Hulu has been a treasure trove of true crime-inspired TV series as of late, from The Dropout to The Girl from Plainville. The latest on our watch list is Candy, Jessica Biel's retelling of the 1980 ax murder of Texas housewife Betty Gore (played by Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey) by her close friend Candy Montgomery (Biel).
From the first episode, viewers were gripped by the shocking real-life story, especially as they tried to figure out why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty and exactly what did Betty's husband Allan Gore have to do with it?
And with all of the factual drama packed into every episode, fans were left wondering: how many episodes of Candy would there be overall? We've got intel on how many editions of the show fans get in total.
*Warning: spoilers ahead!*
How many episodes of 'Candy' on Hulu are there?
Candy is a five-part miniseries—a new episode aired every day from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13. (Ironically, Betty Gore was killed on a Friday the 13th, a chilling tie-in for the grand finale.) Since it is a limited series with a contained storyline, fans shouldn't expect a sophomore season.
Here's the breakdown of the series, with each episode running between 45 and 55 minutes.
- Episode 1: "Friday the 13th"
- Episode 2: "Happy Wife Happy Life"
- Episode 3: "Overkill"
- Episode 4: "Cover Girl"
- Episode 5: "The Fight"
All five episodes of Candy can now be streamed on Hulu.
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Is 'Candy' based on a true story?
Candy is based on the shocking real-life murder of small-town housewife Betty Gore, who was stabbed 41 times with a three-foot-long ax by friend Candy Montgomery in June 1980 in Wylie, Texas. Montgomery had been having an affair with Betty's husband Allan Gore, and when Betty confronted Candy about the infidelity, things turned violent.
Montgomery was arrested by police and charged with murder; however, at the end of the eight-day trial in October 1980, she was found not guilty and was acquitted of the charges after her legal team argued that she had been acting in self-defense.
And if you're curious about where is Candy Montgomery today, we've got you covered.
Love and Death: HBO Max takes on Candy Montgomery
Can't get enough of the Candy Montgomery story? You're in luck: HBO Max is releasing its own limited series about the Betty Gore murder, entitled Love and Death.
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and written by Big Little Lies co-creator David E. Kelley, the six-part series will star Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) as Candy Montgomery, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Betty Gore, Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog) as Allan Gore and Almost Famous lead Patrick Fugit as Pat Montgomery.
Like Candy, the HBO Max series follows the events of Jim Atkinson and John Bloom's 1984 book on the Gore murder, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs. An official release date for Love and Death has not yet been announced, but true-crime fans can expect it sometime in 2022.
Despite the two shows' similarities, the Candy crew isn't upset about another series centering on Candy Montgomery's story. "The thing about this story is there's like 100 ways to tell this story," Candy co-creator Robin Veith told The Hollywood Reporter. (opens in new tab) "I'm also the person who watched three Fyre Festival documentaries that came out at the same time, I watched them all back-to-back. I just love different perspectives, so I'm very excited for what they're doing."
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