Outer Banks (TV series)

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Outer Banks
Created by
Music byFil Eisler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producers
  • Josh Pate
  • Jonas Pate
  • Shannon Burke
  • Aaron Miller
  • Sunny Hodge
  • Carole Sanders Peterman
  • J.B. Smith
  • Gonzalo Amat
  • Itai Ne'eman
  • Bo Webb
  • 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
  • Nicole Vaskell
  • David Crabtree
  • Jennifer Macfarlane
  • Joshua Butler
Running time42–79 minutes
Production companies
  • Rock Fish
  • Red Canoe Productions
Original release
ReleaseApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) –
present (present)

Outer Banks is an American action-adventure mystery teen drama television series created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke that premiered on Netflix on April 15, 2020.[4][5] The series is set in a community in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and follows the conflict between two groups of teenagers in search of a lost treasure.

In June 2021, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on February 23, 2023.[6][7] In February 2023, ahead of the third season premiere, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[8]


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, nicknamed the "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 love, fighting, friendship, and money.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Chase Stokes as John B. Routledge,[9] the ringleader of the Pogues, forms a romantic relationship with Sarah Cameron, early on in the first season. His father is missing, so he is determined to find the gold from the Royal Merchant that his father was determined to find before his disappearance. He manages to rope his friends and his girlfriend into the hunt for the gold.
  • Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron,[9] daughter of Ward Cameron. She forms a romantic relationship with John B Routledge early on in the first season. 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,[9] 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 they reject her due to her affiliation with the Pogues. She becomes involved in a romantic relationship with one of her best friends, JJ Maybank.
  • Jonathan Daviss as Pope Heyward,[9] the brains of the Pogues. After Cleo joins the Pogues, Pope forms a close relationship with her which later leads to the two becoming involved in a romantic relationship
  • Rudy Pankow as JJ Maybank,[9] John B's reckless, loyal best friend since the third grade who suffers abuse from his father. He becomes involved in a romantic relationship with one of his best friends, Kiara Carrera.
  • Austin North as Topper Thornton,[9] Sarah's ex-boyfriend and fellow Kook who despises the Pogues
  • Charles Esten as Ward Cameron (seasons 1–3),[9] Sarah, Wheezie and Rafe'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,[9] Wheezie and Sarah's older brother who's a drug addict and has anger issues. He kills Sheriff Peterkin.
  • Carlacia Grant as Cleo (season 3;[6] recurring season 2),[10] a crew member of Captain Terrance's cargo ship from Nassau who befriends Sarah and John B, and after becomes a member of the group, forming a close relationship with Pope Heyward in particular, which leads to the two becoming involved in a romantic relationship


  • 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 and local businessman
  • CC Castillo as Lana Grubbs (season 1), the widow of a man named Scooter Grubbs who was killed during Hurricane Agatha
  • Chelle Ramos as Deputy Plumb (seasons 1–2), a cop who works alongside Sheriff Peterkin and Deputy Shoupe
  • Brian Stapf as Cruz (season 1)
  • Deion Smith as Kelce, Rafe and Topper's friend and fellow Kook
  • Marland Burke as Mike Carrera, Kie's father who used to be a pogue but became a Kook due to his marriage with Kie's mom
  • Nicholas Cirillo as Barry, Rafe's drug dealer and the owner of a pawn shop
  • Charles Halford as Big John (seasons 1–3), John B's presumed dead father
  • Gary Weeks as Luke (seasons 1–2), JJ's abusive drug addict and alcoholic father
  • Mary Rachel Quinn as Dr. Thornton
  • Samantha Soule as Anna Carrera, Kie's mother who worries about Kie's involvement with the Pogues
  • Adam Donahue as Agent Bratcher (seasons 1–2) who is investigating the murders
  • Terence Rosemore as Captain Terrance (seasons 1–2), the captain of the cargo ship heading to Nassau, Bahamas who transports John B and Sarah when their boat is overturned
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Carla Limbrey (season 2–present),[11][12] Ward's former associate in finding the Royal Merchant
  • Jesse C. Boyd as Renfield (season 2), Limbrey's younger half-brother who helps her
  • Andy McQueen as Carlos Singh (season 3), a ruthless Caribbean man who is obsessed with finding the El Dorado treasure
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Ryan (season 3), Carlos's right-hand man
  • Fiona Palomo as Sofia (season 3), Pogue who wants to be a Kook who forms a close relationship with Rafe


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
210July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
310February 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

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 (the "Pogues") who live on Kildare Island. John B's scheduled move to a foster home is postponed due to a hurricane. After the hurricane, the Pogues find a key to a motel room onboard a sunken ship in the marsh. The room safe has an envelope, a gun, and a large amount of cash. JJ grabs the gun and a handful of cash from the room. Later that night the Pogues go to a beach party and John B gets into a scuffle with Topper (one of the Pogues' rivals, part of the wealthy gang of Kooks). JJ threatens Topper with the gun from the motel room when Topper tries to drown John B. Later on, John B borrows scuba gear from his employer (Ward Cameron, father of "Kook princess" Sarah) so they can explore the wreck. While leaving the boat crash site they are chased and shot at by two other men in a boat, but Kiara sabotages the men's boat and they get away. When they arrive home they find John B's father's compass in a bag from the wreck.
22"The Lucky Compass"Jonas PateShannon BurkeApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Sarah catches John B returning the scuba gear and agrees not to tell Ward but her younger sister, Wheezie, overhears them and tells Topper, who tells Ward when Sarah acts cagey, causing Ward to fire John B. John B and JJ find Lana, Scooter's wife, being threatened by the two men who chased them off the boat. They try to help, but she tells them the compass is dangerous and asks them to leave. John B finds a clue inside it: "Redfield". The two men show up looking for the clues from the Merchant. The group gets away and goes to the Redfield lighthouse, where a man tells them where to find the Merchant but calls the cops on them when he sees the compass. JJ and Pope get away but Kiara and John B get caught and are bailed out by Kiara's dad. John B is chased by the two men again, but they leave when the sheriff shows up. He decides to give the compass to Sheriff Peterkin and finds out his great-grandmother's maiden name is Redfield. The Pogues drive out to her grave and Kiara finds something.
33"The Forbidden Zone"Cherie NowlanJosh PateApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Kiara finds an envelope with a map of the Royal Merchant wreck and a tape recorder with John B's father telling John B to finish what he started. The Pogues plan to retrieve the treasure onboard the Merchant. Rafe makes a deal with Barry to sell drugs. The Pogues head to the salvage yard to get a drone with a camera to explore the wreck. Kiara distracts the guard, while the boys try to get the drone. JJ doesn't have the key code and the guard dog alerts the security guard, who chases them. Pope and JJ run away. John B gets the drone while JJ sweet-talks the guard into letting him go. Later, a fisherman finds the bodies of the two men who were chasing the compass and calls the cops. Rafe and Topper jump Pope; Pope and JJ retaliate by pulling the plug on Topper's boat. The group finds the ship at almost 1000 feet down.
44"Spy Games"Cherie NowlanJonas PateApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
With no gold to be found in the wreck, the group head home. The DCS and the police show up to take John B to a foster home. He escapes, but loses his dad's picture and gets wounded; Sarah finds him, retrieves the picture and takes him to Tannyhill to patch up the wound. Topper finds his sunken boat and he, Rafe, and Kelce deduce that it was sunk by Pope. At Tannyhill, John B asks Sarah about a portrait on the wall of her father's office, which she reveals is a portrait of Denmark Tanny, creator of Tannyhill. John B recognizes the name and realizes that Denmark survived the wreck. Sarah accompanies John B to the archives to find out more about Denmark. The Pogues (minus John B) go to a movie and are confronted by Topper and Rafe; Kiara sets the movie screen on fire as a distraction so Rafe and Topper leave. Later, to protect Pope, JJ tells the police he sunk Topper's boat and is taken into custody.
55"Midsummers"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Sheriff Peterkin tries to get JJ to bring John B in by offering to keep JJ out of juvenile prison but after his abusive father nearly kills him over the restitution JJ owes for Topper's boat, JJ runs away from home and helps John B evade the police squad Peterkin sent to the Routledge residence. Peterkin also knows about the Merchant thanks to a mystery benefactor who also has the compass, later revealed to be Ward. The Pogues crash the MidSummers party where John B tells Sarah to bring him a plat map of Tannyhill (where Denmark Tanny's letter, found in Big John Routledge's belongings, reveals the gold to be). Topper goes to Tannyhill to apologize for hounding Sarah about where she was the day before, but finds Wheezie in Sarah's room; pressured by Topper, Wheezie reveals where Sarah is. Topper shows up at Hawk's Nest to see John B and Sarah kissing and attacks John B, landing him in the hospital. Sarah tells Ward everything and Ward offers to be John B's legal guardian. John B accepts Ward's offer.
66"Parcel 9"Jonas PateTeleplay by : Keith Josef Adkins and Kathleen Hale
Story by : Keith Josef Adkins
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
The Pogues deduce, thanks to Pope, that the gold is in an old well in the Crain house's basement; John B brings Sarah in to help. Kiara and Sarah have a massive fight and leave. After paying Rafe’s drug dealer, Ward kicks Rafe out of the house for being irresponsible. Kiara reveals some of her history with Sarah to Pope. Peterkin finds Big John's glasses on the island Scooter was on during the storm and deduces that the deaths of Big John, Scooter and the two men who were pursuing the Pogues are connected. Sarah and Kiara work out their issues; at the Crain house, the girls deactivate the motion sensors; the boys go into the basement to retrieve the gold but the noise awakens Mrs. Crain. John B finds Mr. Crain's bones at the bottom of the well, but also finds the gold almost by accident. Mrs. Crain tries to attack Kiara, but Sarah pulls her to safety. The girls join the boys as Mrs. Crain breaks through the parlor door. Mrs. Crain tries to shoot the Pogues but they escape with a few bars of gold.
77"Dead Calm"Valerie WeissKathleen HaleApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Ward overhears Sarah and John B talking about the gold and sabotages the Pogues' plan, insisting that John B go fishing with him. The Pogues try to pawn off the single gold nugget Kiara makes, but are ambushed by a drug dealer named Barry. The Pogues incapacitate Barry and regain the nugget. JJ steals Barry's cash stash and goes back home but it doesn't work out. JJ stands up to Luke and leaves, before spending the cash on a hot tub. When Kiara and Pope show up, JJ breaks down, revealing that he got the hot tub for the Pogues - his family. Sarah and John B have sex in his secret spot. On the fishing trip, while trying to get John B to partner with him to retrieve the gold, Ward reveals everything he knows, including "Redfield" - the last message from Big John before his disappearance. John B realizes Ward was involved in Big John's disappearance and turns the boat around, intending to turn Ward in to the police. The last scene indicates that Ward is about to attack John B.
88"The Runway"Valerie WeissRachel Sydney AlterApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
John B escapes ashore and visits Lana, who reveals that Ward stole Big John's map to the gold and left him for dead and Scooter found Big John's compass with his last message to John B. John B tries to tell Sarah; Ward gaslights Sarah into staying away from John B and also retrieves the gold from the Crain house. Kiara and Pope have a fight; Pope runs out of his interview the next morning when he realizes that Ward is leaving the island with the gold. Rafe also finds out that Ward and Sarah are taking a plane to The Bahamas. Lana finally reveals everything to Peterkin. The Pogues, Rafe, Peterkin and Ward (with Sarah in tow) all converge on the airstrip. Ward drags an unwilling Sarah into the plane with him. John B forces Ward to stop the plane. Kiara, Pope and JJ leave when the cops show up; Peterkin tells Ward he's under arrest for the murder of Big John. When Ward resists, Peterkin draws a gun on him; Rafe shoots Peterkin.
99"The Bell Tower"Jonas PateDan Dworkin & Jay BeattieApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
In the aftermath of the sheriff's shooting, John B flees while Ward sends the plane carrying the gold to the Bahamas and attempts to save the sheriff with Deputy Shoupe's help. However, the sheriff dies and Ward blames the murder on John B to protect Rafe and locks up Sarah who escapes with her sister's help. As John B 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 B can flee the island while Rafe hunts him as well; Pope has his heart broken after confessing his love to Kiara. As John B evades the manhunt, he is trapped by Kelce and Topper, but briefly escapes; Topper then discovers Sarah and John B's hiding spot and alerts the police about their location. Topper later tricks the police to prove how much he still loves Sarah so John B 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 and Rose plan to retrieve the gold. Police swarm the island. John B and Sarah stay in hiding; Ward intercepts Sarah when she tries to tell the cops, but she escapes. The Pogues steal the Phantom, JJ's father's boat, while John B returns home to retrieve the gold nugget and comes back in Shoupe's police car. Rafe and Barry attack the Pogues, but Pope overpowers them; Barry learns of Rafe's crime and implies he will blackmail Rafe. John B and Sarah flee on the Phantom as a tropical storm strikes, but are soon spotted. The authorities force them into the open sea. Ward tries to manipulate John B into bringing Sarah back. John B reveals Ward's actions to the cops, leading to Ward's arrest, but the Phantom capsizes in the storm, and John B and Sarah are presumed dead. As their friends mourn and Pope and Kiara start a relationship, John B and Sarah end up on a cargo ship; with the ship on its way to Nassau, they realize that they can get the gold back now.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"The Gold"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
The Pogues mourn John B and Sarah; the community mourns Peterkin. The cargo ship's captain, Terrance, tries to turn Sarah and John B in; they escape and alert the Pogues that they survived. Ward tells Shoupe to handle the Pogues as they push back on his narrative that John B killed Peterkin. John B tries and fails to get the gold from Ward's Bahamian house; Sarah goes after him but Terrance kidnaps her and sends a crew member, Cleo, for John B. In desperation, John B gives Terrance the gold nugget and talks him into a plan to steal the gold. The Pogues plan to clear John B's name; they find, threaten and wiretap Ward's pilot, Gavin. Gavin blackmails Ward with Rafe's gun; Ward tells Gavin to meet him as the Pogues listen in. Ward doesn't have enough money to pay off Gavin. A security alert on Ward's phone results in the Bahamian police showing up at his house and apprehending John B. The last scene shows John B waiting for the cops to show his face to Ward as Sarah watches in horror.
122"The Heist"Jonas PateJosh PateJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Sarah distracts the cops; she and John B escape. The Pogues see Ward killing Gavin after they argue over the money; Rafe's gun falls in the sewer. Shoupe rubbishes the Pogues' story about Ward and Gavin. Sarah gets Terrance to agree to go after the gold again. Ward and Rafe dispose of Gavin's body and Rafe goes after the gun. Sarah tells Wheezie she's alive and Wheezie gets her the gold transport details. Cleo, who had apologized to Sarah when Terrance betrayed her and John B, warns her against trusting him. Kiara finds the gun and the Pogues get it to Shoupe; Shoupe keeps it in his desk despite it leading to Ward. Ward and Rafe leave for The Bahamas. Ward buys Rafe's loyalty by showing him the gold. Sarah, John B, Terrance and Cleo separate Ward and Rafe from their security and ambush them in some cane fields. Sarah and John B take the gold, flee Ward's security and get stuck in the fields; Sarah finds out she has a bullet wound.
133"Prayers"Jonas Pate
  • Josh Pate
  • Jonas Pate
  • Shannon Burke
July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Sarah and John B go to the doctor; Terrance and Cleo leave with the gold. Pope's scholarship's benefactor, C Limbrey, claims they can clear John B and might be related to the wreck's captain; Limbrey wants to meet Pope in Charleston. After the bullet extraction, Sarah flatlines but her pulse eventually returns. Rafe reveals he shot Sarah while meaning to shoot John B but doesn't care that it was her; Ward sends the cops after John B and Sarah again. When Sarah wakes up, they leave the doctor's but are chased by the cops, who've recovered the gold. John B accidentally hits Cleo with the car. Cleo reveals that the cops took the gold and possibly killed Terrance and his henchman Stubbs. Pope's dad's car breaks down on the way to Limbrey's. Rafe tells Ward he needs help. Cleo distracts the cops so John B and Sarah can escape on Ward's boat. John B and Sarah get fake-married on the boat. The two groups of Pogues converge on Charleston.
144"Homecoming"Jonas PateShannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Carla Limbrey's slaveowning ancestors refused to let Denmark Tanny buy his wife and daughter's freedom. Denmark died trying to get his wife Cecilia's remains from the Limbrey house after the Limbreys set the hounds on her for trying to escape (Denmark's baby daughter survived). Limbrey wants a key from the wreck and plans to hold Pope hostage so she can get it as ransom (she also has a tape of Gavin admitting that Rafe killed Peterkin). The Pogues flee from her and reunite with John B and Sarah. Ward tells Rose Sarah is alive and Rafe shot her. Rose tells him to choose between Rafe and Sarah. Kelce sees the Pogues buying beer and tells Rafe. Rafe and Barry show up to kill the Pogues but they hide. Pope and Kiara have sex. At Tannyhill, Ward tells Sarah he won't choose between her and Rafe. Sarah tells him she'll testify against him and leaves. The cops (sent by Ward) capture John B and an officer brutally beats him "for Peterkin".
155"The Darkest Hour"Valerie WeissJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Ward bribes Deputy Plumb to have John B killed by another prisoner. Kiara's mom kicks her out. When Pope asks, his dad says his grandmother used to have the key Limbrey wants. JJ tells John B his plan to get him out. Rafe sees Sarah's messages to Wheezie and sends her a meeting place. JJ steals his cousin Ricky's ambulance. Pope finds the key at his Mee-Maw's old apartment. At the prison, a different patient enters JJ's ambulance. Rafe threatens Sarah and tries to drown her; Topper pulls Rafe off her, beats him up and threatens to kill him if he ever hurts Sarah again. Plumb's man on the inside tries to kill John B but John B calls for help. Alerted by JJ, Kie and Pope show up and JJ leaves with them. Shoupe finds John B, who reiterates his innocence and tells him about the attempted murder. Shoupe's SBI colleague reveals that the gun Rafe used to kill Peterkin is enough to arrest Rafe. The SBI surround Tannyhill.
166"My Druthers"Sunny HodgeJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
John B is freed, but finds that Sarah is missing. Sarah returns with Topper, and she and John B have an argument. Pope and Kie decide to just be friends. Limbrey's henchman, Renfield, attacks Pope's dad, who suggests Pope go visit his Mee-Maw about the key. Renfield is revealed to be Limbrey's half-brother. Rose sneaks Ward out of the house. JJ and John B make a plan. Pope's Mee-Maw reveals that Denmark and Cecilia are Pope's ancestors. Ward sends Rafe away, and he leaves with Barry. When Limbrey arrives, John B distracts her with his dad's old key and Pope exchanges it for the exculpatory tape. Barry leads the cops to Rafe, and they arrest him. The Pogues give the tape to the cops. Topper's grandfather, Judge Holden, signs the warrant for Ward's arrest. The cops corner Ward on his boat and the Pogues join them. Ward blows up the boat, seemingly committing suicide. Topper shows up and holds Sarah as she cries, while John B stands on the dock looking conflicted.
177"The Bonfire"Darnell MartinJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
In a recorded confession, Ward admits to killing Big John and Gavin. He owns up to Peterkin's murder, allowing Rafe to walk free. Sarah ends her fake marriage to John B. Conflicted, she goes to stay with Topper. He invites her to the annual bonfire. A girl at school invites John B. The history teacher gives Pope Denmark Tanny's diary, which reveals the Cross of Santo Domingo (the artifact the key leads to) was on the Royal Merchant. Rafe and Rose learn that Ward didn't leave behind any records of the gold. Denmark's diary reveals Captain Limbrey of the Merchant stole the gold and the Cross from a Spanish vessel that was on fire and had called for help, leaving the Spaniards to die. Tensions erupt at the bonfire, John B punches Kelce, and a fight breaks out. After the bonfire, Renfield shows up at the Cut and takes the key from the Pogues. Limbrey shows up at Tannyhill asking to see the island room. When Sarah comes by later, the island room has been ransacked and everyone, including Wheezie, is missing.
188"The Cross"Darnell MartinJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Pope and JJ deduce from Denmark's diary and his last words that the treasure is buried near a tree named Angel Oak, near the Freedman's Church Denmark built for the slaves he freed. At Angel Oak, the Pogues realize the true treasure is Cecilia's body; they lay a wreath on her casket and bury her again after Rafe, Renfield and Limbrey defiled her grave looking for the cross. An inscription on the Merchant's spyglass, hidden in the tree, reveals the cross is at the church. JJ and Kie get her dad's truck so the Pogues can get to the church; Luke leaves Kildare for good and JJ says goodbye to his dad. At the church, Pope gets an idea when he sees wooden crosses above them through the spyglass. He uses a crowbar to reveal the cross under two hollow beams. Rafe and Renfield have followed the Pogues there. Wasps start stinging Pope and he falls on the cushions the Pogues have stacked under him. The Cross falls too.
199"Trapped"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
The Pogues leave to get help for Pope's allergic reaction; an epinephrine dose causes Pope to total their vehicle; at the church, they find that Renfield and Rafe took the cross. Tired of the Limbreys trying to steal his family legacy, Pope declares that he will go after the cross; the Pogues join him. An argument between Renfield and Limbrey results in him throwing her to the ground, her shooting him dead and Rafe leaving with the gold and the Cross. Rose tells Rafe something bigger is going on. Sarah attempts to sneak into Tannyhill but Rafe finds her and locks her up; Rose drugs her and they leave. Angered by Rafe having his cross, Pope pursues him; JJ and John B follow Rose. Rafe gets rid of Renfield's body; Pope fights him to a stalemate, calls Kiara and takes JJ's gun. JJ and John B see the Camerons board a boat named the Coastal Venture with the gold and the Cross (and Sarah as a hostage). Pope causes an explosion with JJ's gun; the Pogues hide in a container. Ward is revealed to be alive.
2010"The Coastal Venture"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
Sarah argues with Ward and locks him in a room. Rafe checks for stowaways. Kie finds a way out of the container. Cleo is on the ship; she fights Pope but agrees to trust him because of John B and Sarah. John B tells the Pogues that Ward is alive. Pope takes down Captain Eberhimi; he, Cleo, JJ and Kie lock everyone in the hull except Rafe. Sarah gets the lifeboat; JJ and Kie help Pope lift the Cross. Eberhimi escapes and frees everyone. Ward escapes and tries to strangle Sarah; John B incapacitates him; he and Sarah jump off. Eberhimi throws JJ overboard; Kie jumps off to save JJ. The crew members help Rafe recover the Cross by shooting at Pope, who jumps overboard with Cleo; they get on the lifeboat, followed by Kie and JJ, who recovers consciousness; the Pogues leave, landing on a deserted island which they call "Poguelandia". The Sheriff's department investigates their disappearance. Limbrey meets Big John; he's alive and agrees to help her if she helps John B.

Season 3 (2023)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Poguelandia"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
A month on, the Pogues are making do on their deserted island, now known as "Poguelandia", when what appears to be a savior of a plane notices them and comes to their rescue. Unbeknownst to them, the pilot is not who he appears to be and Kiara is kidnapped in the scuffle. Rafe, filling in Ward on his progress, works with Rose to find a buyer for the cross despite her hesitations with Rafe taking the lead. Meanwhile, Mrs. Limbrey meets with Big John Rutledge, and he tells her that he has wanted to tell his son that he's been alive, but that it would put John B at risk. The remaining Pogues head out to search for Kiara and discover more ties to the Royal Merchant gold and the cross.
222"The Bells"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Kiara discovers the identity of her captor - the mysterious Carlos Singh, who believes it is his destiny to uncover the treasure of El Dorado and requires the diary of Denmark Tanny. Whilst her friends race to free her, Kiara is torn when Rafe is revealed to also have been lured to Singh’s estate and proposes an alliance so they can both escape. Big John uses the local church bells to draw John B to him. Kiara and Rafe escape together, but she ultimately betrays him after seeing his vicious nature, steals his boat and is reunited with her friends - minus John B, who has decided to follow the bells, praying his instincts are right and his father is alive.
233"Fathers and Sons"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
John B is astounded to find his father at the church, alive. Their reunion is short-lived, however, as Singh’s men close in on them. The rest of the Pogues are forced to flee without John B after they come under fire from Singh’s forces, but everyone heads to Kildare, OBX. The group is strained when a jealous Pope picks up on the romantic tension between Kiara and JJ, but a meaningful talk with Cleo helps him work through his feelings.
244"The Diary"Darnell MartinJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Now back in the Outer Banks, coming home is easier for some then others. JJ finds out he has been evicted, Pope’s promising education has been squandered and Sarah finds herself homeless. Meanwhile, John B helps his dad to look for clues to the location of El Durado, but Big John’s insistence on keeping the plans between them strains John B’s relationship with the gang.
255"Heists"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Rafe is furious when he discovers Ward wants to donate the gold cross to a museum as a gesture of goodwill. He returns to OBX and the Pogues decide to steal it back from him. The plan involves Pope and Cleo sneaking onto the crate train the cross is in, whilst JJ & Kiara disable the tracks ahead. Sarah convinces a reluctant Topper to assist them, however, they realise the cross onboard the train was actually a fake, much to Pope’s dismay. It is revealed that Rafe actually melted the cross down, against his father’s wishes, and intends to sell the pieces.
266"The Dark Forest"Valerie WeissTeleplay by : Josh Pate & Shannon Burke
Story by : Rachel Sydney Alter & Nicholas Schutt
February 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Big John’s obsession with finding the treasure has caused John B to become secretive and distant from his friends and Sarah, who urges him to let her in. A stressed out John B snaps at her and Sarah leaves, hurt. JJ overhears Rafe and Barry discussing the now melted cross and rushes to tell Pope and Cleo. Pope, already upset about his failed education, is incensed to learn about the defilement of his family’s cross. Sarah runs into Topper and he invites her to a party, where she reconnects with her old Kook friends and impulsively kisses Topper. Cleo finds Pope about to kill Rafe, but she stops him and he breaks down in her arms. John B and his father make progress in their search, but Big John is taken captive by Singh and they head to South America.
277"Happy Anniversary"Gonzalo AmatTeleplay by : Josh Pate & Shannon Burke
Story by : Crystal Garland & Joey Elkins
February 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Sarah wakes up the following morning, next to Topper and regrets her actions. Pope and Cleo search Pope’s family heirlooms for clues to Denmark Tammy and find an invaluable letter from Tammy to his daughter. JJ and John B go on a wild adventure as they try and work out how to get to South America to rescue Big John. At an anniversary party for Kiara’s parents, Sarah confesses to John B that she cheated on him with Topper. A heartbroken John B flies into a rage when goaded by Topper and beats him up, in front of everyone.
288"Tapping the Rudder"Valerie WeissJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)

In the aftermath of the party, Topper tells Sarah he is pressing charges against John B and asks her to testify against him, to which Sarah is conflicted as she loves John B, but is fearful that he doesn’t love her anymore. Ward returns to Outer Banks, concerned about Rafe’s self-assurance with his dad not around. Kiara’s parents express concerns about her safety around the Pogues, especially JJ - whom her father has never trusted. They suggest a wilderness re-education camp to which Kiara is opposed to. JJ signs him & a reluctant John B up for a minor drugs smuggling operation in exchange for a flight to South America, but John B is ultimately arrested.

Rafe asserts his dominance over his father, but Barry tells him Ward will always be a problem and that the only solution is for him to be killed. Sarah goes to Ward for help getting to South America and he allows her to use his jet, desperate to make amends with her. She also convinces Topper to delay the assault trial by a day. John B is released and he reconciles with Sarah. The group hangs out at John B’s house. Topper drives by and, after seeing John B and Sarah getting intimate, he sets the place alight.
299"Welcome to Kitty Hawk"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
The next morning, after barely making it out John B's burned house, the Pogues convene at the airfield, ready to board the jet. However, Kiara is cornered at her house by staff members from Kitty Hawk, a wilderness behavioral reformation camp for troubled teens her parents signed her up for and is taken away. Time is running out for the Pogues as the police, having been tipped off to John B’s location by Topper, are closing in. JJ rushes to Kiara’s house to find her and her parents tell him they sent her to Kitty Hawk. JJ sets off to rescue her while the others anxiously wait at the airfield.

Meanwhile, Rafe has followed Barry’s advice and decided Ward needs to be killed so he can start his own Cameron legacy at OBX. He asks Barry to carry out the act, but Barry contracts a hitman so the murder can’t be traced. Soon after however, Rafe has a change of heart and tells Barry not to go ahead with the hit, but is horrified to learn Barry has already paid off the hitman. Ward is attacked and his leg injured but Rafe saves him. A passer-by recognises the fugitive Ward, so him and Rafe flee on Rafe’s bike to the airfield. The gang there is shocked to see them and tensions increase when Rafe claims they have to leave before the police arrive and arrest both Ward and John B. With no time left, the group boards the plane, minus Rafe, who Ward makes amends with and gives his blessing to take control of the Cameron businesses at OBX.

Back at Kitty Hawk, JJ secretly communicates with Kiera and discovers the cabin she is in. The two reunite and JJ apologises for their previous argument. They confess their love for each other and kiss before making their escape, heading to South America aboard Barracuda Mike’s plane.
3010"Secret of the Gnomon"Jonas PateJosh Pate & Shannon BurkeFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)
Everyone arrives in Orinoco, South America. JJ & Kiera bump into Pope and Cleo, running from Singh’s men. Sarah and John B overhear Big John shouting nearby and attempt to rescue him, before he escapes himself and the trio run away. They find Jose, a river guide who will take them to the dig site of El Durado, but tempers flare when Ward invites himself along. The four head up river to the dig site. John B, his father and Sarah begin the climb. Meanwhile, the others have found their own boat and are making their way to the site too - but discover that Singh knows where John B and Sarah are and that they are in danger.

Finally, the trio make it to the site and successfully solve the riddle. Suddenly, Singh corners them and threatens to shoot John B unless Big John reveals the riddle. When Big John seems to hesitate, Sarah rushes forward and tackles the gun away. The three, plus Ward, escape. Sarah is furious to learn her father betrayed them by telling Singh their location and she threatens to shoot him if he doesn’t stay away. Shocked, Ward leaves and the others press on. They ultimately find the cave entrance where El Durado is but John B notices his father got shot badly during the scuffle.

The cave leads to a pool of water, that Sarah realizes is deeper than previously thought. The entrance to El Durado is underwater. Big John isn’t able to fit through so he instructs John B and Sarah to find it and tells them the final part of the riddle. Meanwhile, Singh is tracking them from Big John’s blood and closing in fast. John B and Sarah discover El Durado and collect a piece of the gold before returning to Big John. However, they are met by Singh, who threatens them both for the gold. Big John emerges and threatens to blow up the entrance to El Durado with a stick of dynamite. Singh claims he’s bluffing but Big John throws the stick and the cave explodes. Singh is killed but John B, Sarah and Big John get out. Suddenly, Ward holds them all at gunpoint. The rest of the Pogues rush to their aid, wielding machetes. However, one of Singh’s men swears vengeance for his fallen friends and moves to shoot Sarah. Ward pushes him off the side of the hill with him, killing them both. Big John suddenly collapses from blood loss and the group hurry him back to the boat and head towards OBX. He doesn't make it and passes away.

18 months later, the group are being commended for uncovering the location of El Durado. Suddenly, a mysterious man approaches the group with an offer to uncover the sunken treasure of Edward Teach, more commonly known as Captain Blackbeard. They happily agree.



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] On July 24, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[13] On December 7, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a third season.[6] On February 18, 2023, ahead of the third season premiere, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth season.[8]


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.[14] On October 22, 2020, Elizabeth Mitchell was cast in a recurring role for the second season.[11] On April 15, 2021, Carlacia Grant joined the cast in a recurring capacity for the second season.[10] Upon the third season renewal, Grant was promoted to a series regular.[6] On June 23, 2022, Andy McQueen, Fiona Palomo, and Lou Ferrigno Jr. were cast in undisclosed capacities for the third season.[15] On July 5, 2022, Stokes' stand-in double, Alexander "AJ" Jennings, was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Charleston, South Carolina.[16] On February 29, 2024, it was announced that Pollyanna McIntosh, J. Anthony Crane, Brianna Brown, Rigo Sanchez, and Mia Challis were cast in recurring roles for the series' fourth season.[17]


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.[18] Principal photography for the first season began on May 1, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina including James Island, Johns Island, Kiawah Island, Morris Island Lighthouse (interior), and Hunting Island Lighthouse (exterior).[19][20] Filming for the second season began on August 31, 2020, and concluded on April 2, 2021.[21][22][23][24] Filming for the third season began on February 15, 2022 and concluded on September 17, 2022.[25][26] Filming for the fourth season began on June 17, 2023.[27] Filming locations include greater Wilmington for the first time in the series' history.[28] On the week of July 14, 2023, production was suspended due to the commencement of the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.[29] The series later resumed production in North Carolina on November 20, 2023.[30] In February 2024, the series filmed for a month in Morocco, including the cities of Essaouira and Ouarzazate.[31]


The first season of Outer Banks premiered on April 15, 2020.[5] The second season premiered on July 30, 2021.[32] The third season premiered on February 23, 2023.[7]

The fourth season is set to be released in 2024.[33]


Critical response[edit]

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."[34] 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."[35]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 74% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. 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."[36] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[37]

The second season has an 86% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 7 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10.[38]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season holds an approval rating of 56% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 4.1/10.[39]

Audience viewership[edit]

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.[40] 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.[41]

Legal matter[edit]

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 had sought for ongoing royalties and damages payments.[42][43] The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by federal judge Timothy Batten the following year in favor of the Pate brothers and Burke. In a 25-page opinion, Batten noted that the plots of Wooten's novel and the series shared similarities with respect to the themes of shipwrecks and finding buried treasure but opined that the substantial differences in other aspects, such as the plot and characterization, meant that analyzing the plots of both works "at such a high level of abstraction would render every work involving a hunt for treasure susceptible to copyright infringement."[44][45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 People's Choice Awards The Show of 2020 Outer Banks Nominated [46]
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 [47]
2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kick-Ass Cast Outer Banks Nominated [48]
Best Kiss Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow Won

Other media[edit]

On February 18, 2023, Netflix held a fan event called 'Poguelandia' in Huntington Beach, California. Musical performances included: Khalid, Lil Baby, alt-J, Elley Duhé, Surf Mesa, and The Nude Party.[49] The Outer Banks starring cast: Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Carlacia Grant, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, and Drew Starkey were in attendance.[8]


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