15 Best Shows to Binge on Peacock
With a wide range of shows and movies readily available, Peacock’s got tons of great content for the value. Some episodes are even free if you’re willing to sit through commercials.
The service has three tiers, Peacock Free, which is available to all customers at no charge, and Peacock Premium which starts at $4.99 a month with ads, and Peacock Premium Plus $9.99 a month without ads. If you are a Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customer — you will get a $5 discount on either plan — meaning you can get Peacock Premium at no extra charge.
Below are listed 15 of our favorite shows to sit and binge, but several are available on other streaming services as well, so be sure to check and see if it’s on one you already own!
Best shows to stream on Peacock
The most-watched show in 45+ years worth of PBS, Downton Abbey made record success showing how different social classes coexist or clash under one roof. Framed by the gorgeous English backdrop, all six seasons of Downton Abbey are now proudly available for viewing on Peacock. The program is also available on Amazon Prime Video.
If you’re looking for a ton of content for your dollar, Saturday Night Live’s 46 seasons on Peacock are an easy place to start! From Steve Martin and Jackson Browne to Bill Murray and Ringo Starr, to Adam Driver and Gal Gadot, the celebrity cameos are timely but the humor is timeless. Everyone’s got a favorite sketch. What’s yours?
Fans of sci-fi rejoice; the rebooted Battlestar Galactica (both the 2003 miniseries and the series immediately following) are available in their entirety on Peacock. Note that this version is a far cry from the 1970s cheese initially associated with this title. The reboot is sexy, scary, thrilling, emotional, and incredibly well acted. It encapsulates the fear we all felt in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the frayed society that followed. It’s got a killer soundtrack to boot. Kick back and prepare to take the fight to the Cylons.
Parks and Recreation has become a cultural landmark for its memorable characters (Ron Swanson approves this statement) and witty dialogue. Turn on an episode and suddenly you’ve binged half a season! Be sure to have plenty of breakfast food on hand. Namely bacon.
5. 30 Rock
Winner of multiple Emmy awards for both outstanding casting and writing for comedy, 30 Rock was created by Tina Fey and it shows. It’s a savage satire of the entertainment world and the off-kilter personalities that inhabit it. Funny enough, it’s based on Fey’s own experiences writing for SNL, another of our favorites for this list.
Peacock isn’t just a place to stream recent episodes of your favorite series. It’s also the home to classic TV shows like Cheers. Be prepared to throwback to all 11 seasons of Sam Malone’s bar in the ‘80s. This classic is timeless because the jokes focus on the characters and situations, not on current events. Drink up and be merry with the gold standard of sitcoms!
Suspense isn’t defined by an era, but rather by a director. That director was Hitchcock. The brilliant mind behind classic titles like “Psycho,” “Vertigo,” and “Rear Window” brought forth this a series of self-contained episodes, each hosted and introduced by the man himself. Watch as murder and mayhem play out in the lives of characters. Time Magazine noted it as one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time. Claude Rains, Walter Matthau, Jessica Tandy, Charles Bronson, Cloris Leachman, Steve McQueen, Leslie Nielsen, John Cassavetes, Art Carney, Burt Reynolds, Peter Falk, and Dick Van Dyke are just some of the Hollywood legends who make appearances.
If you’re more in the mood for non-fiction, the next two spots on our list might be up your alley. The first is the Peacock original series, Lost Speedways. This stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matthew Dillner as they explore and share the stories of race tracks lost to the passage of time.
A twist on modern Food Network cooking contests, this time it isn’t Chef Gordon Ramsay locked in a reality competition against other chefs, but instead working to combat poor management and food preparation of failing restaurants. See how the infamously ill-tempered cooking superstar transforms kitchens from the ground up with his masterful technique and his trademark spitfire attitude. This show is the perfect “comfort food” when you just need some background TV.
Kevin Costner stars in Yellowstone as ranch owner John Dutton. Join in his fight to preserve his territory against all manner of greedy land developers and upstarts in a battle of staunch will and precious tradition. The first two seasons are available for streaming, and the third is available for purchase.
Take a trip down memory lane and walk out onto the Dillon Texas high school football field. The game is the core of Friday Night Lights, but its heart and soul lies in the small town life that surrounds and sustains it. This program is also available on Starz, and seasons 4 and 5 can be viewed on Hulu. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
Created as a spin-off to Cheers (also on this list), Frasier continues the story of the titular character as he builds a new life reconnecting with his brother and father and working as a radio advice show host. This meticulously crafted comedy is packed with laughs. It won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy five years in a row! Frasier’s 11-year run is guaranteed to entertain.
13. The Profit
If you’re a fan of Kitchen Nightmares (also on this list), you’ll definitely want to check out The Profit. The show stars billionaire Marcus Lemonis as he visits struggling businesses around the country and tries to resuscitate them. Unlike other reality shows, Lemonis puts his own money on the line, becoming an investor in the businesses. In some cases, Lemonis is able to help the businesses turn the corner. But when Lemonis clashes with his new partners, sparks really fly. Seasons 1-4 are available for streaming; seasons 5, 6, and 7 are available for purchase.
Time out! Saved by the Bell is on Peacock?? Yes it is. Another throwback to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, watch all four seasons of Zack Morris as he and his high school friends conspire and sew mischief on the poor principal, Mr. Belding. And stay tuned for the upcoming reboot, starring most of the original cast and a whole new class of Bayside kids.
Carol Burnett is a comedy legend and her variety show was a titan of its time. The show was notable for the many sketches in which Tim Conway made Harvey Korman break out laughing. And Vicki Lawrence got her showbiz start on this show after writing Burnett a fan letter! The Carol Burnett show ran 278 episodes from 1967-78, winning 25 prime time Emmy Awards. TV Guide ranked it 16th on its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Time Magazine also called it one of the 100 best shows ever created. If you crave sketch comedy, this is an absolute classic.