It's nearly impossible to figure out what, exactly, are the best shows worth your time on all the streaming platforms out there, so we did the work and found the very best TV shows to watch online right now. (For the best movies to stream right now, click here.)
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Even counting the brouhaha over Big Mouth's easily-avoidable fumble when it came to introducing a pansexual character, the show is as inventive and disgusting as ever in its third season. Puberty truly is a special kind of hell built for people completely unequipped to deal with it, and no show explores it better.
Before Phoebe Waller-Bridge was stashing Emmys under her bed and rewriting James Bond movies, for fuck's sake, she was writing and starring in Crashing (no relation to the unremarkable HBO series of the same name.) The British series is far more a traditional sitcom than Fleabag, following a group of directionless Londoners squatting in a disused hospital. It's a blast.
Celebrate the perennially Emmys-snubbed masterpiece from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers, who made several perfect seasons of this before handing off the reins to a bunch of different great comedians and creative teams week to week. It's impossible to pick a highlight—the episodes range from great to brilliant.
Get ready for El Camino by catching up on the saga that led to the redemption of poor, poor Jesse Pinkman with the entire series of Breaking Bad, available literally any time on Netflix. It's a complete gift that one of the best shows of all time is just...right there on the Internet to watch seamlessly from start to finish. Don't waste it.
Rachel Bloom's near-flawless exploration of rom-com and musical tropes, as well as a seriously sharp exposé on how the media presents mental illness, doesn't sound like it could work whatsoever. It does, and then some. One of the most underrated shows in the past few years.
The Ireland-set comedy has charmed just about everyone who's taken the time to sit down and watch it. Why aren't you one of those people yet?
The Great British Baking Show
Now, blessedly, airing simultaneously with its run in the U.K., The Great British Bake-Off (WHY did they make the name less competitive and more boring in AMERICA of all places) is adding new episodes weekly. It's polite and charming, and you'll find yourself screaming at the television about bread as if you're watching the World Series.
Tuca & Bertie
Cruelly canceled before it could really use its abundance of winged characters to get off the ground, season one of Tuca & Bertie still brings a much-needed weirdo flair and deeper kindness to the BoJack Horseman aesthetic. Let's hope this one finds new life elsewhere.
Rich, fancy creeps are definitely not in vogue these days, but Frasier was ahead of the curve when it came to burning the bluster of the self-satisfied, alcoholic white man down a peg. Everyone in this show is a delight, and the episodes range from good to some of the best comedy ever committed to television.
Another beloved institution, now canceled, and not even in the fun way where everyone piles onto a racist on Twitter. The OA died as it lived: embarrassingly sincere and often heavily misguided. It's still amazing this was ever made at all.
I Think You Should Leave
Unlikely as it sounds, season two of I Think You Should Leave is on its way. The show's become a cultural sensation since it aired earlier in the summer. If you've been walking around, wondering why people have been telling you to marry your mother-in-law for the past few months, watching this will clear things up.
Last Chance U
Based on the GQ story by Drew Jubera, Last Chance U is a Friday Night Lights for people who want their stories realer and, in some cases, without TV-friendly happy endings. Now in its fourth season, the documentary drama series follows a football program for promising but underachieving athletes. The latest batch of episodes is some of the most bittersweet TV you'll see all year, but the whole dang thing's good, too.
Season two of Dark picks up where we left off: fucked-up families in a small town dealing with the ramifications of a twisted sci-fi secret buried deep within their own histories. This is Stranger Things for full-on grownups, and, not to oversell it, the final shot of this season will make you lose your damn mind.
Stream what we can all probably properly assume is the entire series now. Season five has met its end, and it's unlikely the band will ever get back together again. The final run of episodes is great fun. Don’t miss it.
One of the best shows of the decade is streaming in its entirety on everyone's favorite time-wasting website. Watch it before everyone decides Roger Sterling is problematic and everyone at SCDP is canceled.
Celebrate Schitt's Creek's overdue Emmy nominations with its first four seasons on Netflix. Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy make up one of the most lovingly dysfunctional family units since the Simpsons plopped their asses down onto that couch. There are shades of long-gone favorites like Parks and Recreation and more than a little bit of Arrested Development DNA in here, but very quickly this show becomes something entirely itself, thanks to the insane performances by all four leads and writing that seems to get better with each successive season.
Orange Is the New Black
[Regina Spektor voice] You've got tiiiiiiime to watch the final season of Orange Is the New Black, whenever you want to. It's on Netflix now.
During my brief amateur stint as a comics reader (volume one of Runaways, Ultimate Spider-Man; I didn't read anything else), I didn't get very far into The Boys, which is a gray, nihilist take on the superhero genre with gratuitous sexual violence and barely a single identifiable character to like. Those things make it into the TV show, too, but the characters, given life by actors, suddenly feel more human. The sexual violence has been toned down to the point of making the single male perpetrator look pathetic (though I still could have done without it altogether, it lands much softer). I don't blame anyone for not wanting to check this out due to superhero fatigue, but there's plenty of on-message themes in The Boys that speak to the most modern concerns around the booming superhero-movie complex, with themes like exploitative capitalism and monopolies based around these personalities. Is that really much different from what's going on in real life?
Hot Priest Summer. That is all.
No, not the Beyoncé one (that’s on Netflix, and it slaps—stream that, too). Thanks to its short episodes and fantastic lead performances from Julia Roberts and Stephan James, Homecoming is an utterly engrossing show with wild twists and a hell of a beating heart.
I've never seen this show, but if it's half as good as its offscreen drama, I'll be thrilled.
Another U.K. drama that shows America how it's done. David Tennant and Olivia Colman make a really good "messed-up detectives" duo, and the central mystery of the first season is a master class in crime storytelling from Chris Chibnall (now the Doctor Who show runner). Things get bogged down in season two before a return to form in its third and final chapter, which tells a new, heartbreaking story centered around grief, shame, and trauma.
Shudder isn't one of the "big" streaming sites, but its ever-expanding catalog makes it much more than just a refuge for devoted horror fans. Its newest original series, Creepshow, is based on Stephen King and George A. Romero's 1982 movie of the same name. It takes much of those same sensibilities—a pitch-black sense of humor, startlingly effective practical effects, and some of the best horror writing in the world today—and turns it into an anthology well worth your time. The first episode's segment, "The House of the Head," adapts one of the more sinister short stories I've read in years. Reader: It nails it.
The Good Place
The Good Place's fourth and final season is underway, and it's as lovingly intricate and sweetly funny as ever. The mythology runs deep, but it never gets in the way of some of the best comedy writing seen on network TV this decade.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, WWE has legitimate competition when it comes to professional wrestling you can watch on TV. AEW: Dynamite has only aired two episodes on TNT, but they've been barnburners: Introducing the world to a whole new world of wrestlers, feuds, and a grittier style of the sport-entertainment than you'll get from the big shiny Vince McMahon conglomerate. If you've never seen the likes of Kenny Omega, Nyla Rose, Darby Allin, The Young Bucks, or Orange Cassidy in action, you're in for a hell of a treat.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
If thirteen seasons of the Reynolds family can't save your weekend, I don't know what can. Sunny is as sharp, edgy, experimental, deceptively deep, and yes, funny as ever.
NBC killed A.P. Bio and then revived it just weeks later in what I think we can all agree is the greatest resurrection story on historical record. I can't wait for more of this deeply weird, warm show (especially given the cliffhanger season two ended on), but until then, I'm more than happy to watch the show's first two installments on repeat.
All Elite Wrestling—WWE's first legitimate USA-based competitor since it swallowed WCW in 2000—is about to start its weekly TV show on TNT this October, bringing with it a new era of professional wrestling one-upmanship between companies. If WWE is going to compete against this scrappier, more hardcore, and, frankly, better upstart, NXT is what the company should look to: Ostensibly a "development" brand for wrestlers to hone their TV skills for the WWE style before being drafted to "main roster" shows Raw or Smackdown, NXT has slowly become a prestige brand in its own right, delivering top-tier wrestling, storylines that aren't overwritten to within an inch of their life, and all-round a more cohesive, exhilarating product. Why not give it a go?
I know we have a lot of problems in the world right now, and shows getting canceled left and right is par for the course, but it's still a sin Happy Endings didn't get to run for, like, ten years. Essentially working with a premise of "Friends, but better," it's a ridiculously good time and probably the only show I can think of, outside of 30 Rock, that actually nails its cultural references which don't immediately date the writing.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Hulu's got a new Four Weddings adaptation on the go from producer Mindy Kaling, and thanks to some major casting coups, snagged the likes of Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel and indie comedy favorite John Reynolds. This is one to watch, in both senses of the term.
From Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong comes this brilliant, sweet show that displays college ("uni") life in somehow both a radical way, and also maybe the most accurate. No one knows who they are at nineteen, and Fresh Meat captures the agony of being a young adult in a new environment while also being one of the filthiest, funniest shows you haven't seen yet. This is a sleeper hit.
The Righteous Gemstones
Following in the grand tradition of Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals, The Righteous Gemstones is a Danny McBride-led HBO comedy that refuses to be anything other than filthy, audacious, and profoundly entertaining week to week. There's not a weak link in this stacked cast.
It's not all Gemstones fun and Succession mind games on HBO. In fact, for my money, the network's best original series of all time is probably its bleakest. The Leftovers is a triumph from start to finish, which begins with an irresistible apocalyptic premise and builds, over three seasons, into something unlike anything else that's ever been on TV. Co-creator Damon Lindelof will shortly debut Watchmen on the network with plenty of his collaborators on this, so this may as well be your show to watch while you wait.
Season 2 has maintained the rapid-fire pace and acidic tone of the first. Jesse Armstrong (Veep, Peep Show) has staked his claim as one of the best TV writers in the world, and I hope Succession lasts forever.
Featuring what GQ staffer Gabriella Paiella called "the greatest grocery store fight scene of all time," Barry is two-for-two in astoundingly deep, funny, horrifying seasons about Bill Hader's hitman-cum-aspiring actor. Eight more seasons like this, please.
The teens shall inherit the earth and, based on this show and what I can gather from TikTok compilations I watch in bed when I'm drunk, they thoroughly deserve it.
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