Peacock is built on the back catalog of NBCUniversal, the conglomerate that owns NBC, Bravo, USA, Syfy, Telemundo and other networks, as well as the production studio Universal Television. 

As such, is the streaming home of some of the most iconic shows on television. It wrested away the entirety of The Office from Netflix a few years ago, putting down a lot of money in the process, so the former NBC sitcom could become one of its tentpoles. 

Just this past fall, Peacock took back next-day episodes of current NBC shows from their longtime place on Hulu. So, if you cut the cord and want to stream the most recent Law & Order: Special Victims Unit or Chicago Fire, you'll need Peacock. 

What personally drew me to Peacock, though, was its originals. The service hasn't had a ton of massive hits — no Stranger Things or Mandalorian, yet — but you can unearth some real gems like We Are Lady Parts, Girls5Eva and the sadly-canceled reboot of Saved By the Bell. 

And it seems like the originals engine is really revving up in 2023. Last month brought the Rian Johnson-created murder mystery series Poker Face and the addictive reality competition Traitors. Several of my friends even specifically signed up for for the very first time to watch those shows. 

More potential hits are on the way, too, with Bel-Air season 2 and Damon Lindelof's Mrs. Davis coming soon. 

Peacock is great for people with needs and interests beyond my own, Tom’s Guide’s Henry T. Casey told me he "can’t ever cancel Peacock because it’s the only place with live WWE events." In similar but totally different programming, I have a good friend who needs it for the Real Housewives Extended Universe. 

And undoubtedly, plenty of people have Peacock to watch Yellowstone's previous seasons. The current installment of the cable behemoth airs on Paramount Network, but because of some deal signed years ago, Peacock gets the exclusive right to stream one of the biggest shows on TV.