HBO's I Know This Much is True filmed in the Hudson Valley over the course of many months. It recently made its national debut and now there's a chance to watch the first episode for free even if you're not a subscriber to the service.

When tuning in to this dramatic Hudson Valley made series, it's important to be aware of what you're getting yourself into. You're getting the dark tale of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey and within five minutes of the opening episode, a shockingly violent incident occurs that could turn some viewers off. But the story is compelling and there's already talk of Emmy consideration.

Based on the 900-page novel of the same name published by author Wally Lamb in 1998, a piece in the L.A. Times states, there was interest in turning it into a movie right away but producers struggled to condense the story into a mere two-hour film. Actor and producer Mark Ruffalo helped push the project forward and it ended up being a six-episode series.

A wide variety of shows are available to sample for free, an obvious attempt to lure subscribers. But, if you find something you like it could be worth it. Episodes of other shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm are all accessible.

While you won't see many Hudson Valley locations you recognize in episode one of I Know This Much Is True, there are several scenes in episode two that take place in recognizable local settings.

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