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How to Watch ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ for Free

The prequel series to the “Power” franchise premieres on Starz July 18.

Cara Howe

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Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” the latest prequel series in the original “Power” franchise, premieres on Starz on Sunday, and if you’re new to the cable network, you can stream the show for free.

Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, the sprawling family drama revolves around the coming-of-age of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis) — Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner, and adversary, who dies in a hail of gunfire in “Power’s” final season. In the prequel series, Kanan is the 15-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas (Patina Miller), a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers around the city. Like its predecessors, “Power” and “Power Book II: Ghost,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, loyalty, and legacy. It’s also a deep dive into the pathology of family: the nuanced but unique dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, and brother and sister.

The cast includes Omar Epps (“House,” “Love and Basketball”) as Detective Malcolm Howard, London Brown (“Ballers”) as Marvin Thomas, Malcolm Mays (“Them,” “Snowfall”) as Louis “Lou-Lou” Thomas, Hailey Kilgore as Jukebox, Joey Bada$$ as Unique, Toby Sandeman (“The Royals”) as Symphony Bosket, Shanley Caswell (“The Conjuring”) as Detective Shannon Burke, Lovie Simone (“The Craft: Legacy”) as Davina Harrison, and Quincy Brown (“Dope”) as Crown Camacho.

Starz is offering a free, seven-day trial for new customers — which means you can join today, and stream the first episode of “Raising Kanan” at no charge. The membership will cost $8.99 a month after the trial ends, but if you want to save even more money, sign up for Starz on Hulu and you’ll pay just $0.99 a month for the first two months (after the free trial). Another option is to sign up for Starz through Amazon Prime where you’ll get free trials for both platforms (Amazon Prime costs $12.99 a month and includes the massive Prime Video library). You can cancel any of the aforementioned memberships at any time.

Starz can also be added to your Xfinity cable package for an additional $8.99 a month. And for those of you looking to sign up for AT&T TV, new customers can receive a year free of HBO Max, plus three months of Starz, Cinemax, and Showtime.

Starz boasts an expansive library of movies and TV series which includes “P-Valley,” “Blindspotting,” “American Gods,” “Run the World,” “Outlander,” “Confronting a Serial Killer,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” and more originals. Starz is also a destination for hit movies and cult classics, such as “Top Gun,” “Life,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Jumanji: Next Level,” “Bad Boys for Life,” “Monster Hunter,” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

“Raising Kanan” is created by Sascha Penn, who also serves as showrunner, and executive producer, alongside Courtney A. Kemp, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. All three installments of the “Power” Universe series are executive-produced by Kemp, through her production company End of Episode, along with Lionsgate Television, 50 Cent’s G-Unit Film and Television, and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM.

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