What to Watch on Peacock

Peacock has thousands of TV shows and movies, but where to start? We have over 150 suggestions.

Besides being the only place where you can stream The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Battlestar Galactica (big early-2000s energy here), Peacock also carries 15,000 hours of movies, TV shows, and sports events. But it’s not equal in all areas.

Peacock is best for streaming TV series—both older shows and current day-after-broadcast NBC titles—and its growing stable of gut-splitting originals like Girls5eva and MacGruber. Its middling movie library is no threat to HBO Max or Paramount+, and its live sports coverage has been hit-and-miss (though the 2022 Winter Olympics was a solid hit for Peacock, pointing to improved sports streaming ahead).

We’ve come up with over 150 Peacock streaming recommendations here, but with a caveat: you’ll want one of the Premium tiers (ad-supported or ad-free) to take advantage of the full catalog. The free Peacock tier gives you access to only half of its 15,000 TV shows and movies.

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A.P. Bio | Comedy

When narcissistic Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) loses his dream job to a rival, he returns to his hometown of Toledo to teach high school A.P. Bio. Well, not really: Jack’s bent on revenge and uses his class of honor roll students to get it. A.P. Bio is a subversively funny comedy with a killer cast of veterans (including Patton Oswalt and Paula Pell) and sharp young actors delivering 42 solid episodes.

Bates Motel | Drama, thriller

Bates Motel, a 2013–2017 A&E series, is a modern-day prequel to horror classic Psycho that chronicles the origins of future killer Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). The dark drama doesn’t let up on the suspense and creeping terror over five 10-episode seasons, with Highmore and Farmiga turning in fantastically fraught performances. Bates Motel’s winding story leads nicely into Psycho, which unfortunately isn’t on Peacock.

Charmed | Drama, fantasy

The CW’s current reboot is a nice update, but the original 1998–2006 Charmed can’t be beaten when it comes to fun fantasy cheese. Witch sisters Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Prue (Shannen Doherty), and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) battle demons and warlocks while trying to hold their personal lives together. Charmed gets progressively wackier over eight seasons, with new witches (including Rose McGowan and Kaley Cuoco) being introduced along the way.

MacGruber | Comedy

Several seasons as a Saturday Night Live sketch led to 2010 cult flick MacGruber, which surprisingly turned up again in 2021 as an eight-episode Peacock original series, also entitled MacGruber. Creator and star Will Forte takes this iteration to the limits of sanity and good taste, with super-patriot MacGruber being sprung from prison to save the world from evil supervillain Enos Queeth (Billy Zane). Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe also return as sidekicks Vicki and Dixon.

Rutherford Falls | Comedy

In 2021, Peacock quietly rolled out Rutherford Falls, from writers and producers behind classics like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and The Good Place. The series follows the ups and downs of lifelong friends Nathan (Ed Helms) and Reagan (Jana Schmieding); he’s a Rutherford Falls founder descendent who wants to keep the Caucasian status quo, and she’s a Minishonka Nation member championing more representation for her people. It’s a sweet (and educational) comedy.

More recommended TV shows on Peacock

  • 30 Rock
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • The Fall
  • House
  • Joe vs. Carole
  • New Amsterdam
  • Psych
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Weeds
  • Wolf Like Me

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Recommended movies on Peacock

The 355 | Action, drama

Released theatrically in January 2022, spy thriller The 355 didn’t fare well commercially or critically; it deserves a second chance on Peacock. CIA operative Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) assembles an all-woman spy team (including Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, and Fan Bingbing) to retrieve a world-disrupting software program; high-octane action, surprise betrayals, and female bonding ensue. The 355 is a full-on popcorn movie.

Blade | Action, drama

What was the first real Marvel movie before X-Men, Spider-Man, and The Avengers came along in the 2000s? Technically, it was 1986 mega-flop Howard the Duck—but let’s go with 1998’s far superior Blade. Human/vampire hybrid Blade (Wesley Snipes) battles a vicious vampire underworld armed with superhuman strength, a titanium sword, and a bottomless bag of wisecracks. Blade still holds up 24 years later, as do sequels Blade II and Blade: Trinity (also available on Peacock).

Copshop | Action, drama

A tense, blood-splashed showdown between a con man (Frank Grillo), a hitman (Gerard Butler), and a rookie cop (Alexis Louder) explodes in a small-town Nevada police station, and it’s never clear who’s going to get out alive. Copshop, a 2021 film directed by action auteur Joe Carnahan, puts the action pedal to the metal for a brisk 107 minutes, dropping improbable plot twists like bullet shells all the way. Also, Toby Huss nearly steals the show as a comically unhinged assassin.

Geostorm | Action, drama

Speaking of Gerard Butler, his 2017 disaster epic Geostorm is more disaster than epic, which makes for a fun watch-and-mock evening, Mystery Science Theater 3000–style. In Geostorm, Butler plays satellite IT engineer Jake, the only man who can stop the baddies who’ve taken control of orbiting climate-control satellites and are causing tornadoes, tsunamis, and fire-nadoes(!) around the world. To what end? It’s best not to think too hard about Geostorm and just enjoy the hilariously bad CGI.

The Karate Kid | Drama, martial arts

Not everyone who’s caught up in Netflix hit Cobra Kai has seen 1984’s The Karate Kid, the movie where it all began—it’s time to remedy that. The tale of bullied teen Danny (Ralph Macchio), his karate mentor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), and villain Johnny (William Zabka) is one of the ultimate ’80s classics, a triumphant crowd-pleaser filled with heartwarming moments, tight fight scenes, and a bangin’ soundtrack (including Joe Esposito’s immortal “You’re the Best”).

More recommended movies on Peacock

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Bernie
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • The Joneses
  • Midnight Run
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Old School
  • Open Water
  • Phantasm
  • Wanderlust

Recommended Peacock original TV shows

  • The Amber Ruffin Show
  • Bel-Air
  • Brave New World
  • Departure
  • The Girl in the Woods
  • Girls5eva
  • Mr. Mercedes
  • One of Us is Lying
  • Saved by the Bell
  • We Are Lady Parts

Recommended sports on Peacock

  • Golf
  • Indycar
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • Premier League Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Summer/Winter Olympics
  • Supercross
  • Tour de France
  • WWE

Recommended comedy TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • American Auto
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Cheers
  • Fletch
  • Frasier
  • The King of Queens
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation

Recommended drama TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • The Blacklist
  • Covert Affairs
  • Downton Abbey
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Harry Potter franchise
  • Law & Order franchise
  • Psycho
  • Ray Donovan
  • Vikings
  • Yellowstone

Recommended true crime TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Cold Case Files
  • Dateline
  • The First 48
  • Forensic Files
  • Homicide for the Holidays
  • John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise
  • Killer Couples
  • Murder for Hire
  • Snapped
  • Unsolved Mysteries

Recommended reality TV shows on Peacock

  • America’s Got Talent
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • American Pickers
  • Bad Girls Club
  • Below Deck
  • Bethanny Ever After
  • Chrisley Knows Best
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Southern Charm
  • The Real Housewives franchise

Recommended food and travel TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Baking It
  • Brave Wilderness
  • Iron Chef
  • Restaurant Startup
  • State Plate
  • Struggle Meals
  • Top Chef
  • Top Chef Masters
  • Travel Man
  • Wonders of Britain

Recommended documentary TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • American Greed
  • Ancient Aliens
  • Gadget Man
  • Lost Speedways
  • Paranormal Witness
  • Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo
  • This Old House
  • Three Days to Live
  • True Colors
  • Underground Britain

Recommended sci-fi TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Eureka
  • Heroes
  • Highlander
  • Limetown
  • Midnight, Texas
  • Project Blue Book
  • Resident Alien
  • Sliders
  • Warehouse 13

Recommended action TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Bad Boys
  • Hanna
  • Hitmen
  • Kingdom
  • The Last Stand
  • Mercenaries
  • Miami Vice
  • The Purge
  • The Rundown
  • Treadstone

Recommended horror TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • 13 Nights of Elvira
  • Anna
  • Chucky
  • Death Note
  • Dr. Death
  • Firestarter: Rekindled
  • Hammer House of Horror
  • Prom Night
  • Sacred Lies
  • Sleepaway Camp

Recommended kids’ TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Antz
  • Barney
  • Chicken Run
  • The Croods
  • Garfield and Friends
  • Little Foot
  • Maisy
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Top Chef Junior
  • Trolls World Tour

Recommended anime TV shows and movies on Peacock

  • Infini-T Force
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Jungle Emperor Leo
  • K-On!
  • Naruto
  • One-Punch Man
  • Ranma 1/2
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • The Twelve Kingdoms
  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

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