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Shows to Watch on Paramount Plus

The Paramount+ library has 800+ shows to please all types of TV fans.

The massive 31,000-hour Paramount+ library has 800+ shows. Where do you start? We’re here to help you figure that out, with dozens of recommendations for TV fans of all types.

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When you browse the Paramount+ library, you’ll see 80+ locked SHOWTIME titles. That’s because some movies and shows bounce between the two streaming services. If something you add to your list is suddenly locked, it might be SHOWTIME’s turn to host the content. To avoid this problem, get the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME bundle, or just wait for the title to come back to Paramount+.

Paramount+ show recommendations

Star Trek: Everything (1966–present)

Screenshot from original Star Trek series

(Paramount)

If you’re a Trekkie—a rabid fan of Gene Roddenberry’s culty sci-fi franchise (est. 1966)—Paramount+ might be your most important streaming TV subscription.

The service has everything Trek: the legendary original series, the animated series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Short Treks, Prodigy, and a new series* probably popped up while we read that list.

Paramount+ also has the three movies in Star Trek’s Kelvin timeline (aka the modern ones). Unfortunately, as of November 2022, HBO Max™ has the first ten Trek films—and we don’t know for how long. They could return to Paramount+, but we haven’t seen any news about that.

Either way, live long—so you’ll have time to take in all this Trek stuff—and prosper.

* Hyperbole.

Freaks and Geeks (1999)

Cast photo of Freaks and Geeks

(Chris Haston/NBC)

If you saw Freaks and Geeks during its initial run in 1999, you know. If you don’t know, you at least recognize almost everyone in this picture.

Paul Feig’s coming-of-age high school dramedy attracted a passionate following, but NBC canceled it with only a handful of episodes remaining in its first season. Petitions circulated, but were unsuccessful in their bid to revive the series.

If streaming TV services existed back then, Netflix might’ve stepped up—but at least we have this single, golden season with this incredible ensemble cast of then-unknowns like Seth Rogen (America’s stoner), Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy, best Velma ever), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Martin Starr (Party Down), Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds), John Francis Daley (Bones and director of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves), Busy Phillipps (Girls5eva), and James Franco (The Disaster Artist). You might also recognize these folks from a buncha movies by Freaks and Geeks executive producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin).

(Shoutout to Dave (Gruber) Allen, who played the kids’ high-school counselor, Jeff Rosso.)

With loads of heart, universal themes, and a bangin’ soundtrack of classic rock, punk, and new wave slappers circa 1979–1980, Freaks and Geeks is truly exceptional.

The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)

Still shot of animated series Ren and Stimpy

(Nickelodeon)

John Kricfalusi’s goofy, gross, bizarro-retro series about a seething, conniving chihuahua (Ren) and a large-hearted doofus cat (Stimpy) is relentlessly fun the first time you see it—and in endless repeat viewings.

Adults and kids alike enjoy seeing the titular characters as astronauts, pro wrestlers, firedogs, rubber-nipple salesmen, and tourists who crack open the Lincoln Memorial’s head to access “beautiful . . . glorious . . . golden . . . caramel corn!” If you fall into either group (or identify as kidult), you’ll love watching and rewatching The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (2022)

Teenager girls in T-bird convertible

(Eduardo Araquel/Paramount+)

Did we need another Grease property? I mean, the sequels and other productions of the original show don’t measure up to the 1978 film. But the original’s timeless songs are always fun no matter who performs them—even if John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (RIP, early childhood movie crush) made Danny, Sandy, and the songs iconic.

Not that you’ll hear much of the O.G. jams in this prequel series—it has its own tunes. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t achieve the inspiring magic of the originals. Still, the show is a Grease-y good time for fans.

If you want to hear the original songs, Paramount+ also has Grease: Live and Grease 2. And you can rent or buy the classic 1978 Grease from video-on-demand (VOD) outlets like Amazon Prime Video.

Why Women Kill (2019)

Woman in evening gown standing over man in sweater vest

(Paramount+)

Women (like men) kill out of greed, jealousy, self-preservation, and other good reasons. With Why Women Kill, series creator Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) tells three murderous tales per season and, as with all good soap-y series, the melodrama, suspense, and twists are set to stun.

Paramount+ has both seasons of Why Women Kill, but if you haven’t already heard, the previously approved third season isn’t gonna happen. Oh, well. It’s not like Cherry won’t find another way to tell his addictive, sensual stories.

Broad City (2014)

Two young women with cartoon eyes

(Comedy Central)

Speakin’ of women who kill: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer positively slayed through five seasons of their hit Comedy Central series Broad City.

Based on the women’s IRL friendship, the show followed exaggerated versions of the women-children as they hilariously navigate NYC life. We defy you not to fall in at least platonic love with Abbi and Ilana while following their marijuana-fueled sexcapades, workplace antics, and psilocybin fantasy sequences. And try not to be too sad when, after five strong seasons, you run out of Broad City episodes to binge-watch. The women wanted to end on a high note—we can’t begrudge them that, nor can we resist rewatching the entire series.

MacGyver (1985)

Richard Dean Anderson in MacGyver looking at the camera

(ABC Photo Archives)

Do you enjoy life hacks? Okay, what if said handy-dandy tips are from 40 years ago, and the tipster wears an unironic, feathered mullet?

Well, old wisdom isn’t necessarily bad wisdom—and bad hair was the style in 1985. Also, the original MacGyver (with Richard Dean Anderson as the titular crisis-solving genius) stands up today, even if it’s gotten a bit hilarious with age.

Younger audiences might get more mileage from the rebooted MacGyver—Paramount+ has that, too. But we at CableTV.com stan originals, so we suggest watching (or rewatching) the ’85 series first.

Twin Peaks (1990)

Young man holding a drink sitting with a young woman

Here’s another show that ended too soon. Twin Peaks lasted only two seasons, mostly because mainstream prime-time TV audiences couldn’t hang with David Lynch-caliber weirdness—even with such strong writing and performances.

Lucky for us, the oddball mystery survived on home video and streaming services to satisfy original fans and attract new ones. And, in 2017, Lynch and SHOWTIME® dropped a meaty 18-episode final season. You’ll need the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME bundle to watch that one.

The Twilight Zone (1959)

Iconic image of Twilight Zone episode

If, lately, you feel every day is potentially a new episode of Rod Serling’s sci-fi/horror The Twilight Zone—binge-watch the show. That way, you’ll see the difference between our weird world and fake ones. Or maybe you won’t see it, and you’re actually in the TZ.

We’re sorry; that wasn’t helpful. For what it’s worth, you’re still in the bathroom scrolling CableTV.com. Life can’t get more authentic than that. Or can it?

Anyway, for a series over six decades old, The Twilight Zone can still hang with Black Mirror (streaming on Netflix) and Creepshow (Shudder and AMC+).

Pro tip: AMC+ includes Shudder, but you have to access Shudder through the AMC+ app, which is less fun and user-friendly than its standalone app. If you’re looking for pure horror, go with Shudder for the best experience. If you also want content from AMC, BBA America, IFC, and Sundance Now, go with AMC+.

Wildboyz (2003)

Young man with shirt on his head looking in open mouth of crocodile

A Jackass-flavored nature-slash-travel show? We’re in, ‘cause the only thing that could make exotic wildlife and destinations better is the chance that someone will die. And, with Jackass luminaries Steve-O and Chris Pontius as guides, the odds of accidental death or dismemberment increase exponentially.

Across four seasons, the Wildboyz play ham-football among a pack of hyenas, get way too close to sharks and venomous snakes, and teach us about other cultures by enduring tribal rituals (like the bullet ant glove). We could go on forever talking about other idiotic situations from the show, but the best part about nature and travel is discovery. So kick back and queue up a few episodes of Wildboyz. But don’t try this s**t at home.

P.s. Watch out for the Black Mamba (you’ll see)!

More Paramount Plus show recommendations

Recommended Paramount Plus original shows

  • 1883
  • Are You the One?
  • Criminal Minds: Evolution
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies
  • Halo
  • iCarly (2021)
  • Mayor of Kingstown
  • Picard
  • Rugrats (2021)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (and Untucked)
  • School Spirits
  • Seal Team
  • The Stand
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Teen Wolf
  • Tulsa King
  • Why Women Kill
  • Wolf Pack
  • Yo! MTV Raps

Recommended action-adventure shows on Paramount Plus

  • 1883*
  • Halo*
  • Picard*
  • Seal Team*
  • The Stand*
  • Star Trek: Discovery*
  • Star Trek: Prodigy*
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds*
  • Tulsa King*

* Paramount+ original

Recommended classic TV shows on Paramount Plus

  • 7th Heaven
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Caroline in the City
  • Cheers
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Family Ties
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Frasier
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Gunsmoke
  • Happy Days
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Love Boat
  • MacGyver
  • Medium
  • Melrose Place
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Perry Mason
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Taxi
  • Touched by an Angel
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Wings

* Paramount+ original

Recommended comedy shows on Paramount Plus

  • Alternatino
  • Awkward
  • Beavis and Butt-Head
  • Bob Hearts Abishola
  • BrainDead
  • Broad City
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Crank Yankers
  • The Daily Show
  • Detroiters
  • Drunk History
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Ghosts
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies*
  • Greatest Party Story Ever
  • Hood Adjacent with James Davis
  • Hot in Cleveland
  • iCarly (2021)*
  • Jackass
  • The Jim Gaffigan Show
  • Key & Peele
  • Klepper
  • Kroll Show
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Nathan for You
  • The Neighborhood
  • Reno 911!
  • Review
  • The Sarah Silverman Show
  • Silent Library
  • The State
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks*
  • Teachers
  • Tosh.0
  • Tulsa King
  • Wildboyz
  • Wonder Showzen
  • Workaholics
  • Yo! MTV Raps*
  • Young Sheldon
  • Zoe Ever After

* Paramount+ original

Recommended documentaries on Paramount Plus

  • Aerial America
  • Air Disasters
  • America’s Hidden Stories
  • Baby Animals
  • Behind the Music
  • Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances
  • Fishing for Giants
  • Ghislaine: Partner in Crime
  • Murder of God’s Banker
  • The New Edition Story
  • Seriously Amazing Objects
  • Shark Squad
  • Storytellers
  • Strange Creatures
  • Waco

* Paramount+ original

Recommended drama shows Paramount Plus

  • 1883*
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • BrainDead
  • Criminal Minds: Evolution*
  • CSI (franchise)
  • Evil
  • Fatal Attraction*
  • FBI (franchise)
  • The Followers
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • The Good Life
  • The Good Wife
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies*
  • Gunsmoke
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968 and 2010)
  • Instinct
  • JAG
  • MacGyver (1985 and 2016)
  • Mayor of Kingstown*
  • Melrose Place
  • NCIS (franchise)
  • Perry Mason (1957)
  • Picard*
  • Rabbit/Hole
  • School Spirits*
  • Seal Team*
  • The Stand*
  • Star Trek: Discovery*
  • Star Trek: Prodigy*
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds*
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Touched by an Angel
  • True Lies
  • Tulsa King*
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Twin Peaks
  • Under the Dome
  • Why Women Kill*

* Paramount+ original

Recommended kids shows on Paramount Plus

  • Aaahhh!!! Real Monsters
  • All That
  • All Grown Up
  • The Amanda Show
  • Angry Beavers
  • As Told by Ginger
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Barnyard
  • The Backyardigans
  • Blue’s Clues
  • Bob the Builder
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Bunsen is a Beast
  • Casagrandes
  • CatDog
  • Clarissa Explains it All
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Double Dare
  • Doug
  • Drake & Josh
  • Fairly Oddparents
  • Fanboy & Chum Chum
  • Guts
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Halo*
  • iCarly (2007 and 2021*)
  • Invader Zim
  • Kamp Koral
  • Kenan & Kel
  • The Loud House
  • Ned’s Declassified
  • Paw Patrol
  • Peppa Pig
  • Ren and Stimpy
  • Rocko’s Modern Life
  • Rugrats (2021)*
  • Sam & Cat
  • Sanjay & Craig
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Super Mario World
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Thundermans
  • The Wild Thornberrys
  • You Can’t Do That on Television

* Paramount+ original

Recommended music shows on Paramount Plus

  • Behind the Music
  • Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances
  • CMT Music Awards
  • From Cradle to Stage
  • The Grammys
  • MTV Unplugged
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • Metallica presents The Helping Hands Concert
  • Storytellers
  • Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert
  • Tony Awards
  • Yo! MTV Raps

* Paramount+ original

Recommended news shows on Paramount Plus

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • CBS Evening News
  • CBS Mornings
  • The Daily Show
  • Face the Nation
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Person to Person with Norah O’Donnell
  • Red & Blue
  • The Talk
  • Uplift
  • Wasteland
  • Whistleblower

* Paramount+ original

Recommended reality shows on Paramount Plus

  • Are You the One?*
  • The Amazing Race
  • Bar Rescue
  • Big Brother
  • The Challenge
  • Ink Master (franchise)
  • Jersey Shore
  • Laguna Beach
  • Love Island
  • My Dream Quinciñeara
  • Nellyville
  • Punk’d
  • The Real Husbands of Hollywood
  • The Real World
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (and Untucked)*
  • Survivor
  • The Surreal Life
  • Teen Mom
  • Undercover Boss
  • Washington Heights
  • Whistleblower
  • Wild’n Out

* Paramount+ original

Recommended sci-fi shows on Paramount Plus

  • Extant
  • Halo*
  • Picard*
  • Salvation
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Star Trek: Discovery*
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks*
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Star Trek: Prodigy*
  • Star Trek: Short Treks
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds*
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Under the Dome
  • Wolf Pack

* Paramount+ original

Recommended sports shows on Paramount Plus

  • All Access: Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Garcia
  • Barclay’s Women’s Super League
  • BIG3
  • CBS Sports Golazo! Network
  • Crashletes
  • Masters
  • NWSL
  • Serie A
  • Texas 6
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League

* Paramount+ original

Pro tip: Paramount+ sure has a lot of soccer content—but it’s all on-demand. See our How To Watch Soccer guide to find out where to watch live soccer matches.

Recommended thriller shows on Paramount Plus

  • Criminal Minds: Evolution*
  • Fatal Attraction*
  • Halo*
  • Mayor of Kingstown*
  • School Spirits*
  • Seal Team*
  • The Stand*
  • Teen Wolf
  • Tulsa King*
  • Why Women Kill*
  • Wolf Pack

* Paramount+ original

Methodology

Our TV experts logged hundreds of hours researching and testing Paramount+ and other streaming TV services. For this guide, we combed through the Paramount+ shows page, counting each title and subtracting locked SHOWTIME-only shows so we could give our readers an accurate representation of shows available on Paramount+. We then selected 10 films to recommend in capsule reviews and included bulleted lists with dozens of other genre-specific recommendations. For more on our process, see our How We Rank page.

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