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Shows Like Outer Banks

The third season of Outer Banks won’t arrive until late 2022 or early 2023, but here are five similar teen dramas to watch until then.

So we’re getting a third season of the riveting Netflix teen mystery drama Outer Banks—but (just like with Squid Game’s second season) it’s gonna be a long wait. Here are some similar shows to tide you over until the Pogues and Kooks resume their conflict in late 2022 or early 2023.

A collage of posters for Outer Banks, Animal Kingdom, Riverdale, Panic, Yellowjackets, and The Wilds.

Photo credit: Outer Banks and Riverdale (Netflix). Animal Kingdom, Panic, and The Wilds (Amazon Studios). Yellowjackets (SHOWTIME).

How can I watch Outer Banks?

If you haven’t already watched Outer Banks, you can stream its two seasons on Netflix.

Animal Kingdom | Amazon Prime Video

Adapted from the 2010 Australian film of the same name, this TNT series follows a teen orphan who moves in with the grandmother (Ellen Barkin) and uncles he hardly knows. That’s already mysterious, but what makes Animal Kingdom even more intriguing is that his family is a crime ring run by his calculating—and seductive—gram-gram.

Stream Animal Kingdom on Amazon Prime Video.

Riverdale | Netflix

Riverdale is for everyone who ever craved a spicier version of the long-running (talkin’ 80 years long) Archie comics. The CW series, now in its sixth season, starts with Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica embroiled in a murder mystery.

Stream Riverdale on Netflix.

Pro tip: Riverdale’s sixth season wraps up this week on The CW, and the sixth season of Animal Kingdom premiered last June on TNT. Instead of waiting for both seasons to hit Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, you can stream them on demand if you have a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming subscription.

In Panic, recent high school graduates participate in a secret annual series of potentially deadly dares for $50,000 and a chance to escape their dreary small-town existences. It’s tense, it’s mysterious, and it’s a terrible alternative to community college.

Stream Panic on Amazon Prime Video.

Yellowjackets | SHOWTIME

Yellowjackets is the story of four women who survived their high-school soccer team’s plane crash—and a mysterious 19-month period stranded in remote wilderness. Now adults, they’re forced to confront the ordeal—which may have involved cannibalism—when strangers come sniffing around.

Stream Yellowjackets on SHOWTIME®.

More stopgap shows

Waiting for the next season of another popular streaming TV series? Check out our other “Shows Like” guides.

Pro tip: Do you need help choosing between Yellowjackets and The Wilds? Both are worth watching, but Yellowjackets is darker, more intense, and brimming with ‘90s nostalgia. If you prefer gorgeous scenery and an insidious plot twist—and you can stomach the obnoxious product placement, watch The Wilds.

The Wilds | Amazon Prime Video

A group of teen girls is stranded on a remote island when their plane crashes. Déjà vu? Nope. This group of girls was en route to a female-empowerment retreat, not a soccer tournament like in Yellowjackets. And the crash wasn’t accidental.

Stream The Wilds on Amazon Prime Video.

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