I love to watch TV, I always have and always will. But as I get older, time becomes a bigger problem. In the early part of 2000 I snatched up a TiVo to help me watch all my prime time shows when I got around to it. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 12pm ““ 2am.
Since the baby came around, that time is either for sleeping or trying to get the baby to sleep. So I take what I can get and maybe hit up my Sling player from my Windows Mobile device. But more likely than not, I am at a computer without access to anything other than a web browser.
Now I bring you my 3 favorite web sites for watching full television episodes online. Sadly as of now these links will only work via a computer from the United States or by using a US Proxy or VPN service. You will find a link to one such service further down.
First up is my long time favorite Hulu. Hulu came to my attention when I found full versions of South Park episodes online here years ago. Now you can access their full television shows using this link. (NOTE HULU IS US ONLY SORRY INTERNATIONAL USERS!) But you can check out this post on Hotspot Shield which will enable Hulu for people outside the United States.
This will show you shows that were put out there today. But you can use the menu along the top to select All Time, Today, This Week. I grabbed the latest and greatest episode of The Simpsons (my all time favorite show FYI)
You will want to make sure you have TV Full Episodes selected in the Video Type drop down”¦
Find your favorite show and enjoy! They seem to have the best selection here including very new episodes ““ go Hulu! But they are only open to United States users for now.
Next up is YouTube’s shows which you can find here. ( I believe this is also US Only!)
YouTube has some eclectic shows to say the least. They have a lot of National Geographic shows and classic TV shows like Doctor Who. They do have a great search engine and everything is categorized. A short while back, Mark O’Neill wrote about watching full length old school Star Trek episodes here.
I came upon the Doctor Who page by selecting it on the above menu. From here you will want to have Full Episodes selected and then you can go through the seasons and click on the episode you want to watch! Sweet.
The episode will play in the normal YouTube interface. How awesome is that?
As an added bonus here is a Doctor Who video courtesy of YouTube.
Youtube, is also an ideal place for watching standups online.
And last but certainly not least is NBC’s online library located here. NBC realizes it has to compete with these other sites and not to mention torrent tracking engines pushing out the latest and greatest episodes like it was crack”¦.wonderfully free crack”¦ err umm….wonderfully free TV shows!
So NBC lets us watch selected shows online in their entirety. (Again this is US Only!)
You can browse through all the videos by aired date or by show. I suggest selecting the show you want first from the left hand side menu. I chose The Office.
Now on the Office screen there are options up at the top. Choose Full Episodes and you will only see what you are looking for. Don’t get me wrong, you might want to watch out-takes or what not.
Select your video and you are on your way to spitting milk through your nose.
How do you watch TV online for free? We would love to hear about it in the comments!