Classic Streaming TV Shows

With streaming TV so accessible these days, sharing favorite shows from your childhood is quick and easy. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube are the most popular sites for streaming TV episodes, though you might need to subscribe to get the best stuff. Here are some of our top picks, but go ahead and search online for your favorite show, and it might turn up! (Streaming availability changes frequently, so not all shows listed below may be easily accessible at any given moment.) For more classics, check out our full Classic TV list and Classic Cartoons Parents Love to Watch with Their Kids.

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Lassie (1954)

age 5+

One collie, 20 years of old-fashioned family adventures.

Network: Hulu (1954)
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The Andy Griffith Show

age 6+

Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

Network: TV Land (1960)
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I Love Lucy

age 6+

Classic clowning from comic genius; for all ages.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1951)
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Pinky and the Brain

age 6+

Clever toon is great fun for both kids and adults.

Network: Toon Disney (1995)
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

age 6+

Classic superhero cartoon consistently entertains.

Network: Freeform, Disney XD (1981)
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Animaniacs

age 7+

Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.

Network: WB (1993)
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The Brady Bunch

age 7+

Oh, my nose! '70s icon is family-friendly fare.

Network: Syndicated (1969)
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The Dick Van Dyke Show

age 7+

Kennedy-era comedy series offers good family fun.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1961)
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Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

age 7+

Superb classic still entertains, but know your kid.

Network: Online (1982)
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Voltron

age 7+

Vintage '80s mega-robot action still OK for kids.

Network: Boomerang, Cartoon Network (1984)
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Jem and the Holograms

age 8+

Flashy '80s 'toon boasts positive heroines for tween girls.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (1985)
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Star Trek: The Original Series

age 8+

A cultural icon that's lived long and prospered.

Network: G4, Syndicated, TV Land (1966)
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Doctor Who

age 10+

Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.

Network: BBC America, Syfy (1963)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

age 10+

Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.

Network: Syndicated (1987)
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The Twilight Zone

age 10+

Classic morality tales still make you think.

Network: Syfy, Syndicated (1959)
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The Jeffersons

age 11+

Barrier-breaking sitcom mixes humor, stereotypes.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1975)
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MacGyver

age 11+

80s action hero relies on smarts, not violence.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1985)
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Quantum Leap

age 12+

Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.

Network: Syfy (1989)
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Cheers

age 13+

Laughs are on tap in this classic sitcom.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1982)
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The Golden Girls

age 13+

Funny senior housemates crack wise; teens and up.

Network: Lifetime Television (1985)
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