How to watch The Underground Railroad online from anywhere

Underground Railroad Amazon
Underground Railroad Amazon (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

The years-long wait for acclaimed filmmaker Barry Jenkins' adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is finally over and we have all the details on how you can watch the new limited series The Underground Railroad online.

First announced back in 2016, The Underground Railroad tells the tale of Cora Randall (Thuso Mbedu) who escaped from slavery and traveled north in search of freedom. On her journey, Cora discovers an actual railroad made up of a secret network of tracks and tunnels full of engineers and conductors to help guide her on her way.

As Cora leaves Georgia and travels north, she is pursued by a bounty hunter named Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton) who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation from which she escaped. This is because Cora's mother Mable is the only runaway slave Ridgeway never managed to catch.

During her travels from state to state, Cora wonders why her mother left her behind and comes to terms with her own struggles to create a life for herself she never thought was possible.

In addition to adapting Colson Whitehead's novel of the same name for TV, Barry Jenkins, who is known for writing and directing 2016's Moonlight, also directed all ten episodes of the new limited series.

Whether you've read the novel or just want to learn more about this important time in American history, we'll show you exactly how to watch The Underground Railroad from anywhere in the world.

The Underground Railroad: When and where?

The Underground Railroad will premiere on Friday, May 14 on Amazon Prime Video. There will be a total of 10 episodes in the new limited series and they will all be available to watch at once.

How to watch The Underground Railroad in the U.S.

If you live in the U.S. and already have an Amazon Prime subscription, you'll be able to watch The Underground Railroad when the new limited series premieres on Friday, May 14. However, if you haven't signed up yet, the service costs either $119 for the year or $12.99 per month. In addition to being able to watch The Underground Railroad, you can also watch Prime's other Amazon Originals including The Boys, Utopia, Homecoming, Tales from the Loop, Good Omens, The Man in the High Castle, and more. You'll also get access to Prime Music, free two-day shipping on eligible items and more. Amazon currently offers a 30-day free trial so you can test out Prime Video for yourself to watch to watch The Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. If you've never tried out the service, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Watch The Underground Railroad in Canada, the UK and Australia

As The Underground Railroad is an Amazon Original Series, all ten episodes of the new limited series will be available to watch in Canada, the UK, Australia and any other country where Prime Video is available when it premieres on Friday, May 14.

While the service offers the same content with slight variations depending on country, the pricing does change somewhat from region to region. Amazon Prime costs £7.99 per month or £79 for the year in the UK, C$7.99 per month or C$79 for the year in Canada, and AU$6.99 per month or AU$69 for the year in Australia.

Since The Underground Railroad is a new Amazon Prime Video original series, it is available at the same time in every region where the service is available. Sign up now if you haven't already.

Watch The Underground Railroad from anywhere

We have all the details on how you can watch The Underground Railroad in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia farther up in this guide. However, if you want to watch the new limited series when you're away from home, then you'll run into problems as your domestic coverage online from abroad will likely be geo-blocked.

That's where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can really come in handy. They allow you to virtually change the IP address of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that's back in your home country which will let you watch as if you were back there.

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Anthony Spadafora