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The Dropout on Hulu pulls viewers in with a three-episode premiere, but how many episodes are in the miniseries? The drama, featuring Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes and Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani, follows the rise and fall of Theranos. It delves deeper into Holmes’ life behind the scenes of the startup. The true crime begins with her decision to drop out of Stanford at 19 to start her healthcare-focused tech company. Then it shows the lengths she goes to market her finger prick blood testing device. However, it never produces accurate results. Fans of the series want to know more — how many episodes will there be?

'The Dropout' Amanda Seyfried plays Elizabeth Holmes sitting with her black turtle neck and red lipstick
‘The Dropout’ Episode 4: Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes | Beth Dubber/Hulu

Is ‘The Dropout’ based on a true story?

The Hulu drama, The Dropout, is based on the real-life investigative podcast, The Dropout by Rebecca Jarvis and ABC Audio. The podcast, which premiered in 2019, follows the true story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. She promised that her machine could return blood results with only a finger prick instead of a vial of blood. However, the Edison device returned inaccurate results, and Holmes continued to market it. The journalist interviews former Theranos employees, investors, and patients throughout the podcast. It also includes pieces of deposition tapes. 

Like the podcast, The Dropout, on Hulu begins with Elizabeth Holmes’ deposition in the summer of 2017. Then the series continues to takes much of the dialogue straight from the things people said in real life. For instance, her deposition is word-for-word. However, according to Amanda Seyfried, the most challenging part was getting inside Holmes’ head.

“Elizabeth is still such a mystery, but I think this is the only project that actually gives insight,” Seyfried told What To Watch. It’s a lot of guesswork — but guesswork based on a lot of facts. The whole point of making this is that you were letting us into a world that we weren’t privy to before, and people want to know why she did these things. People want to know motives.”

How many episodes of ‘The Dropout’ will there be?

According to Hulu, the miniseries, The Dropout will be eight episodes, airing Thursdays each week, concluding on April 7. The complete The Dropout Episode list for the series is available here:

The Dropout Episode 1, “I’m in a Hurry” — March 3, 2022

The Dropout Episode 2, “Satori” — March 3, 2022

The Dropout Episode 3, “Green Juice” — March 3, 2022

The Dropout Episode 4, “Old White Men” — March 10, 2022

The Dropout Episode 5, “Flower of Life” — March 17, 2022

The Dropout Episode 6, “Iron Sisters” — March 24, 2022

The Dropout Episode 7, “Heroes” — March 31, 2022

The Dropout Episode 8, “Lizzy” — April 7, 2022

What time do new episodes of ‘The Dropout’ drop on Hulu?

Many viewers want to know when new episodes of The Dropout come to the streaming service. A new episode of The Dropout is available for streaming on Hulu at 12:01 a.m. EST every Thursday.

Who is in the cast of ‘The Dropout’?


Who Is Elizabeth Holmes?

Saturday Night Live actor Kate McKinnon originally signed on to The Dropout to portray Elizabeth Holmes. However, she dropped out in February 2021. Instead, Mean Girls and Mama Mia star Seyfried became the biotech entrepreneur recently convicted of criminal fraud. Lost’s Naveen Andrews joined The Dropout cast in March 2021 as Holmes’ boyfriend, Sunny Balwani. 

The Dropout cast also includes William H. Macy (Shameless) as Richard Fuisz and James Hiroyuki Liao (Prison Break) as Edmond Ku. Kate Burton (Grey’s AnatomyScandal) appears in several episodes as Rochelle Gibbons. Also, Laurie Metcalf joins the cast as Phyllis Gardner, and Hart Bochner recurs as Larry Ellison. Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction) stars in seven of the eight episodes as Charlotte Schultz. Michaela Watkins plays Linda Tanner and Utkarsh Ambudkar plays Rakesh Madhava. Also, Sam Waterston portrays George Schultz, and Michael Ironside portrays Don Lucas. Elizabeth Marvel plays Noel Holmes, and Bill Irwin becomes Channing Robertson. Lastly, Stephen Fry portrays a former chief chemist for Theranos, Ian Gibbons.

The Dropout premiere airs on March 3, 2022, on Hulu and subsequent episodes drop weekly on Thursdays.