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 in 2021.
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.
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.
Launched in 2001, when the 9/11 attacks were still fresh in people’s minds, 24 was a series that tied into the population’s interest in fighting terrorism. It also had a unique twist in that the series was supposed to be happening in real-time, with each one-hour episode corresponding to one hour of the 24-hour story. For its first several seasons, the drama was tense and full of twists and turns. It was also lead by Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, the anti-terrorist agent who only wanted to keep America safe, even at the expense of himself and his loved ones.
The world of 24 is not one we would want to live in. However, it is one that’s entertaining to watch as a fictional event on TV.
This is not only one of the best IMDb TV shows, but one of the best television series of all time. First released in 1967, the show starred Patrick McGoohan as an unnamed secret agent who unexpectedly resigns. However, he is quickly kidnapped and sent to “The Village”, a place that is not found on any map, and where people have numbers instead of names. As Number Six, McGoohan’s character tries to escape this place, while also trying to keep his reasons behind his resignation to himself, despite tons of attempts from The Village’s residents to pry that info from his head.
This is a very surreal series that explores themes of privacy, as well as the rights of the individual verse the rights of government. It can get a bit confusing (we still have questions about the final episode) but this 17-episode series is a must-watch for any TV fan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is Alex Rider. It’s an excellent adaptation of the popular young adult novels that feature the title character, a British teenaged boy who becomes a super-spy. The first season is available to watch now, and a second season has already been ordered.