9 Fan-Favorite TV Shows Not Streaming Anywhere (PHOTOS)

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Alias - Ron Rifkin, Victor Garber, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Carl Lumbly, Merrin Dungey, Kevin Wiesman, Kevin Weisman
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The ABC spy drama—featuring Jennifer Garner as master of disguises Sydney Bristow and Victor Garber as her “spy daddy”—was previously available on Netflix with an alternate soundtrack.

All in the Family - Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers
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All in the Family

The seminal, socially progressive CBS family sitcom—starring Carroll O’Connor as the irascible Archie Bunker—is streaming on Crackle, but users can only watch the fifth and sixth seasons.

The cast of Castle - Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Tony Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan
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Before Nathan Fillion was The Rookie, he solved crimes as the eponymous mystery novelist of this ABC procedural. And Reddit users find it “disappointing” that they can’t find a place to stream it.

The cast of Chicago Hope in 1996 - Peter Berg (as Dr. Billy Kronk), Jayne Brook (as Dr. Diane Grad), Vondie Curtis-Hall (as Dr. Dennis Hancock), Adam Arkin (as Dr. Aaron Shutt), Christine Lahti (as Dr. Kathryn Austin), Hector Elizondo (as Dr. Phillip Watters), Mark Harmon (as Dr. Jack McNeil), Thomas Gibson (as Dr. Daniel Nyland), Rocky Carroll (as Dr. Keith Wilkes)
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Chicago Hope

“I see you ER, but when are we getting Chicago Hope streaming?!” one fan tweeted in 2018, referring to this CBS medical drama starring Mandy Patinkin, Hector Elizondo, and Christine Lahti.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Season 4 - Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Daphne Reid as Vivian Banks, Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks
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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

“The day they put Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix will be the best day of my life,” one fan tweeted in 2014. Five years later, the NBC comedy that made Will Smith a household name still isn’t streaming anywhere.

Homicide: Life on the Street - Yaphet Kotto as Lt. Al Giardello, Melissa Leo as Det. Kay Howard, Clark Johnson as Det. Meldrick Lewis, Reed Diamond as Det. Mike Kellerman, Andre Braugher as Det. Frank Pembleton, Kyle Secor as Det. Tim Bayliss, Richard Belzer as Det. John Munch, Michelle Forbes as Dr. Julianna Cox, Max Perlich as J.H. Brodie
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Homicide: Life on the Street

Adweek calls this NBC procedural—the first show to feature Richard Belzer’s Law & Order: SVU character, John Munch—a “capital-G Great TV Series” that’s “perfect for streaming.”

Moonlighting - Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd
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The Guardian calls Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis the “Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant of their time” for their work as a private eye team in this ABC dramedy. “It is ripe for a streaming rerun,” the newspaper adds.

Northern Exposure cast members - Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleischman and Janine Turner as Maggie O'Connell
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Northern Exposure

“It pisses me off Northern Exposure isn’t available for streaming,” laments one Reddit user, a fan of this Emmy-winning CBS drama about the oddball residents of a fictional Alaskan town.

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With countless streaming platforms available to TV viewers and even more on the way, there’s nothing you can’t watch over the web, right? Well, not quite. Many beloved shows are nowhere to be found Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and all the rest.

As Vulture reports, the streaming platforms are much more likely to spend money on original programming than on licensing fees for preexisting titles.

Plus, older TV shows often feature music that was only licensed for broadcast and maybe physical home video—and sorting out music rights for streaming can be a time-intensive and costly process. Chicago Hope, the site notes, didn’t boast a memorable soundtrack, but Mandy Patinkin’s character “had a habit of busting out into show tunes,” and Broadway songs “are particularly expensive to use.” As a result of these licensing headaches, some older TV shows have made it to streaming platforms with different music that fans find jarring.

While the streaming wars heat up, all we can do is hope that the fan-favorite TV shows in the gallery above — Castle, Alias, Moonlighting, and more — will find a new home. Flip through the slides to see those digital castaways.