Wondering if Outer Banks is ok for kids? Rated TV-MA, Outer Banks isn’t appropriate for younger kids due to language, drug use, and violence, but this mystery series is popular amongst tweens and teens. Who can resist good-looking unsupervised teens running around the beach in search of treasure? Here’s what parents need to know in this Outer Banks Parents Guide.
Outer Banks Parents Guide on Netflix
The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular summer vacation spot for families where I used to live. The OBX stickers on cars are a dime a dozen, so I was intrigued. Come to find out, it wasn’t filmed there, but close enough.
Netflix’s Outer Banks follows a group of teenagers who are called “Pogues” (the bottom of the social and economic ladders) in a wealthy area and they set out to find out what happened to the missing father of the group’s ringleader, John B (Chase Stokes). People say he drowned, but John B doesn’t believe it.
While on the quest, they discover treasure tied to John B’s father and have to escape those that want to kill them.
In Season 2, Sarah (Madelyn Cline) and John B are on the run and looking for the gold that Ward stole. There are plenty more crazy adventures, twists, turns, and backstabbing as some of the action takes place in the Bahamas and more.
In Season 3 of Outer Banks, new adventures take the Pogues to the Caribbean and far beyond as the friends are pulled into a dangerous rival’s hunt for a legendary lost city. New enemies and competitors emerge.
Age Rating: Why is Outer Banks Rated TV-MA?
Outer Banks is rated TV-MA for language, violence, and sexual content which means some content is not suitable for kids under 17.
Language in Outer Banks
There is plenty of bad language by teens and adults including many f-words, a**, bi*ch, damn, sh*t, etc.
In Season 2 there is more of the same plus a lot of uses of g-ddamn, bullsh*t, and pu**y.
In Season 3, there are uses of sh*t, fu*ck, and g-ddamn.
Violence: Is Outer Banks Too Scary for Kids?
There are many scary situations with guns involved and bloody fights. Some teens jump another and attack him. The teens in the show seem to be always be in danger, whether it’s getting in fights or people trying to kill them. They are attacked with different weapons.
One character tries to intentionally drown another and another pulls a gun on him to protect the friend. A character gets electrocuted.
Many people are murdered. You see people get shot. White characters beat a black character up. You see dead bodies in a morgue.
Season 3 is rated TV-MA for violence and language, so there will be more scary situations as these group of friends find themselves on the run from many people.
They are chased by dogs, shot at, attacked by crowbars, chased by cars, soldiers, and police. And there are emotional deaths in this season.
Mature Content: Is Outer Banks OK for Kids?
There is partial nudity in the Outer Banks, and implied sexual relations. Characters are seen making out and kissing. There are conversations about sex, blow jobs, and a character is seen in their underwear.
Many of the characters use drugs and are high. The main characters are often unsupervised teens doing adult things including drinking alcohol and partying.
Season 3 still shows some drinking, but the main storyline involves looking for treasure and trying to stay alive. I would say Season 1 has the most sexual content and conversations about sex.
Drug use, death, underage drinking, loss of family, betrayal, and murder are all mature topics in Outer Banks.
Parents Guide: Is Outer Banks Appropriate for Kids Under 17?
I’ve seen Outer Banks described as the OC, Dawson’s Creek, Scooby Doo, and The Goonies. And essentially those could all be accurate, except on Netflix, content is more risqué. Teens will want to watch it, because they want to watch shows about cool teens, although these are actors in their 20s.
In Outer Banks you can expect to see violence, characters in peril, underage drinking and drug use, sexual situations, and profanity used by some of the characters. To sum it up, Outer Banks is not kid friendly for kids under 16. I’d recommend Outer Banks for teens 16 and older, but kids younger than that could watch if parents are comfortable with the content shown. It’s still way better than your teens watching Euphoria.
Even with all the running around unsupervised, you can’t help but feel for John B., who is left alone with no father, and an uncle that’s supposed to be with him. His friends are all he has right now.
Entertainment-wise, there’s enough to satisfy any teen who wants a guilty pleasure. At one point I just kept thinking what is going on here? The plot twists make for a good mystery, and yes, it is an easy binge, but some of it borders on absurd and unbelievable. Season 2 is no different. It was nice to see a show about summer adventures and not watch these friends texting each other every two seconds.
There is the classic haves vs. have nots storyline, where love triangles pop up. Will the rich girl end up with the guy from the wrong side of the island? You always need romances for some good trash teen TV, a la Dawsons Creek. Perhaps not the best show on TV, Outer Banks does enough to satisfy its intended audience and has a good size following.
In Season 2, there is more intrigue and mystery, as well as a lot of shooting. I get why teens love this how, I do. It romanticizes a close group of friends who live by their own rules. When you’re young, who wouldn’t want that? Good-looking actors who go on adventures. Well count me in as a Pogue for life.
In Season 3, the adventures continue, surprises pop up, and there are more threats in Outer Banks. It has a similar feeling as Season 2 as more people want to kill the Pogues and the storyline of treasure and gold goes on and on. There are a lot of tense situations, but nothing over the top. Probably the same level of violence as Season 2. The first season is still the best, but loyal watchers will want to see how the story unfolds.