Looking for some easy entertainment this summer that costs you nothing (except bandwidth)? ABC has expanded the shows available on its streaming app — it now offers more than just programs from its present or recent past. You can play the ABC app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Roku and ABC.com. Just be prepared to wait through commercials….remember, since it’s free, “you are the product.”

There are also some new series broadcasting exclusively from the stream, but as you might expect from anything deemed not worthy to run on the network itself, they aren’t worth your time.

Due to early cancellations there are a lot of rare series here, some of which aren’t bad. The new additions are as follows:

8 Simple Rules (half John Ritter comedy, half dramedy mourning John Ritter)



Body of Proof

Brothers & Sisters

Commander in Chief (Geena Davis as the President; debuted to killer ratings, then plummeted)


Dinosaurs (anyone who tells you Dinosaurs is a bad show hasn’t actually watched it since they were 5. It’s still one of my favorites)

Dirty Sexy Money




Happy Town

Hope and Faith I Survived a Japanese Game Show (these two were accidentally listed at once, but…I like it this way)

The Knights of Prosperity (very unconventional comedy about a gang of bumbling thieves; it starred Sofia Vergara right before Modern Family)

Less Than Perfect

Manhattan Love Story


My Generation (hamfisted attempt by tone-deaf ABC execs to “get with” Millennials)

My So-Called Life

The Neighbors

October Road

Off the Map

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (this proves there is still a limit to how far you can take a fantasy story on a live-action TV series, even with CGI)


Reaper (cult favorite CW show about a dude hoodwinked by a smirking, wisecracking Devil into capturing escaped souls from Hell)

Red Band Society (I don’t know if you’ll believe me, but this was a lighthearted, happy series about a group of terminally ill teenagers)

The River

Samantha Who? (Christina Applegate loses her memories and changes from a ruthless corporate overlord into a generous perky blonde; she has the coincidental name of “Samantha Newly.” It’s not bad and it has an actual ending)

Schoolhouse Rock

Secret Millionaire

Smart Guy

Sports Night

Trophy Wife (critics begged us to watch Trophy Wife and swore the bad title had nothing to do with the show. We ignored them. Now’s your second chance to appease them)

Ugly Betty

What About Brian?

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