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The Idol release schedule - when is episode 5 out?

Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and The Weeknd have joined forces for this new drama series, starring Lily-Rose Depp. So here's The Idol release schedule.

The Idol release schedule for Sam Levinson TV series

What is The Idol release schedule? As the creator of Euphoria, Sam Levinson is no stranger to controversy, with his button-pushing series drawing as much vicious criticism as it has acclaim and accolades. He has now teamed up with pop sensation The Weeknd for another show set to divide viewers.

The Idol stars Lily-Rose Depp as an aspiring pop star who forms a relationship with a cult leader, played by The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye. Much like Euphoria, it’s a premise primed to be either a total mess or one of the best drama series out there. The cast also includes Suzanna Son, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dan Levy, Troye Sivan, and Rachel Sennott.

The first two episodes got a five-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival 2023, but The Idol also got some vicious reviews from the assembled critics. Now, the show is finally here, and we can take a look at The Idol release schedule so that you can decide for yourself whether this is the best TV series of the year, or something worthy of that critical derision.

The Idol episode 5 release date and time

The Idol episode 5, which we now know will be The Idol finale, will be released on Sunday July 2, 2023, at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Those times are for HBO in the USA. Over in the UK, Sky Atlantic is airing each episode at 2am on Monday morning, which is simultaneous with the States.

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The Idol release schedule

New episodes of The Idol are going to show up every Sunday until the release schedule of five episodes is complete.

We know that the finished season will be five episodes long, and we also have titles for all of the episodes to get a little glimpse at where the plot is going next.

The Idol release schedule:

  • The Idol episode 1, “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales”: June 4, 2023
  • The Idol episode 2, “Double Fantasy”: June 11, 2023
  • The Idol episode 3, “Daybreak”: June 18, 2023
  • The Idol episode 4, “Stars Belong to the World”: June 25, 2023
  • The Idol episode 5, “Jocelyn Forever”: July 2, 2023

Abel Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp in The Idol

Where can I watch The Idol?

The Idol is airing on HBO, and you can stream every episode after its premiere on Max (formerly HBO Max).

If you’re in the UK, the ongoing partnership between HBO and Sky Atlantic means that you can watch the show with a Sky subscription or via the NOW streaming service.

That’s what we know about The Idol release schedule.  We’ve argued that The Idol just set back the feminist movement by at least a decade, but keep up to date with one of the buzziest series on TV right now and make up your own mind on the controversy.

lily rose depp in lingerie in the idol

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We’ve also got more on Levinson’s biggest hit as we explore the Euphoria characters ranked and look ahead to the Euphoria season 3 release date. You can also find out why Zack Snyder thinks Euphoria shouldn’t exist and read our exploration of whether Euphoria is the new Skins.