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The 50 Best TV Shows On Peacock – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

The 50 Best TV Shows On Peacock: NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock, is gaining popularity as it adds more TV shows to its library, making it a formidable contender in the content wars. The platform boasts a vast selection of Universal properties to compete with other brand-exclusive streaming content, such as Disney Plus and Max.

Peacock is gradually making more of its library exclusive to the service, giving subscribers more reasons to sign up for the Premium tier, which offers access to the full library but contains ads. If subscribers want an ad-free experience, they must pay for Peacock Premium Plus, which offers a similar tiered plan to Hulu.

The 50 Best TV Shows On Peacock

Although not all of Peacock’s offerings are exclusive to the service, NBCUniversal is planning to let streaming rights lapse on rival platforms, which may tighten Peacock’s hold on exclusive content. Currently, the platform is the only place where viewers can watch popular titles like The Office and Parks and Recreation. While other popular shows like 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Superstore are available on other platforms, newly aired episodes of NBC shows will premiere on Peacock the day after their cable debut.

Peacock has an extensive library of quality TV shows to offer, including Sanford And Son, Charmed, The Hardy Boys And Nancy Drew Mysteries, Farscape, Cold Justice, Heroes, Hunter x Hunter, The Chicago Franchise, and Eureka.

Sanford And Son is a classic comedy featuring Redd Foxx as a junk dealer and Demond Wilson as his son, frustrated with their circumstances. Charmed is a supernatural drama about a trio of sisters who discover they are witches and must fight the Source of all Evil to save the world.

The Hardy Boys And Nancy Drew Mysteries is a mystery drama based on the popular book series about teen detectives, featuring intersecting mysteries. Farscape is a science fiction series featuring an American astronaut lost through a black hole who ends up on a ship of various beings on the run from a force known as the Peacekeepers.

Cold Justice is a docuseries featuring Kelly Siegler, a former prosecutor, as she investigates cold cases across America. Heroes is a sci-fi drama about an event around the world causing sudden manifestations of superpowers, chronicling those struggling to understand their powers, and those who would seek to take them.

Hunter x Hunter is an anime about Gon Freecss as he trains to become a Hunter and searches for his father. The Chicago Franchise includes three procedural dramas following the lives of first responders: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med.

Eureka is a sci-fi dramedy featuring Colin Ferguson as a US Marshall who becomes the sheriff of a secret town in the Pacific Northwest where top scientists invent new technology for government projects.

Peacock’s growing library of TV shows and exclusive content is attracting more subscribers to the platform. The Premium tier offers access to the full library with ads, while the Premium Plus tier provides an ad-free experience. As NBCUniversal makes more of its library exclusive to the service, Peacock’s hold on exclusive content may grow tighter.

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Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, is steadily gaining TV shows and becoming more of a formidable force in the content wars. The platform contains a hefty selection of Universal properties in an attempt to rival other brand-exclusive streaming content, such as Disney Plus and Max. As time goes on, larger chunks of Peacock’s library are becoming exclusive to the service as well, giving consumers more incentive to subscribe.

Peacock has two tiers of payment: the first level is Premium, which gives subscribers access to the full Peacock library but still contains ads. In order to get an ad-free experience, subscribers must pay for Peacock Premium Plus, a model that resembles Hulu’s tiered plan.

For now, not all of Peacock’s offerings are exclusive to the service. However, as NBCUniversal makes plans to let streaming rights lapse on rival platforms, Peacock’s hold on exclusive content may grow tighter. The service has already become the only place to watch The Office and Parks and Recreation.

Though well-known titles like 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Superstore are available on other platforms, newly aired episodes of NBC shows will premiere on Peacock the day after their cable debut. Peacock has a lot of quality shows to offer TV fans.

Sanford And Son (1972-1977)

Mr. Sanford talking to his adult son in their living room full of odds and ends in Sanford and Son

 

 

  • 6 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, and Don Bexley

From the mind of Norman Lear, Sanford And Son featured Foxx as a junk dealer and Wilson as the son frustrated with their circumstances. Other cast members came and went through the years, but the titular Sanford And Son remained. Over the course of its run, Sanford And Son received seven Primetime Emmy nominations and six Golden Globe Nominations. Redd Foxx won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1973 and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in 1972.

Charmed (1998-2006)

A blended image features all four Halliwell sisters in Charmed

 

 

  • 8 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Supernatural Drama
  • Starring: Shannon Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan

A trio of sisters discovers they’re actually witches by birth after their mother’s death in Charmed and have to go up against the Source of all Evil in order to save the world. What makes Charmed stand out against other supernatural series is that, despite drawing on different magical myths from around the world, the show had its own clear mythology that it built consistently throughout the show, like the Whitelighters who protect the witches. The series got a remake in 2018 that wasn’t as well received as the original.

The Hardy Boys And Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-1979)

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew grin in a woods in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries

 

 

  • 3 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Mystery Drama
  • Starring: Parker Stevenson, Shawn Cassidy, Pamela Sue Martin, and Ed Gilbert

Based on the popular book series about teen detectives, this particular 1970s set series is an interesting one. It features episodes that only follow the Hardy Boys (Stevenson and Cassidy), and some that only follow Nancy Drew (Martin). Some episodes, however, will also feature their mysteries intersecting.

It’s absolutely a product of its time as some of the mysteries are easy for thriller-savvy audiences to solve today, but it’s a fun series and one that demonstrates how much the fictional detectives have been a part of pop culture. The Hardy Boys have a modern series on Hulu while Nancy Drew has one on the CW.

Farscape (1999-2003)

Farscape cast gather on the ship

 

 

  • 4 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Starring: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, and Lani John Tupu

Farscape was one of the shows that put the Sci-Fi channel on the map. When its ratings declined, however, it was considered too expensive and was canceled, but a miniseries was later produced to close things out. Featuring puppets created by the Jim Henson Company, Farscape took a fascinating path to get to the screen. It featured an American astronaut lost through a black hole who ended up on a ship of various beings on the run from a force known as the Peacekeepers, who were more interested in subjugation than peace. Farscape consistently won awards through different Australian production guilds but didn’t make a splash on the American award circuit.

Cold Justice (2013-)

  • 6 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Starring: Kelly Siegler

Only the most recent season is ever available to stream on Peacock with new episodes added after they air. The show follows Kelly Siegler, a former prosecutor, as she looks into cold cases, across America.

Her background offers up a unique perspective, unlike most investigative documentaries. She works with local law enforcement to retrace the investigative steps taken and offers a fresh set of eyes on the case. Sometimes, new evidence is unearthed that allows the police to pursue a new suspect.

The series is an attempt to give closure to the families of victims, which is part of what makes it so much better than a lot of true crime fare that only document the investigative paths of long-solved cases instead.

Heroes (2006-2010)

Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet and Adrian Pasdar as Nathan in Heroes

 

 

  • 4 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime:45 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi Drama
  • Starring: Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Hayden Panettiere

“Save the cheerleader, save the world,” is the most remembered line from the entire run, and it was initially used to promote the first season. The first season of the series is the best of the show as the writers were able to run with the full extent of their plan. A Writers Guild of America strike in the middle of season 2 meant the creative team had to tie up loose ends quicker than they liked, and the decisions made there impacted the remainder of the series. Despite that, the concept for Heroes, of an event around the world causing sudden manifestations of superpowers, made for a great jumping-off point for the show. The series chronicled those struggling to understand their powers, and those who would seek to take them.

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Hunter x Hunter (2011-2014)

Gon smiling and flashing a peace sign in Hunter x Hunter

 

 

  • 6 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 24 minutes
  • Genre: Anime
  • Voiced by: Issei Futamata, Megumi Han, Mariya Ise, and Miyuki Sawashiro

Inspired by the manga of the same name, Hunter x Hunter follows Gon Freecss as he trains to become a Hunter, but also searches for the father he can’t remember. There have been two different adaptations of the manga, but Peacock offers the newer one which has clearer animation than the 1999 version. Peacock’s version is also in Japanese with English subtitles rather than the dubbed version, allowing viewers to get as close to the original story as possible since dubs are notorious for changing storylines in anime.

The Chicago Franchise (2012-)

A blended image features the series posters for the crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago PD

 

 

  • 29 Seasons across 3 shows
  • Episode Runtime: 43 minutes
  • Genre: Procedural Drama
  • Starring: S. Epatha Merkerson, Taylor Kinney, Jason Beghe, and LaRoyce Hawkins

This particular trilogy of shows began with Chicago Fire in 2012 before expanding to Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Each series is a procedural in its particular department, following the lives of the people who work there and the cases they take on. Each of the shows has also crossed over with the others in the past, making for cohesive storytelling across all three, something that can be difficult to achieve when all the shows are running at the same time.

As a result, these first-responder dramas offer a uniquely comprehensive look at what those working in this field go through.

Eureka (2006-2012)

The cast of Eureka posing around a table outside for a promotional photo

 

 

  • 5 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi Dramedy
  • Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston

While this science fiction series is mostly a comedy, it takes on a lot of dramatic storylines. It features Colin Ferguson in the role of a US Marshall who ends up becoming the sheriff of a small town in the Pacific Northwest.

The town is a secret place where some of the top scientists in the country do their work. Eureka’s residents are meant to be inventing new technology for government projects, but their plans often go awry, leaving Ferguson’s Jack Carter to pick up the pieces.

The show is equally hilarious and heartfelt, though the CGI isn’t as impressive as anything made today.

America’s Got Talent (2006-)

The judges from America's Got Talent's most recent seasons posing at the judging table along with host Terry Crews.

 

 

  • 18 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Genre: Reality Competition
  • Starring: Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Sofia Vergara

When it comes to reality competition series, it seems like they all involve singing and dancing. That’s what makes America’s Got Talent different and so fun to watch. The show allows contestants to showcase their talent, whatever it may be, and compete for a cash prize. While the show has had a rotating panel of judges and different hosts throughout the years, only the most recent iteration of the show is available on Peacock. The latest season is what is kept on the platform for streaming, with new episodes available after they air on television.

Death Note (2006-2007)

Death Note's Ryuk looks absolutely terrifying

 

 

  • 1 Season
  • Episode Runtime: 23 minutes
  • Genre: Anime
  • Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano, Ryô Naitô, Naoya Uchida, and Keiji Fujiwara

A magical notebook allows a high school student to begin to “cleanse” the world by writing names into it. Those names are people marked for death. When his activities gain the notice of authorities, however, a detective is sent to track him down. The anime, based on the manga of the same name, is a thriller, a cat-and-mouse game between the detective and the boy, but also between the boy and the entity allowing him the power. It’s the winner of a Tokyo Anime Award for best TV entry.

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Monk (2002-2009)

Tony Shalhoub in Monk

 

 

  • 8 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 44 minutes
  • Genre: Mystery Dramedy
  • Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Traylor Howard, and Ted Levine

Adrian Monk (Shalhoub) used to be on the San Francisco police force until his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder got in the way. The series follows him as a consultant for the force as he goes to treatment for his OCD. While he’s busy putting the puzzle pieces together for murder cases on a weekly basis, he also tries to take steps toward managing his OCD with the help of his assistant and tries to solve his wife’s unsolved murder. Over the course of its run, Monk won eight Primetime Emmys and Shalhoub was consistently nominated for the Screen Actor’s Guild’s Best Actor. A revival of Monk is planned.

The Bletchley Circle (2012-2014)

The women of Bletchley Circle against a brick wall
Bletchley Circle Solving a Mystery

 

  • 2 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Crime Drama
  • Starring: Rachel Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, and Anna Maxwell Martin

The series follows former employees of Bletchley Park. During World War II, they worked for Bletchley as code breakers. After the war is over, most of those women are now housewives or have found other work. When one of them uses her code-breaking skills to see patterns in murders in the city, she asks some of her fellow Bletchley women to help her find the murderer when the police don’t. The series provides an unusual twist on a detective series, especially a period detective series at that, and it’s a very quick watch since the seasons are shorter.

Dr. Death (2021 – 2023)

Christopher Duntsch in the operating room in Dr. Death

 

 

  • 1 Season
  • Episode Runtime: 44-63 minutes
  • Genre: Crime drama
  • Starring: Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, and Grace Gummer

One of Peacock’s newest additions to its original programming, Dr. Death is a bone-chilling twist on the true-crime format that subs in medical professionals in place of law enforcement. Joshua Jackson stars as Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a twisted neurosurgeon who goes on a malpractice rampage in the halls of the hospitals that are inattentive and neglectful enough to employ him. The show is based on the critically acclaimed podcast of the same name and deftly compares the malignant incompetency of both Duntsch and medical-legal bureaucracy.

Merlin (2008-2012)

Arthur and Merlin sitting with their backs against a tree in Merlin

 

 

  • 5 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Starring: Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Angel Coulby, and Katie McGrath

This new twist on the legend of King Arthur places the focus on Merlin (Mogan) instead of the prince. It follows Merlin’s training as he learns about medicine and magic, all while Camelot has outlawed the practice of magic, so he must keep it a secret. It also follows Morgana’s (McGrath) turn to become an antagonist for Arthur, though she certainly doesn’t begin her story that way. It’s a fascinating take on a well-known legend.

Bel-Air (2022-)

Jabari Banks smiling at someone in Bel-Air season 2

 

 

  • 2 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 51 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Starring: Jabari Banks, Akira Akbar, Coco Jones, and Olly Sholoton

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might have been a family sitcom in the ‘90s, but Peacock remakes the Will Smith show as a drama for the modern day. In it, Will (Banks) is still sent to live with his uncle’s family when he gets into trouble, but the storylines are more serious with fewer moments played for laughs than the original. There’s also a crime drama element to the new series that wasn’t in the original, but it’s become one of Peacock’s most-watched original shows.

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The Below Deck Franchise (2013-)

Crew members toast with champagne on Below Deck season 5

 

 

  • 23 Seasons across 5 shows
  • Episode Runtime: 43 minutes
  • Genre: Reality
  • Starring: Lee Rosbach, Sandy Yawn, Glenn Shephard, and Jason Chambers

The Below Deck series began as a way to explore just what it is crew members on charter boats take on during their job. It explores their job, their after-hours activities, and the relationships that form among co-workers. Since the original series premiered in 2013, four spinoffs have been added to include shows set on the Mediterranean, in Australia, and more. It’s certainly a unique take on reality television and a great watch for reality fans who want a break from the usual competition or Housewives fare.

Naruto (2002-2007)

Ino, Sasuke, Naruto, Shikamaru, Sakura, Choji, and Shino before their Chunin exams in the original Naruto anime

 

 

  • 5 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 24 minutes
  • Genre: Anime
  • Starring: Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Noriaki Sugiyama, and Kazuhiko Inoue

Though the first Naruto series originally aired as one long season, Peacock has it broken up into five seasons, so viewers can watch batches of the story at a time. Based on one of the most popular manga of all time, this anime chronicles the early life of Naruto Uzumaki on his journey to become a professional ninja. This early chapter of the fantasy series features a lot more standalone episodes than the sequel series, but it provides an introduction to fan-favorite characters like Sasuke Uchiha and Rock Lee.

The Game (2006-2015)

The original cast members of The Game in a red locker room

 

 

  • 9 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 21 minutes
  • Genre: Sports Dramedy
  • Starring: Malik Wright, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, and Tia Mawry-Hardrict

Originally, The Game spun out of the series Girlfriends and followed the women in the lives of professional athletes in more of a sitcom format. Over time, however, the series transitioned into more of a drama than a comedy. It still followed the lives of athletes and the women in their lives, but it made the move from the CW to BET, and as a result, was able to do more serious storylines on the other network. A revival series of the show, starring Robinson in the lead, also exists, but it was originally available to stream on Paramount+ instead.

Downtown Abbey (2010-2015)

Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley on Downtown Abbey

 

 

  • 6 Seasons
  • Episode Runtime: 58 minutes
  • Genre: Period Drama
  • Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, and Michelle Dockery

Despite only taking place over six seasons, Downtown Abbey follows the Crawley family through 12 years. It begins with the death of the Crawley heir on board the Titanic in 1912 and runs through Christmas of 1924.

It features storylines that follow the need for an heir, for the young woman to be married into secure families, and other concerns that would have been paramount in English society at the time. Many of the show’s more dramatic storylines are about romance, making it like a historical soap opera that will certainly hold the attention of viewers.

 

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