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Paramount+ is one of the relatively new services on the streaming scene, with a ton of great content. It is from the combination of CBS All Access and Viacom after their merger in 2019. Since that merger, they have had access to a healthy amount of content for a mixture of audiences, and they even just added a Paramount+ with Showtime plan. Whether you’re just considering a subscription or already on the service, we sought to find the best shows on Paramount+. 

As addictive as streaming services can be, it can add up financially. Many people are looking to drop what they don’t watch. The average person streams nearly 300 different movies or television shows a year, a recent survey reveals. The survey also found that 57 percent of Americans are planning to cut some of their paid streaming subscriptions. Overall, the average person dropped three out of five streaming subscriptions from their current arsenal.

Out of all of the streaming services, Paramount+ is still going strong, with series new and old. StudyFinds is here to help you weed through the plethora of content. For our findings, we visited 10 of the leading expert websites for the best shows on Paramount+. Let us know in the comments what you are bingeing.

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The List: Best Shows on Paramount +, According to Fans

1. “Frasier Revival” (2023 – Present)

Described as the franchise’s “third act,” this revival finds Frasier Crane back in Boston. “Here he takes a professorship role at Harvard University while trying to repair his fractured relationship with his son Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scottt). While Frasier’s snobby younger brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) sadly isn’t in the revival, there’s be plenty of hilarity for fans of the original sitcom, which ran for 11 seasons and won 37 Emmys, proving its comedy pedigree. The original Frasier is also available to stream on Paramount+,” states Screen Rant.

Whenever you see a revival, you may be leery, but this one obviously isn’t that bad at our top spot. “Sure, the ensemble of the ‘90s classic is missed, but [Kelsey] Grammer holds together the new ‘Frasier,’ which tells the tale of the good doctor moving to Boston to be closer to his son Frederick (Jack Cutmore-Scott) and even his nephew David (Anders Keith). It’s got a big shadow to live in but it’s starting off with potential,” says Vulture.

The “Frasier” reboot combines the magic of the original with modern-day sensibilities. “One of comedy’s most beloved sitcoms, ‘Frasier’s’ initial run earned itself a worldwide fanbase, with lovers rejoicing upon hearing the news that a reboot was on its way. Once again starring Kesley Grammer as the titular Frasier Crane, in this long-awaited reboot, he finds himself in a new city facing hilarious new obstacles as the past slowly creeps up on him. Adding sitcom veteran Nicholas Lyndhurst to the cast,” says Collider.

2. “The Good Fight” (2017 – 2022)

“The Good Fight” is the sequel to “The Good Wife,” which was once a prestige hit on CBS. “The sequel is much wackier and zanier, but it also feels more finely tuned to the moment we’re living in. Whereas most series only glancingly refer to events in the real world, ‘The Good Fight’ dove into current events with both feet. The series tells the story of Diane Lockhart, who, after Trump is elected president, joins a largely Black Chicago-based law firm and begins working to make the world a better place. It’s a series about the madness of modern America and one that can sometimes seem as unhinged as the world really is. It’s all the better for that mania,” says The Manual.

The show ran for six seasons and recently concluded in 2022. “The series received widespread critical acclaim and was frequently nominated for many Critics Choice Awards throughout its six seasons. By the time it ended, many fans would claim it was better than the series it spun off from,” notes Movie Web.

Not only is the ensemble great but there are wonderful guest turns from Michael J. Fox and Michael Sheen. “It’s the writing that really elevates this very unusual drama, one that was entirely unafraid to incorporate real-world issues into its storytelling. In the end, ‘The Good Fight’ may be one of the best television reflections of the Trump era, and how we survived it,” explains Vulture.

3. “1923” (2022 – Present)

Yellowstone is not on the list, but its prequel series “1923” is, and we should all be grateful for that fact because it is one of the best shows on Paramount+. “The show, which stars Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford as ancestors of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, the show is about the closing of the American frontier, and in its gentle way, it’s also about aging. ‘1923′ is given time to be a little more reflective and thoughtful than its predecessor, and it’s anchored by a pair of wonderful central performances from Ford and Mirren,” writes The Manual.

“Yellowstone” fans must be in their glory, with five seasons of the original and the “1883” prequel series as well. “Creator of the Yellowstone-iverse, Taylor Sheridan, has also made a series set somewhere in-between. ‘1923’ is about the Dutton family in ‘1923’ trying to navigate life during the Prohibition and early stages of the Great Depression. There are eight episodes in the first season and it’s recently been renewed for a second. This is hardly surprising considering Sheridan’s track record with hit TV shows and with Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren at the helm,” says Short List.

Luckily, you don’t need to follow “Yellowstone” to enjoy this series. “The spinoff series also breaks out of Montana, taking viewers to see Africa and dangers on the high seas. With ‘Yellowstone,’ there’s always more on the horizon,” notes Esquire.

4. “Evil” (2019 – Present)

“Evil” is said to bring a thoroughly modern lens to one of the most ancient subjects in the world. “The series tells the story of a priest and a psychologist who work together investigating events that initially seem to have a supernatural tint to them. The line between what’s real and what isn’t is always fuzzy, but ‘Evil’ is also unique for how it infuses thoroughly modern notions of darkness into its storytelling. It’s a series about living online, and how easy it is to be sucked into the darkness by the world around you, and it’s a delightful, twisted ride,” says The Manual.

 

When “Evil” moved to streaming, the series truly found its voice and excelled as one of the best television shows. Movie Web explains why. “The series excels at truly never answering the central mysteries of the series, offering both a supernatural and logical explanation for events and leaving it up to the audience to determine which is the real possible force. The series examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series is the perfect successor to ‘The X-Files’ and brilliantly walks the tightrope between extremely weird and engagingly accessible.”

Katja Herbers plays a forensic psychologist who’s visited by demons in her dreams. Mike Colter is a proponent of hallucinogenic drugs who’s studying to be a Catholic priest. “EW’s critic praised the series for its abundance of ‘sheer acting talent and narrative trickery built into every episode. Colter remains impossibly charming as a decent person whose spiritual confidence masks profound insecurities,’ while Herbers is a dream of witty toughness and parental anxiety, balancing daily concerns about her children with a curiosity about the bizarre world her cases open up,” explains Entertainment Weekly.

5. “Special Ops: Lioness” (2023)

“Special Ops: Lioness” is a spy thriller from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. “Zoe Saldana stars as Joe, a CIA officer tasked with running the Lioness program tasked with infiltrating a terrorist cell to prevent the next 9/11. Working alongside Joe is Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira) a rookie operative pulled up from the Marines for the undercover mission. However, Cruz can be overly aggressive in the field, which complicates Joe’s mission and strains her relationship with powerful CIA broker Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman),” explains Uproxx.

The operatives here have a dangerous gig, making for one of the most stressful shows on television. “Starring Zoe Saldaña and Nicole Kidman, ‘Lioness’ follows a secret CIA program consisting of female operatives who go undercover in vast terrorist organizations,” explains Esquire.

Paramount+ did not disappoint with this series full of strong and powerful women. Collider says, “’Special Ops: Lioness’ successfully blends female empowerment with espionage suspense, political drama, and general intrigue, only adding to Sheridan’s gritty drama repertoire.”

6. “Billions” (2016 – Present)

This show is Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s original series which offers a hip jab against the uber-wealthy. “Based on several real-world fraud cases, the inciting storyline focuses on U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades’ attempt to nail charming hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod for doing a bunch of illegal stuff in order to make and secure his billions,” explains Uproxx.

“Billions” is often compared to the drama “Succession.” “The show has been praised for its progressiveness, both in its accurate and safe portrayal of BDSM and for being the first American TV show to feature both a non-binary actor and character, the fan-favorite Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon), who elevated the already excellent show the second they appeared onscreen,” writes Screen Rant.

Who doesn’t enjoy twisting backstabs and reversals of massive fortune? “Paramount+ now comes with Showtime, meaning that you can watch ‘Billions’ with your same Paramount+ subscription. Yes, the criminal drama starring Paul Giamatti is now available. Mind blown. Watch it for the clever drama, but be sure to take notes on some hot restaurants to check out for your next NYC visit,” says Esquire.

7. “The Offer” (2022 – Present)

Many sites call “The Offer” the new standout show of Paramount+. “It is a fantastic biopic of sorts about the making of ‘The Godfather.’ The casting of actors and filmmakers we all know very well is spot-on and the series does well to showcase just how such an important movie was made, by indie filmmakers rallying against the big studios that were financing them,” writes Short List.

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“The Offer” is said to be a dramatized window into American cinematic history. “The miniseries recounts the journey of getting ‘The Godfather’ to the big screen, chronicling the background conflict between several major film studios, as well as the ominous involvement of real organized crime families. While the narrative can become somewhat convoluted thanks to its many intricate threads, ‘The Offer’s’ real strength is in its cast. Miles Teller, Juno Temple, Matthew Goode, Colin Hanks, and more give great performances, and Temple was even nominated for a Critics Choice Award and a Satellite Award for her work,” notes Screen Rant.

“The Offer” tells the dramatized story of the making of one of the greatest movies of all time, “The Godfather.” “With a star-studded cast and a high-profile subject, the show is easily one of the most exciting things Paramount+ has to offer. It’s not strictly speaking a hundred percent true story but the show does present an excellent portrait of the historic production and the complex individuals who brought it to life,” says Collider.

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