'The Stand': How to Watch the Stephen King Series Online

The Stand is one of the world's favorite books about a global pandemic, so it seems like the perfect miniseries for 2020—especially as the 'Captain Trips' disease at the heart of the Stephen King novel shows us how things could be much much worse. The show's first episode will air on Thursday, December 17, with episodes then streaming weekly online.

How to watch The Stand online

In the U.S., The Stand is a CBS All Access exclusive, meaning the streaming service is the only place to watch the show (legally) online.

Episodes are airing weekly of Thursdays from December 17 until February 11, with the nine episodes set to release on the following dates:

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Whoopi Goldberg in 'The Stand,' streaming now on CBS All Access. CBS All Access
  • Episode 1, "The End": December 17
  • Episode 2, "Pocket Savior": December 24
  • Episode 3, "Blank Pages": December 31
  • Episode 4, "The House of the Dead": January 7, 2021
  • Episode 5, "Suspicious Minds": January 14
  • Episode 6, "The Vigil": January 21
  • Episode 7, "The Walk": January 28
  • Episode 8, "The Stand": February 4
  • Episode 9, "Coda: Frannie in the Well": February 11

In order to watch the series online for free, new subscribers to CBS All Access should take advantage of the service's free trial. New users can get a seven-day free trial of the service, giving them a chance to watch all of the service's exclusives like The Good Fight and Star Trek: Picard for free for a week.

After that time, the service costs $5.99 a month for its version with commercials, or $9.99 for the ad-free version. Yearly subscriptions, meanwhile, cost $59.99 or $99.99 a year respectively.

It is possible, however, to get CBS All Access as part of a bundle with two other streaming services. Apple TV+ subscribers can get both Showtime and CBS All Access for $9.99 a month on top of the $4.99 a month for the Apple streamer on its own. This also has a seven-day free trial, and viewers can watch all of the three services ad-free.

For viewers wanting a glimpse at The Stand, the official synopsis reads: "When the 'Captain Trips' flu epidemic wipes out more than 99% of the population, the remaining few immune to the disease, including Stu Redman [played by James Marsden], Frannie Goldsmith [Odessa Young], and Harold Lauder [Owen Teague], set out in search of other survivors, all the while, experiencing visions of the nurturing Mother Abagail [Whoopi Goldberg] and the menacing figure of The Dark Man [Alexander Skarsgård]."

The Stand airs Thursday on CBS All Access.