Sure, Hulu may still be struggling with supporting even a majority of Android devices, but who needs that mess when the CW has an app? Well, yes, people who want to watch shows by any of the other networks, but now all of the CW's top shows are available on (some of) your phones and tablets in their full-episode glory.

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It's not quite the complete library experience we've all been hoping for that some shows occasionally get on Hulu or Netflix, but all of the 12 shows available come with 5 episodes each which, we assume, will be the five most recent episodes unless a show is on hiatus, as is the typical custom with most major streaming sources.


The app also has info on upcoming shows, clips, photos, and a TV schedule feature. You can even use use the app to set reminders for yourself to watch a show, if you're still sticking to a station's schedule. The app also allows you to connect to Facebook and Twitter to share what you're watching or connect with the stars of its shows, if that's your thing.

If you're a fan of CW shows (we accept everyone here on the internet, don't be ashamed), you can download it now via the Play Store. The list of supported devices is somewhat scattershot—the original Transformer is supported, but not the Prime or the Galaxy Tab 10.1—but there at least seems a healthy chance your device will work. Better than the chances of Hulu working on it, anyways.

Also, it's worth noting that the app is ad-supported and comes from a major TV network. You're getting these episodes for free, so get ready to pay in patience. Hit up the widget below if keeping up with the Vampire Diaries is more important to you than avoiding Kia ads.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    This app is incredibly well done, I was shocked to see just how well it works. The UI is excellent and has pleasant transitions that aren't obvious from the screenshots.

    The schedule lineup lets you set episode notifications and watch preview trailers, which is very handy. There is also a photo gallery split by each episode, which has tons of photos.

    Not saying I'll use it because CW shows make me gag, but as far as the app goes, I'd give it 4.8/5.

    • William

      The only show worth watching is Supernatural on The CW.

      If you guys want to try out the app by previewing a show, I'd highly recommend starting out with that show if you haven't seen it yet.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        I've tried watching it before. It's still a little gag-inducing, just like most shows that run on lower numbered cable channels.

  • jeff donuts

    yesss! now i can stream gossip girl lol

  • Jim Thomson

    This app is incompatible with your AT&T Samsung SAMSUNG-SGH-I997.

    Oh, well.

  • Tratious

    The video doesn't play on my Atrix 4G, it just plays sound.

    • Hiram Lester

      I had the same experience. I haven't tried it again. The Atrix 4G is listed in the officially supported devices. The app works fine on my Viewsonic GTablet running CyanogenMod 7.1 which is not on the official list. :)

  • Matthew

    Grrrr.... in my absent mindedness I thought this was a Cartoon Network streaming app. I was like, "I'll take that!" What the hell am I gonna watch from CW?

  • j.Enrique

    Just tried to.install it on my Galaxy Note and kt says its incompatible not only with the note butvthe Nexus Matrix Galaxy S2 etc, plus can't find it on Google play.

  • Uncke Rico

    lame.. not compatible with ATT Galaxy S2!

  • Polo

    Hooray for cw!!! Lol what Eric how's frys

  • Kalyn

    I can't find the app. Is it only available to the states. I am from Canada, have an iPhone 4 and when I try to search for it or go to it from the cw website my phone says cannot complete this request. Not very happy, love the cw.

  • Naomielliott1981

    Why does this app not work on my ATRIX?

  • Steelhelmet1972

    REALLdoes not work on my LG Optimistic, lame

  • Guest

    unable to view video on my Photon....ONLY SOUND...Crap

  • St Sinner02

    Cant find the app? Why? :(( is it available here in Japan?

  • Ladyj219

    Why does this app not work on my cruz tablet

  • [email protected]

    I downloaded it for my iPhone 4s but all I get is 20 seconds of image and then I only get audio. Does anyone else have this problem, if so how did you fix it?

  • Catherine

    the phone I have says that the cw app does not wrk on my phone someone please help they should make it available for all phones I am mad!!!

  • julie

    My phone doesn't let me download!! I really want it but it says that it is not compatible with my phone. Please fix!! Please... i wanna see Supernatural...

  • duc

    I cant download the app its not compatible with galaxy note why?!!

  • http://twitter.com/Kalel0385 Josh Queen

    Not cool.... Not compatible with my 4G Evo. Wth.

  • laura

    I can download app but can't view cause there doesn't seem tobbe a flash player that works with and you can no longer download adobe flash player from Google store! :(

  • Alaina

    This app blows, once it finally loads, it will lag, and skip and peices of the sound go missing, so you miss parts of the show!! Rating it doesn't matter, it doesn't get fixed!!

  • Vin

    Just downloaded on my galaxy S3 and it needs flash player. However, flash player doesn't work with even the newest and best android phone on the market today. CW needs to get its act together and allow for its own player or partner with a company that actually allows you to download the flash player.

    • Wes F

      You can download flash for jelly bean separately. Look up flash player for jelly bean and you should find an xda forum that tells you how to do it.

  • jen

    Adobe flash player has been pulled from Google. It sucks, this and a few other apps wont run with out it. maybe the developer needs to updated with a new flash player and from what I'm understanding a lot less freeze ups and commercials. its disappointing i love the channel and all the shows.

  • Román Rodríguez

    Arrow. :D

  • Lil Augusta

    Please make this app available in Canada too!

  • Syed Zillay Ali

    Crap application.. it is not compatible with any android phone on earth..