The Outsider: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Outsider

Critics Consensus

Though The Outsider's slow burn isn't always satisfying, it remains watchable thanks to its excellent performances -- especially series standout Cynthia Erivo.

79%

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Critic Ratings: 52

94%

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User Ratings: 200
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 12, 2020
2
Air date: Jan 12, 2020
3
Air date: Jan 19, 2020
4
Air date: Jan 26, 2020
5
Air date: Feb 2, 2020
6
Air date: Feb 9, 2020
7
Air date: Feb 16, 2020

Tv Season Info

Cast

Ben Mendelsohn
as Det. Ralph Anderson
Cynthia Erivo
as Holly Gibney
Jason Bateman
as Terry Maitland
Bill Camp
as Howie Gold
Mare Winningham
as Jeannie Anderson
Paddy Considine
as Claude Bolton
Julianne Nicholson
as Marcy Maitland
Yul Vázquez
as Yunis Sablo
Jeremy Bobb
as Alec Pelley
Marc Menchaca
as Jack Hoskins
Frank Deal
as Fred Peterson
Dayna Beilenson
as Mildred Patterson
Scarlett Juniper Blum
as Jessa Maitland
Derek Cecil
as Andy Katcavage
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Critic Reviews for The Outsider Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

Although this adaptation is too well-heeled for its pulpy material, the show has a terrific plot hook, and once I made peace with its moody rhythms, I found myself hooked, devouring the six hours available for preview in two nights.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…
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The Outsider offers terrific performances, beguiling yet careful storytelling, and no shortage of genuinely terrifying moments.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"The Outsider" is a largely downcast affair... But it's a compelling lament, one that has its feet on the ground as it reaches into the beyond.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

With the help of a great cast (led by Ben Mendelsohn) and eerie, stark direction from Emmy-winner Jason Bateman, "The Outsider" isn't on the level of Price's past work - but it's far better than this story has any right to be.

Jan 9, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lugubrious, also highly watchable.

Jan 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

To have a work of ostensible horror that keeps undermining the ideas and conventions of the genre feels like an odd kind of compromise.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

HBO's The Outsider is a sinister slow-burn that makes us care about the characters before unleashing its bogeyman.

Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I think in the long run it is worth at least one watch-through, but you will have to get through the less interesting first few episodes to get to some actual meat.

Jan 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The story's remorselessly tightening grip is underpinned by the way the unfolding weirdness is kept firmly anchored in daily lives and humdrum detail.

Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Quite whether it needed to be this bloody slow, or all the jails and strip joints and forests in Georgia seemingly filmed through that same cowl, is up for debate. For all that, if you allow this to grab, it will.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The whirlingly macabre, ruthlessly tense, and transfixingly spooky mood of The Outsider makes the mini-series a must-see this spring.

Jan 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Hauntingly real and respectfully adhering to its book form from the outset, this is not only a win for Stephen King's 'Constant Readers', but it's also an absolute must-see for those that crave seriously intense thrillers.

Jan 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Outsider: Season 1

  • 8h ago
    Great story, great acting....excellent thriller
  • 8h ago
    My wife and I are watching this suspenser and we like it a lot; Jason Bateman deserves big kudos for putting it together.
  • 15h ago
    An absolutely thrilling and visceral viewing experience. Jason Bateman shows his flexibility in the television genre as a producer. Full of surprises. It weaves horror, crime, and sci-fi perfectly into one. Excited for what's to come out of Bateman. Ben Mendelsohn is brilliant as well, along with the writing of Richard Price.
  • 1d ago
    Amazing story ... just love Stephen King ❤️❤️
  • 2d ago
    Best crime/suspense series since True Detective season 1.
  • 2d ago
    Three episodes in and I'm really enjoying this show. True, the pace has been somewhat slow to date, but it's provided more time for character development and backstories so it's not a bad thing. It's not for those with the attention span of a peanut, but for those of us who appreciate terrific acting and well written stories it's a pleasant surprise. Esp. when compared to most of the garbage now on TV.
  • 2d ago
    Interesting story, intriguing, dark, and leaving me wanting to know more.
  • 2d ago
    The Outsider is one of those shows that starts out a little slow and builds. Great actors keep the slower bits very interesting. I've been riveted for the first three episodes and I can't wait for the next episode. This show is a gives me the same vibe I got from The Killing, Broadchurch, Zodiac with a turn toward Fringe territory...I love it!
  • 2d ago
    One the only shows that's made me feel actually creeped out.
  • 3d ago
    Jason Bateman is so sadly under the radar. What gift he is and has been for a long, long time. And really, anything Mendelssohn is in these days you can pretty much bank on. I don't know if I'll get the payoff I am hoping for from this show, but I'm enjoying the ride.

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