Watch ABC TV Shows Online
To watch ABC shows streaming online in full-screen, you need to download the ABC Full Episode Player plug-in. The plug-in works with Windows 2000 and XP. The Windows Vista version of the player should be rolled out within the next couple of weeks. Happily, ABC doesn't ignore Mac users and there is a Mac version of the plugin which supports Mac OS 10.2 "Jaguar" or higher.
Unfortunately, I don't find the ABC site the most user friendly broadcast network for watching my tv episodes online. Their pages are built with flash and you can't just bookmark your favorite shows episode page, but need to start with the Launch Player page and wait while their website loads all of the options. It isn't much of a hardship on a fast connection, but it certainly isn't as easy as bookmarking the shows you actually watch and having the player load with the latest episode immediately.
On the plus side, ABC has most of its major shows streaming at least four episodes (or more) online, with a few glaring omissions such as Boston Legal, and the episode listings feature airdates and episode summaries so its easy to figure out what you've either missed or already seen. You can also catch some of this season's cancelled shows online, such as Daybreak. Also, everything looks great in full screen.
ABC has episodes available online the day after the air, so I've included the night aired with each series description. If the show airs Sunday nights, look for it online Monday morning, etc.
Desperate Housewives - Complete Series
My Top ABC Picks
Now in its 3rd season, the four most recent episodes are streaming online. Airs Wednesdays.
- Grey's Anatomy
Now in its third season, the latest four episodes are streaming online at ABC, including the special "Every Moment Counts". Airs Thursdays.
- Ugly Betty
Currently four episodes and the Ugly Betty special are streaming online at ABC. You can watch the Pilot, the Christmas episode and the two most recent episodes, Punch Out and Petra-gate. Airs Thursdays. New episode May 3rd.
- Desperate Housewives
Now in its third season, you can catch up with the doings on Wisteria Lane online. ABC streams the most recent four episodes. Airs Sundays.
- Brothers & Sisters
A family drama starring Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart, the series debuted Fall 2006 and all 19 aired episodes to date are online, including the pilot. Airs Sundays.
Dancing with the Stars Live at the Paley Center
Other ABC Shows
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