Top 17 Websites to Watch Free TV

Watch TV Online and Never Miss a TV Show Again

As Internet access speeds increase, more and more people are viewing video on the web. Now you can watch TV online for free. * As with most things on the Internet, these sites are not specifically geared towards children and some may contain mature content. Please preview any material and links before sharing them with your kids.

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    If you're just starting to watch TV online, Hulu is a great starting point. Hulu has a diverse collection of advertising-supported TV shows and movies. From the latest episodes of the Simpsons to classics such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, there's something for everyone. If you'll be watching with kids, you may want to read A Parent's Guide to Hulu. Hulu requires Flash 9.0, but no special software. Note: Some of the entries are only clips, so make sure to look for full...MORE episodes/movies.

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    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 (WKRP in Cincinnati anyone?). This site is easy to navigate and there is no confusion between full episodes/movies and previews/clips. They also highlight shows with new episodes.

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    YouTube has gone beyond user-submitted content and is now another option for you to watch TV 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. You may also want to read Using YouTube with Your Kids and Great YouTube Videos for Kids.

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    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.

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    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.

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    "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.

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    Visit CBS to find full episodes of shows such as Numb3ersCSI and Two and a Half Men. There are also some great what-happens-after-they're-voted-off scenes from Survivor. You can watch the videos in your browser without a special download.

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    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.

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    Guilty pleasures: full episodes of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Smallville on the CW. There are also extras from favorites like America's Top Model. The CW requires a special download to watch videos.

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    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.

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    Nothing to watch on TV on late at night? There's plenty of reality TV on MTV.com. Watch full episodes of The Real World, Jersey Shore, or one of MTV's 30+ reality TV shows. You can also find the most recent versions of the MTV award shows. No special media player is needed.

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    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.

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    Catch educational favorites such as Nova and Frontline, as well as more entertaining fare from Great Performances and Julia Child. No special player necessary.

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    blip.tv is a video sharing and podcasting site. Although most of the content is not on the same production level as network and cable TV, there are some treasures here if you take the time to look. You'll find shows on technology, cooking, health, ​and parenting. There are comedies, dramas, and some reality TV. Due to the nature of the programming and the lack of ratings/censoring, you will want to preview each video before sharing it with kids. No special media player necessary.

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    TV Land

    Tired of reality TV and the current network offerings? 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.
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    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.

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    Watch full episodes of HGTV favorites, such as Curb Appeal, House Hunters and Designed to Sell. No special media player needed.