Outsiders: Season 1 (2016)



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


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Air date: Jan 26, 2016
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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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Critic Reviews for Outsiders Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

All in all, this show contains ATV jousting, which is worth at least a passing interest.

Jan 19, 2016 | Full Review…

A depressing slog through the backwoods.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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This is a firmly grounded and compelling drama that's both ripe for lampooning on Saturday Night Life and rich in story possibilities.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If you can get past the thick accents there's a wealth of multifaceted characters to root for and enough story to keep you entertained during the inaugural run.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The performances - a supremely shaggy David Morse as Big Foster, a mercurial leader of the clan, Joe Anderson as Asa... - are strong throughout.

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An exhausting trek through mountain muck. An epic American tragedy may be concealed behind all those bad teeth and worse accents, but in the early going (I've seen only one episode) the slog toward uncovering it is unbearable.

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It'd be a shame if WGN's obscurity meant viewers didn't get the chance to try [Outsiders] out for themselves.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Well, it's not great, but it's okay. The multiple storylines, some slow-burning intrigue and plenty of tension make something reasonably watchable. Whether that's enough to sustain it for 13 episodes remains to be seen.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It will take more episodes to ultimately settle on where Outsiders ranks, but it certainly seems different - at least on a surface level.

Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…

With Paul Giamatti executive producing and Christina Jackson interestingly cast as the insider to Hasil Farrell's (Kyle Gallner) outsider, the show could be the sleeper hit of the season.

Jan 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Outsiders: Season 1

The premises is ridiculous and the characters are obnoxious, though the clash between the civilised and the uncivilised makes good violent drama.


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