15 Peacock Shows That Make the Streaming Service Totally Worth It

Larry Stansbury
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From Good Housekeeping

After much anticipation, NBC released its new streaming service, Peacock, on July 15.

What is Peacock, you ask? Basically, it's an NBC subscription streaming service featuring all sorts of new and classic TV shows and movies. The service offers three tiers — a free option (which includes limited programming and ads) and two premium tiers (a $4.99 a month option with ads and a $9.99 per month option with no ads).

Once you're signed up, your viewing options are seemingly endless. To help you pick out what to watch first, we've rounded up a list of notable TV series and new Peacock original shows you'll definitely want to start streaming immediately (except for Departure, which will be available on September 17). Happy viewing!

*Denotes a Peacock original show

Best Comedy Series


What happens when David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed work together at the U.K. Government Communications headquarters? Pure hilarity, that's what. In this British comedy, the duo work as a team to combat all sorts of cybersecurity issues.

A.P. Bio

A Harvard philosophy scholar (Glenn Howerton) fails to get his dream job and returns to his hometown in Toledo, Ohio, to work as a high school teacher. Though he's expected to teach biology, he refuses to do so and instead uses his students for his own benefit. NBC canceled the show after season 2 ... but lucky for us, Peacock picked it up.

Best Drama Series

The Capture

In this crime-drama series, a British soldier named Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) is charged with murdering Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock) while deployed in Afghanistan. But the show takes several chilling turns as more complex evidence and conspiracies around the case come to light.

New Amsterdam

New medical director Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) takes risks and shakes up the status quo at one of the U.S.’s oldest and most neglected hospitals. While facing many challenges, he goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care for his patients.


This popular drama series follows the Duttons (Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Wes Bentley), a powerful ranching family in Montana. Their money and influence prompts constant attacks from many and causes unexpected rifts and alliances to form within the family.

This Is Us

Airing its fifth season this fall, the NBC drama centers around the Pearson family through love, life, and loss throughout the past, present, and future. Loaded with dramatic twists and turns, the series will definitely make you tear up, so make sure the tissue box is nearby.

*Brave New World

This drama series is based on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, which imagines a world that’s scientifically engineered and rigidly constructed. Throughout the series, a central question emerges: is a technologically controlled society really the answer?

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey took the world by storm when the series debuted in 2010. The six-season British series follows the Crawleys and their servants in the early 20th century and how events during this period affected the aristocratic family.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

A computer coder named Zoey (Jane Levy) magically begins to hear people's wants and desires through popular songs. Fair warning, this musical series will definitely make you break out into song once or twice per episode.


This series focuses on four siblings (Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Peter Krause, and Erika Christensen) as they all encounter various challenges associated with being parents. Even as each sibling deals with their own life issues, the four always come back to each other for support.


A big-time lawyer (Gabriel Macht) and his team face unexpected changes when a new partner joins the Manhattan firm. He and his team will have to adapt to the new normal and deal with secrets, betrayals, and relationships that are brought to light. Oh yes, and did we mention Meghan Markle stars in the show?


An aviation investigator (Archie Panjabi) and her mentor (Christopher Plummer) work together to figure out what happened to a missing passenger plane that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. Plenty of drama and suspense to go around in this series.

Law & Order: SVU

The long-running show, starring Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, is on Peacock. For those of you unfamiliar with the crime-drama series, Law & Order: SVU follows a special team of investigators as they attempt to solve crimes of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Best Documentary Series

*In Deep with Ryan Lochte

This unscripted documentary series chronicles the life of the Rio Olympian, as he gets candid about his career and scandalous past. Years later, Ryan is aiming for a spot on the Olympic team once again and focused on proving that he's learned from his past mistakes.

*Lost Speedways

The reality series features Dale Earnhardt Jr. front and center, as he visits several forgotten race car tracks across the country and speaks to some of the biggest names in NASCAR (including Richard Petty).

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