I’m going to save everyone a lot of time and go ahead and say “yes.” It’s definitely worth it. I don’t even know how much I pay for it. Maybe $5 per month? I dunno. I know I don’t have the ad free version, which I think is $10/month, but I’m not sure. I do want to make it abundantly clear that no one from NBC, Peacock, Paramount, or any other entity with a business relationship to NBC is paying me to say this. I’m telling you this as someone who was reluctant to get the app but has been converted to a pro-Peacock fan.
For those who might now know, Peacock is the streaming service offered by NBC. With a few exceptions (see below), if NBC made it, it’s on Peacock. It also has original programming, movies, and behind-the-scenes footage of some favorites.
Anyhow, now that you know the answer to the question, let’s prove the solution.
Variety and Old Favorites
For one thing, there’s the variety. There is so, so much on the Peacock app. For instance, almost the entire NBC catalog (including The Office, Parks and Recreation, and even old favorites like Frasier and Cheers) can be found on Peacock. The downside is that Peacock doesn’t have Seinfeld or Friends yet, but various Internet sources make all sorts of claims about the eventuality of those being available on Peacock.
Peacock also has an enormous movie library, including The Godfather trilogy, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, all of the Harry Potter movies, and there are even some bad movies like Cold Pursuit, too. There are plenty of documentaries, too, but my wife says I’m the only person on earth who would be that excited about documentaries, so I’ll just advise y’all to check it out on your own time instead of listing a bunch of stuff.
The old favorites on Peacock sometimes come with some extras, too. For instance, as of this writing there are, in addition to the entire series, three seasons of The Office that have what Peacock calls “Superfan Episodes,” which are the original episodes plus some scenes that were ostensibly cut for time. This means that an episode that originally had the standard 22-minute running time might be as long as 30 full minutes on the app. For now the first three seasons include the Superfan Episodes (as well as the original versions of the episodes), but I think we can safely assume more seasons will get released.
Some shows also include extras such as bloopers, clips of iconic moments, and collections of episodes. For example, Parks and Rec has a “Best of Ron Swanson” episode collection. Overall even the old favorites include new material that should get any fan excited.
Peacock also has original programming or programming that was on NBC and has become part of Peacock. This includes two of my most recent favorites, Yellowstone and A.P. Bio. Yellowstone is a classic modern western (show that sentence to an English teacher and watch their head explode because of “classic modern) starring Kevin Costner as a Montana rancher who wants to protect his property and family at any cost. It has a lot of the motifs you’d expect in a western, but there are also pick up trucks, politics, and slick businessmen. There are three seasons out and on Peacock now, and the fourth season is expected to be released later this year.
A.P. Bio is what The Mick could have been. It’s a show that stars an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star (Glenn Howerton, aka Dennis Reynolds) as a disgruntled adult, and most of his co-stars are mostly kids. The show as created by Saturday Night Live alumnus Mike O’Brien and is really funny. Patton Oswalt stars as the principal of the school in which the show takes place, and a long list of guest stars add to the quality of the humor and the show on the whole. Perhaps the best character on the show is Helen, the principal’s secretary played by Paula Pell. She’s delightful and I will hear no slander.
There are also other good original programs like the Ed Helms series Rutherford Falls, which is good but not great, though the individual performances are applaudable.
The conclusion is that you should get Peacock. If you’re a fan of a modern classic like The Office or Parks and Recreation, it will surely be worth it. But it’s also great if you want some slightly older NBC classic or the great new material that is currently available. Again, I’m not being paid to say this in any way, shape, or form, so I hope this endorsement comes across as genuine. As a reward, here’s a fake trailer for a fake Office reunion that is completely fake.