One of the most well-known methods for downloading TV shows and movies is to use torrents.
But where do you begin? Which are the best torrent sites on the web today? What about mirror sites and the torrent clients themselves?
Here are some of the top torrent sites and apps available today.
Best Torrent Site for Downloading TV Shows: EZTV
Some torrent sites specialize in a particular type of content, whereas some act as a catch-all service for media from across the entertainment spectrum.
If you specifically want to download TV shows, EZTV should be the first torrent site you check. Make sure you check out the site’s show calendar to make sure you never miss a new episode of your favorite series as the torrent becomes available.
Some of the other top torrent websites for TV shows at the moment are:
For even more picks, check out our article on the best torrent sites for downloading free TV series.
Best Torrent Site for Downloading Movies: 1337x
1337x has one of the best selections of movie torrents. Perhaps more importantly, the site is slick and easy-to-use. Make sure you check out the Movie Library section for synopses, ratings, artwork, and release information. The Library offers one-click downloading, so you won’t need to worry about choosing a specific release.
Some of the other best torrent sites for movies include:
We covered more torrent sites for movies when we explored some of the best Pirate Bay alternatives available in 2020.
Best Sites for Streaming Torrents: Flixtor
Of course, you don’t need to download torrents in order to watch them. Plenty of sites now let you stream torrents in real-time.
The most famous site is probably Flixtor. The product is almost identical to Popcorn Time, but you don’t need to download an app to watch content.
If you cannot find the movie or TV show you’re looking for on Flixtor, make sure you also have a look at MoviesJoy, 123Movies, and Zona. They are all among the best sites to torrent HD movies in 2020.
And before you use torrent streaming sites, make sure you understand the safety risks of using MoviesJoy or a similar service.
(Note: Make sure you still use a VPN even if you use a torrent streaming site rather than a torrent downloading site.)
Best Torrent Mirror Site: LePirateBay
Most of the well-known torrent sites have a network of mirror sites and proxy sites. They let users access the sites even if an ISP or local government blocks the parent site.
Many thousands of torrent mirror sites exist, so it’s impractical to list them all here. To get a taste of what’s available, explore our list of Pirate Bay mirrors.
The top Pirate Bay mirror site is LePirateBay. It is specifically designed for users in the US.
Best Torrent Client: qBittorrent
Using a highly recommended torrent client is an oft-overlooked part of the torrenting process. Sadly, many torrent clients contain malware and adware, while many more are bloated, slow, or not user friendly.
Right now, some of the most trustworthy and widely used torrent clients are:
qBittorrent tops the list thanks to its clean interface, extensive settings menu, and support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Other Ways to Download Content
If you can’t find the content you’re looking for using torrents, try using Usenet instead. Check out our guide to the best Usenet providers for TV series to learn more.
You could also try using direct download sites. We’ve written about the best sites to download TV shows and the best sites to download movies if you’d like to learn more.