The Best Paramount+ Original TV Shows
There are some good ones here.
When it comes to streaming services, there are so many options, from the best shows on Netflix to originals on Amazon Prime, but I think today we should take a look at Paramount+. The platform has several hundreds of series to watch, but along with CBS shows and licensed content, there are plenty of awesome originals, too, like Evil and The Good Fight.
While there are plenty of new shows coming to the platform soon, and some arriving as a part of the 2023 TV premiere schedule, there are so many to watch now. For all of those who are wondering what to binge, here are the best Paramount+ TV shows right now for those who have an active Paramount+ TV subscription.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
One of the newest additions to the Star Trek franchise is Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. A spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery, this series follows Christopher Pike, the iconic Captain of the USS Enterprise, as they travel the galaxy and explore new worlds that had never been touched before.
There are so many Star Trek original shows on Paramount+, from Star Trek: Picard to even an animated series, but StrangeNew Worlds is such a fun time because it brings back some of the classic characters that we all know from the original series, just in their younger forms. It’s received plenty of praise, and has some awesome visual effects – and it’s perfect for all the Trekkies out there. A second season is coming on June 15, 2023, so get excited.
Stream Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+.
If you’re a fan of Yellowstone and want to know more about the Dutton family from the original series, then 1883 is for you. This popular original on Paramount+ follows the Dutton family, 125 years before the events of Yellowstone, as they set off across the Great Plains and build the legacy that you all know and love now.
1883’s debut was a huge hit for Paramount+, bringing in plenty of fans who love the original story of the Dutton family and want to know more. The show was incredibly well-received and features all the western-goodness you could expect, but further expands the world of Yellowstone.
You can also check out 1923, another spinoff of Yellowstone that stars a hat-wearing Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.
Stream 1883 on Paramount+.
Stream 1923 on Paramount+.
Do you have spirit? This school certainly does. School Spirits is the latest supernatural teen drama to grace our television screens, telling the story of Maddie, a teenager who is stuck in the afterlife and is trying to figure out what happened to her – while also adjusting to going to school with the other undead.
To be honest, I thought my phase of being obsessed with supernatural teen shows was over, but I genuinely really enjoyed this show. Peyton List is great in the lead role, and it’s a funny series for not only adults but the teens who watch it as well. I would say it’s worth a shot for anyone who wants something different.
Stream School Spirits on Paramount+.
In this excellent miniseries that first debuted on CBS All Access before it became Paramount+, The Stand is a Stephen King adaptation of the book of the same name, focusing on a world that has been hit by a menacing plague, and the ongoing battle between good and evil and those trying to survive.
The cast itself is something to really love, with people such as James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Nat Wolff, and so many others leading it with amazing performances. It’s amazingly written and has so much lore that you can’t help but want to re-watch it to learn more. In my years watching his work on screen, I think it’s one of the best adaptations so far of King’s stories.
Stream The Stand on Paramount+.
Why Women Kill
If you ever wanted to see why some women want to kill their crappy husbands, look no further than Why Women Kill. In this dark dramedy, we get to see several broken romances that lead to many surprising events, and the women who are trying to take back control of their lives.
Let me just say that while the premise seems super simple, the stories that are told really make you almost want to root for these women to kill these people. It will ensnare you so quickly that you’ll be wanting to plan their murders, too. Why Women Kill is a lot of fun to watch, and if you’re into dark comedy, Why Women Kill has plenty of it.
Stream Why Women Kill on Paramount+.
I just got flashbacks with this name. Considered a sequel series to the hit Nickelodeon show of the same name, iCarly takes place years later with the titular character, Carly, who decides it’s time to restart her career online in a world that is filled to the brim with influencers., We meet her again in 2021, as a young woman who’s now trying to stand out after having been one of the first internet content creators when she was a teen.
iCarly was one of my favorite shows as a kid, and I was part of the millions of young tweens who tuned in every week to watch Carly and her friends do their videocast every week on the hit show, but seeing them as adults now actually fits so well. Even if you haven’t seen the original series (which, honestly, you should because it’s great), it distinguishes itself enough from the original as the show goes on to create a funny but interesting story.
Tell Me A Story
Think about some of your favorite fairy tales from when you were a kid - I’m talking Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel and more. Now, imagine those twisted into dark tales, turning more into psychological thrillers and not having any happily ever after’s. That’s what Tell Me A Story was about.
This Paramount+ show - which, unfortunately, only had two seasons - was a great example of what a twist in a fairytale can do. From its incredible retelling of Little Red Riding Hood to Sleeping Beauty, this series was one of the most original out there if you’re not only into fantasy, but thrillers as well. It’s a shame it was canceled after only two seasons, but at least now you can binge through it in all its glory.
Stream Tell Me A Story on Paramount+.
Have you ever wondered how one of the biggest movies of all time, The Godfather, got made? That’s the story The Offer tells. Through this amazing miniseries, viewers get to learn the tale of how The Godfather became one of the biggest films of all time, from its early ideas, to its complications with the mob, and everything else in-between.
This is genuinely one of the best shows of television in 2022, and I mean that whole-heartedly. While it is still a drama show and there are liberties taken, as you would expect, the story is told so fantastically well that you won’t be able to turn away. The Offer cast is also so talented, with stars such as Miles Teller, Juno Temple, Matthew Goode and more giving scene-stealing performances. Trust me, if you’re a fan of The Godfather, you need to watch this series.
Stream The Offer on Paramount+.
If you want a drama, mixed in with some supernatural fun, look no further than Evil. Ever wonder what would happen if a skeptic about the supernatural and a priest-in-training team up to look into strange happenings that involve ghosts, demons, and more? Evil is all about that, and how no matter what, evil finds its way into everyone in some way, shape, or form.
The premise itself sounds super interesting. I mean, a skeptic regarding supernatural cases and a priest-in-training who believes in ghosts and demons and all of that, working together? I feel like that’s always a recipe for success. But, trust me when I say you won’t expect some of the amazing twists and turns that this show has to offer. No matter how you feel in real life about the supernatural, you’ll enjoy this show. The Evil cast is also astonishingly talented as well and pulls off this series amazingly.
There’s a fourth season in the works, so better keep an eye out for it as you watch the first three.
Criminal Minds: Evolution
They’re back – and they’re solving crime. After fifteen seasons, countless cast members leaving and returning, and so many storylines it’s almost hard to keep up with, Criminal Minds brought back some of its cast members for the spinoff, Criminal Minds: Evolution. Now, the group we all know is hunting down a new threat – a network of serial killers that was built anonymously during the pandemic.
Criminal Minds is arguably one of the most successful CBS shows of all time, and was for a reason for it’s ever-changing cast and interesting storylines, but even Criminal Minds: Evolution is a fun time as well. The addition of this new threat that had never been seen before in the original show made it super intriguing to watch for any fan of the first series. And it’s always great to see the characters you care about come back.
Stream Criminal Minds: Evolution on Paramount+.
Starring Sylvester Stallone in his first scripted television series ever, Tulsa King follows Dwight Manfredi, otherwise known as “The General.” While he was famous in New York City for this time as a Mafia capo, he had to serve a 25 year long sentence in prison, and when he gets out, he’s sent all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma by his boss. But even there, he finds a way to become the king of the criminal world there – rather, the Tulsa King.
If we’re being completely honest, I love this series. I really do. I’m not a huge fan of mafia stories, just because I feel like it’s a genre that has been done to death, but Tulsa King does it in a way that really stands out. Stallone is really good in his leading role, and gives an authentic performance, but the addition of the story happening in a place like Tulsa adds to it, because you would never expect it to be there. Super good series – and it’s renewed for a Season 2.
Stream Tulsa King on Paramount+.
The Good Fight
Ah, political dramas. You can’t quite outrun them these days with how often things such as The Comey Rule appear on TV, but The Good Fight is one of those where you want to stay for the whole ride. The series, which is a sequel to The Good Wife, follows the story of Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, who was a prestigious partner at a law firm. But soon, she ends up losing all her money – as well as her employment – when a scandal occurs involving her mentee/goddaughter, forcing them to rethink their lives moving forward. This leads them to join one of the biggest law firms in Chicago.
I will say that for a series like this, you have to be into politics/legalities of the world, because there’s a lot of jargon and story around that. But, if you enjoyed The Good Wife when it originally aired, I have a feeling this will be your next best series to watch. With six seasons total, The Good Fight offers an enriching story, brilliant acting, and plenty of drama for anyone to enjoy.
Stream The Good Fight on Paramount+.
If you’re looking for a fantastic military drama, be sure to check out SEAL Team. In this popular show that recently moved over to Paramount+ in 2021, we follow the story of a unit that works in the United States Navy SEALS. And while we get the chance to see them out in the field, taking out threats and planning some of the most dangerous missions known to man, we also get a look into their personal lives and how their devotion to their country affects them.
SEAL Team was originally on CBS, but was later moved over to the streaming platform to become an original show, and honestly, I can see why, because I think it’s seriously so good. I’m not even a huge fan of military shows and yet I still find myself coming back each season to watch it because the characters are very compelling and tell a bold story, one I can appreciate. With six seasons to watch, this is a great time to binge it.
Stream SEAL Team on Paramount+.
South Park Specials
Last but not least, we have to talk about the South Park specials on Paramount+. The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, got a huge deal with Paramount a few years back, and now, we’ve gotten some hilarious specials from them that are exclusive for the platform, two of which take a hilarious look at COVID-19 through the eyes of our favorite South Park characters, and one talking about streaming services and the war for the best one out there – using the metaphor of actual water streams.
This isn’t even the end of all the South Park specials that are planned for the platform, but I can tell you I’ve laughed so incredibly hard at these first four, and they’ve made my day over and over again whenever I get the chance to revisit this town. In this day and age where the actual show is only releasing a few episodes per season, I’m quite thankful for these specials – and if you’re a fan of South Park, you should certainly check them out, too.
Stream the South Park: Post Covid special on Paramount+.
Stream the South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid special on Paramount+.
Stream the South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 1 special on Paramount+.
Stream the South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2 special on Paramount+.
With the amount of content that’s available, I wouldn’t be surprised if this list needs updating not too long from now to accommodate even more amazing originals. Even so, at least now you have an idea of what the streaming platform has to offer – it’s up to you to pick which show to watch first.
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