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The best free IMDb TV shows you can watch right now
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. In 2022, the service was rebranded again and is now called FreeVee (we left the name of this article unchanged because Amazon did a bad job of letting people know about the change). 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 first launched in the US, and expanded the service to the UK 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.
Leverage was a popular crime action series on TNT many years ago. It centered on a group that species in high-end heists, but instead of stealing for their own gain they use their skills to assist ordinary people. Now, IMDb TV is the exclusive home for a new revival of the series. It has many of the original cast members, plus some new characters, most notably their new leader, played by Noah Wyle. You can watch the first 16-episode season now, and the second season is in the works.
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.
Daytime courtroom shows continue to be highly popular. For over 20 years, the most popular of those kinds of shows was Judge Judy, where former Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin made making decisions over small claims cases entertaining with her honest and forthright style. Now she has moved to IMDb TV with an all-new show, Judy Justice, where she continues to lay down her law for the people who wish to have their disputes solved by her. In this show, she gets some assistance from her granddaughter and law school student Sarah Rose. You can watch 120 episodes (no, that’s not a typo) right now on IMDb TV, and a second season is in the works.
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.
Here’s another IMDb.com TV original scripted series to check out. It’s an excellent adaptation of the popular young adult novels that feature the title character, a British teenage boy who becomes a super-spy. You can watch the first two seasons of the show now.
This UK import comedy series is available as an IMDb TV exclusive in the US. A modern black jazz band enters an elevator, but when they exit it, they find that they have gone back in time to the 1920s. The band’s members soon realize that attitudes towards black people were much different in the past, even in the so-called Jazz Age. Can they navigate through the social issues they have to face, while also trying to find a way to get back to modern times?
- The Rockford Files: One of the best detective shows of the 1970s, featuring James Gardner as Jim Rockford.
- Night Court – A true cult comedy classic show, as we watch what happens during night court in New York City.
- Bates Motel – A reimagining of Norman Bates as a young man, living with his mother well before the events in Psycho.
- Highlander – This TV show spin-off of the fantasy movie series is actually better than the source material.
- Bug Out – This is an IMDb TV original docuseries. It’s a true story about the theft of 7,000 bugs from a Philadelphia museum.
IMDb TV will soon become Amazon Freevee
On April 27, Amazon will change the name of this free streaming service once again. First, it was called IMDb Freedive, then it was IMDb TV, and soon the name will change to Amazon Freevee. The new name comes as Amazon is also doubling down on adding more original TV shows and movies to its free streaming service in the coming months.