A teacher discovers a time portal that leads to October 21st, 1960 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which is complicated by the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald and the fact that he's falling in love with the past itself. Written by
The Hertz ID created by Al and given to Jake in episode 1 is a reference to the Hertz Rent-A-Car sign atop the Texas school book depository at the time of the assassination. For some reason the producers didn't recreate the sign atop the TSBD for the series. See more »
Highways are shown with modern yellow lines and markings. Prior to 1971 US highway lines were white. See more »
Jake Epping, a high school teacher, travels back in time by a time portal, revealed to him from his friend, Cafe owner Al Templeton, the portal are in the cafe backroom closet, and makes it possible to time travel, but only from the present day and back to the 1960s specifically, October 21st. Dying of cancer, Al asks Jake to travel back to the 1960s and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Time travel stories can be a tricky thing, but 11.22.63 sets up the rules clearly and immediately. By the end of the opening episode, viewers should be fairly well acquainted with what Jake needs to do, why Al can't do it anymore, and the steps needed to get there. It all sounds completely ridiculous ("go back in time and stop the assassination of JFK!"), but 11.22.63 finds the right balance in Jake between disbelief and an earnest desire to try it anyway. The time travel isn't the mystery not yet. Instead, the show pivots immediately into a glossy 1960s thriller, peppered with some of King's trademark horror.
I only bad thing to say about this series are that I want more I did not want it to end, it is simply a fantastic series.
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