The Sympathizer: Complete release schedule of all episodes and when they arrive 

The Sympathizer (2024) image via Instagram
The Sympathizer (2024) image via Instagram

The Sympathizer is a historical black comedy drama miniseries based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Sympathizer”, written by Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Directed by Park Chan-wook and written by Park Chan-wook and Don McKellar, the series premiered on April 14, 2024, on HBO.

The series follows the story of the life of the Captain, a North Vietnamese plant embedded within the South Vietnamese army. As the Vietnam War nears its end, he's forced to flee to the United States alongside his General. He finds refuge within a community of South Vietnamese refugees.

However, he continues to secretly spy on them and report back to the Viet Cong, simultaneously struggling between his original loyalties and newfound life.

How many episodes are there in The Sympathizer?


The Sympathizer consists of seven episode:



Air Date

Episode 1

"Death Wish"

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Episode 2

"Good Little Asian"

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Episode 3

"Love It or Leave It"

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Episode 4


Sunday, May 5, 2024

Episode 5


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Episode 6


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Episode 7


Sunday, May 26, 2024

The episodes throughout the series have been directed by some notable directors like Park Chan-wook, Fernando Meirelles and Marc Munden.

These have been written by Park Chan-wook, Don McKellar, Naomi Iizuka, Mark Richard, Maegan Houang, Anchuli Felicia King and Tea Ho.

Who is in the cast of The Sympathizer?

The primary cast of the series includes several talented actors. Hoa Xuande portrays the Captain, a police captain in Saigon who secretly serves as a communist spy for the North.

Toan Le plays the character of General, a high-ranking Southern Vietnamese general under whom the Captain serves.

Robert Downey Jr. takes on several antagonist roles, including Claude (a CIA agent mentoring the Captain), Niko (an auteur filmmaker working on a Vietnam War film), Professor Hammer (the Captain’s Orientalist grad school professor) and Ned Godwin (a Congressman in Southern California).

Fred Nguyen Khan portrays Bon, the Captain’s childhood best friend. Duy Nguyễn appears as Man, another childhood friend and the Captain’s handler. Vy Le embodies Lana, the General’s daughter and the Captain’s love interest. Ky Duyen takes on the role of Madame, the General’s wife. Phanxinê portrays the Major. Kieu Chinh plays the Major’s Mother.

The supporting cast of the series includes VyVy Nguyen as the Major’s wife, Kayli Tran as the Communist Spy, Scott Ly as Gunner Dao, Alan Trong as Sonny, and Sandra Oh as Ms. Sofia Mori. Actors David Duchovny and John Cho also make appearances.

Where to watch The Sympathizer?

The Sympathizer is available for streaming on several platforms. Viewers in the United States can watch it on HBO or Max.

It offers the streaming of episodes simultaneously as they air. Subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for ad-supported viewing and $15.99 per month for ad-free streaming.

The series will eventually air on Sky Atlantic in May in the United Kingdom. Viewers should keep an eye out for the date announcement. Sky Atlantic is the go-to channel for HBO content in the UK, as HBO Max/Max is not available there.

In Australia, the series is available to stream on BINGE, Foxtel and Foxtel Now. The seven-part series began streaming on April 15, with new episodes released weekly until the scheduled finale on May 27. On Foxtel and Foxtel Now, episodes air at 8:30 p.m. on Showcase.

The Sympathizer premiered on Sunday, April 14, 2024, on HBO at 9 pm E.T.

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