Lovingly called the Star Trek streaming service for the amazing amount of new franchise content for literally all-ages from all generations of characters, Paramount Plus (stylized Paramount+) actually has a lot more on the platform to fall into as the holidays come up. To highlight some of our favorite series and films, we pulled together a short list of what to watch on Paramount Plus that aren’t well, Star Trek. From a variety of genres and lengths, there is no shortage of content to watch on Paramount Plus.
The first series you can sink your teeth into when you’re wondering what to watch on Paramount Plus is Evil. One of my absolute favorite horror series, the scares come out of nowhere, the chaos is golden, and the creature design is trully terrifying. Not to mention the stellar performances from Katja Herbers, Katja Herbers, Asiff Mandvi, and Michael Emerson. With three seasons, this is a must.
“A skeptical clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed abnormal events, including, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural’s at work.”
The Good Fight
Moving into some traditional TV drama, The Good Fight features a pair of strong leads that hold you in your place. Melodramatic in places, The Good Fight is a sequel series to The Good Wife and it pays off continually with Christine Baranski as the glue that propels it forward.
“Picking up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of ‘The Good Wife,’ an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart and Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms.”
I love international films and series, Paramount Plus has no shortage of those. If you’re looking for what to watch on Paramount Plus, this Spanish horror series is a great watch. Two priests, miracles, a lot of mystery make this great for fans of religious horror.
“Two priests need to find the whereabouts of an alleged healer who mysteriously disappears. Soon they discover a psychiatric community on the outskirts of town which is hiding secrets behind the missing healer.”
Before I Forget
Another international series to watch on Paramount Plus, this time from Mexico, Before I Forget is a mystery thriller that uses Alzheimer’s both as a plot-point but as something to explore. As someone who has lost family to the disease and carries the gene, the way the topic propels the story is damn good.
“When Pascual Leon, a retired bachelor of 65, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he finds the perfect excuse to collect on an old debt: to kill off, one by one, those responsible of a terrible crime. This sets off an investigation by a young female officer, to whom Pascual dedicates each of his killings. She must reach back into her childhood memories to connect the links between these murders and get to the truth. While he forgets, she must remember.”
The Harper House
Adult animation is few and far between, which makes The Harper House really stand out, especially on a streaming platform. Funny, on the nose, and a pretty fun use of class dynamics, this one is a quick and easy watch.
“An overconfident female head-of-a-household as she struggles to regain a higher status for herself, and for her family of oddballs, after losing her job and moving from the rich side to the poor side of an Arkansas small town.”
The longest-running series on this What to Watch on Paramount Plus list, Younger has seven years of episodes to dive right into. The right amount of endearing humor and a stark look at how women are seen through their age, this heartfelt series is one for the books as one of the TV drama greats.
“After being mistaken for younger than she really is, a single mother decides to take the chance to reboot her career and her love life as a 26-year old.”
I’ve had a crush on Kate Beckingsale since Underworld, in fact I think many millennials have. That said, Guilty Party is a chance for you to see a different side of her acting skills and man does it work. With a story that is more depressing than inspiring, the series offers a look at criminal justice, who gets to get away with things, and how to rebuild yourself beyond your mistakes in a pretty great way.
“A discredited journalist, desperate to salvage her career, latches onto the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband — crimes she claims she didn’t commit.”
An adaptation of a British series, Ghost just works. It’s charming, hilarious, and a damn great time. With a beautiful costume and set design, this series is a hidden gem on the platform and network TV (airing on CBS).
“Cheerful freelance journalist Samantha and Jay, an up-and-coming chef from the city, throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge run-down country estate they inherited into a bed-and-breakfast–until they discover that it is inhabited by the spirits of many deceased former residents. The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer, a pompous 1700s Militiaman, a 1960s hippie fond of hallucinogens, and an overly upbeat ’80s scout-troop leader. If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it’s nothing compared to when they realize Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.”
Blood and Treasure
A treasure-hunting adventure series, this trope-filled Paramount Plus Exclusive is well worth your time. While it embraces every bit of the action-adventure genre, sometimes to a fault, it’s a great time with a leading duo that has absolutely amazing chemistry.
“An antiquities expert teams up with an art thief to catch a terrorist who funds his attacks using stolen artifacts.”
I love Halo, the video game franchise and I was shocked at how much I grew to love this live-action adaptation. John isn’t the Master Chief we know, but by the series’ end, the action delivers enough important video game callouts that just work. With only eight episodes, it’s an easy watch. Not to mention, with season 2 already greenlit, no need to worry about ending on a cliffhanger permanently.
“Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown, based on the iconic Xbox franchise of the same name.”
Synopses for series on the What to Watch on Paramount Plus list were taken from IMDb.com.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime.