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How to Watch ‘Candy’: Where To Stream the Limited Series

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How to Watch ‘Candy’: Where To Stream the Limited Series

Get ready for a whole lot of bloodshed. The Hulu original true-crime series Candy is arriving on the streamer soon, and it promises to spare no detail as it’s based upon the shocking real-life events surrounding a small-town murder in Texas during the 80s. Starring Jessica Biel as the titular character, Candy Montgomery, she plays the notorious mother and housewife who transforms into an axe murderer. The upcoming series is just the latest in a string of true-crime hits that Hulu has released this year, and the hard-boiled axe murder case is a sprawling, dark story.

Candy is based upon the life of Candy Montgomery, a native Texan, churchgoer, mother, and housewife who killed one of her neighbors with an axe in the suburbs outside Dallas during the summer of 1980. The woman killed was Betty Gore, one of Candy’s friends and a school teacher. Suppressed by the stifling suburbs and all their expectations, Candy began an affair with Betty’s husband Allan Gore, and Betty eventually found out. This all led up to a deadly confrontation between Candy and Betty which resulted in Betty’s death. During her trial, Candy claimed that she killed Betty in self-defense after Betty confronted her about the affair by attacking her with an axe. Candy then claimed she used that same axe to kill Betty to save herself and was found not guilty. The upcoming series will consider Candy’s side of things while also letting the viewers decide for themselves if she’s a reliable narrator or not.

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In addition to starring in the series, Biel is an executive producer, similar to when she starred in and executive produced the first season of the USA anthology series, The Sinner. A critically acclaimed murder mystery series, Biel also played a woman accused of murder, and she went on to executive produce the following seasons. Melanie Lynskey is co-starring opposite Biel as the murder victim Betty Gore. Lynskey is currently starring in the Showtime hit thriller series Yellowjackets and is best known for her work in the films Heavenly Creatures, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Hello, I Must be Going, and Don’t Look Up. The cast is rounded out by Raúl Esparza, who will portray Candy’s defense attorney and is known for his work in NBC’s long-running series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Timothy Simons (Veep) will portray Candy’s husband, Pat Montgomery, and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) will play Betty’s unfaithful husband, Allan Gore.


Nick Antosca and Robin Veith serve as the series creators and are co-executive producers as well. This isn’t Antosca’s first project at Hulu, as he also co-created the critically acclaimed Hulu original limited series The Act, another true-crime murder series starring Patricia Arquette and Joey King. Antosca also served as co-creator on the Netflix original limited 2021 horror series, Brand New Cherry Flavor. Veith is a well-renowned television writer, best known for her work on the AMC series Mad Men, and she was nominated for the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy Award for co-writing the season 1 finale episode, “The Wheel.” As the two join forces in the creative department for the upcoming series, both Antosca and Veith co-wrote the first episode of Candy together.


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Can I Watch a Trailer for Candy?

The full-length trailer for Candy is a tension-filled pressure cooker of a thriller that cooks all the way on high. Biel has transformed into the Texan housewife with a complete 80s makeover, courtesy of a permed wig, high wasted jeans, and the trademark larger-than-life vintage glasses. As the trailer offers flashbacks and flash-forwards surrounding the murder, axes are swung, nails are broken, and lies are told. Lynskey, Simons, and Esparza all make appearances in their respective roles, with the focus primarily being on the relationship between Betty and Candy. Friends become enemies quickly in Candy as the trailer suggests, and the true-crime series paints a confounding portrait of a woman who may or may not be a cold-blooded murderer.


Where Can I Watch Candy?

Candy is a Hulu original and can only be streamed exclusively on the streaming platform. In order to watch, you either already have to be a subscriber or set up an account to watch the series, and you can choose between a standard plan with ads for $6.99 a month or a premium subscription that entails no ad interruptions for $12.99 a month. You can also subscribe to the Disney Bundle that includes Hulu alongside Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 a month with ads and $19.99 a month without ads. If you’re one of the many cord-cutters out there you can get Hulu+Live TV for $69.99 a month with ads and $75.99 a month for the ad-free tier, both include Disney+ and ESPN+. Unfortunately, the series is not available to watch anywhere else and as of now won’t be available on places like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.


When Can I Watch Candy?

The premiere episode of Candy will debut on Hulu Monday, May 9. The streamer has advertised the series as a 5-episode event and is releasing one episode every day for five nights in a row, with the finale airing on the foreboding Friday the 13th. Releasing its final episode on Friday, May 13 carries significance as Candy Montgomery murdered Betty Gore on Friday the 13th of June 1980. Coincidence? Probably not.

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Candy Episode List

Episode 1: “Friday the 13th” Monday, May 9

Episode 2: “Happy Wife, Happy Life,” … Tuesday, May 10

Episode 3: “Overkill” … Wednesday, May 11

Episode 4: “Covergirl” … Thursday, May 12

Episode 5: “The Fight” … Friday, May 13

Related:’Candy’: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Everything You Need to Know

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Do I Need to Know Any Background on the Case in Order to Watch Candy?

No, audiences do not need any information surrounding the murder prior to the debut episode. Candy will walk audiences through the entire, messy case from beginning to end. Told from Candy’s point of view, it will follow her life in the suburbs of Dallas and how her ill-fated affair with her neighbor Allan led to a murderous confrontation between his wife Betty and herself. It’s not necessary to do further research on the famous true-crime case, but as it’s told from Candy’s perspective, there are many more takes on the case out there that cover every aspect. If you want to learn more about the notorious murder case, try the groundbreaking true-crime novel from 1983, “Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Love in the Suburbs,” and the nationally covered “Love and Death in Silicon Prairie” article published in 1984. Additional coverage on the case includes the Rotten Mango Podcast episode “Friday The 13th Axe Killer (Case of Candy Montgomery),” and Oxygen’s Snapped episode “Candy Montgomery.”


What Are Some Other Shows Like Candy?

Pop culture is currently swimming in an abscess of true-crime products, and it seems like a new series based upon an infamous case gets released every single day. If you can’t get enough of a series based upon real-life events that involve cold-blooded killers and engrossing murder mysteries, here are a couple more titles to check out.

The Sinner (2017-2021) – Jessica Biel stars as a murderous mother in the first season of the USA anthology crime series The Sinner. Focused on why rather than whom, the series begins when Biel’s character inexplicably murders a man on the beach in front of her family, and from there Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) tries to figure out why she did it. Running for a total of four seasons and executive produced by Biel, each season follows Detective Ambrose as he solves a murder. The Sinner is currently streaming on Netflix.

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The Thing About Pam (2022) – Starring Renée Zellweger in the titular murderous role, the NBC true-crime limited series The Thing About Pam is adapted from the smash hit Dateline NBC podcast under the same name. The series is based upon the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, a friend of Pam Hupp’s whose murder led to a complicated and corrupt investigation in large part thanks to Pam’s sabotage. A fantastic, 6-part limited series, The Thing About Pam is available to stream on Hulu and Peacock.

Sharp Objects (2018) – An HBO limited series based upon the Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) novel under the same name, the southern murder mystery centers around the killing of two adolescent girls in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Amy Adams portrays a reporter returning home to the small town to try and solve the case while dealing with her estranged mother, family, and a killer on the loose. Sharp Objects is available to watch exclusively on HBO Max.

Under the Banner of Heaven (2022)- An adaptation of the novel Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Hate written by Jon Krakauer, the FX true-crime series is based upon the 1984 murder of young Utah mother Brenda Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter. Taking place in a highly religious community of Mormons, detective Jeb Prye (Andrew Garfield) must solve the crime while he’s forced to confront his religious beliefs as he discovers the true intentions behind the brutal murders. Under the Banner of Heaven is available to watch on Hulu.

Additional series like Candy to watch next include Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville and The Act, Netflix’s Alias Grace and Unbelievable, Bravo’s Dirty John, and TNT’s I Am the Night.

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NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for ‘Quantum Leap,’ ‘Law & Order’ Block

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NBC has joined its big four broadcast counterparts in unveiling its premiere schedule for the fall.

The network will roll out the bulk of its primetime slate in the first two weeks of the 2022-23 season, which kicks off on Sept. 19. That night will see the debuts of The Voice and the network’s Quantum Leap sequel. There’s one big exception, however: The Friday comedy block of Lopez vs. Lopez and Young Rock won’t premiere until Nov. 4, after the game show College Bowl ends its season.

NBC will also roll out its Chicago dramas on Sept. 21 and its trio of Law & Order series the following night. Second-year drama La Brea will hold until Sept. 27 to make room for a two-hour Voice episode on Sept. 20.

The first Sunday Night telecast of the season is set for Sept. 11; NBC will also have the season’s opening game on Thursday, Sept. 8. The network has yet to set a date for the 48th season of Saturday Night Live.

As has been the case in recent years, the broadcast networks are choosing fairly compact premiere slates. ABC, CBS and Fox are also launching virtually all of their shows in late September and early October. The CW has yet to announce its premiere dates.

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NBC’s fall dates are below. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

Thursday, Sept. 8
8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT: NFL kickoff game

Friday, Sept. 9
8 p.m.: College Bowl

Sunday, Sept. 11
7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT: Football Night in America
8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT: Sunday Night Football

Friday, Sept. 16
9 p.m.: Dateline

Monday, Sept. 19
8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: Quantum Leap

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Tuesday, Sept. 20
8 p.m.: The Voice
10 p.m.: New Amsterdam

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8 p.m.: Chicago Med
9 p.m.: Chicago Fire
10 p.m.: Chicago PD

Thursday, Sept. 22
8 p.m.: Law & Order
9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m.: Law & Order: Organized Crime

Saturday, Sept. 24
9 p.m.: Dateline Mystery

Tuesday, Sept. 27
9 p.m.: La Brea

Friday, Nov. 4
8 p.m.: Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 p.m.: Young Rock

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Moon Knight Writer Has Not Discussed a Second Season With Marvel

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Despite Moon Knight being a huge success, writer Jeremy Slater says there are currently no plans for another season.

As the MCU continues to expand, the problem of how to continue bringing back popular characters and not overload the system is always going to become a larger problem. While many projects have navigated this by teaming up heroes in movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that does not help stand-alone characters such as Moon Knight. Although the Oscar Isaac-led Disney+ series proved to be immensely popular with fans, it was not connected in any way to other MCU events, and according to its writer, it may well remain as a one-off limited series for the time being.

Jeremy Slater ended Moon Knight with a post-credit scene that introduced Marc Spector’s third personality, and left everything open to a follow-up season. However, according to Slater, he has not spoken to Marvel Studios at all about what a second series would be like. He told The Playlist:

“I honestly have no idea. I haven’t had any conversations with Marvel. I think a lot of those decisions are ultimately going to be in the hands of Kevin Feige because he’s the guy with the master plan. And of course, Oscar Isaac, because he’s not signed up for the sort of traditional seven-film contract or whatever other actors have signed. Oscar has the ability to do as much or as little Moon Knight as he wants to. I think he had a great time playing the character, and I think he really enjoyed the process and is happy he did it. But I also think he’s not a guy who’s going to rush in and just sort of churn out a sequel just because the first one was popular.”

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Related: Why Moon Knight Season 2 Needs to Happen

Moon Knight Has Been Rumored To Appear Again In The MCU

As Marvel Studios continue to delve into the darker side of the MCU with the likes of Blade and Werewolf by Night, both of these characters have been rumored to meet up with Moon Knight at one point or another. However, with no plans seemingly in place for Moon Knight’s imminent return those rumors could turn out to be a little premature. Slater added that the other thing any future return for Marc Spector would rely on Oscar Isaac. He continued:

“Again, I don’t want to speak for him and put words in his mouth, but my guess is he’s going to want to make sure that there’s an actual story worth telling and that he gets to go to places that he didn’t get to go in this first one and challenge himself in new ways. My hope and dream is that we see him again in some form in the MCU, but I have no idea when that will be or what form it will take. I’m in the dark like everyone else.”

The whole series of Moon Knight is currently available on Disney+ along with the rest of the MCU saga, including the new episode of current series, Ms. Marvel, which arrived today.

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Star Wars: Are All Droids Sentient?

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Droids are a fascinating piece in the Star Wars universe. There’s seemingly a droid for every possible task, from serving drinks and opening doors to translating languages. Some, like R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), have been with the franchise from the beginning, while others like BB-8 (Ben Schwartz) and IG-11 (Taika Waititi) are new favorites. But are they sentient? The answer is seemingly more complicated than a simple yes or no.

Only it’s not. The answer is yes.

Of course, there’s an argument to be made that they are not, which is fine if being wrong is something you’re okay with. See, throughout the Star Wars universe are examples of droids that have moved past their programming into sentient personalities and abilities, in some cases becoming revered for their actions. Even droids that perform mundane tasks repeatedly have been shown to have feelings that suggest sentience. Let’s look at the evidence.

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First, look away from your phone and at your puppy, then come back. You couldn’t argue that that dog Rover is not sentient, on that we can agree. He has been trained, understands commands, knows when a treat is coming for being good and cowers when he knows he’s done something bad. One can see similarities in D-O (J.J. Abrams) from Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. D-O was a droid once owned by a Sith assassin, gaining a number of files and data on the Sith but treated horribly by his master. When we first encounter him in the film, he backs away from contact, showing a fear of people after his previous abuse, slowly gaining trust in his new family. Just like Rover. If D-O is not sentient, then why program these traits? Likewise, IG-11 from The Mandalorian, after being destroyed for trying to kill Grogu, is repaired by Kuiil (Nick Nolte), who retrains the droid to assist him on his vapor farm. Yes, Kuiil reprogrammed him to nurse and protect, but why spend days retraining a droid if you can program him to do tasks right out of the box?


Secondly, there’s an inherent drive for freedom in droids, which requires the use of restraining bolts to compensate. R2-D2 flees almost immediately to find Kenobi (Alec Guinness) when his restraining bolt is removed in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. A stronger argument can be found in Solo: A Star Wars Movie: L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). L3 is a passionate, strong advocate of droid rights, which on its own is a sign of consciousness. Escaping her first owner after he left the restraining bolt off, she continued to improve herself by updating her knowledge and appearance. Before being severely damaged on Kessel, L3 freed the slave droids, who in turn began freeing other slaves in the mine, causing a rebellion against the Pyke Syndicate. That feeling of freedom would be counter-productive when assembling a droid, let alone many, and why would a restraining bolt be necessary unless droids move past their programming into consciousness?


The capacity for droids to see, understand, and act on an emotional level is a compelling case that we have seen many times. In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, R2-D2 (whose actions throughout the franchise alone is an overwhelming argument for sentience) escapes the grips of a super battle droid by spewing oil and setting fire to it with his rockets to stop the threat. That is a very real, responsive act for survival. IG-11 consciously moved past his programming of self-destruction to continue fighting with Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) on one hand, and later coerces Djarin to remove his helmet and receive treatment by using a perceptive argument, telling him because he isn’t a living thing the mask can come off, all to perform a nurturing act of healing. The ability to recognize sacrifice is one of the more telling responsive actions. K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sacrificed himself at the Battle of Scarif to allow time for the Rebels to send out the Death Star plans. NED-B (Dustin Ceithamer), a simple loader droid in Obi-Wan Kenobi, fought stormtroopers to allow members of the Path to escape, and in a loving act shielded Tala (Indira Varma) from harm to the end. Even C-3P0 sacrificed himself in Skywalker, but not before asking for a last look at ‘his friends’, betraying an emotional response within him.

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You’re still not convinced, are you? Everything to this point can be chalked up to advanced programming or AI capabilities, even a long time ago.

That’s fine. To think this would be easy is the dream of the fool.

Hence, the final argument. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It’s a very brief scene, but a telling one at that. R2-D2 and C-3P0 are in Jabba’s palace, standing before EV-9D9 (Mark Hamill). She assigns Threepio to be Jabba’s interpreter, then turns to Artoo, who she sees is feisty and will need to learn respect. In the background is a GNK power droid (Larin Lahr), pleading not to have searing heat applied to its feet, screaming when it connects.

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We learn that EV-9D9 is sadistic, taking great joy in the pain of droids. The sadism, cruelty, and utter lack of compassion makes her, in a disturbing way, almost the most human-like of all, with names like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels easy comparables. The GNK power droid, on the other hand, is simplistic. It’s a walking battery for recharging vehicles and machinery. All it has to do is understand basic commands, like where to go and be a battery. That’s it. Why, then, does it recognize pain? Why would anyone program a robot, with one purpose, to feel anything? Like the desire for freedom, it’s completely counter-productive to add features that hinder its ability to do the one thing it is built to do. The only argument that would make any possible sense is for the purposes of discipline, but if it, again, only has one function, how far away from that function would it have to go to warrant any discipline? Unless it is sentient and growing beyond its programming. The suggestion that it is the droid equivalent of pain it feels – jumbled, incoherent signals – is weak at best given its response.

Cue the Sy Snootles mic drop.

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