Streaming services have become more popular than ever before, and Paramount + is another that has joined the television craze. Originally launched as CBS All Access in 2014, the video streaming platform was later rebranded as Paramount + in 2021, as outlined by The Verge. It has not yet reached the same level of success as Disney +, HBO Max, or Prime Video, but it has already shown signs of potential. It was reported in an article by CNET that the service has already attained over 30 million subscribers.
As more and more people check out Paramount +, many are wondering what the best shows available on the platform are. The service has many great series such as Survivor and NCISand has been building a promising collection of Paramount + originals, like the recently released Halo. There are so many great shows for subscribers to watch, but there is unfortunately nowhere near enough time to watch them all. To help you decide on your watchlist, here are some of the best television series to watch on Paramount + in May 2022.
Perhaps best known for his role as Marvel’s Luke Cage, actor Mike Colter starred in an incredible supernatural drama series called Evil. He played David Acosta, a man studying to become a priest who teams up with psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (played by Katja Herbers) and contractor Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi). Together, the three investigated incidents that blurred the line between insanity and the supernatural. Despite Dr. Bouchard’s skepticism, they came across instances of what appeared to be demonic possession. A well-written story elevated by great humor and a great cast, along with spooky thrills, have set Evil as easily one of the best series on Paramount +.
7 Why Women Kill
Why Women Kill is a dark comedy that centers on three women dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series tells the story of the events leading up to the deaths of the characters’ spouses. All three women are additionally connected by living in the same Pasadena mansion. The series has been an amazing blend of comedy and drama, and has assembled a talented cast that includes Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. For viewers who get bored with staying in one time period, Why Women Kill jumps between multiple time periods, including the 60s, 80s, and modern day. Those looking for a stylish show with lots of secrets and plot twists should definitely consider adding Why Women Kill to their watch list.
A prequel to Yellowstone, 1883 is a fantastic modern Western television series. It tells a story of survival set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, following the Dutton family before they established the Yellowstone Ranch in Montana. The journey takes the family from Tennessee, to Fort Worth, all the way to Oregon. Complete with great performances, an impactful story, and excellent cinematography, 1883 has stood out as a major Paramount + highlight. As 1883 finished its run with only ten episodes, it should be an easy series for new viewers to binge-watch.
Originally developed for Showtime, the Halo television series was eventually moved to Paramount +. Rather than adapting the Halo games for television, Paramount’s Halo series was designed to be a truly standalone story set in its own universe. This has allowed new viewers to not have to worry about catching up on over 20 years of lore. The high-budget military sci-fi series set in the 26th-century explores the origins of the Master Chief. Pablo Schreiber’s John-117 is a member of the Spartan-II program, taken from his family and raised to become the ultimate supersoldier.
4 The Twilight Zone
Featuring Jordan Peele as the series narrator, The Twilight Zone is based on the 1959 series of the same name. Not unlike Black Mirror, each episode covers different topics, pertaining to the fields of sci-fi, mystery, and the supernatural. The series features many thought-provoking storylines and explores contemporary issues. Some of the episodes are too long and unfortunately overstay their welcome, but due to The Twilight Zone being an anthology series, viewers can choose an episode that is of particular interest to them.
3 The Good Fight
The Good Fight was developed as both a spin-off and a sequel to The Good Wife. When Maia Rindell and her godmother, Diana Lockhart, become the victims of a major scam, the two women set out on a mission to get their lives back together. The mission involves them joining a Chicago law firm, Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad. From the very beginning, The Good Fight has been no stranger to providing commentary on major social and political issues. It has become a critically acclaimed, deeply fascinating legal drama, and is still going strong after five seasons.
After Nickelodeon’s iCarly concluded in 2012, the franchise was absent for nearly ten years. The series was finally revived as a new exclusive series on Paramount +, with Miranda Cosgrove reprising her role as Carly Shay, Jerry Trainor returning as Carly’s older brother Spencer, and Nathan Kress back as Freddie Benson. New characters in Harper and Millicent also joined the main cast. While Paramount’s iCarly brought forward the spirit of the original series, it was not a show made for a new generation of kids. Paramount’s iCarly is instead a love letter to the audience that had grown up with the original iCarly. It was given a successful modern update as a more mature comedy series, perfect for both long-time fans and new viewers.
1 Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: The Next Generation concluded in the 90s, but it was not the last television series to feature Jean-Luc Picard. Patrick Stewart returned as the iconic Star Trek character in his own Paramount + series. Star Trek: Picard presents Picard as an older retired Starfleet admiral with a terminal illness. Patrick Stewart was able to masterfully portray both Picard’s strength and his vulnerability. The series has not been able to win over all Star Trek fans, but it has managed to receive high praise from the critics. Star Trek: Picard may not be without its flaws, but allowed viewers to learn more about one of the greatest characters in all of science fiction.
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