Parents' Guide to

The Outsider

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark Stephen King adaptation is violent, slow.

TV HBO Drama 2020
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+


The 1st episode is a little hard - because of the murder of the poor child - BUT its definitely a Hook Line & Sinker !!!!!! I finished the whole season in a little over a week. If you enjoy sci-fi this is the show for you. Its really good show -

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This dark series integrates a confusing sense of the impossible into the mundane activities of a police procedural while incorporating horrific elements. The dimly lit scenes and deliberately slow narrative create a strange sense of foreboding that is further perpetuated by the show's soundtrack, which veers from Mozart to Cardi B. However, there are moments when the storytelling feels a bit too slow, making it more tedious than suspenseful. But ultimately, The Outsider offers an intriguing story with some terrific cast performances that make the whole thing come together in an entertaining and strangely addictive way.

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