YouTube Shows launched with much fanfare in the middle of 2009. YouTube wouldn’t be about laser chasing cats and twirl dancing anymore. Some of the premier networks sent their top-rated shows to be hosted on YouTube Shows. Networks like MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, and CBS. Of course, many more networks from around the world (including India) hopped on as YouTube Shows has evolved.
Now, you can watch full length TV episodes and movies…but all on YouTube. YouTube viewers in India will remember this section from last year when quite a few matches of the IPL were streamed live.
The landing page of YouTube Shows gives you a broad view of the categories (genres) you can select as per your viewing tastes. A mouse-over on the thumbnails gives you a brief text hint of what that show is all about.
Here’s the complete list of categories you can get by clicking on the drop down.
Let’s check out what Classic TV category has for us today.
Hey, there are 177 episodes from Star Trek and 86 episodes from The Mahabharata too! I am sure plenty more episodes are in the offing. If you are finding it difficult to scan through the thumbnails, just use the filters on top which allow you to search for TV shows, web shows, clips, and full episodes. You can also sort the entire collection by Latest, or Most Popular.
Let’s do a bit of mythology with the Mahabharata. The page is very nicely arranged and you can drill down through the episodes and clips with a few clicks.
Just 86 episodes sounds like a small slice of the pie. YouTube keeps you notified of new episodes if you subscribe to the show by clicking the large blue Subscribe button. Clips are also interesting because you can catch lot outtakes and behind the scenes stuff here.
If you are searching for a particular show and still haven’t found it in the YouTube pile, take the old-fashioned route by using the search bar. You might be interested in a region specific show like I was in a serial called Fauji where India’s reigning superstar Shahrukh Khan made his TV debut. Well, I got the entire 13 video strong playlist.
YouTube Shows has great entertainment value. But for me it’s often a free trip down memory lane as I catch a few blasts from the past. Tell us about your favorite TV shows and whether you managed to catch them on YouTube Shows.