The Outsider: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Outsider

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

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Critic Ratings: 68

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Air date: Jan 12, 2020

Series premiere. The body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the Georgia woods, and Det. Ralph Anderson launches an investigation into the grisly murder. With eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to local teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland, Ralph makes a very public arrest but is puzzled by Terry's seeming indifference to hiding his crime. After Terry's wife, Glory, calls their attorney Howie Salomon for assistance, a bewildered Terry produces an ironclad alibi during interrogation.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2020

During a surreptitious late-night visit with Terry, Ralph admits to being baffled by conflicting physical evidence. The next day, an unexpected tragedy throws the investigation into a tailspin, and ornery detective Jack Hoskins is forced to cut his hunting trip short to return to work and pick up the slack. Meanwhile, Glory tries to soothe her daughter Jessa, who says she's been visited by a strange man in her room at night.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2020

Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the confounding circumstances surrounding the night of the murder. Frustrated by their lack of progress, Ralph and GBI detective Yunis Sablo meet with Alec and Howie, who suggest bringing in unorthodox PI Holly Gibney. Jack has a hair-raising experience at a remote barn where key evidence and a mysterious substance have been found. Glory deals with fallout at her daughters' school and with Jessa's increasingly concerning nightmares.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2020

Holly retraces the Maitlands' recent family vacation in Dayton, Ohio, and pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case, gaining valuable insight from local former detective Andy Katcavage. Meanwhile, Glory faces increased scrutiny in her daily life, and Jack's behavior grows progressively more erratic.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2020

After returning from an eye-opening trip to New York, Holly searches for clues at several locations connected to the Dayton case. Jeannie finds herself shaken by an unnerving incident at work and delivers an ominous warning to Ralph. Jack is put on the defensive at Tamika's baby shower.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2020

Holly presents her unusual theory about the connection between two other mysterious child murders and the Frankie Peterson case. While Ralph remains skeptical, a more receptive Yunis suggests they start looking into Claude, the last person to have contact with Terry. Jeannie's attempt to include Glory in their group of concerned citizens backfires.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2020

Holly makes a calculated attempt to help a volatile but conflicted Jack, while their whereabouts are tracked by Ralph and Alec. After she's confronted by town gossip on her first day back at work, Glory considers Howie's suggestion on how to secure her family's financial future.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2020

Sensing something ominous afoot, Claude reconnects with his brother Seale in Tennessee, while Holly, Ralph, Yunis and Andy follow him in hopes of isolating the evil force and thwarting its next kill. Meanwhile, a family visiting a local cave festival narrowly avoids a dangerous encounter.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020

After obscuring their true purpose in town from local police, Ralph and Yunis interview witnesses from the cave festival, while Holly and Andy visit the scene. Later, the group considers its next move as Claude deals with the weight of his role.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2020

In the Season 1 finale, the group finds itself in a climactic showdown in their last-ditch effort to root out El Coco.

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Critic Reviews for The Outsider Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27)

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…

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…

The Outsider offers terrific performances, beguiling yet careful storytelling, and no shortage of genuinely terrifying moments.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

"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…

Lugubrious, also highly watchable.

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

Price's adaptation not only plays to the original novel's strengths, it realizes it with terrific filmmaking and some master-class acting.

Sep 24, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A show about loss, grief and the limits of belief. Wonderfully executed by an admirable cast. [Full review in Spanish].

Mar 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The Outsider is a slow burn from the start, but still kept me on the edge of my seat. With multiple twists and turns, it is a true thriller - and more than worth a binge.

Mar 19, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Molly is already one of the female characters of the year. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

From the opening moments of the show, it laid itself out as much of a mood piece as a procedural...Every single shot was framed for maximum weirdness and tension.

Mar 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] masterly adaptation.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Outsider: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    This was an uneven, though ultimately satisfying thriller. There were some genuine terrifying moments but not enough and the story was somewhat difficult to follow. My recommendation is to stick with it - It is in the end, worth it.
  • 5d ago
    What a deeply creepy and wonderful show.
  • Feb 12, 2021
    It sure would have earned a four or five star rating until they just had to turn it into some supernatural mumbo jumbo. The acting was top notch but the entire premise just seems tired and old.
  • Feb 07, 2021
    The first couple episodes were pretty cool but I genuinely don't understand the overwhelmingly favorable reviews. It had flat, predictable, seen-before characters, and a plot that become uninteresting half way through a single season. This is one I'll never watch, or probably think about, ever again.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    While I liked the series overall, I think it would have been even better without the supernatural aspect. The story works best when it's operating as a mysterious police procedural. So they first episodes are awesome, but it tends to fade for me at the end. King should have kept the antagonist as just a creepy, ritualistic, weird serial killer instead of what it turns out to be. More real life, like "True Detective" or "Se7en". I had the same problem with "Mr. Mercedes." While I liked it overall, I wish Brady didn't have the supernatural powers.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    The first few episodes were worth watching, but after a while the plot becomes very predictable. There is nothing creepy or surprising in this show. The season finale is an absolute disappointment.
  • Jan 13, 2021
    Seen it twice, baby.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    Excellent, extremely creepy show
  • Jan 02, 2021
    good not great. Ending was a real letdown.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    The first two episodes were gripping. However, the remaining episodes were slow and plodding, barely moving the story forward. The highlight was Cynthia Erivo as Holly - great acting and chemistry with Ben Mendelsohn (Ralph) and Derek Cecil (Andy). The remaining characters practically do nothing until the last episode. The ending was anti-climactic. Would not recommend!

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