We could all use a treat right now, and Apple saw fit to make one of its best TV series partially available to stream without an Apple TV Plus subscription for a limited time.

To coincide with the release of the highly anticipated third season of For All Mankind, Apple has lowered the paywall for Season 1 of its acclaimed space drama indefinitely. Just head over to Apple TV Plus and hit the "Play Free Episode" button to start streaming the show's 10-part first season.

The sci-fi series, from Battlestar Galactica creator Ron D. Moor, traces the aftermath of an alternate history in which the Soviet Union becomes the first nation to land on the moon. The Cold War-era space race continues accordingly, with the Soviets and the United States eventually establishing lunar colonies from which to operate.

For All Mankind debuted as a launch title for Apple TV Plus in 2019, and the show, which features Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones, and Jodi Balfour among its cast, arguably represents the first in a regular string of critical hits for the show. still young streaming service. .

Apple quickly renewed the series for a second season after the success of its first set of episodes, and Rolling Stone (opens in a new tab) later named For All Mankind Season 2 the best TV show of 2021 (preferring For All Mankind to pop the giants of culture Succession and Squid Game).

Clearly, then, Apple is hoping viewers hooked on the show's free first season will stick around and open their wallets for access to the second and third, the latter of which began streaming on June 10, 2022.

#ForAllMankind Season 1 is available for free on @appletvplus for a limited time. Don't wait another decade, reply and tag a friend you told to watch #ForAllMankind https://t.co/soO1Q9U3se pic.twitter.com/xP8FoB7fjc June 11, 2022

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At this time, there is no word yet on how long For All Mankind Season 1 will remain available to stream for free on Apple TV Plus. Per the tweet above, Apple has only confirmed the show's paywall-free status for "a limited time," though we expect it to remain free until the end of its third season on August 12.

More gifts please.

Although Apple's decision to make For All Mankind Season 1 available for free is less a goodwill gesture than a shrewd business strategy, it's still refreshing to see a major streaming service giving potential subscribers the choice. to try before you buy.

Especially with the rising cost of living around the world, entertainment giants are being forced to justify the value for money of their on-demand products, and Apple's series-specific free trial is a great way for your transmitter demonstrates the quality of its content. offer.

Earlier last year, Netflix offered viewers the chance to stream the first few episodes of shows like Stranger Things and When They See Us through its now-defunct Netflix Watch Free website, though the streamer hasn't boasted a similar promotion since. then.

After offering several free trials when it launched in 2020, HBO Max has also removed its limited-time promotions, so perhaps both services could follow Apple's lead if they hope to attract new subscribers.

If you decide to watch For All Mankind in the coming weeks and you like what you see, head over to our list of the best Apple TV Plus shows to help you decide what to watch next on the up-and-coming streamer.

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