The Outs

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The Outs
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Season 1 title card
GenreDrama
Created byAdam Goldman
Written byAdam Goldman
Sasha Winters
Directed byAdam Goldman
StarringAdam Goldman
Sasha Winters
Hunter Canning
Theme music composerVarious
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Release
Original networkVimeo
Original releaseMarch 27, 2012 (2012-03-27) –
present
External links
theouts.com

The Outs is a web series which premiered on Vimeo in 2012. Filmed and set in Brooklyn, New York, the show tells the story of Mitchell (played by Adam Goldman), his best friend Oona (Sasha Winters), and his ex-boyfriend Jack (Hunter Canning). It debuted in March 2012 with a run of six episodes, with a "Chanukah Special" in April 2013. A second season of six episodes began in March 2016, followed by a special December 2016 episode.

Plot[edit]

Following their breakup, Mitchell and Jack navigate gay life in New York.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Adam Goldman as Mitchell Webb
  • Sasha Winters as Oona Halpern, Mitchell's best friend
  • Hunter Canning as Jack Widdows, Mitchell's ex-boyfriend
  • Tommy Heleringer as Paul "Scruffy", Jack's newest love interest
  • Phillip Taratula as Ty, Mitchell's sassy friend and former coworker
  • Alan Cumming as Himself
  • Owen Scott as Frank, Jack's straight stoner friend
  • Shawn Frank as Russell, a guy Oona dates (season 1)
  • Sean Patrick McGowan as Drew, Oona's ex-boyfriend who slept with Jack (season 1)
  • Jon Golbe as Cute Delivery Guy (season 1)
  • William DeMeritt as Kevin, Oona's publisher and lover (season 2)
  • Mark Junek as Rob, Mitchell's chef boyfriend (season 2)
  • Becky Yamamoto as Leila, Mitchell's coworker (season 2)
  • Joel Perez as Eli, a guy with whom Jack has regular casual sex (season 2)[2]
  • Cecil Baldwin as Braden, Mitchell's roommate (season 2)
  • Patricia Buckley as Leah, Oona's editor (season 2)
  • Bowen Yang as Jason, Leah's assistant (season 2)
  • Michael Cyril Creighton as Gordy, Mitchell's gay coworker/nemesis (season 2)
  • Dan Savage as Himself (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateLength
11"State of the Union"Adam GoldmanAdam Goldman & Sasha WintersMarch 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)12:43
Following their ugly breakup, Mitchell and Jack navigate gay life in New York.
22"Whiskey Dick"Adam GoldmanAdam Goldman & Sasha WintersMay 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)18:51
Oona drags Mitchell to her ex-boyfriend Tucker's party, while Jack goes home with a sexy stranger.
33"Moon River"Adam GoldmanStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)22:38
Oona becomes reacquainted with Russell, and Jack freaks out over his intensifying relationship with Scruffy.
44"Fun Party"Adam GoldmanStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)18:42
Jack agrees to pick up a horribly drunk Mitchell from Oona's apartment.
55"Fucking it Up"Adam GoldmanStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25)25:03
Flashback to the destruction of Jack and Mitchell's relationship.
66"Significant Others"Adam Goldman, Jay Gillespie & Sasha WintersStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
November 19, 2012 (2012-11-19)28:05
Oona is unhappy with Russell. Jack and Mitchell take another step in repairing their friendship as Mitchell and Oona have a fight.
77"Chanukah Special"Adam GoldmanStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)43:30
An obstacle arises in Jack and Scruffy's relationship, and Oona runs into Drew and his new lover.

Season 2[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateLength
81"WDR"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanMarch 30, 2016 (2016-03-30)25:32
With Oona now a published author, Mitchell is working as a "relationship expert", and Jack's romantic life is complicated.
92"You're fine, you're fine, you're fine"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanApril 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)30:47
Mitchell comes home to a shocking discovery. "Scruffy" Paul visits Jack.
103"Golf thing"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanApril 13, 2016 (2016-04-13)29:30
Mitchell asks Jack to pose as his boyfriend for a work function.
114"Now that you are mine"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanApril 20, 2016 (2016-04-20)28:34
Mitchell, Jack, and Oona have a triple date night.
125"Gentlemen enjoy solitude"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanApril 27, 2016 (2016-04-27)26:20
Mitchell's relationship with Rob hits a wall as Jack realizes his long distance relationship with Paul is not working. Oona makes an explosive decision about her career.
136"I'll be the judge of that!"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieAdam GoldmanMay 4, 2016 (2016-05-04)26:31
Paul surprises Jack with a visit.
147"Cookie-wise"Adam Goldman & Jay GillespieStory: Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters
Screenplay: Adam Goldman
December 24, 2016 (2016-12-24)17:02
Oona seeks out a depressed Mitchell. Jack and Paul take a big step.

Production and release[edit]

The first season of The Outs was crowdfunded through two Kickstarter campaigns. Started after the first episode was complete, the first campaign had a goal of $1000 and received $1685.[3] The second campaign, started after the first three episodes were released, had a goal of $8000 and achieved $22,339 with 503 backers.[4] With the goal exceeded, producers produced a promised special seventh episode, later called the "Chanukah Special".[5]

Set in Brooklyn, New York,[5] the series was filmed predominantly in the Prospect Heights and Crown Heights areas of Brooklyn.

The first season of six episodes premiered via Vimeo on March 27, 2012. The Chanukah Special was released on April 1, 2013.[6]

A second season of six episodes, funded by Vimeo, premiered on Vimeo On Demand on March 30, 2016.[7][8] A special seventh episode titled "Cookie-wise" was released on December 24, 2016, available for streaming at no charge.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
4th Indie Soap Awards 2013 Best Web Series (Drama) The Outs Nominated [10]
Best Actor (Drama) Hunter Canning Nominated
Best Supporting Actor (Drama) Tommy Heleringer Nominated
Best Writing (Drama) Adam Goldman & Sasha Winters Nominated
Best Directing (Drama) Adam Goldman Nominated
Best Ensemble (Drama) The Outs Nominated
Best Editing (All Shows) Adam Goldman & Jay Gillespie Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terris, Ben (May 8, 2013). "So, Your Acclaimed Web Series About Gay Life Is Over—Now What?". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Ferri, Josh (August 10, 2016). "Five Burning Questions with Fun Home Star Joel Perez". BroadwayBox.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Outs by Adam Goldman". Kickstarter. April 3, 2012. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Outs: Part 2". Kickstarter. July 2, 2012. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jarrett, Jono (April 1, 2013). "Creator Adam Goldman reflects on The Outs and talks about what's next". Next Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Outs, Web Series About Gay Life In New York, Debuts Season Finale Episode". The Huffington Post. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Moylan, Brian (March 10, 2016). "Vimeo launches new originals and offers 'high-quality' alternative to YouTube". The Guardian. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 9, 2016). "Vimeo Expands Original Slate, Sets The Outs Season 2 Premiere Date". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  9. ^ The Outs (December 24, 2016). "Happy holidays, everyone! As promised, here's the seventh episode of season 2. It's Free—a gift!". Facebook. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "4th Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominations Announced". We Love Soaps. December 17, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2013.

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