Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.Written by
The guillotine referred to in the series is actually "The Maiden," a Scottish beheading machine. Victims faced up, toward the blade. The Maiden was used from 1564 until 1710, for more than 150 executions. France began using the guillotine in 1789. See more »
In a few episodes, characters say"OK." An American term that didn't come into use until the 19th Century. See more »
The opening song changes from season to season to reflect what's happening in the story line. In the first half of Season 2 (which is set in France), part of the lyrics are in French. In the second half of Season 2 (which is mostly about preparing for war), there is a militaristic drum roll added to the opening song. During Season 3, there are tribal drums added because much of the season is set in the West Indies. In Season 4, bluegrass fiddle and banjos are added, plus some of the lyrics are sung with a Southern accent because the season is set mostly in America. See more »
Rather than recount their differences, I'd say the the source material was adapted very well. An excellent cast makes it work for them. I've read all the published novels and short stories, and it made me happy to see it brought to life to screen without any major letdowns, no big disappointments.
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