TV & Movies

The Best TV Shows And Movies On Paramount+

By Morgan Reardon
23rd May 2022

There’s a new streaming service on the block and yes you’re going to want to sign up stat. Paramount+ (which costs just $8.99 per month or $89.99 for an annual subscription) is home to more than 20,000 hours of content. There’s blockbuster original movies, old faves, binge-worthy drama series, reality TV and live sport. And best of all it’s got an epic selection of home grown entertainment too. You can even do a free seven day trial to test it out. 

To help get your viewing session started, we’ve picked out the best shows and movies on Paramount+.

The Best Shows On Paramount +

Tulsa King

Starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone, Tulsa King is a new mafia series from the brains behind The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street and Yellowstone. The Paramount+ Original follows New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone), just after he's released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Okla. Realising that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a “crew” from a group of unlikely characters, to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet. There's no trailer yet so we'll keep you updated however, this one is expected to land November 14.

The Offer

The Offer is based on the never-before-seen experiences of Oscar and Global Globe-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy. The series follows Rudd’s journey in bringing Mario Puzo’s epic crime novel The Godfather, to the big screen. The show stars Miles Teller, Matthew Goodes, Juno Temple and Giovanni Ribisi. Watch it here.

 

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Halfway through their five-year mission to boldly go where no one else has gone before, the crew of the USS Enterprise is forced to abandon ship and battle for survival on an unknown planet. Watch it from May 6.

The First Lady

Starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson (the queen) as Eleanor Roosevelt, this show is a reframing of everything you know about American leadership and politics told through the lens of the First Ladies. Watch it here.

Halo

We don’t care if you’re into the video game that is Halo or not—you need to watch this new series. It is absolute fire. This show follows Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier wh defends humanity from the alien Covenant in the 26th Century. It's action-packed, set in a dystopian future and contains some damn incredible visuals.  Watch it here.

Two Weeks To Live

Two Weeks To Live is a darkly comic tale of love and revenge born from a harmless prank that goes terribly wrong. Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams plays Kim, an early 20-something oddball who, since the murder of her father, has lived off-grid in the wilderness with her doomsday-prepping mother Tina (Fleabag’s Sian Clifford). Feeling compelled to go on a belated coming-of-age adventure, Kim sets out to find her dad’s killer. Things get complicated when she meets brothers Nicky and Jay, and the trio set in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger.

Why Women Kill

From the creator of Desperate Housewives comes one of the best TV shows on Paramount+. Set in 1949, the latest season of Why Women Kill explores what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world and the lengths one woman will go to in order to finally belong. The show centres around Alma, a zaftig frump, who sets her sights on joining an exclusive garden club for well-heeled ladies in suburban, post war America. It’s here where she meets Rita (Lana Parilla), who runs the garden club with an iron fist and indulges in some sinister extracurricular activities.

Anne Boleyn 

For 500 years we have been fed a story about Anne Boleyn: the coldhearted scheming seductress who bewitched Henry VIII into marrying her. But we have never heard her side of the story, until now. Anne Boleyn (played by Jodie Turner-Smith) re-imagines the final months of the infamous Queen’s life from her own perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her. Shining a feminist light on Boleyn’s demise, the mini-series depicts the key moments that caused her to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities, and her determination to be an equal among men.

Five Bedrooms

This Aussie drama is absolutely one of the best shows on Paramount+ and the good news is season two just dropped so put it to the top of your must-watch list. If you’re new to the series, it follows the lives of five strangers who, when finding themselves all seated at the dreaded “singles table” at a wedding, decide to buy a house together and become roommates. There’s the fallen socialite Liz (Kat Stewart), the romantic tragic Ainsley (Katie Robertson), the laconic tradie Ben (Stephen Peacocke), middle-aged mother Heather (Doris Younane) and dutiful gay doctor Harry (Roy Joseph). In season two there’s romance, drama, a DIY renovation, two pregnancies and an ex-husband.

Leonardo

Leonardo explores the secrets and drama behind the genius Leonardo da Vinci: his life, his work and his personal struggles all set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy. In this eight-part series, you’ll learn how Leonardo grew into an unparalleled genius whose work overturned the established order. His restless curiosity flitted between arts, science and technology, driven by a profound quest for knowledge and determined to unfold the mysteries of the world around him. History buff or not, you’ll love this binge-worthy series. 

Everyone Is Doing Great

Actors Seth and Jeremy enjoyed the success of Eternal, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they find themselves struggling to meet life head on. On the heels of a broken relationship, leaving him devastated, Seth hopes to move forward by throwing his focus into finding a new acting gig… but the harder he tries the further he sinks. While Jeremy spirals downward as his five-year marriage to Eternal co-star, Andrea, is falling apart due to his self-destruction, denial, and apathy. Achingly honest and brutally funny, the duo must work together to get their lives and careers back on track. 

Nancy Drew

If you were a fan of the popular mystery books growing up then you’ll love this TV adaptation. Nancy Drew follows the brilliant teen detective as she solves mysteries, both earthbound and supernatural, in her haunted hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine. Nancy leads a sleuthing team of unlikely crime-solving friends, each with a unique set of useful sleuthing skills: George Fan, Bess Marvin, Ned “Nick” Nickerson and Ace, who were brought together to team up and clear their names after finding themselves considered prime suspects in a local murder. In season two, the series picks up in Nancy’s gap year before college. Her adventures will bring the Drew Crew standalone cases, new romances, and journeys of self-reinvention.

In The Dark

Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind and lives with her supportive best friend, Jess, and her guide dog, Pretzel. Her closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson, whom she befriends after he saved her from a violent mugging. Her life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment. But when the police arrive there is no body to be found, and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Determined to find the truth, no matter the risk, she’s down for the task, even if it means she has to sober up a little.

Monsterland

This provocative horror anthology series examines the monsters within and among us. Telling a new story every episode, the series begins in Port Fourchon, LA, where a serial killer is terrorising the coastal town and 19-year-old mother, Toni DiMarco finds herself face-to-face with some horrifying truths. Then, it’s stories from a New Orleans socialite who is wrestling with her past; a suburban lawyer who is debating life and death; a lonely teen who encounters an unwelcome guest; a woman who must decide how far she’s willing to go for a new life; an oil executive and his assistant who are both wrestling with their guilt; and a grieving couple struggling to say goodbye.

The Hills: New Beginnings

We can’t help it, we love a bit of reality TV and this one makes us all nostalgic. A decade after the original series wrapped, New Beginnings picks up where the original left off. This time some of the cast have become parents, some are divorced and all of them are still trying to figure life out. There’s vacays, drama, romance and of course gossip! All the ingredients to make this one seriously binge-worthy reality TV show. Memorable faces in the cast include Heidi and Spencer, Brody, Justin Bobby and Audrina. 

Interrogation

Ever heard of a TV series encouraging you to watch the episodes in any order you want? Neither, which is why Interrogation caught our attention. It centres around a case that spanned more than 30 years in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. In the series, each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, making you—the viewer—the detective. So did he do it? Only you can figure it out. 

The Best Movies On Paramount+

Three Months

Some have called it the LGBT iteration of Juno but instead of focusing on teen pregnancy, Three Months hones in on breaking the stigma around HIV. It’s a witty debut from Jared Frieder and stars Aussie icon Troye Sivan (spoiler alert, he also crafted two original songs for the film) as Caleb, a sarcastic high school graduate of the twenty-teens who has to wait 12 weeks for STD results (a reality back then) to confirm whether or not he has contracted HIV. Watch Three Months here.

Infinite 

For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Selfmedicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, Evan is sought by a secret group that call themselves “Infinites,” revealing to him that his memories may be real—but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who seeks to end all life to stop what he views as the cursed, endless cycle of reincarnation.

A Quiet Place

Set in a post-apocalyptic ​​world inhabited by blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing, a young family made up of parents Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Kransinski) and their three kids must live in complete silence to survive. Constantly on the run and struggling to find food and shelter, the family faces its biggest challenge when Evelyn gives birth—provoking an attack from monsters that will tear their family apart. Tip: you might want to keep the lights on for this one. 

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The absolute best installment in the Mission Impossible series, put Ghost Protocol to the top of your must-watch list. The plot goes like this: When the IMF is wrongly accused of bombing the Kremlin, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (including Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton) find themselves in a race against time to find the real culprits and clear the reputation of their organisation. Oh and just casually stop nuclear codes from getting into the wrong hands… again. 

Wonder Woman

Princess Diana (played Gal Gadot) lives with her Amazonian sisters in the dystopian hidden island of Themyscira where they train to become warriors. But her life is forever changed when US pilot Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes his plane off the Themysciran coast. After rescuing him, Steve tells Diana about World War I raging back on earth. Convinced she can help him end the violence, Diana leaves her home and begins fighting against the enemy, finally embracing her full powers and transforming into Wonder Woman. 

The Meg

If shark movies are your jam then The Meg is for you. Taking place at an underwater research facility in the middle of the ocean, the team is busy working on a machine that will allow them to discover what lies beneath the lowest point of the ocean. The only problem? The machine pierces a barrier that held a 75-foot prehistoric shark prisoner for hundreds of years. Now out in the ocean, terrorising wildlife and humans, the team hire Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), a disgraced deep-sea diver, to save them and basically all of humanity. 

Game Night 

Featuring an all-star cast (including Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Kyle Chandler) this comedy thriller will make you laugh and scream at the same time. It follows couple Max and Annie who host a regular game night with their best friends. When Max’s showy brother Brooks returns to town he offers to host a mudrer mystery game at his place. When two masked gunmen crash the party and kidnap Brooks, the friends realise they’re no longer playing a game. Together they must band together to track down the crims and save Brooks. 

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