TURN: Washington's Spies

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AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies takes viewers into the treacherous world of the Revolutionary War. Only on AMC.
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  1. 1. Thoughts Of A Free Man
    April 13, 2015
    45min
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    A spy in London sends an urgent message to America. Mary impedes Abe's attempt to restart the spy ring. Benedict Arnold arrives in camp.
  2. 2. Hard Boiled
    April 13, 2015
    43min
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    Abe gathers intelligence in New York. Simcoe escapes his punishment. John Andre attends a ball in Philadelphia and meets Peggy Shippen.
  3. 3. False Flag
    April 20, 2015
    43min
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    Ben sets a trap to capture a traitor in camp. Richard discovers Abe is conspiring with Major Hewlett. Caleb collides with Robert Rogers.
  4. 4. Men Of Blood
    April 27, 2015
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    Abe tries to recruit a new agent in New York. Caleb races Rogers as they hunt down intelligence from London. Andre's history is exposed.
  5. 5. Sealed Fate
    May 4, 2015
    43min
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    Abe makes a last-ditch effort to recruit a spy inside New York. Ben must determine which of two deserters is a double agent.
  6. 6. Houses Divided
    May 11, 2015
    43min
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    Mary pleads with Richard to help free Abe from prison. Anna must seduce Simcoe. Ben and Caleb plot to rescue Hewlett from his captors.
  7. 7. Valley Forge
    May 18, 2015
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    Washington faces a personal crisis with the help of his slave Billy Lee. Abe struggles to maintain his cover while in prison.
  8. 8. Providence
    May 25, 2015
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    Caleb sails a one-man submersible into New York Harbor. France becomes an ally to America. Andre and Peggy plot to elope.
  9. 9. The Prodigal
    June 1, 2015
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    Abe returns from prison with critical intel. Tensions rise between Hewlett and Simcoe. Arnold rescues Peggy from a rebel mob.
  10. 10. Gunpowder, Treason, And Plot
    June 8, 2015
    47min
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    Abe plots to assassinate Major Hewlett. Ben fights at the Battle of Monmouth. Benedict Arnold continues to covet Peggy Shippen.
  11. 101. TURN: Washington's Spies: Colonies into a Nation
    March 23, 2015
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    TURN: Washington's Spies: Colonies into a Nation. Season 2 on AMC.
  12. 102. TURN: Washington's Spies: The New Characters of Season 2
    April 6, 2015
    3min
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    The cast and crew of TURN: Washington's Spies introduce fans to the new characters of Season 2.
  13. 103. TURN: Washington's Spies: Making of Season 2
    March 30, 2015
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    The cast and crew of TURN: Washington's Spies take fans behind the scenes of how Season 2 was created.

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Producers
Craig SilversteinBarry JosephsonMichael TaylorHenry Bronchtein
Season year
2015
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AMC Studios
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Obi WanReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season 2 is even better than Season 1! When it's over you want season 3 to start NOW!!!
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Season 2 is looking better than season 1, and season 1 was very good. Abraham Woodhull looks to be more seasoned as a spy now, shaking off that constant "What the heck am I doing? I'm going to get myself killed!" attitude. His character looks ready to be a serious spy. In the Season 2 opener (MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD) Abraham creates some James Bond type spy gadgets (with an 18th century twist) so he can do this job properly. He is more confident and sure of his cause.

Best of all Abraham embraces his loyalist public identity as much as his rebel secret identity. He plays the role of a loyal British subject masterfully in the light of day and not only blends into the British ranks but is welcomed into them with open arms. Then at night, he uses the trust he spends all day acquiring to move as a spy without anyone suspecting a thing. Of course the British grow to like him so much that he gets so close to them he has trouble gathering his intelligence without being noticed. It adds a wonderfully complicated dynamic to the show.

And with bringing Benedict Arnold into the plot the show is clearly trying to add some specific historical references. Other such references are to show George Washington's true genius, that of a statesman as much as a military commander.

The interpersonal dynamics on the show are just as good as the overarching spy plot. The way Woodhull's loyalties impact his interpersonal allegiances, forcing him to choose between his country and his family. Then forcing him to lie to his father, who is a devote British loyalist, all while operating as a spy right under the nose of his family. Then to mix everything up even more Woodhull's former girlfriend is right in the middle of the whole thing and their romance gets rekindled while they both try to stay loyal to their spouses who they are lying to about spying. It's all masterfully written, directed, filmed, and acted.

AMC has really done it again with this show. They pour so much production value into their original series, and Turn is no exception. Being a period piece that requires EVERYTHING to be custom made for the show, including the sets and buildings, probably makes Turn even more expensive than AMC's other hits. The end product turns out to be completely worth it because the show is amazing.

When season 2 is over you are mad that the season is only 10 episodes long because you will want season 3 to start RIGHT NOW!!!!
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Sootfoot5Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brings History Alive!!!
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Awesome show! It is great to see something based on history. While not ever bit of this is true, a lot of it is or is at least based on what we suspect happened or in what we know about the characters. For example, the "Valley Forge" episode portrays Washington's depression, perhaps a bit more schizo-like than is accurate for what we call depression today, but we do know that he suffered from depression, and it is great to be reminded that GW was a real man with real personal issues. On that same note, it is so interesting to see Benedict Arnold and finally understand why he "turned" against the side of the revolution when he had previously been considered a great general. That was something I never really learned in school - all I really knew about him was that he was a fearless general who later shot Alexander Hamilton and that he was a traitor.

But best of all is the whole concept of the Culper Gang and espinonage in the revolutionary war. I began looking up a lot of this after watching season 1 because I wanted to know how much of it was true. Come to find out, G. Washington really was the first commander to use invisible ink, and he really did have an entire department for espinonage. We think of GW as the "I can not tell a lie" President, but before being our first President he was the commander of secrets, And yes, Benjamin Talmage was his right hand man who used his friends back on Long Island - friends like Abe - to further their spy efforsts.

My review thus far has mostly been about the show as a whole, not just on Season 2. The parts about B. Arnold relate more to season 2, but overall my impression that the show if accurate in spirit if not entirely to the letter, relates both to seasons 1 & 2.

Regarding just Season 2, the thrills that you felt from season 1 continue. I don't want to give anything away but I want to emphasize that Major Andre is very much a part of season 2 and that love is in the air. I looked up what happened here, and the writers kept it pretty close to accurate. If they continue like this in the following seasons you should expect someone to shed tears.

Simcoe remains as creepy as ever. What is worse about him now is that he gains power. I looked up his character in the history books I had and on the internet and I couldn't find him. It could be that he is just put in for dramatic effect. If so, they couldn't have picked a more dramatic person .
Abe runs some risks and gets caught. He and his father continue to clash.

This show is worth watching for more reasons than I can count. It brings history alive. But it also is just great it its own right.
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chappyReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beyond Good vs Evil
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Fantastic acting, writing, sets, costumes, production, character -- top marks in all categories! However, what really makes this season shine is the brilliant character development, especially in the second series -- and the fact that it doesn't insult the intelligence of its viewers.

All too often Revolutionary War focused dramas (looking directly at you, The Patriot) rely on tired dualities and stereotypes. In one corner there's the star spangled Patriots who have hearts of gold just trying to live their idyllic yeoman farmer lives, and just basically be shining examples of the highest forms of (white male) humanity. Then come the evil aristocratic British wanting to kill their babies and tax them to death, and on and on. Basically treating history like a comic book or children's show (with more gratuitous violence).

Turn thankfully escapes the whole good vs. evil narrative to provide us with a much richer, more realistic and humanized account of historical events. The Patriots are people who make mistakes and do wrong sometimes, just as the British/Loyalists have their redeeming qualities. Woodhall's development as a spy feels realistic, as does the conflict between his loyalties seem genuine rather than just a plot device. Same with Anna -- it's brilliant to have a period drama feature such a complex woman character who isn't just defined by her romantic pursuits. The same is true of Mary Woodhall in season 2.

But this show doesn't just rely on the one or two characters to drive the show--all of them are terrific fun to watch! I especially like Burn Gorman's law-and-order obsessed to a fault Major Hewlett, and Seth Numrich's sometimes over eager spymaster in training, Major Ben Talmdage.

It took me a little while to get into season 1, but this season really takes off. Highly recommended. Easily my favorite show I've watched all year :)
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Jonathan BaronReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining Drama that Rings True on Every Level
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This is a surprising series, both as historical fiction and as an espionage thriller. Firstly the drama is well written, well acted and authentic with nary a single one dimensional character. Even the sole antagonist - Simcoe - who comes closest to embodying pure evil is both interesting and never sees himself as despicable. Unlike popular cable historical soap operas like The Borgias or The Tutors these characters feel real as is the drama among them.

Historically there are both liberties taken and a few outright screw ups, such as a sky full of commercial air traffic contrails and the use of the world's first submarine (more a submersible actually), The Turtle, in a rescue attempt. But the key events are accurate. Plus there is attention paid to historical details, such as the youth of the Marquis de Lafayette (he was a teenager when he first met Washington). Most authentic of all is the feel, setting, and sentiments of many colonists during the conflict.

But most important is that the series is both extremely entertaining and rings true on more levels than any historical drama I have ever seen. There is not a molecule of cheap contrivance here. It is outstanding on every level.
Charlotte B.Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Thing On Television
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Simply the best thing on television right now. I even bought Season 3 already. This show's writing, storytelling, acting, and cinematography makes each episode feel more like a film. I can't say enough good things about the cast and writing. This show is great if you like historical period pieces, military dramas, politics, romance, thrillers and drama... My advice is, be aware the cast is HUGE so you need to give it 3 or 4 episodes for the ride to really start. Season 1 sucked me in, but Season 2 took it to a whole new level and Season 3 is utterly fantastic. I only watch about 2-3 TV shows a year and this one has remained at the top of my Must See list for the past 3 seasons.
LaLunaTrevorReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
awesome show! you should be watching it.
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I LOVE this show! The second season is even more amazing! Now that all of the charichters are well established, and Abraham is fully committed to the cause it is just a joy to watch every thing unfold, and I have less reservations about every few episodes like I did in the first season. The show is also super historically accurate, I'm not a scholar or anything, but I am a huge history buff, and all of the major events names and causes for actions so far have been very well sourced. There have been lots of "inside references" that will probably be lost on non history buffs, but likely will not cause full confusion.
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RegnimReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Turn is a powerful series that feels like an intense
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Turn is a powerful series that feels like an intense, on-going movie. The brilliant acting is accentuated by richly decorated sets that frame the characters with an aura of authenticity. Camera angles are calculated to "set the stage" on a wide berth and then draw the viewer into the importance of the personal drama of character interactions. The costumes give texture to the characters where sometimes it is as though the viewer can feel the soft wool or the bustling taffeta and know how the fabric shapes the thoughts of the people who are wearing them.

The script is subtle at times with an undercurrent of emotion. Other times, it erupts with the fervor of conflicting emotions both between and within the characters. It has the effect of eliciting emotions within the viewer over long ago events that feel like they are still happening today.

Even though the writers have taken liberties with history, (such as the timing, the exact places, or combining characters), it is true to history enough to get the sense of what it was like to live at the time of America's revolution and how 'picking a side' was a complex decision.

Season 1 is a little slow, but it sets up the characters beautifully. Season 2 is amazing! I have watched through both twice and have started my third time through. It almost changes who I am to see how much I owe to those who have paved our path. And it is a reminder of what it means to be human, to be flawed, and to try.
Raymond MReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
I am not a Revolutionary War enthusiast, but this ...
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I am not a Revolutionary War enthusiast, but this show has certainly made it much more interesting to me. It took me an episode and a half of Season 1 to really get myself oriented with the period and the characters, but now I am full-in. Season 2 has turned out to meet expectations, although it jumped ahead quite a stretch on the time-line. I was additionally surprised when I researched this a bit more and found that it is based on actual events and people with some artistic license and story stretching.
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