Which Networks or Websites Play Reruns of Old Television Shows?
Two television networks that specialize in classic television shows are Retro TV and TV Land. Some online streaming sites that host classic television shows include Hulu and Dailymotion.
Retro TV shows a wide range of classics, from “Petticoat Junction” to “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” It is usually digitally broadcast as a sub-channel of a local network affiliate. As of March 2015 it is available in 38 states. It is also included with cable packages in some areas.
Like Retro TV, TV Land has a range of classics spanning decades, from “Gilligan’s Island” to “Walker, Texas Ranger.” It also features new, original content. Full episodes of select shows are also hosted on their website. TV Land is available from cable and satellite providers in many areas.
Online sites that have classic television episodes include the Internet Archive, Hulu, Dailymotion and Vimeo. The Internet Archive generally stores shows that have gone out of copyright and makes them freely available to watch. Dailymotion, Vimeo and YouTube host full episodes of select shows that are freely available. Hulu is a paid subscription service, but offers an initial free trial that lasts for a month. The “Classics” section of Hulu has shows such as “The Twilight Zone,” “Green Acres,” “I Love Lucy” and “Cheers.”