USA’s new thriller Dare Me is about to be your new favorite show. It’s set in the world of competitive high school cheerleading, but don’t let that turn you off if it sounds like it’s not your cup of tea. The show is a straight-up noir mystery thriller decorated in the trappings of high school “cheerlebrities.” Here’s how to watch it online.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of USA on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
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USA is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include USA. The “Plus” and “Max” packages come with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch a live stream of the show on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including USA. It costs $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling the cheapest streaming service with USA if you plan on keeping it long term:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
USA is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of the show 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, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most new episodes and specials available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
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Based on the 2012 book by Megan Abbott, Dare Me is a raw look at teenage girls, high school hierarchies, power dynamics, and murder. It follows the tumultuous relationship between two best friends, Addy (Herizen Guardiola) and Beth (Marlo Kelly), which is shaken up by the arrival of a new no-nonsense cheerleading coach, Collette French (Willa Fitzgerald). The whole squad is put to the test, first by Coach French and then by a shocking crime that rocks their entire smalltown. As Abbott said in a 2012 interview with the Rap Sheet, she wanted to achieve the type of “treachery” seen in Shakespeare’s Richard III.
“I wanted to absorb the atmosphere of the play, the feeling of drive, desperation, treachery,” said Abbott, who is also an executive producer on the show. “And the way Richard, despite his bad behavior, draws us in. He is our guide, our vantage point and we are his confidantes, so as much as his actions alarm us, we find ourselves linked to him.”
In that way, book readers are drawn into this world via Addy Hanlon, who is the narrator and second fiddle to Beth Cassidy, the squad’s captain. But the new coach takes a shine to Addy and that creates some problems.
“I’ve always been interested in the lieutenant/second in command figure — whether it’s a war movie, a gangster tale, a Shakespeare play,” said Abbott. “What is their stake? Do they hold their own ambitions? What is it like being the always-beta girl? Also, since most of us are not ‘alphas,’ it seemed like a useful perch from which to tell the story.”
As the story unfolds, nearly everyone starts doing bad things and readers don’t know who they — or Addy — can really trust, which is what Abbott wanted. That being said, she revealed that Beth is the character she has the most empathy for.
“She is the putative troublemaker here, but I grew to love her,” said Abbott. “Her bruised and dented heart. The more I fell for her, the more space I gave her, the more I granted her. I definitely get that she can come across as a ‘mean girl,’ or as a villain (she behaves very badly in the book), but I don’t see her that way myself. She’s my girl.”
Dare Me premieres Sunday, December 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.
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