15 Best Apps to Watch TV Shows for Free on Android And iOS

Just imagine, you come home after hard work, get rid of inconvenient shoes or heels, you are even so tired to take off your clothes and all you want to do is to watch some of your favorite TV shows, isn’t it? A few years ago we have to run home to watch TV at the right time, we were afraid of losing important information or moments.

Now the time has changed and it’s all about the Internet. All we need is a portative computer, a tablet or a smartphone at hand, and the internet connection, of course, and all the world of TV shows open their gates for you. Whenever and wherever you want to.

Without a doubt,  all tablets, in general, are the best devices for watching TV shows in high quality.

Firstly, they are beautiful devices with a big screen, high-resolution, Retina display, and long battery life, which is also a big plus if you don’t want your show will interrupt at the funniest or the most important moment.

And if you are on your way home, watching a TV show is the best way to pass the time. There is no more convenient way that watching on your iPhone or Android device.

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So, you want to watch TV shows (or movies, music videos, TV programs – doesn’t matter) for FREE? Then Crackle is your top choice this year. This is a free streaming platform with an impressive library of famous TV shows.

The app has become insanely significant recently and its popularity keeps growing – well, that is super logical, because for Crackle, unlike Netflix, it doesn’t require payment for the subscription. No matter if you want to watch a TV show that was released in the 90s or just a day ago – you will probably find everything you are looking for.

The only aspect you should remember before using this app is that it is better to create your own account here. Why? Well, this way you will be able to keep track of all the episodes that you have watched and next time you go back to your favorite show, the app will automatically take you to the moment you left last time.


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If we talk about really good applications for watching top TV shows, we have to notice the A&E. Get your fill of A&E realities, watching such popular show as 60 Days In or The First 48, Duck Dynasty, Intervention, and a lot of others. Speaking about its features, you will get access to exclusive clips and deleted scenes from your favorites.

A handy “Watch List” keeps track of the episodes you’ve viewed and lets you pick up right where you left off. The app is free and doesn’t require logging in, but to get full access to even more content you should sign in. After you will log in, your cable company account unlocks extra episodes

Moreover, it is available on every platform, whether it is iOS or Android. Also, you can see TV shows on A&E’s website.

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Another great app to watch free TV shows is the closes competitor to Crackle. The main advantage of this app is that it’s available both for iOS and Android. Another feature that users find convenient here is that all the media files are sorted by genre so it is easy just to go to the section “TV shows” to filter out everything you don’t need.

Moreover, the video player here is super convenient to use and it gives you enhanced control on a video you’re currently watching. Considering user interface – you can switch between dark and light themes. No buffering issues were noted. All the TV shows are presented in high quality.

The only drawback here is the bigger amount of ads. It appears every 15-20 minutes.

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ABC – Watch Live TV & Stream Full Episodes

Another interesting application for watching Tv shows for free and on every device. By the way, ABC is one of the first big TV networks with its own mobile streaming app like CBS and so on.

At first, it offers to watch full episodes of ABC shows you like the most- Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, How To Get Away With Murder and more and other show in ABC’s lineup, daytime (The View, Good Morning America) and late-night (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) included.

In general, it is supported on every iOS device, but not on every Android device  (a handful of Android phones and a select few Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy, and Nexus tablets) So check it!

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To my mind, only foreign people haven’t already heard about CBS ( even it is not a fact!). CBS is different from other networks by offering free episodes of its shoe a couple at a time.

But you will get a lot of advantages, for example, access to up to 2 recent episodes of your favorite shows like Big Brother, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, Elementary and more others.

The app is free to download, but you can unlock thousands of additional episodes and live TV across devices when you subscribe to CBS All Access.

Push notifications and you will never miss watching an episode you are looking forward to. CBS offers 1 week for free using and $6,99 per month thereafter. Not so much for access to the largest library of popular TV shows.


The CW Network

Sorry, but CW Network is on the top of my list of applications that give me the ability to watch my favorite TV Shows.
Tyra Banks, Elena Gilbert, Sam, and Dean Winchester lovers, you have to download this amazing app not to miss any episode you are waiting for.

I am thankful for the absence of identification, any passwords, and hidden fees. Just install the app and enjoy watching   The Flash, Supergirl, Jane The Virgin, The Vampire Diaries,  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Originals and others.

All episodes are full and, what is more, you will be able to watch previews for upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes extras, cast interviews, and more.

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It seems like Hulu is gaining more and more popularity among free TV show streaming apps. On the outside, the app looks pretty cool, but what does it hide inside?

As you open the app, you need to create your account. Then, you’ll be redirected to the main page where you can affect the search or choose one of the trending shows. Hulu can also form reccomendations based on your watch history.

Such a service as Hulu was known for more than 10 years ago and it was necessary to view what had just recently been released on TV. But over time, it has become very well-known and now, with the help of it, they massively watch movies, shows and use the viewing functions directly from TV.

A huge number of programs are open in this app, in addition, it can be used on different devices, which is why you can duplicate a movie from your phone to a TV, etc.

There are various types of subscription inside the Hulu and it offers various plans, including the free trial period. It’s really similar to Netflix. The one significant disadvantage of Hulu is the app often crashes for no reason.


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Another newbie of a streaming platform world, that has managed to draw attention to itself. Popcornflix is a good alternative to more popular paid streaming platforms, like Netflix or Fox TV and a competitor of such platforms as Crackle and Tubi.

Well, here we need to be honest, the best advantage of Popcornflix is that it is completely free. However, it contains not so many TV shows – only the most popular ones. Moreover, they are not categories so you will have to dog into the app to find them. Although the movie collection is pretty decent.

Another bonus of Popcornflix is it often has fresh releases of alternative genres or not so hyped, but interesting TV shows.



This app is quite new on the market and only at the beginning of its journey. However, it would be cool if any fresh software would be that cool!

The idea of this app is not just to create a streaming platform with several free TV shows and movies, but to aggregate all the free content from all the possible streaming platforms so you don’t have to install all of them, searching for your favorite TV show.

Moreover, Yidio is especially known for its wide choice of TV shows, so this is definitely the right app. All the stuff presented is completely legal. The app is available both for iOS and Android.

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HISTORY is a separate project by the A&E app and provides you with such gritty reality shows as Ice Road Trucker, Top Gear, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Gangland, I Love the 1880s and Mountain Men.

You will get a free 7 days using this app and making out its advantages and disadvantages. The minus is a paid subscription, of course. Thereafter it will cost about $4,99 per month.

Speaking about its features, for your comfort, there is a list of recently watched shows, so you can continue watching from the moment you left off. Moreover, a handy topic section will help you to browse videos by category from Ancient History to World War II. History buffs.

CONS: too many ads in each episode, up to 4-5 per one video.



Another cool app by A&E Television Markets Mobile which doesn’t let us get bored. Keep up with full seasons of Dance Moms, Drop Dead Diva, and Project Runway. There will be all the latest episodes of your favorite TV, behind-the-scenes, and preview clips. The library is developed every day.

the Lifetime app boasts a watchlist stocked with all the episodes you’ve started watching, while Lifetime’s most popular reality show.

Also, there are descriptions and information about all shows( its duration, date of airing and so on), streaming on Lifetime and if you want to watch something new, just read a description and start watching some you liked the most.

CONS: For most of the shows you’ll need to verify a pay-TV subscription if you want to watch some episodes from the current seasons (I am looking at you, Dance Moms) and some shows are completely locked even if you have paid for a subscription (Army Wives, the Clent List).

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If we had talked about the previous version of NBC (no matter, whether it was on Android device or on iOS) we would have worried about why we install NBC. But now it has well changed and optimized.

Speaking about NBC, there you will really get access to full episodes of a top or your favorite shows. Simply requirement is to log in.

At least four of five recent episodes from just about every NBC show are typically up for streaming, including About a Boy, America’s Got Talent, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, The Blacklist, and The Voice. Of course, late-night and daytime shows are also available to watch.

NBC gives ou an ability to pick up watching from you left off, so you will never lose your episodes.

CONS: we can’t highlight some serious problems. The only thing that there are no full episodes of Hannibal and Grimm.

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So, why can’t I include YouTube- the most popular space for video sharing and watching and watching TV Shows in general? We have been knowing it for a long time, we trust YouTube and it has a lot of advantages.

Firstly, an understandable interface with a personal account connected with Google, there is your wishlist and favorite clips, shows, and interviews and you can add videos in the right turn. Most of the Channels download their shows to their channels on YouTube, so you have the ability to find what you want and in high quality.



The app is created by Southeast Asia’s biggest Internet TV service. Thousands of the world streaming tv shows are available for free full watching. Its features: an ability to watch on your phone, laptop, tablet, or TV and watch offline, if you don’t have an Internet connection.

Another cool feature is English, Malay, Indonesian and Thai subtitles. You can use them if you want to practice in a new language.

Moreover, there is a special dedicated section for kids.

iFlix: Asian & Local Dramas

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Southeast Asia’s shows are very funny. Sometimes I even don’t understand the essence of the show, because of its madness. Says that  Korean, Chinese, Japanese are so tired after work, so they prefer humorous and meaningless shows to some scientistic show or drama.

But there you can find a show of all kinds of genres from K-drama, C-Drama, romance, comedy to costume & period, SciFi & fantasy, action & adventure and beyond.

Don’t be afraid of the language, shows are supported by the Subtitles available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Romanian, and many other languages.

Unfortunately, it has the only 7-day free trial, and you should be ready to pay for $4,99 per month or $49,9 per year.

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