‘Dopesick’: How to Watch the Michael Keaton Series That Everyone’s Talking About

Wondering how to watch the new Hulu series, Dopesickfeaturing Michael Keaton? You are not alone. The portrayal of real-life opioid addiction hooked viewers with the first three episodes. The drama is based on the non-fiction bookDopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. Although the characters portrayed are mostly fictional (except for the Sackler family), the series is based on truth. Fans of the series consider it educational and eye-opening. Finally, here’s how to watch or stream Dopesick episodes.

Dopesick cast member Michael Keaton as Dr. Samuel Finnix in 'Dopesick.
‘Dopesick’ Michael Keaton | Gene Page/Hulu

What day is ‘Dopesick’ on?

Hulu’s Dopesick did not drop all at once. Instead, the episodes starring Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Will Poulter, and Kaitlyn Dever come out weekly. Each new Dopesick episode drops to Hulu on Wednesdays at 12:01 a.m. EST. The first three episodes dropped to the streaming service on Oct. 6, and the remaining episodes drop weekly. The main Dopesick cast also includes Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, and Michael Stuhlbarg. 

How to watch ‘Dopesick’: Is the series on Netflix?

Dopesick cast members Michael Stuhlbarg and Andrea Frankle as Richard and Beth Sackler
‘Dopesick’: Michael Stuhlbarg and Andrea Frankle | Gene Page/Hulu

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Sorry, Netflix users, but Dopesick is currently only available for streaming on Hulu in the United States. According to What’s on Disney+, Dopesick hits Disney+ streaming on Dec. 13, through its new Star brand for international viewing. However, the only way to watch Dopesick right now is with a Hulu subscription or a free trial to the streaming service. Although, viewers could also borrow a friend or family member’s login.

How many episodes of ‘Dopesick’ will there be to watch?

According to Hulu, the miniseries, Dopesick, will be eight episodes, airing Wednesdays each week, concluding on Nov. 17. As of Oct. 25, the first four episodes of the series are available for streaming on Hulu. Additionally, the complete remaining Dopesick Episode list to watch the final four of the series are available here:

Dopesick Episode 5, “The Whistleblower” — Oct. 27, 2021

Dopesick Episode 6, “Hammer the Abusers” — Nov. 3, 2021

Dopesick Episode 7, “Black Box Warning” — Nov. 10, 2021

Dopesick Episode 8, (No title yet) — Nov. 17, 2021

What is the setting of ‘Dopesick’?

Dopesick Episode 4 featuring Will Poulter as Billy Cutler on the phone
‘Dopesick’ Episode 4: Will Poulter | Gene Page/Hulu

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When viewers watch Dopesick, many want to know more about the setting. Firstly, the series begins in the fictional Appalachian town of Finch Creek, Virginia. Dr. Samuel Finnix (Keaton) plays the town’s doctor. Meanwhile, sales rep Billy Cutler (Will Poulter) pushes the new opioid, OxyContin, on the doctor as a treatment for moderate pain. Many scenes of the Hulu series play out in the small coal-mining town. Although Finch Creek is a made-up town, Purdue Pharma specifically targeted real mining towns in Virginia for the first introduction to OxyContin. Therefore, Dopesick was filmed in various locations throughout Virginia, including Richmond and Clifton Forge. In addition to watching the real-life repercussions of OxyContin in the mining community, viewers see the strategies Purdue Pharma used to market the drug.

Additionally, the producers chose the Estate at River Run in Goochland County, Virginia, to serve as Richard Sackler’s (Stuhlbarg) sprawling mansion. In conclusion, executive Producer Danny Strong wanted to keep the story’s roots as accurate as possible, and that included the setting of Dopesick.

How to get help: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.