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The best shows on Peacock right now

If you have been following the releases on Peacock, you know that the NBC-owned streaming service has delivered pretty compelling new original series. These include Poker Face, Ted, Based on a True Story, and, Dr. Death, just to name a few. You can also stream popular older series on Peacock like Monk, House, and Superstore. It’s worth investing in a subscription to Peacock to enjoy all that the streaming service has to offer.

Once you’re subscribed, it’s time to ask the hard question: What should you watch? We have put together this list of the best shows on Peacock right now. There are options in all genres including drama, comedy, thrillers, docuseries, and more. The list is updated monthly so we always keep you apprised of what’s new and worth checking out.

Can’t find anything you like on Peacock? Lucky for you, we’ve also curated guides to the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, and the best shows on Amazon Prime Video.

Recently added to Peacock

Apples Never Fall (2024) new

Apples Never Fall
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery
Cast Sam Neill, Annette Bening, Alison Brie

Recently retired tennis coaches Joy (Annette Bening) and Stan (Sam Neill) Delaney are trying to fill their days now that they’re no longer working. So, when Savannah (Georgia Flood), a mysterious young woman, shows up on the Delaney doorstep claiming to be running from an abusive ex, Joy is more than happy to help. It’s Joy’s four grown kids, however, who must spring into action when Joy suddenly goes missing. Questions arise as they piece together the puzzle to figure out what happened to their mom, including whether Savannah, or even their father, had something to do with the disappearance.

As the story in Apples Never Fall unravels, it becomes apparent that everyone has secrets, even Joy. The cracks begin to show through accusations, secrets, and lies, and the Delaney masks break wide open to reveal that the picture-perfect family is anything but. Apples Never Fall is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, both of which were also turned into popular series.

The Nanny (1993) new

The Nanny
tv-pg 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
Created by Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson

Fran Drescher serves as the outspoken president of the SAG-AFTRA union, and recently led the charge during the recent writer’s and actor’s strikes. But back in the ‘90s, she starred in her most iconic sitcom role as Fran Fine in The Nanny. When Fran, a Jewish fashionista with a distinctly nasal voice, takes a job as a nanny for the three children of widowed Broadway producer Maxwell (Charles Shaughnessy), the lifestyle she knew is turned upside down.

As a sitcom, The Nanny is all about the humor in Fran’s interactions with the kids and Maxwell. It’s a fish-out-of-water story as Fran acclimates to high society life. But at its heart, it’s also a story about this woman who comes from a lower-class upbringing teaching the young, upper-class children important life lessons and street smarts, things they’d likely never have learned otherwise — and certainly not in the same unconventional way. Of course, there’s also a love story as Maxwell and Fran slowly fall for one another. The Nanny is arguably one of the most underrated sitcoms of that decade, and now’s the perfect time to watch it.

Megamind Rules! (2024) new

Megamind Rules!
1 Season
Genre Animation
Cast Keith Ferguson, Laura Post, Josh Brener

A companion series to Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate, a new movie also now streaming on Peacock, Megamind Rules! is an animated series based on the movie Megamind. In the 2010 movie, Megamind is an alien supervillain who creates an even bigger villain in Metro Man. But when his creation gets out of control, he must do what’s needed to stop him. By the end of the movie, Megamind has switched from villain to hero.

Megamind Rules! is a follow-up to the events in the movie. Now, Megamind is learning how to be a superhero, and apparently, how to be a superhero influencer as well, thanks to his brainbots who are filming his training. Even though he’s a good guy now, however, Megamind still has to keep his cover as a villain to stop his former team, the Doom Syndicate, from infiltrating Metro City. Keith Ferguson voices Megamind, who was voiced by Will Ferrell in the movie. Megamind spawned a cult following over the years, and Megamind Rules! is a refreshing new spin on the story and characters.

In the Know (2024)

In the Know
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Zach Woods, Mike Judge, J. Smith-Cameron
Created by Mike Judge, Zach Woods, Brandon Gardner

Mike Judge knows the irreverent humor genre inside and out, having created popular adult animated shows like Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill, along with comedy gems like Silicon Valley and Office Space. His latest creation in partnership with Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, Avenue 5) combines the best of both animated and live-action worlds. In The Know is a stop-motion animated workplace comedy about a hypocritical, though well-meaning public radio host named Lauren (Woods). His fictional NPR show is called In the Know, and in every episode, he interviews human guests, appearing as their non-animated selves, from the real world.

His staff and crew are there to help, but they’re just as clueless as he is at times. This includes his co-executive producer Barb (Succession’s J. Smith Cameron), researcher and fact-checker Fabian (Caitlin Reilly), and college intern Chase (Charlie Bushnell). Judge himself also voices the role of Sandy, the culture critic on the show. In the Know is a comedy, but it also cleverly places a mirror in front of viewers, mocking the sanctimonious nature of many of society’s actions. Thus, while In The Know’s stop-motion-animated characters are adorably cute, there’s deeper, satirical, political commentary behind the story.

Th Kings of Queens: The Run DMC Story (2024)

Th Kings of Queens: The Run DMC Story
1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Eminem, MC Lyte, Questlove

If you grew up with the music of Run DMC, you’ll want to run, not walk to check out this three-part docuseries about the iconic legends of hip-hop music and culture. Run DMC was one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history, not only because of their contribution to the popularization of the genre, but also their ability to break down racial barriers. Joseph “Rev, Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are joined by other legends in the music industry to discuss their rise to fame, career trajectory, and their pasts. They also examine the history of hip-hop music and where it’s headed.

King From Queens: The Run DMC Story promises never-before-seen archival footage, as well as never-before-told stories. Some of the stars you can expect to see make appearances include Ice-T, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Ice Cube, Questlove, Beastie Boys, and more. It’s like a love letter to ’80s and ’90s hip-hop.

ted (2024)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Seth MacFarlane, Max Burkholder, Alanna Ubach
Created by Seth MacFarlane

Ted is one of the most adorable, squeezable teddy bear characters around. But he’s also vulgar, offensive, and downright inappropriate. If you love the movie Ted and its sequel Ted 2, both of which star Mark Wahlberg along with the voice of Seth MacFarlane (who created the movies), you’ll love the comedy series of the same name. Also created by MacFarlane, Ted is a prequel set in the ‘90s, telling the story of young John Bennet (Max Burkholder portraying a younger version of the character played by Wahlberg in the movies) coming-of-age alongside his teddy bear friend.

Ted is just as raunchy in this series as he is in the movies, despite John being an impressionable 16-year-old (and sometimes entirely because of this). The show is ironically presented like a traditional sitcom (don’t watch this with kids!), only with a vulgar tone and consistent foul language. The sophomoric humor and frat boy jokes are exactly what you want from this dynamic duo, beautifully challenged by John’s feminist college-aged cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham) and his sickly-sweet mom Susan (Alanna Ubach). Scott Grimes is a stand-out, as well as John’s crass, deeply racist veteran father, Matty. Once you get through the eight episodes of ted, you’ll be queueing up Ted (the movie) to watch it again.

The Traitors (2023)

The Traitors
2 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Alan Cumming

As far as reality shows go, The Traitors is up there as one of just a handful that receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. Exclusive to Peacock, the series, which has since spawned a Canadian version (which, like the American version, is based on the British series of the same name), is hosted by Alan Cumming. It’s like the party game Mafia brought to life, with players working together to eliminate others until a final winner remains. The twist is that there are traitors among the “faithfuls” and figuring out who’s who while hiding your own identity is where the mystery and strategy lies. Either the faithful will win together by eliminating all traitors and dividing the $250,000 prize pot, or the single remaining traitor will take home the money if they can fool everyone.

There are rewards, secret vote-outs, missions, and more that make The Traitors an exciting watch for those who are interested in more cerebral, less physical reality TV. While critics weren’t excited about the choice of players for season 1, which includes mainly people who have competed on other reality shows like The Bachelor and Big Brother, the drama, tension, and suspense make the series an entertaining watch. Each person brings their own unique spin and strategy type to the table.

Dr. Death (2021)

Dr. Death
75 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Grace Gummer, Molly Griggs, AnnaSophia Robb, Dominic Burgess
Created by Patrick Macmanus

Dr. Death features a star-studded cast in its first season, including Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Grace Gummer, and AnnaSophia Robb. That, along with the fact that the crime drama is based on the popular Wondery podcast of the same name, points to the series being the perfect match for any fan of the true-crime genre. Season 1 is based on the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, who was accused of injuring dozens of patients and killing two before his medical license was revoked (and he was eventually convicted). It’s a gripping tale about an evil doctor who makes his own rules and manages to get away with it — until he meets his match in a young and determined assistant district attorney.

Season 2 flips the script to a different story altogether, albeit one in the same vein. The central character is Paolo Macchiarini (Edgar Ramirez), a Swiss-Italian surgeon and medical researcher accused of performing unethical and experimental surgeries on patients, even those who were considered healthy. Mandy Moore plays a starring role as well. If you’re fascinated by the story, check out the companion documentary Dr. Death: Cutthroat Conman about Macchiarini, which is also streaming on Peacock.

Transplant (2020)

66 %
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf, John Hannah, Ayisha Issa, Jim Watson
Created by Joseph Kay
Hailing from Canada, this medical drama follows Bashir “Bash” Hamed, a Syrian refugee and doctor who begins to rebuild his life and career at a fictional hospital in Toronto, Ontario, after immigrating to Canada. Unlike many of the other formulaic medical dramas of the past and present, the focus of this one is on Bash’s struggles as an immigrant and his unique abilities and intuitive nature that make him able to diagnose patient troubles much more quickly than his colleagues. This is due, in large part, to his time working in a war zone during the Syrian Civil War and having seen a plethora of injuries and illnesses. NBC picked up U.S. broadcast rights for the show.
TRANSPLANT | Official Trailer

Monk (2002)

tv-14 8 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cast Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford
Created by Andy Breckman

Before starring as Midge Maisel’s quirky father in the Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tony Shalhoub played another character with quirks in this comedy-drama. While Monk is technically a police procedural, the series also takes a comedic tone at times. Adrian Monk (Shalhoub) is a detective who suffers a nervous breakdown following the suspicious death of his wife. This also causes his symptoms relating to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to worsen. But he manages to return to work as a private detective, solving every case that comes across his desk.

Monk won eight Emmy Awards and broke viewership records. Now is the perfect time to binge the series for the first time, or over again, then check out the Peacock original follow-up film Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie. Actors from the original, including Shalhoub as the title character, return to reprise their roles for one last send-off.

Found (2023)

tv-14 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Shanola Hampton, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Brett Dalton

This procedural drama has an interesting premise that has instantly drawn fans in. Gabi Mosley (Shanola Hampton) is a recovery specialist who works with a crisis management team to locate missing people. She chose this career path for a specific reason: she herself was kidnapped when she was a teenager and understandably never fully got over the trauma. But she uses it to help drive her forward and help others in similar situations. But she gets some help in an unusual way.

Where the intriguing twist lies, however, is in the fact that Gabi has managed to locate her former captor, Hugh “Sir” Evans (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and has been keeping him locked in her basement for months. She uses her own twisted sense of justice by pressing him for help in her cases: he’s a skilled manipulator and has experience in kidnapping himself, after all, likely to have victimized others over the years as well. How long can Gabi keep this up, and what are the implications of her own criminal behavior, especially if it’s ever discovered? Stream episodes of Found, which has become Peacock’s most successful show to date, the day after they air on NBC.

Superstore (2015)

58 %
tv-14 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
Created by Justin Spitzer
Check out all seasons of this single-camera sitcom about a group of employees at a fictional big box store called Cloud 9 and their day-to-day interactions with one another and the often oddball customers who come to shop there. The series premiered in 2015 to lackluster reviews but has been lauded in subsequent seasons for its talented cast and potential. The show went from a 64% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes for season 1 to 100% for its subsequent seasons (94% for the final season 6), suggesting it’s worth checking out, and sticking with it.
Superstore (NBC) Trailer HD

The King of Queens (1998)

The King of Queens
55 %
tv-pg 9 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, Patton Oswalt, Victor Williams, Nicole Sullivan
Created by Michael J. Weithorn, David Litt

Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a working-class married couple in New York with no kids, and they’re just struggling to get by. Making things especially difficult, however, is that Carrie’s demanding and scheming elderly father, Arthur, lives in the basement. He is always up to one scheme or another and often gets Doug involved, leaving Carrie to clean up their messes.

Doug is the relatable husband: He works a traditional job and loves watching sports, eating junk food, and hanging with the guys. Carrie, meanwhile, is the demanding yet sweet and caring wife who is trying to find her career footing while caring for her often frustrating father. For a show that takes place most of the time in the Heffernan home, it’s a testament to the three leads that each episode is as engaging as the next. In September 2023, the series celebrated its 25th anniversary with both Leah Remini and Kevin James posting fond memories of the show and working with the late Jerry Stiller, who played Arthur. Fans weighed in as well, some noting they have three generations of family members who have watched and enjoyed the show through the decades in syndication.

Killing It (2022)

Killing It
70 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Cast Craig Robinson, Claudia O'Doherty, Rell Battle
Created by Daniel J. Goor, Luke Del Tredici

Killing It stars Craig Robinson (The Office) as Craig, a security guard desperate to achieve the American dream. And he’s willing to do just about anything to realize his dreams, even participate in a dangerous python hunt set up by the local government to help prevent an ecological disaster. The person who brings in the most dead snakes gets $20,000, an offer that’s far too tempting to refuse.

The premise might sound silly, but given Robinson’s comedic track record, along with the show hailing from the creators of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici (who also serve as showrunners), it brings the laughs. The logline says the show is a comedy about “class, capitalism, and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream. And also about hunting really big snakes.” That about says it all.

Twisted Metal (2023)

Twisted Metal
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy
Cast Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church

Anthony Mackie heads up the cast of this postapocalyptic action comedy based on the vehicle combat video game franchise of the same name from Sony Interactive Entertainment. He plays John Doe, a man who is promised a better life if he can accomplish one simple task: deliver a package across the wasteland. But there are dangerous marauders chasing after him, including a killer clown named Sweet Tooth (portrayed by wrestler Samoa Joe, with Will Arnett voicing the character). With the help of a car thief named Quiet (Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz), however, the motor-mouthed Doe might finally be able to change the trajectory of his life, if he can just succeed with this not-so-simple mission.

Twisted Metal has an impressive supporting cast as well, including Thomas Haden Church (Divorce), Richard Cabral (Mayans M.C.), Neve Campbell (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Saturday Night Live cast member Chloe Fineman.

Based on a True Story (2023)

Based on a True Story
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina, Tom Bateman
Created by Craig Rosenberg

The perfect show for fans of true crime, Based on a True Story is absurd and ridiculous in its premise. But the cast and the twists and turns, along with the level of anticipation from each episode to the next, will have you binging the entire eight-episode first season in one sitting. Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina star as Ava and Nathan, a married couple struggling to pay the bills and keep up with their wealthy friends when a strange opportunity presents itself. They identify a serial killer known as the West Side Ripper, and it turns out, the person is someone they happen to know.

Rather than go to the police, they decide to present him with an opportunity: sit down with them for an anonymous true crime podcast, stop the killings, and they won’t go to the police. Naturally, putting such star power into the hands of a charming, narcissistic killer isn’t going to end well, as Ana and Nathan quickly find out when the situation becomes more than they can handle. The comedy thriller, co-produced by Jason Bateman, is hilariously dark, but also perfect escapist fun for fans of true crime and shows like Only Murders in the Building and Poker Face.

Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss (2023)

Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Rainn Wilson

The Office’s Rainn Wilson joins the growing list of celebrities with their own docuseries about living life, exploration, and uncovering truths and exciting facts about the world. In Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, the actor travels around the world looking to learn the secrets behind both the happiest and unhappiest places on Earth. He swims in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic, dances, meditates, and gets to know people from all walks of life.

Revealing that he himself struggles to find happiness and has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, Wilson discovers that happiness is, in large part, a matter of perspective. He sets out to find personal bliss and takes viewers on a joyous journey along with him.

Bupkis (2023)

tv-14 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Pete Davidson, Edie Falco, Joe Pesci
Created by Judah Miller

If you, like many others, are fascinated by the success of Pete Davidson, you will appreciate Bupkis, an action comedy where the former Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member and comedian plays a fictionalized version of himself. Davidson stars alongside Edie Falco as his mother and Joe Pesci as his grandfather, but the series also has a lengthy and eclectic list of guest stars including Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Charlie Day, Sebastian Stan, Steve Buscemi, J.J. Abrams, Al Gore, Jon Stewart, and Method Man. It’s a who’s who of everyone from comedians and actors to musicians, directors, and politicians.

“I try to do nice things,” Davidson is heard saying in one scene in the trailer, “but they still think I’m a joke.” Bupkis highlights the qualities that make Davidson endearing, funny, charming, and likable, along with tackling the challenges he has faced with fame. Even if it’s embellished fiction, Bupkis is, in some ways, an intimate look at a young man’s life, struggles, and triumphs.

Mrs. Davis (2023)

Mrs. Davis
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Betty Gilpin, Jake McDorman, Andy McQueen
Created by Damon Lindelof, Tara Hernandez

A nun, an artificial intelligence (AI) that has wrapped its clutches around humans, and a quest to stop it. That’s the gist of Mrs. Davis, a fun new sci-fi drama that stars Betty Gilpin (GLOW) as a nun named Simone who finds herself on a mission. She not only has to stop the controlling AI known as Mrs. Davis, but she must also search for the Holy Grail it wants her to find and destroy it before the AI does something nefarious.

The show, which comes across a bit like art imitating life given the current rise in AI chatbots, is part entertainment and part a possible warning about our potential future. The series, which hails from some of the minds behind shows like The Big Bang Theory, Lost, and Watchmen, purports to offer an interesting mix of drama, comedic moments, and action. With the recent launches of chatbots like ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and Bing, Mrs. Davis couldn’t come at a more opportune time.

New Girl (2011)

New Girl
tv-14 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
Created by Elizabeth Meriwether

One of the best, most underrated sitcoms of the last 15 years, New Girl originally aired on Fox from 2011 to 2018. Now, all seven seasons are available to stream on Peacock. The story follows Jess, a young woman who, after discovering her boyfriend is cheating on her, replies to an ad from three young men looking for a roommate. Before they know what hits them, the quirky young woman moves in and the four begin a beautiful friendship.

As the friends date, deal with career and personal challenges, and a romance brews between two of them, it’s a wild and hilarious ride. New Girl is the type of show you’ll want to binge multiple episodes of at once, and it’s worth going through the entire, seven-season run to get to a satisfying ending.

The Blacklist (2013)

The Blacklist
74 %
tv-14 10 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery
Cast James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix
Created by Jon Bokenkamp
This thrilling drama, now in its 10th and final season, centers around Raymond “Red” Reddington, brilliantly played by James Spader, a career criminal known as the concierge of crime. At the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted List, he puzzles authorities when he willingly turns himself in. But there’s a catch: He will help them take down the most notorious criminals around, including those they don’t even know exist, in exchange for his freedom. The offer is too good to resist, despite the many apparent ethical (not to mention legal) concerns. But Red proves his worth, even if the FBI must turn a blind eye to the fact that he’s selfishly profiting from eliminating his enemies. FBI agent Elizabeth Keen, meanwhile, is left in the dark as to why he is intent on protecting her. The show has a nail-biting intensity, with a different sinister villain featured in every episode, and twists and turns that keep coming all the way through.

Bel-Air (2022)

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Jabari Banks, Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman
Created by Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
The Fresh Prince is back, except this is a new dramatic take on the beloved ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It’s set in the modern day and stars newcomer Jabari Banks as the title character, Will, who still makes that move from West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, to move in with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air. The challenges he faces in this new world, very different from the only one he has known, take their toll on the young man. The show is raw, dramatic, current, and full of danger, with a storyline only marginally similar to the original in terms of its base premise and character names. While Bel-Air carries the weight of the pop culture reputation of the original, it delivers a fresh look at a story about a life turned upside down.

That '70s Show (1998)

That '70s Show
tv-pg 8 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Family, Drama
Cast Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon
Created by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Mark Brazill
Before immersing yourself in the new sequel series That ‘90s Show, which streams on Netflix, check out the original that started it all. The Foremans’ basement was an iconic place where the teenagers of Point Place, including Eric, Donna, Jackie, Kelso, Steven, and Fez, all hung out after school and through the summers. The eclectic mix of friends, in many ways, couldn’t be different from one another. But it’s their differences that brought them all together — often amid a cloud of smoke that surrounded their iconic circles. Set in the 1970s but aired in the 1990s, That ‘70s Show made household names out of several of its actors, including Ashton Kutcher, and remains one of the defining sitcoms of its decade.

Poker Face (2023)

Poker Face
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Mystery
Cast Natasha Lyonne
Created by Rian Johnson
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange is the New Black) stars in and executive produces the mystery comedy-drama Poker Face. The idea with this structure, first popularized by shows like Columbo, is that the crime is shown at the start of each episode, after which the story proceeds in a “whodunit” fashion. Each episode will feature its own compartmentalized story in a “mystery-of-the-week”-type format. Lyonne’s character, Charlie, a woman with an uncanny talent for telling when someone isn’t being truthful, however, is at the center of all of them. While traveling in her Plymouth Barracuda, Charlie encounters puzzling crimes she becomes drawn into trying to help solve.
Poker Face | Official Teaser | Peacock Original

The Capture (2019)

The Capture
72 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ron Perlman
Created by Ben Chanan

Originally airing on BBC One in 2019, this British mystery crime drama is set in present-day London, where detective inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) has arrested a U.K. Special Forces corporal named Shaun (Callum Turner) for alleged kidnapping and murder. Mysteriously, while CCTV footage makes it impossible to dispute the charges against him, he is adamant that it’s all a conspiracy and that he didn’t do it. Somewhere amidst the drama lies the truth.

There are just six episodes in the first season of this series that have been credited with “revitalizing…a tired genre.” The second season follows another main character, a rising politician named Isaac (Paapa Essiedu) who finds himself in a similar deep fake situation that puts him at the center of another conspiracy. Rachel, once again, is tasked with uncovering the truth before it’s too late.

Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live
tv-14 48 Seasons
Genre Comedy, News
Cast Various
Created by Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol
If you’ve been itching to check out your favorite sketches and skits from past episodes of this long-running variety comedy series, whether from the Gilda Radner, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, or Adam Sandler eras, you can catch every last one through this service. Peacock will offer episodes from all past 47 seasons of the show, as well as new season 48 episodes, making it easy to find and rewatch your favorite segments over and over again. More cowbell, anyone?

The Amber Ruffin Show (2020)

The Amber Ruffin Show
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Talk, Comedy
Cast Amber Ruffin, Tarik Davis
Created by Amber Ruffin
Peacock’s own late-night talk show has been decently received by critics and viewers alike who love Ruffin’s silly but also smart approach to the weekly news. Each half-hour episode consists of a mixture of sketches and monologues covering current events and politics, all led by the multitalented Hollywood personality. Ruffin, who works as a writer for the Late Night with Seth Meyers talk show (which shares the same studio), co-writes this show as well.

Girls5eva (2021)

80 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, Renee Elise Goldsberry
Created by Meredith Scardino
It’s no surprise that executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock hit another one out of the park with this musical comedy, given their stellar track record that already includes series like 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Imagine what it would look like if a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 1990s reunited decades later with the opportunity for a comeback. All it took was a hot new rapper to sample their track, and all of a sudden, these ladies’ lives could change forever, at a time when most would say their heyday in the spotlight has long come and gone. The star-studded cast, witty dialogue, and hilarious premise make this series a winner for the streaming service.

Angelyne (2022)

73 %
1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Emmy Rossum, Jefferson Hall, Brian Carpenter
Created by Nancy Oliver
Emmy Rossum stars as the famous singer, actor, media personality, and model from the ’80s who became a household name when she was featured in a series of suggestive billboards throughout Los Angeles. All it took was these pictures of the blonde bombshell, and Angelyne, real name Ronia Tamar Goldberg, found herself thrust into Hollywood with a variety of film roles, magazine interviews, and TV show appearances. Complete with her pink Corvette, Angelyne has become a pop culture icon, and this series tells the story of the now 71-year-old’s life.

This Is Us (2016)

This Is Us
76 %
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas
Created by Dan Fogelman
While you can’t stream the entire romantic family-tragedy series, you can get the latest episodes in season 6, which was the show’s last. The multi-Emmy-winning show jumps throughout various decades, looking at the life of the Pearson family, including parents Jack and Rebecca, three children (Kate, Kevin, and Randall), and their respective families as adults. Every season and episode takes viewers on a deeply emotional ride as you experience the tragedy, touching moments, look-backs, and even flash-forwards that have shaped the family dynamic. You’ll feel like you’re part of the family, too. The wonderful cast, which includes several sets of actors playing the children at different ages, along with the age-progressing makeup and dated wardrobes for flashbacks, is fascinating to see. Just have a box of tissues nearby.

Yellowstone (2018)

54 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Western, Drama
Cast Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes
Created by John Linson, Taylor Sheridan
Conflict arising between the owners of a large cattle ranch and individuals at its borders, including an Indian reservation and land developers, is at the crux of this Paramount Network series. The show touches on political issues, including the billions of dollars earned by land grabs and politicians being bought and sold, as well as violence that can sometimes get really ugly as various groups fight for power and influence. The idea is that the Dutton family, which owns and controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S., represents both the best and the worst of America. The series, which stars Kevin Costner in the lead role, got off to a rough start, but reviews got dramatically better.

Curious George (2006)

Curious George
tv-y 15 Seasons
Genre Animation, Family, Kids
Cast Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett (narrated by William H. Macy, Rina Romano)
Created by Margret Rey, H.A. Rey, Alan J. Shalleck (books), Joe Fallon (series)
The curious and mischievous little monkey has been a part of childhoods since 1941, and now the character reappears on-screen to get up to more antics. The newer seasons, which debuted in 2018 on Family Jr. in Canada, are aimed at preschool-aged children and amps up the focus on education. While George is still his playful, funny, and troublemaking primate self, the series integrates concepts of STEM learning to help teach kids valuable skills and knowledge at a young age. As one would expect from this cheeky monkey, it will keep kids heartily giggling, too.

Miami Vice (1984)

Miami Vice
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago
Created by Anthony Yerkovich
No one could pull off a white suit like Don Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett, working as an undercover detective in Miami alongside his partner Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs, played by Philip Michael Thomas. One of the first police procedural crime dramas to make its mark, the series aired for six seasons from 1984 to 1990, all of which are now available for streaming. The pop and rock music, style, visuals, and fashion from the time period alone make it a worthwhile watch.

Sanford and Son (1972)

Sanford and Son
Genre Comedy
Cast Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson
Created by Bud Yorkin, Ray Galton, Norman Lear, Alan K. Simpson
All six seasons of this ’70s sitcom are now streaming, bringing fans back to a show that was edgy at the time for its racial humor. Adapted by TV hitmaker Norman Lear from the British sitcom Steptoe and Son, Sanford and Son opened the door for the many other Black-led sitcoms that came after it. It tells the story of Fred G. Sanford, an older, stuck-in-his antiquated-ways man and his interactions with his son Lamont, who constantly tried to get his father to see things from a different perspective. Usually, the pair would get up to schemes to try and pay off debts, leading to hilarious outcomes.

MacGruber (2021)

62 %
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy
Cast Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe
As long as you go into this show with the right expectations, it might be a fun watch for fans of the recurring Saturday Night Live character. A parody of MacGyver, the title character, played by Will Forte, comes up with ridiculous ways to get himself out of life-or-death situations, finding random objects to fashion useful tools and gear. However, unlike the real MacGyver, MacGruber’s missions are often unsuccessful. The character spawned a 2010 movie of the same name that was a flop, but the series promises a refreshed sequel story and a new cast of supporting characters that includes Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, and Billy Zane, along with Kristen Wiig and Ryan Philippe reprising their roles from the movie.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
66 %
tv-14 23 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Michelle Hurd, Stephanie March, Ice-T, BD Wong, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie
Created by Dick Wolf
The most successful of the Law & Order spin-off series and the longest-running live-action U.S. series ever, Law & Order: SVU cuts to the core of what fans love about formulaic police procedurals, looking at cases from the time a perpetrator is investigated and arrested to the court proceedings. Unlike the original, however, the Special Victims Unit (SVU) tackles particularly troubling cases dealing with rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence. If some of the stories look familiar, they are, as the show draws inspiration from real-life news headlines, new and from the past, albeit with dramatic effect to create a compelling though disturbing look at cases that seem too outlandish to be real.

Weeds (2005)

71 %
tv-ma 8 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy, Crime
Cast Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Alexander Gould
Created by Jenji Kohan
What happens when a mother suddenly finds herself a widower left to care for her two children with no job or prospects? In the case of this popular Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) series that originally aired on Showtime back in the early-to-mid-00s, desperate times call for desperate measures. Nancy starts by selling marijuana to support her family, but she soon becomes embroiled in the dark, illicit criminal underworld of drug dealing. While Nancy is no Walter White, the Emmy-winning show with a star-studded cast is a brilliant tale of the lengths a mother will go to support her family and find strength in ways she might never know she had.

The Office (2005)

The Office
66 %
tv-14 9 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
Peacock knows what you want: You want to watch The Office. This series was the most-streamed program on Netflix last year, and only the first five seasons are free to watch on Peacock, with the remaining seasons 6 to 9 on the premium tiers. Regardless, this adaptation of the British series far surpassed the original’s run with a cast full of established players and rising stars. Steve Carell’s Michael Scott gets the majority of the laughs as the clueless boss in this workplace mockumentary. But the real heart of this series was the unfolding romance between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). This is a sitcom for the ages, and it is still gathering new fans every year.

Modern Family (2009)

Modern Family
87 %
tv-pg 11 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez
Created by Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan
In a sea of reboots, revivals, and recycled concepts, Modern Family was a refreshing addition to the prime-time sitcom lineup when it premiered in 2009. Not surprisingly, the sitcom earned Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Awards for its first five seasons. Filmed mockumentary style, the story follows the Pritchetts and their respective “modern” families, which include the older Pritchett patriarch, Jay, and his much younger Columbian wife; Jay’s son, Mitchell, his husband, and their adopted daughter; and Jay’s high-strung daughter, Claire, her goofy husband, Phil, and their three children. Every episode is filled with double entendres, clever misunderstandings, hilarious dialogue, and wonderful acting as the family members go about their daily lives. Segments are broken up with seated interview bits as the characters reveal their true thoughts and motivations to an unidentified cameraperson. This same mysterious cameraperson is also often the subject of characters breaking the fourth wall. It’s rare these days that a sitcom can literally make you laugh out loud, but it’s almost a guarantee that will happen with each episode of this clever and witty show. Watch every episode of every season with Peacock.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
66 %
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell
Created by Austin Winsberg
There aren’t many shows that can seamlessly blend comedy, drama, and musical spectacles. But Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist exists in a world all its own. Jane Levy stars as Zoey Clarke, a programmer who gains the ability to hear and see the secret thoughts and desires of almost everyone around her as expressed through music and dance. Zoey uses her new gift to communicate with her father, Mitch Clarke (Peter Gallagher), as he faces a startling physical decline. She also helps other people deal with their problems while struggling with her romantic feelings for her co-workers Max (Skylar Astin) and Simon (John Clarence Stewart).

The Curse of Oak Island (2014)

The Curse of Oak Island
tv-pg 9 Seasons
Genre Documentary, Mystery
Cast Rick Lagina, Marty Lagina, Dan Blankenship, Dave Blankenship
Created by Kevin Burns
Originally from the History network, this reality show follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, a treasure-hunting duo that has dedicated their lives to traveling through Oak Island, located on the Atlantic shore in Nova Scotia, Canada, in search of legendary treasures. The educational series also teaches about the history of the island and stories of those in the past who have searched for the supposed treasure, ending in everything from bitter rivalries to bad luck and even death. As the brothers head out on their journeys in each episode, they discuss recent discoveries, theories, and other stories. What makes the show so engaging is that the Lagina brothers have long been passionate about the hunt, since Rick read fascinating stories about Oak Island in a 1965 issue of Reader’s Digest magazine when he was just 11 years old. The pair now reportedly owns most of the island and embark on their journeys, accompanied by a father-and-son team of permanent residents of the island.

Mr. Mercedes (2017)

Mr. Mercedes
72 %
Genre Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadway, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton
Created by David E. Kelley (based on Stephen King novel trilogy)
This highly-rated crime drama is based on the Stephen King novel trilogy and the character of Bill Hodges. (The character of Holly Gibney from these same books inspired the HBO miniseries The Outsider.) Hodges, a retired detective, remains haunted by the one case he could never solve: A serial killer known as Mr. Mercedes murdered 16 people after driving a stolen car (a Mercedes, of course) through a line at a local job fair. While tormented by this unsolved case, Hodges also becomes further tortured by a young and fiercely smart psychopath named Brady Hartsfield. Then, the cat-and-mouse game begins. A fourth season hasn’t been confirmed yet since the network Audience on which the show aired has been discontinued. But the series hasn’t officially been cancelled, either.

30 Rock (2006)

30 Rock
73 %
tv-14 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross
Created by Tina Fey
Relive all seven hilarious seasons of this sitcom, created by Tina Fey and starring the funny woman along with Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Tracy Morgan. The series is loosely based on Fey’s real-life experiences as head writer on Saturday Night Live. It pulls back the curtain to show behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show called 30 Rock while also poking fun at the inner workings and unique personalities involved with such a fast-paced, quirky show. The series earned tons of awards and accolades throughout its run and is often included on best sitcoms lists.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
73 %
tv-14 8 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime
Cast Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller
Created by Michael Schur, Daniel J. Goor
Just a day after Fox abruptly decided to cancel this sitcom after five seasons, NBC swept in and saved the single-camera comedy for a sixth season. In late 2019, the show was renewed for season eight. The show stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, an immature NYPD detective in the fictional 99th Precinct who butts heads with his new and very serious captain. But it’s the entire talented cast and the clever writing that makes this series one worth adding to your watch list.

Battlestar Galactica (2004)

Battlestar Galactica
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Glen A. Larson
This 2002 military sci-fi series was a reimagining of the 1978 series of the same name about humans who live in a distant star system and are at war with an android race called the Cylons — that they, ironically, created. After a massive attack, only 50,000 of billions of people in the human race survive, thanks to civilian ships, and they must now try and escape to a colony known as Earth. It aired for four seasons back in 2004, and Peacock is also poised to offer a reboot of this series, headed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail, that will address the modern climate.

Downton Abbey (2010)

Downton Abbey
80 %
tv-14 6 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, and others
Created by Julian Fellowes
Relive this British historical drama in its entirety, including all six seasons (no word on the movie). Set in the early 20th century in the fictional Yorkshire country estate, the series, which first aired in the U.S. on PBS, followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. While fictional, the series covers real-life events and how they impact the British social hierarchy, from the sinking of the Titanic to the Spanish influenza pandemic. The series was well received and praised, earning tons of Emmy nominations and wins.

Parks and Recreation (2009)

Parks and Recreation
67 %
tv-14 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, Retta, Billy Eichner
Created by Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Park and Recreation is one of those hilarious series that, if you haven’t watched yet, you should — and those who already watched might very well be game for watching it all over again. Following the story of employees in the Parks Department of a fictional town called Pawnee, Indiana, the show aired for seven seasons. At the center of the plot were the small-town politics and red tape that made accomplishing things so difficult, though fans were able to get emotionally invested in every character.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
tv-g 30 Seasons
Genre Talk
Cast Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon
Created by Steve Allen, William O. Harbach, Dwight Hemion, Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr.
While The Tonight Show continues its successful run as the most popular late-night talk show, nothing beats Johnny Carson’s version of the series, which he hosted for 30 years from 1962 to 1992. Harken back to the old days by watching his interviews with celebrities of all kinds, marveling at his ever-quick wit and impeccable comedic timing. Recall how some of the biggest names in comedy performed sets on the show when they were just up-and-comers. And enjoy Carson’s casual conversational approach and entertainment segments that late-night talk show hosts continue to try and emulate today.

Suits (2011)

65 %
tv-14 9 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Amanda Schull, Dule Hill, Katherine Heigl
Created by Aaron Korsh
The series centers around a bunch of wealthy, arrogant, and successful corporate lawyers in New York running a firm and winning cases by doing whatever necessary to make their clients happy. When they happen upon a brilliant, young, aspiring lawyer named Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), the firm’s top lawyer, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), hires him on the spot. Except there’s one small but meaningful issue: Mike never graduated from Harvard and doesn’t actually have a degree or license to practice law. While the series first focuses on Mike and Harvey becoming the perfect team while also trying to hide the truth, it evolves into much more through its nine seasons. Keep an eye out for Duchess Meghan Markle, who had a starring role in the first eight seasons.

House (2004)

75 %
tv-14 8 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy, Mystery
Cast Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Amber Tamblyn, Odette Annable, Charlyne Yi
Created by David Shore
One of the first, if not the first, medical dramas centered around an eccentric doctor, the concept has been played out in many ways since House graced our TV screens back in 2004. But still, no one has quite managed to top Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a surly but brilliant doctor who can’t stand the typical conventions of his job. Not to mention that he’s addicted to painkillers, which gives him a slight edge. But despite his quirks, Dr. House always manages to figure out what is going on with even the most mysterious and puzzling illnesses, often right in the nick of time. While the episodes get weird and can be repetitive and formulaic through the eight seasons, the wonderful performances by Laurie and other supporting cast members make it totally entertaining the whole way through.

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