The Outsider: Trailer, Release Date, and Episode Guide for Stephen King HBO Series

HBO's TV adaptation of Stephen King novel The Outsider showcases a crime drama with a supernatural horror twist.

The Outsider: Stephen King TV Series

Stephen King’s novel The Outsider is now a 10-episode drama series at HBO.

The story of The Outsider puts a mind-blowingly monstrous twist on traditional murder fiction. Here, police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) fields an investigation in the fictional Oklahoma town of Flint City that upends the local populace when a well-liked local man, Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), is arrested for the shockingly malicious murder of an 11-year-old boy. While a mountain of evidence – including DNA and fingerprints – make the case seem open-and-shut, Maitland vehemently swears his innocence; an idea that gains momentum when his alibi – of being out of town at a conference – checks out, leading the investigation to a potentially supernatural turn.

Onboard as executive producers are Richard Price (HBO’s The Night Of, The Deuce), Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes, Lost) and Jason Bateman via his Aggregate Films, also joined by Temple Hill Entertainment and MRC. Bateman will also direct the first two episodes.

The Outsider Episode Guide

The Outsider Episode 1: Fish in a Barrel

When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the Georgia woods, detective Ralph Anderson launches an investigation into the gruesome murder; eyewitnesses and physical evidence point to local teacher and baseball coach Terry Maitland.

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air date: 1/12/20

Read our review of “Fish in a Barrel” here.

The Outsider Episode 2: Roanoke

Ralph admits to being baffled by conflicting physical evidence; an unexpected tragedy throws the investigation into a tailspin; Glory tries to soothe her daughter Jessa, who says she’s been visited by a strange man in her room at night.

air date: 1/12/20

Read our review of “Roanoke” here.

The Outsider Episode 3: Dark Uncle

Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the confounding circumstances surrounding the night of the murder; Jack has a hair-raising experience at a remote barn where key evidence and a mysterious substance have been found.

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air date: 1/19/20

Read our review of “Dark Uncle” here.

The Outsider Episode 4: Que Viene El Coco

While retracing the Maitlands’ recent family vacation, Holly pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case and gains valuable insight from local former detective Andy Katcavage; Glory faces increased scrutiny in her daily life.

air date: 1/26/20

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The Outsider Episode 5: Tear-Drinker

After returning from an eye-opening trip to New York, Holly searches for clues at several locations connected to the Dayton case; Jeannie finds herself shaken by an unnerving incident at work and delivers an ominous warning to Ralph.

air date: 2/2/20

Read our review of “Tear-Drinker” here.

The Outsider Episode 6: The One About the Yiddish Vampire

Holly presents her theory about the connection between two other child murders and the Frankie Peterson case; while Ralph remains skeptical, a more receptive Yunis suggests they start looking into Claude, the last person to have contact with Terry.

air date: 2/9/20

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The Outsider Trailer

The full trailer for HBO’s The Outsider has arrived in all its vexingly creepy glory!

You can also check out the teaser trailer just below.

The Outsider Release Date

The Outsider will premiere on HBO on Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m.

Further Reading: Every Stephen King Movie and TV Series in Development

The Outsider Cast

Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has been tapped to star as Detective Ralph Anderson.

Jason Bateman (Ozark) will play Terry Maitland, a man accused of murder, who ends up having a seemingly supernatural alibi.

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Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale) plays Holly Gibney.

Bill Camp (The Looming Tower) has been cast as Howie Gold.

Mare Winningham (George Wallace) is Jeannie Anderson.

Paddy Considine (The Ferryman) will play Claude Bolton.

Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) portrays Mercy Maitland.

Yul Vázquez (I Am the Night) is Yunis Sablo.

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Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) plays Alec Pelley.

Marc Menchaca (Ozark) portrays Jack Hoskins.

Hettienne Park (Hannibal) will recur as Tomika Collins.

Michael Esper (Trust) is set to recur as Bill Samuels.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.