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(Above: Ian Kahn as George Washington in ‘TURN’)

Looking for a July 4th binge of TV shows that actually deal with our nation’s independence? Here are two series to consider.

The July 4th holiday has become synonymous with TV marathons. From superhero and alien invasion movies to round-the-clock airing of Twilight Zone episodes, networks across the TV spectrum offer genre-focused binge schedules to the delight of fans.

But what of the Stars and Stripes? Films and TV series that chronicle – or at least capture the spirit of – America’s birthday are available anytime via streaming. So if you’re looking to program your own binge schedule this Wednesday and want to get into the Independence Day holiday mood, some titles are definitely worth watching. This article, the first in a two-part series, focuses on two binge-worthy TV series.

TURN: Washington’s Spies (2014 to 2017)

“Hush, hush.” AMC’s compelling historical thriller series, based on an actual Revolutionary War-period American spy ring, lasted four 10-episode seasons. The series features Long Island, NY cabbage farmer Abraham Woodhull, aka rebel spy Samuel Culper, leading the ring trying to pass intelligence across enemy lines to General George Washington. Jamie Bell plays Woodhull, Kevin McNally is his loyalist father Judge Richard Woodhull, and Ian Kahn is Washington. This is a favorite of The Savvy Screener.

Where can you watch TURN?

TURN offers the freedom to choose from a number of streaming options.

Netflix subscribers can stream all four seasons. You can also  purchase individual episodes from Amazon, Google Play and other providers for $1.99 in SD/$2.99 HD; or entire seasons, for $16.99 SD/$24.99 HD.

John Adams (2008)

HBO’s seven-part miniseries follows John Adams from his early days as a lawyer defending British troops on trial for the Boston Massacre, through the Revolution, his one-term presidency and, finally, his retirement years.  A star performance by Paul Giamatti as Adams, with Laura Linney as the nation’s second First Lady, Tom Wilkinson as Ben Franklin and David Morse as George Washington.

In the following scene, Adams makes the case for independence before the Continental Congress:

Where can you watch John Adams?

You can watch John Adams with Amazon Prime or HBO Now subscriptions. Non-subscribers can purchase individual episodes starting at $1.99 in SD/$2.99 HD from Amazon and other providers.

Check back tomorrow for The Savvy Screener‘s recommendations of July 4 movies to binge.

(Note: This is an updated version of a previously published article.)

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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