What movies and shows to watch on YouTube TV

At $64.99/mo., YouTube TV isn’t the cheapest live TV streaming service around. But it does have one of the most impressive channel line-ups with an equally impressive amount of on-demand content.

YouTube TV’s shows and movies list is lengthy. You’ll find all the network shows that people can’t stop talking about, whether it’s comedy-thriller Killing Eve or the mysteries of Riverdale. Catch both classic and modern movies, too. Get some laughs in with the Jumanji remake or sit down for a slice of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt pie.

In fact, thanks to recent content deals, there isn’t much that’s missing from YouTube TV. The only big-name titles you won’t be able to watch are ones that are exclusive to other streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. (So say goodbye to Tiger King and Stranger Things.) 

Here are a few of the best shows and movies on YouTube TV right now.

Shows to watch on YouTube TV

Shows that keep you on the edge of your seat

The Walking Dead

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 78%
  • Genre: Horror
  • Number of seasons: 10
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira

When Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, the world is an entirely different place. Alone in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he must fight to find and save his family. But the undead aren’t the only enemies he and his group of survivors will face. 

Killing Eve

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Killing Eve features Eve Polastri as an MI5 officer asked to track down a ruthless and ingenious assassin named Villanelle. Secretly killing high-value targets across Europe, Villanelle is hard to catch. But when she catches wind of Eve, the pair fall into an exhilarating (and sometimes hilarious) game of cat and mouse. 

American Horror Story

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 71%
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 9
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange

A delightfully chilling series, American Horror Story focuses on a different story each season. Settings range from a supernatural hotel to a post-election cult. Watch out for A-list guest stars, ranging from Naomi Campbell to the one and only Lady Gaga.

Shows that everyone’s talking about

Atlanta

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89%
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Brian Tyree Henry, Donald Glover, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Alfred Miles is one of the rappers trying to make his mark in Atlanta. Follow the stresses and struggles of Alfred and his manager-slash-cousin, Earn, as they try to boost their careers while dealing with complicated family lives and social and economic hardship. 

Empire

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 49%
  • Genre: Musical, Drama
  • Number of seasons: 6
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe

Follow a fictional music and entertainment company whose founder must choose a successor. Naturally, his three sons each want the title and are willing to fight to get hold of it. But his ex-wife, Cookie, also wants a piece.

Riverdale

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 58%
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse

This original Archie Comics story starts with the mysterious death of a student on the 4th of July. Rocking the small town of Riverdale, the loss also triggers an investigation by some of his classmates. Quickly, they realize their hometown isn’t quite what it seems.

Movies to watch on YouTube TV

Movies you can watch with the whole family

Avatar

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 82%
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

Jake Sully is sent to the alien world of Pandora to study the planet and its highly-evolved inhabitants, the Na’vi. One of the first humans to grow closer to the Na’vi people, his loyalties are tested when he’s asked to choose between protecting Pandora and completing his mission. This well-loved classic is one of the best movies on YouTube TV.  

The Greatest Showman

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Musical
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

P.T. Barnum has always had big dreams. Dancing extravaganzas, daring acts and a big new family soon create the greatest show to ever exist. But P.T.’s critics are never far away. 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan

This modern-day remake stars funny guys Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart as the video game characters of regular teenagers who get sucked into the land of Jumanji. Will they beat the treacherous landscape and make it back to their normal lives, or will they be stuck in the virtual world forever? 

Movies that have been nominated for awards

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 70%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an unsuccessful actor, Rick Dalton, and Brad Pitt as his faithful stunt double, Cliff Booth. Rick isn’t sure where his career is heading and has to watch his neighbors, the famous Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, soar to the top in 1960s Los Angeles. A run-in with Charles Manson and his “family” forever alters all of their lives. 

Interstellar

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine

Thanks to failing crops and dusty landscapes, Earth is slowly becoming impossible to live on. NASA experts are trying to find a new home for the human race. Cooper pilots a spaceship across the galaxy in a race against time to not only save humanity but his children too. 

Gone Girl

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Based on the book by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl traces the sudden disappearance of Amy Dunne. Shocked husband, Nick, is left facing a police investigation while trying to come to terms with who his wife really is.

Our hot take

Whether you’re a fan of Oscar-winning titles or someone who wants to stay on top of the nation’s most popular series, YouTube TV’s movies and shows have you covered. And with the option to watch titles both live and on-demand, you can enjoy total TV freedom.

Lauren Sharkey