Converted & Curious

(Above: Episode one of 420TV’s ‘Medical Marijuana Miracles’ features Tracy Ryan, CEO of CannaKids, and her daughter Sophie, a user of medical marijuana to treat brain cancer)

420TV, a free pot-themed streaming service “for the converted and the curious,” has launched in beta. The service currently features four short-form series, more than 20 stand-up comedy specials, and some 15 feature films.

The Savvy Screener previously wrote about Super Slackers, a six-episode animated comedy series from long-time Simpsons director David Silverman. Joining it on the 420TV beta are:

Medical Marijuana Miracles, “real stories of people who have benefitted…from the medicinal properties of cannabis” (6 episodes);

The Gateway, “visually arresting imagery set to engaging landscapes” (7 episodes);

Trae, the animated adventures of real-life rapper Trae Tha Truth and his friends, with guest voices including Snoop Dogg, Marion Wayans, Riff Raff, Omar Epps and B-Real (4 episodes). Here’s a NSFW preview:

The stand-up specials, found under the beta app’s “Movies” category, include such comedians as Andy Kindler, DL Hughley, Louie Anderson, Gina Yashere, Bob Saget and Brian Gaar.

The largest sub-category of 420TV’s actual movies are sci-fi and horror flicks of the early 1960s. You can find titles such as The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Amazing Transparent Man, Frozen Alive and one of our favorites, Carnival of Souls. But you can also access a silent classic (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), a Laurel & Hardy comedy (The Flying Deuces), a bonafide 1930s’ pot exploitation flick (Marihuana), and another Savvy Screener favorite Andy Kaufman in his 1983 parody of My Dinner with Andre — My Breakfast with Blassie (featuring pro wrestler Freddie Blassie).

420TV promises “fresh content added daily,” which will expand beyond the current fare to include news (a live daily show), business (Cannabiz), travel (In Amsterdam) and other genres.

To get the beta app, enter your email at 420tv.com.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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