I try to be legit as much as possible, (BBC Licence Fee, Netflix top-tier sub, Amazon Prime), but to refresh the parts that other beers cannot reach I still use nzbplanet + Newsbin Pro + Tweaknews. None of those are free but all very reasonably priced IMO, and you're not relying on people torrenting things. If it's there, it's available, and retention is proper bonkers these days. (Tweaknews claim 2500 days, which I think is legit considering the upload age of some of the stuff I've snagged.)
Both Newsbin Pro and Tweaknews support SSL if you're worried about that sort of thing.