Ranking the Best Streaming Services for Television and Film

A couple of weeks ago, I made a decision to abandon my subscription with Apple Music and transitioned to becoming a Spotify user. Despite Spotify having a more beneficial algorithm and manageable interface, my stubbornness prevailed for far too long. I had all these playlists that I didn't want to let go of, and Apple's aesthetic was just so familiar to me. But at the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that I needed more bang for my buck.

What's interesting is that this conundrum doesn't exist for the modern-day television consumer in the same way it does for an avid music listener. There are people that pay for five or six streaming service subscriptions every month. I, myself, pay for only two or three of those subscriptions—it's so hard to keep track—but have several other ones that my friends share with me in return. However, I understand that not all of us have the financial capacity or free time to determine which streaming services we should be active subscribers.

So, in an attempt to cure the tough decisions that many households will have to make over the next year as cable becomes fossilized and streaming becomes immortalized, here is a definitive power ranking of the best streaming services for television and film.

9. Discovery+

Cost: $4.99/month

The Selling Points: HGTV and Planet Earth, I guess?

My mother recently purchased a subscription to Discovery+ in order to have unlimited access to house hunting series, tasteless cooking shows and the cheesiest, most predictable stories that modern television has to offer—Lifetime movies. She can't get enough of them, and I can't fathom why anybody would pay $5/month to even be a shareholder in this company, let alone a consumer of them.

8. Apple TV+

Cost: $4.99/month

The Selling Points: Ted Lasso, Boys State, and Beastie Boys Story

I don't know much about what Apple TV+ has to offer, so I tried doing some research on their content. As it turns out, not even Apple knows exactly what they have to offer. Obviously, there's the beloved Ted Lasso series, which I've only heard the highest of praises about; there's The Morning Show, which eighteen people really enjoyed; and then there's the Tom Hanks-deserves-a-Medal-of-Honor-vehicle, Greyhound, which I'm sure blew hundreds of dads away. Until Apple starts pumping out this Scorsese movie, I'll be observing their catalog from a distance.

7. Peacock

Cost: $4.99/month

The Selling Points: The Office, Yellowstone, A Serious Man (2009)

Is the name good? No. Was the rollout effective? Not particularly. Do they offer never-before-seen footage of America's favorite sitcom The Office? Hell yeah, baby. Aside from the mock docuseries about a struggling paper company based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peacock offers a ragtag group of movies that are actually quite good for a young streaming service that is behest by one of the most powerful corporate entities the universe has ever known. On the flip side, you can still find 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Seinfeld on either Hulu or Netflix.

6. Prime Video