Here’s How to Watch ‘The Dropout’ For Free to See Amanda Seyfried as Theranos Fraudster Elizabeth Holmes

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If you’ve been fascinated with Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, you may want to know how to watch The Dropout online for free to see the rise and fall of the tech entrepreneur who was called the next Steve Jobs.

The Dropout stars Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and chief executive officer of Theranos, a health tech company that claimed to have revolutionized blood testing by developing methods to test patients with small volumes of blood, such as a single drop. The success of Theranos led Forbes to name Holmes as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the United States in 2015, with her company valued at $9 billion. That same year, Theranos was the subject of a Wall Street Journal investigation that accused the company of providing inaccurate medical results. Three years later, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Theranos and Holmes with fraud. In July 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Holmes and Theranos’ chief operating officer (and former romantic partner), Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Holmes was convicted of defrauding investors through false or exaggerated claims about the accuracy of Theranos’ blood-testing technology in January 2022. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing is schedule for September 26, 2022.

In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2022, Seyfried opened up about what it was like to play Holmes—who was also the subject of the 2019 HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley—as her criminal fraud case was ongoing. “It was a little bit harrowing. We started shooting in June, and the trial started the first week of September,” she said.  “There was a giant file that was released at one point—it was like 700 text messages between Sunny and Elizabeth. It was juicy AF! And also incredibly informative, and easily sprinkled back into the scripts. It was all perfect timing for us, really, because it proved to us that we were on the right track with the whole story.”

She also told the magazine about what drew her to Holmes’ story and the “persona” the tech entrepreneur often put on to convince investors to believe and invest in Theranos. “She succeeded for a long time with these characteristics—well, what would you call those things? Idiosyncrasies? Flare? That’s what everybody keeps talking about, of course: the voice, the turtleneck,” Seyfreid said,. “But what about the cadence? What about the way she walked? Any actor would have a treasure chest of things to draw from. There’s just no lack of things to study, and that made it a lot easier to imagine myself playing her…. There’s footage of Elizabeth Holmes for 10 hours listening and answering questions as herself, but knowing she’s being watched. I’m acting as Elizabeth Holmes acting.”

Seyfried continued, “She famously studied Steve Jobs and how he behaved, and I think she became obsessed with people who were powerful and all-knowing. They got the job done at any cost. And that’s where I differ, because I just can’t imagine making people uncomfortable. Like, deliberately making someone uncomfortable? That’s my biggest fear! And that’s actually not good—I mean, there’s a middle ground, and I haven’t reached it yet. You see the most powerful people in the world, the people who get a lot of shit done, behave a certain way. I still think that my way is better. I’ve never been able to just be strictly business.”

So how can one watch The Dropout online for free? Read on for how to stream The Dropout at no cost to see the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos.

"The Dropout"

Image: Beth Dubber / ©Hulu / Courtesy Everett Collection.

When does The Dropout come out?

The Dropout premieres on Hulu on March 3, 2022, with the first three episodes.

When are The Dropout episodes released?

The Dropout episodes are released on Thursdays at 12:01 a.m. PT / 3:01 a.m. ET on Hulu.

How to watch The Dropout online

The Dropout is available to stream on Hulu, which offers two plans: an ad-supported plan for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (which saves users about $14 from the monthly rate) and an ad-free plan for $12.99 per month. Hulu’s live TV service, Hulu+ With Live TV, costs $69.99 per month for its ad-supported plan and $75.99 per month for its ad-free plan.

Hulu also offers a student discount for $1.99 per month for its ad-supported plan (which saves users $5 per month or $60 per year.) Users can also subscribe to The Disney Bundle, which includes Hulu’s ad-supported plan, Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month. The bundle saves users about $8 per month from subscribing to each service individually.


How to watch The Dropout online for free

So how can one watch The Dropout online for free? Read on for the tips and tricks to see the rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes.

Watch The Dropout With Hulu’s Free Trial

The easiest way to watch The Dropout online for free is with Hulu’s 30-day free subscription. The service—which offers more than 1650 TV shows and 2,500 movies along with The Dropout—starts at $6.99 per month for its basic subscription with ads. It’s ad-fee plan costs $12.99 per month. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial, so users can binge-watch The Dropout before committing to a subscription. Read on for instructions on how to sign up for Hulu’s free trial.

  1. Visit Hulu.com.
  2. Click “Start Your Free Trial.”
  3. Select your plan: Hulu’s ad-supported plan or Hulu’s ad-free plan.
  4. Enter your information and payment method.
  5. Start watching with Hulu’s free trial

Watch The Dropout With Verizon’s Free Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu is the real reward here to watch The Dropout online for free.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch The Dropout online for free.

"The Dropout"

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How many episodes is The Dropout?

There are eight episodes of The Dropout. The episodes are released on Hulu from March 3, 2022, to April 7, 2022, on Thursdays at 12:01 a.m. PT / 3:01 a.m. ET.

Who’s in The Dropout cast?

The Dropout cast includes Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes, the former founder and CEO of Theranos, and Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani, the former president and COO of Theranos and Holmes’ romantic partner. Other Dropout cast members include William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz, Laurie Metcalf as Phyllis Gardner, and Dylan Minnette as Tyler Shultz. See the full Dropout cast below.

  • Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes
  • Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani
  • William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz
  • Laurie Metcalf as Phyllis Gardner
  • Elizabeth Marvel as Noel Holmes
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava
  • Kate Burton as Rochelle Gibbons
  • Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons
  • Michel Gill as Chris Holmes
  • Michael Ironside as Don Lucas
  • Bill Irwin as Channing Robertson
  • Josh Pais as Wade Miquelon
  • Dylan Minnette as Tyler Shultz
  • Alan Ruck as Jay Rosan
  • Bashir Salahuddin as Brendan Morris
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub as Lorraine Fuisz
  • Hart Bochner as Larry Ellison
  • James Hiroyuki Liao as Edmond Ku
  • Nicky Endres as Ana Arriola
  • Camryn Mi-Young Kim as Erika Cheung
  • Andrew Leeds as Roland
  • Sam Waterston as George Shultz
  • Kurtwood Smith as David Boies
  • Anne Archer as Charlotte Shultz
  • LisaGay Hamilton as Judith Baker
  • Michaela Watkins as Linda Tanner
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as John Carreyrou
  • Kevin Sussman as Mark Roessler
  • Sam Straley as Christian Holmes
  • Sean Brown as Daniel Young

The Dropout is available to stream on Hulu. Here’s how to watch it for free.


"Bad Blood Secrets & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup"

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

For more about Elizabeth Holmes, check out Wall Street Journal reporter John Careyrou’s 2018 book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. The book—which The New York Times described as “chilling” and said “reads like a thriller”—tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes, a health tech entrepreneur who was seen as the Steve Jobs, and her company, Theranos, startup that raised more than $9 billion in funding and promised to revolutionize the medical industry through single-drop blood tests. The national bestseller follows Holmes as she allegedly defrauded investors and put patients at risk with misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments through her defective technology. The book also investigates how Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced their criticism—including Theranos’ own employees.

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