The Best Free Alternatives to MeTV for Classic TV Shows

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If you can’t access MeTV with an antenna, I’ve found the best free options to keep watching your favorite classic TV shows.

MeTV provides a network program schedule on its website.

I printed it out, reviewed the more than 50 shows the channel airs and then searched free streaming apps to see if they had the same shows.

These Free Streaming Services Carry the Same Shows as MeTV

What I learned is that free streaming apps carry some of the most popular content that MeTV offers, including:

  • The Honeymooners 
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show 
  • Batman 
  • Dragnet

But I also discovered that some free streaming apps are a lot better than others.

From my research, the free streaming service Pluto TV carried about 20 of the more than 50 total shows from MeTV’s schedule. Pluto TV was followed closely by Tubi.

I recommend that you download both apps because some of the shows on Tubi aren’t on Pluto TV.

Amazon’s Freevee and Peacock’s free tier also featured some shows from MeTV’s schedule, but fewer than Pluto TV and Tubi.

Here’s a chart that summarizes my findings:

Alfred Hitchcock PresentsAlfred Hitchcock Presents
Barnaby Jones
Bugs Bunny and Friends
Carol Burnett and Friends
Full House
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green AcresGreen AcresGreen Acres
Have Gun, Will Travel
Highway Patrol
Hogan’s Heroes
In the Heat of the NightIn the Heat of the NightIn the Heat of the Night
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Land of the Giants
Leave It to BeaverLeave It to Beaver
Lost in Space
Mission ImpossibleMission Impossible
My Three Sons
Perry MasonPerry MasonPerry Mason
Peter GunnPeter GunnPeter GunnPeter Gunn
Petticoat JunctionPetticoat JunctionPetticoat JunctionPetticoat Junction
Popeye and Pink Panther’s Party
Saved by the Bell
Star Trek: Original
Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie
The A-TeamThe A-Team
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The Andy Griffith ShowThe Andy Griffith Show
The Best of the Ed Sullivan ShowThe Best of the Ed Sullivan Show
The Beverly HillbilliesThe Beverly HillbilliesThe Beverly HillbilliesThe Beverly Hillbillies
The Big Valley
The Dick Van Dyke ShowThe Dick Van Dyke ShowThe Dick Van Dyke ShowThe Dick Van Dyke ShowThe Dick Van Dyke Show
The FlintstonesThe Flintstones
The FugitiveThe Fugitive
The HoneymoonersThe HoneymoonersThe Honeymooners
The Invaders
The Jetsons
The RiflemanThe RiflemanThe RiflemanThe RiflemanThe Rifleman
The Three StoogesThe Three StoogesThe Three Stooges
The Time Tunnel
The Tom and Jerry Show
The Twilight ZoneThe Twilight Zone
The WaltonsThe Waltons
Toon In With Me
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Wagon Train
Wanted: Dead or AliveWanted: Dead or AliveWanted: Dead or Alive

PLEASE NOTE: Shows come and go from streaming services all the time, and MeTV’s network schedule can also change. I plan to update this chart regularly.

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The great thing about these free streaming services is that you can watch on your terms. Episodes are typically available to stream on demand, so you’re not tied to the live TV schedule.

Free streaming services are supported by advertising, but they run fewer ads than broadcast TV.

And it’s important to remember that whenever you’re streaming, whether it’s a free or paid service, a high-speed internet connection is required.

Learn more in my simple guide to cutting the cord.

Live TV Services That Carry MeTV

If these free streaming services don’t offer enough of the MeTV content that you enjoy watching, there are two low-cost streaming options to consider.

Live TV streaming services Frndly TV and Philo both carry MeTV.

I’ve reviewed these services on my YouTube channel and even got the opportunity to interview the CEO of Philo. You can watch my conversation with Andrew McCollum below:

Frndly TV is the cheaper of the two services, starting at less than $10 a month. But it provides fewer live TV channels and features compared to the $25 a month Philo service.

Both services offer free trials. You can learn more about Frndly TV here and Philo here.

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