The Roku Channel, a free (ad-supported) streaming video service from Roku, Inc., has added several TV series and dozens of new movies this month. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch.
New TV Series on The Roku Channel
Relive the 1970s with seasons of these four popular TV shows:
- What's Happening!! (2 seasons from 1976-1978) - This sitcom follows the lives of three working-class African-American teens living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.
- Barney Miller (2 seasons from 1975-1976) - A sitcom set in a New York City Police Department police station on East 6th St in Greenwich Village.
- Starsky and Hutch (1 season from 1975-19760 - An adventure series about two streetwise cops who bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of police snitch Huggy Bear.
- Hart to Hart (2 seasons from 1979-1981) - A television mystery series about Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a fictional wealthy couple who lead a glamorous jetset lifestyle and regularly find themselves working as amateur detectives in order to solve crimes in which they become embroiled.
New Movies on The Roku ChannelMovies new to The Roku Channel in January include something for almost everyone, with selections in the genres of Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, and Romance. These are our top picks, but you can find the full list in this Roku blog post.
- Batman Begins (2005) – After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
- The Dark Knight (2008) – When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
- The Man In The Iron Mask (1998) – The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother whom he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?
- The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) – James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
- Moonraker (1979) – James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.
- Caddyshack (1980) – An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
- Get Shorty (1995) – A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.
- Throw Momma From The Train (1987) – A bitter ex-husband wants his former spouse dead. A put-upon momma’s boy wants his mother dead. Who will pull it off?
- The Doors (1991) – The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
- G.I. Jane (1997) – A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) – A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
- Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013) – Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational, and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
- High Fidelity (2000) – Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.
- Ghost (1990) – After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
- The Man In The Moon (1991) – A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993) – Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.
- The 5th Wave (2016) – Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.
- Contact (1997) – Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.