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Sons of Liberty - (S01E01)

History . Drama

In Boston, Sam Adams--brilliant but deeply in debt--incites the anger of the British crown after accidentally provoking the destruction of the royal governor's mansion. With the British authorities on his tail, Sam is forced to turn to a wealthy socialite--John Hancock--for help. But when their association ruins Hancock's British business connections, together, Sam and Hancock establish an ingenious black market smuggling operation only to have it swiftly shut down by the royal governor. Once again, riots consume the streets of Boston. Sam engineers a protest of loyalist businesses, but when a young boy is murdered by a British supporter, the conflict with the British goes from a dispute about money and taxation to a fight for freedom.

Episode Title: A Dangerous Game
Airs: 2015-01-25 at 09:00 pm
  • Sara Smith

    The History channel’s Sons of Liberty miniseries tells a satisfying tale of Boston’s slow burn toward rebellion in the 1770s.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Sons of Liberty isn’t history exactly, but it’s a well-made dramatization that brings history to life.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Through a fast-moving combination of live action and CGI, Sons of Liberty shows how the point of no return became America’s starting point.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    Viewers will get a kick out of how each character is portrayed from what we know today about them from history texts and biographies. Samuel Adams likes his beer, Benjamin Franklin his women and John Hancock his money.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Set aside the stunt casting worthy of a CW series and the detour into Lifetime territory. History’s Sons of Liberty, a three-night, six-hour scripted miniseries, crafts a compelling look at the men and the skirmishes that ignited the American Revolution.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    If you want a history lesson, stay in school. Otherwise, there are enough facts in Sons of Liberty to add some ballast to a ripping good saga.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    I could moan about how the History Channel is betraying scholarship, but you really ought not to turn to TV for history lessons anyway. What you get with Sons of Liberty is rowdy fun that ends with us Americans overthrowing foreign oppression.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Sons of Liberty has a fairly good look, although it certainly doesn't match the production value of a blockbuster film. It does have some solid writing and a few strong performances.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    It's a cut above boilerplate, with good production values and decent performances.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Each episode is chock-full of the events that made it into American history textbooks--in addition to the Boston Tea Party, the second episode features Paul Revere’s ride and the battle at Lexington and Concord--but in between those scenes of warfare, Sons Of Liberty loses its momentum, especially as plots of personal intrigue are shoehorned in for salacious measure.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Although this miniseries stages large-scale action reasonably well (with the occasional lapse into visual clichés, such as the silent/slow-motion Boston Massacre) and has a marvelous atmospheric quality, it seems more generic and un-special the more conventionally "exciting" it's trying to be.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Sons of Liberty seems to get the broader strokes of history correct, but viewers who see the devil in the details will howl with laughter.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Sons of Liberty can’t match Vikings’ intensity, ferocity and full-immersion sense of place. Instead it’s a serviceable battle cry in some instances but rather laughable in others.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    At its best, The Sons of Liberty captures in admirable detail the cleverness of the rebels, in their smuggling efforts and ability to amass and hide guns and ammunition, their personal bravery and astonishing commitment to a long-odds pursuit. If only their intelligence and ideology had been given the same, or indeed any, attention.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The action, not surprisingly, picks up considerably on the third and final night, with the full-scale outbreak of hostilities. Yet while those sequences are mounted with scope and considerable grit (seeking to preserve a lot of dead presidents, the project was shot in Romania), the exaggerated sense of drama--including the aforementioned and repeated use of slow mo--grows a bit tedious

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    So many strong ingredients could have gone into this brew, but, no matter how obviously the casting tries to turn up the heat, it's still a half-empty glass of weak tea.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review

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