to watch online. That empowers the TV provider and DISEMPOWERS your channel. And it makes me made as a subscriber to cable and internet services and takes away my goodwill with the channel.

Storysync is really, really cool but a total distraction to the first run. Unfortunately, I can not use the storysync mode the way you suggest because this show is too dense in action and dialogue to be distracted by reading associated content and such.

I love the extra content! Ambivalent on the letters thing though. I read them all, I like them all, but I wish there were actual letters from the real-life network.


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