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Outer Banks

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What it’s about:

Set the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, a close-knit group of high schoolers from the wrong side of the tracks called the “Pogues” set out to find their ringleader’s missing father. In the process, they stumble across a treasure map that unearths a long-buried secret.

Names you might know:

The show’s creators, Jonas and Josh Pate, were a part of the directing team for NBC’s hit teen drama, Friday Night Lights. So if you notice some particularly great directing moments — this is why. There’s Emmy-winning force behind the camera.

Why it’s worth your time:

Outer Banks may not be the perfect show, but it’s certainly a good time for anyone looking for a micro-sized thriller. With attractive finds in their teenage cast and a sea grass coastal backdrop in the barrier islands off of North Carolina, you’ll be swept away into this adventure about high school friends in search of a buried treasure. A mid-season twist will keep you hooked through to the end, and for the older generations, plenty of references to Carolina-based shows One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek to offer whiffs of nostalgia.

The takeaway:

A transporting series with a flurry of romance and treasure hunt, Outer Banks has hooked audiences and critics with its cheesy-good fun. With similarities drawn to the shirtless sex appeal and bombastic personalities of Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle, this scripted sister series is a somewhat mindless escape with just enough suspense.

Watch it with:

The young or young-at-heart who love a good thrilling, capeside mystery.

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