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Here are the best Peacock TV shows to stream in 2022

The list includes series like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and more.
By
March 22, 2022
Jim points at something on Dwight's computer in The Office - Best peacock shows
NBC

NBCUniversal went all out when it launched its Peacock streaming service in mid-2020. One thing it did was to get the exclusive US streaming rights to a number of popular TV series. As a result, there are a lot of good Peacock TV shows to stream and binge-watch on the service. We decided to narrow the number down to our top 17 best Peacock shows. 

Read more: Everything you need to know about Peacock

As you can see, there’s a great mix of shows, from classic TV mysteries to more recent sitcoms and dramas. We limited our list to the best scripted Peacock TV shows. We didn’t include any of the reality, news, sports, or talk shows on the service. We also didn’t include any of the programming that was recently added from the WWE pro-wrestling organization. We did include some of the Peacock originals available exclusively on the service though.

Since Peacock does include a free (with ads) subscription tier, we will note on each show listing if they are available for free, and which ones are available with a paid Peacock Premium subscription ($4.99 a month with ads, $9.99 a month without ads).

With all that said, here are some of the best Peacock shows. You can sign up for the service at the link below:

Best Peacock shows

Editor’s note: This list will be updated as more Peacock TV shows are added to the service.


The Office (US)

First two seasons for free – Seasons 3-9 on Peacock Premium

The Office best shows on Peacock
NBC

The UK version of the Office may have come first, but this workplace sitcom truly became a worldwide phenomenon when the US version was launched. Dunder Mifflin Paper Company became one of the most famous fictional businesses in history, as we looked in on its employees in its main location in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The show uses the idea of a documentary crew that is supposedly working on a film featuring these employees, as they frequently talk directly to the camera.

The nine seasons of The Office showed the highs and lows of both the people and the company, frequently in hilarious situations. We saw the evolution of branch manager Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, from an obnoxious and sometimes offensive boss to a truly loving figure of authority. We saw the romance blossom between receptionist Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and paper salesman Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). We also saw all of the rest of the show’s supporting players in their element, from assistant to the regional manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and his many, many eccentricities, to the stuffy accountant Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey), to the lovable and somewhat socially inept Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner). It’s definitely one of the best Peacock TV shows.


The Office: Superfan Episodes

Select episodes from seasons 1-4 on Peacock Premium

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NBC

For major fans — or, er, superfans — of The Office, there’s a little something extra available to Peacock Premium subscribers. 

The Office: Superfan Episodes include deleted and extended scenes, so you can revisit your favorite episodes with bonus content available exclusively on Peacock.


This Is Us

Sixth season for free – New episodes added weekly

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NBC

Jumping through different timelines, This Is Us follows the lives of the members of a family, with flashbacks to a couple and their three kids, and jumps in time to the lives and families of the kids as adults.

This IS Us has been a major hit with critics and audiences since its premiere in 2016, winning numerous Emmy Awards. It’s one of the best shows on Peacock, though you can only watch the current sixth season on the NBCUniversal streamer.


Parks and Recreation

First two seasons for free – Seasons 3-7 on Peacock Premium

Parks and Recreation best peacock shows
NBC

Originally developed as a spin-off of The Office, Parks and Recreation ended up being its own show, with no direct connection to the earlier series. Both shows are workplace comedies, and both use the idea of a documentary crew that is constantly filming the characters. However, Parks and Recreation is just a bit lighter in tone.

As opposed to the stark offices of Dunder Mifflin, the offices of the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana, feel warmer and more inviting. The characters are more approachable as well, led by deputy director Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). While you may laugh at the characters of The Office, you may not want to meet them in real life. In contrast, you would definitely want to be friends with many of the characters of Parks and Recreation.


Battlestar Galactica (2004)

All seasons available for free on Peacock

Battlestar Galactica best sci-fi shows
Syfy

Almost no one thought that rebooting a one-season 1970s sci-fi series, and a blatant rip-off of Star Wars, would be a good idea. Ronald D. Moore, who previously wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation, thought otherwise. His reimagining of this series is clearly based on a post-9/11 world, where the human race is almost totally wiped out by the Cylons, a robotic race that humans actually created themselves. The last remaining humans try to escape in a rag-tag fleet of ships, but the Cylons are in pursuit. Even worse, there are some Cylons that look human, and are hiding in the fleet.

The show is dark and bleak at times, but it also shows the resiliance of the human race. It also shows that villains like the Cylons have shades of grey as well. Oh, and it has some of the best sci-fi space battles ever shown on film, period. This is one of the best Peacock shows, and certainly one of the most creative pieces of science fiction around. You can also watch the original mini-series that served as the basis for the reboot, and a stand-alone movie, The Plan.


Law and Order: SUV

First two seasons free – Seasons 3-22 on Peacock Premium

Law and Order SVU best peacock shows
NBC

There are tons of procedural TV shows to watch, but this may be the best of the bunch. It’s certainly the longest-running at 22 seasons and counting. This spin-off of the original Law and Order concentrates on solving sex crimes, and many of these shows were ripped from current news events around the time they were first broadcast.

It might be hard to watch at times, but thankfully the officers and D.A.s of the Special Victims Unit are interesting to watch, lead as always by Mariska Hargitay’s performances as officer Olivia Benson.


Dr. Death

First three episodes free – all other episodes on Peacock Premium

Dr. Death best peacock original series
NBCUniversal

One of Peacock’s higher-profile originals, Dr. Death tells the story of a neurosurgeon whose colleagues begin to notice disturbing patterns among his patients’ health outcomes. The more they dig into his past, the clearer it becomes that this man is a danger to those around him.

Based on a true story and a podcast of the same name, Dr. Death tells us from the jump that Dr. Duntsch has done something wrong — we first see him in prison. The series goes backwards from there to give us a clearer sense of what he did, how he got away with it for so long, and how he was found out. It’s a chilling look at a twisted mind and one of the best Peacock shows you can stream now.


Yellowstone

First episode free – all other episodes on Peacock Premium

Yellowstone best peacock shows
Paramount

Kevin Costner made a bold move in deciding to become the lead actor in a TV series after a decades-long career as one of the biggest movie stars. He hit a home run with this melodrama set in the wilds of Wyoming. He plays John Dutton, the head of a massive cattle ranch that’s constantly under attack from politicians, land developers, and others. His family members are also sometimes at odds with him and each other.

Yellowstone is a fun adult soap opera, with some great scenery. It’s also definitely not for the kids. It’s also one of the best Peacock TV shows.


We Are Lady Parts

First episode free – all other episodes on Peacock Premium

We Are Lady Parts on Peacock
NBCUniversal

We Are Lady Parts is a hilarious and thoughtful series about an all-female Muslim punk band in England. Geeky music teacher Amina suffers from uncontrollable anxiety and stage fright leading to bouts of diarrhea and vomiting if she’s ever onstage. That doesn’t stop the band Lady Parts from recruiting her as their new lead guitarist though.

We Are Lady Parts originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK. And it’s a Peacock original series in the US. The show presents the band finding their voice together, navigating cultural differences, and rocking out. Once you start, it’s hard to stop watching.


Columbo

All seasons available for free on Peacock

Columbo best shows on Peacock
NBC

The 1970s were a true wasteland in terms of quality TV dramas. There were tons of cop shows, medical series, and really bad sci-fi shows. One of the few TV dramas that’s still highly entertaining to watch today is Columbo. That’s largely due to Peter Falk’s performance as the title character. He’s a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, who frequently has to solve murders linked to the rich and famous.

This show is also notable for its formula of showing us the killer, and how he or she committed the crime, before Columbo shows up. It’s great fun when we watch the apparently clumsy and socially backward detective questioning the suspects with his trademark “Oh, just one more thing…” line. As it always turns out, Columbo is in fact highly intelligent and intuitive, and always gets his murderer. It’s without a doubt one of the best Peacock shows.

Peacock not only has the older 1970s episodes of Columbo to stream, but also the more recent seasons from the late 1980s to 2003. You can also watch the original 1968 movie, Prescription Murder, which served as a pilot for the series.


Saturday Night Live

All 47 seasons available for free on Peacock – New episodes added weekly

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NBC

You can catch new episodes of the storied NBC sketch comedy show every week on Peacock. Each new episode features a celebrity host and musical guest. You can also go back and catch all of the previous seasons dating back to the show’s inception in 1975.

Make your way through music and comedy history, with classic cast members like Eddie Murphy, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Myers, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig, and more recent stars like Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Bowen Yang, and Pete Davidson.


Frasier

First five episodes free – All other episodes on Peacock Premium

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NBC

One of the few spinoffs to surpass the original, Frasier, which ran for 11 seasons and was part of NBC’s Thursday night “Must See TV” lineup in the 90s, follows Doctor Frasier Crane after the events of Cheers, as he returns to his native Seattle to host a radio show and care for his ailing father.

Frasier and his brother Niles became iconic sitcom characters for their stuffy back-and-forth and characteristic petty bickering. Frasier looks for love and fulfilment in his work throughout the series, surrounded by a cast of unforgettable characters, including his producer Roz, his father Martin, Martin’s live-in physical therapist Daphne (who Niles is in love with), and plenty more. Frasier one of the very best sitcoms of all time, and it’s among the best Peacock shows too.


Downtown Abbey

All seasons available for free on Peacock

Downton Abbey
ITV

Downton Abbey is, like Yellowstone, a melodrama about a very rich family that lives in a great big house in the country. However, Downton Abbey is set in the early 20th century in the UK, as we see the country’s class system in full swing. While the “upstairs” family live in fancy clothes and deal with many different problems, the “downstairs” staff also have their own lives and issues as well. It’s a bit idolized, but it’s also fun to watch, and one of the best Peacock TV shows.


Mr. Mercedes

First two seasons for free – Seasons 3 on Peacock Premium

Mr Mercedes best peacock shows
Audience

Based on a series of novels by Stephen King, this dark mystery series centers on a retired cop who is haunted by an incident earlier in his career. A person driving a Mercedes drove into a crowd, and killed 16 people. The cop soon finds himself dealing with another crazy killer, who claims to be the one who drove that car. This show was first shown on the DirecTV exclusive Audience channel, which meant almost no one watched it originally. Thankfully, you can watch this mystery thriller in full as one of the best Peacock shows.


Brooklyn Nine Nine

All seasons on Peacock Premium

Brooklyn Nine Nine best peacock shows
NBC

There have certainly been sitcoms centered on the police in the past. However, none of them are quite as funny as this long-running show. While we have a talented ensemble cast here, Andy Samberg does an excellent job as the show’s nominal lead, a great detective who also has a healthy sense of humor. That sometimes puts him into conflict with his commanding officer, played by Andre Braugher.

You can watch all seven seasons now, and the eighth and final season will stream weekly on Peacock after its episodes air on NBC.


The Lost Symbol

First three episodes free – all other episodes on Peacock Premium

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol series Peacocok
Peacock

Fans of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and its film adaptation likely won’t need much arm-twisting to give The Lost Symbol a try. The rebooted series follows symbologist Robert Langdon as he tries to rescue his kidnapped mentor and get him home safely. Staying a step ahead of the CIA, he has to follow a series of cryptic clues to outsmart his adversaries.

Related: The Lost Symbol review

I was skeptical when Peacock announced this reboot of the Dan Brown franchise. But The Lost Symbol is a surprisingly welcome new take on a world that seemed to have already been tidily wrapped up. It’s one of the best Peacock original series.


Saved by the Bell (2020)

First three episodes free – remaining 7 episodes on Peacock Premium

Saved By the Bell best peacock shows
Peacock

Peacock has a small but growing number of exclusive series so far (many of them are imports from the UK, Australia, and Canada). However, one of the best original series so far may be, believe it or not, this reboot of the classic sitcom made for kids. Yes, the show still takes place at the fictional Bayside High School, but the series is much more adult than its predecessor. It deals with lots of real and current teenage issues, among them the quality of education they receive. It also happens to be funny as we see the current crop of students interact with many of the original series’ cast members.


Thanks for checking out our list. These are just some of the best Peacock TV shows, and we will add more to this list over the coming months.