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Candy: next episode, cast, trailer and everything we know about the Jessica Biel crime drama

Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in Candy
Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in Candy (Image credit: Hulu)

From creator and co-executive producers of The Act, Nick Antosca, and Robin Veith, comes Candy, the new crime drama based on the real events surrounding Candy Montgomery and the death of Betty Gore. 

What makes this Jessica Biel-led project even more interesting, is it comes at a time when similar crime drama shows The Thing About Pam and The Girl from Plainville have proven quite popular for NBC and Hulu, respectively. We're waiting to see if Candy can capture similar success. 

Here’s everything we know about Candy

When is the next Candy episode?  

The five-episode season of Candy is set to premiere on Hulu starting Monday, May 9. In good news for those that tend to be short on patience, Hulu is releasing the episodes as a five-night event. Meaning, new episodes will become available for streaming daily, with the finale airing on Friday, May 13. 

Here is the title and synopsis for the upcoming episodes. 

Episode 1: “Friday the 13th”

“A normal day in the life of Texas housewife Candy Montgomery is interrupted by a beguiling incident. Meanwhile, Allan Gore, away on business, tries to contact his eerily absent wife Betty.”

Episode 2: “Happy Wife, Happy Life”

“Two years before the incident, Candy and Betty are shocked when their beloved pastor Jackie announces her divorce. Candy considers her own love life, while Betty takes on a troubled foster child.”

Episode 3: "Overkill"

"Candy and Allan’s affair begins. Betty is pregnant and finds a surprising source of support in Candy. Betty and Allan become closer while attending Marriage Encounter."

Episode 4: "Cover Girl"

"The day after the incident, Candy takes part in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Betty Gore. As more evidence comes to light, Candy hires ambulance-chaser attorney Don Crowder."

By the way, a very special guest makes his debut in episode 4. 

Episode 5: "The Fight"

"The 'Trial of the Century' begins in Collin County Courthouse. Aided by Don’s bombastic style, Candy fights to tell her story. The jury of her peers deliberates on Candy’s fate."

What is the Candy plot?

Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore and Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in Candy talking

Melanie Lynskey and Jessica Biel in Candy (Image credit: Hulu)

Hulu describes the Candy plot by stating: 

"Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right — good husband, two kids, nice house, even the careful planning and execution of transgressions. But when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results."

Again, Candy is based on the real story of Candy Montgomery, a woman who was suspected of killing her friend who happened to be the wife of the man she was having an extramarital affair with. Montgomery was never convicted of murder, a point we encourage viewers to explore in the series airs.

For those wondering if there have been previously released projects based on Candy’s story, the answer is yes. In 1990, CBS released a TV movie titled A Killing in a Small Town starring Barbara Hershey. Hershey won both an Emmy and Golden Globe for her leading role.  

Who is in the Candy cast?

Leading the cast of Candy is actress Jessica Biel, who looks quite different from her childhood acting days on 7th Heaven. Fans of Biel are anticipating great things from this new role, as it marks a return to the crime genre she's had some success with in Limetown and The Sinner

Opposite Biel's Candy is Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore. Lynskey was most recently seen in Don't Look Up and Yellowjackets, but she is also no stranger to crime stories, having received her big break with Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures in 1994.

Joining Biel and Lynskey on screen is Veep star Timothy Simons (it’s still interesting to see Simons play a character other than the awkwardly ambitious Jonah Ryan), Pablo Schreiber (Halo) and Raúl Esparza (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).  

Candy trailer 

Based on the trailer and the premise of Candy, the series is sure to draw its comparisons with the recent hit The Thing About Pam.  

How to watch Candy 

Candy is a Hulu Original series that airs exclusively on the platform in the US starting May 9. Those interested in watching the show will need to have a subscription to the streaming service. Hulu currently offers an ad-supported subscription for $6.99/month and an ad-free subscription for $12.99/month. 

An official UK release date has yet to be announced, but we will be able to provide that information once it becomes available. 

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.