'Outer Banks' Episode 1 introduces the Pogues and evokes the aura of TV shows in the 2000s

'Outer Banks' Episode 1 introduces the Pogues and evokes the aura of TV shows in the 2000s
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Spoilers for 'Outer Banks' Season 1 Episode 1

The synopsis for Netflix's 'Outer Banks' does not reveal much and may not even capture your attention. However, if the first episode of the freshman season of the teen drama is anything to go by, 'Outer Banks' is certainly worth your time.

The show is "a coming-of-age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens called the 'Pogues' in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When a hurricane kills the power for the summer season, it sets off a chain of illicit events that force the friends to make life-altering decisions."

The Pogues — like any other good show for young adults — have a rival gang called the "Kooks". The Pogues' head, John B's father went missing at sea before the events of the first episode. However, John B knows that his father is not dead because the latter told him so.

We are introduced to the rest of the Pogues which consists of Kiara, an athletic hippy chick with a socialist streak, Pope, the smartest of the Pogues, and has a scholarship on the line — his ticket to a life outside of the Outer Banks, and JJ, John B’s oldest friend who is troubled and has had a rough home life.


When John B is threatened to be put in foster care, a hurricane hits the island right on time — leading up to a strange sequence of events that will play out with much bigger consequences throughout the show.

The Pogues come across a shipwrecked boat where they find a motel key. When they explore the motel room the key opens, they discover a stack of cash and weapons. However, John B and JJ are forced to hide after the cops arrive and they get more suspicious when they see the cops pocketing some of the cash.


After a body is discovered, it is revealed that it is the owner of the boat who has some unsavory associates. To keep themselves safe and out of trouble, the Pogues opt to stay quiet. 

Now, Netflix has a lot of shows that are aimed at young adults. There's 'Elite', the Spanish drama, 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina', 'On My Block' and '13 Reasons Why'. 'Outer Banks' is different in that it feels quite like a 2000s era show. Yes, the show is very much set in the '10s and now, the '20s, but since it features the setting of an island cut off from the mainland, with kids going on an adventure, even grown-ups would enjoy the show.


All episodes of Season 1 of 'Outer Banks' are now streaming on Netflix.

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