Juneteenth, which is commemorated on June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It's also a time to spotlight and uplift Black voices, and one way to do that is to watch the free movies and TV shows streaming for Juneteenth this year. In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening all over the country, companies like HBO, Netflix, and Warner Bros. studio are all offering programs and films that explore the Black experience in America, many of which also come from Black creators.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is continuing to make celebrating holidays complicated, one small way that everyone can mark Juneteenth is by watching movies and TV shows from Black storytellers. Some of the titles available this year delve into the difficult, but important topics of police brutality, the need for prison reform, and more. However, viewers should also seek out stories of Black joy that are being made available for free on streaming sites, like HBO Max's Legendary and HBO's The Black Lady Sketch Show.
In addition to select episodes of those two shows, HBO is making several of their best movies and series available via HBO.com and on demand beginning June 19. Most notably, all nine episodes of Watchmen will be available from June 19-21. Other titles that will be outside of the premium channel's pay wall for the holiday include Being Serena, Bessie, Whoopi Goldbergpresents Moms Mabley, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, United Skates, Jerrod Carmichael's Home Videos, Lil’ Rel Live In Crenshaw, The Apollo, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency S1/ E1, The Shop S2/E1 + S2/E6, Treme S1/E1, and True Detective S3/E1, per HBO's official press release.
Here are 13 movies and TV shows streaming for free this Juneteenth.