Turn (TV series)

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The intertitle for the series, which shows the word "Turnt" in reddish text on a colored background.
Genre Period drama
Created by Craig Silverstein
Based on Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by
Alexander Rose
Written by Craig Silverstein (teleplay)
Opening theme "Hush" performed Joy Williams, Matt Berninger and Charlie Peacock
Composer(s) Marco Beltrami
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Larry Rapaport
Editor(s) Andrew Seklir
Location(s) Virginia
Cinematography Lol Crawley
Running time 42–45 minutes
65 minutes ("Pilot")
Production company(s) AMC Studios
Sesfonsterin Productions
Josephson Entertainment
Original channel AMC
Original run April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) – present
External links

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.[1] AMC first aired a promo for the show during the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and it premiered on April 6, 2014.[2]


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 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: "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."


Recurring cast[edit]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10 April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08) TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date 18-49 rating U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Rupert Wyatt Teleplay by: Craig Silverstein April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 0.5[3] 2.12[3]
In autumn 1776 in Setauket, New York, Abe Woodhull tells his wife, Mary, that 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 against Captain Joyce. Major Hewlett orders Joyce back to England for a court martial. Hewlett releases Abe into his father's, Judge Richard Woodhull's, care. 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 and several other soldiers are found dead just outside Abe's farm. The new captain, John Graves Simcoe, launches an investigation into the murders—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 also decides to not report his friends to the authorities. When he returns to town, he is arrested and questioned by Simcoe and his father. Abe claims a group of rebels attacked him, and he gives a list of false names from the neighboring Hempstead. Several days later, Abe's father returns to tell him that no men by those names were found. Abe has lied to his father, who will no longer protect him. 
2 "Who by Fire" Ed Bianchi Craig Silverstein April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) 0.6[4] 1.87[4]
After being told by Abe that she is a suspect in Captain Joyce's murder, Anna looks through Joyce's belongings, 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 with starting the tavern brawl. Robeson also admits his intent to make Abe a scapegoat. Ensign Clayton emerges and attacks Abe. Rogers emerges, kills Clayton, then confronts Robeson. He 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 for Anna's safety, Abe tells her to stop hanging petticoat signals for Caleb and then ends all contact with her. 
3 "Of Cabbage and Kings"[5] SJ Clarkson Michael Taylor April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)[5] TBA TBA
4 "Eternity How Long"[5] TBA TBA April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)[5] TBA TBA
5 "Epiphany"[5] TBA TBA May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)[5] TBA TBA
6 "Mr. Culpeper"[5] TBA TBA May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)[5] TBA TBA
7 "June"[5] TBA TBA May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)[5] TBA TBA
8 "Challenge"[5] TBA TBA May 25, 2014 (2014-05-25)[5] TBA TBA
9 "Against Thy Neighbor"[5] TBA TBA June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)[5] TBA TBA
10 "The Battle of Setauket"[5] TBA TBA June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)[5] TBA TBA

Other media[edit]

A prequel digital comic entitled Turn: Origins, was released on March 26, 2014. It shows events from the childhood and adulthood of several of the series' main characters including Abraham Woodhull, Benjamin Tallmadge, Anna Strong and Caleb Brewster.[6]


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "TCA: AMC Picks Up ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ & ‘Turn’ To Series". Deadline. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara. "AMC Announces Premiere Dates for Final Season of 'Mad Men', 'Better Call Saul', 'Turn' & More". TVByTheNumbers. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Turn Interactive Map". AMC. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dayton, Lee. "TURN: Origins Comic Now Online". AMC. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

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