Turn (TV series)

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Turn
The intertitle for the series, which shows the word "Turnt" in reddish text on a colored background.
GenrePeriod drama
Created byCraig Silverstein
Based onWashington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (2007) by
Alexander Rose
Written byCraig Silverstein (teleplay)
Starring
Opening theme"Hush" performed Joy Williams, Matt Berninger and Charlie Peacock
Composer(s)Marco Beltrami
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Larry Rapaport
Editor(s)Andrew Seklir
Location(s)Virginia
CinematographyLol Crawley
Running time42–45 minutes
64 minutes ("Pilot")
Production company(s)AMC Studios
Sesfonstein Productions
Josephson Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) – present
External links
Website
 
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Turn
The intertitle for the series, which shows the word "Turnt" in reddish text on a colored background.
GenrePeriod drama
Created byCraig Silverstein
Based onWashington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (2007) by
Alexander Rose
Written byCraig Silverstein (teleplay)
Starring
Opening theme"Hush" performed Joy Williams, Matt Berninger and Charlie Peacock
Composer(s)Marco Beltrami
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Larry Rapaport
Editor(s)Andrew Seklir
Location(s)Virginia
CinematographyLol Crawley
Running time42–45 minutes
64 minutes ("Pilot")
Production company(s)AMC Studios
Sesfonstein Productions
Josephson Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) – present
External links
Website

Turn (stylized as TURИ) is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (2007),[1] a history of the Culper Ring.[2] AMC first aired a promo for the show during the fourth mid-season finale of The Walking Dead on December 1, 2013; the premiere aired on April 6, 2014.[3]

Plot[edit]

In 1776 and 1777, a Setauket, New York farmer and his childhood friends form an unlikely group of spies, called the Culper Ring, who eventually help turn the tide during the American Revolutionary War.[1] The series begins in October 1776, shortly after British victories recaptured Long Island, Staten Island, and New York City for the Crown and left General George Washington's army in desperate straits.

According to the first episode's introductory card titles: "Autumn 1776. Insurgents have declared war against the Crown. Following a successful naval landing, His Majesty's Army has forced Washington's rebels into the wilderness. New York City serves as military base of operations for the British. The Loyalists of nearby Long Island keep vigilant watch out for sympathizers, and spies."

Cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
110April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)TBATBATBA

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date18-49 ratingU.S. viewers
(million)
1"Pilot"Rupert WyattTeleplay by: Craig SilversteinApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)0.5[4]2.12[4]
In autumn 1776, in Setauket, New York, Abe Woodhull tells his wife, Mary, the war will end by Christmas. After a battle in New Jersey, Ben Tallmadge escapes in Queen's Rangers attire but not before being shot by Robert Rogers. Ben goes to meet General Charles Scott to insist his men were ambushed, as the enemy knew they were coming. Ben suggests a spy should be hired, but the general declines. At a tavern, Abe defends the proprietors in a fight instigated by British Captain Joyce. British Major Hewlett orders Joyce back to England for a court martial and releases Abe into the care of his father, Judge Richard Woodhull. Richard warns his son to stay away from people who chose "the wrong side". In Brooklyn Harbor, Rogers is paid as a mercenary. Major John Andre asks him to ambush a rebel safe house in Connecticut. Rogers refuses when Andre balks on doubling his price. The next day, Joyce is found dead just outside Abe's farm. The new British captain, John Graves Simcoe, launches an investigation into the murder; the tavern owner and Abe are prime suspects. Abe meets his old friend Caleb Brewster, who tries to recruit him into a spy ring. Abe initially refuses but does not report his friends to the authorities. Abe is intercepted when headed home across the water and is accused of smuggling, and perhaps spying. When Abe returns to town, he is arrested and questioned by Simcoe and Judge Woodhull. Abe claims a group of rebels attacked him, and he gives a list of false names from neighboring Hempstead. Several days later, Abe's father visits Abe to tell him no men by those names exist. Abe has lied to his father, who because of it says he will no longer protect Abe. 
2"Who by Fire"Ed BianchiCraig SilversteinApril 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)0.6[5]1.87[5]
After Abe warns her she is a suspect in Captain Joyce's murder, Anna looks through Joyce's belongings, which are still in her house, for evidence that will exonerate her. She finds a love letter suggesting a signal to meet. In a Connecticut jail, Ben and Caleb interrogate Simcoe, who refuses to give answers. He mocks the rebel cause, and Caleb beats him. Rogers begins tracking the soldier who left the Ranger bonnet at the ambush scene, which leads him to investigate Joyce's murder. At the tavern, he questions Abe and Anna, who produces the love letter and suggests Joyce was killed by a jealous husband. After being discovered by Abe, John Robeson admits that he killed Joyce for blaming him for starting the tavern brawl. Robeson also admits his intention to make Abe a scapegoat. Ensign Clayton emerges and attacks Abe. Rogers emerges, kills Clayton, then confronts Robeson. Rogers lets Robeson live, but only to serve as Rogers' agent in Setauket. Abe is sworn to secrecy but tasked with monitoring Robeson. General Scott saves Simcoe from death and orders Ben to report to Fort Lee to face disciplinary charges. Concerned about Anna's safety, Abe tells her to stop hanging petticoat signals for Caleb and then ends all contact with her. 
3"Of Cabbages and Kings"SJ ClarksonMichael TaylorApril 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)0.4[6]1.40[6]
Ben, Caleb, and General Scott, with a bound Simcoe in a cart, lead a military convoy to Fort Lee. On the way, refugees tell them the fort has been taken by the British, and General Washington may have been captured. A farmer lets the men stay the night. Brothers Quill, Eben, and Newt guard Simcoe, and Caleb leaves them, stating he is scouting ahead. Eben thinks Caleb is deserting and worries that they are fighting for the losing side. The brothers ambush the new arrivals to exchange them with the British for pardons and money. Ben surprises the brothers, killing all but Newt. Scott orders Ben to execute Newt or face a court martial, but Ben refuses to shoot the lad, insisting Newt was the most passive of the three. Scott shoots Newt, and says Ben will face a court martial. Richard and Abe arrive at the Royal Army-controlled New York City. They are greeted by Colonel Cook, Richard's contact, and Richard introduces Abe as his son and business partner. Over dinner, the three men negotiate the Woodhull's sale of pigs to Cook, who then follows up an earlier conversation with Richard about trading cauliflower. Abe realizes Richard is selling cauliflower grown on Anna's farm, whose produce Richard admits will be divided among loyalists, in the wake of Strong's imprisonment. Abe and his father argue, and Abe leaves. He arrives at King's College, his law school alma mater, where he learns from Hessians camped there the invading army will be marching to Trenton. Abe later tells this to Caleb. Anna informs them Simcoe is dead. She and Abe are able to secure a boat for Caleb's escape. 
4"Eternity How Long"Adam DavidsonAndrew ColvilleApril 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)0.3[7]1.30[7]
Fearing Caleb's escape will preface a rebel attack, Hewlett must think of ways to fortify the garrison. His plan is to use gravestones from the Setauket church cemetery. Richard is given three days to decide which ten will be removed. Abe warns him the town will turn against him if the gravestones are removed, adding that the town should turn against Hewlett; Richard ignores the advice. Caleb gives Abe's report on the Hessians' march on Trenton to Ben, mentioning Abe's success. Ben urges General Scott to share the intelligence with General Washington. When they refuse to reveal their source, Scott burns the unverified report. Ben and Caleb later fabricate a scouting report and fold Abe's intelligence inside. Scott declares the fake worthy of passing to Washington, overlooking the real one. Andre and Philomena trap General Charles Lee into saying he supplied the British with the location of the safe house, where the ambush occurred, but Lee insists he doesn't know about the attack. Andre reveals that he is Lee's contact to whom the information is given. They then discuss a plan in which Lee escapes, and his hero status propels him to become the new commander of the Continental Army. Lee would then urge the Continental Congress to surrender. Abe suggests Richard call Hewlett's bluff and lead the townspeople against him, since Hewlett does not want to lose Setauket. Richard likes the idea. There is face-off in the cemetery. Richard intervenes, invokes God, and starts digging up his son Thomas' gravestone. Hewlett tells Lt. Appleton this is "how you tame a colony...through winning their hearts and minds". 
5"Epiphany"Michael UppendahlAida Mashaka CroalMay 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)0.3[8]1.24[8]
It's Christmas in Setauket. Richard signs a bill of attainder against Selah Strong, which Hewlett posts at Strong Manor, that includes a phrase about granting freedom to his slaves. The slaves celebrate. The next day, Abe tells Richard he wants to go to New York to try and sell additional goods to Robert Howe's army. He asks for Colonel Cook's letter that affords passage through British checkpoints. Richard refuses and Abe later sneaks into Hewlett's room to copy a letter from Hewlett's desk. Anna appeals the attainder to Hewlett, saying unprepared freed slaves don't know how to fend for themselves. Hewlett says the male slaves are being shipped for war and has made arrangements for Abigail. Ben is told to prepare for a secret mission. He and Caleb find themselves among an entire fleet in the Delaware River. After jumping into the icy water to save a boat gun, Ben loses consciousness into the new year, when Caleb tells him the men have marched on to Trenton. Abigail offers to spy on her future employer, Major Andre, if Anna protects Cicero, a slave, while she's away. Anna agrees. She and Abe later share a kiss but are interrupted by Baker recommending Abe join his family at Whitehall. In Trenton, Ben and Caleb learn the army successfully ambushed the Hessian soldiers. Washington heeded Abe's report. Across the creek, Andre suggests Colonel Cornwallis attack the rebels. Cornwallis, believing Washington's entire force is over there, decides against a night attack. Back at City Hall, Rogers asks Lee the name of the dragoon who escaped. Lee gives him the name, Benjamin Tallmadge. The next morning, Cornwallis raids the opposite bank, only to find it abandoned. Abe is welcomed by his family at Whitehall, where they dine with Hewlett and other Redcoats. At Continental headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, Washington asks Ben about Abraham Woodhull. 
6"Mr. Culpeper"[9]Eagle EgilssonMitchell AkselradMay 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)[9]TBATBA
7"Mercy Moment Murder Measure"[10]TBATBAMay 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)[9]TBATBA
8"Challenge"[9]TBATBAMay 25, 2014 (2014-05-25)[9]TBATBA
9"Against Thy Neighbor"[9]TBATBAJune 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)[9]TBATBA
10"The Battle of Setauket"[9]TBATBAJune 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)[9]TBATBA

Reception[edit]

The first season of Turn has received mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 32 critics have given the season a 6.1 out of 10 rating, with a split vote between "fresh" and "rotten". The site's consensus is: "Turn's uneven treatment of the American Revolution is more frustrating than exciting and memorable."[11] On Metacritic, the first season has scored a 61 out of 100 based on 28 "generally favorable" reviews.[12]

Other media[edit]

AMC released a digital comic titled, Turn: Origins, on March 26, 2014. It shows childhood and adulthood events from the lives of several of the series' main characters including Abraham Woodhull, Benjamin Tallmadge, Anna Strong, and Caleb Brewster.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "TCA: AMC Picks Up ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ & ‘Turn’ To Series". Deadline. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dayton, Lee. "TURN: Origins Comic Now Online". AMC. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara. "AMC Announces Premiere Dates for Final Season of 'Mad Men', 'Better Call Saul', 'Turn' & More". TVByTheNumbers. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (April 8, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night + 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'Silicon Valley', 'Married to Medicine' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'MTV Movie Awards', 'Silicon Valley', 'Mad Men', 'Drop Dead Diva' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (April 22, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, + NBA Playoffs, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'Naked and Afraid' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (April 29, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, NBA Playoffs, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'Mad Men', 'Devious Maids' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Sunday 4th May 2014". SpoilerTV. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Turn Interactive Map". AMC. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Schedule results for Sunday, May 11". AMCTV.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Turn: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Turn: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 

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