A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Battle and bloodshed are frequent on the show, as is romance, which sends a message that love is inextricably mixed with drama. Chivalry, liberty, and love of country is frequently championed, but these ends are usually accomplished through violent means.
Positive Role Models
The central characters are smart, strong-willed people who live passionately and want to do what's right. There's some infidelity, but it's complicated by the time-travel aspect.
Violence & Scariness
Infrequent but gory scenes of injury and surgery, including squirting blood, internal organs, and a man screaming in pain. Battles are frequent and frightening; weapons including guns, swords, clubs, and knives are used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is frequent and quite explicit with breasts and buttocks bared, thrusting, moaning, and oral sex graphically implied. A woman marries two men, due to time-travel factors.
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Infrequent cursing: "hell," "damn." A woman frequently utters the oath "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ."
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Products & Purchases
The series is based on a book series, which viewers may want to read after watching the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink and refer to being drunk; this all happens in a historical setting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Outlander is an intense period drama based on a popular series of romance novels and features frequent, graphic sex. Expect bared body parts, moaning, thrusting, and discussion of infidelity. The series takes place in a historical wartime setting with plentiful battlefield scenes and very gory injuries, with squirting blood, internal organs, and soldiers screaming in pain. Mild curses are infrequent, but a character frequently utters "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ," which some might find offensive.
Is It Any Good?
The Outlander series of novels has been reliably standing its readers' hairs on end since the early 1990s, and ardent fans can breathe a sigh of relief: This is a faithful and wonderful adaptation of rich and beloved source material. The casting is particularly choice, with a brooding light/dark Jamie with magnetism, a sweet and sexy Frank, and, best of all, the sumptuous Caitriona Balfe as Claire. She's as strong, compelling, and interesting as the Claire realized in Diana Gabaldon's book series, a woman of sulks and rages and a childlike sense of fun. She's a complicated woman, in a medium that doesn't often feature complicated women.
Thus, women in particular likely will be drawn to Outlander, with the juicy internal conflict Claire faces: Is it OK to get comfy in the 18th century with Jamie when her real husband, Frank, is waiting for her back in the present day? Will she ever get back there? Why is she here, anyway? This could all be eye-rollingly silly stuff, but, with dialogue and scenes lifted directly from the terrific novels and compelling actors emoting, Outlander is the very best kind of television (for adults, at least): quality that's also an addictive pleasure.
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