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Indian Summers - S01E01

Drama . History

Ralph Whelan and the rest of the Indian Civil Service are making the annual move to Simla. Ralph's sister Alice also returns to India along with Cynthia Coffin. The train to Simla ends up being delayed after a young boy is discovered collapsed on the railway tracks. Dougie and Leena attempt to help the child leaving behind Dougie's angry wife Sarah.

Episode Title: Episode 1
Airs: 2015-02-15 at 09:00 pm
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    There is a lot to love about Masterpiece: Indian Summers on PBS. The nine-part historical drama is beautifully shot and costumed, culturally inclusive and sensual. But the best part about the soapy series is star Julie Walters.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Indian Summers comes close to achieving that Nirvana [1984's The Jewel in the Crown]. [21-27 Sept 2015, p.16]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Rutman’s writing, his exquisite sense of character, the subtle shadings behind even the most sexual or violent events combine for much of the way to make Indian Summers so exceptional.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Pleasingly, Indian Summers never feels overstuffed, just exceedingly generous in the way it approaches the disparate people and situations portrayed.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Though the circumstances demand a higher degree of brutality than in "Downton," the coming revolution is often used simply as a backdrop for romance, and this becomes, at times, a bit silly. Fortunately, Cynthia can be found around most every corner, and it's a star turn for Walters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    At first, the story lines are fragmented and listless. It all seems muddled. And then, at some point in episode three or four, when the characters and their story lines finally cohere, when the themes of impossible love and social rebellion begin to connect emotionally, Indian Summers becomes a formidable and thoroughly addictive narrative.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    After a slowish start, it's proving addictive.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Picturesque, wonderfully soapy and set against a rich historical backdrop of British colonialism in the 1930s, the series builds in intensity over its nine episodes, the main drawback being that it doesn’t end so much as run out of time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    For those of us who thrilled to “The Jewel in the Crown,” the latest PBS “Masterpiece” saga, Indian Summers, will scratch the same itch. As the Brits enjoy high tea on the subcontinent, the colors are so vivid, the characters so rich, the period piece so faithfully depicted, you can practically smell the Punjabi spices.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Created and written by Paul Rutman, Indian Summers looks fantastic. It’s not involving enough in its first two episodes but begins to coalesce more in a third installment.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Indian Summers lacks the thing that makes “Downton” irresistible despite its sometimes irritatingly muddled storytelling: Julian Fellowes’s ability to create an endless roster of distinctive, quirky characters (and the show’s ability to find actors to match them). Mr. Rutman’s people are more off-the-shelf, but he keeps them moving and orchestrates their predictable perils and heartbreaks with some panache.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Indian Summers, created and written by Paul Rutman, is great to look at, and intriguing, but the storytelling is so deliberately opaque that the plot is hard to follow.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It takes at least five episodes for Indian Summers to gain a steady momentum, which detracts from its merits, which are seen in its acting, production values and notably adult sensibilities.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The upside is that the first few episodes (of nine) may well draw you in, along with some wonderful performances.... If only there were more such gems in this particular crown.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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