A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some insight into Appalachian culture, but stereotypes are often used to characterize.
Positive Role Models
The Ferrells preserve their ways by any means possible.
Violence & Scariness
Beatings, shootings, stabbings; bloody, gory wounds; murders (including of kids). Folks held in cages, chains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional strong innuendo.
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"Pussy," "ass," "bitch," "s--t"; rude gestures.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional references to Bud Light, other brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of moonshine, whiskey; cigarettes, marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Outsiders is a dramatic series about the struggle for power and control in the remote Kentucky mountains of modern-day Appalachia; it also incorporates interpretations of Appalachian tradition and folklore. There's a lot of violence, ranging from beatings and shootings to bloody wounds and deaths. There's also plenty of cursing ("s--t"), sexual innuendo, and illegal behavior. Alcohol (especially moonshine) and drugs are prominently featured in some episodes, too. Older teens who like drama will be drawn to it, but it's not for younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This well-produced, intriguing series offers a dramatic narrative steeped in history native to Appalachia, a mining region full of stories of survival under difficult conditions. But the show is fictional and creates an extreme universe that is ruled by brutal (and often sexist) behavior and shrouded in mystical elements, some of which are actually drawn from other cultures. However, as wild as some of the characters are, they have very raw, honest feelings that range from curiosity and selfishness to a love of family and traditions so fierce they'll do what they can to protect them.
References to things such as the traditional Elizabethan-rooted Appalachian settler dialect, meeting rituals, and serious and secretive moonshine practices make the show colorfully entertaining at times. It's also hard not to acknowledge the corruption and greed of the "outsider," which in this case is the government-supported coal-mining industry. This doesn't hide the fact that it's a gritty and violent show, but it allows you to understand some of these acts within the context of evolving events. It's certainly compelling and will probably appeal to older viewers who like this kind of storytelling.
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