TV on the Internet: When and Where to Watch Fall Shows on the Web

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When September hit, we hit back with our Everything Guide to the Fall 2011 TV Schedule.

This week, we're catering to those of you without cable subscriptions and DVRs. That's right—the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free... from cable bills. Cord-cutters, we've heard your cries for some pointers on which fall shows will be available to watch online—and when. We're answering.


What TV Networks Post and When: The Basics

We've spent countless hours creepily stalking the web habits of all the major TV networks, and discovered some key patterns to which shows they post and when they post them. Here are some general rules of thumb.

Networks that Offer Next-Day Free Full Episodes:

Networks Online

ABC

Where: Full episodes of nearly all of ABC's primetime shows are available to stream next-day on Hulu or ABC.go.com.
Exceptions: The Middle has never been available for free streaming online. Maybe this year? Doubtful.


CBS

Where: Most CBS shows are available to stream next-day on CBS.com or right here on TV.com (thanks, corporate parent company!).
Exceptions: Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds, and The Mentalist were not available for free streaming last year. The network's late-night talk shows (Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) tend to appear online three days after air, sometimes inconsistently.


NBC

Where: NBC's primetime shows are available to stream next-day on Hulu or NBC.com. Yes, even Law & Order: SVU, which wasn't available last year..
Exceptions: None at this time.


MTV

Where: MTV's primetime shows are available to stream next-day on MTV.com. (Daytime filler programming like 10 on Top rarely, if ever, makes it to the web.)
Exceptions: None at this time.


Comedy Central

Where: A few Comedy Central shows are available next-day on Hulu and ComedyCentral.com. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are the most consistent. South Park is available for next-day streaming at SouthParkStudios.com.
Exceptions: Everything beyond the three shows listed above; though you might occasionally find full episodes of the network's other properties, they're too inconsistent to rely on.


Networks that Offer Delayed Free Full Episodes

Networks Online

The CW

Where: All CW shows are available to stream online at CWtv.com 2-3 days after they air on TV. Posting habits are not entirely consistent, but all episodes do get posted online within that 2-3 day window.


FOX

FOX used to be a next-day streaming network, but it's a next-day streaming network no longer. Sad face.
Where: All FOX shows are available to stream 8 days after airing on TV via Hulu or FOX.com.
Exceptions: American Idol has never been available for online streaming. Similarly, The X-Factor will not be made available for online streaming. I Hate My Teenage Daughter is not expected to post online, either.


FX

FX is a particularly frustrating network to follow online. Just about all of its shows are available 30 days after air. 30 DAYS! Who wants to catch It's Always Sunny one-month after everyone's done talking about it? So lame.
Where: Hulu and FXnetworks.com.
Exceptions: New episodes of Wilfred are available 8 days after airing on TV. Archer is posted 30 days after air, but the episodes aren't necessarily released in sequential order. American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck are not available for online streaming.


SyFy

SyFy is a mixed bag, which makes it difficult to follow online while it's airing on TV. Of the shows that do make it to the web, most aren't available to stream until after the on-air season ends. At that time, episodes are released on a rolling basis.
Where: On Hulu and SyFy.com.
Exceptions: Warehouse 13 offered up its first two episodes day after air, but the following episodes won't be available until after the on-air season is over. Merlin Season 3 is not yet available to stream, even though the season is over. No explanation there. Ghost Hunters Academy gets special treatment and is available just 30 days after air (suddenly that seems like no time at all).


For our ultimate guide to the 2011 Fall Schedule for Online TV, jump to the next page.


2011 FALL ONLINE STREAMING SCHEDULE

The web doesn't worry about timeslots, so these listings are arranged by day of the week. The date indicates when the first episode of the season is expected to get posted online.


STREAMING SUNDAYS

Streaming Sundays

Premieres Online on 9/25 (Online Now!)


STREAMING MONDAYS

Streaming Mondays

Premiered Online on 9/19 (Online Now!)

The Vampire Diaries - The CW

The Secret Circle - The CW New Series!

H8R - The CW New Series!

America's Next Top Model - The CW


Premieres Online on 9/26 (Online Now!)


Premiering 10/3

The Simpsons - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

Family Guy - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

American Dad - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

Dexter - Showtime

BONUS! The Season 6 premiere will be available online at Showtime's site. No other episodes will be made available for the season.

Homeland - Showtime New Series!

BONUS! The series premiere is available online at Showtime's site. No other episodes will be made available for the season.


Premiering 10/31


Premiering 11/7

Allen Gregory - FOX New Series!

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


STREAMING TUESDAYS

Streaming Tuesdays

Premiered Online on 8/30 (Online Now!)

Death Valley - MTV New Series!

Ridiculousness - MTV New Series!


Premiered 9/20 (Online Now!)

Dancing with the Stars - ABC

Castle - ABC

How I Met Your Mother - CBS

Two and a Half Men - CBS New-ish Series!

2 Broke Girls - CBS New Series!

Hawaii Five-0 - CBS

The Sing-Off - NBC

The Playboy Club - NBC New Series!


Premiering 9/27 (Online Now!)

Nikita - The CW

Supernatural - The CW


Premiering 10/4

Terra Nova - FOX New Series!

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


Premiering 10/11

House - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


STREAMING WEDNESDAYS

Streaming Wednesdays

Premiered Online on 9/14 (Online Now!)

Parenthood - NBC


Premiered 9/21 (Online Now!)

Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show - ABC

Body of Proof - ABC

NCIS - CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles - CBS

Unforgettable - CBS New Series!

The Biggest Loser - NBC


Premiering 9/28

Glee - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

New Girl - FOX New Series!

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

Raising Hope - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


Premiering 10/12

Last Man Standing - ABC New Series!


Premiering 10/19

Man Up! - ABC New Series!


STREAMING THURSDAYS

Streaming Thursdays

Premiered Online on 9/15 (Online Now!)

Survivor: South Pacific - CBS

Up All Night - NBC New Series!

BONUS! For a very limited time (September 27-28), you can stream the upcoming episode of Up All Night before it airs on TV.

Free Agents - NBC New Series!


Premiered 9/22 (Online Now!)

Modern Family - ABC

Revenge - ABC New Series!

CSI - CBS

Harry's Law - NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - NBC


Premiering 9/29

Suburgatory - ABC New Series!

BONUS! For a very limited time (September 27-28), you can stream the upcoming episode of Suburgatory before it airs on TV.

Happy Endings - ABC

Gossip Girl - The CW

Hart of Dixie - The CW New Series!


Premiering 10/6

South Park - Comedy Central

Sons of Anarchy - FX

Remember: Episodes stream online 30 days after air.


STREAMING FRIDAYS

Streaming Fridays

Premiered Online on 9/16 (Online Now!)

90210 - The CW

Ringer - The CW New Series!


Premiering 9/23 (Online Now!)

Charlie's Angels - ABC New Series!

Grey's Anatomy - ABC

Person of Interest - CBS New Series!

Big Bang Theory - CBS

Community - NBC

Parks and Recreation - NBC

The Office - NBC

Whitney - NBC New Series!

BONUS! For a very limited time (September 27-28), you can stream the newest episode of Whitney before it airs on TV.

Prime Suspect - NBC New Series!


Premiering 9/30

Private Practice - ABC

How to be a Gentleman - CBS New Series!


Premiering 10/4

American Horror Story - FX New Series!

Remember: Episodes stream online 30 days after air.


Premiering 10/28

Good Vibes - MTV


Premiering 11/11

Bones - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


STREAMING SATURDAYS

Streaming Saturdays

Premieres Online on 9/24

A Gifted Man - CBS New Series!

CSI: NY - CBS

Blue Bloods - CBS


Premiering 10/1

Kitchen Nightmares - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.

Fringe - FOX

Remember: Episodes stream online 8 days after air.


Premiering 10/15

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - FX

Remember: Episodes stream online 30 days after air.

Archer - FX

Remember: Episodes stream online 30 days after air.


Premiering 10/22

Chuck - NBC

Grimm - NBC New Series!


Premiering on 11/5

The League - FX

Remember: Episodes stream online 30 days after air.


Note: International cord-cutters won't have access to all of these streaming sites. We're sorry. We wish we ran the internet.

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