May 13, 2014

The potential social value of AMC's TURN

Okay, I was wrong - I've got something to post about.  For the past few weeks I have been watching the series TURN on AMC.  The series is a drama based on the actual Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolutionary War.  The characters represent the actual players in the spy ring.

While the series has received mixed reviews, I have quite enjoyed it.  It's a pleasant change from the various moribund reality series that dominate television these days.  And while you can argue about the accuracy of the details in the series, particularly around peoples' motivations, the key elements so far seem to be reasonably accurate.  The opportunity to learn about American history in a less boring environment than a school classroom, should appeal to both parents and social conservatives who bemoan the social decay of American society.  While the series has a long way to go to beat the clever drama of a Breaking Bad,or the mass appeal of a Walking Dead,  from a social value perspective it has both beat hands down.

I see the series as an opportunity to make American history, and the ideals of the Founding Fathers a more palatable and relevant subject to the youth of today.  The series itself took a couple of episodes to really get a hold on me but now I can't wait to see more.

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