Parents' Guide to

Turn: Washington's Spies

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Historical series doesn't downplay war's graphic realities.

TV AMC Drama 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Why so much sex?

Is every film producer now a womanizer? No one desires to see woman tits or sex. Move away from it. We will no longer be watching!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 15+

Turn Turns In Compelling History Storytelling

Turn : Washington Spies is a compelling and well written, although slow moving story of the revolution. What's important here is not the pace, but the history that families learn from this contemporary re-telling of the American Revolution and it's told in fine form. The stories are well thought out, but told from an adults perspective of the war which means it's not for the younger set. For the mid-teenage set, but certainly educational

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (14):

Based on Alexander Rose's nonfiction book Washington's Spies, which charts the creation of America's first spy ring, Turn gets points for bringing history to the small screen and shedding light on a little-known benchmark in American espionage. (The show's opening credits -- with animation that mimics the look of hand-cut silhouette art and music by the National's Matt Berninger and the Civil Wars' Joy Williams -- also are a compelling highlight.) But the thrill will be gone for some not long after the series gets going, thanks to a slow-building story and characters who take their time giving us reason to root for them. Still, the show's die-hard fans know it does get better, even buzzworthy, if you just give it time.

On the surface, Turn seems like a great way to learn something about American history in a format that's far more appealing than a textbook. But parents hoping to use it as a learning tool for older teens might want to think twice, given its graphic visuals and suggestive sex that skirts the line of age-appropriateness. We also wish the show's female characters -- to say nothing of people of color, who are mostly shown doing menial tasks for white characters -- contributed more to the story than subplots and supportive lines.

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