Turn: Washington’s Spies (2014): S01E01 – Pilot


Turn: Washington’s Spies (originally titled Turn and stylised as TURИ: Washington’s Spies) is an American period drama television series based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2007), a history of the Culper Ring.

A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

The first series originally aired on the AMC network from 06 April 2014 to 08 June 2014.


In autumn 1776, in Setauket, New York, Abe Woodhull tells his wife, Mary, 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 proprietors Selah and Anna Strong in a fight instigated by British Captain Joyce. British Major Hewlett orders Joyce back to England to be court martialled and cashiered, and releases Abe into the care of his father, Judge Richard Woodhull. Richard warns his son to stay away from people who chose “the wrong side.”

In Brooklyn Harbour, Rogers is paid as a mercenary. Major John André asks him to ambush a rebel safe house in Connecticut. Rogers refuses when André balks on doubling his price. The next day, Joyce is found dead just outside Abe’s farm. The new British captain, John Graves Simcoe, launches an investigation into the murder; Selah 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 does not report his friends to the authorities. Abe is intercepted when headed home across the water and is accused of smuggling, and perhaps spying. When Abe returns to town, he is arrested and questioned by Hewlett and Judge Woodhull. Abe claims a group of rebels attacked him, and he gives a list of false names from neighboring Hempstead. Several days later, Abe’s father visits Abe to tell him no men by those names exist. Abe has lied to his father, who because of it says he will no longer protect Abe.

Turn: Washington’s Spies Series

You can find a full index and overview of Turn: Washington’s Spies here.

You can find a full index of Turn: Washington’s Spies Series 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Rupert Wyatt.
  • Writer(s): Craig Silverstein.
  • Release Date: 06 April 2014.
  • Running Time: 41 to 47 minutes (Pilot 63 minutes and some episodes 54 minutes).
  • Rating: TV-14.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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