The 20 best shows on Peacock

The 20 best shows on Peacock
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From NBC classics like 'The Office' to punk rock originals like 'We Are Lady Parts,' here is the best the streamer has to offer.

After a somewhat rocky start, Peacock has blossomed into a great streaming platform ripe with original content, NBC classics, and a few surprises. This ample library contributes to the age-old dilemma: With so many TV shows to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out what to binge next.

If that sounds like you, don’t worry, we’ve curated the ultimate list of entertaining options for you to choose from. Just make sure you have snacks nearby because you won’t want to get up once you hit play. Here are the 20 best shows on Peacock right now.

“The Office” (2005–2013)

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Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty

In the early days of Peacock, The Office was more than its most popular show; it was also the primary reason to subscribe to the streaming service, which offered enticing extended episodes. The series sees white-collar workers (including the hilarious duo John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson) mixing not-so-serious business and personal business while operating under an incompetent but endearing boss (played to perfection by Steve Carell). Much of the humor comes from the low-hum absurdity that ensues, with EW’s critic writing that, “in the history of the workplace sitcom, never have the professional stakes been lower than at Scranton, Pa.’s Dunder Mifflin, where the only objective is pushing paper. Literally.”

Where to watch The Office: Peacock

EW grade: A- (read the review)

Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling

Related content: The Office cast: Where are they now?

“Parks and Recreation” (2009–2015)

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NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Life is often about learning to laugh in mind-numbing situations, as seen in Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler brings the comedic chops she honed on SNL, and she’s joined by an excellent ensemble that includes Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt (before he was a Marvel megastar). The show hails from the creators of The Office with a similar premise: We follow the government employees of a small town Parks and Rec department as they handle city problems in tandem with their own issues. Rather than recycling its predecessor’s jokes, this series (which EW’s critic praised for “the performances, the attitude, and the atmosphere”) trades Carrell’s incompetence for Poehler’s relentless optimism, dishing out humor and heart in equal measure.

Where to watch Parks and Recreation: Peacock

EW grade: A (read the review)

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

Related content: Parks and Recreation cast: Where are they now?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013–2021)

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Jordin Althaus/NBC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine trades the melodrama and violence of police procedurals for a comedy that embraces wacky humor (think of it as Police Academy meets The Office, and you’ve got the right idea). Andy Samberg’s detective brings the madcap humor of his SNL days to the precinct, and he’s surrounded by an ensemble (including the formidable Stephanie Beatriz and a sweet-as-pie Terry Crews) that elevates his brand of rubber-faced jokes into modern sitcom gold. As EW’s critic wonders, “An irreverent comedy about the limits of irreverence? Now, there’s an arresting premise for a next-generation hot fuzz.”

Where to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Peacock

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher

Related content: Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Melissa Fumero details the show's teary final day of filming

“Saturday Night Live” (1975–present)

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Rosalind O'Connor/NBC

At some point, a series stops being an occasional treat and becomes a regular part of your media diet. This is the case with Saturday Night Live, a show that has reached the highest highs and lowest lows of hilarity for nearly half a century. In addition to rotating celebrity guest hosts like Timothee Chalamet, the current cast is rounded out by Michael Che, Colin Jost, Kenan Thompson, and more; but in the early days, the ensemble featured the likes of comedy legends Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi. This bygone era was rough around the edges, both on and offscreen. As EW previously reported, Chase alleges that Belushi once stole his vial of cocaine when the future Christmas Vacation star was playing piano. It’s an absurd story, but it also highlights the reason to stream any given season: You never know what’s going to happen, which is the perfect recipe for laughs.

Where to watch Saturday Night Live: Peacock

Cast: Michael Che, Colin Jost, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim

Related content: Melissa McCarthy reveals what she was actually chugging during SNL Hidden Valley Ranch sketch

“30 Rock” (2006–2013)

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Mary Ellen Mathew/NBCU Photo Bank

One of the best not-so-inside jokes ever broadcast, 30 Rock is a perfectly executed satire of NBC by NBC, poking at Saturday Night Live specifically through various hijinks that go into making the in-universe sitcom The Girlie Show. The result is one of the most universally beloved and awarded comedies of the 21st century, as EW’s critic writes, “With its dense thick slabs of topical references and absurdist nonsequiturs, 30 Rock sometimes seems like a late-night Adult Swim cartoon show come to life on prime-time.” Instantly accessible and infinitely rewarding upon rewatch, this will always be our streaming comfort food.

Where to watch 30 Rock: Peacock

EW grade: A (read the review)

Cast: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin

Related content: The best 30 Rock guest stars

“Married With Children” (1987–1997)

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Fox Network/courtesy Everett

Married With Children is a rare show that is simultaneously of its time and inexplicably timeless. The crude tales of a hangdog husband (Ed O’Neill) and his amusing interactions with his quirky family (including Katey Sagal and Christina Applegate) were a staple among the edgy content that typified Fox in the ‘80s and ‘90s. In stretching the boundaries of taste (and certainly tastelessness), the show achieved evergreen appeal by channeling what EW’s writer once called a “white-trash ethos” with a “brutish, dark, etiquette-free, politically incorrect manner.” You may just feel like an entertainment archaeologist when streaming a transgressive show that predicted the next few decades of shock sitcom humor.

Where to watch Married With Children: Peacock

Cast: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, David Garrison, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley

Related content: Married With Children cast: Where are they now?

“Poker Face” (2023–present)

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Peacock

While some doubted you could update the Columbo formula for modern viewers, Peacock offered something new in the form of Poker Face from Knives Out mastermind Rian Johnson. It stars Natasha Lyonne as a woman with a borderline supernatural ability to tell whether someone is lying. She must go on the run after angering a casino boss, and when she’s not dodging Benjamin Bratt’s security guard, she’s solving mystery-of-the-week dilemmas featuring colorful characters. But no character is more fascinating than hers, with EW’s critic insisting that the show is “charming because it's Lyonne: ashy voice, molten hair, [and] general affect of a kid who wants to be a crazy old coot.”

Where to watch Poker Face: Peacock

EW grade: A (read the review)

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Benjamin Bratt, Adrien Brody

Related content: Natasha Lyonne and Benjamin Bratt on why Poker Face is 'one of the best shows on TV' right now

“We Are Lady Parts” (2021–present)

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Laura Radford/Peacock

Equal parts killer mixtape and excellent sitcom, We Are Lady Parts follows the ups and downs of an all-female Muslim punk band (comprised of Anjana Vasan, Juliette Motamed, and others) based out of the U.K. It’s a comedy where the punks put the “riot” back in “laugh riot,” and we love the combination of cultural and interpersonal humor, especially after the band recruits a new guitarist who needs to embrace a bit of rebellion. In addition to their acting talents, the band also comes equipped with serious musical chops. As EW’s TV critic writes, “The entire ensemble, all of whom play their own instruments, are natural performers, and there's a joyful energy to their jam sessions.”

Where to watch We Are Lady Parts: Peacock

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Cast: Anjana Vasan, Sarah Kameela Impey, Juliette Motamed, Faith Omole, Lucie Shorthouse, Aiysha Hart, Zaqi Ismail, David Avery, Shobu Kapoor, Sofia Barclay

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“Mrs. Davis” (2023)

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Tina Thorpe/PEACOCK

It’s delightfully difficult to tell newcomers exactly what this show is about, though EW’s critic believes “Mrs. Davis is better experienced than explained.” Yes, for those who opt into this tale of Betty Gilpin as a nun seeking the Holy Grail to defeat a looming AI (the titular Mrs. Davis), this experience is truly singular. It’s like you put Doctor Who and The Da Vinci Code into a stew and then sprinkled in some later-season Westworld for flavor. We’d argue that even if you hated all three, you’d like a taste of the sci-fi screwball comedy stew that Mrs. Davis has to offer.

Where to watch Mrs. Davis: Peacock

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Cast: Betty Gilpin, Jake McDorman, Andy McQueen

Related content: Mrs. Davis stars and creators explain what they think of artificial intelligence

“The Munsters” (1964–1966)

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Courtesy Everett Collection

There’s been a recent resurgence of genre fans who prefer “cozy horror,” a.k.a. shows with delightfully gothic aesthetics that never get too scary. If that’s your bag, then you’ll love The Munsters; it’s the grandfather of cozy horror, and not just because the cast includes Al Lewis playing Grandpa. Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Beverly Owen, and more enliven this suburban satire by way of classic creature features. EW’s writer described how the short-lived series “went on to become a cultural icon for its wacky premise as a typical family sitcom that replaced humans with monsters.” These lighthearted laughs are great fun, but be warned: After streaming, you might get dragged into the ancient discourse of whether this show is better than The Addams Family.

Where to watch The Munsters: Peacock

Cast: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Beverley Owen, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick

Related content: The Munsters trailer promises Rob Zombie movie is 'the greatest love story ever told'

“Downton Abbey” (2010–2015)

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Carnival Film & Television Limited

This period drama set in 20th-century England is a treat for anyone who has ever lingered over an interesting passage in a history book. Downton Abbey follows the lives of those in the titular abbey, and the cast is led by amazing talents like Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, and the delightful Maggie Smith. History buffs will enjoy seeing how real events affect our fictional characters, and vintage fashion enthusiasts will love the immaculate costuming. Even if you don’t know much about times past, it’s a wonderful feel-good show that EW’s critic noted for its “appealing optimism” and tales involving “responsibility, redemption, [and] collective destiny.” Come for high tea and stay for all the tea-spilling.

Where to watch Downton Abbey: Peacock

EW grade: B (read the review)

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Maggie Smith

Related content: The stars of Downton Abbey share their favorite Dowager Countess zingers

“Murder, She Wrote” (1984–1996)

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Courtesy Everett Collection

When playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” he basically preluded Angela Lansbury’s character in the iconic television show Murder, She Wrote. Here, she plays a mystery writer turned amateur detective, and her ability to solve crimes in Cabot Cove helps inform her own killer fiction. Between the great premise and Lansbury’s excellent performance (earning four Golden Globes and 12 Emmy nods), audiences were left with something more than another crime show. Rather, the work helped define the entire genre.

Where to watch Murder, She Wrote: Peacock

Cast: Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, William Windom

Related content: Angela Lansbury, legendary Murder She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast actress, dies at 96

“House” (2004–2012)

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20th Century Fox Film Corp/Courtesy Everett

Just when we were convinced there was no new gold to be mined from medical dramas, House came along and blew us all away. Hugh Laurie plays the titular doctor, a cantankerous crank whose brilliant diagnoses don’t always make up for his miserable bedside manner. Accordingly, he clashes with everyone from his boss to his team in the teaching hospital where they work. As EW’s critic wrote after the series wrapped, the protagonist managed to enter “the pantheon of great TV grumps… somewhere between Archie Bunker and Tony Soprano.” It’s the last kind of character that you’d expect to see as a television doctor, and the contrast between his salty sawbones and everyone around him makes for excellent entertainment.

Where to watch House: Peacock

EW grade: N/A (read the review)

Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer

Related content: House finale: Boss David Shore on the show's ending

“Angelyne” (2022)

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sabella Vosmikova/Peacock/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Angelyne is a “love letter” to a local legend disguised as a documentary. It follows the story of the titular Los Angeles woman whose name, appearance, and phone number began mysteriously appearing on billboards across the city. Emmy Rossum plays the woman in question, and Alex Karpovsky stars as the journalist who uncovers her real identity — and motives — decades later. The result is a fresh drop in the unreliable narrator bucket, as “Angelyne's flashbacks weave together facts with slippery strands of memory and regret, blending real events with literal flights of fancy,” says EW’s critic.

Where to watch Angelyne: Peacock

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Cast: Emmy Rossum, Hamish Linklater, Philip Ettinger, Charlie Rowe, Alex Karpovsky, Martin Freeman, Molly Ephraim, Lukas Gage, Michael Angarano

Related content: Angelyne slams Emmy Rossum's miniseries based on her life: 'It doesn't do me justice'

“Longmire” (2012–2017)

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Ursula Coyote/A&E

Before Yellowstone became must-see TV, Longmire existed as a reminder of how fun and refreshing modern Westerns could be. The show stars Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, an old-school sheriff joined by Katee Sackhoff’s younger deputy who is devoted to keeping the peace in Wyoming’s fictional Absaroka County. In a 2012 interview with EW, Sackhoff claims the relationship between these different characters works because “she’s probably seen more big crime than he has, and he’s probably seen more personal crime than she has, and to have this back-and-forth, that kind of serves them both well.” Audiences certainly felt that way, and they were pleased when Netflix saved this A&E original after it was canceled in 2014. Now, you can stream the entire saga from the beginning right up until it fades into the setting sun (the final credits, in this case).

Where to watch Longmire: Peacock

Cast: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Adam Bartley, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase

Related content: Longmire is 'more complete and more complex' on Netflix

“Charmed” (1998–2006)

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WB Television Network/Courtesy Everett Collection

While the later reboot was more spill than spell, the OG Charmed series still has plenty of the magic that made it a staple of supernatural programming in a Buffy-dominated world. It starred Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty, and Alyssa Milano as witchy sisters whose uncanny abilities helped them keep demons and other evil forces at bay. Doherty left after season 3, and Rose McGowan was brought in as a replacement amid gossip that the off-screen fights were more frenzied than the on-screen ones. As EW previously reported, “The original show became infamous for on-set tension between Doherty and Milano, but the latter has said their relationship is in a better place these days.” That’s for the best, as these syndicated siblings are always much stronger fighting against the villain of the week rather than fighting amongst each other.

Where to watch Charmed: Peacock

Cast: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Brian Krause, Julian McMahon

Related content: Charmed may be over, but the feud between the original and the reboot is not

“Quantum Leap” (1989–1993)

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George Rose/Getty

What if one show was actually every show rolled into one? That’s the delightful idea behind Quantum Leap, starring Scott Bakula as a physicist who is sent hurtling to different areas in space and time with a twist: After he jumps, he ends up in somebody else’s body and must fix the timeline by resolving personal and local dramas. By doing so (and by getting holographic help from Dean Stockwell), he can make the next jump that will hopefully bring him back home. It’s a sci-fi premise that gleefully draws from other genres like Westerns, with EW’s writer noting, “Once Sam has fulfilled his mission, he moves on, Shane-like, to another time.”

Where to watch Quantum Leap: Peacock

Cast: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

Related content: Scott Bakula weighs in on Quantum Leap reboot: 'I wish them good luck'

“Dateline NBC” (1992–present)

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Patrick Randak/NBC

Dateline NBC eventually became the grandfather of true crime once the show shifted away from general news and more into deep dives of human depravity. Various big names in journalism have brought the show to life over the years, including Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw, but it owes much of its current success and cult status to correspondent Keith Morrison. His calm voice and various gestures have thrilled generations of fans (including SNL icon Bill Hader, whose imitation of Morrison has become almost as famous as the man himself.)

Where to watch Dateline NBC: Peacock

Cast: Anchor Lester Holt, correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison, Dennis Murphy

Related content: Watch Bill Hader get adorably starstruck meeting Dateline host Keith Morrison

“Monk” (2002–2009)

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Peter "Hopper" Stone

It can be tough to find police procedurals that counterbalance grim subjects with heart, soul, and comedic charm. Fortunately, we’ll always have Monk, the quirky cop dramedy in which Tony Shalhoub plays a private eye contending with severe OCD after his wife’s death. As any Wings fans can attest, Shalhoub knows how to be funny, but this performance is more nuanced than you might expect. EW’s writer insists that Shalhoub “doesn’t overplay Monk’s OCD symptoms for cheap laughs; instead, he subtly conveys the quiet misery of a man who’s trapped in vicious cycles of irrational behavior” while “shifting between scenes of pathos and physical comedy, he renders Monk as an endearingly original hero.”

Where to watch Monk: Peacock

Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Related content: Monk star Tony Shalhoub shares first details of upcoming Peacock movie

“Bupkis” (2023–present)

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Heidi Gutman/Peacock

Bupkis feels like an experiment to see what would happen if someone made a Pete Davidson show for people who hate his guts. It’s a heightened and stylized take on the comedian’s life that manages to be entertaining regardless of your opinion of him (especially because he’s usually the punchline). As EW’s critic put it in their review, “Bolstered by a phenomenal ensemble cast and suffused with unexpected emotion, Bupkis is a millennial Curb Your Enthusiasm — minus the sneering misanthropy.” The series is short and rarely sweet, but its mixture of gut-punching laughs and insightful observations about the human condition will likely win you over. 

Where to watch Bupkis: Peacock

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Cast: Pete Davidson, Edie Falco, Joe Pesci

Related content: Pete Davidson says Joe Pesci 'saved my life' by believing in Bupkis: 'I needed that validation'

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