Watch Classic TV Shows Online for Free
The AOL website, In2TV, has by far the largest collection of full episode classic tv shows online and the quality is excellent on the downloadable versions of the shows. The majority of the content is free and, as per usual, only licensed for viewing in the USA.
In2TV is the first broadband TV network. Watch hundreds of your favorite classic TV shows, free and on demand. Catch the shows you grew up with, now online in amazing full-screen quality, and see today's biggest stars back in their earliest roles with In2TV.
Some of the classic shows available on In2TV are Wonder Woman, Gilligan's Island, Babylon 5, Bugs Bunny, ChiPs. But there's so much on their site, that I couldn't possibly list it all here, so see the sidebar for links to titles. Also, look out for unaired pilots. There's a fun unaired pilot for Gilligan's Island. The theme song is different, the Professor and Ginger are played by different actors and there's no Mary Ann.
Classic TV Shows on Joost
Joost also offers classic tv shows online and it's a different set from what's available on In2TV. In order to watch shows with Joost though, you'll need to download their software as the shows are delivered via P2P. They don't have an online player. The quality of shows is, in my opinion, not as good as what you'll get if you decide to download high quality video from In2TV, but since Joost has different programming that may not make any difference to you since you won't find their programming on AOL's website.
Some of the classic tv shows available on Joost are Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers, Dick Tracy, New Adventures of Tarzan, Bonanza, The Lone Ranger and Zorro's Black Whip.
As they make deals with content owners, more shows get added. Worth noting is the fact that CBS is one of Joost's partners so if the CBS website Innertube is giving you fits when you try to watch tv there, check and see if your show is available on Joost.
As usual, a lot of the shows are only licensed to be shown to US viewers. The major broadcasting companies haven't yet seem to recognized the fact that the internet is worldwide.
Classic TV Shows on Hulu
Hulu.com is also starting to get a nicely rounded out selection of classic television shows, thanks to their partners, FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros, and now Disney.
You can watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and Lost in Space, as well as tons of other classic tv series.
Check my Hulu.com hub for more info on all the great stuff on Hulu.
Classic TV Series on DVD
More Classic TV Episodes on DVD
More Classic TV Online
- TV Land: Classic TV Series
TVLand has tons of clips of old shows and also runs full episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Gunsmoke and Leave it to Beaver on their website.
- DMGI Family on Youtube
DMGI has partnered with Youtube and is posting some classic tv shows from their catalog -- currently they have eps of Daniel Boone, I Spy, My Favorite Martian and The Invisible Man, as well as Gumby shorts and some other classic animated clips.
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