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.

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Critic Ratings: 58

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User Ratings: 423
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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
8
Air date: Feb 23, 2020
9
Air date: Mar 1, 2020
10
Air date: Mar 8, 2020

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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
Derek Cecil
as Andy Katcavage
Scarlett Juniper Blum
as Jessa Maitland
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Critic Reviews for The Outsider Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23)

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…
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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…

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…

The story is a slog, though, and I think it's the biggest hurdle viewers will face. Assuming it ends well, I feel like The Outsider would work better as a binge watch.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

[H]aunting in the very best sense of the word.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Dark Stephen King adaptation is violent, slow.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The revelations are delivered too slowly. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 5, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A stellar cast includes Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo and a whole host of others, not to mention fine scripts by the highly gifted Richard Price.

Feb 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Outsider: Season 1

  • 18h ago
    Excellent story. Keeps you in the edge of your seat.
  • 1d ago
    Wow ! REally great show
  • 1d ago
    it's captivating. the story moves and keeps your attention. This is the best Steve King show or Movie ever. The actors are awesome. I can't get enough. The music is great also.
  • 2d ago
    TV show is great on HBO. Listened to the book on Audible by amazon and so far have loved the series. It is a slow suspenseful crime drama series, so if you are into that you will love this series by Stephen King.
  • 3d ago
    I found this action packed, suspenseful and full of surprises. If you watch a show without expectations or biases like the negative reviewers here then you will enjoy it too! The negative reviewers are wannabe critics or they have anger, too high of expectations or hate in them. One episode and you will be hooked! Highly reccomend, see for yourself, we are all individuals.
  • 4d ago
    The first couple of episodes really reel you in. Wish the energy was the same through the middle of the season. Fingers crossed for the last few episode's.
  • 4d ago
    Nearly flawless. Beautifully shot, with great performances by everyone. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that people are saying it's really slow. It's not slow, it's just paced in a way that makes the story hyper-realistic in a genre that doesn't often go for realism. It's simply playing out like it should play out, and not like how pedestrian television would normally handle the premise. I think it's brilliant. Three episodes left. Don't blow this,
  • 4d ago
    Very intense at times but worth it.
  • 5d ago
    Way too slow-paced for me.
  • 6d ago
    So very creepy. So very well acted. So very good! One of the best.

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