Netflix Put Its Making a Murderer Pilot on YouTube, Presumably to Get You Hooked, Not to Make Murderers

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Netflix is getting amazing reviews for its new true-crime docuseries Making a Murderer, including a rave from our own Margaret Lyons. The series follows Steven Avery, who was arrested for rape, exonerated, and then arrested again for murder. Perhaps trying to capitalize on that strong buzz, the streaming network is doing something out of the ordinary — at least for Netflix: It’s posted the first episode of the ten-part series on YouTube, making it available to watch for free even for folks who don’t have a subscription. Netflix is no doubt hoping those who sample on YouTube will get hooked into the story and sign up for a 30-day trial at the end of the first episode. (There’s even a link to Netflix’s sign-up page at the end of the video.) Check out episode one of Murderer below, and if you get hooked, don’t say we didn’t warn you.