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  As the Hollywood writers and actors strikes are in their fourth month, many Americans are tuning into surprising alternatives. The classics; TV shows that were popular a half-century ago. 

TV screen with Bewitched

   TV comedies such as “Gilligan’s Island”, “Bewitched”, “Facts of Life”, and “What’s Happening” are hits again as viewers turn to free TV services that stream those shows and others over the internet. 

  There’s a reason a TV show is considered a classic. They were really good for their time and everybody watched them because there was no cable TV. “Happy Days”, and “Charlie’s Angels” aired once in prime-time. Not only did people watch them nightly, they talked about them the next day at work and school. Word of mouth and the “if you miss it you’ve missed it” mindset gave each night of the week a special reason to sit in front of the television and tune in. 

Free TV Viewing is on the rise

According to “Fast Company” and the research group “Qloo”, viewers are tuning in again to vintage or retro content. Perhaps because of the writer’s and actors strikes. But there are other explanations. The cost of streaming services such as YouTube TV, Hulu, and Netflix have raised prices recently leading to “FAST”, or “free-ad-supported-tv”, gaining viewers. 

  Also the library and quality of shows those services offer have improved. Fast services such as Tubi, Pluto, FreeVee, The Roku Channel, and Crackle have half a century of classic TV comedies and dramas at their fingertips.

   Tubi, which has 250 free live channels, reports it hit 74 million monthly active users last month. While Pluto TV has seen its viewership jump by 70%. You won’t get every episode of every show, and audio and video quality isn’t what you’ve come to expect from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. All are free, as long as you don’t mind about a minute and a half of commercials before, during, and after shows. 

Which service has the best shows?

  Which of the free services offer the best selection of classic TV shows? That’s a matter of taste of course. But if you’re curious and don’t want to scroll through pages of listings, I’ve done it for you. It isn’t a complete list, but it’s a good place to start and you can find it on my blog


Freaks and Geeks

Everybody Hates Chris

Sanford and Son

Happy Days

The Brady Bunch


The Jeffersons

Dharma and Greg

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Bob Newhart Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Designing Women

Petticoat Junction


Evening Shade

Mork & Mindy


Laverne and Shirley


Father Knows Best


What’s Happening

In the Heat of the Night

Family Affair

Home Improvement

Silver Spoons

Green Acres



The Tonight Show

Walker Texas Ranger

I Dream of Jeannie

Quantum Leap


Leave it to Beaver

Adams Family

That Girl


Family Affair

Petticoat Junction

The Real McCoys


Johnny Carson

The Joy of Painting

Match Game

Gilligan’s Island

Miami Vice


The Jetsons

The Facts of Life

Eight is Enough


Spencer for Hire


What’s Happening

Highway to Heaven

The Jeffersons

Charlies Angels

Different Strokes

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Barney Miller

I Dream of Jeannie

Silver Spoons

Gimme a Break


The Beverly Hillbillies227


Family Affair


Too Close for Comfort

The Partridge Family

The Greatest American Hero

Carol Burnett Show

One Day at a Time

That Girl


Walker Texas Ranger

Hawaii Five-O

Beverly Hills 90210


Star Trek


Green Acres


The Brady Bunch

I Love Lucy channel

Family Ties

Happy Days

Laverne and /shirley

three’s company

The Love Boat

Andy Griffith Show

Adams Family

Dick Van Dyke channel

Beverly Hillbillies chanel

Johnny Carson channel

carol burnett chanel

hawaii five o


mission impossible

perry mason