What’s on Paramount+? The 10 best TV shows

In the increasingly fragmented universe of online TV, specialized services like Paramount+, Hulu, Disney+, and others are putting together mixtures of original and classic entertainment and offering them to cord-cutters at relatively little cost—at least at the ad-supported tiers. Still, signing up for all of them at the same time is probably a waste of money, even for the most inveterate couch potato.

We previously looked at the 10 best movies currently available on Paramount+. In this article, we list the 10 best TV shows that make this service worth $4.99 per month (with ads) or $9.99 per month for the ad-free service.

If you think you’ll get enough out of Paramount+ to sign up for a full year, you can get the service for a discount: $50 annually for the ad-supported plan ($4.17 per month) or $100 ($8.33 per month) for the ad-free plan. Just know that as with most streaming service subscriptions, if you decide to cancel, you’ll get the balance of the service you paid for but you won’t get a refund.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

 

The Last Avatar Nickelodeon/Paramount+

Aang tries to reunite the element “benders” and save the world in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

One of the richest and most satisfying of animated fantasies, this Nickelodeon series, which ran from 2005 to 2008, is set in a war-torn world in which characters can control, or “bend,” the four elements. Twelve-year-old Aang awakens from a 100-year suspended animation and finds that he may be the only one that can save the world.

Cheers & Frasier

Frasier CBS/Paramount+

Niles (David Hyde Pierce) welcomes his brother Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) back home to Seattle in Frasier.

It was the place where everyone knew your name, and where a great cast traded jokes over beers and wondering when Sam and Diane would ever get together. Then, Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier embarked upon one of the best-ever sitcom spinoffs, taking care of his injured father (John Mahoney) and hanging out with his equally brainy, fastidious brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce).

The Good Fight

The Good Fight Paramount+

Attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) must start fresh after losing everything in The Good Fight.

A Paramount+ original, this sharp, relevant spinoff of The Good Wife focuses on Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart character, who loses everything she has in a huge financial scam, just as she’s about to retire. She winds up going to work for a Black firm, which focuses on battling racial injustice cases. A terrific Delroy Lindo co-stars.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Spongebob Squarepants Nickelodeon/Paramount+

SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and his pal Patrick (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) frolic in Bikini Bottom in SpongeBob Squarepants.

This kid-friendly animated show, which began in 1999 and continues today, is sweet and positive enough to appeal to little kids (SpongeBob frequently appears in his tighty-whities), but it’s also weird and subversive enough—with its strange cutaways and its grumpy, cynical side characters—to appeal to adults. It’s a smooth, lovable blend. (Note: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is Paramount+’s only original movie so far, and it’s worth seeing.)

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