10 Sites to Watch Free TV Shows Online (Yes, Full Episodes!)

Satisfy your craving for great TV with these convenient sites

Tubi TV
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These days, you don’t need a television set or cable package to enjoy full episodes your favorite TV shows whenever you want. There are plenty of websites out there that let you watch free TV shows online that include some of today's most popular programs; connect your device to a TV for a night of comfy couch-surfing. You just need to know where to look.

The trick is finding the best sites, which isn't always so easy to do. Some sites will scam you into signing up for unrelated fees while others require that you complete a survey before you can watch anything. And if you're not careful, some sites that come with sketchy downloads can even infect your computer with viruses. (Although this is true for many sites, Netflix now offers a fairly safe option for downloading TV shows and movies for offline viewing—and you can get all kinds of movie info from reputable online sources these days.)

If you're going to use an unofficial site to watch TV, you'd best do your research to find out from other users whether it's safe to do so first. Steer clear of any troublesome sites and check out the following high-quality, trusted sites instead.

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Crackle
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With the Crackle app, you can watch full episodes (in addition to movies) and create personal watch lists so you can keep track of everything you're watching. Because it's a totally free service, with accessibility across multiple major platforms, there are some commercials rolled into the programming. Regardless, Crackle is a great alternative that you can enjoy viewing on your computer or with one of its apps on your mobile device.

All you need to do is create a free account to start watching. Just click the TV tab in the top menu or search for a show title, choose the episode you want and enjoy. You can also use filter options to browse through shows based on genre, alphabetical order, recently added, full episodes, clips, trailers and what's coming soon. More »

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Tubi TV
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Tubi TV is another incredible alternative to the online TV world that operates legally through license agreements. And just like Crackle, it also includes movies. Tubi TV is totally free, and you can actually just click on a show and start watching without even setting up a free account. As soon as you do sign up for an account and start watching, however, the platform will start tracking your viewing history so that it can learn about your preferences to make better suggestions for you.

What makes Tubi TV especially unique is that you can browse through interesting categories like Not on Netflix, Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes and more. With over 40,000+ shows and movies available and more being added all the time, Tubi TV is quickly growing to become a TV favorite for internet users everywhere. More »

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Yahoo View
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Right after Hulu ended its free streaming option and switched to a subscription-only model back in August of 2016, Yahoo partnered with Hulu and launched a new service called Yahoo View, featuring a large collection of content that used to be freely available to watch on Hulu. Anyone within the US can watch the latest five episodes of popular shows that air on ABC, NBC and FOX for up to eight days after they've aired.

Yahoo View is a great one-stop shop for all your favorite shows you may have missed on TV. And for those who want to take their viewing mobile, Yahoo View now also has free mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices. More »

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Popcornflix
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While Popcornflix is mainly known for its great range of full-length movies, documentaries, foreign films and original web series, it's also a great place to check out for unique TV shows that are hard to find anywhere else – including cable TV. If you're a millennial looking for some serious childhood nostalgia, you'll want to check out Popcornflix's 90's TV offering featuring classics like Inspector Gadget, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Big Comfy Couch and more.

You can only search movies by genre, but the site's search function allows you to search for specific shows by name if you're looking for something specific. Preroll ads will also play when you start watching, but you can start watching anything without having to sign up for a free account if you're just looking to try it out quick. More »

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OVGuide
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Although OVGuide doesn't host all of its TV shows to watch on its platform, it's a great hub that will point you in the best direction of where to watch a particular show—ideally for free on official and totally legitimate third-party streaming platforms. You can think of it as a massive search engine or aggregator for official TV and movie streaming platforms.

You'll find that when you click on a show that you want to watch, the video viewer might have a "View Video at [Third-Party Platform]" label over the video player, which will open a new tab in your browser to the exact web page of where that specific show can be watched on that third-party platform.

The upside to using something like OVGuide is that you get to see some of the latest shows that just aired. And with apps available for iOS, Android and the Roku streaming player, you're not ultimately tied down to the desktop web. The downside is that not everything you click on is 100 percent guaranteed to be free to watch.

OVGuide states on its About page: "If free streaming content is not available for a particular movie or title, OVGuide.com directs users to the right platform, subscription service, or video on demand site." So if you already have a subscription to one of these premium sites, you'll be good to go. But if you're looking for strictly free TV, you'll have to just browse, click, see which site or platform OVGuide recommends and hope something totally free pops up! More »

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ShareTV
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ShareTV is another search engine-like hub for TV shows (as well as movies) comparable to OVGuide. Described as a community-based website for fans of network television, the site claims to have every show you could possibly think of – complete with countdowns to the next new episode.

Browse through genres or check out What's New Tonight and Trending Shows. Simply click on a show and use the checkbox options for Free, Purchase, Subscription or TV Everywhere to find what you're looking for. Clicking on an episode will expand a summary and list of sources where you can watch it. More »

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Yidio
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Similar to OVGuide and ShareTV, Yidio is a TV show source aggregator that points you in the direction of other third-party hosts where you should be able to watch a particular episode. In addition to using the right sidebar to browse by genre, you can use the menu at the top to filter available shows by what's available on several premium streaming services, but if you're looking for something to watch for free, you'll want to select the Free filter.

When you click on a show, you'll be shown a summary based on IMDb info along with several thumbnails of episodes that are available. Click on any thumbnail to be taken to the specific episode listing.

The downside to using Yidio is that its free listings aren't the most accurate or update to date, and you may come across a show that only has short clips rather than full episodes available to watch for free despite its listing in the Free category. There are lots of ads to Amazon, Google Play and iTunes in the way, but if the episode is indeed free, links to free sources (such as YouTube) will be available at the very bottom for you to click on. More »

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YouTube
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Lots of people don’t realize that YouTube is actually a great place to look for television shows. While you won't exactly get access to the most current or popular shows (unless you pay), nor a guaranteed high-quality viewing experience, you might still be pleasantly surprised by what's available on the web’s largest video sharing network.

Just search for a show title and see what comes up. For example, if you search Boy Meets World – an old ABC family sitcom from the 90s – several uploaded episodes from virtually every season will come up. On the other hand, if you search for Grey's Anatomy – a more current and popular television drama – you'll notice results will come up where you'll have to pay a fee to stream it legally on YouTube. More »

Popcorn Time
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Hopefully, you found at least one show you'd like to watch from the sites suggested above, but if you're still on the hunt for more options, perhaps Popcorn Time could work for you. First, you should know that this one doesn't exactly work like the sites listed above. Popcorn Time is actually an open-source application that you download to your computer, which then allows you to freely stream TV show and movie torrents.

Yes, torrents. In other words, most of the content you'll find on Popcorn Time is pirated. Tons of web users torrent online content all the time and have been doing so for years, but it's up to you to know the consequences you might face from using a service like Popcorn Time depending on the country you're in.

Popcorn Time is known to be one of Netflix's big competitors. It offers high quality, fast streaming and even lays out titles in a similar visual way that Netflix does. Despite the fact that users are likely watching stolen content, many swear by this service. More »

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TVPlayer
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Are you in the UK? If you are, then you'll want to know about TVPlayer – a free TV streaming service that offers 95 channels for free on both the desktop and mobile devices, including shows that are currently airing live. 30 premium channels are available to users who upgrade to a Plus account for a monthly fee. (Sorry, U.S. readers; this site is just for readers across the pond.)

Free channels include popular ones like BBC 1, Discovery, ITV, Dave, Five, History, Lifetime and many more. All you have to do to sign up is create an account with your email address, verify your account creation and start watching!

Obviously, the big downside with this one is that it's restricted to users in the UK. If you're located somewhere else, like in the US, you can still create an account and sign in, but if you try to watch something, TVPlayer will first check to make sure you're in the UK and will block access if you're not.

Given that so many people have discovered the many advantages of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), it's possible that you could get around TVPlayer's geographical restrictions if you tried. Having said that, more streaming services are seriously cracking down on the VPN trend (like Netflix for example, so don't be surprised if TVPlayer doesn't work with your VPN either! See our Best VPN Service Providers list if you're interesting in trying out that route. More »