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Best TV shows on Tubi

TV Shows on Tubi
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Tubi, the ad-supported, free streaming service, has a content library of more than 20,000 titles, including TV shows that range from current reality and competition shows to TV classics dating all the way back to the 1960s. These are in addition to a library of movies ranging from action to horror to family friendly.

Tubi does plan to launch its own originals starting in fall 2021, but in the meantime here’s a breakdown of the best TV shows on Tubi.

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are the actors most associated with 21 Jump Street nowadays, but the popular films were based on the hit 1980s TV series that starred a young Johnny Depp and others as young looking cops who would go undercover to investigate youth crimes.

Joining Depp on the force throughout 21 Jump Street’s five seasons was Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete and Steven Williams.

Tubi TV offers all of the episodes of 21 Jump Street to binge right now.

Alias

Jennifer Garner and some guy named Bradley Cooper in "Alias."

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Lost is the TV show that J.J. Abrams is most associated with, but his first TV success came with Alias, the Jennifer Garner-led spy drama. For five seasons fans followed Garner’s Sydney Bristow missions as an international spy, dealing with dangerous missions, family secrets and her personal life.

The early 2000s was a hot-bed for network spy shows, and Alias held its own with its main competition on Fox, the Keither Sutherland-led 24

The entire five season-run of Alias is available on Tubi.

Battlestar Galactica 

Battlestar Galactica

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Sci-fi fans have the chance to take their pick, as Tubi offers both the original Battlestar Galactica series that debuted in 1979 or the 21st century remake that ran from 2004-2009.

Battlestar Galactica follows the last survivors of humanity as they try to navigate threats from the villainous Cylons on their way toward Earth. 

The modern version of Battlestar Galactica is considered one of the best sci-fi TV shows ever made.

Charlie’s Angels 

Charlie's Angels

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Hollywood has tried to remake Charlie’s Angels for the big screen a few times — to varying success with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, then less so with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — but the gold standard trio of Charlie’s Angels is still probably Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.

These ladies kicked butt for the mysterious Charlie and ABC for five seasons, three of which are available on Tubi.

Columbo 

Columbo

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TV viewers have always loved a good mystery, and for many years the go-to detective was Columbo, the beloved, bumbling but brilliant detective portrayed by Peter Falk.

Initially running from 1971-1978, Columbo would make triumphant returns to TV with a run from 1989-1994, and then as one-off episodes in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003, all of which are available to watch on Tubi.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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Explore some of the mysteries of the universe with acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey sees the well known scientist dive into some of the bigger questions about humanity's place in the universe, with episodes taking on subjects like evolution, comets, supernovas and if there are things in the universe that are actually immortal.

The entire second season of Cosmos is available to watch for free on Tubi.

Def Comedy Jam 

Def Comedy Jam

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Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Steve Harvey and other hilarious Black comedians are household names now, but they weren’t always. HBO’s Def Comedy Jam was a launching pad for many Black stand-up comedians in the 1990s.

Episodes featuring Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, Mo’Nique, Mike Epps, Tracey Morgan and Craig Robinson are available on Tubi.

Def Comedy Jam is a perfect place to start when you’re in the mood for a good laugh.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is widely considered one of the gold standards of TV from the 1960s. Created by Carl Reiner, the show followed the work and home life of a TV writer played by Dick Van Dyke and his wife, played by Mary Tyler Moore.

If you caught Disney Plus' WandaVision earlier this year, you saw some of the legacy of The Dick Van Dyke Show, as it was used as both inspiration for some of the earlier episodes and had a few clips shown later in the season.

You can watch all five seasons of the classic TV show yourself on Tubi.

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

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Everybody’s favorite Stone Age family has made their way to Tubi. Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino and little Pebbles and Bamm Bamm get into funny and wacky adventures in Bedrock.

One of the all-time great animated shows from creators Joseph Barbera and William Hannaa, The Flintstones was the first primetime animated show, a predecessor to The Simpsons

All of the episodes from the show’s six seasons are available to watch on Tubi.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

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“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.” That mantra from Kyle Chandler’s coach Taylor was the rallying cry for characters and fans of the late aughts NBC show. 

Loosely based off the Friday Night Lights book and movie, the TV show followed the fictional Dillon Panthers high school football team, which had the likes of Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemmons and Michael B. Jordan as part of the team. Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden and Minka Kelly also starred.

All five seasons of Friday Night Lights are available.

Hell’s Kitchen 

Gordon Ramsay in Hell's Kitchen

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Gordon Ramsay has become one of TV’s most prolific chefs, with a multitude of series that he takes part in. Some see him offering lending hands to struggling businesses or encouraging young chefs, but it was his incredible rants and devastating insults in the competition series Hell’s Kitchen that made him a star.

Hell’s Kitchen brings together aspiring professional chefs as they attempt to win challenges dealing both in the kitchen as well as the dining experience. In addition to trying to be the best, the have to contend with Ramsay’s imposing presence throughout the challenges.

The reality show started airing in 2005 and has aired 20 seasons so far, 18 of which are available on Tubi.

The Joy of Painting With Bob Ross

The Joy of Painting With Bob Ross

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Bob Ross became a beloved figure with The Joy of Painting, his simple yet endlessly enjoyable painting program. We all joke about painting our happy little bushes, but it is all in jest as Ross' wholesome nature could charm even the most cynic.

Ross did The Joy of Painting for an incredible 31 seasons, with all but the first season available to watch right now on Tubi.

We may have loss Ross all the way back in 1995, but The Joy of Painting and his unique persona have ensured his legacy continues to this day.

Lego Masters

Lego Masters

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Legos aren’t just for kids — as you may have learned while quarantined over the last year and looking for some kind of project to keep you busy. There is a whole Lego subculture of people who can build amazing things with these little blocks.

That is the premise for Fox’s reality competition series Lego Masters, which debuted in 2020 with its first season. Hosting the show is the voice of Lego Batman himself, Will Arnett.

The second season of Lego Master on Fox is scheduled to debut on June 1, and will likely be added to Tubi shortly after.

Tubi also has the Australian and U.K. versions of the show if you just can’t get enough.

The Masked Singer 

The Masked Singer

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Who knew that trying to guess what celebrity is wearing a goofy costume while singing would become so popular? The Masked Singer has taken the world by storm and Tubi has you covered for past seasons and the most current one.

The season 5 finale aired on May 26, but if you missed it and could avoid the spoilers, you can catch up with what’s going on, as episodes make their way to Tubi about two weeks after the original airdate.

3rd Rock from the Sun 

3rd Rock from the Sun

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Featuring a cast that included John Lithgow, a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Curtin and Kristen Johnson, 3rd Rock from the Sun was late ‘90s sitcom that followed a family of aliens disguised as humans tasked with experiencing life on the third planet from the sun (or Earth, as well call it) and report back to their species.

John Lithgow and Kristen Johnson both earned multiple Emmys for playing aliens trying to blend in on Earth, while the show was nominated twice for Outstanding Comedy Series.

All six seasons of 3rd Rock from the Sun are available on Tubi.

Also: The best movies on Tubi 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.