Outsiders (TV series)

For the Australian news discussion program, see Outsiders (Australian TV program).
Genre Drama
Created by Peter Mattei
Theme music composer Morgan O'Kane
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Larry Rapaport
Location(s) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Cinematography Jamie Reynoso
Scott Peck
Editor(s) Daniel Gabbe
Howard Leder
Matthew V. Colonna
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45-50 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network WGN America
Original release January 26, 2016 (2016-01-26) – present
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Outsiders is an American television drama series created by Peter Mattei. Set in the fictional town of Blackburg, Crockett County, Kentucky, the series tells the story of the Farrell clan and their struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia. It is WGN America's third original series, which debuted on January 26, 2016. On March 11, 2016, WGN America renewed Outsiders for a second season and will air in January 2017.[1]


Set in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, the series revolves around the interaction of a group of mountain folk known as the Farrell clan and the locals in the nearby town of Blackburg, Kentucky.

The Farrells are an isolationist group of mountain folk, who shun normal society and live a spartan existence in the woods. Extremely paranoid of outsiders, the mountain that the family controls is coveted by a national mining outfit for the coal beneath it.

At the start of the series, Asa Farrell, a cousin of the ruling family, returns to the mountains after leaving ten years prior in order to join the military and experience life amongst normal society. His arrival coincides with the family matriarch Lady Ray Farrell announcing her intention to cede power to her son, "Big Foster" Farrell. Big Foster, who never forgave Asa for leaving his family, has Asa imprisoned in a cage for six months until he is freed due to his ability to read after an eviction notice is posted at the entrance of the mountain.

In town, the mining company has gained approval to evict the Farrell family from the mountain and seeks to expedite the process so mining operations can begin as soon as possible. Deputy Sheriff Wade Houghton is assigned the task to carry out the eviction process. Deputy Sheriff Houghton however, suffers from alcoholism, opiate addiction, and PTSD due to previous encounters with the violent and cold-blooded Farrell family, and the death of his wife. Houghton attempts to warn his superiors that any sort of eviction process will be bloody, result in loss of life on both sides, and will eventually devolve into a lengthy siege with the Farrells holding the advantage through their extensive knowledge of the mountains.

The eviction leads to a power struggle, as Lady Ray believes that the impending eviction is the apocalyptic event that the family believes in per a family prophecy. Because of this, she pardons Asa, freeing him from the cage and announces a delay in turning over authority to her son. She continues to refuse to change her mind when Big Foster, upset at being denied power, arranges a raid in town of a local mobster that goes bad and costs the life of Big Foster's youngest son.





The series, first titled Titans, was created by playwright Peter Mattei, and produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti for Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios.[7] WGN America announced a 13-episode straight-to-series order in August 2014.[8] Production began in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area on May 5, 2015 and ran through September.[9] Mountaintop exteriors were filmed in Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, while interiors were constructed at 31st Street Studios in the Strip District. Scenes in Blackburg, Kentucky, the fictional town at the base of the mountain, were filmed in Millvale.[10] WGN America renewed the series for a second season. Production resumed in mid-2016 using the same locations around Pittsburgh.[11]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Farrell Wine"Adam BernsteinPeter MatteiJanuary 26, 2016 (2016-01-26)1.055[12]
After abandoning his fellow people for several years, Asa Farrell returns to his mountain dwelling family clan. As a result of his actions, his fellow clanspeople ostracize him by locking him in a cage for several months. Asa is later released from his holding cell, at which point he realizes his fellow people are in need of help. A multinational coal company is seeking to vacate the Farrel family from their longtime mountain home in order to tap into the mountains vast coal deposits. Big Foster does not trust Asa after Lady Ray, the clan's leader (or 'Bren'in'), has a vision of Asa saving the clan. Big Foster then decides that he must get rid of Asa by any means possible, as Big Foster sees himself as the true leader of his people.
22"Doomsayer"Adam BernsteinPeter MatteiFebruary 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)0.840[13]
Big Foster calls in an assembly to banish Asa, as he blames him for bringing the misfortune that lead to the death of his son. Asa does not want to go back to the outside world after completing his incarceration, and claims that they need his literacy and outside views to fight against upcoming eviction. The clan decides on a pit fight between Asa and Lil' Foster, which Asa unexpectedly wins. Wade, the county sheriff, is sent to investigate on the origin of the Farrell Wine moonshine, to help change the public opinion against the Farrells and secure his reelection. He eventually destroys the evidence that he finds.
33"Messengers"Michael TrimPeter MatteiFebruary 9, 2016 (2016-02-09)0.881[14]
44"Rubberneck"Michael TrimRyan FarleyFebruary 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)0.801[15]
55"Demolition"Jon AmielPeter TolanFebruary 23, 2016 (2016-02-23)0.764[16]
66"Weapons"Jon AmielWilliam SchmidtMarch 1, 2016 (2016-03-01)0.728[17]
77"Decomp of a Stuck Pig"Peter WernerRyan FarleyMarch 8, 2016 (2016-03-08)0.669[18]
88"It's Good to Be King"Peter WernerSara GoodmanMarch 15, 2016 (2016-03-15)0.737[19]
Asa comes out of the his cabin getting ready to go to the funeral but is crowded by Big Foster and his gang and is told to leave the mountain. Meanwhile, a funeral is taking place for the late Bren'in, Miss Lady Ray. Big Foster is confronted by his son, Lil' Foster, who tells him that he knows that he killed Miss Lady Ray. Big Foster, now the new Bren'in, proposes to G'Win after Lil' Foster says that she also believes that he was the one who killed Lady Ray. They both use the marriage as an opportunity to keep watch over one another. Meanwhile, in town, Hasil goes around looking for Sally Ann at her job but no one at the store wants to help him find her. The coal company has a meeting with their staff on ways of trying to get the Farrells off the mountain. After the meeting, Sally Ann's brother and his friends start drinking heavily at a bar, and threaten to kill all of the Farrells. While driving, they spot Hasil and start shooting at him, he tries to run away, but eventually is captured. After negotiating Farrell Wine for a gun, Asa returns to the camp, empties all of the bullets in the air, and tells Big Foster that he can get 100 more where that came from.
99"Trust"Rosemary RodriguezWilliam SchmidtMarch 22, 2016 (2016-03-22)0.673[20]
Asa makes a deal with Big Foster to get him more guns. Hasil is captured and being held in the basement of one of Sally Ann's brother's friend's houses. They beat him up all night. Meanwhile, the Deputy Officers and the Sheriff's sister Ledda find the Sheriff's car parked on the side of the road with no sign of him, and it brings flashbacks to the night when the Sheriff's wife committed suicide years earlier. They then return to the house and find his son Caleb lying on the couch asleep. When asked his father's whereabouts, Caleb said that he didn't know where is father was. The Officers then head down to the garage and find the Sheriff's car all smashed up from the day he hit a Farrell. Big Foster confronts G'Win about still loving Asa which she continues to deny, but Big Foster still doesn't believe her and tells her he is going to banish Asa for good. G'Win suggests that Big Foster kills him, but is interrupted by Krake who has a bottle of Big Foster's favorite wine. Big Foster is enraged that his bodyguards are not paying attention and had let Krake in, so he ends shooting one of them in the leg with a bullet to send a message. This action causes him to be called into council to explain why he shot his guard. Asa goes looking for Hasil but ends up meeting with Sally Ann, and she helps him bottle some Farrell wine. Breece returns to the house where Hasil is being held, bringing along the lady who represents the coal company who then tries to get Hasil to join her team.
1010"Day Most Blessed"Rosemary RodriguezPeter TolanMarch 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)0.809[21]
1111"Mortar"Andrew BernsteinRyan FarleyApril 5, 2016 (2016-04-05)0.823[22]
1212"All Hell"Andrew BernsteinPeter TolanApril 12, 2016 (2016-04-12)0.954[23]
1313"Long Live the Bren'in"Peter WellerPeter MatteiApril 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)0.956[24]
Big Foster wakes up from a nightmare about him murdering his fa (Father in native language) and leaves his home to hunt the rest of traitors with his posse. Meanwhile Hasil and the Rebel Farrels make a plan to end Foster's Reign. As Foster is about to kill Krake, Hasil interrupts and leads him into a failed usurpation. He then banishes the rebel group and begins to hallucinate seeing his dead son Elon. Gwynveer finds Asa's necklace where his body was left, she confronts Little Foster. Big Foster, now realize that G'Win wanted to kill him, confront her and they violently fight with G'Win escaping by stabbing Big Foster. Little Foster finds Asa hiding at an creek where they learned to fish when they were children, Little Foster and Asa reconcile emotional embrace. Gwyn then finds Asa, who she tells to kill the Bren'in as only he can (As part of the prophecy.) Asa grabs his pistol from his shack and goes to the Bren'in's home and kills Big Foster. Gwyn, now the Bren'in, has Asa imprisoned. Meanwhile, the police, led by Sherriff Houghton make it to the top of Shay Mountain. Gwyn and the three clans (Shays, McGintucks and Farrells) surround the police and begins a chant that summons storm clouds, Houghton looks up just lightning seemingly strikes the police as the camera fades to black.



On Metacritic, it holds a score of 63/100, based on 17 reviews.[25] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 78%.[26]


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