It seems the scientists over at AMC have finally perfected the formula for perfect TV. Despite heavy competition, which included both the season premiere of Game of Thrones and the American Country Music Awards, AMC's newest venture [Turn](series:766787) premiered last Sunday to a whopping 2.1 million viewers. With such promising beginnings, it is quite clear that TURN is gearing up to be the network's next big success.
So far it seems the show has just about everything: catchy opening credits, bar fights, heated political discourse, bayonets, corsets, male camaraderie, taxation without representation, all topped off with some truly uncomfortable extramarital tension between two lead characters.
With this addition to the lineup AMC proves it has no trouble handling the standard good guy (e.g. patriots) vs. bad guy (e.g. loyalists) scenario, which may come as a relief to television enthusiasts who had trouble stomaching the anti-heroes depicted in shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. That being said, it is not set up to be a puff-piece about the glory of the American military apparatus; instead, it offers an engaging means to explore an incredibly complex and nuanced period of history.
If you watched the first episode and still aren't feeling sure, check out this preview for next week's episode:
I'll admit that I'm a bit of closeted military history nerd (for anyone interested in some background information about the American Revolution I highly recommend checking out Mike Duncan's Revolutions podcast ), so this show is a bit of a dream come true for me. It combines the awesome writing, engaging characters, and high-quality production that one has come to expect from AMC, with historically accurate costumes, weapons, and George Washington, who has yet to make his on-screen debut.
I'm impressed (and not just because Billy Elliot is grown and sexy) and can only foresee improvements from here on out.
What do you think? Will you be tuning in next week?