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‘Kaleidoscope’ is a new Netflix series that you can stream in any order — here’s how to watch the heist drama


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Giancarlo Esposito in Netflix's "Kaleidoscope"Giancarlo Esposito in “Kaleidoscope.”

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  • “Kaleidoscope” starts streaming exclusively on Netflix on January 1.
  • The heist drama features a non-linear plot that’s designed to be watched in any order.
  • Netflix plans starts at $7/month and go up to $20/month for the best quality.

Netflix’s latest original series, “Kaleidoscope,” starts streaming on January 1. The unique heist drama features a non-linear story, so you can watch episodes in any order leading up to the finale. 

The show focuses on a group of thieves who plot to rob a vault worth $7 billion. To pull off the elaborate heist they’ll have to deal with conflicts within the team and outside threats like the FBI. The plot spans 25 years, with parts of the story set before, during, and after the robbery. 

Check out the trailer for ‘Kaleidoscope’

“Kaleidoscope” stars Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Jai Courtney, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Niousha Noor, Jordan Mendoza, Soojeong Son, Max Casella, and Hemky Madera. The series comes from creator Eric Garcia, who is best known for writing the 2002 novel “Matchstick Men.”

How to watch ‘Kaleidoscope’

You can watch “Kaleidoscope” exclusively on Netflix starting January 1. All eight episodes of the series will be available to stream on that date.

Netflix’s Basic plan costs $7/month with ads or $10/month without ads. This option offers 720p streaming quality. For 1080p streaming, you can upgrade to the Standard plan at $15.49/month. For the best quality, we recommend the Premium plan, which offers 4K streaming for $20/month.

The Netflix app is available on most connected devices, including smart TVs, phones, tablets, and streaming players from every major brand.

Can you watch ‘Kaleidoscope’ in any order?

“Kaleidoscope” features a non-linear story that is designed to let members watch episodes in any order leading up to the finale. Each episode is named after a color, and Netflix will randomly create an order for each viewer to stream the series in. That said, the final episode will always be the episode titled “White.”

Though episodes jump around in the show’s timeline, they’re designed to inform each other, allowing different viewing orders to create slightly different audience experiences.

Here’s a rundown of the episode titles:

  1. “Yellow: 6 Weeks Before The Heist”
  2. “Green: 7 Years Before the Heist”
  3. “Blue: 5 Days Before the Heist”
  4. “Violet: 24 Years Before the Heist”
  5. “Orange: 3 Weeks Before the Heist”
  6. “Red: The Morning After the Heist”
  7. “Pink: 6 Months After”
  8. “White: The Heist”

Is Kaleidoscope based on a true story?

According to creator Eric Garcia, “Kaleidoscope” is very loosely inspired by “something that might have happened.” After hurricane Sandy, the basement of the DTCC got flooded with $70 billion worth of bonds, and Garcia thought that could sever as a clever cover-up idea for a heist, which helped inspire the plot of the show. 

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