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The Outsider

The Outsider

  • Premiered: 
    January 12, 2020
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2018 book (The Outsider) by Stephen King 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
  • Tags: supernatural, horror

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Plot Synopsis

Based on Stephen King's 2018 novel of the same name, THE OUTSIDER is a one-hour drama series that follows police detective Ralph Anderson, as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney, whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.

The series opener, "Fish in a Barrel," is directed by series star and executive producer Jason Bateman. The story opens with eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to local teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland, Ralph makes a very public arrest but is perplexed 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. Written by Richard Price.

Subsequent episodes include:

"Roanoke" (Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 10pm): 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. Written by Richard Price; directed by Jason Bateman.

"Dark Uncle" (Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Richard Price; directed by Andrew Bernstein.

"Que Viene El Coco" (Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9pm): While retracing the Maitlands' recent family vacation in Dayton, Ohio, Holly pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case and gains 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. Written by Richard Price; directed by Andrew Bernstein.

"Tear-Drinker" (Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Richard Price; directed by Igor Martinovic.

"The One About the Yiddish Vampire" (Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Jessie Nickson-Lopez; directed by Karyn Kusama.

"In the Pines, In the Pines" (Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Dennis Lehane; directed by Daina Reid.

"Foxhead" (Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Richard Price; directed by JD Dillard.

"Tigers and Bears" (Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 9pm): 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. Written by Dennis Lehane; directed by Charlotte Brandstrom.

"Must/Can't" (Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9pm): The group finds itself in a climactic showdown in their last-ditch effort to root out El Coco. Written by Richard Price; directed by Andrew Bernstein.
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released THE OUTSIDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital Code with all 10 exhilarating episodes. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name, this intense crime drama follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy. When 11-year-old Frankie Peterson's body is found mutilated in the Georgia woods, police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) sets out to investigate -- with eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a popular high school teacher, Little League coach, doting husband and father. While the case appears ironclad, Ralph is baffled by the emergence of contradictory evidence that places his suspect in a neighboring city at the time of the murder. The mysterious set of circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, a seasoned cop still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. Also included are over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content including the all-new featurette "EL CUCO. THE BABA YAGA. THE OUTSIDER." In this never-before-seen featurette you can dive deep into the real-world origins and supernatural abilities of the being at the center of "The Outsider" with compelling insights from the creators and cast. This is not just for Stephen King fans, as there is something for everyone in this captivating series. It is HBO's most watched new series in the last three years and has mesmerized audiences through its incredibly talented actors, thrilling plot twists, and true to life themes of grief and trauma, which will keep you glued to the screen until its electrifying climax. Believe the unbelievable! Buy and binge now. (Click the red "Buy DVDs" button on this page.)

- Invitation to Set
- Stephen King and The Outsider
- Jason Bateman and The Outsider
- Adapting The Outsider
- Analyzing Holly Gibney
- The Outsider: Inside Episodes 1-10


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Aggregate Films
  • Produced by Temple Hill Entertainment
  • Produced by Civic Center Media
  • In association with MRC Television


  • - Georgia USA
  • - Dayton, Ohio USA