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Outer Banks
Outer Banks TV series logo.png
Created by
Music byFil Eisler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Executive producers
  • Josh Pate
  • Jonas Pate
  • Shannon Burke
  • Aaron Miller
  • Sunny Hodge
  • Carole Sanders Peterman
  • J.B. Smith
  • Gonzalo Amat
  • Itai Ne'eman
  • Sunny Hodge
  • Christal Khatib
  • Jeffrey M. Werner
  • Kyle Bond
  • Scott Wallace
  • Blake Maniquis
  • John Peter Bernardo
  • Darrin Navarro
  • Shaheed Qaasim
  • Tim Quackenbush
  • Aaron D. Campbell
Running time42–61 minutes
Production companies
  • Rock Fish
  • Red Canoe Productions
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in HDR)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Outer Banks is an American action-adventure mystery teen drama streaming television series created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke that premiered on Netflix on April 15, 2020.[4][5] In July 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on July 30, 2021.[6][7]


Outer Banks is set in a coastal town along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where there is a stark social divide between wealthy seasonal residents and working-class locals (who have the nicknames "Kooks" and "Pogues", respectively). The show follows a group of Pogue teenagers who live at The Cut, and are determined to find out what happened to the missing father of the group's ringleader, John B. Along the way, they discover a legendary treasure that is tied to John B's father.[4]

Chased by the law and a wealthy group of Kooks from Figure Eight, the Pogues seek to overcome obstacles such as drugs, love, fighting, friendship, money, and the disenfranchisement of being an American teen.

Cast and characters


  • Chase Stokes as John B Routledge,[8] the ringleader of the Pogues
  • Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron, daughter of Ward Cameron and John B's love interest. She is referred to by many as the princess of the Kooks, however, her rebellious side often rejects the Kook life and gets her mixed up with the Pogues.
  • Madison Bailey as Kiara "Kie" Carrera,[8] the daughter of a successful restaurant owner who hangs out with the Pogues. She is technically a Kook as she comes from a wealthy family and lives in Figure Eight, but the Kooks reject her as a Kook.
  • Jonathan Daviss as Pope Heyward,[8] the brains of the Pogues
  • Rudy Pankow as JJ Maybank,[8] John B's loyal best friend since the third grade who is a surfer
  • Austin North as Topper,[8] Sarah's ex-boyfriend and fellow Kook who despises the Pogues
  • Charles Esten as Ward Cameron,[8] Sarah's father, a wealthy business owner who lives on the wealthier part of the Outer Banks known as "Figure Eight"
  • Drew Starkey as Rafe Cameron,[8] Sarah's older brother


  • Adina Porter as Sheriff Peterkin (season 1), the local sheriff of Kildare County
  • Cullen Moss as Deputy Shoupe, a sketchy cop who tries to redeem himself by taking down Ward
  • Julia Antonelli as Wheezie Cameron, Sarah and Rafe's younger sister who often helps Sarah out
  • Caroline Arapoglou as Rose, the Cameron siblings' stepmother and Ward's wife
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Heyward, Pope's father
  • CC Castillo as Lana Grubbs, the widow of a man named Scooter Grubbs who was killed during Hurricane Agatha
  • Chelle Ramos as Deputy Plumb, a cop who works alongside Sheriff Peterkin and Deputy Shoupe
  • Brian Stapf as Cruz
  • Deion Smith as Kelce, Rafe's friend
  • Nicholas Cirillo as Barry, Rafe's drug dealer and the owner of a pawn shop
  • Charles Halford as Big John, John B's presumed dead father
  • Gary Weeks as Luke, JJ's father
  • Samantha Soule as Anna Carrera, Kie's mother
  • Brad James as Agent Bratcher
  • Terence Rosemore as Captain Terrance, the captain of the cargo ship heading to Nassau, Bahamas
  • Carlacia Grant as Cleo (season 2),[9] a crew member of Captain Terrance's cargo ship from Nassau
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Carla Limbrey (season 2),[10][11] Ward's former associate in finding the Royal Merchant
  • Jesse C. Boyd as Renfield (season 2), Limbrey's younger half-brother


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
210July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

Season 1 (2020)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Pilot"Jonas PateTeleplay by : Josh Pate & Shannon Burke
Story by : Josh Pate & Jonas Pate & Shannon Burke
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
John B, Kiara, Pope, and JJ are a group of friends living on the Outer Banks Island. John B is called into the office at school as his father has been missing for 9 months and his uncle is listed as his caretaker but has lived out of state for the last three months. The child protective services want to find him a foster home but their check-in had to be rescheduled due to a hurricane coming towards the island. After the hurricane hits, the group of friends takes the boat into the marsh to fish. They run into what they think is a sand bar but turns out to be a sunken ship. When they dive down to take a look they find a key that goes to a room at the Summer Winds Motel. When JJ and John B enter the room they find a safe containing an envelope, gun, and hundreds of dollars in cash. JJ grabs the gun and a handful of cash as the sheriff shows up. They escape through the window and get away as the sheriff investigates the room. Later that night they take a keg out to the beach and have a party. During the party, a feud breaks out between John B and Topper (one of the Pogues' rivals, part of the wealthy gang of Kooks). Topper forces John B's head under the water and holds him under. JJ pulls out the gun taken from the hotel room and threatens Topper with it until he releases John B. JJ fires into the air to end the party and disperse the party-goers. Later on, the group wants to go back and explore the boat so John B borrows scuba gear from his employer. While leaving the boat crash site they are chased and shot at by two other men in a boat. Kiara throws a net that gets tangled in the motor and allows them to getaway. When they arrive home and open the bag they find the bag contains John B's father's compass.
22"The Lucky Compass"Jonas PateShannon BurkeApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
John B brings back the scuba gear and is caught by Sarah. She agrees not to tell but her younger sister, Wheezie, is hiding on the boat listening to their conversation. John B and JJ decide to go try and talk to Lana, Scooter's wife to find out the significance of the compass. When they arrive the two men who chased them of the boat were there yelling at Lana and throwing things around. After the men left John B and JJ went in to help and showed her the compass. She told John B it was dangerous to have and to leave. Wheezie tells Topper about John B taking the scuba gear and Topper confronts Sarah. She becomes defensive so Topper tells Ward, Sarah's father, about the gear and he fires John B. John B opens his father's compass and finds the word Redfield carved into it in his father's handwriting. While looking for clues the two men show up looking for the compass and blueprint plans for the Merchant ship. The group hides in the chicken coop until they leave. The group goes to the Redfield lighthouse because John B thinks that is what the clue is for. Kiara and John B go up into the lighthouse where a man tells them where he thinks the Merchant sank. When John B shows them the compass he radios for the sheriff. JJ and Pope drive away so Kiara and John B have to run on foot but end up being caught. Kiara's dad bails them out and while John B is running home, he is chased by the two men again. He tries to jump a fence but is electrocuted due to hanging wires. The men catch up with him but the sheriff pulls up and they leave. John B decides to give the compass to Sheriff Peterkin. Once John B gets home, he looks at the family tree and realizes his great-grandmother's maiden name is Redfield. John B, Kiara, JJ, and Pope drive out to her grave. The door won't open so Kiara fits through a hole and finds something.
33"The Forbidden Zone"Cherie NowlanJosh PateApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Kiara finds an envelope in the Redfield grave containing a map showing the location of the Royal Merchant wreck. Also in the envelope is a tape recorder with John B's father talking on it. John B's dad tells him to finish what he started. They find out there are 400 million dollars on the Merchant, so they come up with a plan to get it. Ward gives Rafe money to buy more backup generators but he buys a motorcycle instead. Rafe then goes to Barry's, to get drugs to sell. However, Rafe doesn't have money for the drugs, so he is forced to leave his bike as collateral. Barry gives him two days to sell the drugs, and give him his money. John B, JJ, Kiara, and Pope head over to the salvage yard. Their goal is to get a drone with a camera, so they can try to find and explore the wreck. Kiara pretends to have a flat tire to distract the guard, while the boys try to get the drone. JJ doesn't have the correct code for the lock and the guard dog comes towards them. The security guard realizes what is happening and he chases them. Pope and JJ run away but John B stays and smashes the lock with a pipe. He gets the drone while JJ talks to the security guard, as he knows him. The security guard lets him go because of this. Later, a fisherman finds the two men that were chasing the compass, in his nets. Sheriff Peterkin is called to check it out. While Pope and JJ are delivering groceries, Rafe and Topper jump Pope. In retaliation, Pope and JJ pull the plug on Topper's boat and it sinks. The group starts the search with the drone over the coordinates and they find the ship at almost 1000 feet down.
44"Spy Games"Cherie NowlanJonas PateApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
The group explores the wreck, and realizes the gold isn't there. They decide to pull the drone out and head home. When John B gets home Cheryl from DCS is there waiting with Thomas, a sheriff, to take him to a foster home. He manages to escape by dropping his dad's picture out of the car window and running away. He takes a bike, runs into a chain, and flips over it. As this happens, Sarah is walking and finds him. Sarah takes John B to get the picture of his father and then to her house. Topper finds his sunken boat and his mother chides him for the damage. Topper, Rafe, and Kelce deduce that it was Pope who pulled the plug on the boat. Sarah and John B arrive at the Cameron's. As Sarah cleans off the wound, John B asks her about a portrait on the wall of her father's office. She explains that the person is Denmark Tanny and that he created Tannyhill. John B recognizes the name and realizes that Tanny survived the wreck. John B says that he needs to go to the archives at Chapel Hill and Sarah decides to go with him. JJ, Pope, and Kiara go to a movie where Topper and Rafe are there and tell Pope they know what he did. A fight breaks out between both groups so Kiara sets the movie screen on fire as a distraction so Rafe and Topper leave.
55"MidSummers"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
66"Parcel 9"Jonas PateTeleplay by : Keith Josef Adkins and Kathleen Hale
Story by : Keith Josef Adkins
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
77"Dead Calm"Valerie WeissKathleen HaleApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
88"The Runway"Valerie WeissRachel Sydney AlterApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
99"The Bell Tower"Jonas PateDan Dworkin & Jay BeattieApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
In the aftermath of the shooting of the sheriff, John flees while Ward sends the plane carrying the gold to the Bahamas and attempts to save the sheriff with Shoupe's help. However, the sheriff dies and Ward blames the murder on John to protect Rafe and locks up Sarah who escapes with her sister's help. As John goes on the run, his friends attempt to protect him while the police lead a manhunt. The Pogues decide to steal JJ's father's Formula boat so that John can flee the island while Rafe hunts him as well; Pope has his heartbroken after confessing his love to Kiara. As John evades the manhunt, he is trapped by Kelce and Topper, but briefly escapes; Topper then discovers Sarah and Johns hiding spot and alerts the police on their location. Topper later tricks the police to prove how much he still loves Sarah so John and Sarah can get away after Rafe sets their hiding place on fire.
1010"The Phantom"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Ward confesses to Rose his and Rafe's crimes, they then plan to fly to the Bahamas to retrieve the gold. police then swarm the island. John and Sarah continue hiding out; Ward intercepts Sarah's attempt to reveal the truth to Shoupe and the authorities, but she escapes her father. The Pogues steal the Phantom, JJ's father's boat, while John returns home to retrieve the gold he has stashed there. John steals Shoupe's police car while he is searching his house in order to meet the others. Rafe and Barry attack the Pogues, but are overpowered with the surprise attack of Pope; in the process, Barry learns that Rafe murdered the sheriff and implies he will blackmail Rafe with it. John and Sarah attempt to escape inland on the Phantom as a tropical storm strikes, their escape is soon spotted when power is restored to the cities lighthouse, which illuminates them in the bay. The authorities give chase, which forces John and Sarah into the open sea in the middle of the storm. Ward attempts to convince John to bring back Sarah if he truly loves her via the "Phantom's" radio. John reveals Ward's actions over the radio, leading to Shoupe arresting him, but the Phantom capsizes in the storm, and John and Sarah are presumed dead. As their friends mourn and Pope and Kiara start a relationship, John and Sarah survive the storm and are rescued by a passing cargo ship; with the ship on its way to Nassau, they realize that they now have a chance to recover the gold.

Season 2 (2021)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"The Gold"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
122"The Heist"Jonas PateJosh PateJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
133"Prayers"Jonas PateJosh Pate
Jonas Pate
Shannon Burke
July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
144"Homecoming"Jonas PateShannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
155"The Darkest Hour"Valerie WeissJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
166"My Druthers"Sunny HodgeJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
177"The Bonfire"Darnell MartinJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
188"The Cross"Darnell MartinJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
199"Trapped"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
2010"The Coastal Venture"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)



On May 3, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created and executive produced by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke.[4] The series was released on April 15, 2020.[5] On July 24, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which was released on July 30, 2021.[6][7]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, Charles Esten, Austin North, and Drew Starkey were cast in starring roles.[4] On July 2, 2019, Caroline Arapoglou joined the cast in a recurring role.[12] On October 22, 2020, Elizabeth Mitchell was cast in a recurring role for the second season.[10] On April 15, 2021, Carlacia Grant joined the cast in a recurring capacity for the second season.[9]


Co-creator Jonas Pate envisioned filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, but Netflix opted not to film the show there because of the state's House Bill 2 legislation.[13] Principal photography for the first season began on May 1, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina.[14] Filming for the second season began on August 31, 2020 and concluded on April 2, 2021.[15][16][17]


Critical response

Steve Greene of IndieWire gave the series' first season a B- and wrote a review saying, "Some of those later confrontations buckle under the weight of their plot connecting, but when Outer Banks dials its melodrama to its own sweet spot, there's enough fun to keep a story-hungry audience following along the trail."[18] Reviewing the series for The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Fienberg described the series' first season as "pretty people, pretty cinematography, pretty dumb" and said, "the show is positively littered with characters and plot threads that feel like they might have been relevant or even important in a 13-episode season or a YA novel that offered more breathing room."[19]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 71% based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6.72/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Outer Banks' over-the-top melodrama is balanced out by a strong sense of adventure that's bound to hook those looking to capture that summer feeling."[20] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

The second season has a 86% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 7 reviews, with an average rating of 6.70/10.[22]

Audience viewership

For the week of August 2 to 8, 2021, Outer Banks was ranked number one in the Nielsen ratings U.S. streaming chart, who announced that the show had been viewed for a total of 2.1 billion minutes of its 20 episodes.[23] For the following week, the series was ranked number one again in the Nielsen ratings U.S. streaming chart with a total of 1.16 billion total minutes of viewing for the 20 episodes.[24]

Legal matter

On December 21, 2020, a North Carolina teacher and author named Kevin Wooten filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the creators of Outer Banks, claiming they stole the plot of his novel Pennywise: The Hunt For Blackbeard's Treasure!. Wooten is seeking for ongoing royalties and damages payments.[25][26]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 People's Choice Awards The Show of 2020 Outer Banks Nominated [27]
The Drama Show of 2020 Nominated
The Bingeworthy Show of 2020 Won
The Male TV Star of 2020 Chase Stokes Nominated
The Drama TV Star of 2020 Nominated
2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline Won [28]


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