55 Of The Best TV Shows To Stream On Peacock In August

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1.30 Rock (2006–13)

Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan stand in an office

Really, there’s no better way to start a Peacock must-watch TV list than with 30 Rock, a sitcom about the fictional behind-the-scenes workings of NBC. If the show were airing today, you can be sure there’d be a whole season arc about the creation of NBCUniversal’s streaming platform and their place on it. The show, created by Saturday Night Live legend Tina Fey, saw Fey continue her dominance at the network as Liz Lemon, the head writer of an NBC sketch comedy show (a real stretch for her). With funny people and stars-in-their-own-right Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski rounding out the cast, the satirical look at the world of TV is still perfect for tickling the funny bone.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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2.A.P. Bio (2018–Present)

Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt stand in front of a class

If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and looking for something to watch during the off-season, then might I suggest A.P. Bio? Starring Always Sunny’s Glenn Howerton (the lasciviously deplorable Dennis), this NBC sitcom, which moved directly to Peacock for its third season, has Howerton playing a similarly narcissistic character in Jack Griffin, only this time he’s at a high school instead of Paddy’s Pub. Jack, a disgraced Harvard philosophy professor, is now managing a class of teenagers while fending off the school principal (Patton Oswalt) and his secretary (Girls5eva’s Paula Pell). Unlike Always Sunny, though, this irreverent comedy somehow also manages to be just a little sweet.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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3.The Affair (2014–19)

Ruth Wilson and Dominic West cheers glasses at a table

As it turns out, extramarital affairs are messy. Don’t believe me? Watch Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) attempt to have one on the aptly named The Affair. We get to see the pair maneuver their covert relationship and their individual marriages (to Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson), but the show’s true brilliance is in showing us the same affair from both Noah and Alison’s perspectives. The episodes are bifurcated with viewers seeing largely the same events from both vantage points, often to greatly different effect as two people never remember the event in exactly the same way. Later seasons throw in even more perspectives, flash-forwards, and a few murder plotlines to keep things spicy.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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4.The Amber Ruffin Show (2020–Present)

Amber Ruffin sits behind her late-night desk

In a late-night landscape too often dominated by straight, white, cisgender males, this talk show, helmed by Late Night With Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin, is a breath of fresh air. The Peacock original, which began airing during the pandemic, sees Ruffin taking over the late-night desk for half-hour episodes packed with monologues, sketches, and jokes. And while some of her counterparts like to steer clear of sticky topics, Ruffin dives into issues such as race, police brutality, and gender with a potent combination of ingenious humor and sharp cultural criticism. The half-hour show is currently sitting on a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, and we’re hoping the success is parlayed into more fresh voices entering the late-night space.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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5.American Ninja Warrior (2009–Present)

Quinn Nguyen on the American Ninja Warrior Course

As the saying goes, “Those who can’t do, sit on their couch and offer critiques of impossibly superhuman individuals competing on the world’s most rigorous obstacle course.” Or maybe I'm the only one who watches the lithe gods and goddesses attempt to cross the spinning log while shouting advice at the TV screen. The popular obstacle course game show pits America’s fittest individuals against one another as they race to complete extremely difficult physical tasks in hopes of becoming the season’s “American Ninja Warrior.” While I (a full-grown adult) was once caught upside down on a ropes course and had to be rescued by a high school student working there, I am fairly confident I would win the title whenever I watch.

Watch Season 13 on Peacock for free.

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6.Bates Motel (2013–17)

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore hold hands on a bed

If there is a show that the world is SLEEPING ON, it is Bates Motel. This prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic Psycho was buzzy during its first season on A&E before inexplicably fading into obscurity. Now all five near-perfect seasons are available for streaming, and you owe it to yourself and Norma Bates’ corpse to binge this stunner. The Good Doctor’s Freddie Highmore and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga star as the creepily incestuous Norman and Norma Bates, who attempt to escape a life full of secrets by moving to White Pine Bay and buying the Bates Motel. My childhood crush Max Thieriot and should-have-been-Oscar-nominated-for-Sound-of-Metal Olivia Cooke are also in the ensemble. It’s a whirling, creepy, murderous drive to ruin as we near the events of the movie (and a groundbreaking appearance by Rihanna).

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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7.Battlestar Galactica (2004–09)

Tricia Helfer and James Callis look up into a light

The Battlestar Galactica franchise has spawned several television shows, miniseries, and movies since its creation in the late ‘70s, but the iteration held in highest regard is Ronald D. Moore’s early '00s show. The Sci-Fi Channel original follows the small remnant of the human race after an attack from an android race called the Cylons destroys the vast majority of the human population. The remainder (and their one military ship, the Battlestar Galactica) are off to find the fabled Earth, while also trying not to be picked off by the Cylons. One of the great modern sci-fi classics, Battlestar is a must-watch for anyone caught up on Star Trek and The Mandalorian.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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8.Below Deck (2013–Present)

Bruno Duarte, Nico Sholly, and Baker Manning on a yacht deck in uniform

These people are MESSY. So, so, so, so messy. Each season of this drama-laced reality show (and its spinoffs) chronicles the journey of a superyacht and its crew as they slip from port to port with a host of über-wealthy vacationers on board. The young, hot, promiscuous, and often not-great-at-their-jobs crew members are always one step away from getting fired or sleeping with a passenger (often both), and we’re along for the ride. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of watching a drunk-out-of-their-mind billionaire get into a shouting match with a horny Australian deckhand. If you want to witness a hot-mess express, climb aboard.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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9.The Blacklist (2013–Present)

Hisham Tawfiq and james Spader stand outside a car

We love a “bad guy helps the good guys fight bad guys” storyline. We love a brusque anti-hero with a heart of gold. We love a reformed villain. And all of that is at the center of James Spader’s NBC procedural The Blacklist. Spader, famous for television roles on The Practice and Boston Legal, plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a military officer-turned-criminal extraordinaire who turns himself into the police under the condition that he work with the FBI to capture a list of dangerous criminals (the blacklist) and be given total immunity. With eight seasons wrapped and a ninth coming in the fall, the show is a great crime binge for fans of Law & Order or Criminal Minds. Also fans of New Amsterdam can get a taste of Ryan Eggold pre-scrubs in the first five seasons of the show.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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10.Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–Present)

Terry Crews and Andy Samberg argue with Stephanie Beatriz in the background

Another of the SNL-darling-helmed Peacock offerings, this sitcom starring the Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg follows a fictional police precinct in Brooklyn. Not since The Andy Griffith Show has there been a show about law enforcement that’s so charming. The bubbly, lighthearted Samberg leads the way as his team somehow solves cases while also making viewers laugh out loud. Andre Braugher’s Raymond Holt (an unapologetically openly gay Black police chief) and In the Heights’ Stephanie Beatriz also ramp up the energy of the show. The series, which originally aired on Fox before being rescued by NBC, has an eighth season premiering in August, so now is the perfect time to catch up.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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11.The Carol Burnett Show (1967–78)

Meagen Fay, Carol Burnett, and Robert Townsend perform a burning at the stake sketch

A woman? Helming a variety show? In the ‘60s? Unheard of. Or so was the thought before Carol Burnett exercised a contractual loophole in her contract with CBS to land a variety show of her own. The Carol Burnett Show of course went on to run for 11 seasons as a massive success, launching Burnett into stardom (and an iconic role as Miss Hannigan), obliterating the sexist idea that no one wants to watch women be funny. Each week, Burnett and her ensemble, featuring Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway would act, sing, and improvise to the guffaws of viewers everywhere. The show is also a who’s who of stars, with Lucille Ball, Liza Minnelli, my beloved Carl Reiner, and countless others showing up. And every costume is designed by Bob Mackie. I mean come on. You gotta watch.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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12.Cheers (1982–93)

Shelley Long and Ted Danson lean on a bar looking at each other

Due at least in part to the success of The Good Place and Ted Danson’s charm on it, Cheers seems to be having a resurgence. The '80s sitcom with Danson as the lead focuses on a Boston bar (aptly named “Cheers”). The cast, including A-listers Kelsey Grammer and Woody Harrelson, is a bevy of the bar’s employees and patrons who spend the show’s 11 humorous seasons and nearly 300 episodes drinking, gossiping, and falling in and out of love. While certain moments from the show don’t quite hold up to today’s scrutiny (the treatment of women can be rough), watching a group of friends hang out at a bar for some 100-plus hours is oddly comforting. If you’re looking for a lengthy binge, this might be just the ticket.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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13.Covert Affairs (2010–14)

Gregory Itzin talks to Piper Perabo while she holds binoculars

The older sister in Cheaper by the Dozen and Ugly Betty’s nerdy boyfriend team up in the CIA to solve crimes. That is the way I would have billed Covert Affairs when it premiered if I was trying to hook you. Now I would just say Piper Perabo goes undercover as a Smithsonian employee with the help of her blind hander (played by Christopher Gorham) to help defend America. The fizzy spy thriller, which originally aired on USA, is akin to Alias, as Perabo and her team jetset around the globe donning disguises, solving mysteries, and generally kicking ass. I would also just like to take a minute to praise Christopher Gorham, who is a delight here, but also SO FUN on the one-season wonder Harper’s Island, which is a juicy whodunit that apparently only I watched.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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14.Deadly Class (2019)

Benedict Wong swordfights with a masked assailant

Gone too soon, but not forgotten. This one-season wonder may have lasted only 10 episodes, but what a fun, weapon-wielding romp it was. Based on a comic book series, this Syfy show followed Marcus Lopez Arguello (Benjamin Wadsworth) as the newest recruit to King’s Dominion, a private academy that trains assassins. Set in the 1980s, the show is rife with citrus-stained costumes and big hair, while the hit man angle offers plenty of fast-paced, highly choreographed fight sequences (with swords!). Benedict Wong (of the MCU and soon to make an appearance in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) stars as the school's headmaster, while Lana Condor trades in her To All the Boys sweetness for some kickass action scenes. Where’s the petition to bring it back?

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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15.Deal or No Deal (2005–09)

The Deal or No Deal girls walk down the steps carrying suitcases

I’m getting a call from the banker. He is offering you the chance to watch hundreds of episodes of Deal or No Deal for free if you sign up for Peacock. Just call me Howie Mandel, the fist-bumping host of the iconic briefcase-centric game show. Every episode, at least one contestant joins Howie and 26 models (including Meghan Markle for a season) in matching dresses with briefcases. Contestants pick a case with a dollar amount inside and then proceed to knock out the other 25 cases one by one to slowly reveal the amount they’ve selected. The only catch is that the banker will call periodically and try to fend off the contestant with an amount of money somewhere in between the minimum and maximum left in the remaining cases. It is an oddly satisfying show to watch, and the model’s 2007-era dresses are fashion moments to behold. Why not throw it on?

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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16.Downton Abbey (2010–15)

Maggie Smith looks annoyed

Just because your grandmother loves Downton doesn’t mean you can’t too. The British ITV show, which was transplanted to PBS in the US and now finds a home on Peacock, is a delight on an English-countryside afternoon. The definition of a “comfort watch,” the sweeping historical drama follows the Crawley family living on a palatial Yorkshire estate, along with their dozens of domestic servants. While the drama is sometimes mildly significant and a little soapy (“Is this your long-lost cousin returned home from war disfigured?”), it never veers into something too taxing and often resides in the pleasantly mundane (“Who will be tonight’s second footman?”). Maggie Smith is the scene-stealing matriarch, and Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary is always a treasure. If you don’t watch it, you should at least download the score on Spotify.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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17.*Dr. Death (2021)

Joshua Jackson shakes hands in a doctor's coat

Not to be confused with Jack Kevorkian, the euthanasia proponent (who I originally thought this show was about), Peacock’s original miniseries Dr. Death is actually about Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a narcissistic neurosurgeon who maimed and killed dozens of patients because he was a horrible doctor with a massive ego. In the show, Joshua Jackson (Mr. Jodie Turner-Smith to you) plays this Dr. Death on a rampage at the hospital while his fellow surgeons and local law enforcement attempt to stop him. The cast is rounded out nicely by Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer, Mr. Robot alum Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, and AnnaSophia Robb (deflated and sans the violet face). All eight episodes dropped on the streamer, so the binge is waiting for you.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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18.Everybody Hates Chris (2005–09)

Tichina Arnold pours Tyler James Williams a drink

Everybody might hate Chris, but they certainly don’t hate this show. Created by Chris Rock and based on his life as a teenager, the show parodies other sitcoms and stars a predominantly Black cast, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews and The Walking Dead’s Tyler James Williams in the titular role. Created for Fox, then moved to UPN, and finally settling at the CW, the show had a hard time finding a home before becoming a success and being syndicated on Nick at Nite (where the cool kids find their favorite sitcoms). A zippy comedy just waiting for you to enjoy.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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19.Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005)

Ray Romano talks to Doris Roberts in the kitchen

I don’t know why I find Patricia Heaton endlessly hilarious, but I do. The Middle is one of the greatest comedies of our generation IMHO. I watched every episode of the ill-fated Carol’s Second Act. And of course Heaton’s breakthrough moment was playing Ray Romano’s wife in Everybody Love Raymond. The sitcom follows Ray and his family through everyday events for nine seasons with Heaton, Brad Garrett, and the late greats Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle rounding out the cast. And some people may dislike the multi-camera, live-studio-audience approach to sitcoms, but I find that era endearing. Fingers crossed that Peacock gives us another Patricia Heaton show soon.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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20.Face Off (2011–18)

Rayce Bird does makeup on a man

One year on Christmas break at my grandma’s house in Florida, I was channel-surfing and stumbled upon an episode of Face Off. Some seven hours later, I stumbled out of my fake-blood-induced reverie having polished off a full season (with commercials) in a cable marathon. The show is that engaging. Each season, a handful of contestants are pitted against one another to create movie makeup masterpieces and are eliminated one by one on the path to glory. Whether it's werewolves, zombies, or old-age makeup, the creations are breathtaking and leave you craving another episode just to see what the artists will dream up next.

Watch seasons 9–13 on Peacock for free.

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21.Frasier (1993–2004)

Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, and David Hyde Pierce have a conversation

When Cheers came to a close in 1993, the show’s creators decided to try their hand at a spinoff, a feat oft attempted, and usually to disastrous results. In the case of Frasier, however, the spinoff stuck around for 11 years, cementing itself as a sitcom classic and perhaps even overshadowing its predecessor. Following Kelsey Grammer’s psychiatrist, Frasier Crane, back to Seattle, where he takes up a new gig as a radio advice-show host, the comedy centered on Frasier’s relationship with his father and brother. Between Frasier and Cheers, you’ve got 22 seasons to watch, so get cracking.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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22.Friday Night Lights (2006–11)

Kyle Chandler yells at Zach Gilford on the sidelines of a football field

If you grew up in a small town (and especially a small town in the South, and ESPECIALLY a small town in Texas), then you KNOW how important high school football is to the community. And such is the backdrop to this sports drama about high school football coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton). Over its five seasons, the team roster evolved and gave the world a number of rising stars, including Jesse Plemons (Mr. Kirsten Dunst to you), Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther’s Killmonger), and Jurnee Smollett (of the recently — unjustly — canceled Lovecraft Country). Even if you’ve never touched a football in your life, you’ll get sucked into the small-town drama, I swear.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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23.George Lopez (2002–07)

George Lopez speaks to Luis Armand Garcia in the family kitchen

I know this may be surprising to you, but the show George Lopez, does, in fact, star George Lopez, and his character’s name is — you guessed it — George Lopez. A classic family sitcom with a Latino twist (something frustratingly rare back in the early '00s), the comedy revolves around Lopez and his fictional family. Another Nick at Nite staple, the show ran for six seasons before it hit syndication, and it's a bit of light, frothy viewing that pairs perfectly with your work-from-home lunch hour or the half hour before you go to bed.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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24.Girls5eva (2021–Present)

Busy Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, and Paula Pell look up into the sky and scream

One of Peacock’s recent forays into original content (and already renewed for a second season), this musical comedy follows the four surviving members of a '90s girl group who reunites when their one-hit wonder is sampled on the track of a popular rapper. The cast is really an all-hits, no-misses lineup, with Broadway singer Sara Bareilles leading a lineup that includes Michelle Williams’ bestie and celeb multi-hyphenate Busy Philipps, A.P. Bio’s Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry (of Hamilton and Waves fame). Oh, and the fifth member of the group is played by Ashley Park, whom you should definitely know from either the Mean Girls musical soundtrack or her stint as the boozy and song-belting bestie of Emily in Emily in Paris. Oh, and Bowen Yang makes an appearance, as does Tina Fey (PLAYING DOLLY PARTON).

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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25.*Hart to Heart (2021–Present)

Kevin Hart on the Kelly Clarkson Show

Kevin Hart may not have hosted the Oscars, but he is set to host a talk show. The Peacock original, which premieres on August 5, will see the Jumanji star sipping on wine and chatting with an A-list guest in an extended interview. Episodes will drop each week on Thursday, and the identities of the guests will be released ahead of time. As of now, the guest list is still a mystery, but I’d like to suggest a few interviewees I’d be anxious to see him chat with in the upcoming weeks: Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Dr. Fauci, Anne Hathaway, the Olsen twins, Jake Gyllenhaal, the inventor of my current obsession — the Frosty-ccino, Brit Bennett, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Lee Curtis, the grape lady who fell, Simone Biles, and Scarlet Envy. If the producers need more, please give me a call.

Watch it on Peacock starting on August 5.

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26.Hell's Kitchen (2005–Present)

Gordon Ramsay plates a dish while Lauren Lawless watches

COME ON, YOU DONKEYS! If you are averse to profanity, thrown pans, or undercooked beef Wellington (a dish that I have attempted to try in New York City, but it seems to only be on the HK menu), this might not be the show for you. If, however, you’d like to watch a handful of chefs duke it out for a job at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and to watch a number of them cry and attempt to serve raw beef Wellington along the way, then I’ve got the show for you. No matter how many times the dinner service goes awry, I still can’t take my eyes off the screen. And please, if anyone would like to cook me beef Wellington, slide into my DMs. I’ve been waiting 20 seasons to try it.

Watch seasons 1–6 and 8–18 on Peacock for free.

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27.Heroes (2006–10)

Hayden Panettiere runs away from an ambulance in a cheerleader outfit

Save the cheerleader, save the world. Or so the slogan of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes told us. Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe had skyrocketed the success of superhero properties, this Tim Kring–helmed show followed an ensemble cast of ordinary people (including Hayden Panettiere’s indestructible cheerleader) who awaken to find they have supernatural abilities. They then band together to, in fact, save the world. Greg Grunberg is a mind reader, Masi Oka can manipulate space and time, and of course Milo Ventimiglia can mimic the abilities of others. While the series was eventually cancelled due to declining ratings, the first season scooped up plenty of awards, and the show is still a cult classic.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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28.Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2007–21)

The whole Kardashian-Jenner clan huddles together near a fountain for a photo

Say what you want about the Kardashian-Jenners, but the family has managed to become an entertainment dynasty second only to the Knowles-Carters. KUWTK is a piece of modern performance art, and I will not abide the naysayers. To watch Kris mom-age her way to the top is what these 20 seasons are about, and the sprinkled commentary of Kourtney and Scott Disick is the icing on the cake. The early seasons, where the clan are finding their footing, are especially provocative, but really — go watch this show, and you will constantly remember wild tabloid stories that have somehow become dislodged from your brain, only to come back in a dopamine rush.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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29.Kenan (2021–Present)

Kenan Thompson stands with his hands on the shoulders of Dani Lane and Dannah Lane

After 18 years stealing scenes on Saturday Night Live, Kenan finally landed his own NBC sitcom, aptly named Kenan (I can only assume he was inspired by the inventive George Lopez). Recently renewed for a second season, the comedy follows Kenan and his two daughters as he works as a morning show host and tries to move on after the death of his wife. Kenan is joined by Chris Redd, another SNL funnyman, who plays his brother, and Don Johnson (aka Dakota Johnson’s dad) as his father-in-law. Catch up now before Season 2 arrives.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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30.Law & Order (1990–Present)

Angie Harmon, Carey Lowell, and Sam Waterstone in a courtroom

Really, if you’re looking for law and/or order, you’ve come to the right place. This franchise has been an NBC staple since 1990, and Peacock is bursting at the seams with episodes of the original series and its many spinoffs. We’ve got Special Victims Unit. We’ve got Organized Crime. We’ve got Criminal Intent. The franchise has aired over 1,000 episodes since its creation, and you can watch a lot of them here. So if you’d like to see every Broadway star of the past three decades play a corpse, a cop, and a cocaine dealer, then have I got months of bingeing for you.

Watch some seasons on Peacock for free and others with a Premium membership.

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31.Leave It to Beaver (1957–63)

Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, and Hugh Beaumont stand in the kitchen

While Peacock is certainly well stocked with more recent offerings, it also features a number of stone-cold classics, like this '50s black-and-white OG sitcom. I grew up watching the same 10 Beaver episodes from a DVD pack my mom dug out of the Walmart $5 bin, so it’s nice to see the full lineup now available without having to change DVDs. This iconic show follows the Cleaver family (June, Ward, Wally, and Beaver) as they navigate everyday suburban life during the mid-century. The plots are simple and fun, the outfits are inspiring, and the whole thing will have you hankering for a slice of apple pie.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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32.Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (2006–Present)

Josh Flagg looks over the ocean from a balcony

I, as a freelance writer, am obviously well acquainted with the world of high-end real estate (because I totally own several high-end estates myself). But for you plebs out there who don’t have the inside scoop (like me), you can get a peek into the mansions, high-rises, and bungalows of billionaires on this reality TV show. The cameras follow a handful of LA real estate moguls as they attempt to sell massive properties (like mine) to the über rich (like me). The square footage and prices will leave you slack-jawed, and the property porn will have you coming back for more.

Watch seasons 5–12 on Peacock for free.

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33.Modern Family (2009–20)

The entire cast of Modern Family huddled together in a waiting room

I adore Modern Family, and I do not care who knows! The comedy masterpiece, which ran for 11 seasons over on ABC, racked up 22 Emmy wins and 75 nominations. Following the Pritchett clan around Los Angeles for a decade, the show, which started as edgy (a gay couple kissing on prime time!), became a bit repetitive for some people, but I call that comforting. Sure, you know Cam and Mitchell are going to bicker, or that Jay is going to talk about closets, but the predictability is just as soothing as the jokes are funny. The adult cast doesn’t include a dud, Sarah Hyland is comic gold, and the episodes where Elizabeth Banks pops up are always spectacular. Whenever I’m down, I just flip on a Halloween or Valentine's Day episode and laugh away my troubles.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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34.Mr. Mercedes (2017–19)

Brendan Gleeson and holland Taylor talk on a porch

My Lord and Savior Stephen King never ceases to dish out content ready-made for film and television, and nowhere is that clearer than in the detective series based on his trilogy of novels featuring Bill Hodges. The series follows the retired detective, played Mad-Eye Moody/clocktower hater Brendan Gleeson, as he enters into a cat-and-mouse game with Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway). The supporting cast, including Emmy winners Jharrel Jerome, Holland Taylor, and Mary-Louise Parker, is solid, and if you were fans of HBO’s The Outsider, you’ll find a tie-in here in the character of Holly Gibney (here played by Justine Lupe instead of Cynthia Erivo). Originally made for the now defunct AT&T channel Audience, the fate of a fourth season hangs in the balance, but the first three are worth a watch in and of themselves.

Watch it on Peacock with a Premium membership.

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35.The Munsters (1964–66)

Al Lewis and Fred Gwynne stand next to each other dressed up as a vampire and Frankenstein

Another black-and-white classic sitcom, The Munsters is often overlooked in favor of The Addams Family, which has retained more cultural cachet. This comedy about a monster family that moves to the US from Transylvania, however, brings a level of goofiness that its more macabre competitor doesn’t deliver. The family includes a Frankenstein dad, vampire mom, and werewolf son, but the real comic gold comes with Marilyn Munster, the family’s attractive teenage niece who is branded the ugly duckling by her terrifying relatives. Watching the family magnanimously treat her kindly as a charity case never gets old.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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36.Murder, She Wrote (1984–96)

Erin Moran, Angela Lansbury, and Tom Bosley conspire together

With 12 seasons, 264 episodes, and 4 TV movies, Murder, She Wrote is one of the most successful television shows in history. Following Jessica Fletcher (Bedknobs and Broomsticks star Angela Lansbury), a mystery novelist and amateur detective, the show watches the older woman solve mysteries in Cabot Cove, Maine. The definition of a cozy mystery, the show is never gruesome, even as Cabot Cove racks up a homicide count high enough to send any normal citizen running for the hills.

Watch it on Peacock for free.

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37.The Office (2005–13)

Steve Carrell gives a speech at an office party

What more is there to say about The Office than what has already been said? The ultra-popular sitcom is a modern-day classic that’s spawned podcasts, conventions, merch lines, and a horde of die-hard fans. A mockumentary set in a run-of-the-mill office in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the comedy ran for nine seasons and launched the careers of many modern A-list comedians. Steve Carell (The Morning Show), John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) all rose to fame at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, and if you’d like to watch Jim and Pam’s wedding another dozen times, you can, right here on Peacock.

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38.*The Olympics (2021)

Sunisa Lee competes on the uneven bars

NBC is obviously your one-stop shop for all things Olympics, and Peacock has everything you need, whether you’re watching the events live, catching up on replays, or just watching highlights. Watch men’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, or all the new skateboarding events whenever you want on Peacock. You can also watch Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg give you their highlights, watch Amber Ruffin record episodes from Tokyo, and see plenty of Olympic featurettes on the athletes and Olympic history.

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39.Parenthood (2010–15)

Miles Heizer, Mae Whitman, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, and Bonnie Bedelia gather around a table

Families are messy. Families are sad. Families are dramatic. Families are hilarious. That is what you will learn from Parenthood if you haven’t figured it out in real life already. The show follows the sprawling Braverman clan, led by Zeek and Camille (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia), as the family maneuvers the highs and lows of life. Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Dax Shepard take the leads as the adult children, with plenty of children swirling on the periphery. The show is a more grounded version of This Is Us and also gave us the iconic friendship between Miles Heizer and Mae Whitman, which is the gift that keeps on giving.

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40.Parks and Recreation (2009–15)

Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler hug each other

And while we’re discussing NBC mockumentaries, we might as well mention this Amy Poehler–helmed vehicle. The sitcom, which centers on the Parks and Recreation Department (duh) of Pawnee, Indiana, is another ensemble comedy of office politics (only this time, those include actual politics). Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt are all famous now but were largely unknowns when the show originally aired. Oh, and it’s fun to rewatch now because Leslie Knope’s crush on Joe Biden (and his eventual cameo) are extra special.

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41.Pride (2021)

Mark Kenneth Woods speaks to LGBTQ elders

For much of the LGBTQ community, pride is extremely important. It’s the time set aside every year to celebrate being queer, to remember the brave trailblazers who came before us, and to continue the fight for justice. In their new docuseries, filmmakers Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa travel the globe, stopping at a number of pride celebrations to learn about queer history and what this special time means for people around the world. With pit stops in New York to learn about ball culture; in Calgary, Alberta, to understand more about those two-spirited individuals; and in Palm Springs, California, to see the LGBTQ retirement mecca, the duo provide viewers with plenty of insight into the queer world.

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42.Psych (2006–14)

James Roday and Dule Hill stand in a living room over a body

So let’s say you were REALLY good at observing your surroundings, and you also had a photographic memory. Do you think you’d be able to pass yourself off as a crime scene psychic? Thus is the premise of this USA comedic detective procedural. In each episode, Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) and his friend Gus (Dulé Hill) are tasked with solving a crime supposedly through mysterious psychic powers, but actually through good old-fashioned detective work. The show has developed such a cult following that it's already spawned two spinoff films, and Psych 3 is coming to Peacock in the near future.

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43.Queer Eye (2003–07)

Jai Rodriguez, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Carson Kressley, and Thom Filicia ride in a convertible

Long before Antoni was teaching people how to pit an avocado over on the Netflix reboot, the original Fab Five were changing the lives of straight men everywhere on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (later shortened). Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez, and Carson Kressley descended upon straight men in order to make their lives better through a barrage of makeovers, life tips, and witty one-liners. And while more and more people (including Matt Damon) seem to accept queer individuals now, that was certainly not the case when Bravo launched the show in 2003. Queer Eye was many people’s first interaction with gay men in media, and the groundbreaking show is still available for you to watch (although I’m not sure how well their fashion advice holds up in 2021).

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44.Ray Donovan (2013–20)

Kerris Dorsey and Liev Schreiber stand near a desk

Ray Donovan is a fixer. That means that if one of his wealthy celebrity clients need something unsavory taken care of, they pay him to make their problem go away. Thus is the premise of this Showtime crime drama featuring Liev Schreiber in the lead role. In each season, Ray must balance his increasingly dangerous profession with his increasingly fragile family life as his wife, father, and children feel the repercussions of what he does. The show was cancelled after seven seasons, but a feature-length film is in the works to wrap up the story.

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45.The Real Housewives (2006–Present)

Sutton Stracke, Kyle Richards and Garcelle Beauvais have an arguement

Since the inception of The Real Housewives of Orange County back in 2006, the reality show has become a dynastic institution followed with cultlike devotion by many. The original series’ success caused Bravo to launch spinoffs in New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, DC, Beverly Hills, Miami, Maryland, Dallas, and Salt Lake City (many of which are now available to stream on Peacock). Watch middle-aged women squabble over summer home arrangements, skinny-dip, and flip tables to your heart’s content. And Andy Cohen, if you’re reading this and need casting tips for the Real Housewives of Lansing, Michigan, I might be able to help.

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46.Rutherford Falls (2021–Present)

Jesse Leigh and Jana Schmieding stand in a plaza

Another example of Peacock’s blossoming roster of original programming, this delightful sitcom was recently renewed for a second season. In the first season, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms, who recently starred in the fabulous Together, Together), a descendant of Rutherford Fall’s founders, becomes locked in a heated yet entertaining battle with his best friend, Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), a member of the Minishonka Nation, regarding the removal of a statue dedicated to Nathan’s ancestor. The witty show tackles issues surrounding Native American rights in a way that most sitcoms wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and navigates them deftly and with lighthearted spunk. Can’t wait to see the cast shine in a whole new season.

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47.Saturday Night Live (1975–Present)

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Seth Meyers sit at the "Weekend Update" desk

SNL is an American institution. Good luck finding someone who hasn’t seen one of the thousands of sketches the show has churned out over the past four and a half decades. The Lorne Michaels–helmed sketch comedy show has created viral sketches (“Wayne’s World”), quotable lines (“More cowbell!”), and instantly recognizable characters (David S. Pumpkin, anyone?). Perhaps most notable is the constant stream of iconic comedians who the show has catapulted to stardom. From Chevy Chase and John Belushi to Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler to Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, there’s hardly a season without some soon-to-be A-lister in the ranks. Watch all 46 seasons in a row, or pop in and out of your favorite sketches. They’re all waiting for you.

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48.Saved by the Bell (2020–Present)

Josie Totah, Haskiri Valazquez, Dexter Darden, and Mitchell Hoog sit at tables in formalwear

While the original NBC sitcom is great (and also available on Peacock), I’d like to highlight the streamer’s reboot of the franchise that launched last year (and was recently renewed for a second season). Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is now the governor of California, and after he closes too many low-income high schools, the famed Bayside High gets a batch of working-class students who will have to navigate the usual posh high schoolers already in attendance. Many of the original cast members (including Mario Lopez) are back, but it’s the new cast, including transgender actor Josie Totah playing the queen bee cheerleader, that steals the show. And who doesn’t love a little teen comedy and romance? Amirite?

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49.Smother (2021–Present)

Elijah O'Sullivan and Justine Mitchell sit on a cold beach

If you, like me, love a British or Irish accent, love a windy coastline, and love an unsolved murder, then you need to check out this Irish thriller. In the vein of Broadchurch and The Killing, the drama follows Val Ahern (Dervla Kirwan) and her family after her husband is found dead at the bottom of a cliff following a family party. Obviously, Val is going to investigate, and obviously, some of the people closest to her are hiding something. *GASP* Also, the first season is only six episodes long, so if bingeing the entirety of SNL or Cheers seems daunting, this might be more up your alley.

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50.Suits (2011–19)

Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams stand in a hallway together

Let’s be clear: While this law procedural is certainly entertaining, builds upon a genius premise (a law school dropout dupes his way into a New York law firm and has to fake it), and stars a fizzy cast — including Patrick J. Adams (Hardy from Pretty Little Liars) and Gina Torres (forever Anna Espinosa to me) — the real draw is seven seasons' worth of the Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan Markle. Before Prince Harry’s boo ditched acting for a tumultuous life as a member of the royal family (where she was either “silent or silenced”), she played paralegal Rachel Zane on this show. If you’d like to watch the prequel to a royal fairy tale, here’s your chance.

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51.Superstore (2015–21)

America Ferrera holds up a card while Ben Feldman looks on

In this house, we stan America Ferrera. From The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to How to Train Your Dragon and, of course, the legendary Ugly Betty, she has been a bright light on our screens. Her most recent sitcom endeavor, Superstore, is no different. The hilarious ensemble comedy focuses on the employees of a Walmart-type store called Cloud 9 in St. Louis. America plays an associate climbing the ranks of the big-box chain, and the cast is filled out with the likes of Ben Feldman (whom you may remember for cutting off his nipple in Mad Men) and Nico Santos (of Crazy Rich Asians fame). The jury is still out as to whether this series made me want to shop more or less at Walmart.

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52.We Are Lady Parts (2021–Present)

Sarah Kameela Impey, Faith Omole, Juliette Motamed, Anjana Vasan, and Lucie Shorthouse huddle with instruments onstage

A recent addition to Peacock, this British sitcom comes to the US by way of Channel 4. The six-episode season (i.e., a great binge for this weekend) follows an all-female Muslim punk-rock band and is sitting on a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. Oh, and did I mention that there is plenty of music involved (we love a musical!)? The actors even play their own instruments! Another refreshing dose of representation, this show will leave you nodding your head in more ways than one.

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53.*Weeds (2005–12)

Mary-Louise Parker sits on the curb near a gas station

Mary-Louise Parker’s dramedy about selling marijuana has finally made its way over to Peacock. Parker plays Botwin, a widow and single mother who starts dealing pot in order to support her family. The Emmy-winning show in the crime family vein of The Sopranos or Breaking Bad was an instant success, but unlike its contemporaries throws in plenty of humor to even out the dramatic antihero plotlines. Elizabeth Perkins is perfect as their neighbor Celia, and with half-hour episodes, it’s a breeze to binge.

Watch it on Peacock staring August 12.

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54.Yellowstone (2018–Present)

Kelly Reilly and Kevin Costner stand bundled near a tree

Taylor Sheridan knows how to craft a story, whether that be as the writer of Sicario, Wind River, Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, or his television series Yellowstone. The writer, producer, and director returns to the modern West for this show, originally aired on Paramount Network and starring Kevin Costner (no stranger to a Western himself). Set at the border of a Native American reservation, a sprawling cattle ranch, and a new land development, the show focuses on the drama that ensues among the competing forces. A fourth season is on its way, and not to be reductive, but if you are a dad or want to watch a show with your dad, look no further.

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55.Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020–21)

Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, and Michael Thomas Grant sit on benches

This musical dramedy may have been canceled after just 25 episodes, but what a glorious 25 they were. Jane Levy plays THE Zoey, a software developer who has the ability to hear people’s thoughts as songs (think Twilight’s Edward but less pale and more dance breaks). Every episode, therefore, contains multiple musical moments, and the cast includes vocalists like Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Alex Newell (Glee). Mary Steenburgen (who wrote “Glasgow,” which I’ve listened to approximately 7,000 times) is also in the cast. RIP to Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. You were briefly on our screens but are forever in our hearts (and on Peacock).

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