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
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.

Jun 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…

I went into Outlander with a healthy dose of skepticism. The whole thing seemed so overwrought and meant for the "50 Shades" crowd. Let me tell you, I have never been more delighted to be wrong.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The lush, painstaking craftsmanship shows.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

It's worth noting that Starz should be applauded for embracing Claire's sexuality, and not backing away from it.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Thankfully, when Claire does move from the 1940s to 1740s (1743 to be exact), there's nary a CGI effect in sight and the show is grounded firmly in a reality we can relate to and feel familiar with.

May 18, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…