Every single episode of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross is available to stream for free on YouTube, and at a time when such wholesome positivity is very much needed, a binge of the series couldn't come at a better time. With so many movie and television show productions shutting down or otherwise getting delayed, people have been turning to some of the classics from years past to help pass the time spent while in isolation at home. Fortunately, the official Bob Ross channel on YouTube is filled with videos to stream for free anytime, including the complete catalog of The Joy of Painting episodes.
"You've seen him before. He's the soft spoken guy painting happy clouds, mountains and trees in about twenty-six television minutes, using big house painting-type brushes and cooing soothing 'you can do its' to the audience. Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting is the most recognized, most watched TV art show in history," the free YouTube channel states about the legendary painter and his iconic TV series. Undoubtedly, there's almost no one unfamiliar with Ross, as the TV star remains very fondly remembered and celebrated as one of the most respected artists of modern years.
The Joy of Painting first premiered in January of 1983. Featuring nothing more than Bob Ross and his art supplies, each episode of the show featured Ross teaching viewers various painting techniques, taking the time to complete an entire painting from start to finish in each episode. Despite the simplistic format, there was a certain charm to the series, turning Ross into a pop culture icon and making the series very popular for many years to come. During its run, the series managed to win three Emmy Awards. The Joy of Painting would ultimately conclude in 1994 after lasting for a whopping 31 seasons and 403 episodes overall, meaning Ross created over 400 complete paintings over the course of the show.
Sadly, Ross died in 1995, but his popularity remains high as he has since become a bit of an internet sensation in recent years. In 2015, Twitch hosted a nine-day marathon of The Joy of Painting for younger fans discovering the late artist for the first time, skyrocketing his status even further. This led to YouTube later adding every episode of the series to the streaming service as well. The videos have since been pulling in millions of views, with nearly four million users subscribed to the Bob Ross channel.
Considering that it's impossible not to feel at least a little bit better after spending just a few minutes with Ross, just remember that The Joy of Painting is waiting for you in its entirety on YouTube. While Mr. Ross himself may no longer be with us, I'm betting he'd be happy to know his work continues to bring joy to so many people all of these years later. He was truly a one of a kind fellow, and there will never be another one like him. You can start binging every episode of the series now by visiting the official channel for Bob Ross, starting with the very first episode below!