“Industry” is an eight-episode British-American TV series that portrays the lives of a group of recent college graduates vying for full-time job offers at a prestigious investment bank in London. The series premiered in November 2020 on HBO in the United States and BBC in the United Kingdom. Though there’s currently only one season, HBO announced the production of a season two in December 2020.
Industry’s perspective shifts between each main character, giving a deep dive into the lives of four accomplished young adults from very different backgrounds. Just as entertaining as the cutthroat workplace environment are the inter-character relationships that develop and clash in some cases.
Mickey Down and Konrad Kay wrote industry for Bad Wolf and BBC Studios, and each episode lasts about 50 minutes.
What streaming services have Industry?
The only streaming service that offers Industry for free (with a basic subscription) is HBO Max. You can also watch the show if you have HBO Max as an add-on with Youtube TV or Hulu.
If you’re not interested in getting a subscription for any of these streaming services, you can purchase episodes of the show à la carte on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and YouTube. There’s currently no streaming service option for renting Industry.
Streaming services that offer Industry
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If you don’t have any subscriptions, the most cost-effective way to watch Industry is to subscribe to HBO Max or Hulu with an HBO Max add-on, both of which cost $14.99 per month. Even if you wanted to cancel after one month, it’s still cheaper than buying the episodes individually or purchasing the entire first season on Apple TV or Amazon Prime.
You should note that even though Industry is available on Prime Video and Apple TV, subscribing to either of those services will not give you free access to Industry. The series is only available for purchase on these services.
Can you watch Industry for free?
There’s no way to stream Industry completely free. However, if you already have an HBO Max subscription, it won’t cost you anything extra. The same goes for Youtube TV with an HBO Max add-on and Hulu with an HBO Max add-on. Individual episodes and the entire first season are available for purchase on several streaming services, including Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.
What is Industry about?
Industry is a fictional TV series set in modern London. The show follows a group of ambitious college graduates who have scored internships at big-time investment bank Pierpoint & Co. The five main characters come from various upbringings, some more privileged than others, but they’re all working toward the same goal: to secure a full-time, permanent job offer at Pierpoint. The problem? There are a limited number of spots available, and not everyone will make it. The gig quickly becomes a battle of grit and a test of morality for the stars, who battle their demons alongside their professional pursuits.
Industry splits time between each of the stars’ perspectives, but the one who gets the most screen time is Harper Stern (played by Myha’la Herrold), a Black New York transplant who’s hiding the fact that she lied about her college diploma. Other characters include Hari Dhar, a naive but dedicated child of Hindi-speaking immigrants; Gus Sackey, a gay man and Oxford graduate; Robert Spearing, a working-class man eager to succeed and put his past behind him; and Yasmin, who comes from a privileged Lebanese family and struggles with a deadbeat boyfriend.
Upcoming seasons for Industry
HBO announced a second season of Industry in December 2020, shortly after the first season premiered. The second season is currently in the works, but there’s no trailer or announced release date. In late June 2021, Industry writer Konrad Kay tweeted a photo of the season two read-through script, so it’s safe to say that progress is underway.
Best way to watch Industry
While you don’t need an MBA to follow the show’s narrative, Industry is a fast-paced series sprinkled with lots of business jargon. For that reason, you’re best off watching Industry in order. (You might find it easier to follow with subtitles, too.) That said, don’t let a lack of knowledge about finance discourage you from watching — the tension is just as palpable without a complete understanding of the stock market.
The New York Times called Industry “A fast-paced enjoyably soapy take on the modern world of high finance.” With an addictive plot full of sex, drugs, and high-stakes workplace drama, it’s easy to see why Industry one was an instant hit.