Years and Years, a British drama series which previously aired on the UK’s BBC One, is set to make its U.S. debut on HBO. The show follows Emma Thompson’s Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity businesswoman turned political figure whose controversial opinions wind up dividing the nation.
The six-episode series premieres in the United States on Monday, June 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. If you don’t have cable or HBO, you can watch Years and Years live or on-demand on your computer, phone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or another streaming device via one of the following live-TV streaming services:
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the HBO channel, you can then watch Years and Years episodes live as they air on your computer via the Amazon website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or another streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
If you don’t watch live, the Amazon HBO Channel also comes with HBO’s complete on-demand library, which will include Years and Years episodes as soon as they first air live.
Whether you already have Hulu or you want to sign up for a new subscription, HBO is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV.
Once signed up, you can watch Years and Years live as it airs on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (on-demand only), Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you don’t watch live, Hulu’s HBO channel also comes with HBO’s complete on-demand library, which will include Years and Years episodes as soon as they first air live.
Whether you already have PlayStation Vue or you want to start a free 5-day trial of PlayStation Vue, you can watch live and on-demand HBO content through the HBO add-on, which comes with a free 7-day trial.
Once signed up, you can watch Years and Years live as it airs on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you don’t watch live, PS Vue’s HBO channel also comes with HBO’s complete on-demand library, which will include Years and Years episodes as soon as they first air live.
‘Years and Years’ Premiere Preview
Created and written by Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Torchwood, Doctor Who), the six-part series tells the story of the Manchester-based Lyons family over the course of 15 years.
HBO’s official description reads: “As society changes at an ever-increasing pace, the Lyons family experiences everything we hope for in the future and everything we fear. Each episode of Years and Years propels the family a year or two ahead, following the lives of Daniel (Russell Tovey), Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and his wife Celeste (T’Nia Miller), sisters Rosie (Ruth Madeley) and Edith (Jessica Hynes), Gran Muriel (Anne Reid) and the family’s children, as they navigate a world made unstable by politics, the economy and technological advances.”
The epic saga takes an ordinary family and catapults them into the future where they’ll fall in and out of love, grow old, fall apart, and come back together. Daniel is getting married to Ralph, Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids, Rosie is chasing a new partner, and Edith has not been home for years. And then there is Gran, the ever-arrogant and domineering Muriel. One crucial night that takes place in 2019 changes the entire family’s existence forever and they may never be able to come back from it.
Since the series has already aired across the pond in full, critics have deemed the show a “devastating satire with a buoyant sense of humor and characters who are easy to become invested in.” Jasper Rees of The Daily Telegraph (UK) wrote, “Davies has not lost the knack for creating fleshy drama with a beating heart that thinks big urgent thoughts.”
“While Years and Years might be about the way we live now and in the near future, its core concern is the family, and the need to look out for, and be kind to, each other. Be it 5 or 55 years from now, that’s a message worth hearing,” wrote Alison Rowat of The Herald (Scotland).
The show’s star, Dame Emma Thompson, is the winner of two Academy Awards (for her work in Howards End and Sense and Sensibility), a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She can currently be seen on the big screen in the Mindy Kaling-penned dramedy Late Night. In addition, she plays Agent O in F. Gary Gray’s Men in Black: International spin-off, also in theaters.
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