Outer Banks: Season 1 (2020)

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Outer Banks

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Outer Banks' over-the-top melodrama is balanced out by a strong sense of adventure that's bound to hook those looking to capture that summer feeling.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 647

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 15, 2020

After a hurricane, John B, JJ, Pope and Kiara plunge headlong into danger and adventure when they find a mysterious sunken wreck.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

Convinced that the clue found onboard the boat connects to his missing father, John B leads his friends on an increasingly frantic search for answers.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

As the gang hatches an illicit scheme to get to the bottom of the deep-sea mystery, John B confronts Sarah while Pope jumps at the chance for revenge.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

When John B's supervision-free home life catches up to him, he receives a well-timed assist -- and some spiffing up -- from the last person he expects.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

John B believes he's made a breakthrough in the hunt for the gold, but his desire to include Sarah in the quest causes friction among the friends.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

A spooky island legend, a broken friendship and John B's new living situation keep the crew on their toes as they search high and low for the treasure.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

JJ's reckless behavior ramps up when the friends try to score some quick cash. Meanwhile, John B grows closer to Sarah -- and makes her dad suspicious.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

John B finally learns the truth about his dad -- and sets off a chain of events that jeopardizes everything he and his friends have fought to accomplish.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

With his options dwindling and enemies closing in, John B looks for an exit plan. Sarah feels pressured to pick a side. Pope lets his emotions out.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

An island crawling with law enforcement and a looming tropical storm are just two of the obstacles facing John B as he tries to make his escape.

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Tv Season Info

Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the "Pogues") in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When a hurricane kills the power for the summer season, it sets off a chain of illicit events that force the friends to make life-altering decisions. The search for their ringleader's missing father, forbidden romances, a high-stakes treasure hunt, and the escalating conflict between the Pogues and their rivals turn their summer into one filled with mystery and adventure they'll never forget.

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Critic Reviews for Outer Banks Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Some of those later confrontations buckle under the weight of their plot connecting, but when "Outer Banks" dials its melodrama to its own sweet spot, there's enough fun to keep a story-hungry audience following along the trail.

Apr 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The young cast here is surprisingly charismatic.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Any dramatic shortcomings will be overlooked by those attracted to the show's basic premise: young people living unsupervised, on the margins of society, but who still get to behave like they have a team of lawyers on retainer.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The sun-soaked scenery of the Outer Banks is a guilty pleasure. The teens are engaging and fun in this preposterous script.

Jun 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps not the best show on TV, Outer Banks does enough to satisfy its intended audience. Though this one's not for kids.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Netflix's Outer Banks is Ozark meets The OC, but is worse than both

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Slick teen mystery drama series is fun guilty pleasure.

Apr 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's Stranger Things on Spring Break. But it's also a slice of deliriously daft hokum for these daft days.

Apr 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If everything about this show was just a little bit more engaging, or funnier, or more absurd, it would be actually fun to watch, but most of it is just so dreary... That said, [It] is actually very binge-able, mostly due to the constantly evolving plot.

Apr 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The show's golden, backlit laid-back coastal vibe is very immersive and easy on the eye, think The Notebook meets Dawson's Creek.

Apr 20, 2020 | Full Review…

"Bloodline" with training wheels, "Scooby Doo" with swearing...leave this one to the kids.

Apr 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Slick and smartly crafted, the first episode of Outer Banks is likely to hook a lot of viewers.

Apr 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Outer Banks: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Wow! Just wow! Can't wait for season 2!
  • May 11, 2021
    Entertaining. A more dramatic and less funny OC. Pretty corny. Was super excited going into the last two episodes but they were the annoying type of drama. Didn't understand why he was running instead of just surrendering so it was frustrating to watch. Very intense tho and still pretty good
  • Apr 06, 2021
    I absolutely love this show. I can't wait for season 2
  • Mar 03, 2021
    loved every minute of it. the beggining u would think its a cliche normal teenage series, but it gets dark towards the end. and the story gets really interesting
  • Feb 25, 2021
    Outer Banks proves very quickly that it will give off many great journeys and a lot of generic things in between, but will even out to be a well made drama with a finale that leaves you really hoping for a second season to come.
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Outer Banks nails the hazy, dreamy feel of summer in the Islands that shows such as Dawson's Creek sensationalized, but it's also limited by inconsistent acting, poor pacing, and a plot that doesn't draw as much interest as the setting. Episodes and story got progressively weaker.
  • Feb 18, 2021
    Surprisingly good. I didn't expect much from this show but was pleasantly surprised. The chemistry between actors is great and really sells the teen atmosphere. The dialogue is reasonable and not too cringey. I was a bit a hockey in how much they developed the characters, especially considering it's a teen show. In addition unlike many teen shows the plot stays grounded and clear. The ending was a pretty good (if a tad predictable) cliffhanger. Lastly I really liked the cinematography and editing. They created this fun aesthetic, almost otherworldly environment where the kids live. It's quite pretty and provides the audience an escape. I'm quite excited to see what season 2 will bring.
  • Feb 17, 2021
    This show is unbelievably iconic . The actors were amazing, the background story as literally everything and the energy the show had- so much adrenaline and enthusiasm omg- and not to include the gorgeous views we got in almost if not every scene!!!
  • Feb 03, 2021
    What started out as a promising series just crashed and burned!! I'm unsure why so many people enjoyed it!! There were a few touching moments centred around the friendships however, it thoroughly depressed me. The domestic abuse, the portrayal of drug dependent rich kids! Can none of these kids catch a break?!?? The fact that the police took the word of the adult over the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, ugh!! In short cliche and frustrating, a massive let down!! Don't waste your time!
  • Jan 21, 2021
    A touch of Goonies, A touch of Uncharted, A touch of Scooby Doo. Great little cast that you can easily invest in. The show is a bit hooky in places and much of it unbelievable and at times the story is a bit too rushed but that doesn't make this any less entertaining. easily binged in a day or two. Well worth watching

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