What Is the "Outlander" TV Series About?


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"Outlander," a television series on the STARZ network, is based on a series of books written by Diana Gabaldon. The plot centers around Claire Randall, an English World War II-era nurse who is transported back in time to 1740s Scotland. The TV series features moments from the 18th and 20th centuries but is focused mostly on Claire's adventures in the past.

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The beginning of the series shows Claire happily married to Frank Randall while on a "second honeymoon" in post-war 1945. After touching some stones in the Scottish countryside, she faints and wakes up centuries earlier in the middle of a battle in 1743.

Most of the series is centered around Claire's relationship with Jamie Fraser, a noble Scottish warrior, and avoidance of Redcoat Captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, a sadistic English soldier. Jonathan Randall is shown to be Frank Randall's ancestor, and in the TV series, both characters are played by the same actor. Throughout the series, she uses her nursing skills to help wounded soldiers and civilians and her knowledge of history to attempt to prevent unnecessary bloodshed. Due to the nature of the plot, there are strong leanings toward witchcraft and spells throughout the series.

Because this television series is shown on the STARZ network, there mature scenes depicting intense violence and sex including battles with gory wounds, various beatings and torture, dead bodies in various stages of decay, rape and attempted rape, as well as full-frontal nudity.

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