Bottom line: Is CBS All Access good?
It does a lot for under $10 a month, but CBS All Access doesn’t quite deliver on the “All” promise of its “Access.” CBS’s streaming TV service is the first from a major television network and, as a result, didn’t necessarily get everything right out of the gate.
But it’s on the right track: CBS All Access features critically acclaimed originals like Why Women Kill, The Good Fight, Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot, and a handful of others exclusive to the app.
Those exclusives are headlined by the current Star Trek trifecta of Picard, Discovery, and Lower Decks, as well as every other past Star Trek series. CBS All Access could just as easily have been branded as Star Trek+.
From the regular television side, CBS All Access streams CBS hits like The Big Bang Theory and Survivor the day after they air, yesteryear classics like Wings and Twin Peaks, and live CBS Sports events, including the Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball tournament.
There are, however, conspicuous gaps in its CBS programming archives, limitations on current broadcast hits and sports events, and an on-demand “Movies” section that’s slimmer than Captain Picard’s tunic. Star Trek puns—we can’t help ourselves.
CBS All Access’s biggest selling points are its still-small original content pool and next-day streaming availability of CBS shows. It’s not much, but Hulu started with less over a decade ago, so CBS All Access might be worth checking out if you’re looking for something new and different.