Alvin Childress and Spencer Williams
Alvin Childress and Spencer Williams

Announced about a week ago, Hulu, the popular streaming service, has shut down its free, ad-supported option for good, as it continues to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon – both of them strictly pay/subscription models.

So what are your options, if you’ve long been using Hulu’s free service? There’s the $7.99/month plan, which includes some commercials; and there’s an $11.99/month plan, which is completely ad-free. I am an $11.99/month subscriber because I’d rather watch without the commercials – just as is the case with Netflix and Amazon Video.

Since the news of the free service shut down, I’ve been digging through Hulu’s offerings for any titles that may be of interest to readers of this blog, that can be shared in the meantime, before the freebies are completely gone… like this one.

A documentary on the once popular, yet highly controversial radio (originally created, written, and voiced by two white actors) and eventual TV series on CBS, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” (played by Alvin Childress and Spencer Williams), which I’m sure we’ve all heard of. CBS eventually took the series off the air in 1953 due to fervent protests from civil rights groups at the time; although it continued in syndicated reruns from 1954 until 1966.

In this 1983 48-minute documentary, titled, “Amos ‘n’ Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy,” viewers are given a history of the franchise, from its radio days, to the CBS series, and features interviews with then-surviving cast members.

It condenses the who, what, where, when, how and why of it all… It certainly could be much more extensive and thorough, but it’s a start – especially if you’re unfamiliar with “Amos ‘n’ Andy.”

Watch (or bookmark to watch later):