Monday, August 1, 2022

New old shows (are there any?) for August in Streaming Video

It's another barren month for fans of 1970s and 1980s television as we look at what's new on the streamers. The good news is, not a lot has left. The bad news is, there ain't much new. Stalwarts like Tubi and Crackle have slowed down a lot this year, and do I even need to mention the lack of new offerings on the big ones? Well, I will!

Tubi is allegedly rotating out seasons of Maude and Diff'rent Strokes--I saw those series on a list of shows coming in August--but so far, I see that the episodes they had are gone, but they haven't been replaced by other ones..

These are the major services that appear to me to have zero 1970s/1980s TV additions this month:
Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Prime Video (including Freevee).

It's inexcusable that so many companies with large programming libraries are doing nothing with them, but that's the situation right now. Peacock has ALF, but I think it added that a while ago, and besides, it's the same chopped-up episodes everyone else has. Are the originals truly lost?

Smaller services coming up empty this month include: Shout! Factory, BritBox, Crackle, and I think Pluto and Roku Channel as well.

Is there any good news? Well, yes, though you have to dig to find it. Apple Plus is supplementing its new Peanuts programming by adding another batch of classic specials this month. Look for those on August 12. I am excited about those, but I am also disappointed that of the major streamers, the one that doesn't own a huge library like MGM, WB, or Paramount is the one providing something new in August.

To cheer us all up, here is something that will make us all feel better:

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