How to watch ‘Big Little Lies’ for free

Life in picturesque Monterey, California isn’t always as perfect as it seems, and behind every bedroom door lies enough secrets to fill a television drama.

Big Little Lies features three emotionally troubled women, who come together after a murder sends a shockwave through their community. Alpha mom Madeline Mackenzie may rule the school, but she’s fighting some serious turmoil from her previous marriage. Her friend, Celeste Wright is a retired lawyer who is starting a new life after a traumatic experience. And then there’s Jane Chapman, a struggling single mother with a dark past. These complex women’s lives intersect in a way not seen since Magnolia. 

Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, season 1 captivated audiences and became an instant hit in merely seven episodes. Season 2 will pick up right where the story left off, with the illustrious Meryl Streep joining the main cast no less. 

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Big Little Lies online for free.


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Big Little Lies cast

  • Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
  • Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright
  • Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman
  • Alexander Skarsgård as Perry Wright
  • Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie
  • James Tupper as Nathan Carlson
  • Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson
  • Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein
  • Laura Dern as Renata Klein
  • Kathryn Newton as Abigail Carlson 
  • Sarah Sokolovic as Tori Bachman 
  • Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright 
  • Crystal Fox as Elizabeth Howard 

What channel is Big Little Lies on?

Big Little Lies is available exclusively on HBO. Season 2 will comprise of 7 episodes. 

When does Big Little Lies air?

Big Little Lies season 2 premiers on Sunday, June 9 at 6pm ET. Subsequent episodes will air on Sundays at the same time.

How to watch Big Little Lies for free

Big Little Lies is only available on HBO. But there are plenty of options to access the premium cable channel for free. Each of these services offers a one-week trial so you can catch the return of Big Little Lies for free.

1) Amazon Prime Video with HBO

  • Cost: $14.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for HBO | $119 per year for Prime
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

HBO is one of the best standalone channels available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re a Prime member, it’s a convenient way to stream HBO hits like VeepTrue Detective, and Game of Thrones. You’ll have access to live streaming and on-demand, so you can catch up on old episodes if you need to rewatch.


2) HBO Now

  • Cost: $14.99 per month (after 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

If all you want is HBO, its proprietary on-demand service HBO Now will give you instant access to the channel’s entire history of his shows, movies, and documentaries, along with the ability to live stream new shows and specials. You’ll never run out of things to watch. 



3) Hulu and Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $7.99-$11.99 for Hulu or $54.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for Hulu with Live TV | $14.99 per month for HBO
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Adding HBO to your Hulu account is easy. If you’re looking for an online cable package that comes with all that great Hulu on-demand content, Hulu with Live TV is a great offer at a great price. You’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Whichever Hulu package you choose, adding HBO will cost $14.99 a month after your free trial expires. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)



4) PlayStation Vue

If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.) HBO is one of several premium channels you can add to your subscription.


How to catch up on Big Little Lies episodes

1) Amazon Video

  • Cost: $3.99/episode, $24.99/season
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

It may be more prudent to get an HBO Now subscription to gain free access to all Big Little Lies episodes. If you simply must own the episodes, you can nab them on Amazon. Season 1 is available for purchase on Amazon Video starting at only $3.99 an episode or $24.99.


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Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.