HBO, you are too good to us sometimes. The network has now made the entire first season of Big Little Lies available to stream on its YouTube channel. The catch? You only have this weekend to watch all seven episodes of the Emmy-winning
limited series drama's first season ahead of its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, June 9.
Based on the book of the same name, Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz as a group of California mothers who are harboring dark secrets under their idyllic facades. Originally just intended to run one season, fans were somewhat surprised when HBO ordered an additional installment of the summer hit, which will find the women struggling in the wake of last season's big cliffhanger. Season 2 also marks Meryl Streep's return to TV, so if you didn't already have a reason to catch up on Big Littles Lies, you do now.
However, the HBO series clearly isn't for everyone based on the YouTube streams. Since the network made the entire first season available for free on Friday, the series premiere has been viewed 26,000 times, but the second episode hasn't even hit 6,000 views as of writing this. Maybe viewers were just taking a break to savor the delicious Monterey drama, or maybe it just failed to live up to the two-year hype cycle surrounding the series.
But if you want to take this (free!) opportunity to see if Big Little Lies is for you — or if you simply want to refresh yourself before Season 2 — stream Season 1 on YouTube now. Or if you subscribe to HBO, HBO Go, or HBO Now, you can obviously still stream the drama there. There are so many choices we can't help but feel a little spoiled right now.
Big Little Lies returns Sunday, June 9 at 9/8c on HBO.