Starting with a polished “splash” screen with thumbnails of its nightly lineup, CBS’s impressive and relatively generous Android app serves up recent episodes for shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Good Wife, NCIS, and Two and a Half Men.
Pros: I found a pair of CBS shows—The Good Wife and Person of Interest—that offer streaming episodes with commentary tracks, a nice bonus for loyal fans. The app doesn’t skimp when it comes to late-night and daytime shows, with Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Talk, Price is Right, and The Bold and the Beautiful all offering a healthy portion of recent episodes for streaming. A “My CBS” feature lets you add favorite shows and track your recently watched episodes. Best of all, you can stream all you want without verifying a pay-TV subscription. In other words, not a padlock in sight.
Cons: While most CBS shows are available for streaming through its Android app, there are a few puzzling and notable omissions, including 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, CSI, Blue Bloods, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii 5-0. Full episodes of Survivor are available, but the most recent is from all the way back in 2007. And yes, you’ll have to suffer through mandatory commercial breaks—at least six in a one-hour episode of Person of Interest, for example.