So, you signed up for Paramount+ to watch the Super Bowl. Now you’ve got about a month left in that free trial, and you’re probably wondering… what now?
There’s actually a lot to be discovered on Paramount+, including things you may not have heard of before, or things you’ve put off watching.
The streamer’s movie selection is particularly robust, especially now that Showtime is integrated with the more expensive subscription plan, but even without Showtime, the Paramount Pictures catalog has a lot of movies, both classic and brand new, just waiting to be streamed.
Paramount+ has a number of originals, too. As the home of most Taylor Sheridan titles, you can stream Yellowstone spin-offs 1883 and 1923. Other Sheridan originals on the streamer include Mayor of Kingstown, Tulsa King, Special Ops: Lioness, and Lawmen: Bass Reaves.
Plus, you’ll be able to watch all things CBS one day after they air on the CBS cable channel — this is especially great now that broadcast shows are beginning to return following the WGA and SAG strikes. Shows like NCIS, Fire Country, Ghosts, and the brand-new drama Tracker are included in this, with all of CBS’ reality titles (Survivor, in particular) also getting added just a day after airing.
That’s all in addition to live sports. The NFL season is over, but UEFA Champions League soccer is just getting started, as you may have seen during Super Bowl ads for the streamer.
Paramount+ costs $5.99/month with ads or $11.99/month if you sign up for Paramount+ with Showtime (which also includes a 24/7 live stream of your local CBS channel). Right now, you can still take advantage of an extended one-month free trial by entering the code GOAT at checkout.
If you’re new to Paramount+, Team Decider put together a guide to some of our favorite titles to stream. From movies to TV shows, check out our 12 picks for what to watch on Paramount+ now.
The latest blockbuster to hit Paramount+ is the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Dead Reckoning. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the Impossible Mission Force (the ever-reliable sidekicks played by Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg) are back to complete another impossible mission. In addition to being a very compelling entry into the franchise, with an exciting villain and a fun group of new characters, it’s an all-timer Tom Cruise running movie and features some thrilling, high-flying stunts.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning on Paramount+.
Since launching my Paramount+ free trial I have been extremely impressed with their movie selection, especially when it comes to their Showtime offerings. One film I really enjoyed is Past Lives, Celine Song’s Oscar-nominated drama starring Greta Lee which is a recent addition to the streaming provider. This moving film surrounds the relationship between Lee’s Nora (originally Na Young) and Teo Yoo’s Hae Sung, two childhood best buds who are separated after Nora’s family leaves Seoul for Toronto. The two reconnect online 12 years later, but despite their palpable chemistry, they are like ships in the night, unable to ever see each other in person. Following another 12-year time jump, they finally meet up in person, but a lot has changed — although whether their feelings have changed remains up in the air. — Alex Vena
(Note: Past Lives is only streaming on the Paramount+ with Showtime plan.)
“80 for Brady doesn’t reinvent the wheel. It hits the classic beats of friendship-based teen comedies, from sneaking out of the house (well, retirement home) to accidentally taking drugs at a party. The jokes are solid, if not inspired. But all four funny ladies elevate the material, leading to some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. (Like, for example, a bewildered Field responding “An ambulance?” when a volunteer asks who she should call if Field blacks out during a spicy wing-eating contest. Or Moreno rolling her Rs when she pronounces “Guy Fieri.”)”
Season 29 of The Daily Show just kicked off, and after a year of rotating guest hosts following Trevor Noah’s exit, Jon Stewart is back every Monday night through the 2024 election. Stewart served as host of The Daily Show from 1999 to 2015, and it’s great to have him back behind the desk again, even if it is only once a week.
New episodes of The Daily Show are uploaded to Paramount+ every morning after they air on Comedy Central the night before.
While the robber barons and titans of industry of this age usually get all the airtime on the History Channel, these newly wealthy men’s daughters subtly changed the course of history. Smithsonian Channel’s fizzy docuseries Million Dollar American Princesses tells the true stories of the dozens of Yankee heiresses who married into the English aristocracy, forever changing high society forever. Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern hosts this series, which looks at everyone from Jennie Jerome to Consuelo Vanderbilt, and everyone in between. — Meghan O’Keefe
Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey play star-crossed lovers in a severely homophobic era, which also includes the height of McCarthyism, the drug-fueled disco years, and the start of the AIDS crisis. Fellow Travelers is a daring and heartbreaking story about forbidden love that refuses to gloss over the icky parts of history. Premiering during a time when audiences are arguing against the need for tragic queer stories, the series proves why it’s necessary. Thousands of lives were lost, harmed, and prosecuted during the decades that the show covers. Unlike many other stories that tackle a similar moment in time, the show highlights the political action prior to the AIDS crisis that allowed for the mass death of gay men to be ignored for as long as it was. With brilliant performances from Bomer, Bailey, and the entire cast, showstopping sex scenes, and a heart-wrenching script, this show was a big, emotionally charged surprise. — Raven Brunner
Fellow Travelers was included in Team Decider’s best TV shows of 2023 list.
A sleeper hit for CBS, you can watch new episodes of Ghosts the day after they air on cable and the first two seasons are available to stream fully now. Adapted from the equally delightful British series of the same name also streaming on Paramount+, Ghosts follows married couple Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) as they inherit a picturesque country home, only to find that it’s falling apart. After a near-fatal accident, Sam wakes up and can now see and interact with an eccentric group of ghosts who died on the property but haven’t ascended to the afterlife yet.
Many of the general population can quote at least a few lines from this flick, and some, the whole movie, earning its rightful place in the media zeitgeist forever. Especially with the new Broadway adaptation now released, a refresh of the original flick is a great idea for fans and even the rare first-timer. It remains the ultimate sleepover fodder, but also truly has something for everyone, with comedic quips from legends like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Tim Meadows, laugh-out-loud one-liners and nostalgia all around. — Sophie Cannon
If you have three hours and nine minutes to spare, check out the polarizing (and perhaps unfairly maligned) Babylon — Damien Chazelle’s 2022 epic about Hollywood’s transition from the silent film era into the world of talkies in the late 1920s. Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, and Brad Pitt lead an ensemble cast that covers just about every type of person working in Hollywood at that time: the young ingenue, the fading star, the up-and-coming producer, singers, musicians, gossip columnists, directors, writers, and more. Babylon is a lot to take in, but with an incredible score by Justin Hurwitz, a strong cast of actors, and a story that knows exactly what it is, the time flies by.
All Things Star Trek
There’s something for every kind of Trekkie on Paramount+. Whether you watched Star Trek: The Original Series when it first aired in the 60s, or you were introduced to the universe by Chris Pine’s turn as Captain James T. Kirk, you can explore the galaxy with Paramount+’s Star Trek collection; it includes every season of every series, plus the Kelvin timeline movies.
Star Trek Shows:
- The Original Series
- The Next Generation
- Deep Space Nine
- Lower Decks
- Strange New Worlds
Star Trek Movies:
- Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
- Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Okay, I’ll just say it: Top Gun is my all-time favorite movie, and I couldn’t write this article without including it. The 1986 action flick by Tony Scott, which spawned a legacyquel 35 years later in the form of 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick, stars Tom Cruise in one of his classic roles — Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. He’s joined by Anthony Edwards as Maverick’s best friend/radar intercept officer Goose and Val Kilmer as Iceman, Maverick’s intense adversary turned unlikely ally during their time in the Navy’s Top Gun program. You’ll feel the need, the need for speed with this nostalgic movie night pick.
Before Andrew Scott’s take on Tom Ripley hits our screens later this year, Paramount+ has the last iteration of the Ripley story — Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley — available to stream. Matt Damon stars as the titular Ripley, with a murderer’s row of a supporting cast: Jude Law as the object of his troubled affections, plus Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Lush Italian vistas, a cast full of beautiful people, and thrilling tension are just a few of the reasons why The Talented Mr. Ripley is a great movie night pick.
(Note: The Talented Mr. Ripley is only streaming on the Paramount+ with Showtime plan.)