Retro Streaming Guide – May 2020

Hello Cord Cutters and welcome to the Retro Streaming Guide for May 2020! Each month we focus on movies and TV shows mainly from the ’80s and 90s era that are currently available on free and premium streaming services.

Here are some titles I’ll be revisiting this month. Amazon Prime has The Beastmaster which is one I remember watching at an early age thanks to a neighbor friend who had HBO. Prime also has Stargate which I’ve always been intrigued with over the years but oddly not enough to check out the spinoff TV series. Hulu has Demolition Man which I remember watching in the theater and owning the soundtrack. A sequel was also just announced this week. Tubi has the American Ninja trilogy which I’ve never watched and may try to binge. The Usual Suspects is our next pick on TRN Drive-In ’95 podcast series so I’ll be definitely watching that at least once on Tubi, VUDU, or IMDb TV. Finally, the Roku Channel has all 3 seasons of T.J. Hooker. I remember my dad loving the show in its original run but it’s one I’ve never gone back to watch.

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Retro Streaming Guide – May 2020

Netflix (30 Day Free Trial)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • Above the Rim (1994)
  • Ace Ventura (1994)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Back to the Future: Part II (1989)
  • The Patriot (2000)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Hulu (Signup for 30 Day Free Trial or Bundle with ESPN+/Disney+)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
  • Crooked Hearts (1991)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • Friday the 13th – Part III (1982)
  • Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • GoodFellas (1990)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • Mutant Species (1995)
  • The Patriot (2000)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
  • Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Some Kind of Hero (1982)
  • Soul Food (1997)
  • Sprung (1997)
  • Tank Girl (1995)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • Walking Tall (1973)

Starz (Signup for $4.99/Month for First 3 Months)

Add-on to Amazon Prime Video or Hulu subscriptions

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
  • Beautiful (2000)
  • Blown Away (1994)
  • Boomerang (1992)
  • Gun Fever (1957)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Milk Money (1994)
  • Murphy’s Law (1986)
  • No Way Out (1987)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • School Ties (1992)
  • Sonora Stagecoach (1944)

Amazon Prime Video (Signup for 30 Day Free Trial)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • 10 Fingers of Steel (1973)
  • Air Force One (1997)
  • The Beastmaster (1982)
  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Bull Durham (1988)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  • Crooked Hearts (1991)
  • Daughters of Darkness (1971)
  • The Dead Zone (1983)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (2000)
  • The Final Countdown (1980)
  • Five Fingers of Steel (1982)
  • For the Love of Spock (2016)
  • Friday The 13th Part III (1982)
  • Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • Inferno (1980)
  • Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  • Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Some Kind Of Hero (1982)
  • Sprung (1997)
  • StageFright: Aquarius (1987)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Thelma and Louise (1991)
  • Torso (1973)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • Witness (1985)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Your Mother Wears Combat Boots (1989)

CBS All Access (Signup for 7 Day Free Trial)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

No retro titles of note

Disney+ (Signup for 7 Day Free Trial)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • Bride of Boogedy (1987)
  • George of the Jungle (1997)
  • Hello, Dolly! (1964) May 22
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
  • How to Play Baseball (1942)
  • In Beaver Valley (1950)
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) May 15
  • Mickey and the Seal (1948) May 28
  • The Moon-Spinners (1964) May 28
  • Nature’s Half Acre (1951)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Prowlers of the Everglades (1953)
  • Prop Culture Series (2020)
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • Water Birds (1952)

Tubi (Signup For Free Account)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
  • American Ninja (1985)
  • American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
  • American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
  • Drop Zone (1994)
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
  • Escape From LA (1996)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • The Golden Child (1986)
  • Hard Eight (1996)
  • Harold and Maude (1971)
  • He Said, She Said (1991)
  • Hercules in New York (1970)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  • Kickboxer (1989)
  • Multiplicity (1996)
  • The Rifleman – Season 1-5 (1958-62)
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)

VUDU (Signup For Free Account – Rent, Buy or Watch Free)

Available Now For Free (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
  • Dirty Work (1998)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • Mr. Nanny (1993)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (1993)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)

Crackle (Signup For Free Account)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • Archie Bunker’s Place – Seasons 1-2 (1979-80)
  • Bewitched – Seasons 1-2 (1967-68)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • Charlies Angels – Seasons 1-2 (1976-77)
  • Cops and Robbersons (1994)
  • Friday the 13th (1980)
  • Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
  • Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
  • Jackie Chan Adventures – Season 1 (2000)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Men in Black: The Series – Season 1-2 (1997-98)
  • Newsradio – Seasons 1-2 (1995-96)
  • Parker Lewis Can’t Lose – Season 1 (1990)
  • T. J. Hooker – Season 1-2 (1982-83)


Roku Channel (Free With Roku Streaming Players)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • Bewitched – Seasons 5-8 (1968-71)
  • The Carol Burnett Show – Seasons 1-5 (1967-70)
  • Charlies Angels – Seasons 1-3 (1976-78)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  • First Knight (1995)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • House Party 2 (1991)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Jury Duty (1995)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • The Rifleman – Season 1-5 (1958-62)
  • T. J. Hooker – Season 1-3 (1982-84)
  • Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)

Pluto TV (Signup For Free Account)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
  • An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
  • Airplane (1980)
  • American Ninja (1985)
  • Barbarella (1968)
  • Death Wish (1974)
  • Double Team (1997)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Kickboxer (1989)
  • Krull (1983)
  • Leap of Faith (1992)
  • Multiplicity (1996)
  • Short Circuit (1986)

IMDb TV (Watch Free on IMDb app or website, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon Fire TV)

Available Now (unless otherwise noted in bold)

 

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
  • Christine (1983)
  • Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
  • Dennis the Menace (1993)
  • Fools Rush In (1997)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • Ronin (1998)
  • St. Elsewhere – Seasons 1-6 (1982-87)
  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)

Did we miss your favorite retro streaming channel? Leave a comment so we can add it! These listings are accurate at the time of posting so be aware that streaming services are subject to change their content without notice. Bookmark this webpage as it will be updated throughout the month.

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'80s kid and '90s grad. I've been writing and podcasting about 1980s pop culture since 2011 at my Rediscoverthe80s.com website. I collect vinyl, comics, Batman memorabilia, and all things Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.