January 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm #8826
So the History Channel is planning a 6 hour series (initially shown over 3 nights) that goes into the history of the Sons of Liberty, a group that helped drive initial efforts of the Revolution. It seems to be another modern-day production of a specific piece faction of the Revolution (Sons of Liberty), similar to how the TV series Turn focuses on the groups of Washington’s Spies, the Culper Ring.
It premiers January 25th, at 9PM EST in the USA. The website is: http://www.history.com/shows/sons-of-liberty
Plan to watch? Any thoughts on a new TV series about the American Revolution?January 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm #8851
Tonight is the premiere of Sons of Liberty on the History Channel. Advertising has been everywhere and many people are talking about this, I hope it lives up to the expectations.
Previews and behind the scenes photos seem good, the show aiming to be an entertaining look at history:
What are you looking forward to most? A specific founding father? Seeing a mainstream show about Revolutionary history? 3 nights of shows on TV?? 🙂January 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm #8854
The first night of the three night event is complete and we’ve gotten a feel for the show. Overall, I’d say definitely worth a watch. It is not a purely historically accurate show, more a drama set in the period based around some key period events. That said, the action is great, acting good, and the set/production excellent.
If one let’s their imagination run a bit away from a fixation on historical accuracy, it is definitely a fun and and enjoyable watch. More to see tonight at 9 EST when we get the second part!January 29, 2015 at 7:58 pm #8855
Well the series is over as we’ve seen it all. Slightly underwhelming from a historical perspective. Pretty good from a dramatic perspective. Acting and production are good, though I think it would have rung more deeply with fans had it been a little more historically accurate. Worth a watch for sure though!June 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm #8987
Sons of Liberty is about to air in the UK on the History Channel. I have been curious to see it but also a little apprehensive at the same time, since I find such dramas often wildly inaccurate. Also, being British, I of course worry it will have much anti-British sentiment. All that said, would you say it is still worth watching from a purely entertainment point of view?
MarkJune 4, 2015 at 5:17 am #8990
I would say it’s a fun watch. A large-budget production filmed with the latest technology in HD, set in the Revolution, with good acting, is worth a view. That said, it sensationalizes the American uprising, and vilifies the British rule a bit. I was a bit surprised to not see it re-run many times after the first airing (expecting to see it over and over given the volume of advertising before the premiere). If you decide to watch it, if I recall correctly it’s in three parts. Maybe check out the first and see if it draws you into the rest
Have you seen TURN, Washington’s Spies, yet? That’s a winner
DanJune 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm #8992
I’ve been amusing myself now and again by reading Don Troiani’s Facebook posts about how innacurate TURN is, and how mad people get when he brings it up. I guess that proves it’s good entertainment!
Josh.June 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm #8996
Will have to check them out. I imagine that someone with Don’s knowledge can likely find inaccuracies in most modern-day productions (and people get furious at him calling them out 🙂 ). For the most part though I bet the show is pretty well-doneJune 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm #8998
After all that I ended up missing the first episode! However, it will no doubt be repeated this week.
I have not heard of TURN, I am not sure if it has aired here in the UK yet.
MarkJune 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm #9000
Ha, funny how things work out sometimes 🙂
Here is some info on TURN: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543328/ , hopefully it is available there soon (if not already). Season 2 is just about to wrap up here in the US
DanJune 4, 2015 at 11:49 pm #9002
Thank you, Dan! I will keep my eye open for it 🙂
MarkJuly 27, 2015 at 12:08 am #9016
I have finally had chance to watch episode one of SOL, and I have to say I was left with mixed feelings. What struck me is how well-made it is, including excellent sets/backdrops and special effects. I am not an expert on the American War of Independence so I cannot comment much on the accuracy, however there were a number of things regarding the portrayal of the British Army that did not fee right, but then it is a TV programme and, like Hollywood movies, its more about the drama than historical accuracy. Naturally the British are the bad guys – and I am British – but I have no issues with the point of view of others.
All that said, I will continue to watch the series and see how it develops.
MarkSeptember 21, 2018 at 3:54 pm #9180
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