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Watch Movies, TV Shows and More Online for Free

Its FreeThe old ways of watching movies and television (DVDs, movie theaters, network TV) are being challenged by the Internet and video streaming technology at the same time that long-form, episodic television series (Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, etc.) are challenging the Hollywood feature film in popularity and critical esteem. Following are the top resources for viewing movies, TV shows and more for free - anytime and anywhere. All you need is a computer, TV or mobile device with an Internet connection. And remember, if you miss your favorite network TV show, check the network's website; most major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS) offer some episodes for free online viewing.

Popular Movies & TV

Laptop GirlCrackle's partnership with Sony Pictures enables them to provide hundreds of free, full-length streaming movies, TV shows and original programming, uncut and unedited. You may have to sit through a few commercials, but they are short and infrequent.

Hulu enables users to watch popular network and cable TV shows, popular movies, and  award-winning documentaries with limited commercial interruptions. While most titles require a Hulu subscription after a free one-week trial, some are offered free and uncut.

YouTube is no longer just a place to watch cute cat videos and movie trailers. You can browse YouTube Channels to find numerous free classic movies, film noirs, westerns, and documentaries that you can watch in their entirety online. Video Cellar's Classic Movies channel is one of the best for B-movies and cult films. And not all are just old public domain films; Paramount Pictures' official channel The Paramount Vault  showcases a collection of their classic feature-length films.

Open Culture
This site offers over 575 free movies, including links to free Oscar Winners, Hitchcock, and Chaplin films; it also provides a useful list of other free movie sites.

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Visit Retrovision to watch classic TV shows and movies, including rare sci-fi and horror movies and  vintage cartoons.

UbuWeb's film and video archive is the largest collection of avant-garde and outsider art works available to watch for free online.

TV.Com is a good site for watching popular network and cable TV shows. Though many links take users to pay sites, you can browse through them to find a number of free shows with full episodes.

Classic Cinema Online
This site specializes in hundreds of old westerns, dramas, silents and movie serials that can be searched by title or by genre. 

See also:

Watch Free Documentaries Online
Watch Free "Public Domain" Movies Online