The Flight Attendant is the latest comedy-drama original for HBO Max, coming to the streamer on Thursday, November 26. Starring The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, the synopsis for the show reads: “A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man—and no idea what happened.”
Though the full season is not available until later this month, HBO Max has made the first episode available to watch online for free now. On November 18, the streamer released the pilot of the show onto their YouTube page, where it is available to watch for those who are not subscribers of the service now.
However, the video is currently only available for those in the U.S., as HBO Max is currently an America-only service. There is currently no word of when and where the show will be available to watch outside of the U.S.
Fans who watch The Flight Attendant pilot on YouTube and want to watch the rest of the series’ eight episodes will be able to do so on HBO Max from Thursday. The pilot will be available on the service alongside the next two episodes from November 26 at 00:01 a.m. PT / 3:01 a.m. ET, with two episodes being released per week on December 3 and 10 and the finale coming on the 17th.
However, unlike the first episode, they will be available only to HBO Max subscribers. The service costs $14.99 a month, which includes not only access to The Flight Attendant but other originals from the service like Raised By Wolves, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion and Charm City Kings.
There is a way, however, for fans to watch the whole season of The Flight Attendant for free. HBO Max currently offers a seven-day free trial that will allow viewers to sample the service.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuoco said of her new project: “One night, I was swiping through upcoming books on Amazon and saw The Flight Attendant. I read one sentence and called my attorney: ‘Have you heard of this book? And, if you have, did Reese Witherspoon get the rights?’ I was assuming she probably did.”
The series is based on a New York Times best-selling book of the same name, which gives a broader idea of what to expect from the show. The synopsis reads: “Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing.
“When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets.
“Afraid to call the police—she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?”
So far, the series has had fairly positive reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92 percent at time of writing. However, viewers will be able to make up their own ideas by viewing the pilot on YouTube and the rest of the series on HBO Max.