If you ask most people to name a website where you can stream movies and TV shows then most of them are going to say Putlocker. For many years Putlocker was the go-to website for movie and TV show streaming and millions used it. In 2016 UK authorities shut down the original Putlocker site. Since then several new Putlocker sites have emerged.
In fact, if you do a search for Putlocker you will find many different versions appear in the results such as putlockers.me, putlockers.fm, putlockers.co, putlockerstoworld.com and more. I don’t know if the original Putlocker people operate any of these but they all offer the ability to stream movies and TV shows for free.
Let’s get real here before we move on – streaming movies and TV shows for free is illegal. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows everything that you do online and if there is a lawsuit then your ISP will willingly provide your details because they don’t want to get involved. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
The reality is that there are so many people using these free movie and TV streaming websites that it is impossible for the authorities to police it properly. Having said that you could be unlucky, so I have included some genuine services for you to consider in this Putlocker alternative review.
I used a VPN service to find and test out the free Putlocker alternatives that I will reveal to you. So please bear in mind my warnings before you read my best 10 Putlocker alternatives that provide free movie and TV show streaming.
Best Putlocker Alternatives
1. Netfilx – starts from $11/month
Everyone has heard of Netflix and it is a good safe Putlocker alternative for streaming movies and TV shows. Netflix has one of the best selections around and you can stream on an unlimited basis for a monthly subscription.
I’ve been a Netflix user for some time and I really like the organized interface that it has. I find everything well optimized and it is really easy to find what you want to watch. There are no other streaming services that even come close to offering the range of content that Netflix offers.
The amount of new content offered on Netflix can be limited though and sometimes titles just disappear from their collection which can be infuriating. One good feature is that you can set up different profiles with a single account so that you can have your favorite content and other family members can have theirs.
2. Hulu – from $5.99/month
Hulu is another safe Putlocker alternative and I’d rate it second best to Netflix. It is cheaper than Netflix and focuses on TV shows past and present. When I tried Hulu I was able to stream a lot of current TV shows on the major networks (not CBS though) and I also found some shows that are only available on cable TV too.
I really liked the fact that you can access the current season of a show with Hulu. In most cases, you can find most of the seasons of a show. There are some movies available but most of these are a bit offbeat, to say the least. One of the drawbacks with Hulu is that they show commercials even with a paid subscription.
I found a lot of original programming on Hulu that was high quality. Overall the range of TV shows on offer impressed me. One gripe that I had with Hulu is that the interface isn’t that great. The other issue was that it was hard to find older seasons of popular TV shows sometimes.
OK now on to the free streaming websites:
I liked SolarMovie and consider it a good Putlocker alternative as it has a big selection of movies organized very well into categories such as action, fiction, romance and so on. This is a free streaming website for watching movies and TV shows and I discovered more than 30 genres on the site.
Although you can register an account with SolarMovies there is no need to do this as I was able to access everything without doing this. All of the content that I watched was really high quality and the overall experience was good.
Anti-piracy groups are fully aware of SolarMovie and it has had to change its domain name a few times. It is still easy to find with a bit of good searching though. SolarMovie is certainly one of the best Putlocker alternatives.
If you are just interested in streaming movies in high quality for free then Niter is a good Putlocker alternative. I found that the website has a lot of the latest new releases and a good collection of older movies as well. I really liked the interface with Niter and it had a real Netflix look and feel to it.
Having used Niter for a while I would say that it is better than Putlocker in its different forms today. The organization of Niter is great and the homepage has good categories including movies recently released and added to their site.
Searching for your favorite movie is easy and fast. I was impressed that you could search by movie genre and even the year the movie released. I liked the streaming speed of Niter too and I didn’t experience any buffering.
FMovies is one of the most popular movie and TV show streaming websites and a very good Putlocker alternative. I found literally thousands of movies and TV shows on FMovies which really impressed me. When I initially tried to access the website I was blocked and I had to use a VPN to get around this.
All of the content was high quality on FMovies and you have the choice to either stream them and watch straight away or download them. The downloading was fast and I found it really convenient as I could watch the movie offline whenever I wanted.
There are some new movies and TV shows on FMovie and a great selection of older content. It was hard to dislike anything about this website other than the fact that the anti-piracy brigade are onto it so you may find you can’t access it in your area.
6. 123 Movies
I really liked the look of the 123 Movies interface and I consider it a great Putlocker alternative. There is a pretty impressive selection of TV shows and movies and you can even find dramas from Asia and anime and cartoons.
One thing different about 123 Movies is that the content is provided by third parties that are not affiliated which makes the website kind of legal but it’s still dodgy. The content is high quality and it was pretty easy to find stuff.
You may not be able to find everything that you want at 123 Movies but it does stream content well and there is a lot of choices. I liked the layout and the organization so it is worthy of consideration.
7. Los Movies
If you are looking for a large catalog of movies and TV shows in a lot of different genres then you’ll find Los Movies as a good Putlocker alternative. I found the interface easy to use and it was pretty easy to search for content. There is also a section where you can see what is trending currently.
I liked that Los Movies could just display content that had subtitles. What I didn’t like is that without too much effort I found myself subjected to a very annoying barrage of popups that was hard to stop. Some of the popups were for really dubious websites.
In my opinion, Los Movies is better than Putlocker in a few ways. The interface is better and so is the selection. But those popups are seriously annoying so if you want to use the website then install an ad block on your browser.
If you are a TV series fan then Watch Online Series is a good Putlocker alternative. I have never found a website like Watch Online Series that has so much TV show content. When I tried to access the website it took a while to find the right domain extension for where I was located.
So if you want to watch the Simpsons or the Sopranos then you can find virtually every TV series on Watch Online Series. A lot of the TV shows are available in HD and usually, the website will provide a couple of mirror links should things go wrong.
I did experience some ads with Watch Online Series so I’d advise you to install an ad blocker. If you like watching TV series for free then I can honestly say that Watch Online Series is probably the best out there.
There are a ton of movies available on Popcornflix and it is a serious Putlocker alternative. I found the quality of the movie content to be excellent and streaming was pretty fast. I was able to find all kinds of movies from sci-fi to action and romance to comedy.
If you have no idea what you want to watch then you can see a large category list on the right towards the bottom of the page. I found that the movie player loaded quickly and there were no buffering problems at all.
Popcornflix is certainly worth looking at as it will probably have the movies that you want to watch. I liked the search function and it was quick to respond to my searches. I also liked the movie player.
Don’t be put off by the weird name, Rainerland is a good Putlocker alternative. There is some really good content on Rainerland and you can easily see the movies currently trending on the home page.
Rainerland is all about movies and you won’t find your favorite TV shows there. I really like the interface and I found everything easy to use. Just click and watch. The streaming is fast and the content quality good.
There is a Cinema section in Rainerland which I discovered contained a wide range of handpick movies from all genres. There is a lot to like about Rainerland and in many ways, it is a great Putlocker alternative.
OK, so it all depends if you want to stay safe or not. If you want to go the safe route then there is nothing to beat Netflix. Hulu is good for TV shows and it’s a bit cheaper but Netflix rules. Other safe examples do not offer anywhere near as much.
If you are OK with the free sites then for movies I had the best experience with Rainerland. When I wanted to find a TV series then Watch Online Series had the best selection. FMovies and Niter are good websites too. As they are all free you should give them all a try and choose the ones you like the best.