The Best Shows on Peacock Right Now (August 2021)

Peacock is really making waves, not only with a vast library of network TV content from NBC, Showtime, and others, but also with its strong slate of originals. One of the most recent is Dr. Death starring Joshua Jackson, which has been well-received thus far by critics and viewers alike. Peacock has also become the spot for tons of great series reboots from the ’90s, like Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. As the library of content grows, chances are you’re thinking of signing up if you haven’t already. Once you do, or once you have already gone through your favorite series, here’s a look at the best in television that Peacock has to offer to help you pick your next show.

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.

A man and a woman exchanging money on Weeds.


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.

Created by: Jenji Kohan
Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Tonye Patana, Romany Malco, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Andy Milder, Allie Grant, Kevin Nealon
Number of seasons: 8

August 12 on Peacock

Joshua Jackson as Dr. Christopher Duntsch in Peacock's Dr. Death.

Dr. Death

Dr. Death features a star-studded cast that includes 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. 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 Christopher Duntsch, who was accused of injuring dozens of patients and killing two before his medical license was revoked (and he was eventually convicted), it’s a gripping tale about an evil doctor who makes his own rules and manages to get away with it. That is until he meets his match in a young and determined assistant district attorney.

Created by: Patrick Macmanus
Cast: Joshua Jackson, Alex Baldwin, Christian Slater, Grace Gummer, Molly Griggs, AnnaSophia Robb, Dominic Burgess
Number of seasons: 1

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A woman talking discreetly on the phone by the water in Departure.


Departure is a series that could have easily fallen under the radar without Peacock’s involvement. This British-Canadian import draws investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi) into the mystery of a downed passenger airliner that leaves only a single survivor: Madelyn Strong (Rebecca Liddiard). But there may be intrigue closer to home for Kendra as well, as her adopted son, AJ (Alexandre Bourgeois), questions the accident that claimed his father’s life, as well as the role that Kendra may have had in it.

Created by: Vince Shiao
Cast: Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer, Kris Holden-Ried
Number of seasons: 2

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and guests walking in the woods on an episode of Lost Speedways.

Lost Speedways

Delve into the world of racing as legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Matthew Dilner take you through the great racing cathedrals of the past. The pair talk about speedways that have been abandoned and overtaken by nature, and they welcome various racing legends as guests in every episode. Earnhardt Jr. is also the creator of the series, which will undoubtedly be a hit among NASCAR fans.

Created by: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Cast: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matthew Dillner
Number of seasons: 2

Girls5eva on Peacock


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 ’90s 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.

Created by: Meredith Scardino
Cast: Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, Renee Elise Goldsberry
Number of seasons: 1

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America's Got Talent

America’s Got Talent

While the judge’s panel has changed many times over, the auditioning talent has always been consistently quirky, fun, touching, sweet, and even a little bit weird. A perfect series to watch with the entire family, the show brings people together to root for their favorites among those who make it through. People of all ages from across America, and even the world, arrive to showcase their gifts on the big stage, fulfill their lifelong dream of sharing their talent with the world, and pursue the hope of winning the Las Vegas show and massive cash prize. It might be a dance troupe, maybe a sword swallower, often a singer. There are no limits to what the acts can do, which is precisely what makes the reality competition series so fun. Peacock is streaming the latest 16th season, episode by episode after each airs on NBC.

Created by: Simon Cowell
Cast: Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews
Number of seasons: 16

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Trolls: TrollsTopia on Peacock

Trolls: TrollsTopia

Based on the movies Trolls and Trolls World Tour, the concept of the adorable little creatures who live in various music-inspired communities within the world of trolls has been translated to television in this series. The premise centers around Queen Poppy, the overly optimistic and friendly leader of the pop music trolls and her genius idea to unite everyone in a harmonious existence, a project she calls TrollsTopia. But she quickly realizes that it’s easier said than done as not everyone has the same priorities and values, nor is as keen as she is to get along.

Created by: Matthew Beans, Hannah Friedman, San Friedman (based on Trolls by DreamWorks Animation)
Cast: Skylar Astin, Amanda Leighton, Sean T. Krishnan, David Fynn, Fryda Wolff, Kevin Michael Richardson, Walt Dhorn, Kenan Thompson, Ron Funches
Number of seasons: 3

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Code 404 on Peacock

Code 404

Hailing from Sky One and first airing in the U.K. in April 2020, this British police procedural comedy-drama is unlike any other. Detective John Mayor is killed while on duty but then brought back to life a year later as part of an experimental artificial intelligence (A.I.) project. Naturally, the first thing he wants to do is hunt down the person who killed him during that sting operation gone wrong. The dynamic between Major and his shocked partner and best friend Roy, turbulence with his wife Kelly, and questions surrounding the A.I. Ethics Committee all come together to make for an entertaining watch.

Created by: Tim Miller, Sam Myer, Daniel Peak
Cast: Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays
Number of seasons: 1

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The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock

The Amber Ruffin Show

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.

Created by: Amber Ruffin
Cast: Amber Ruffin
Number of seasons: 1

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Rutherford Falls on Peacock
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Rutherford Falls

Ed Helms is Nathan Rutherford, a member of his town’s founding family, who works to keep traditions alive and memorialize ancestors through running the local museum. When he learns that authorities are looking to have a historical statue moved, however, he must fight harder than ever to keep history intact. The series has been better reviewed by critics than audiences, the former of whom say it takes a few episodes before you can truly appreciate the witty writing and great performances. While Rutherford Falls is a sitcom at heart designed to make you laugh, the show is also lauded for presenting the “complex issues facing Indigenous peoples in modern America.”

Created by: Ed Helms, Michael Schur, Sierra Teller Ornelas
Cast: Ed Helms, Michael Greyeyes, Jana Schmieding, Jesse Leigh, Dustin Milligan
Number of seasons: 1

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Manifest on Peacock


What would happen if your friend or family member who was presumed dead in a plane crash all of a sudden reappeared five years later, along with every other passenger from the missing plane? Everyone is not only clueless about where they have been for the last five years, but they also haven’t aged a day. This is the premise of Manifest, which looks at what happens when “The Returned” from Flight 828 deal with reintegration back into life, families who have moved on, and people who feel like they are evil spirits who mean harm. The storylines get more bizarre as the series progresses and the passengers begin to experience strange premonitions and visions. Is it corny? Yes. But this show might just be the thrilling escapist series you need right now.

Created by: Jeff Rake
Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long
Number of seasons: 3

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Punky Brewster on Peacock

Punky Brewster

Fueling the desire for nostalgia for those who grew up with the original series in the ’80s, Soleil Moon Frye reprises her role as the title character. The original is based on an unbelievable sob story: Punky is an abandoned young girl who hides out in an apartment building, eventually befriending the elderly owner who finds her and takes it upon himself to raise her. In the continuation series, Punky is now grown and raising kids of her own as a single mother. But when she meets a young foster girl who reminds her of herself as a child, Punky’s memories come flooding back about her own complicated childhood. Early reviews say the show is “stuck in the past,” but isn’t that the point? If a trip down memory lane is your goal, the new Punky Brewster will get Gen Z-ers all warm and fuzzy inside.

Created by: Steve and Jim Armogida
Cast: Soleil Moon Frye, Lauren Lindsey Donzis, Quinn Copeland, Oliver De Los Santos, Noah Cottrell, Cherie Johnson, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Number of seasons: 1

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The Office on Peacock
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The Office

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 two seasons are free to watch on Peacock. Seasons 3-9 are only 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.

Created by: Greg Daniels
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
Number of seasons: 9

Modern Family on Peacock

Modern Family

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 the first 12 episodes of season 1 with Peacock and upgrade to Peacock Premium for the rest.

Created by: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan
Cast: Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez
Number of seasons: 11

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Everybody Loves Raymond on Peacock

Everybody Loves Raymond

Personifying the idea of a traditional Italian family and the “favorite” child, Everybody Loves Raymond is considered to be one of the funniest sitcoms of all time. Much of the story centers around the dry and sarcastic Ray (Ray Romano) and his family as they deal with his overbearing mother and surly father who, because they happen to live across the street, have no boundaries and frequently pop in. Between Ray welcoming his mother doting over him, his older brother still living with their parents, and his aggravated wife dealing with a constant stream of passive-aggressive insults from her manipulative and controlling mother-in-law, every episode is chock-full of relatable laughs. It’s one of those sitcoms that’s consistently funny all the way through and is just as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.

Created by: Philip Rosenthal
Cast: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweeten, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Monica Horan
Number of seasons: 9

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King of Queens on Peacock

King of Queens

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.

Created by: Michael J. Weithorn, David Litt
Cast: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, Patton Oswalt, Victor Williams, Nicole Sullivan
Number of seasons: 9

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George Lopez on Peacock

George Lopez

The stand-up comedian self-produced this sitcom with the help of actor Sandra Bullock, playing a fictional version of himself raising a family with his wife, including a rebellious teenage daughter and dyslexic son. While it was a sitcom at heart, with plenty of hilarious and witty dialogue and relatable conversations, at the center of the story was Lopez’s troubled past, including a neglectful and alcoholic mother who hid from him the fact that his father was actually still alive. Today, sitcoms and series centered around Latino characters are fairly common. But back in the early 2000s, George Lopez was a trailblazer that helped open the door and inspire more series about Latino families.

Created by: Bruce Helford, George Lopez, Robert Borden
Cast: George Lopez, Constance Marie, Luis Armand Garcia, Masiela Lusha, Valente Rodriguez, Belita Moreno, Emiliano Diez, Aimee Garcia
Number of seasons: 6

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Before she portrayed a certain Jedi in the Star Wars universe, Rosario Dawson headlined Briarpatch, an atmospheric mystery series. Dawson plays Allegra “Pick” Dill, an investigator who is drawn back to her hometown, San Bonifacio, Texas, following the death of her sister, Felicity. Naturally, there’s more to Felicity’s demise than meets the eye, and there are a number of people who don’t want Allegra to get to the truth of what happened. But she’s far too formidable to give up without getting the answers she wants.

Created by: Andy Greenwald
Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi, Brian Geraghty
Number of seasons: 1

Deadly Class

Deadly Class

The Russo Brothers adapted Rick Remender’s cult comic book series Deadly Class with Remender attached as both the showrunner and lead writer. The show takes place in the late ‘80s, with Marcus Lopez Arguello (Benjamin Wadsworth) on the run for murders that he didn’t commit. But Marcus’ reputation leads to his enrollment in King’s Dominion, a school for the next generation of elite assassins. Now, Marcus lives in a kill-or-be-killed world surrounded by classmates like Saya Kuroki (Lana Condor) and Maria Salazar (María Gabriela de Faría), both of whom are far more dangerous than he is.

Created by: Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott
Cast: Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría
Number of seasons: 1



Regardless of how you may feel about Roseanne Barr, the classic sitcom that shares her name has an important place in TV history. Roseanne broke new ground with its deft mixture of working-class comedy and drama. Barr and John Goodman starred as Roseanne and Dan, the struggling parents of the Conner family. The original run of nine seasons didn’t shy away from depicting a more realistic portrayal of family life in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The 10th season revival is also on Peacock, which in turn led to the still-ongoing continuation, The Conners.

Created by: Matt Williams, Roseanne Barr, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner
Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert
Number of seasons: 10



There is an American version of Wilfred that aired on FX, but Peacock has the original Australian incarnation that inspired its follow-up series. Adam Zwar stars as Adam, a would-be boyfriend for Sarah (Cindy Waddingham). However, Adam’s potential romance with Sarah is threatened by her dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann). Everyone else sees Wilfred as an ordinary dog, but to Adam, Wilfred looks like a man in a pathetic dog suit who can speak English and has a taste for all of the vices. The unique relationship between Adam and Wilfred carried the series through two seasons, and it has a very different comedic flavor than the show that came after it.

Created by: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar
Cast: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Cindy Waddingham
Number of seasons: 2

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

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).

Created by: Austin Winsberg
Cast: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell
Number of seasons: 2

Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

After its premature cancellation by Showtime, Ray Donovan’s seven-season run has a new home on Peacock. Liev Schreiber stars in the series as Ray, a gifted “fixer” for the rich and powerful. Essentially, Ray makes their mistakes “go away” by any means necessary, and he operates outside the law. However, even Ray is intimidated by his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), who returns to his life after a stint in prison. The entire series is available to stream now. But whether the show gets a revival remains to be seen.

Created by: Ann Biderman
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight
Number of seasons: 7

The Blacklist on Peacock

The Blacklist

Stream the new season 8 episodes of this thrilling drama centered 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, and FBI agent Elizabeth Keen is left in the dark as to why he is intent on protecting her. It’s nail-biting intensity, with a different sinister villain featured in every episode, and twists and turns that keep coming, all the way through.

Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Parminder Nagra, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan, Marno, Hisham Tawfiq
Number of seasons: 8

Saved By The Bell on Peacock

Saved by the Bell

Call it corny (it is), but this attempt at reviving an iconic ’90s teen sitcom weirdly works. While there are plenty of throwback references for ’90s kids, along with returning cast members, it’s all about the new cast of characters. Thirty years have passed, and a new generation of kids are attending Bayside. But when Governor Zack Morris (yes, the same Zack) throws everyone for a loop by closing a high school in a low-income area and integrating the kids from the neighborhoods into more prestigious public schools across the city, including Bayside High, things get interesting. Beneath the seemingly one-dimensional surface of the sitcom are clever stories and dialogue that promote self-confidence and acceptance, veiled by the constant mockery of stereotypes and dated technology (yep, they found a way to bring back the brick phone). Fans of the original series will appreciate the Easter eggs while a new legion of fans will find an entirely new group of kids that are relatable to this generation.

Created by: Sam Bobrick
Cast: Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Mario Lopez
Number of seasons: 1

The Curse of Oak Island on Peacock

The Curse of Oak Island

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.

Created by: Prometheus Entertainment
Cast: Rick Lagina, Marty Lagina, Dan Blankenship, Dave Blankenship
Number of seasons: 7

Save Me Too on Peacock

Save Me Too

With the first season called simply Save Me, this British drama was both created by and stars The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead‘s Lennie James. After the estranged 13-year-old daughter of down-and-out, womanizing Nelson (James) goes missing, and he is accused of taking her, he embarks on a journey to find her. Nelson hasn’t seen his daughter in a decade, but in order to clear his name, he must uncover what happened and track her down. Along with grieving the loss of a daughter he didn’t even really know, the irony in Nelson having to search for one he presumably never wanted to find in the first place makes for an interesting premise. The first season received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with critics lauding its ability to combine elements of family drama, detective work, and workplace comedy, all in one show.

Created by: Lennie James, Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith
Cast: Lennie James, Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham, Jason Flemyng, Susan Lynch, Kerry Godliman, Nadine Marshall, Barry Ward, Jimmy Walker
Number of seasons: 2



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, which has aired three seasons thus far since 2018. The series 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 have gotten dramatically better for seasons 2 and 3.

Created by: Taylor Sheridan, John Linson
Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecen Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham
Number of seasons: 3

This Is Us on Peacock

This Is Us

While you can’t stream the entire romantic family tragedy series, you can get the latest season 5 episodes. 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 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 make-up and dated wardrobes for flashbacks, is fascinating to see. Just have a box of tissues nearby.

Created by: Dan Fogelman
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas
Number of seasons: 5

Law & Order: SVU on Peacock

Law & Order: SVU

This offshoot, one of many within the popular Law & Order franchise, focuses on the Special Victims Unit (SVU) which deals with sexually-oriented, child-based, and other “especially heinous” crimes. Set in New York, it’s much darker than the original series, and sometimes, story inspiration is taken from real-life case cases and events. Despite the disturbing nature of many of the cases investigated on the show, SVU has been well-received, surpassing the original series for total number of episodes to date and ranking fourth for the longest-running primetime scripted series. You can stream all 22 seasons of the drama, which has been on the air since 1999.

Created by: Dick Wolf
Cast: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Michelle Hurd, Stephanie March, Ice-T, BD Wong, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie
Number of seasons: 22

Superstore on Peacock


Check out all seasons, including the latest season six episodes, 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, suggesting it’s worth checking out, and sticking with it.

Created by: Justin Spitzer
Cast: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
Number of seasons: 6

Transplant on Peacock


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 on this one is 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, which has already been renewed for a second season.

Created by: Joseph Kay
Cast: Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf, John Hannah, Ayisha Issa, Jim Watson
Number of seasons: 1

Mr. Mercedes on Peacock

Mr. Mercedes

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.

Created by: David E. Kelley (based on Stephen King novel trilogy)
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadway, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton
Number of seasons: 3

The Capture on Peacock

The Capture

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 an 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 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 has been credited with “revitalizing…a tired genre.”

Created by: Ben Chanan
Cast: Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ben Miles, Laura Haddock, Barry Ward, Ralph Ineson
Number of seasons: 1

Curious George on Peacock
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Curious George

The curious and mischievous little monkey has been a part of childhoods since 1941, and now the character will reappear on-screen to get up to more antics. The newer season, which debuted in 2018 on Family Jr. in Canada, is 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.

Created by: Margret Rey, H.A. Rey, Alan J. Shalleck (books), Joe Fallon (series)
Cast: Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett (narrated by William H. Macy, Rina Romano)
Number of seasons: 13

Cleopatra in Space on Peacock
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Cleopatra in Space

As the first DreamWorks Animation series to stream somewhere other than Netflix or Amazon Video at launch, this animated series is based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Mike Maihack. Geared toward kids ages 7 to 11, it tells the story of Cleopatra during her teenage years as she deals with the trials and tribulations of high school. Cleopatra travels through time and visits an Egyptian-themed planet ruled by talking cats, then enrolls in a special school to train for how to take down bad guys, and she eventually finds her way back home.

Created by: Mike Maihack (graphic novels)
Cast: Lilimar Hernandez, Katie Crown, Jorge Diaz, Sendhil Ramamurthy
Number of seasons: 1

30 Rock on Peacock

30 Rock

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.

Created by: Tina Fey
Cast: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross
Number of seasons: 7

Parenthood on Peacock


This comedy-drama, loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard film and the second TV adaptation of the concept, aired for six seasons from 2010 to 2015. It followed the lives of three generations of the Braverman family, including the patriarch, matriarch, and their four children and their respective families. This was essentially the early ’10s version of This Is Us.

Created by: Jason Katims (based on the Ron Howard film)
Cast: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Savannah Paige Rae, Sarah Ramos, Max Burkholder
Number of seasons: 6

Friday Night Lights on Peacock

Friday Night Lights

Airing for five seasons from 2006 to 2011, this sports drama starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book by H.G. Bissinger and the 2004 film adaptation, was lauded for its realistic representation of football culture and small-town Middle America. It was popular among critics and viewers alike, who called it everything from heartfelt and raw to fresh and absorbing.

Created by: Peter Berg
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Scott Porter, Michael B. Jordan
Number of seasons: 5

Saturday Night Live on Peacock

Saturday Night Live

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 46 seasons of the show, making it easy to find and rewatch your favorite segments over and over again. More cowbell, anyone?

Created by: Lorne Michaels
Cast: Various
Number of seasons: 46

Cheers on Peacock


Cheers is widely considered to be one of the best sitcoms ever to air on television. You can relive this ’80s and ’90s classic and all of its 11 seasons on the new streaming service. Every episode took place in the bar where everyone knows your name and followed the interactions of those who worked at the bar and those who patronized it. This series has gone down in the history books, and while some references are seriously dated, the stories and relationships among the characters are timeless.

Created by: Glen Charles, Les Charles, James Burrows
Cast: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley, Bebe Neuwirth
Number of seasons: 11

Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Peacock
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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.

Created by: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller
Number of seasons: 7

Battlestar Galactica on Peacock

Battlestar Galactica

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.

Created by: Ronald D. Moore (based on the 1978 series by Glen A. Larson)
Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas
Number of seasons: 4

Downton Abbey on Peacock

Downton Abbey

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.

Created by: Julian Fellowes
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, and others
Number of seasons: 6

Parks & Recreation on Peacock

Parks and Recreation

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.

Created by: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
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
Number of seasons: 7

Frasier on Peacock


The tune Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs, sung by Kelsey Grammer, is instantly recognizable as the theme to this series, one of the most successful spin-offs ever to grace the small screen. Borne from Cheers, Frasier delved deeper into the story of one of the bar’s frequent patrons: Frasier Crane (Grammer), a successful psychiatrist and radio advice show host. Alongside Frasier, the series introduced a host of memorable characters, including his elderly father, Martin (John Mahoney); Martin’s caregiver, Daphne (Jane Leeves); Frasier’s conservative and uptight brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce); and Frasier’s producer, Roz (Peri Gilpin). Running for 11 seasons, it isn’t only one of the most successful spin-offs in television history and is also widely considered to be one of the best sitcoms ever.

Created by: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee
Cast: Kely Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney
Number of seasons: 11

The Carol Burnett Show on Peacock

The Carol Burnett Show

A trailblazer in the world of variety and sketch comedy, Burnett is one of the biggest comedic talents of the past few generations. Relive her original CBS series, which aired for 11 seasons in the ’70s and won 25 Primetime Emmy Awards. It’s often found on aggregated lists of the best television series of all time. Starring other huge names in comedy through its run, the show paved the way for others to create memorable parodies and skits that can make viewers belly-laugh. Among its best were As the Stomach Turns (a parody of soap opera As The World Turns) and Kitchen Commercials.

Created by: Carol Burnett
Cast: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway, Dick Van Dyke
Number of seasons: 11

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on Peacock

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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.

Created by: Steve Allen, William O. Harbach, Dwight Hemion, Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr.
Cast: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon
Number of seasons: 30

Suits on Peacock


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.

Created by: Aaron Korsh
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Amanda Schull, Dule Hill, Katherine Heigl
Number of seasons: 9

House on Peacock


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.

Created by: David Shore
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
Number of seasons: 8

Monk by Peacock


Before starring as Midge Maisel’s quirky father in Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tony Shalhoub played another character with quirks in this comedy-drama. While it’s 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 that 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. The series won eight Emmy Awards and broke viewership records.

Created by: Andy Breckman
Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard
Number of seasons: 8

Two and a Half Men on Peacock

Two and a Half Men

When Charlie Sheen left this popular hit comedy show, fans thought all was lost. However, Ashton Kutcher took over Sheen’s role to continue the long-running series after the first eight seasons captivated audiences. Sheen starred as Charlie Harper, a womanizing bachelor living in a beach house and earning money off writing jingles for commercials. 

His life, however, was upended when his about-to-be-divorced younger brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), showed up unexpectedly with his 10-year-old son, Jake (Angus T. Jones), looking for a place to crash. And, well, he never left. The chemistry among the three leads was unmatched, and while the storyline to integrate Kutcher’s character was odd, the series still captured viewers for another four seasons.

Created by: Chuck Lorre, Lee Aronsohn
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Marin Hinkle, Melanie Lynskey, Holland Taylor, Conchata Ferrell, Jennifer Taylor, April Bowlby, Ashton Kutcher
Number of seasons: 12

Top Chef

Top Chef

This long-running reality competition series from Bravo has been pitting chefs against one another in intense cooking competitions since the early ’00s. An ever-changing panel of celebrity judges and notable chefs taste their culinary masterpieces, provide feedback week after week, and, eventually, crown a winner. In addition to this original series, check out one of many spin-offs: Top Chef Masters.

Created by: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz (executive producers)
Cast: Katie Lee, Padma Lahshmi (hosts), various judges, various contestants
Number of seasons: 17

A.P. Bio on Peacock
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A.P. Bio

While NBC canceled this series after two seasons, Peacock picked it up for a third. It’s a good thing, too, seeing as the series has actually received very good reviews and has been praised for its “genuine laughs.” Jack Carson Griffin has lost out on his dream job and, making things infinitely worse, it was to his arch-rival, of all people. Left with no other choice but to pack up and leave Harvard to return to Ohio and work as an advanced placement biology teacher (talk about a demotion!), he decides to use his honor roll students to help him get back at his prime enemy.

Created by: Mike O’Brien
Cast: Glenn Howerton, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett, Patton Oswalt, Paula Pell
Number of seasons: 2

American Ninja Warrior on Peacock

American Ninja Warrior

A thrilling watch for the entire family, ridiculously fit athletes from all across America train all year long to be able to conquer some of the most difficult, wild, and exciting obstacle courses that test their strength, determination, focus, and skill. Based on the Japanese TV series Sasuke, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila provide exciting play-by-plays as the competitors try to make it through to the end quickly and without falling in order to advance to the next level. The ultimate goal? Defeating the final, brutally-difficult course: Mount Midoriyama. With 11 seasons under its belt, only three people have completed the course, two taking home the million-dollar prize for doing it the fastest. Peacock offers next-day access to the current 12th season as fans eagerly watch to see if anyone, including their returning favorites, will make it to the end this year.

Created by: Based on Sasuke by Ushio Higuchi
Cast: Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, various competitors
Number of seasons: 12

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