I Might Owe Peacock Some Sort of an Apology

This week, I’m talking about Peacock because I need to be held accountable. That’s a thing here at The Solid Signal Blog.

In July 2020, I said that the free Peacock streaming service sucks. I also said the same about the first tier of Peacock Premium. This was at a time when NBC was releasing a free version of Peacock streaming. My overview of the situation back then was that your choices of NBCU seasons and Peacock originals were limited. I also was very critical – some might say “nasty” – regarding Peacock’s slim choices of originals. The accountability comes in today as we explore – I still refuse to use the word “unpack” – the recent improvements at Peacock.

New Peacock Originals in April

Peacock’s latest originals kick off with the April 22, 2021 debut of Rutherford Falls. This comedy series focuses on the relationship between a Native American reservation and the residents of nearby Rutherford Falls, a neighboring town. In the spirit of accountability, I’ll admit that Rutherford Falls looks like it will be good for plenty of laughs. Check out the trailer and tell me if you don’t get a Schitt’s Creek/Parks and Rec vibe:

Peacock Original Daily Series, Too

That’s right! Peacock is producing a plethora of original series that run every Monday through Friday, and one weekly show. There are also some live sporting events, channel updates, and quite a bit of curated content. In the interest of holding myself accountable, I have to admit that this is more original programming than the streaming service had in July 2020.

Here’s a list of Peacock’s original daily and weekly series:

  • Brother from Another
  • Zerlina
  • The Mehdi Hasan Show
  • The Amber Ruffin Show (weekly)

And here are the lives sporting events and channel updates:

  • U.S. Olympic Trials: Wrestling
  • Premier League
  • WWE WrestleMania 37
  • Classic TV (channel update)
  • The Real Housewives clips (channel update)
  • Dateline 24/7 channel marathon (channel update)

Curated Content on Peacock

That’s right. Much like Netflix and other streaming services, Peacock is rocking out with a variety of second-run movies and TV shows. And its selection is rather deep, at least as far as April 2021 is concerned. Here’s the list of EVERYTHING you can expect to watch on Peacock this month:

April 1

  • Beethoven
  • Beethoven’s 2nd
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Bridesmaids
  • Bring It On
  • Bring It on Again
  • Bring It On: All or Nothing
  • Casper
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Charlie St. Cloud
  • Despicable Me
  • Due Date
  • Fences
  • Happy Feet
  • Happy Feet Two
  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Lone Survivor
  • Monster High: Ghouls Rule
  • Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef
  • Monster High: Haunted
  • Monster High, Scaris City of Frights
  • Monster High: Welcome To Monster High
  • Monster High: Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Not Easily Broken
  • Police Academy
  • Push
  • R.I.P.D.
  • Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball
  • Street Fighter
  • The Break-Up
  • The Constant Gardener
  • The Wiz
  • Undercover Brother
  • Van Hesling
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Blippi, season 1
  • Morphle, season 1
  • Little Baby Bum, season 1
  • Classic TV channel launch

April 2

  • Law & Order: Organized Crime, season 1
  • Manifest, season 3
  • Real Housewives of New York
  • WWE The Day Of: FastLane
  • U.S. Olympic Trials

April 3

  • Premier League

April 4

  • WWE Untold: Foley vs. Edge WM22

April 5

  • Def Comedy Jam, season 6

April 6

  • Conan The Barbarian

April 10

  • WWE WrestleMania 37

April 11

  • WWE WrestleMania 37

April 12

  • Real Housewives channel launch

April 15

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, season 10

April 16

  • Couples Retreat
  • Fist Fight
  • The Dilemma
  • Dateline Collection: the Killer Speaks

April 17

  • Dateline 24/7 channel marathon

April 18

  • Dateline 24/7 channel marathon

April 22

  • Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here, season 2

So, I’m Holding Myself Accountable…

…But I’m not losing touch with reality. Yes, Peacock has upped its game since I bashed it nearly a year ago. While I can admit that, I’m not recommending this streaming service. I don’t know how much of this new content can be seen on the free version of Peacock. The same goes for the first tier of Peacock Premium. I still believe that HBO Max gives viewers more bang – and by “bang” I mean programming – for your buck!

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.