The Outsiders (American TV series)

The Outsiders is an American drama series that aired from March to July 1990 on Fox. Based on the characters from the 1967 novel of the same title by S. E. Hinton, the series' executive producer was the 1983 film's director Francis Ford Coppola.

The Outsiders
GenreTeen drama
Based onCharacters from The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton
Developed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producers
  • R.J. Louis
  • Douglas Steinberg
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkFox
Original releaseMarch 25 (1990-03-25) –
July 22, 1990 (1990-07-22)
The Outsiders


The 90-minute pilot episode directed by Alan Shapiro and Sharron Miller served as a sequel to the film and began with a short scene from the original film of Dallas Winston (Matt Dillon) running from police and being shot.

Alan Shapiro wrote and directed the pilot, which was aired as a special preview on March 25, 1990 (seven years after the release of the film) at 9:30 p.m. while the rest of the series aired at 7:00 p.m. The pilot was Fox's highest rated drama in the network's history, drawing a 9.3/16 national Nielsen rating and 14.1 million viewers, and tied for 64th for the week. However, The Outsiders lost half the viewers from its Married... with Children lead-in.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Sharron Miller and Alan ShapiroAlan ShapiroMarch 25, 1990 (1990-03-25)
In the series pilot, a welfare worker (L. Scott Caldwell) warns the three orphaned Curtis brothers that any trouble will send Ponyboy and Sodapop to foster homes.
2"The Stork Club"Jan EliasbergBruce KirschbaumApril 1, 1990 (1990-04-01)
Soda wants to keep it from Darry that he's gotten a girl pregnant; and Ponyboy becomes "protective" when Scout is courted by a non-greaser.
3"Only the Lonely"Bill DukeStory by : Deborah Arakelian
Teleplay by : Frederick Rappaport & Douglas Steinberg
April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)
Tim Shepard returns from prison and is tempted to take a job offer from two men he met in the joint. Though, while he hangs out with the Curtis brothers, he alienates Soda from Darry.
4"Breaking the Maiden"Janet GreekJeb Rosebrook & Joe ByrneApril 15, 1990 (1990-04-15)
Ponyboy regrets not taking Cherry's bait to tackle the school dance, until he's hooked by a stronger line; the North side Greaser Band makes its pro debut.
5"He Was a Greaser, Only Old"Lee KatzinRobert HardersApril 22, 1990 (1990-04-22)
A chain-gang fugitive (Ed O'Ross) is "one of us" to Ponyboy, so he tries to help him by giving him food and clothes. Though, by doing this, the man alienates Ponyboy from Darry. Then, when Ponyboy asks for Soda's help to give the man a few things, the man shoots Soda in the shoulder, making the cops and Darry think Tim did it.
6"Maybe Baby"Bill MolloyTammy AderApril 29, 1990 (1990-04-29)
The Curtis' overnight care of an infant whose father doesn't return puts them through some changes and prompts Two-Bit to get in touch with his estranged father.
7"Storm Warning"Gwen ArnerJoel M. WilfMay 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)
As a tornado approaches, Darry tries to save the roof on a customer's house, Ponyboy attempts to move an injured Soc to safety, and Soda risks Darrel's cash to save Buck's poker stake.
8"Mirror Image"Bill DukeFrederick Rappaport & Douglas SteinbergMay 13, 1990 (1990-05-13)
A girl Soda has been dating dumps him for a black student. Angered by this, Soda challenges the boy to a fight which he loses and the Socs end up ganging up on the student until he has to go to the hospital. Everyone blames Soda, thus making him blame himself, and turn himself in to the police. The Socs then get angry and try to gang up on Soda when he is working late, alone.
9"Carnival"Bill MolloyTodd RobinsonMay 27, 1990 (1990-05-27)
At a carnival, Darry and Tim fight one scam while Soda is caught in another when a seductive carny girl (Viveka Davis) separates him from the car he's "borrowed" for the evening.
10"Tequila Sunset"Janet GreekMarc ThymeJune 10, 1990 (1990-06-10)
Needing to pay off gambling debts, Two-Bit tries to get his school's hoop star (Geoffrey Infeld) to commit a foul; Tim goes to church to see the gal (Lezlie Deane) who got away.
11"Winner Takes All"Robert BeckerJames KearnsJune 24, 1990 (1990-06-24)
Darry's dream requires a loan, but Soda's dream comes true, thanks to a prank by Steve and Two-Bit, that sends Soda into a spending spree.
12"The Beat Goes On"Michael UnoDavid AbramowitzJuly 15, 1990 (1990-07-15)
Darry objects when Scout uses the Curtis's for refuge from an abusive father, but doesn't mind his own time spent with a lonely military wife.
13"Union Blues"Bill DukeIra Steven BehrJuly 22, 1990 (1990-07-22)
A desperate Darry joins a group of laborers, unaware he's crossing a picket line formed by Tim's union; Ponyboy sees the good life as he tutors a track star.


  1. ^ "The Outsiders". 2004-02-01. Retrieved 2008-11-29.

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