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Watching the Most Popular TV Shows Without Cable

I’m going to do my best to cover all the current most popular TV shows and let you know where you can watch them without cable. To gauge popularity I will use the IMDB Most Popular TV Shows List. I’ll be updating this list regularly.

Stream Popular TV Shows Online

1 – The Walking Dead

Read my article on how to Watch the Walking Dead without Cable. It covers everywhere you can watch The Walking Dead without a traditional pay-TV subscription. This article explains it all.

2 – The Crown

The biographical story about Queen Elizabeth the second is a Netflix Original. Therefore you only need to subscribe to Netflix to watch. Sign up for Netflix here.

3 – Vikings

This historical Viking drama was inspired by Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking notorious for raids on early England and France. This hit show airs on The History Channel. There are several ways to watch Vikings without cable through various online streaming services.

Philo TV is the most affordable way to watch The History Channel without cable. However, you can also watch History Channel on DIRECTV NOW, Fubo TV, Hulu TV, and Sling TV. These services offer the current season and Vikings will air the same time it does on The History Channel through a pay TV provider.

You can also purchase the current season through Amazon Prime Video. Here is the link to the current season. However, when you purchase through Amazon the show will be available to you one day after it airs on The History Channel. Past seasons are available on Amazon as well. You can also catch Past seasons of Vikings through Hulu’s on-demand library.

4 – Stranger Things

This hit homage to 80’s sci-fi is a Netflix original. Both seasons are available on Netflix. It’s one of my favorite TV shows and is definitely worth checking out. You simply need to subscribe to Netflix to watch every episode of this amazing show.

5 – Shameless

Shameless is a brilliant dark comedy that airs on Showtime. All 8 seasons of this show are available on the network. To watch, check out my article on How to Watch Showtime without Cable.

6 – Game Of Thrones

Since it’s one of my favorites shows and airs on one of my favorite networks, I’ve written an entire guide to watching HBO without cable. It will explain all the ways to watch Game of Thrones online.

7 – Dark

Dark is another Netflix Original. It’s a German science fiction thriller. It’s also the first Netflix original that’s entirely in German, which means there are English subtitles for U.S. audience.  The show debut was in 2017. To watch Dark you will need to subscribe to Netflix.

8 – The Punisher

I feel like I’m repeating myself, but this is another great show that is only on Netflix. That’s why Netflix is a must for most cord cutters. The Punisher is easily the best on-screen adaption of the Marvel Comics anti-hero. It’s my favorite among the Netflix Originals Marvel shows.  To watch it, you just need to have a Netflix subscription.

9 – Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a British television crime drama starring Cillian Murphy. The show is based on the real live Peaky Blinders gang that terrorized Birmingham, England in the late 19th century. The shows U.S. distribution rights were purchased by, you guessed it, Netflix. So you will have to have a Netflix subscription to watch.

10 – The Flash

The Flash is one of biggest shows on The CW network. The CW is one of the most cord cutter friendly networks around, letting you watch all their shows on the CW app. The app is supported by Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV and more so it’s no problem to stream The Flash to your living room television.

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  • Can I use WiFi instead of the internet (like my neighbor’s) in order to use Roku?

    • Yes, you can use WiFi. It's still the same internet, just not over an Ethernet cable.

      • Dennis, thank you, but would simply buying WiFi (from Comcast) be as stable and strong as purchasing the internet from Comcast? Becky

        • Comcast provides internet. That same service can be both Ethernet (wired) and WiFi. You don't purchase a wifi internet that is separate from the Internet access Comcast provides. It's simply a function of the router they provide. For instance, when you buy this Comcast Internet Only plan, they give you a router that is WiFi enable. The Router also has ports on it that you can plug an ethernet cable into and use a wired connection. Both are ways you can access the same internet access account.

          • Thank you, Dennis. That is helpful. I appreciate your clear write ups on cord cutting. I’m preparing to do that as soon as I understand the things I have to do- like roof/attic or indoor antenna. Again, I do appreciate your straightforward explanations on this topic. Becky

  • So if I switch from my Comcast bundle to internet only they offer WiFi as an add on. What is the purpose of paying $6/month for WiFi on top of their internet?

    • I personally wouldn't do that. I would just plug a Wifi router into their device and use that. As for the antenna question. A ClearStream 2V or 4V would be fine. You can install it outdoors and then run the one antenna to multiple TVs. If you go indoors I would get a separate antenna for each.

      • Thank you. I need to do indoors bc I rent. Based on my report which do you think I need? I have to buy 2. Btw, you are unbelievably so helpful and it’s greatly appreciated. Can’t wait to cut the cord.

        • Thank you!

          I use this router. As for the antenna The Clearstream 2V can be used as an indoor, but you may consider bulky. Is so the <a href="https://www.groundedreason.com/the-best-indoor-hdtv-antenna/"Mohu Glide is a nice substitute.

  • I am subscribe to xstreamingtv. Their customer support said that I can add xstreaming to a fire broken firestick. I have access to Kodi on my firestick but can't figure how to add xstreaminmg to it. I need help.