How to watch ‘Shadowhunters’ online for free

In 2016, the pilot premiere of Shadowhunters garnered higher ratings than Freeform had seen in two years. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the following behind Shadowhunters is appropriately a cult one. It even beat out This is Us at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards. This didn’t prevent Freeform from canceling the series, but it did push the network to cave and order two final episodes that wrap up the entire series in a bow.

The supernatural drama is based on Cassandra Clare’s young adult book series The Mortal Instruments, which is so thrilling, the action practically jumps off the page. Shadowhunters follows a secret society of individuals with angel blood who hunt down demons and other ghouls that threaten humanity. One such hero, Clary Fairchild, learns that she’s one of those destined fighters on her 18th birthday when her mother is mysteriously kidnapped. Now, Clary lives among the “fair folk” of werewolves, vampires, and warlocks, and starts a journey of self-discovery to uncover her past, present, and future. It’s a little Harry Potter, a little Supernatural, and takes the typical teen drama to untold heights.

Here’s everything you need to watch Shadowhunters online for free.

Shadowhunters cast

  • Katherine McNamara as Clary Fairchild
  • Dominic Sherwood as Jace Herondale
  • Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis
  • Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood
  • Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood
  • Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway
  • Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane

When does Shadowhunters air?

Shadowhunters season 3 premiered March 20, 2018, on Freeform. Season 3 was split up into two parts. The second half premieres Feb. 25 at 8pm EST. There are 12 episodes left, including a two-hour series finale.

How to watch Shadowhunters online for free

Freeform is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When you’re trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you decide to try, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, so you can watch Shadowhunters for free. For a more complete rundown, check out our guide to Sling TV competitors.

1) Sling TV

Sling TV offers two cable packages based on your particular needs (Sling Orange and Sling Blue), both of which cost $25 per month, but only Sling Orange comes with Freeform. That package also offers three ESPN channels, AMC, and more than a dozen other channels. But it’s worthwhile to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue package which costs $40 per month and comes with great sports channels like FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and NFL Network, and everything else you see above. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

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2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. If you miss Shadowhunters when it airs, it will be available on-demand along with countless movies, classic programs, and original series available exclusively on Hulu. You’ll also get access to almost 60 channels, including Bravo, ESPN, USA, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)

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3) PlayStation Vue

While you don’t need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. It looks fantastic on a PS4 and lets you jump from gaming to streaming on one device. One subscription lets you stream on up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

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4) YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. Among them are Freeform, The CW, and Syfy, so you can get your fill of supernatural and science fiction. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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5) DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 of them in its most expensive package. Of course, its $40 monthly Live a Little plan will get you access to Freeform, so you can get your Shadowhunters fix. (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now channels here.)

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How to catch up on Shadowhunters episodes

1) Amazon Video

  • Cost: $2.99/episode, $23.99/season
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

You can watch past episodes of Shadowhunters on your TV, tablet, phone, or computer with Amazon Video. Individual episodes cost $2.99 each, but you can nab an entire season starting at $23.99.

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2) Freeform

You can watch select episodes of Shadowhunters on the Freeform website.

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Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.