Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Amaaazin'! Where To Stream Free Episodes Of Huell Howser's TV Show 'California's Gold'

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Have you been meaning to catch up on—or revisit—old episodes of Huell Howser's TV show "California's Gold"? It's time to head over to if you haven't already.

The website is hosted by Chapman University, the private Orange County university that was the heir to Howser's estate after his death. Yesterday the campus hosted Huell Howser Day and put on display memorabilia, gifts and artifacts from his travels. Howser left his homes, savings but also archives of his show, which were recently digitized.

Howser's relationship with the university began years back (no one seems to remember exactly when) after he did an episode on Old Towne Orange but failed to visit the nearby campus. The college president wrote a hand-written note—which naturally impressed Howser—and the iconic TV star returned to the campus for an episode.

He adored the school and its students. Chapman President James Doti told the OC Register, "He found this to be a very friendly place. He said, 'This is my favorite place, coming on campus.'"

Support for LAist comes from

And that's why Chapman University, alongside KCET of course, has full episodes for you to stream online for free.

Howser roamed the entire state and occasionally went abroad, but we've indexed some of the episodes he did in the Los Angeles area:
Angelino Heights- Our Neighborhoods
Jefferson Park- Our Neighborhoods
Heritage Square- Our Neighborhoods
Hollywood BLVD- Our Neighborhoods
Art of the Missions- California Missions (Huntington Library)
California Missions (San Gabriel de Arcangel, San Fernando Rey de Espana & San Buenaventura)
Movie Beach-California’s Golden Parks
Plastic Bags-California’s Green (Manhattan Beach)
Old Pasadena- California’s Communities
Doughnut History- Visiting (Stan’s Donuts in Westwood)
Quilt Show- Visiting (Glendale Quilt Show)
Culver City- Visiting
Aerial L.A.- Visiting
Juice Bar Update- Visiting
Glendale- California’s Communities (Yes, he goes to Americana at Brand)

And Howser did a whole series downtown:
Discoveries- Downtown (Bottega Louie and La Cita)
Downtown Hidden Surprises- Downtown (Christian Science Reading Room)
Disney Concert Hall-Downtown
Church of the Open Door-Downtown
Film Shoots-Downtown (The set of CSI New York)
Eastern Columbia Building-Downtown
LA State Historic Park- Downtown
Biscuit Company Lofts-Downtown
Evans Adult School-Downtown

L.A. TV Icon Huell Howser Has Died
A SoCal Food Lover's Tribute To Huell Howser Retiring
California's FM Gold: Huell Howser As Guest DJ On KCRW