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Classic TV Shows We Wish Were Available to Stream

Why can't we watch these beloved shows? Blame music rights, distribution rights, or saving certain shows for specific streaming services.

“Matlock”

“Matlock”

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The joy of streaming means that many beloved shows from your past can be rewatched and relived all over again. It also means that such convenience makes the beloved shows that aren’t available to stream yet (or at least, aren’t available any more) stick out even more egregiously. After all, why can’t everything just be streaming? This is the age of Peak TV!

It’s a rhetorical question, but the actual answer as to why we can’t have everything ever, right now, is a mix of music rights, distribution rights, saving certain shows for certain streaming services, or some mix of all three. While some of these shows, as we’ve noted, are available for digital purchase — gotta keep those royalty checks coming! — it’s impossible to get them in their entirety as part of any ongoing subscription package.

With these elements to blame, IndieWire has compiled a list of a number of classic shows that aren’t currently available to stream — and may never be (again or ever):

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