Crackle is a TV and film streaming site owned by Sony that—like similar services Netflix, Hulu, and Prime—offers original series, exclusives, and other series. The difference with Crackle is that most of the stuff offered is old shows and movies. We’re talking 1970s-1990s old. Stuff that was dropped by networks a few seasons in.
For the longest time I ignored Crackle. It sat on my PlayStation 3 under TV/Video Services, getting no use and being overshadowed by Netflix, Prime, Hulu, YouTube, and Crunchy Roll. I opened it once late last year and noticed the old, very small collection of content and pretty much turned my nose up at the service.
That was until last week. Looking for something boring to watch to help me sleep I decided to try Crackle. While I do enjoy older shows, I remembered Crackle having quite a few of boring shows I wouldn’t bother with unless I couldn’t sleep. This time I was happy to say I was wrong.
What won me over with Crackle—besides appreciating that it had the easiest to navigate interface of streaming site—was that it had classic 1980s anime series Robotech. Not only that, it had several seasons of the series under the Robotech title. That was the main thing.
The rest of the anime available on Crackle was different from what other services offered for the most part. There was Marvel Anime, Blue Exorcist which I’m currently watching on Netflix, and a few other series and films. Not a big selection and definitely not the old school collection Hulu has, but viewable.
As far as movies, it’s mostly old classics and straight to video stuff that I would sit and watch. Police Academy is the big thing this month and the entire film series is up. A few Godzilla films are there as well. There aren’t many martial arts and kung fu classics—really nothing as far as kung fu is concerned like Netflix’s offerings—but there are action and drama films there.
Outside of anime and movies, Crackle has a decent collection of TV shows with everything being stronger on the comedy side. There are plenty of 1970s and 1980s classics like All In The Family, Sanford and Son, 227, and so on.
Crackle doesn’t really have shows from international markets in the way Netflix and Hulu feature shows and movies from Latin America, India, South Korea, Europe, and so on and I’m not certain if this is different for region-specific Crackle.
There are two final things to know about Crackle: it’s free and it rotates out shows every month. So if there’s something you want to watch that just showed up remember that while Crackle does have content that sticks around, a lot of it won’t be there for a few months like content on other services.