Look, we get it: there are a lot of big names in the streaming game, so it’s understandable if you end up overlooking Peacock. But you would be missing out on some goodies. The platform has produced a lot of original programming, as well as hosting many of NBC’s biggest hits and other popular movies.
If you have Netflix fatigue, you can probably find something new and exciting on Peacock. Below are some of their best original shows to catch this winter and all year long. There’s comedy, drama, true crime docuseries, and even a few reboots that will scratch the nostalgia. Get your remote control, get cozy and log in.
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This show is about a one-hit wonder girl band from the 90s who think their time in the limelight is over. Then a young, hot rapper samples their famous tune, and suddenly they’re back in business. This hit comedy follows the girls as they get a chance to get back on top if they can stick together.
This isn’t exactly a reboot of the original, more like an expanded universe of the Bayside High School story. In this updated tale of a bunch of goofy teenagers, Zack Morris is the governor of California. He is not the only recurring character; AC Slater and Jessie Spano return as teacher and counselor, respectively. The new students bring a bit more social awareness to the story, moving from a low-income school Governor Morris has closed to the privileged world of Bayside High.
This drama is unique among the reboots of hit 90s shows that make the lighthearted Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to a much more self-serious drama. It’s based on a fan-made short film by Morgan Cooper that started as a joke before becoming very real and the series ended up having legs. Enjoy the story of a West Philadelphia teenager figuring out how to manage his new environment. But this time it’s serious.
Rutherford Falls stars Ed Helms as one of the famous Rutherfords in his fictional town and Jana Schmieding as his friend Reagan Wells. Their relationship is put in jeopardy when a local historical statue comes up, which finds them on opposite sides of a sticky debate. Unfortunately, at just two seasons long, this hilarious ensemble show was a breakthrough for Native representation on sitcom television — and it ended far too soon.
In this crime story, Paulo is a criminal who pretends to be a reverend and really doesn’t enjoy it. The former mobster had to escape Chicago after making some flamboyant mistakes, and his life in a small town as a fake holy man is not what he imagined. It’s a twist on the small town genre with a bit of violence and chaos.
Glenn Howerton plays Jack Griffin, a philosophy professor who has come down in the world after losing his job teaching at Harvard. He returns to his hometown with his tail between his legs and begins teaching Advanced Placement Biology. All he wants is to get away again, but there is a certain appeal to being home.
Blonde bombshell Angelyne was a real person, but this series is an imaginative take on her life story. Based on a 2017 investigative story about her, it traces the icon’s rise to fame via the billboards she famously graced. This miniseries starring Emmy Rossum starts out as a fun deconstruction of a playful persona before turning more serious as it digs into the person behind the facade.
Dr. Death is based on the true story of former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who played fast and loose with his Hippocratic Oath. The doctor’s decisions led to debilitating and then fatal surgeries for his patients. Based on the popular podcast of the same name, this miniseries shows how he was finally taken down.
This comedy from the UK focuses on the titular group, an all-female Muslim punk band navigating life and completely shredding. It’s fun, engaging and full of great songs – perfect for young people who aspire to make music without compromising who they are.
High school students Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper are all in the hot seat when they are accused of the murder of Simon Kelleher. While they may or may not be involved in Simon’s death, they have secrets to protect. A lie quickly becomes a thread in a web that entangles them all.
Most people know this story from the Netflix docuseries about the Tiger King and his complicated relationship with big cats and crime. This dramatized series is actually based on the second season of Wondery’s Over My Dead Body podcast, titled Joe Exotic: Tiger King. It covers much of the same story, but with a higher dose of comedy than the true crime doc offered.
Amber Ruffin once wrote for Seth Myers, then began appearing in regular segments on his show. She was such a sharp, funny and engaging voice that she ended up with her own evening talk show, which is a breath of fresh air for the medium.
Good timing with Jo Firestone
In this documentary, comedian Jo Firestone teaches a weekly class at Greenwich House Senior Center and helps residents develop their own stand-up acts. Firestone is incredibly charming, as are her group of students who take the stage.
The monsters in this supernatural drama are hidden behind a door, and it’s up to teenage runner Carrie to make sure it stays closed. The mining town that Carrie and the door live in is quiet, but strange occurrences make her question her role in it all.
Amy Silva is Detective Chief Inspector for Police Scotland. She is sent on a mission to HMS Vigil, a submarine where someone has died on board. The death of the nuclear-powered vessel appears to have some connection to the disappearance of an entire Scottish fishing trawler. This tense and exciting mystery is full of twists and turns.
New Orleans musical icon Big Freedia shares the story of her brother’s death as a window into gun violence in America and how the epidemic disproportionately harms black communities across the US
John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise
This six-part docu-series tells the story of one of the most notorious serial killers and includes Gacy’s own words. This is a show for the true crime fan who wants even more details about the famous case and alternative theories about what has never been revealed.
In a way, this is a workplace comedy about two hitmen who spend their days kidnapping and killing people at the behest of a rarely seen crime boss named Mr. K. The show is silly and the killers inept, so it makes for light viewing despite the dark subject matter.
Ash Harper is a young space officer and pilot who has been convicted of a treasonous crime – but she is innocent! Ash flies across the galaxy with mob leader Tula Quik in search of a world called Arcadia where they can both finally be free.
Charismatic hosts and IRL friends Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler enjoy their twist on a home baking competition show. The food is judged by a panel of grandmothers, so you don’t have to rely on the hosts’ baking expertise. But you can enjoy their comedy.
Andy Cohen is the king of reality TV because he knows how to orchestrate chaos. (Have you ever seen one Real Housewives reunion?) In this show, Cohen works with sexologist Shan Boodram and a group of singles dealing with relationship issues. These issues are based on the ratings of their own exes, so you know things are going to get messy.
This very short documentary is about the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami that flooded Rikuzentakata, Japan, destroying huge parts of the city. Two years later, a boat from the town washed up on the shores of Crescent City, California. The story tells how the two cities were connected through a simple gesture.
Gary, a father played by Josh Gad, navigates life with his daughter Emma after his wife’s death from cancer. Set in Adelaide, Australia, the show is about how far Gary will go to help fill the void in his daughter since the loss of her mother, and how he both succeeds and fails.
Based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 sci-fi novel, Brave new world centers on the utopia of New London, where hedonism thrives and everyone’s life is predetermined from birth. When John (Alden Ehrenreich), a difficult man hailing from “The Savage Lands,” moves to New London, he causes trouble but is also tempted by their perspective to his own detriment.
The world always needs something new vampire shows. This one is technically a reboot of the 2014 film of the same name, based on the series by Richelle Mead. The story follows Lissa, a royal vampire, and her best friend Rose at their boarding school St. Vladimir’s Academy. Yes, there is a lot of magic, a lot of romance, and a surprising amount of class consciousness. This is the perfect show to watch on a stormy day.
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