Special Report

Now Streaming Classic TV Shows That Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television Distribution

20. Carnivàle (2003-2005)
> Total No. of seasons: 2
> Starring: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, HBO Now Amazon Channel, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, HBO Go, DIRECTV, HBO Max

Part fantasy and part drama, “Carnivàle” is about a farm boy and a preacher involved in a proxy battle between heaven and hell set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. The two-season series that aired on HBO won five Emmy Awards and has an 8.4 rating out of 10 among users of IMDb. “Carnivàle” got less love from critics listed on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Freshness rating of 53%, though 87% of audiences were intrigued by the story about hope and despair during the Depression.

Source: Courtesy of HBO

19. Banshee (2013-2016)
> Total No. of seasons: 4
> Starring: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Cinemax Amazon Channel, Max Go, DIRECTV

Cinemax’s “Banshee” is another gripping series that received increasingly positive reviews over its four-season run. The series tells the story of a criminal (played by Antony Starr), who pretends to be the murdered sheriff of the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. Critics note the show’s sometimes gratuitous violence and sex while also praising its self-aware pulpiness.

Source: Courtesy of 20th Television

18. The Americans (2013-2018)
> Total No. of seasons: 6
> Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati
> Available on: Redbox, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store, Popcornflix, DIRECTV

“The Americans” is a Cold War thriller with a twist — married undercover KGB agents who assimilate into American society and commit espionage while raising two children who are unaware, at first, of their real identities. The six-season series that ran on FX was created by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer. It won four Emmys and one Golden Globe before concluding its run in 2018. “The Americans” has a 96% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 93% of audiences enjoyed the spyfest. The show has an 8.4 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.

Source: Courtesy of KVH Media Group

17. Fringe (2008-2013)
> Total No. of seasons: 5
> Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, IMDb TV

“Fringe” revolves around an FBI agent who works with a once-institutionalized scientist and his son to investigate a string of bizarre crimes. The series — which holds a rating of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb — ran for five seasons before ending. All the seasons are available to watch on Amazon Video. The series has drawn many comparisons to “The X-Files.”

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television

16. Person of Interest (2011-2016)
> Total No. of seasons: 5
> Starring: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Netflix, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV

“Person of Interest” follows a former CIA agent and a billionaire coding genius as they work together to prevent crimes before they take place. The highly-addictive series ran for five seasons and earned an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 from the nearly 160,000 users rating it on IMDb. Additionally, aside from the first season, every season received positive reviews across the board from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.