How to watch Based on a True Story online: stream the true crime comedy series

Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina in Based on a True Story
Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina in Based on a True Story (Image credit: PEACOCK)

Fans of true crime and podcasts have been enjoying Based on a True Story, as the new comedy crime show has been enjoying plenty of positive Rotten Tomatoes ratings, so you mind be wanting to know how you can watch it.

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Based on a True Story (which isn't, in fact, inspired by true events) follows Ava and Nathan, played by Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina respectively. They're a couple, who are financially struggling, until they create a hugely successful true-crime podcast based on local events — but the subject of the podcast isn't as keen on this.

Billed as a comedy thriller, and starring two popular comedy actors, the series is proving popular with fans — so how can you watch it? Don't worry, we'll help you work out how to watch Based on a True Story wherever you are.

How to watch Based on a True Story in the US

The streaming service home of Based on a True Story is Peacock, as the show is actually a Peacock Original, so NBCUniversal made it for the platform.

Peacock costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually for its ad-enabled tier or $9.99/$99.99 for its ad-free one. However until Monday, June 12 there's a deal to get a year of ad-enabled streaming for $19.99 instead of $49.99, and you can find that deal here.

All seven episodes of the show will land on the platform on Thursday, June 8.

Can you watch Based on a True Story in the UK?

Unfortunately there's no word of a UK release date for Based on a True Story, and so you won't be able to log into your regular streaming service and catch it on Thursday, June 8. 

While Peacock shows sometimes get added to Sky TV and Now TV, there's no confirmation on whether, or when, this would be the case for Based on a True Story.

How to watch Based on a True Story everywhere else

If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch Based on a True Story, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address to that of the area of what you want to watch, meaning you can tune in to your favorite shows like Based on a True Story or other content even if you're not there. Our favorite is ExpressVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.


ExpressVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. 

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free.

Tom Bedford
Streaming and Ecommerce Writer

Tom is the streaming and ecommerce writer at What to Watch, covering streaming services in the US and UK. His goal is to help you navigate the busy and confusing online video market, to help you find the TV, movies and sports that you're looking for without having to spend too much money.