Outsiders: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Outsiders' gritty performances keep the backwoods drama intriguing, even when the story gets stuck in the mud.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 7

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

A struggle for power and control set in the mysterious hills of modern-day Appalachia centers on the Farrells family, who, in the series premiere, are faced with new threats to their off-the-grid way of life in rural Kentucky.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

Asa fights for his right to stay on Shay Mountain in a brutal game of survival.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

Big Foster and Asa choose different tactics to stop the coal company's assault on their homestead.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

Houghton makes a deadly trip up the mountain, while the coal company try to spy on the Farrells.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Asa and Big Foster bond during a spontaneous and destructive crime spree.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2016

Big Foster's lust for guns blows back on him and the entire Farrell clan.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

Asa and Houghton find themselves uncomfortably close during a road trip that takes a turn for the unnerving.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2016

The Farrells bow to a new authority.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2016

Asa makes a risky alliance.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2016

A wedding ceremony on Shay Mountain turns deadly.

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After 10 years spent in the military, Asa Farrell (Joe Anderson) returns home to his clan of mountain folk living near Blackburg, Kentucky, isolated from society. Lady Farrell (Phyllis Somerville), the family matriarch, decides to cede power to her son, Big Foster (David Morse), who has Asa locked in a cage for having abandoned his family. Soon after, a mining company gets permission from the nearby town to evict the Farrell family from the mountains and start extracting coal, while Deputy Sheriff Wade Houghton (Thomas M. Wright) is tasked with the eviction process. When Lady Farrell pardons Asa and decides to not cede power after all, a bloody war against the mining company and a harsh internal power struggle threaten the stability of the entire clan. The first season of the drama series, which also stars Ryan Hurst and Kyle Gallner, deals with the distribution of power within the Farrell family and their quest to maintain control over their land.

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Joe Anderson
Asa Farrell
David Morse
Big Foster
Ryan Hurst
Lil' Foster
Gillian Alexy
Thomas M. Wright
Sheriff Wade Houghton
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  • Jul 16, 2021
    Where do I start? How in God's name do they manage to feed 50 odd folks without a farm? A duel on four wheel ATVs is "traditional"? They have electricity from a generator but no money to buy gasoline? They speak Gaelic as a worship language but English as a day to day language? Take the soap opera aspect of Sons of Anarchy and mix it with a Mad Max esthetic and seasoned with magic fairy dust of legal impunity and you have this show.
  • Jul 03, 2021
    The series compares very favorably to The Vikings, Sons of Anarchy, and Kingdom with a range of family conflicts, personality clashes, ambitious egos, sporadic violence and strong female and male characters. The premise is that an extended mountain folk clan with a neo-welsh patois is living in proximity to an declining Appalachian rust belt town. Their tenuous peace is broken when a coal company arrives with a master plan to harvest the mountain's resources. The town wants the badly needed jobs, and the clan wants to keep their generational squatter status on the mountain. The concept of the clan is a bit of stretch, but true to its internal logic and made believable by fine acting and writing. I began watching just to fill a seasonal lag in viewing options, but grew quite fond of the series. Great job by all!
  • Feb 04, 2021
    This show was amazing and it kills me to know they won't have a 3rd season. I wish I'd found it sooner maybe I could've helped it stay on air by rallying with others! Why are the best shows cancelled too early all the time its a damn shame!
  • Oct 28, 2020
    I was looking forward to the continuation of the Outsiders Third season. If, for no other reason, closure. But, it would seem WGN likes to drop far too many of their potentially iconic projects. Hey, WGN...if you need a writer to boost your ratings and actually finish a project, before you drop the ball...give me a call!!!
  • May 14, 2020
    It was terrible. It was like a Hillbilly Sorpranos. Organized crime should not be glorified in media-it should be stamped out ruthlessly in reality. The producers dont help the country with its many problems by glorifying the thuggery of the Farells. The entire mountain should have been napalmed.

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