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The Outsider is an American crime-drama television series based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It was ordered to series on December 3, 2018, after being optioned as a miniseries by Media Rights Capital in June 2018.

The series premiered on January 12, 2020 on HBO.


The Outsider explores the investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy and the mysterious force surrounding the case. It follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Mendelsohn) as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.


Main cast

Recurring Cast

  • Hettienne Park as Tomika Collins
  • Michael Esper as Bill Samuels
  • Claire Bronson as Joy Peterson
  • Michael H. Cole as Herbert Parker
  • Marc Fajardo as Myron Lazar
  • Margo Moorer as Libby Stanhope
  • Duncan E. Clark as Frankie Peterson
  • Joshua Whichard as Ollie Peterson



The miniseries was announced in June 2018, with Richard Price hired to adapt the Stephen King novel. HBO officially commissioned the series in December, with Ben Mendelsohn cast in the lead while serving as a producer. Jason Bateman executive produces and also stars in the series.

In January 2019, the core main cast was set, seeing the additions of Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, Jeremy Bobb and Marc Menchaca. Hettienne Park and Michael Esper appear in recurring roles.

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a 77% rating with an average score of 7.44 out of 10 based on 47 reviews. The site's critical consensus is, "Though The Outsider's slow burn isn't always satisfying, it remains watchable thanks to its excellent performances – especially series stand out Cynthia Erivo." On Metacritic, it has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


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The Hodges/Gibney metaseries
Novels Mr. MercedesFinders KeepersEnd of WatchThe Outsider
Short stories If it Bleeds
Adaptations Mr. Mercedes (TV Series)The Outsider (TV Series)
Characters Bill HodgesHolly GibneyJerome Robinson
Brady Hartsfield