Is Outlander on Netflix? Where to watch Outlander

Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of STARZ Media Center
Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of STARZ Media Center /

Outlander is a Starz series based on the best-selling historical novels by Diana Gabaldon. But calling them “best-selling” is understating it. They’re wildly popular and beloved, as is the TV adaptation, which you may already know if you’re here trying to figure out whether or not you can stream Outlander on Netflix. So let’s answer that.

You can watch Outlander on Netflix right now.

At least partially. There are five seasons so far. Season 4 of Outlander was recently released on Netflix. (In time for Valentine’s Day binging!)

We don’t yet know when the fifth season of Outlander will hit the streamer, but let’s take a quick glance at what the series is all about.

What is Outlander about?

The first season of Outlander is based on a book of the same name, which is the first book in the Outlander series. Although, in Australia and the U.K. it was published under the title Cross Stitch.

It tells the tale of Claire Randall, who’s recently reconnected with her husband Frank at the end of World War II. Frank served in the military, and Claire served as a nurse, so their trip to Inverness, Scotland, gives them a chance to enjoy quality time together and have a sort of a second honeymoon.

It also allows Frank, a historian, to research his Randall roots, which he knows goes back to at least the 18th century and an English officer named Jonathan Randall, who served during the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

However, while visiting the standing stones at Craigh na Dun, Claire suddenly and unexpectedly finds herself transported back in time to 1743. It’s there that she meets Frank’s ancestor, Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall.

Frank looks exactly like him, so at first Claire mistakenly believes the Captain is her husband. She soon realizes the two may share a last name, bloodline and uncannily similar features but that’s it. Where Frank is tender and kind, Black Jack is the polar opposite.

A group of rebel Highlanders from the Clan MacKenzie extract her from the awkward situation she finds herself in with Captain Randall. But then she finds herself in another awkward situation when she’s forced to marry Jamie Fraser. If she doesn’t marry a Scotsman, she’ll be arrested and likely face Captain Randall’s sadistic ways.

Even though it’s a bit of an arranged marriage, and awkward because he’s younger than she is, the two quickly realize they have a powerful bond and fall in love.

But what does that mean for Claire’s husband back in her time? She’s torn between two lovers but opts to stay with Jamie. Until the day of the massacre at Culloden Moor arrives, that is. Jamie sends a now pregnant Claire back through the stones wanting to save her life.

Do they end up reconnecting?


That’s what the other seasons are about, and each is based upon a subsequent book in the series.

Who’s in Outlander?

The cast is vast, but the primary actors are Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser).

Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) and Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Jonathan Randall) also star.

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