Keep this page handy as we celebrate and list what is deemed to be the Top 15 Best and Highest Rated TV Shows on Paramount+ of All Time.
A relative newbie to the world of streaming platforms, Paramount+ as we know it has only been around since 2021 when it replaced CBS All Access.
Home to an extensive library of movies shows, and animations, the platform is starting to prove itself a serious contender in the field of original programming (which isn’t much of a surprise as Paramount+ does fall under the ViacomCBS umbrella).
Using Rotten Tomatoes scores as a starting point, we’ve put together the most noteworthy and originally produced TV Shows you can stream right now on Paramount+. Considering the platform is just getting started, we’ll keep an eye on this list and update it regularly.
Top 20 Best and Highest Rated TV Shows on Paramount+ of All Time
20. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (2023 – )
Set four years before the events in Grease and released 45 years after the John Travolta classic, this new series tries to recapture some of the magic that made the original iconic. At first, the musical series was supposed to be on HBO Max before it found a loving home on Paramount+.
Official Premise: This musical series takes place four years before the events of “Grease;” four fed-up outcasts dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.
Cast: Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso, Tricia Fukuhara, Shanel Bailey
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
19. Halo (2022 – )
This action–packed show is based on the very popular namesake game series and it was adapted for television by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane. Initially, the show was supposed to come out in 2015 but met a series of delays before finally premiering last year. Luckily, season two is currently in production.
Official Premise: Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier, defends humanity from the alien Covenant in the 26th century.
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Jen Taylor, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
18. Wako (2018)
This Emmy-nominated series features a fictionalized account of the 1993 siege at Waco, which resulted in the death of 76 cult members.
Official Premise: In February 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raids David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound, a small religious community located just outside of Waco, Texas, triggering a drawn-out gun battle that kills four ATF agents and six civilians and wounds dozens more people. After a 51-day standoff, the conflict ends when an FBI assault leads to a fire that engulfs the compound, killing 76 Branch Davidians, including Koresh. Told from the perspectives of those who were there, including chief FBI negotiator Gary Noesner and survivor David Thibodeau, the six-part scripted series “Waco” dramatizes one of the most misunderstood stories in American history.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, John Alberto Leguizamo, Rory Culkin
Rotten Tomatoes: 70.00%
17. Strange Angel (2018 – 2019)
Created by Mark Heyman and based on a true story of a rocket scientist’s involvement in the occult, Strange Angel ran for two seasons before its ultimate cancellation.
Official Premise: Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles, started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, ultimately becoming a disciple of infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley’s teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavor to the stars.
Cast: Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston
Rotten Tomatoes: 71.00%
17. Rabbit Hole (2023 – )
Official Premise: Nothing is what it seems when John Weir, a master of deception in the world of corporate espionage, is framed for murder by powerful forces with the ability to influence and control populations.
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Charles Dance, Meta Golding, Enid Graham, Jason Butler Harner
Rotten Tomatoes: 75.00%
16. Why Women Kill (2019 – 2021)
This black comedy series centered on women dealing with infidelity across different timelines was created by Marc Cherry, who’s also responsible for the critically acclaimed Desperate Housewives. Sadly, despite the show being renewed for a third season, it found itself axed before production started.
Official Premise: A darkly comedic drama detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the 60s, a socialite in the 80s, and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages.
Cast: Allison Tolman, Lana Parrilla, B.K. Cannon, Jordane Christie, Matthew Daddario
Rotten Tomatoes: 76.00%
15. Tulsa King (2022 – )
Created by Taylor Sheridan and starring Sylvester Stallone, Tulsa King premiered to mostly critical acclaim and easily secured the renewal for its second season.
Official Premise: New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi, is released from prison after 25 years and exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma; realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a crew.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Max Casella, Domenick Lombardozzi
Rotten Tomatoes: 79.00%
14. One Dollar (2018)
This thriller featured an ensemble cast and an intriguing storyline. Sadly, it only lasted for one season before being canceled.
Official Premise: “One Dollar” is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murders. The path of the one-dollar bill and the point of view in each episode paints a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Rashmika Mandanna, Parmeet Sethi
Rotten Tomatoes: 80.00%
13. School Spirits (2023 – )
This teen drama plays on many people’s worst nightmare – Being stuck in high school for eternity. There’s a crime, heightened emotions, and a very unusual support group for dead teens.
Official Premise: Maddie is a teen girl stuck in the afterlife investigating her own mysterious disappearance; she goes on a crime-solving journey as she adjusts to school in the afterlife, but the closer she gets to the truth, the more secrets and lies she discovers.
Cast: Peyton List, Kristian Flores, Spencer MacPherson, Kiara Pichardo, Sarah Yarkin
Rotten Tomatoes: 81.00%
12. Star Trek: Discovery (2017 – )
Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek: Discovery broke a couple of viewership records when it was first broadcast on CBS. It has since found a home on Paramount+, and there’s even a spin-off movie on the way.
Official Premise: Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS All Access, the story of “Star Trek: Discovery” begins roughly a decade before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission — as portrayed in the original “Star Trek” from the 1960s — and a century before the events of “Star Trek: Enterprise.” The series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they encounter new worlds and civilizations, delving into familiar themes and expanding upon an incident that has been talked about within the franchise’s universe, but never fully explored.
Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz
Rotten Tomatoes: 85.00%
11. Rugrats (2021 –)
Official Premise: Big adventures born from the colorful imaginations of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica.
Cast: E.G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer, Kath Soucie
Rotten Tomatoes: 86.00%
10. Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020 – )
This series shines the light on crew members who were previously overlooked in the Star Trek universe. The show originally premiered on CBS before moving to the streaming platform after its first season.
Official Premise: “Star Trek: Lower Decks” focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi must keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. The ship’s bridge crew includes Captain Carol Freeman, Commander Jack Ransom, Lieutenant Shaxs and Doctor T’Ana. This is the second animated spin-off in the franchise after 1973-74’s “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” but has a decidedly more adult tone and humor.
Cast: Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis
Rotten Tomatoes: 89.00%
9. Star Trek: Picard (2020 – 2023)
This Emmy-winning series is probably the most successful to enter the Star Trek franchise in recent history. Fans loved seeing Patrick Stewart’s return as the iconic Jean-Luc Picard.
Official Premise: Retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard — still deeply affected by the loss of Lieutenant Commander Data and the destruction of Romulus — steps into the next chapter of his life.
Cast: Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden
Rotten Tomatoes: 89.00%
8. 1883 (2021 – 2022)
Set in the same universe as 1923 and Yellowstone, this series follows a late 19th-century Dutton family generation on their perilous journey to Montana.
Official Premise: A prequel to “Yellowstone,” “1883” follows the Dutton family as they flee poverty in Texas and embark on a journey through the Great Plains to seek a better future in Montana. Real-life couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star as James and Margaret Dutton, while Sam Elliott portrays Shea Brennan, a tough cowboy who has sadness in his past. Other cast members include Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, and Dawn Olivieri. Billy Bob Thornton will guest star, and Tom Hanks makes a cameo in a Civil War flashback scene.
Cast: Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett
Rotten Tomatoes: 89.00%
7. 1923 (2022 – 2023)
Taylor Sheridan’s 1923 centers on the Dutton family’s struggles during the early stages of the Great Depression. The series serves as a prequel to Yellowstone.
Official Premise: The Duttons face a new set of challenges in the early 20th century, including the rise of Western expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Brandon Sklenar, Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph
Rotten Tomatoes: 90.00%
6. Star Trek: Prodigy (2021 – )
The Children’s and Family Emmy Awards winner 3D animation about a group of teen aliens on an abandoned ship made for a beloved new addition to the Star Trek franchise.
Official Premise: A motley crew of young aliens in the Delta Quadrant finds an abandoned Starfleet ship, the U.S.S. Protostar, taking control of the ship. They must learn to work together as they make their way toward the Alpha Quadrant.
Cast: Kate Mulgrew, Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas
Rotten Tomatoes: 94.00%
5. The Good Fight (2017 – 2022)
A spin-off of the acclaimed CBS drama, The Good Wife, this show is another Robert and Michelle King creation and it stars Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart. During its six season run, The Good Fight won several accolades, including two Emmy nominations.
Official Premise: The series picks up one year after the events in the final episode of “The Good Wife.” After a financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell and wipes out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings, the two are forced out of Lockhart & Lee and join forces with Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. At Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad, Diane finds familiar faces, including Colin Morrello, who is a rising star in the state’s attorney’s office, and Marissa Gold. Though starting at the bottom, Diane and Maia are determined to rebuild their careers and lives at the new firm.
Cast: Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, John Slattery, Andre Braugher, Sarah Steele
Rotten Tomatoes: 95.00%
4. Evil (2019 – )
Another creation by Robert and Michelle King, Evil is a unique supernatural drama that cleverly explores themes of good vs. evil. Since it first premiered, the series enjoyed widespread critical acclaim for its writing, character development and cinematography.
Official Premise: Skeptical psychologist Kristen Bouchard joins David Acosta, who is training to be a Catholic priest, and a blue collar contractor as they investigate the church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work, examining the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series is created by Robert and Michelle King.
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti
Rotten Tomatoes: 95.00%
3. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022 – )
This is the newest addition to the vast Star Trek franchise and features Anson Mount reprising the role of Captain Pike, which he played in Star Trek: Discovery. Loved by fans and critics alike, this series also earned an Emmy nomination.
Official Premise: Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One explore new worlds around the galaxy on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Cast: Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong
Rotten Tomatoes: 99.00%
2. ICarly (2021 – )
ICarly is a revival of the popular 2007 Nickelodeon kids show and chronicles the trials and tribulations the beloved characters are facing as adults. The first two seasons are now streaming on Paramount+, with a third set to come out during 2023.
Official Premise: Carly, Spencer, and Freddie are back, navigating the next chapters in their lives and facing the uncertainties of life in their 20s.
Cast: Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley
Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%
1. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head (2022 – )
When Beavis and Butt-Head originally premiered on MTV back in the 90s, it was a critically acclaimed hit. And based on the excellent ratings the 2022 revival got, it appears the revival of an animation about two dumb as a box of rocks teens is just as beloved.
Official Premise: The iconic animated duo Beavis and Butt-Head return and are sillier than ever as they embark on a mission to confound common sense and torment each other in a series of inane misadventures.
Cast: Mike Judge
Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%
And that completes our Top 15 Best and Highest Rated TV Shows on Paramount+ of All Time. What’s your favorite show on Paramount+? Comment below.
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