18 best shows streaming right now on Peacock

From bottom left: American Auto, Girls5eva, The Amber Ruffin Show, Rutherford Falls, Yellowstone (Photos: Peacock)
From bottom left: American Auto, Girls5eva, The Amber Ruffin Show, Rutherford Falls, Yellowstone (Photos: Peacock)

We know, we know—it’s tough to subscribe to yet another streaming platform. But even so, NBC Universal’s relatively new streamer is worth the sacrifice. Peacock is home to NBC standouts like The Office, Parks And Recreation, and several unique originals and irreverent comedies. (Enjoy them while they last.) To help you sort through all the offerings, here is The A.V. Club’s guide for what to watch, including stellar sitcoms like Girls5eva, Justin Spitzer’s American Auto (which returns for a new season this month), and reality competition Baking It. (Plus, you can always catch up on four seasons of Yellowstone.)

Note: This list is in alphabetical order. It was last updated on January 18, 2022. It will update monthly.

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The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock: 2020-)

The Amber Ruffin Show | Official Trailer | Peacock

Stars: Amber Ruffin

Number of seasons: 3

Amber Ruffin is one of the best parts of Late Night With Seth Meyers, so it’s not surprising that NBC wants to keep her around. Ruffin not only still co-writes for Meyers but hosts her own late-night talk show on Peacock. Her commentary on politics, pop culture, and everything in between is consistently hilarious and poignant.

American Auto (NBC: 2022-)

American Auto Season 1 First Look | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Stars: Ana Gasteyer, Harriet Dyer, Jon Barinholtz, X Mayo, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tye White, Humphrey Ker

Number of seasons: 1

If you’re missing Superstore, Justin Spitzer’s new(ish) comedy might fill the void. American Auto is a workplace comedy set in the automobile company Payne Motors. Instead of the working class, though, this one follows the messy shenanigans of corporate culture. New CEO Katherine Hastings (Gasteyer) knows nothing about cars—but she can be a good leader when she wants to be, especially with the help of her team as they battle various crises. Catch up on season one on Peacock in time for season two, which begins on NBC on January 26.

Angelyne (Peacock: 2022)

Angelyne | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Emmy Rossum, Martin Freeman, Lukas Gage, Hamish Linklater, Alex Karpovsky, Molly Ephraim, Phillip Ettinger, Michael Angarano

Number of seasons: 1

You’ve never seen Emmy Rossum like this before. The Shameless star transforms into the singer, actor, and media personality Angelyne, who became known throughout Los Angeles in the ’80s for her billboard advertisements. Angelyne is a five-part series that explores how she rose to fame, while in 2010, entertainment journalist Jeff Glaser attempts to uncover her life story, one that is full of conflicting accounts from those who know her.

Baking It (Peacock: 2021-)

Baking It | New Season | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler

Number of seasons: 2

Who doesn’t love a wholesome television experience? It’s exactly what Baking It is here to provide. The episodes follow contestant duos who work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges to win a cash prize. Sure, it sounds like every other Food Network show. But the winning formula is Maya Rudolph, who hosts both seasons. In season one, she teamed up with Andy Samberg. The second season aired in December 2022, featuring Rudolph and her BFF, Amy Poehler. And who can resist their amazing chemistry?

Bates Motel (A&E: 2013-2017)

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Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell, Kenny Johnson

Number of seasons: 5

Bates Motel is a riveting contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The drama centers on the mother-son duo Norma and Norman Bates, who move to a coastal Oregon town for a fresh start after the death of Norma’s husband. However, as Norman’s mental illness starts becoming dangerous, it threatens to unravel their lives as Norma tries her best to protect her son. The show successfully reinvents a classic thriller and features Farmiga and Highmore’s career-best performances. And look out for an MVP turn from House Of The Dragon’s Cooke.

Battlestar Galactica (Sci-fi Channel: 2004-2009)

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Stars: Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan

Number of seasons: 4

Developed by For All Mankind’s Ronald D. Moore, Battlestar Galactica picks up after the three-part miniseries that aired in 2003. For any fans of space-set TV shows, this one is a must-watch. Set in a distant star system, humans live on a group of planets called the Twelve Colonies of Kobol—but they’re bombarded by a devastating attack. Thousands of survivors flee on the Battlestar Galactica, led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama, in search of a fabled colony known as Earth.

Bust Down (Peacock: 2021-)

BUST DOWN Series | Official Trailer (HD) Peacock

Stars: Chris Redd, Jak Knight, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman, Freddie Gibbs, Phi Tan

Number of seasons: 1

Co-created by the four lead actors, Bust Down is a biting comedy about a group of friends working a low-income job at the Diamondback Casino in Gary, Indiana. The irreverent series follows them as they explore opportunities in and out of the workplace while dealing with domestic disputes, boundary-violating bosses, and the challenges of climbing the corporate ladder.

Chucky (Syfy: 2021-)

Chucky Season 1 Trailer 2 | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Stars: Zackary Arthur, Björgvin Arnarson, Jennifer Tilly, Devon Sawa, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Teo Briones, Brad Dourif, Barbara Alyn Woods

Number of seasons: 1

Who doesn’t love a good dose of a murderous doll, especially during the spooky season? Don Mancini returns to the Child’s Play franchise with this spectacular slasher series. Chucky is set in Hackensack, New Jersey, following unwitting teen Jake Wheeler, who buys the Chucky doll only to discover it inhabits the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray. Season two finished airing on Syfy in November, and will hopefully arrive on Peacock soon. The show has been picked up for season three.

A Friend Of The Family (Peacock: 2022)

A Friend of The Family | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks, Lio Tipton, Hendrix Yancey, McKenna Grace, Austin Stowell, Patrick Fischler, Philip Ettinger

Number of seasons: 1

A Friend Of The Family expands on the wild real-life story explored in the 2019 documentary Abducted In Plain Sight. In excruciating but well-plotted detail, the drama unpacks how a teenage Jan Broberg was kidnapped twice in the ’70s by a family pal who was obsessed with her. As The A.V. Club’s review notes: “In a rare feat, A Friend Of The Family actually justifies its lengthy runtime of nine hourlong episodes. Peacock’s series is an alarming, thought-provoking, and vital deep dive into a true story that, on the surface, appears outlandish.”

Girls5eva (Peacock: 2021-)

Girls5eva | Official Trailer | Peacock

Stars: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, Paula Pell, Busy Phillips, Daniel Breaker, Andrew Rannels, Ashley Park, Erika Henningsen

Number of seasons: 2

Created by Meredith Scardino, Girls5eva is a great time. The musical comedy follows four members of a ’90s one-hit-wonder girl band who reunite in the present day for their second shot at fame. It means Girls5eva is chock-full of hilarious original songs, from “Famous 5eva” to “Dream Girlfriends” to “New York Lonely Boy”—they’re all instant earworms. It carries the effortless energy of co-producer Tina Fey’s other projects, including 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. While the show moves to Netflix with its upcoming third season, you can still watch the first two on Peacock.

Killing It (Peacock: 2021-)

Killing It | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Craig Robinson, Claudia O’Doherty, Scott MacArthur, Stephanie Nogueras, Tim Heidecker, Zach Grenier

Number of seasons: 1

Co-created by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Dan Goor and Luke Del Tridici, Killing It adds to Peacock’s line-up of irreverent comedies. The show follows Craig, a divorced single father who has just failed to secure a loan for his new business. However, he learns from his Australian Uber driver, Jillian, that there’s a lot of money to be made by hunting snakes. So they both enroll to participate in the South Florida Python Challenge for a $20,000 prize, showcasing a funny dynamic along the way. The series has been thankfully renewed for a second season.

Murder, She Wrote (CBS: 1984-1996)

Best Angela Lansbury Scenes | Murder She Wrote | Screen Bites

Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Number of seasons: 12

There’s no better way to toast the legendary Angela Lansbury, who died in October 2022, than by revisiting one of her most iconic performances. In Murder, She Wrote, she starred as mystery scribe and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, who gets caught up in several cases, and the actor earned 12 Emmy nominations during the show’s lengthy run.

The Office (NBC: 2005-2013)

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Stars: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper

Number of seasons: 9

One of NBC’s most iconic sitcoms, The Office is a breezy binge-watch. The mockumentary, inspired by the British series of the same name, follows the employees of a fictional paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The workplace comedy features excellent performances, running gags, and the World’s Best Boss, Michael Scott. The Office is great whether it’s your first or fifth time watching it. And if you’re so inclined, you can rewatch it along with Fischer and Kinsey’s podcast, Office BFFs.

Parks And Recreation (NBC: 2009-2015)

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Stars: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari

Number of seasons: 7

Much like The Office, Parks And Recreation is an unmissable TV show for any fans of the mockumentary genre. Treat yourself to it! Greg Daniels and Mike Schur created another winning comedy. Set in the fictional Pawnee, Indiana, P&R follows the parks department, led by an overenthusiastic Leslie Knope (Poehler). Come for Knope and her undeniable chemistry with Ben Wyatt (Scott), and stay for a star-making performance by Plaza, who continues to rule our screen.

The Resort (Peacock: 2022)

The Resort | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Skyler Gisondo, Nina Bloomgarden, Gabriela Cartol, Nick Offerman

Number of seasons: 1

The Resort is a weirdly compelling and suspenseful comedy. Despite introducing multiple mysteries (bordering on the mystical), the show succeeds thanks to an impressive cast, all of whom pull off the nuanced balance between humor and tragedy. The show follows married couple Noah and Emma, who gets roped into solving a 15-year-old cold case of two missing teens while on vacation in the Mayan Riviera. Here’s an excerpt from The A.V. Club’s review: “The delightful ensemble makes The Resort a breeze, even if the payoff leaves something to be desired.”

Rutherford Falls (Peacock: 2021-2022)

Rutherford Falls | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Ed Helms, Jana Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes, Dustin Milligan, Jesse Leigh, Beth Stelling, Bobby Wilson, Devery Jacobs, Dana L. Wilson

Number of seasons: 2

Peacock executives really didn’t know how good they had it with Rutherford Falls. Even though the comedy was canceled after two seasons, it will remain one of their top-tier originals. Co-created by Sierra Teller Ornelas, Mike Schur, and series star Ed Helms, it follows childhood best friends Nathan and Reagan, who find themselves at a crossroads when a crisis hits their small town. Moreover, the show is a joyful exploration of the Indigenous community, with scene-stealing performances from Greyeyes and Schmieding.

We Are Lady Parts (Channel 4/Peacock: 2021-)

We Are Lady Parts | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Stars: Anjana Vasan, Sarah Kameela Impey, Faith Omole, Juliette Motamed, Lucie Shorthouse, Zaqi Ismael, Aiysha Hart, Shobu Kapoor

Number of seasons: 1

Nida Manzoor captured lightning in a bottle with her riotous six-part comedy, We Are Lady Parts. Set in London, the show follows Muslim women who team up to form a punk band with hopes of winning a major competition. Manzoor’s writing smartly unpacks their diverse Muslim culture and traditions, all while the five of them navigate their friendship and crushes. Also, expect some truly terrific original music.

Yellowstone (Paramount Network: 2018-)

Yellowstone Season 1 Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Stars: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Gil Birmingham, Cole Hauser

Number of seasons: 4

Taylor Sheridan has created his version of MCU with the folks at Paramount, and it all began with Yellowstone. Just expect a different set of heroes and villains here. The show is set in Montana, following the Dutton family, who own the largest ranch. Costner’s John Dutton is the patriarch constantly fighting to protect his home from land developers, a national park, and the bordering Broken Rock Indian Reservation. Since its debut, Yellowstone has racked up a massive viewership, with Sheridan creating at least three spin-offs. If you want to know what the fuss is all about, four seasons are streaming on Peacock.

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