CBS All Access is Temporarily Free

But only for new subscribers

Why This Matters:

CBS’s streaming service is making a name for itself for its more adult, upscale original dramas and the reenergized Star Trek franchise, but the audience is limited by the $5.99 (or $9.99) a month subscription fee. Now, potentially, millions more will see the buzz-worthy Picard.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard

Get ready to engage with Picard and the rest of the Star Trek Universe. Actor Sir Patrick Stewart announced on Thursday in an Instagram post that the CBS All Access streaming service, which hosts his Picard series, is subscription free in the U.S. until April 23 for new subscribers.

Why now: Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and need for social distancing, we’re not going out to parties, movies, or sports arenas. Instead, we stay home and binge Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and other premium streaming video options.

A welcome distraction: A few services, like Amazon Prime Video, have started to offer limited time free access to some of their content. Now, CBS All Access is doing its part, until April 23.

Anything good on: Stewart originated the role of Captain Jean Luc Picard in 1986 on Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), a reboot of the original Star Trek series. He played the role on TV and in films until 2002. In this critically acclaimed return, the aging Picard is on one last, incredible mission. Also, there are a ton of wonderful TNG cameos.

Picard and Q in the Ready Room
Picard and Q in the Ready Room. Paramount/CBS

Timing is everything: The series finale is Thursday, March 26. Unlike some streaming services, CBS All Access posts new shows on a weekly basis. However, with free access starting today, you can binge all of Picard’s intergalactic adventures in time for the finale.

Bottom Line: We know, it’s just TV and this is nothing but a space fantasy. Still, watching a show that is all about, as Stewart says in a promotional clip, “how to be more human,” is certainly appropriate in these extraordinarily trying times.

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