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TURN: Washington's Spies 

TURN (original title)
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Follows Long Island 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 (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Ben Talmadge / ... (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Caleb Brewster / ... (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Mary Woodhull (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Anna Strong (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Judge Richard Woodhull (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Lt. John Simcoe / ... (40 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Major Hewlett (36 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 General George Washington (33 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Robert Rogers (31 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Major John Andre (30 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Peggy Shippen / ... (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Robert Townsend (24 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Abigail (20 episodes, 2014-2017)
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Follows Long Island 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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The real John Simcoe was actually a beloved figure in Canada accomplishing many charitable civic acts, and was a staunch abolitionist, likely not at all the villainous sociopath as he was portrayed in the show. He actually did lead the Queen's York Rangers in the war, and went on to found the city of York which would later become Toronto. See more »

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The British flag that is used throughout the series is the modern day union jack and includes Northern Ireland on it. Ireland was not added to the flag until 1801. See more »

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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 its 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. In the twenty-first century, many 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.

UPDATE 5/31/16: I should have updated long ago. This is one of the best dramas on television and surely deserves a grade of "10".


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