Anyone who loves the old "Bonanza" series or remembers "Starsky and Hutch" must learn how to watch old TV shows online to dial up daily entertainment. There are many sites where one can watch old tv shows online; some are even free, but beware of the free sites, you'll have more commercials than on the paid online TV sites.
To watch old tv shows online, you will need:
- A computer
- An internet connection and the faster the better. If you try to watch old tv shows online with a dial up connection, you'll be very frustrated with the buffering speed.
If you want to watch old TV shows online for free, head to:
TVland.com. Although the selection may not be the greatest (for example, they may only have one or two "Starsky and Hutch" episodes), TVland does remain free, so that makes it worthwhile in a pinch. TVland does have a limited supply of vintage TV shows, so if you're looking for a particular episode of "Gunsmoke," you might be out of luck.
- AOLin2TV. This site has a much more robust choice of episodes for vintage TV shows, but the commercial breaks are longer. However, at last view, the AOL site had 31 episodes of "Charlie's Angels" and, come on boys, who doesn't love Farrah in a bikini? You can also find "Starsky and Hutch" in 27 full episodes on the website.
If you have some extra cash and want to pay for even more TV shows online, head to:
- Hulu.com. Although Hulu started off as a free tv online site, everything good must come to an end. Although they do still have some old episodes available, they've moved to a pay format. For $9.95 per month, you'll get more episodes of Gunsmoke and you can watch them on your iPad, iPhone and TV. Still a bargain if you have to get that vintage TV fix.
- Netflix.com. This website is probably the granddaddy of all old tv show online sites with a very robust selection of TV episodes. The kicker, though, is that not all old TV shows are online; some need to be ordered through their DVD system where they send you the DVD, you watch it and send it back. Regardless, at membership starting at $8.99 per month, Netflix.com probably is your best bet of the pay sites.