If you’re looking for a good TV show to binge during these pandemic times, then settle in and get ready to get your Scot on. Outlander is streaming on Netflix, Starz, and Amazon Prime. Picture it: Girl meets boy. Wait, no. Girl touches rock, falls back in time 200 years, then girl meets boy. Why you should you watch it? Quite simply, it is a show that will make you love… love.
Outlander is based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, and stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as Jamie and Claire Fraser, whose love story is at the heart of the hit Starz show. She’s a World War II nurse, and he’s a 1700s Scottish Highlander. Balfe recently described the show as, “Time traveling, love and romance, with a little bit of brutality, action, and politics.” Seriously, it gets dark. So if you are looking for a story about a couple where everything goes well, this is not that story. If you want to watch a couple with great chemistry and every terrible that thing can happen to them does, then this is the show for you! Enjoy.
And if you’re not attempting to do a Scottish accent by episode 5, are you even watching? Also whisky. It makes you want to drink whisky. And there’s sex. A lot of it. Like, maybe don’t watch with this show with your family. Jamie and Claire are very good at sex, and the show does something that others shows just haven’t done well: it unapologetically depicts sex scenes with a focus on female pleasure. What?! Yes. Can you believe it? Women like sex, too! And Outlander isn’t afraid to show it. In fact, Jamie Fraser is a virgin when he meets Claire. And she’s not. Turns out she’s a good teacher and he’s a great student. And we’re the creeps that watch this class.
So here goes — our favorite episodes throughout five seasons. If you’ve never watched the show, watch every single episode of Season 1. (That’s not a request, it’s an actual order. Sorry, I’ll stop yelling at you now.) Go on, start clicking, then get watching.