Damon Lindelof and Regina King’s Watchmen will be free to non-HBO subscribers this weekend as the network ramps up efforts to promote black voices. The offer is also taking place on Juneteenth, a day that many people celebrate and honor as the day slavery end…

Damon Lindelof and Regina King’s Watchmen will be free to non-HBO subscribers this weekend as the network ramps up efforts to promote black voices. The offer is also taking place on Juneteenth, a day that many people celebrate and honor as the day slavery end…

An ongoing effort to promote black voices and talent
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Watchmen premiered nine months before the recent mass protests against systemic racism and police brutality happened around the world, but the show feels more timely than ever. Now, HBO is making the entire nine-episode series available to anyone to watch for free this weekend.
The network is making the episodes free as an extension of the networks content offering highlighting Black experiences, voices and storytellers, according to a press release, adding that HBO is proud to offer the timely, poignant series that explores the legacy of systemic racism in America to anyone who wants to watch. The series starts in Tulsa 1921, demonstrating the events of the Tulsa massacre in which a mob of white Americans attacked black residents and businesses in Tulsas Greenwood District.
The show, which stars Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jeremy Irons, among others, jumps back and forth between different eras, but the focus remains on the conversation of race in America. Watchmen received an abundance of critical praise for its handling of issues like systemic racism and the effect of white supremacy on police forces in the United States.
Its all of our collective jobs to understand the history of policing in this country, showrunner Damon Lindelof said in a recent Hollywood Reporter roundtable while talking about the show. We kind of need to understand it, we need to do our homework, and then hopefully that will inform our storytelling.
Notably, HBO is making the series free beginning on June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day that many people and some companies celebrate and honor as the day slavery ended in the US. Watchmen will be free from June 19th through June 21st on HBO.com.

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