Outlander - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes




Critic Consensus: With the beautifully crafted "Sassenach," Outlander offers an emotional, visually thrilling premiere that should appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the books.

Episode Info

In the series premiere of this cable drama, a married British combat nurse time-travels from World War II to 1743 Scotland, is kidnapped by Highlanders and tends to an injured young warrior.


Caitriona Balfe
as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan
as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
Graham McTavish
as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis
as Colum MacKenzie
Duncan Lacroix
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Annette Badland
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Stephen Walters
as Angus Mhor
Lotte Verbeek
as Geillis Duncan
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Critic reviews for Sassenach

We'd be remiss in this review if we didn't point out the gold mine that is Caitriona Balfe in the lead role. That may have been the biggest surprise of all; that this largely unknown former model could give such a nuanced, soulful, heartfelt performance.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Whether you're a loyal fan of the books or a newcomer to Outlander, Starz latest entry in the world of television dramas looks to be a story you'll want to stick with until the end.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The first episode, "Sassenach," sets the stage for much to come in the series, but in just one hour you experience a range of emotions ranging from love to panic.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The series is welcoming and appealing.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Fellow book lovers, trust me when I say this: After years of anxiety that any TV or movie adaptation could give Gabaldon's words justice, it's a relief that this show is spectacular.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

If you have a predilection for epic romances and the super-specific sub-genre that is historical time-travel fiction, then you're likely to find Outlander to be a sensory feast.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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