You are at home, or maybe you are stuck someplace with your smartphone. You want to stream and binge-watch some good TV series to past the time. However, you may not have any extra money to pay for a streaming subscription. What can you do? Watch some IMDb TV shows for free, of course. This service comes to us as a subsidiary of Amazon Prime Video.
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Here are our choices for the best IMDb TV shows you can stream and watch right now. You can check them out on Amazon’s site at the link below:
What is IMDb TV?
IMDb TV is a relatively new streaming service from Amazon. It launched in January 2019 and was previously called IMDb Freedive before it was thankfully rebranded later that year. It offers a number of older and more recent TV shows and movies that you can watch completely for free, with some video ad breaks.
Where is it available?
IMDb TV is only available in the US, but Amazon has plans to expand it to Europe later this year.
What platforms support IMDb TV?
PC owners can just go to Amazon’s web site and watch what’s available on the service. You can also watch shows on the IMDb app for iOS and Android. If you own an Amazon Fire TV stick, set-top box, or smart TV, you can also watch IMDb TV shows.
Best IMDb TV shows
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best IMDb TV shows regularly as new ones launch.
The UK may have Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple for great fictional detectives. For our money, however, neither one holds a candle to Lt. Columbo. As played to perfection by Peter Falk, the disheveled and often distracted LAPD detective might not look like he’s the right man to solve a murder. However, as the many rich and/or famous murderers soon find out in each episode, there’s a lot more to Columbo. He picks up on details most folks would miss, and always gets his suspect to finally confess.
This show from the 1970s is also unique in that, for the most part, we know who the murderer is at the start, and how he or she did the deed. The pleasure of watching a Columbo episode is seeing how he figures it all out, while also being very entertaining.
This sci-fi series from 2008 has a few similarities to some older shows. However, it managed to become different and even more ambitious as the years and seasons moved forward. Originally it was more of an X-Files clone, as members of an FBI “Fringe Division” team looked into unexplained cases. Near the end of the first season, we got our first glimpse of what Fringe would become. We don’t want to spoil anything else; just watch.
3. Schitt’s Creek
This Canadian sitcom became a sleeper hit in the US, and it’s easy to see why. Eugene LevyDan Levy Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy play members of the Rose family. They were highly wealthy, but their business manager stole most of their wealth. They are forced to move from New York City to Schitt’s Creek, a tiny town that they actually bought some time ago. The series goes over the culture clash of the Rose family members, as they have to acclimate to their new neighbors and surroundings. It’s comedy gold.
4. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
For one glorious season in 1993 and 1994 we got to see this series on FOX. The show that aired after it on Friday nights, The X-Files, got all of the media acclaim and most of the fan devotion. However, this pulp-fiction style Western (with some sci-fi elements) remains a cult favorite. Bruce Campbell was born to play this role. Brisco County Jr may be a gunfighter, but he always looks towards the future for the next “coming thing.” With Saturday afternoon serial-style action and humor, this show was unlike anything that was on TV at the time.
Oh, we can’t forget its theme song. It’s one of the best ever made for a TV show. It’s so good, NBC lifted it and uses it a lot for its Olympics sports coverage.
5. Friday Night Lights
This show never reached a wide enough audience when it made new episodes. However, much like HBO’s The Wire, the people that have watched Friday Night Lights loved it and tried to tell their friends to watch it as well. Now you can too as this is one of the best IMDb TV shows. It’s just the trials of a high school football team in a small Texas town. No action shootouts or end-of-the-world scenarios here. It’s just life but depicted with all of joys and heartbreaks without a filter.
It’s safe to say that Lost helped to change the face of TV in the 200s. Its combination of serialized storytelling, a mix of diverse characters, and some truly odd plot twists was an instant hit. You knew things were odd right from the first episode when the survivors of this crashed airliner had to deal with a smoke monster. Lost inspired a ton of imitations, but none of them matched what this show had: mystery, humor, and some wild storylines.
7. Warehouse 13
This Syfy series could be described as a fantasy-sci-fi version of National Treasure. Basically, the show is all about finding lost artifacts that have certain powers and abilities that could get into the wrong hands. It’s up to two agents to track down those items, shut them down, and bring them to Warehouse 13, where they should be safely stored forever. Naturally, it never goes that smoothly for the Warehouse agents. This is a family-friendly show that, while it has its dark sides, is still a ton of fun to watch.
Yes, it’s another detective show, but this one really has a huge twist. James Roday plays Shawn Spencer, who has been trained by his law enforcement father to be highly observant. However, Shawn doesn’t want to be a cop. Instead, he just offers tips to the police via phone. When the police think Shawn is actually part of the crimes he is solving, he has to pretend he has psychic abilities. With the aid of his friend Gus, played by Dulé Hill, Shawn helps to solve crimes for the police.
This show is just a riot to watch, especially as Roday and Hill bounce off each other, almost literally, with their performances.
Before Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg teamed up to make classic comedy films like Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, they made this UK series. Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (who also co-wrote the series) play two strangers who encounter each other while looking for an apartment. They pose as a romantic couple so they can rent a flat that requires the tenants to be a couple. The series is full of pop culture references and sequences, and definitely was the staging point for Wright and Pegg to create the famed “Cornetto trilogy” of movies.
10. Mad Men
After a long time being behind Netflix’s paywall, Mad Men recently was added to the free IMDb.com TV service. This is truly one of the best TV shows ever made, as it looks at the huge social changes in the 1960s through the eyes of a high-end NYC ad agency. This is the series that made Jon Hamm a star. His character of Don Draper is cool, but has lots of conflicts and secrets that come out during the course of the series. We see how the changes in the 1960s, particularly in how women were treated, evolve Draper and other characters in the show. It’s also one of the best looking TV shows of all time, with lots of retro-cool designs in the sets, the clothing, and the props.
Upcoming free IMDB.com TV original series
Amazon is hoping to turn iMDb.com TV into more than just a place to watch free old TV shows. It will be adding original content as well over the coming months. The first IMDb.com TV original scripted series will be Alex Rider. This will be an adaptation of the popular young adult novels that feature the title character, a British teenaged boy who becomes a super-spy. The first season will drop on IMDb.com TV on November 13.
In 2021, the service will drop a reboot of the crime series Leverage. Most of the cast members of the original series will return for the revival, with Noah Wyle taking over as the leader of a group of reformed criminals who are now going after the bad guys.