Peacock offers faster access to Universal films

Peacock offers faster access to Universal films

In July 2021, Universal released The Boss Baby 2 in theaters, and also for paid subscribers to Peacock on the same day. It did the same in October with the hit horror film sequel Halloween Kills and again in February 2022 with the romantic comedy Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez.

However, that’s just the start. As of 2022, Universal will debut most of its new theatrical films on just 45 days after they are released in theaters. In the past, it took theatrical movies much longer to reach streaming and pay cable services.

Peacock subscribers can currently stream recent movies like The Black Phone, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Jurassic Park: Dominion, and Halloween Ends. Nope (the latest film from horror movie master Jordan Peele) was added in November. Those movies will be available for four months on Peacock, before they move to other streaming services for 10 months, and will be back on Peacock for another four-month stretch.

What about Peacock Originals?

Original content is the key ingredient to success for all streaming services, and Peacock is no different. They’re locked behind a premium subscription, but even free users can watch a few episodes to decide whether or not it’s worth the monthly fee.

The launch lineup of Peacock Originals was fairly limited, but that list has grown and there are a few acclaimed TV series you can stream only on the service. Here are just some of the original shows you can check out.

  • Poker Face — A mystery-of-the-week whodunnit about a woman who can instinctively tell when people are lying, from Knives Out director Rian Johnson.
  • Saved By The Bell — The teen comedy series now has a reboot, featuring original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez.
  • Five Bedrooms — This is an Australian import comedy series. It focuses on five people who meet at a wedding and decide to buy a house and live in it together.
  • Intelligence — A UK comedy import starring Friends’ David Schwimmer as an NSA agent who is the US liaison to the UK cyber crimes unit.
  • Where’s Waldo — This animated series is based on classic children’s books about finding a man named Waldo.
  • A.P. Bio — This school-based sitcom, which ran for two seasons on NBC, has returned for a third and fourth season exclusively on Peacock.
  • Noughts + Crosses — This is a UK import series. It takes place on an alternate present-day Earth, where an African empire took over the UK and most of Europe.
  • Departure — This series stars Christopher Plummer, as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a passenger plane.
  • Mrs. Davis — A nun wages war on an all-powerful AI in this smart, funny, and bizarre exploration of faith and technology.
  • Code 404 — Yep, it’s another UK import. This is a comedy about a cop who is shot and dies but is revived with the help of computers.
  • Rutherford Falls — A comedy co-created by The Good Place creator Mike Schuur, starring Ed Helms.
  • Dr. Death —  A drama based on the popular true-crime podcast about a doctor who either killed or maimed many of his patients. It stars Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater.
  • Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol – An adaptation of the best-selling mystery-thriller novel, featuring a younger version of Brown’s most famous character Robert Langdon.
  • MacGruber — This eight-episode sitcom, based on the Saturday Night Live sketches and the more recent movie, will be an exclusive for the service. Will Forte will return to play the role of the comedic crime fighter.
  • Bel-Air — A drama-based reboot of the classic sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that premiered in early 2022. It has already been renewed for a second season.
  • A Friend of the Family — A true crime docudrama starring Colin Hanks and Jake Lacy.
  • The Resort — A comedy-drama about a married couple that gets involved in a cold case crime while on vacation.
  • Vampire Academy — A series based on popular young adult novels.
  • Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin — A spinoff of the popular Pitch Perfect movies.

You can also now watch the long-running soap opera Days of our Lives on , with new episodes released daily (Monday-Friday). One Peacock original, Girls5Eva, about a revival of a girls singing band, was canceled by Peacock after two seasons, but a third season will be shown in 2023 on rival Netflix.

Peacock original documentaries

The service also has a number of original documentaries

  • In Deep With Ryan Lochte — A reality series about the former US Olympic swimmer who is trying to get back on the Olympic team.
  • Lost Speedways With Dale Earnhardt Jr. — The former NASCAR racer is the host of this series that looks at forgotten and abandoned speedways.
  • The Sit-In — A look back at The Tonight Show during one week in 1968 when singer Harry Belafonte became the first black man to host the light night talk show.
  • Black Boys — A revealing look at growing up young, male, and black in America.
  • Kamone — Two towns, Rikuzentakata and Crescent City, are separated by 10,000 miles. Yet both are linked by a common thread.
  • The Defiant Ones — The story of how Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine founded the Beats headphone company.
  • True Colors – This series profiles successful Hispanics who live in the US.
  • Freedia Got A Gun — New Orleans legendary artist Big Freedia tries to raise awareness of gun violence after her brother is shot and killed.
  • John Wayne Gacy: Devil In Disguise — A documentary on the notorious serial killer.
  • The Real Housewives of Miami —  This entry in the hugely popular Housewives reality show series is being revived as an exclusive original for the service. 
  • The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rose Parks — This documentary looks at the life of the famous civil rights protestor and activist in the 1950s.

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