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The 20 best TV shows to watch on Paramount+

Watch these shows first as you take Paramount+ for a test drive.

Best Paramount+ TV Shows

CBS All Access is now Paramount+, which means that the platform’s library is bigger and better. The streaming service hosts content from ViacomCBS, Paramount and subsidiaries like Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and more.

The result? An eclectic mix of scripted series, reality TV, documentaries and kids’ shows.

While it will take a while for those to hit the new streaming service, there’s plenty of series to watch in the meantime. Here are the best TV shows available right now on Paramount+.

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The Real World Homecoming: New York

The Real World Homecoming: New York


  • Year of release: 2021
  • Cast: Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, Kevin Powell

The Real World Homecoming: New York brings back the housemates from the inaugural season of the iconic MTV reality series.

Becky, Andre, Heather, Julie, Norman, Eric and Kevin will be back in the same loft they shared nearly 30 years ago to revisit how their time on the show has impacted their lives.

A limited series event, The Real World Homecoming: New York is a must-watch for fans of reality television — and basically for anyone who watched The Real World when it first premiered in 1992. It’s time to get real again.

Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd

As the name suggests, this Star Trek series centers on Jean-Luc Picard. A follow-up to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Nemesis, the show sees Picard retired and living a quiet life on his vineyard. However, when a young woman asks for help, he’s ready to jump right back into the action.

Star Trek: Picard is a welcome addition to the ever-growing Star Trek universe, with an intriguing plot and a tremendous performance from Patrick Stewart. Whether or not you’re a fan of the franchise, there’s plenty here to love.

Also read: Every Star Trek episode, show, season and director ranked.

The Good Fight

The Good Fight


  • Year of release: 2017
  • Cast: Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo

Picking up one year after the events of the final episode of The Good Wife, this spin-off follows Diane Lockhart, who loses her entire life’s savings because of a devious scam. As a result, she has to rethink her retirement and decides to join a new firm to get back on her feet.

Clever and fast-paced, this top-notch legal drama isn’t afraid to get personal — or political. If you were a fan of the original, this unhinged continuation, filled with excellent performances, will be right up your alley.

NCIS

NCIS


  • Year of release: 2003
  • Cast: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Brian Dietzen

A beloved and long-running procedural, NCIS shows no signs of slowing down. We’re not complaining.

The action revolves around Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his team of agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Major Case Response Team, as they solve all sorts of intricate criminal cases. The show wins bonus points for character development as well, making it a satisfying binge for crime enthusiasts.

Frasier

Frasier


  • Year of release: 1993
  • Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Until the reboot comes out, may we suggest (re)watching the original? It stands the test of time.

Frasier is a Cheers spin-off revolving around the titular character, Frasier Crane, who works as a radio psychologist in Seattle. But while he’s great at advising others, he constantly struggles with various problems in his personal life.

The sitcom is charming, insightful and very funny. Stream it when you need something relaxing to keep you company after a long day.

The Stand

The Stand


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young

An adaptation of Stephen King’s doorstopper of a novel, The Stand is set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a virus, where the last remaining survivors struggle to stay alive.

That’s pretty much all you need to know before you press Play, especially if you haven’t read the source material. The cast is great, the production values stunning, the twists intriguing enough to keep you coming back for more.

Oh, and if you’ve read the book, the show’s finale — penned by King himself — offers a fresh tweak to the familiar story. Consider yourself warned.

Why Women Kill

Why Women Kill


  • Year of release: 2019
  • Cast: Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

Why Women Kill follows three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in the present day.

Each of the women deals with infidelity and relationship issues. But while the times might have changed, their reactions to being betrayed are somewhat consistent.

A dark dramedy, Why Women Kill is stylish and soapy, with an A+ cast to boot. It’s also best enjoyed with a glass of bubbly.

Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery


  • Year of release: 2021
  • Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman

Another entry in the vast Star Trek catalogue, Discovery is initially set a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series and follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they uncover new worlds and life forms.

That’s keeping things simple, since the series has plenty of treats in store for longtime Star Trek fans. Star Trek: Discovery both celebrates and elevates the franchise, while offering exciting battles, great special effects and likeable characters to root for.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender


  • Year of release: 2005
  • Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena

Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a war-torn world of elemental magic and centers around a special young boy who reawakens after a long sleep to bring peace to the world.

A fun blend of adventure and magic, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a treat for kids and adults alike. Follow-up The Legend of Korra is also available to stream on Paramount+.

Reno 911!

Reno 911!


  • Year of release: 2003
  • Cast: Thomas Lennon, Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant

A mockumentary-style parody of police docuseries, Reno 911! follows the incompetent deputies who work in Reno, at the Sheriff’s Department.

The show pokes fun at police reality shows with gusto, has a solid cast and will make you chuckle multiple times per episode. It’s impossible not to fall in love with these quirky characters.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone


  • Year of release: 2019
  • Cast: Jordan Peele, David Epstein, Kelly Ann Woods, Mark Silverman

Jordan Peele hosts and narrates this modern re-imagining of the classic sci-fi series. The Twilight Zone is an anthology, meaning that each episode tells a different story. The show’s main purpose is “exploring the human condition and holding a lens up to the culture of our times.”

While some episodes are more memorable than others, the series will appeal to sci-fi enthusiasts. Topics vary from social issues to fake news to alien invasions. Moreover, there are plenty of familiar faces populating The Twilight Zone — including Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Morena Baccarin, Topher Grace and many, many more.

Evil

Evil


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi

Evil follows a psychologist who reluctantly works with a priest in training to investigate supernatural occurrences within the Church — like miracles or demonic possessions. Their aim? To figure out if there is a logical, scientific explanation for what’s going on or if there’s truly a supernatural force at work.

The series is unsettling and willing to ask uncomfortable questions, which is always a plus. It also keeps you guessing about what’s real and what’s not, which is a surefire way to keep you glued to the screen.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds


  • Year of release: 2005
  • Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook

Despite ending just last year, Criminal Minds has already been revived for a limited season at Paramount+! That stays testament to the show’s popularity, so you might want to finally see what all the fuss is about.

The series follows the Behavioral Analysis Unit within the FBI, a team of profilers who travel across the US and solve difficult cases by putting themselves in the shoes of the killers. Fun!

Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary


  • Year of release: 2014
  • Cast: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Erich Bergen, Zeljko Ivanek

Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who becomes Secretary of State. Consequently, she has to deal with leaders from all over the world and come up with diplomatic solutions to international crises on a daily basis. Luckily, she has a supportive family to rely on.

An engaging political drama, Madam Secretary is well-acted and sharply written. It also does a great job at balancing Elizabeth’s professional and personal lives.

Star Trek

Star Trek


  • Year of release: 1966
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

We’ve already put two Star Trek series on this list, so we couldn’t possibly skip the original. The series follows Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

A classic TV series, Star Trek: The Original Series only lasted for three seasons, but went on to become a pop culture phenomenon and kick off a successful franchise. Tune in to see how it all began.

The Good Wife

The Good Wife


  • Year of release: 2009
  • Cast: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi

In The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies plays Alicia, a wife and mother struggling to recover after her husband’s very public sex and corruption scandal that landed him behind bars. She’s forced to re-enter the workforce and assumes a low-level position at one of Chicago’s top law firms.

Expertly crafted, The Good Wife excels at both case-of-the-week stories and serialized arcs. It also benefits from having a tremendous ensemble cast led by Margulies, who gives a powerful performance.

Cheers

Cheers


  • Year of release: 1982
  • Cast: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Welcome to the magical place where everybody knows your name. A bona fide modern classic, Cheers follows a group of people who share their lives while drinking or working at a bar in Boston.

Can you believe the show was almost canceled during its freshman run? Luckily that didn’t happen, enabling Cheers to thrive as one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. You’ve probably seen episodes in syndication, but you might want to give it a rewatch just in case.

Clone High

Clone High


  • Year of release: 2002
  • Cast: Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald, Christa Miller

The greatest minds of the world have been cloned — and are attending high school together. If this strange premise isn’t enough to pique your interest, we don’t know what will.

Characters include Abe Lincoln, Cleopatra, Gandhi, Julius Caesar and JFK, among others. Seeing them deal with typical teen problems is an absolute treat. The show sadly lasted for only one season, but a revival is currently in the works.

Daria

Daria


  • Year of release: 1997
  • Cast: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Daria follows a brainy and cynical teen girl who tries to fly under the radar at her dysfunctional school. She’s a pro at observing the world around her and shares her insights with her best friend, an aspiring artist.

The show was a Beavis and Butt-head spinoff, but doesn’t have too much in common with the original. Instead, it carves its own identity as a clever series about how tricky it is to find where you belong in this whole mess of a world.

Corporate

Corporate


  • Year of release: 2018
  • Cast: Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Adam Lustick

Set at your average, soulless multinational corporation, Corporate is a comedy that follows the lives of two miserable employees as they deal with meetings, presentations, coworkers and the like.

It’s satirical, absurd, bleak and absolutely hilarious. If you’ve ever had a job in a corporate environment, you’ll be laughing out loud all throughout.

Bottom line

The new Paramount+ streaming service hosts content from ViacomCBS, Paramount and subsidiaries like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and much more. Adding to an already impressive watchlist you’ll find documentaries, reality TV, children’s programming and a plethora of other treats. For a taste test, check out any of our top 20 programs, so you know what’s coming.

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