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Even if you haven’t read Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel Little Fires Everywhere (and there’s a good chance you have — it’s sold nearly a million copies), you’re probably familiar with the hit TV show based on it. Ng’s book was such a big deal that Reese Witherspoon’s production company optioned the rights to it and brought it to the small screen as a miniseries starring Kerry Washington and (who else?) Reese Witherspoon herself.
But Little Fires Everywhere isn’t a show you can watch on regular cable channels. It’s not on HBO, Showtime, or Starz. It’s not on an over-the-air channel like CBS and Fox. It’s not something you can find on Netflix, either. So exactly how can you watch Little Fires Everywhere online? Keep reading; we’ll give you all the answers (and the only answer) you need.
If you’ve read past “How to Watch” articles, you may know that we usually talk about the numerous ways to watch a show online: The live TV streaming services, the on-demand options, and so on. In this case, our job here is simple. With Little Fires Everywhere, there’s simply not a long list. You can only watch Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu.
Since we’re here, though, you should know that Hulu is primarily a subscription on-demand service, meaning that you pay a monthly fee in exchange for access to a catalog of movies and TV shows that you can watch whenever you want. Hulu has a live TV streaming service, too, but you don’t need the live TV part to watch Little Fires Everywhere — regardless of whether you get the cheaper on-demand subscription or the full Hulu + Live TV subscription, you can watch Little Fires Everywhere.
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Some “list,” right? This is our only entry. If you want to watch Little Fires Everywhere, you’ll need Hulu — end of story.
Remember, there are two streaming options for Hulu: You can get just plain “Hulu,” which is an on-demand service, or you can get “Hulu + Live TV,” which includes both the on-demand service and access to lots of live TV channels. Either way, you’ll have access to Little Fires Everywhere.
As long as you’ve got Hulu, you can watch Little Fires Everywhere just about everywhere. Your TV is a fine choice, of course, but what streaming platform are you going to use to get it onto your TV? Hulu offers support for every major streaming platform out there. If you’re out and about, you can watch on a mobile device or web browser, too. Take a gander at the chart below to find out all the ways you can watch Little Fires Everywhere.
The first three episodes of Little Fires Everywhere showed up on Hulu on March 18, 2020. Hulu doesn’t operate the way that Netflix does by releasing all its episodes at once. Yet it also doesn’t do what traditional TV does by putting out a week every episode. It instead takes a sort of hybrid option by releasing three episodes at once, then releasing one episode a week after that.
Little Fires Everywhere contained eight episodes, which means the show’s finale came out on April 22, 2020. Since it’s a miniseries, that means there’s probably not going to be a second season. Now, other shows have violated the “a miniseries can only have one season” rule (we’re looking at you, Big Little Lies). But the people behind Little Fires Everywhere seem to think they’re done telling the story. That said, book author Ng isn’t ruling out the idea that they might come up with another story in that universe worth telling. It sounds like anything they might develop would be more of a spinoff than a direct sequel.
Hulu was smart to scoop up Little Fires Everywhere. For one thing, any miniseries starring Witherspoon and Washington is probably going to be a big deal, and that’s doubly true when they’re starring in a project based on a bestselling book. Sure enough, people started talking about Little Fires Everywhere even before the first episodes debuted. The critical reception was generally positive as well, and it garnered 5 nominations at the 2020 Emmys. It didn’t win any, but some of the cast and crew still managed to have a party in Reese Witherspoon’s backyard to celebrate.
Little Fires Everywhere centers on two women. Washington plays Mia, a Black artist who has just moved to the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, with her teenage daughter, Pearl. Before too long, she’s renting an apartment from Elena Richardson, a white mother of four played by Witherspoon. Elena leads a more regimented life than the free-spirited Mia, yet their lives end up intertwined in a few different ways.
And yes, there is fire involved. That’s not really a spoiler, since we see a house burning at the very beginning of the first episode — though the show takes longer to reveal how things reached that point.
The miniseries deals with issues that include race, class, and adoption. There are a few twists, as well as some flashbacks that delve into how Mia and Elena were shaped by their respective pasts. The book and show both are designed to make you think without necessarily hitting you over the head and saying, “Look! White privilege!”
To say more would be getting into spoiler territory, but it’s safe to say that a lot of viewers got drawn into the world of Little Fires Everywhere. It didn’t hurt that it came out right around the time people started staying home more often because of the pandemic.
At any rate, that’s your guide to watching Little Fires Everywhere online! If you’ve already read the book, you should also know that there are some significant differences between the book and the miniseries. That’s true of most books that get adapted into movies or TV shows, but it’s still best to know before you hit “play” on the first episode.
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