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Watch Mystery Science Theatre and Other Classic TV for Free Right Now

Justin Pot 09-02-2015

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 – free of charge. ShoutFactoryTV is a brand new (USA only) streaming every cord cutter Cord Cutters: Ignore Set Top Boxes & Use A PC Instead Ditching cable? Stay away from dedicated media center devices. Your spare PC makes for an excellent alternative because it's cheap to set up, more powerful, and forever flexible. Read More needs to know about.


We’ve shown you how to watch TV online legally, for free Yes, You CAN Watch TV Online Legally & For Free Everyone knows that there are lots of illegal ways to watch your favorite shows online, but there are also plenty of perfectly legal (and free) ways. Here are some of the best... Read More , and ShoutFactoryTV is a site that lets you do just that. It won’t be a replacement for HBO or Netflix anytime soon, but there are probably a few shows here you’ll want to watch. If you like to watch classic TV movies for free, you need to check this out. No subscription required.

Who Is Shout Factory, and What Is This Site?

Shout Factory made a name for itself by acquiring the distribution rights to classic TV shows – usually ones the original owners didn’t bother to release on DVD – and making them available to fans. Releasing cult classic Freaks And Geeks on DVD was an early success; today they own the rights to a wide variety of classic sitcoms and cult comedies.

While Shout Factory has long offered its shows on Hulu, this is the first streaming site they’re running themselves. Many of the videos offered are actually just embeds of Hulu – but some aren’t. For example: six episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 currently found on ShoutFactoryTV are not currently offered on Hulu.

Because of this it’s worth knowing about this site if you love any of the shows Shout Factory has the rights to. Even if you’ve no idea who Shout Factory are, this site is worth knowing about if you love classic TV.

What Kind of Stuff Can I Watch?



Browsing the TV shows you’ll notice that the selection’s not overwhelming, and ranges widely. There’s some stuff you probably recognize. A few highlights:

Of course, there’s some pretty odd stuff here too – which is part of the point.

  • The Weird Al Show, a short-lived kids show by the web’s favourite song parodist.
  • ReBoot: Quirky Canadian cartoon from the 90s, the first ever computer animated show.

There are also some movies offered.



You’ll find a few Jackie Chan classics, a couple of Steve Martin standup routines, the 1939 classic western Stagecoach. There are also a lot of old horror movies.

Oh, and Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, considered by some to be the worst movie of all time, is also offered. But if you love bad movies, this site has so much more to offer you.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000

The real reason you want to check out ShoutFactory, though, is Mystery Science Theatre 3000. In case you don’t know, this show featured robots making fun of bad movies.

Seriously: these movies are awful. It’s great.



If you love this show, you might have noticed that Netflix recently stopped offering it. Happily there are 30 episodes offered here, which will apparently rotate every month. Hopefully Manos: The Hands Of Fate will make an appearance.

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What is the best episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000? What noteworthy show on ShoutFactoryTV did I miss? Let’s talk about all this and more in the comments, okay?

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  1. jelabarre
    March 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Doesn't work on my Samsung Tab 4.

    • Justin Pot
      March 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Yeah, the players are flash-based and there's no apps yet so far as I can tell. Sorry about that.

  2. Robert Lane
    February 11, 2015 at 7:09 am

    thanks for the great site leads, there is also nosubscriptionrequired.net that features over 500 free streaming sites with links

    • Justin Pot
      February 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Seems like a lot of those links end up on piratey sites, in case anyone is curious.

  3. Ken
    February 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    This is just another web site, that's 100% USELESS outside of the USA

    • Justin Pot
      February 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      There's not a lot you can do to work around that, at least at this point in history. Distribution rights for TV and movies is handled on a per-country basis, because before the web there wasn't a way to reach a global audience from a single platform. Until TV channels die out completely, or at least become a lot less relevant, I don't see this changing. Sorry.

    • Tom
      February 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      That's what VPNs and proxy servers are for!

    • Ken
      February 10, 2015 at 1:15 am

      That was true in the past, but sites such as this one, Hulu and others now detect VPNs and block the user from watching anything.

    • Mats Svensson
      February 10, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Sorry, this comment is not available due to location restrictions.