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As part of what it calls “an extension of the network’s content offering highlighting Black experiences,” HBO will offer the entire Watchmen television series for free on HBO.com — which means no subscription is required — and air marathons of its single 9-episode season on its various cables channels starting tomorrow, June 19th, through Sunday, June 21st.
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, the Peabody Award winning Watchmen stars Regina King as a masked police officer who uncovers several shocking secrets about the world around her. The series also uncovered a secret about American history hidden in plain sight as it was the first time many viewers learned about the Black Wall Street Massacre of 1921. But beyond highlighting a one hundred percent real historical event, the program used the trappings of the Watchmen world to discuss race and race relations in a frank way with powerhouse acting from King, Louis Gossett Jr, and others.
A number of other titles will also become available on HBO.com for free, including Being Serena, Bessie, Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, United Skates, Jerrod Carmicheal’s Home Videos, Lil’ Rel Live In Crenshaw, The Apollo, the first episodes of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Treme, the first and sixth episode of The Shop‘s second season, and the first episode of True Detective Season 3. These titles will be available through July 2nd and join an already solid slate of free content on the site.