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Sam Heughan’s Best Outlander Episodes

In 2013, Sam Heughan was cast as Jamie Fraser, a character that had lived in the pages of Diana Gabaldon’s epic book series, Outlander. Now, almost a decade later, Heughan and co-star Caitríona Balfe have played Jamie and Claire Fraser, and turned that book couple into one of the greatest love stories on screen. It is the chemistry between Heughan and Balfe that sets this show apart. Chemistry like theirs is rare. Only a handful of actors on screen have it and these two stand out above the rest because, for close to 9 years, they’re in a small group of couples who have portrayed a long-standing marriage on screen. Most other shows only depict couples getting together and falling apart, the in-between is where Balfe, Heughan and of course Gabaldon’s writing make this chemistry and story stand out.

Outlander follows the story of Claire, a 1940s war nurse, who falls back in time and meets Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish Highlander. After being forced to marry, the two fall in love, and decades of love, trauma and stress follow. They go from Scotland to France to Jamaica to America. They have children and grandchildren, are separated for two decades, lose a child, and suffer countless traumas, and yet somehow Outlander remains a show you can’t stop watching.

Partners in crime and time, Heughan and Balfe began as unknown actors with little experience and now are executive producers on the hit Starz show. Although the end is near, with the show’s eighth and final season having been announced, Heughan and Balfe have brought their characters from their 20s to their 60s, and cultivated an audience that will most likely never leave them and follow their careers wherever they go. Even when the show ends, Outlander will live on thanks to Heughan and Balfe’s performances. Here are Heughan’s best episodes from seasons 1 through 6, including the scene where Claire celebrates Jamie Fraser’s 50th birthday, which just happens to be the day after Heughan’s birthday.

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