Full episodes of nearly all of ABC's primetime shows are available to stream next-day on Hulu
Exceptions: The Middle
has never been available for free streaming online. Maybe this year? Doubtful.
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'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..
None at this time.
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.)
None at this time.
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
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.
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 used to be a next-day streaming network, but it's a next-day streaming network no longer. Sad face.
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 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.
Hulu and FXnetworks.com
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
are not available for online streaming.
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.
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).