‘Swamp Thing’ Streams

(Above: Depiction of Adrienne Barbeau and Swamp Thing. Source: Tubi.)

DC Comics’ Swamp Thing, star of two live-action feature films and a TV series back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, rises out of the muck after 26 years with a 10-episode series, Swamp Thing, debuting tomorrow, May 31, on subscription streamer DC Universe.   

Derek Mears steps into the mossy visage of the title superhero, a role previously owned by the late Dick Durock in Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing (1982), the campy Return of Swamp Thing (1989) and TV’s Swamp Thing (72 half-hours, USA Network, 1990-1993).

Crystal Reed is now heroine Abby Arcane. That role was played in the 1989 film by TV star Heather Locklear (Dynasty, Melrose Place, T.J. Hooker, Spin City), in the ‘90s TV series by Kari Wuhrer, and perhaps most notably (under the character name Alice Cable), by Adrienne Barbeau in the 1982 film.

Other regulars in the new series include The Walking Dead’s Jeryl Prescott, Flashdance’s Jennifer Beals and Sideways’ Virginia Madsen.

Where to Stream Swamp Thing

2019 series: DC Universe will drop a new episode of Swamp Thing every Friday through August 2. You can subscribe to the service for $7.99 monthly or $74.99 annually, both with a seven-day free trial. In addition to TV series, DC Universe offers movies, comic books (including many Swamp Thing titles), industry news and community chat boards. For more info, or to subscribe, visit dcuniverse.com.

1982 movie: You can watch this Swamp Thing free, with ads, on Tubi. For an ad-free experience, rent it for $3.99 from several providers. Amazon Primers can also see the film ad-free by adding ConTV to their subscriptions at $4.99/month, with a seven-day free trial.

1989 movie: You can watch The Return of Swamp Thing free with ads on Vudu, or rent it ad-free there and elsewhere for $2.99.

1990-1993 TV series : Only the first two seasons (48 episodes) of the three-season Swamp Thing are available. You can buy them from Amazon at $1.99 per episode (or $19.99 and $15.99 for each respective season). You can also buy season one from iTunes for $24.99.

Below, you can watch episode one, written by Joseph Stefano (The Outer Limits, Psycho). The Pilot Project podcast says it “features one of the best scenes in TV history.”

Did you like the episode? Could you even identify The Pilot Project’s favorite scene? Any other thoughts on Swamp Thing, new or old? Let us know in the comments section below!

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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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