Top 5 Shows Online You Can Watch for Free Right Now
Clear your schedule for a bit and then check out the Top 5 best shows you can stream for free below.
1. “Battlestar Galactica”
Watch it on: Syfy
A reimagining of the kitschy original series, Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan, James Callis, and Jamie Bamber and explored the aftermath of a nuclear attack by the Cylons, cybernetic creatures invented by man who evolved and rebelled against their creators. The show was critically acclaimed for the way it tackled the subjects of science, religion, and politics, and for the way it explored the deeply complicated notion of what makes us human. Everything from the miniseries to the two BSG films (Razor and The Plan) is currently available to stream for free on Syfy’s website, so there’s no better time to watch it. So say we all!
2. “Degrassi: The Next Generation”
Watch it on: Tubi (complete series), YouTube (first 13 seasons)
For many millennials, the fourth series in the Degrassi franchise, Degrassi: The Next Generation, is the defining iteration of the long-running Canadian series. The drama series, which was sometimes so overly dramatic it was actually funny, tackled everything from date rape and suicide to sexual orientation and teen pregnancy. The series, which launched the careers of Drake (then known as Aubrey Graham) and Nina Dobrev, is streaming on multiple free platforms.
3. “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
Watch it on: Tubi (complete series), Pluto TV (complete series)
Realizing The Dick Van Dyke Show is streaming for free feels a bit like winning a secret lottery or viewing an exceptional piece of art without paying the museum admission fee. The popular comedy, which ran for five seasons, was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke as the head writer of a TV show, while Mary Tyler Moore portrayed his wife. It’s a timeless classic — one that took home 15 Emmys during its run, and if you’ve yet to experience it, you literally have no excuse at this point.
Watch it on: HBO GO or HBO NOW, for a limited time (complete series)
Veep is a classic look at incompetence in government, or, given the last four years of real life, a relatively competent government. From the master of insults, Armando Iannucci, Veep stars bajillion-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the aspirational vice president of the United States, as she schemes and stumbles her way to political power while her equally ambitious staff idiotically plot their own paths. Over its seven seasons, Selina goes on quite the journey, from having diarrhea at an ice cream store to becoming the most powerful person in the world, leaving a trail of F-bombs and worse behind.
5. “The Wire”
Watch it on: HBO GO and HBO NOW, for a limited time (complete series)For the past couple of years, it seems like everyone has been watching and rewatching The Sopranos. This is all well and good, because The Sopranos is the greatest TV show of all time. But all this Sopranos attention seems to have come at the expense of The Wire, the second-greatest show of all time. When was the last time you saw a Wire meme? Where’s The Wire‘s fan convention? It’s time for The Wire to make a comeback. Make Littlefinger Mayor Carcetti Again.