Russell T. Davies’ highly anticipated series It’s a Sin arrives in its entirety on HBO Max today. (Meaning, yep, you can binge all five parts if you have an HBO Max subscription.) The show, made by the Queer As Folk creator, follows three young gay men as they explore London in 1981, right as the AIDS epidemic hits.
Davies drew on his own coming-of-age London experience to create this show, which oscillates between joy and despair, showing how many lives were cut short. It follows Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas), and Colin (Callum Scott Howells), who have just moved to London and share a flat together. As they learn more about themselves and explore their sexuality, their lives are forever changed by an epidemic that the world chooses to ignore.
The show has gotten a stamp of approval from Ian McKellen and Elton John for painting a picture of this painful era.
“It’s A Sin is an incredibly moving account of the arrival of AIDS in the U.K. in the 1980’s,” Elton John wrote in an Instagram post. “Watching it, so many sad and devastating memories came flooding back. Many people were callous, ignorant and cruel. Thank God we have come so far since then.”
Luckily for non-subscribers, HBO Max has a deal going on right now — 20 percent off if you subscribe for six months. It’d usually cost $89.94, but you can save $20. The deal only runs through March, so if you want HBO Max, now is the best time to subscribe. You’ll also get access to blockbuster movies, beloved HBO shows, and plenty of kid-friendly content.
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