Welcome to another AddonHQ tutorial. If you want to find out what the best Kodi addons for TV shows are, you’ve landed in just the right place.
Maybe you’re bored at home. Or, you’re stuck on the late shift at the office. Perhaps you simply like to use your computer instead of your TV to watch your favorite shows. Whatever your situation may be, one thing is for sure: the addons listed below will help you find whatever show you want. You may even discover some new shows that you didn’t know about before.
There are two main ways to watch TV shows on Kodi. If you have a live TV addon, you can use it to tune in when your show is being broadcast. The other way to watch is to use an addon that gathers up links to shows that have already been broadcast.
This guide will touch on a few good live TV addons. However, the main focus will be on addons for watching full seasons of TV shows. Follow along to find out where you need to go and what you need to do in order to download each addon on the list.
Please read our disclaimer before proceeding.
We highly recommend using a VPN while streaming through Kodi. Kodi users have been known to receive copyright infringement notices for streaming movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish – a complete privacy solution for Kodi users.
- 1 Want to watch your show live? Check out these 2 addons
- 2 The 4 Best Addons for Binging Entire TV Seasons
- 2.1 1. Exodus
- 2.1.1 How does Exodus work, anyway?
- 2.1.2 Exodus has all the most popular shows
- 2.1.3 You can browse by genre
- 2.1.4 Or, you can browse by network
- 2.1.5 You can also browse TV shows by actor
- 2.1.6 How to find brand new TV shows on Exodus
- 2.1.7 Pull up a list of “G” rated shows
- 2.1.8 How to switch on subtitles in Exodus
- 2.2 2. Bob Unrestricted
- 2.3 3. Phoenix
- 2.4 4. Specto
- 2.1 1. Exodus
Want to watch your show live? Check out these 2 addons
USTVNow Plus and BBC iPlayer are 2 of the most reliable live TV addons around. The people that maintain USTVNow Plus and BBC iPlayer do everything “by the book.” That’s why the links to feeds you’ll find on these addons never change or break.
If you download and install USTVNow Plus and BBC iPlayer, you’ll gain instant access to a large selection of British and American TV channels.
1. USTVNow Plus
Unlike most video addons, USTVNow does not depend on foreign web servers for content. USTVNow pays licensing fees for the right to provide the public with access to all 6 of the major networks.
USTVNow is free and easy-to-use, which is why we think it’s one of the best addons you can install if you’re just starting out on Kodi.
On the other hand, the downside of USTVNow is that you have to pay to upgrade your account if you want HD quality streams and get access to more channels.
2. BBC iPlayer
The BBC iPlayer is the UK’s answer to USTVNow Plus. Like USTVNow Plus, the BBC iPlayer is fully licensed and totally legitimate.
BBC iPlayer is also very easy to use. It allows you to access all of the BBC’s live TV streaming content as well as their on-demand content. Also, all the feeds are of high quality.
The only downside to the BBC iPlayer is that it doesn’t work if it detects that you are not logging on from inside the UK. If you get a VPN subscription, though, you can easily login to the web from a UK server and acquire a British IP address.
If you want to try out BBC iPlayer but you live outside the UK, we suggest you get IPVanish. IPVanish has 42 London servers and they are all very fast. The company also has 2 servers in Belfast, 2 in Glasgow, 2 in Liverpool, 3 in Manchester and one in Nottingham.
Note: The BBC iPlayer addon used to be called “WWW iPlayer.”
Discover More Live TV Addons
The above video walks you through how to install USTVNow and BBC iPlayer, plus 4 more excellent live TV addons.
Read more about live TV addons: Best Live TV Addons for Kodi 2017 – Watch Live TV on Kodi
The 4 Best Addons for Binging Entire TV Seasons
Live TV addons are great for watching the latest episode of your favorite show on the day that it’s broadcast. But if you want to catch up and watch all the previously broadcast episodes, you’ll need an entirely different type of addon.
Currently, the 4 best Kodi addons for TV Shows are Exodus, Bob Unlimited, Phoenix and Specto.
For several years now, Exodus has reigned supreme as the most popular addon for watching movies and TV show seasons. The main reason for its success and popularity is the fact that its developers are always sending out updates.
Exodus was recently taken over by the TVaddons programmer group. Now that multiple talented developers are working to improve Exodus, it should get even better as time goes on.
How does Exodus work, anyway?
Exodus is essentially a stream scraper. It uses the IMDb database to pull up lists of various TV shows. Once you find a show you want to watch and click it, Exodus reaches out to small and large streaming websites located around the globe.
After you click, it takes about a minute for Exodus to compile a list of links to an episode. Each link has a different source. Also, some of the streams it pulls are of higher quality than others.
Exodus has all the most popular shows
If you want to watch a recent show that is extremely popular, you’ll have no trouble finding what you want on Exodus. However, if you try to watch an old show or an obscure show, you might run into a “no stream available” message. That message means that Exodus was not able to find a working link to that particular episode.
You can browse by genre
Exodus’s genre menu allows you to browse all kinds of TV show categories. Its genre category list includes the following genres: action, adventure, animation, biography, comedy, crime, drama, family, fantasy, game show, history, horror, music, musical, mystery, news, reality TV, romance, science fiction, sport, talk show, thriller, war and western.
Or, you can browse by network
If you’re a fan of shows produced by a specific network, you can use Exodus’s network menu to browse for TV shows. For example, if you’re in the mood to watch a nature TV show you can open up the Discovery Channel folder and see what it has to offer.
Networks you’ll find while browsing include: A&E, ABC, AMC, AT-X, Adult Swim, Amazon, Animal Planet, Audience, BBC America, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BET, Bravo, CBC, CBS, CTV, CW, CW Seed, Cartoon Network, Channel 4, Channel 5, Cinemax, Comedy Central, Crackle, Discovery Channel, Discovery ID, Disney Channel, Disney XD, E! Entertainment, E4, Fox, FX, Freeform, HBO, HGTV, Hallmark, History Channel, ITV, Lifetime, MTV, NBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Nickelodeon, PBS, Showtime, Sky1, Starz, Sundance, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, TV Land, Travel Channel, TruTV, USA, VH1 and WGN.
You can also browse TV shows by actor
Exodus’s “people search” function allows you to look up your favorite actors to see which TV shows and talk shows they’ve appeared in. For example, if you click “People search” and type “Charlie Sheen” into the search bar, you’ll be able to find out which shows he’s been in other than Two and a Half Men.
How to find brand new TV shows on Exodus
Exodus’s “new TV shows” category contains a list of shows in their first season. If you’re looking to discover new shows that you may not have heard about before, it’s a great place to start.
Pull up a list of “G” rated shows
If you’re looking for something wholesome to watch with your kids, you can filter shows by rating via the “certificates” menu. Available ratings include TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-MA.
How to switch on subtitles in Exodus
In previous versions of Exodus, you had to download and install a separate subtitle addon to get subtitles to work. But now, Exodus now has built-in subtitle functionality.
To turn on subtitles, open up Exodus then click tools. Next, click settings: subtitles. By default, Exodus looks for English subtitles. You can switch to a different subtitle language via the primary language menu.
2. Bob Unrestricted
After Exodus, an addon called Bob Unrestricted is the second best Kodi addon for watching full TV show seasons.
Bob has quite a few interesting features that you Exodus lacks. However, its menus are not quite as straightforward as Exodus’s.
Bob Unrestricted Installation guide
- Go to http://noobsandnerds.com/portal/ and download noobsandnerds_repo.zip.
- Open Kodi and click addons, then click the box icon and choose install from zip file.
- Click desktop then select noobsandnerds_repo.zip.
- Click install from repository, then noobs and nerds repo.
- Click video addons then scroll down to bob unlimited.
Playing a TV show on Bob
When you click a title on Bob, you won’t see a list of streams. Instead, you’ll see a simplified menu that allows you to choose between HD and SD quality streams. If there is only one type of stream available, you won’t get any prompt at all and the stream will just play.
You don’t need a Trakt account to create bookmarks
One of the coolest things about Bob is that it has a built-in bookmarking system. In order to create bookmarks in Exodus, you need a Trakt or IMDb account.
If you find content on Bob that you want to save for later, you can alt-click it and select “Add to My Bob.”
Find curated TV show lists
Exodus’s menu relies on the IMDb database. But with Bob, real people organize the TV show streams. If you explore a bit you’ll find lists of crime shows, reality shows, sitcoms and series for little kids. The section labeled TNPB TV shows contains british shows, retro shows, shows that are based on comic books and the top 250 shows according to IMDb.
Browse kids’ shows
The section of Bob labeled “Bob’s Kids” contains links to several different curated lists of kids’ shows. Options here include Kids New Release, Blue’s Kids, Retro Toons, TNPB’s Kids, Valhalla’s Kids and Tiny Tikes.
Powerful search functionality
Bob’s search function is more powerful than Exodus’s. Also, it allows you to easily pull up your search history. Exodus does not save your search queries.
Phoenix used to be awesome. However, in recent months several of its contributors seemed to have moved on to other projects. As a result, many of its menus are deeply in need of housekeeping.
Despite its shabby appearance, Phoenix still has good content. If you have the patience to tolerate dead links here and there and weird menus, it’s still worth a look.
Some of Phoenix’s menus are are quite good, but others are full of dead links and menus that loop back on themselves.
If you are willing to poke around, you can occasionally find some decent stuff. For example, a list of live TV streams can be found by clicking phoenix TV and then entertainment.
The section of Phoenix entitled one242415 is probably the most well-maintained part of this addon. It has some quirky handpicked TV content lists that are worth checking out, like Live News TV, Canada TV series, Black Urban TV, etc.
Specto is very similar to Exodus. Both addons rely on IMDb for information. Also, both addons have many of the same menus.
If you like Exodus, Specto is a good backup. If you can’t find the TV show you want on Exodus, give Specto a try.
In terms of features, the only real difference between Exodus and Specto is the favorites system. Like Bob, Specto has a built-in favorites system. On Specto you can setup your favorites from inside the addon by saving your favorite content to the “My Specto” directory.
Another difference between the two is the fact that the makers of Exodus usually push out updates more frequently than the creators behind Specto.
How to install Specto
- Go to http://kodi.filmkodi.com/repository.filmkodi.com/ and download repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
- Open Kodi and click addons, then click the box icon and choose install from zip file.
- Click desktop then select repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
- Click install from repository.
- Click filmkodi.com repository – mrknow, then video addons, then specto.