Is it just me, or are more and more people are viewing TV shows on the web?
I can’t even remember the last time our family tuned in to an actual TV station to watch a program.. I think it was to watch the live results of the presidential election? (Not even joking!)
Between Amazon Prime videos, Netflix, and the Fire Stick, we usually watch our shows using these paid subscription outlets. But if you don’t want to fork over the cash for a subscription entertainment service, there are still TONS of places to watch quality TV online for free.
Enjoy this list of sites that offer FREE TV online! (And if I have forgotten or left out any good site, please let me know in the comment section below!)
If you are looking for a specific show, Hulu is a great starting point to look. Hulu has a diverse collection of advertising-supported TV shows and movies, with a wide range of genres to choose from. From the latest episodes of the Simpsons to classics such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, if you can’t find it on Hulu, you might not find it (free) elsewhere. Hulu requires Flash 9.0, but no special software. Note: Some of the entries are only clips, so make sure to look for full episodes / movies.
Fancast is owned by Comcast Interactive Media and holds contracts with all of the major network stations. You’ll find episodes of Glee, House, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and hundreds of other new and old favorites. This site is easy to navigate and there is no confusion between full episodes/movies and previews/clips.
YouTube has gone beyond user-submitted content and is now another option for you to watch TV, music videos, documentaries and more online. Most of the full episodes are more classic programming, so visit YouTube to enjoy favorites such as The Addams Family, Fantasy Island and Star Trek. No special player required.
ABC has full episodes of TV favorites such as Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, as well as special features like interviews. Some of the episodes are in HD. The ABC shows require the download of a special media player.
The NBC website has full episodes of The Tonight Show, Community, and more than 20 others (click on “Watch Video”). There are also short summaries and special features. You can watch online without any extra plugins and some episodes can be downloaded as well.
“Fox on Demand” includes full episodes of The Simpsons, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Bones and other Fox faves. You can also watch short clips, deleted scenes, and promos. The site requires the download of a special media player. (You can also check out Fox News to replay recent news clips!)
Visit CBS to find full episodes of shows such as Numb3ers, CSI and Two and a Half Men. There are also some great what-happens-after-they’re-voted-off scenes from Survivor. (My mom is ADDICTED to these!) You can watch the videos in your browser without a special download.
USA doesn’t have a lot of shows, but there is plenty of quality. Watch full episodes of Psych, Monk and Burn Notice among others. No special browser is needed.
ABC Family shares full episodes of Greek, Pretty Little Liars and a variety of other shows. They also have a few movies. No special download required.
If you’re in the mood for a laugh, visit TBS for full episodes of Family Guy and Seinfeld. A special plugin is required to watch TV online on TBS.
Catch educational favorites such as Nova and Frontline, as well as more entertaining fare from Great Performances and Julia Child. No special player necessary.
*sings* Take me to TV Laaaand! A visit to TV Land will take you back with full episodes of shows like Leave it to Beaver, The Jeffersons and The Beverly Hillbillies. No special player necessary.
Watch full episodes of HGTV favorites, such as Curb Appeal, House Hunters and Designed to Sell. No special media player needed.
This website is all about anime! I survived on this website when my husband was in boot camp and I was pregnant with our first child… it was a great escape when we were apart for months. For fuller access to current animes and obscure favorites, a subscription is required, but there is plenty to choose for free viewing.
Veoh is a video aggregating site. It’s a convenient way to watch episodes from all of the major network stations in one spot, as well as some movies and music videos. You’ll need to download and install a special media player.
Are there any free TV viewing sites I’ve forgotten to list? Share below!