TURN: Washington's Spies (2014– )
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Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for ... See full summary »

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 Abraham Woodhull (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Ben Talmadge (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Caleb Brewster (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Anna Strong (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Mary Woodhull (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Judge Richard Woodhull (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Major Hewlett (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Robert Rogers (10 episodes, 2014)
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 Redcoat (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Continental / ... (7 episodes, 2014)
Noah Downs ...
 Redcoat, Hessian (7 episodes, 2014)
J.E. Matzer ...
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 Will Robeson (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Red Coat / ... (6 episodes, 2014)
Luke Van Bergen ...
 Redcoat (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Selah Strong (5 episodes, 2014)
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 Jordan (5 episodes, 2014)
Chris Condetti ...
 Townperson / ... (5 episodes, 2014)
Alex Pennecke ...
 Redcoat (5 episodes, 2014)
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 Dragoon / ... (5 episodes, 2014)
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 Philomena (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Abigail (4 episodes, 2014)
Max Lanocha ...
 Redcoat (4 episodes, 2014)
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 General George Washington (3 episodes, 2014)
Billy Cobb ...
 Mercenary , Redcoat / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
Dennis Farrell ...
 Ben's Continental Dragoon (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Continental Soldier (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Townsfolk (3 episodes, 2014)
Adrian Nanney ...
 Continental Officer / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Setauket Townsperson / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
Bill Thibodeau ...
 Dejon Man / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
John Wells ...
 Militiaman / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Col. Jonathan Cooke (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Nathaniel Sackett (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Reverend Tallmadge (2 episodes, 2014)
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 General Charles Lee (2 episodes, 2014)
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Greg Cooper ...
 Warden (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Cicero (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Rachel Clark (2 episodes, 2014)
Cullen Moss ...
 Bailey / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Joseph Carlson ...
 Continental #3 / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Logan Bennett ...
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Spencer Ellis ...
 Celebrant (2 episodes, 2014)
Thomas Fisher ...
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Jermaine Hill ...
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 Moses Paine (2 episodes, 2014)
Brandon Hoover ...
 Red Coat (2 episodes, 2014)
Tim Krems ...
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Allison McArdle ...
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 Arresting Redcoat / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Peter Muggleworth ...
 Ranger (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Ranger (2 episodes, 2014)
Matthew Sims ...
 Upper Class New Yorker (2 episodes, 2014)
Natalie Wenninger ...
 Townswoman (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Eben (1 episode, 2014)
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 Sentry (1 episode, 2014)
Nick Basta ...
 Eastin (3 episodes, 2014)
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Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with 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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Espionage in Colonial America
9 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching the 1.5 hour pilot for the new AMC show "Turn", I can say that I was very pleased with the introduction to this drama and I have high hopes that its level of quality will continue.

At first, I had difficulty following some dialogue. But I appreciated the fact that the writers did not give us some lengthy explanation of a first episode (that usually spells dullness), but instead threw us into the story. A little patience paid off; soon, the story was comprehensible and compelling.

Additionally, I noted that much of the action is filmed in low light or in darkness of night. But how else would the covert actions of espionage be portrayed? And it's not like the colonials had neon lights. Staying true to the story and it historic environs helps the viewer project himself into the times during which it is set.

Perhaps you have come to realize that the glossy, "patriotic" version of the American Revolution you were taught in school had little to do with historic accuracy. "Turn" incorporates the ambiguities in loyalty/treason/patriotism that were present during the revolution, especially in the times "Turn" is set. Those who took sides did not always choose the "right" side according to personal principles. Many of those in the twenty-first century who speak about loyalty to a government that has given them opportunity, laws, protection, etc. would probably have found themselves on the Tory side in the 1770s. Law and order sometimes come with oppression and people have different tolerances for oppression. This is clearly demonstrated in the pilot.

One reviewer said that the pilot was historically inaccurate. I do not think so. So far, it seems about as close to accurate as the passing years allow.

A good drama will allow for differences in personality and honor among its characters. Hopefully, British soldiers, for example, will display different temperaments and varying degrees of honor. In the pilot, it seemed that will hold to be true.

I am rating this show highly and hoping that future episodes live up to its promise.

UPDATE after watching 4 episodes: I am really enjoying this show. Throughout there are references to developments in the war that I know of, as we are treated to activities behind the scenes. As the story develops, we find that the characters are not one-dimensional.


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