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 will be popular with teens nonetheless. Who can resist good-looking unsupervised teens running around the beach in search of treasure? What parents need to know about Seasons 1 and 2 in this Outer Banks Parents Guide.
Netflix’s Outer Banks Parent Guide
The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular summer vacation spot for families where I 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) and set out to find out what happened to the missing father of the group’s ringleader, John B. They 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. Why is Outer Banks rated TV-MA? Mostly for profanity and drug use.
In Season 2, Sarah and John B are on the run and looking for the gold that Ward stole. There is plenty more of crazy, adventures, twists, turns, and backstabbing.
There is plenty of bad language by teens and adults including many f-words, a–, bit–, damn, sh–, etc. In Season 2 there is plenty more plus a lot of g-ddamns, bullsh–s, and pu–y.
There are many scary situations with guns involved and bloody fights. One character tries to intentionally drown another and another pulls a gun on him to protect the friend.
Many people are murdered. You see people get shot.
Many of the characters use drugs and are high. The main characters are often unsupervised, doing very adult things.
Drug use, death, underage drinking, loss of family, betrayal, and murder are all mature topics in Outer Banks. There is partial nudity and implication of teen sex, kissing, flirting, etc.
Is Outer Banks Appropriate for Teens?
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’re bored, and want to watch shows about teens, although these are actors in their 20s. I recommend Outer Banks for teens 16 and older, if you’re comfortable with the type of content shown, but Outer Banks is not kid friendly.
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.
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. As long as they don’t take it seriously, Outer Banks can be entertaining.