Crackle TV App: Free Movies and TV Shows

Crackle Movie Menu Example
Crackle Movie Menu Example. Image provide by Crackle

The internet is populated by an ever-growing abundance of TV and movie streaming services that are vying your attention.

One service that is worth checking out is Crackle. Crackle is available on many internet streaming capable devices, including:

However, unlike Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Vudu, and many other available services, Crackle does not charge any subscription or pay-per-view fees (in other words you can watch content on Crackle for free). However, there is a catch. Just like regular over-the-air and non-premium channel cable TV, there are commercials.

When Crackle first arrived on the scene it streamed only original content and "minisodes". The "minisodes" were five-minute edited versions of old 60s, 70s, and 80s TV shows. The original episodes were condensed to show only scenes with major plot points. It was definitely an interesting approach to content presentation.

However, that approach has changed and Crackle now offers full-length movies and TV shows, as well as full-length original programming.

Crackle's online selection is definitely not as extensive as the other major streaming services, but they do offer some interesting choices, with the updated periodically.

As of 2018, content offerings include, but are not limited to:  

Crackle Originals

  • The Art of More
  • From the Basement
  • The Art of More
  • Chosen
  • Cleaners
  • Sequestered
  • The Ropes
  • Super Mansion

Classic TV Series

  • All In The Family
  • Heroes
  • Who's the Boss?
  • Mad About You
  • Malcom and Eddie
  • Seinfeld
  • The Unusuals
  • The Steve Harvey Show


  • The Addams Family
  • Annabelle
  • Backdraft
  • The Craft
  • Desperado
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • The Great Outdoors
  • In The Line of Fire
  • The Karate Kid
  • Misery
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • The Quick and the Dead
  • Teen Wolf

More Crackle Info

Crackle also offers a free sign up option. To activate your TV or another compatible device, Crackle will provide you with an activation code that you need to input on a network-connected PC or mobile device.

If you sign-up for a Crackle account, you will have access to a more personalized experience (My Crackle), such as:

  • Recommendations based on what type of content you watch the most.
  • Pause and resume playback across multiple devices, such as moving from your PC to your TV.
  • Set up a Watch Later list, parental controls, and access viewing history.

Another thing to point out about Crackle is that while the TV shows may be uncut, they may not be uncensored.

If you already subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Vudu or another service, even though Crackle is free, it would not be wise to cancel Netflix, as there are some offerings that on those other services that are exclusive, and, of course, Crackle has a more limited selection of content and commercials. Also, while Netflix and another service may add dozens of new TV shows and/or movies every month, Crackle adds perhaps less than 10.

If you are a VUDU streaming service viewer, even though it is a pay-per-view service, it has begun to offer some free offerings of select older and less in-demand films (Vudu login still required) - probably to draw in more viewers looking for free streaming content.

In terms of internet speed, Crackle works with as little as 1mbps - but you may notice some slight pixelation or macroblocking - my suggestion, a minimum broadband speed of 2 to 3mbps is desirable.

For more details on Crackle, check out their Official FAQ Page