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The CW App is the only way to watch FREE EPISODES of your favorite shows whenever you want. You don’t need a subscription or password. Just install the app and stream the hit series Riverdale, along with The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Dynasty, Jane The Virgin, The 100, Valor, iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Originals and more. Missed last night’s episode? Watch it now for free. Behind more than one? Catch up on the last five episodes aired anytime. And coming soon to The CW, get ready for Black Lightning and Life Sentence!

Features Include:
* FULL EPISODES: Watch the latest episodes of every primetime show the day after broadcast
* NO LOGINS: No cable subscription, no credit cards, no passwords. Ever.
* PUSH NOTIFICATIONS: Get reminded when your favorite shows air and when they’re available to watch in the app.
* EXTRAS: See previews for upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes extras, cast interviews, and more.
* PHOTOS: Browse extensive photo galleries for episodic and publicity stills.
* EASY ACCESS TO CW SEED: Binge on new classics like The Secret Circle, Everwood, The Game, Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris, and Constantine, digital series like DC’s Vixen, and every episode of Whose Line.

The CW App Description & Overview

The applications The CW was published in the category Entertainment on 2012-03-14 and was developed by The CW Network. The file size is 30.31 MB. The current version is v2.14.7 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

The CW is constantly striving to refine the app and make the experience better for you, so we update often. Get the latest version for optimal performance and the most recent improvements. Thank you for streaming with The CW app!

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The CW Reviews


Waste of time  Mermbo  1 star

The app has glitches because it won't even let me into the app it's not as good as I thought


Buggy & Inconsistent Playback  crouchcreative  2 star

While one can hardly complain for “free” content (still spend time watching adverts that CW gets revenue for from impressions), the app constantly disconnects from Apple TV. It will randomly stop playing, then ask if you want to Start Over or Resume. It should log the scenario and automatically know that I need to resume! Sometimes, out of the blue, it will stop playing and throw an alert stating the “video playback is unavailable”. This app could be great but it’s so buggy with such bad UX, it makes me want to throw my iPad like Reign tossed Supergirl!


NOT OPENING  Tekkamae  1 star

When I go to open the app it shows the CW and then it take me back to my home screen. I turn my WiFi off and it might or might not open. When it does open it won’t let me watch a show at all, it said it’s an error. I used to have the app on my phone and it worked fine because I use to watch The Vampire Diaries. It’s sad 😔


A Great App!  A.George  4 star

I love the CW shows and this app makes it easy for me to watch he shows when I have missed the live showings. However there are a LOT of ads! But it is definitely worth it!


Okay but those long commercials🤬  Queen👸🏾💝  2 star

I love that app but why are the commercials repeating it’s like they show you the same 5 commercials on repeat...🤬🤬🤬please stop showing them so often but they gave aloud of good shows al least but other than than it’s ok


Crashed  Jjxjsjdbd  4 star

App is crashing and just says “there are no available videos” on the home page! This is the first time I’ve had an actual problem with the app, what’s going on?!? Does it need an update orrrr???


Great idea but flawed execution  RexBab  2 star

The good news: An app that lets you stream shows for free without having to log in with a cable subscription! The bad news: Lots of minor annoyances with the app itself, chief among is that it does not fill the screen of my Sony TV when I ‘cast it to the built in Chromecast. Also it’s very slow and unwatchable when using AirPlay mirroring to Apple TV A for effort, but looking for more improvements.


Doesn’t open  adna2537318  2 star

I just installed the app to watch Riverdale And when I tried to open the “shows” it’s loading but it won’t open I tried to search for Riverdale and it said “Sorry, no shows mach your search” I’m really disappointed I hope You can help me...


Why stop now?  AlexThe...Alex  2 star

Everything was great until I was one episode behind on everything and had no way to catch up and then they just stopped making episodes for all my favorites on episode 9, so why come back with a few shows and then leave us hanging???


Got me pressed  bookim40  1 star

If I could rate it 0 stars I would, but it doesn’t exactly let me. So, I’ve been wanting to watch the second season of Riverdale for a while and I was told to download this app, and I was like okay cool lemme try. Turns out this app thinks it’s common sense to have episode one, but not the second, third, fourth, or fifth. Seriously, that’s so dumb. I mean, if you’re not going to have the next four episodes available, why even provide the first episode? I may be overreacting right about now but I don’t care at this point because what type of app just does that? I got some stuff spoiled to me and I was so confused just to find out that I went from the first episode to the sixth episode. I just suggest that if you don’t want to include the first five episodes, maybe you shouldn’t include the first one because that’s like leading someone on in a relationship and then just dropping them after making them think that you like them for a year.

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Riverdale  123 hey that's me  4 star

This is app is really great. I recently just started watching Riverdale on Netflix & I finished the first season. I have become obsessed & I’m dying to start watching season 2. I was wondering when you would upload the first couple of episodes of season 2 of Riverdale?


A Couple Change  LovelyLemonade  3 star

I absolutely adore this app. I use it to watch Supernatural. I just finished season one of Riverdale on Netflix and was hoping to continue watching it on the CW; however, at a certain point previous episodes don't show up. I really wish that they would change that. My other issue with it is the lack of ad variety. There are more than a few breaks per episode. I'd say about seven breaks. They all play the same four or five ads. It drives me insane to listen to the same people saying the same things over and over and over again.


Worst app ever  Docbilly  1 star

I just finished season one of Riverdale and I want to watch season two! All I want is to watch the first episode of the 2nd season and this app won’t let me! Don’t get this app!


where are all the episodes?  abby4569  4 star

i really like that you can watch for free, but my biggest concern is the fact that i want to watch Riverdale. the episodes from 1-20 aren’t there and i haven’t watched the first episode of season 2!! i need to see the beginning so i suggest to put all the episodes there that have already aired.


Ads  Okdawg  1 star

The ads increasingly have gotten longer over time and most of the time I see the same exact ads numerous times during one show. The amount of ads is way too high and it is much better to just wait for the show to come out on Netflix to watch it with no ads.


Riverdale  123itsmeblaaastormissrt  4 star

So I want to watch season 2 of riverdale but I can find episodes 1 through 3 can someone please help me


Keeps crashing  PikaSka1  1 star

I can't use this app. As soon as I open it, it plays the intro screen and then immediately crashes on my iPhone 8.


Love the app but 1 problem  Daddyrandall  4 star

So I use this app to watch most of the new Arrowverse shows (Flash,Legends,and Arrow) and it is super awesome. Now here’s one thing though I wanted to watch the first few episodes of the Flash because I wanted to rewatch the first episode but it wouldn’t show up. I looked everywhere I could and couldn’t find it so if you could maybe fix that or even tell me how to rewatch it I would be very happy Thank you -One Happy Reviewer

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Sub-par functionality  Majin Tenshi  2 star

Not a great app, but what other option is there? The app does not meet my expectations of how a modern media playing app should behave. * No way to turn off auto play on any platform. It will pick arbitrary shows to play next, including ones you don’t watch or have already watched. * If you have an older AppleTV, AirPlay is miserable. Airplay only works with the device’s screen on and the app does not keep the screen on. * The app is unreliable when resuming or skipping to the middle of episodes. It will start the episode over at the beginning and be unable to seek to the middle of a segment, resuming at the start of the segment.


Not what I thought  Gibbs072476  1 star

I was thinking that. By down loading this app I’d be able to watch any and all shows that have aired on the CW network. You can’t even start at the beginning of a season, I tried to watch Super Girl and it started me at ep5. Until CW fixed it I’ll not use the app.

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