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5 Lesser-Known Free Sites for Watching TV Shows

Justin Pot 31-03-2015

Are you ready for some free TV and movies? Here are a few more sites for finding them.


You guys seem to like TV: my roundup of never-ending video sites Online Channel Surfing: 5 Never Ending Video Sites These services all bring the channel surfing experience to the web in different ways, meaning you don't have to decide what to watch. Read More got more than a few positive comments. With this in mind, today’s Cool Websites and Apps digs up a few more online video sites most people haven’t heard of. Give them a shot, then let us know about anything we’ve missed in the comments.

VintageCartoons.tv: Never-ending Retro Goodness

We begin with something really simple: a site that shows you classic cartoons. Just head to VintageCartoons.tv, then lean back and enjoy.


Videos will keep playing, and you can skip anything you don’t like by pressing the channel-changing button (to the right of the video, to those who grew up with modern devices). Sure: full-screen would be nice. But this is a simple tool for quick diversions from another era.

Archive.org’s Movies and Films: Best of the Public Domain

VintageCartoons is pulling all of its videos from Archive.org, a site we’ve pointed out a few times. What we’ve never gotten around to mentioning is that they have a pretty impressive collection of public domain movies and TV shows.



To repeat myself: everything offered is in the public domain so you’re not going to see any recent blockbusters. But if you’re a fan of vintage film there’s a lot to explore here. Charlie Chaplin is worth checking out for everyone, not just film buffs.

Archive.org is one of the best sites on the web, and classic movies are only the beginning. Here are a few more things Archive.org offers, if you’re curious:

Documentary Heaven: Compilation of Free Documentaries

There are a lot of great documentaries on YouTube, but it’s hard to find them all. Documentary Heaven compiles these all in one place, making it a great site to load up when you want something thought-provoking to watch.


There’s a lot to explore here, and new things are added with some frequency. Because these films are all on YouTube you could mark them for watching later, or even create a playlist for watching in VLC How to Watch Entire YouTube Playlists in VLC Do you love YouTube playlists, but wish you could watch them outside your browser? You can use VLC for the job, thanks to a simple extension. Here’s how. Read More . Let me know about anything you find in the comments below, okay?

DocumentaryFilms.com: Even More Free Documentaries

Okay, sure, this one is similar to the last one, but if you like documentaries knowing about more than one site can only be helpful.


As with Documentary Heaven, most of the documentaries you’ll find are on YouTube. The films offered are pretty different, pointing to just how many documentaries you can watch freely on YouTube.

Popcornflix.com (US and Canada only): Little-Known Free Streaming Site

Netflix and Hulu are household names at this point, but how many of us have heard of Popcornflix? This site’s been around since 2011, and MakeUseOf hasn’t mentioned it once. This ad-supported site offers a variety of TV shows and movies, and it even offers apps for platforms like the XBox, Playstation and more. There’s a bunch of content for kids, including some you might remember from your childhood.


There’s also a lot of…garbage. Can’t think of how else to put it. You’re not going to find the latest and coolest shows – think more along the lines of syndicated re-runs than HBO Go – but there are movies and complete TV series to be found. Give it a shot.

What Did We Miss?

There are more sites out there: Shout Factory TV offers Mystery Science Theatre and more Watch Mystery Science Theatre and Other Classic TV for Free Right Now For every cord cutter. Watch classic TV shows – like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Twilight Zone – or beloved cult classics – like The Weird Al Show and Mystery Science Theatre 3000... Read More , for example. But we want to learn from you.  Do you know of any little-known sites for watching TV? Let us know about them in the comments below.

I’d also really love it if you let me know what kinds of websites and apps you’d like me to search for you. Give me a particularly great idea, and I’ll put together a future edition of Cool Websites and Apps just for you.

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  1. Meagan
    April 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    You missed popcorn time. It's completely free, and they have all the latest tv shows and movies (even the ones that are still in theatres!) google it and click the second result, download it, and youre done.

    • Justin Pot
      April 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I'd hardly call Popcorn Time "lesser known". :)

  2. lott11
    April 6, 2015 at 4:13 am

    There are so many ways to watch TV & movies.
    You can cut the cable cord but not the internet.
    The simplest way is just to Google IPTV there are 1000's of TV& movie channels.
    All of then legal and free, for now.
    Now there is a boom in companies trying to sell something that is free/
    if you know how to look for it, you can ask in face-book or Google.
    IPTV is not new, neither is XBMC now Kodi, or a Myth BOX, Win Amp, VLC.
    As long there is way to import streaming media it is all the same.
    As to witch to use Raspberry Pi, Android box, your cellphone or even your PC/
    For as little what you would pay for brand name streaming box, you can get Android box that will do more and have the freedom to shoes at no more cost then the box.
    It is all the same, just ask on the web and you can find it.
    Google or you-tube there lots ways to get info, given you a step by step in how to do it.
    Sure you can pay for this things, and that is what they want you to do.
    So do it, search learn and cut your cost.
    Before it's made in to a new law, that you will have to pay for all the free content on the web.

    • Justin Pot
      April 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      I've always found searches for IPTV lead to an absolute mess of misinformation, are there any good sites that you've found that you can point me to? Thanks!

  3. David Gollup
    April 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    What about PopcornTime.com

    • Justin Pot
      April 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      It's certainly effective, though it's worth noting it only offers pirated media.

  4. s0lj0n
    April 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Hello, "Justin Pot."
    Great article, as I'm somewhat 'technically minded', & like me some documentaries.
    A really good one is "Frequency: Beings of Resonance"; it could truly change your life.
    Thanks for the sites, as I'm always trying to 'cut the cord' & save some dough.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

    • Justin Pot
      April 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I'm glad you enjoyed the article! I'll have to check out that documentary.

  5. Luis
    April 3, 2015 at 4:06 am

    How about XBMC/KODI?

    • Justin Pot
      April 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      We've covered XBMC/KODI stuff a few times, but I'm sure we'll get to it again soon!

  6. Kerry Mitchell
    April 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I love Pub D Hub for really old 50's TV shows and movies.

    • Justin Pot
      April 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      That looks pretty great!

  7. Martin Ekert
    April 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Prefer "Snag" and "Viewster" myself for the Indie & Cult stuff, but the above are good additions.
    However, "PlayboxHD" is now available for iPhones/Pads that aren't Jailbroken. And it's rammed with top blockbusters.

    • Justin Pot
      April 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks for the additional sites! I'm going to copy these for a future roundup, if you don't mind.

    • Martin Ekert
      April 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Not at all..... It's great that people are interested in the lesser known sites & material. There's so much fantastic stuff out there which doesn't have $millions behind it.

    • Martin Ekert
      April 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      It's also worthwhile mentioning that sites outside your own country can be easily accessed by anyone..... All that's needed is a good (and free) VPN service. It hides your location, and anything you visit too ????

  8. Sven
    April 1, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    anybody notice the oltimey effect on the vintage cartoon site? much more stylish than only the video I think

    • Justin Pot
      April 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      It's pretty cool, isn't it?

  9. Arvind Mehta
    April 1, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Nice Article I also use watchseries to watch TV shows It has almost all of them and includes all the latest episodes one day after they air

    • Justin Pot
      April 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      We try to stick to legitimate sources, and that's a piratey one, but thanks for pointing it out nonetheless.

  10. B
    March 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Great article. Always good stuff on MUO.

    • Justin Pot
      March 31, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Let us know about anything else you'd like to see!

  11. Judi Dupree
    March 31, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    there was one, WatchSeries.com, that I used while in Italy. I was able to keep up with my favorite US shows while away.

    • CJ
      April 3, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Yeah this website is real good.

    • Anonymous
      June 26, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Alas! The site is for sale.

  12. Lenus
    March 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Great, I didn't knew any of those,.. I'm gonna check them out..

    • Justin Pot
      March 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Enjoy! Let us know which you like best.