Best Classic TV Shows Now Available to Stream

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5. The X-Files (1993)
> Total No. of seasons: 11
> Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, VUDU Free, DIRECTV

FOX’s sci-fi series “The X-Files” — about FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who are tasked with investigating the paranormal — originally ran from 1993 through 2002. At the time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards for numerous categories, including art direction, cinematography, and acting. The series returned for two seasons that aired in 2016 and 2018 thanks to demand from fans. The series in its entirety boasts a rating of 8.6 out of 10 on IMDb.

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4. Twin Peaks (1990)
> Total No. of seasons: 2
> Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, CBS, CBS All Access Amazon Channel, Showtime Amazon Channel, fuboTV, DIRECTV

Although co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost returned to the world of Twin Peaks for a 2017 revival, the original series’ two seasons stand alone as one of television’s most acclaimed shows. The sometimes surreal show is about an FBI agent who goes to Twin Peaks to investigate the death of beloved teen Laura Palmer and discovers a dark underbelly of the small town.

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3. Seinfeld (1989)
> Total No. of seasons: 9
> Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
> Genre: Comedy
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, Hulu, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, DIRECTV

One of television’s most successful sitcoms, “Seinfeld” follows the lives of four neurotic New Yorkers. The series was among the top-rated television shows throughout its run, winning 10 Emmys in nine seasons. Its finale was the fourth-most viewed series-ending show of all time. “Seinfeld” has an 88% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 95% of audiences liked the show. It holds a rating of 8.8 out of 10 among IMDb users.

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2. The Simpsons (1989)
> Total No. of seasons: 31
> Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
> Genre: Animation, Comedy
> Available on: Redbox, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Hulu, Microsoft Store, FXNow, fuboTV, Fox, Disney Plus, DIRECTV

With its 31st season about to conclude, “The Simpsons” is the longest-running scripted show in television history. The famously satirical cartoon is available to stream on numerous platforms, with the complete series available on both Amazon Video and Disney+. While many fans believe the show has declined in quality over the years, it still has an overall rating of 8.7 out of 10 on IMDb with more than 350,000 user votes.

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1. Friends (1994)
> Total No. of seasons: 10
> Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
> Genre: Comedy, Romance
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, fuboTV, Sling TV, DIRECTV

The long-running sitcom about six twenty-something friends living in New York made stars out of all six actors. The show’s finale drew 52.5 million viewers in May 2004 and was one of the top-rated television series enders. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a Freshness rating of 78%, while audiences gave it more love, with a 95% score. IMDb users gave “Friends” a rating of 8.9 out of 10.