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You’d expect a network called TruTV to be full of reality series. Or competition series. Or documentary series. You would be wrong, mostly. Instead, the network that once, long ago, was Court TV has become an unlikely home to some of the best cult comedies on TV.
What is TruTV?
Spurred on by the success of the hidden camera cringe comedy series Impractical Jokers—now eight seasons strong and basically omnipresent on the network—TruTV pivoted in 2014 from a reality-focused network to something stranger. There are comedy documentary and mockumentary series with at least a foot in facts—like the fantastically entertaining Adam Ruins Everything, an unlikely concoction that uses sketch comedy as a vehicle to dive into subjects ranging from immigration to the justice system to voting. There’s the thoroughly charming and surrealist At Home with Amy Sedaris, a sort of Martha Stewart Living on shrooms.
And there’s also straight-up sitcoms like Andrea Savage’s underrated I’m Sorry, as well as Tacoma FD, from the beloved cult sketch comedy team Broken Lizard, with its sort-of-ingenious “firefighters in America’s wettest city” premise. Plus, when March Madness rolls around each year, you’ll find several NCAA basketball games on TruTV, which is primarily due to the vagaries of broadcasting rights but almost feels itself like a clever high-concept joke that got out of hand. If you want to catch up on TruTV’s slate of original series, you can do it even without a cable subscription. Grab one of the live TV subscription services below, and you can watch TruTV anytime.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch TruTV online.
How to watch TruTV for free
There are a number of live TV streaming services that offer TruTV. So, how do you decide which one is right for you? Well, that depends on your budget, what other channels you just can’t live without, and what device (or devices) you plan on streaming with. We cover all of those essential issues below. But don’t worry: No matter which service you select, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, allowing you to watch TruTV for free.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Dish Network’s foray into over-the-internet live TV is the most popular such service in the U.S. That’s no surprise, given the low barrier to entry it offers for many of the most popular cable networks. For only $25 a month, you can sign up for a tier of Sling TV that will handily compete with any basic cable package. Sling TV offers a slightly dizzying array of options: two distinct packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) that you can sign up for separately or together (Sling Orange + Blue, which costs just $40 per month), and add-ons ranging from premium channels like Starz to cloud DVR storage. In the case of TruTV, you’ll need either Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. Here’s a complete guide t o Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu is practically an elder statesman on the streaming entertainment scene, first launching in 2007 and quickly garnering fans as one of the best places to catch up on streaming episodes of recent TV series. But over the years Hulu has expanded its offerings considerably, with a variety of subscription tiers both commercial-free and ad-supported—as well as its own Netflix-style slate of often-excellent original programming. Hulu with Live TV includes access to all of Hulu’s own original content, of course, but also allows you to watch over 60 channels live, TruTV included, with 50 hours of storage dedicated to live TV—a particularly handy feature for sports fans. You can check out a complete list of Hulu with Live TV’s channels here.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV built its reputation on channels that distribute live sports. If you want a truly dizzying array of soccer options (and really, you should), FuboTV’s the best game in town, pardon the pun. But FuboTV’s not just the best place for cord-cutters to devour professional cycling; it also has loads of cable standards, with over 80 channels in its basic package. TruTV is present and accounted for, and you also get AMC, E!, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Syfy, CNN, the Food Network, and many others. You can check out the complete FuboTV channels list here, and you can read more about FuboTV’s DVR here and read our comprehensive FuboTV review.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Launched in 2017, YouTube TV lets up to six people watch live TV on one account, which makes it a tough-to-beat proposition for families, roommates, or anyone else balling on a budget. $40 a month will net you over 60 channels, including TruTV, of course, as well as BBC America, National Geographic, TBS, and many others. Plus, it includes unlimited space for DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Patrick Caldwell is a streaming entertainment reporter. He previously served as a staff music critic at the Austin American-Statesman.