I'm surprised no one has brought up this series even after the first four episodes have aired in the US, and the praise it is garnishing from the critics and viewers alike.
The series airs in the US on Starz, with Canada's Showcase running a couple of weeks behind, and with streaming providers airing the series in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and elsewhere; the only place where it does not yet have a broadcaster is in the UK. but it is thought that is due to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.
The series is based on the international best-selling series of novels by Diana Gabaldon first published in 1991, and the tv series is being developed by Ron D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica fam (his wife and other members of his BSG production team are also involved, including composer Bear McCreary). Its a genre bending source material primarily historical fiction with a little sci-fi and romance thrown in. Both the novels and the tv series are initially set in post WWII and 1743 Scotland, as the female protagonist, Claire Randall, is separated from her husband, Frank, and ends up in the Scotland of 200 years before, where she encounters Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish laird.
The leads are cast with relative unknowns, but the critics consider them the breakout stars of this summer, and I am finding this to be one of the best series to come along in a few years; the opening episode was viewed by over 4 million people during a early viewing period online and on demand, the actual views the first three weeks have gone up each week, and Starz has already renewed the series for a second series of at least 13 episodes based on the second novel of the series, after the 16 episode first series airs. (Starz is airing the first 8 episodes now, and the remainder in early 2015).
I don't want to say too much about the plot because it is just that good. The entire series is being filmed on location in Scotland, and in episode 4, both Ron D. Moore and Diana Gabaldon have cameos, with Diana actually having a couple of lines and her first acting credit. She's a consultant for the series, but RDM and their production team are big fans of the book series and I will say it has been a very collaborative product. The actor who plays Jamie Fraser (Sam Hueghan) is Scottish to begin with and from what I've read online from Diana and fans of the book series he is Jamie.
In any event, is anyone here watching this, or am I the only one here?