How to watch 'Masters of the Air' online – release date, episode schedule

Austin Butler as Major Gale Cleven standing in front of a military aircraft
(Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

One of the most expensive TV shows ever made, "Masters of the Air" chronicles the United States Army Air Forces' 100th Bomb Group's aerial bombardment of Nazi Germany during World War II. Starring Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Barry Keoghan and Ncuti Gatwa, and produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the nine-part Apple TV Plus blockbuster is out now with new episodes airing each week. 

Curious if you should watch it? Our own Malcolm McMillan has already watched the first two episodes and comes away very impressed. Read his review for more.

'Masters of the Air': essential info

Release date: Friday, January 26, 2024
Global stream: Apple TV Plus
Episodes: 9 (first 3 episodes are available to stream now)
Read our "Masters of the Air" review

Synonymous with death, the Eighth Air Force's 100th Bomb Group came to be known as the Bloody 100th, because the missions it was enlisted on were kill or be killed – in many cases both.

In the midst of the heartbreak and trauma, however, was a pair of impossibly colorful characters that wouldn't have looked out of place in Hollywood. Major Gale “Buck” Cleven (Butler) and Major John C. “Bucky” Egan (Turner) were archetypal aviators who spent their downtime propping up the bar and sampling East Anglia's finest ales. 

A companion series to "Band of Brothers" (2001) and "The Pacific" (2010), a pair of mega-budget smash hit war dramas that were also produced by Spielberg and Hanks, "Masters of the Air" is a full-throttle adaptation of historian Donald L. Miller's 2007 book "Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany."

Here's how to watch "Masters of the Air" on Apple TV Plus anywhere, including Apple TV Plus free trials.

'Masters of the Air' release dates

The first three episodes of "Masters of the Air" are out on Apple TV Plus as of today (Fri., Feb. 2), with subsequent installments coming out one by one each Friday. Here's the schedule in full:

  • Episode 1 — Friday, January 26 (streaming now)
  • Episode 2 — Friday, January 26 (streaming now)
  • Episode 3 — Friday, February 2 (streaming now)
  • Episode 4 — Friday, February 9
  • Episode 5 — Friday, February 16
  • Episode 6 — Friday, February 23
  • Episode 7 — Friday, March 1
  • Episode 8 — Friday, March 8
  • Episode 9 — Friday, March 15

Watch 'Masters of the Air'

How to watch 'Masters of the Air' in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

Apple TV Plus

"Masters of the Air" airs exclusively on Apple TV Plus. There's an Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial for new customers. After that, the service costs $9.99 / £8.99 / AU$12.99 per month.

Apple TV Plus features fantastic original programming including "Killers of the Flower Moon," "The Buccaneers," "Black Bird," "Ted Lasso", and "Severance".

How to watch 'Masters of the Air' from anywhere

If you're stuck abroad — in one of the few countries where Apple TV Plus is not available — you will likely run into geo-fenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use. But with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch "Masters of the Air" and all the other shows you want on the services you already pay for no matter where you are. 

Based on our expert testing, the best VPN is ExpressVPN, which is easy to use and delivers fast internet speeds, making it simple to set up for streaming in no time at all. It also works on practically any device, starting with iOS and Android and including streaming devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV.

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Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.