AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” Succeeds in Bringing to Life the Hair-Raising Bits of Our Nation’s Birth

After pushing the limits of TV with a legendary show about Crystal Meth makers and one about the glamour of Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, AMC attempted something a little more challenging about two years ago: a spy drama set in New York about 1780 during the American Revolutionary War.


The show, called Turn: Washington’s Spies, is a story about the formation of the Culper spy ring during the British occupation of New York.  And it turned out brilliantly.


Filmed mostly around the plantations of Richmond Virginia and the James and York Rivers, the outdoor sets in all weather are absorbing, the cast is charming and convincing and the costumes and set pieces, especially the firearms, are exquisite.


As a cable show, Turn keeps it real, so there may be more blood and gore than some viewers would like, but I found it not nearly so creatively shocking as others, like Breaking Bad, though I’ve only made it through part of the first season.  The show is now in the 3rd season.


If TV is to be saved from the cesspool it currently wallows in, AMC seems determined to take the lead in doing so in a way that informs, educates, inspires and satisfies.


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12 Responses to AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” Succeeds in Bringing to Life the Hair-Raising Bits of Our Nation’s Birth

  1. LL says:

    The only thing about the series that I am NOT fond of is the portrayal of Robert Rogers, whose historical portrayal I believe to be inaccurate. I saw season one and some of two. I haven’t seen any of the latest season.

    I’m with you that AMC has upped their game – as has the History Channel with shows like VIKINGS. I also recommend The Americans. Though I don’t know how many of the younger generation are able to get through any show without a shrewish “housewife of the rich and famous” or “Kardashian” in it.

    • *snork!* That’s true! But I think they make up for the Kardashian-dearth by putting in a bunch of young, nubile, just-a-bit-too-pretty actresses. Very Reign-like. (Reign is another decent historical show on CW, BTW)

      I’ll have to read up about Rogers. Thanks for that.

  2. I really enjoyed Turn, but have failed to watch Season 3. I’ll start DVR’ing it so I don’t miss anymore of the episodes. Gotta watch my Braves even though they kinda suck in the final season at the Ted.

    • Look, Curmudgeon, I don’t know what kind of twisted game you guys are playing, but if it’s something like “Confuse the Grunt,” then you’ve succeeded with flying colors. Just allow me the dignity of doing it somewhere else, ok? Don’t come over here and pretend you’re still a friend somehow. That was an outrage what you guys did. I went willingly, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t obscene.

  3. freedom1781 says:

    A lot of Turn is filmed at Colonial Williamsburg. I’ve never seen the show so I can’t tell you which episodes are the C.. Wmsbrg ones.

    Oh, our lovely governor McAwful has a part in an upcoming episode so he’ll basically ruin the series. Sorry about that.

    • Whaaaaaat?????? McAwful is going to ruin that masterpiece???? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! We were just watching it a few minutes ago. It’s amazing!

      • freedom1781 says:

        He’ll be infecting your television on June 6th. Even though he’ll be in costume, you’ll be able to pick him out because no amount of makeup or camera tricks can get rid of that smarmy expression on his face.

  4. solaratov says:

    You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately so you hire a guy. A pro. You don’t care if the guy smells, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he’s the guy to do it! You don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.

    That’s why Trump. Yes he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac, but you don’t care. The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, illegal’s are everywhere. You want it all fixed! You don’t care that Trump is crude, you don’t care that he insults people, you don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, you don’t care that he has changed positions, you don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, you don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, you don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslin terrorist,…this country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal’s, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want. You’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and sick of illegal’s. You just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s also not a politician, he’s not a cowardly politician. And he says he’ll fix it.

    You don’t care if the guy has bad hair.

    You just want those raccoons gone.

    Out of your house.


    H/T Tucci178

    • Very well said, Tucci and Sol! Except that this infestation is more like flying raccoons, with Kevlar, and chronic diarrhea, and Uzis. I think we’re gonna need a bigger Trump!

      Hey, Sol! Go hit the “Nox & Friends” button on the right margin. I think you’ll like those guys. (Except that I write over there, too. I kinda suck at it, but the mess is kinda amusing some times!)

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