Parents' Guide to

Outsiders

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent, gritty, entertaining Appalachian family drama.

TV WGN Drama 2016
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Captivating Story NOT for children, or anyone under 17

The story is pretty interesting as it circles around a family's intense loyalty values that border on cultic ideas. However, characters learn to find their own paths while simultaneously 'sticking by' their family. More importantly however, violence and sex are an almost constant, with sex scenes being prolonged and LOUD (if you know what I mean). Partial and entire nudity is also present (the camera is usually far enough away so you only see the outline, but you never know). Incest and drug dealing is also present. Violence, while not as frequent as sex is also very graphic with characters being maimed, murdered, and beaten to a near pulp.
age 17+

Worth Watching

This show is put together very well. The show is about a family who live in MountainSan an lives by there own laws.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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