Paste Power Rankings: The 5 Best TV Shows on Right Now

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Paste Power Rankings: The 5 Best TV Shows on Right Now

From the biggest streaming services to the most reliable broadcast networks, there are so many shows vying for your time and attention every single week. Lucky for you, the Paste Editors and TV writers sort through the deluge of Peak TV “content” to make sure you’re watching the best the small screen has to offer. Between under-the-radar gems and the biggest, buzziest hits, we keep our finger on TV’s racing pulse so you don’t have to.

The rules for the Power Rankings are simple: any current series on TV qualifies, whether it’s a comedy, drama, news program, animated series, variety show, or sports event. It can be on a network, basic cable, premium channel, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, or whatever you can stream on your smart TV, as long as a new episode was made available within the past week (ending Sunday)—or, in the case of shows released all at once, it has to have been released within the previous four weeks.

Below is what we’re enjoying right now. Happy viewing!


Best TV Shows for the week of July 15th:

Honorable Mention: The Serpent Queen (Starz), My Lady Jane (Prime Video), Fantasmas (HBO)

5. The Bear

the bear season 3

Network: FX (streaming on Hulu)
Last Week: 4
This Week: This series continues to be the perfect summer binge.

At the beginning of The Bear’s third season, we start with the past. Pinpointing the exact roots of passion and pain, as we watch some of the most impactful moments of Carmy’s (Jeremy Allen White) journey that made him the exceptional chef and messed-up person he is today. From Episode 2 onwards, the tension is immediately cracked up to 11 as our beloved crew deals with the repercussions of last year’s “catastrophic” finale that shattered hearts like a bulldozer. Claire (Molly Gordon) is gone, Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Carmy are fuming at each other, and the rest of the team stands between them, trying to cool things down. This has always been the constant back-and-forth status quo, and we get a big portion of it once again, but it’s clear that the characters are evolving, taking a shot at bettering themselves in their own individual ways.

Season 3 serves as a time for self-reflection and processing all the heavy stuff (grief, break-up, divorce), a sort of recovery to heal from the mistakes. To do that, however (not just for Carmy, but for everyone), creator Christopher Storer needs to focus on each character individually and give them enough screen time to break them down, layer to layer. And he does just that—going all in on all our favorite figures, further building arcs that pay off in the most rewarding ways. This outing is the pinnacle of Storer’s work, a loving dedication to food, restaurants, the city of Chicago, and most importantly, the people who fill it with life. So enjoy every bite. —Akos Peterbencze [Full Review]

4. Sunny

Network: Apple TV+
Last Week: Not Eligible
This Week: A refreshing tragicomedy that brings poignant AI commentary to life.

Apple TV+’s latest sci-fi venture Sunny, adapted from Colin O’Sullivan’s novel The Dark Manual, follows Suzie Sakamoto (Rashida Jones), an American expat who just received the tragic news that her husband, Masa (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and son, Zen, have gone missing in a plane crash. At first, she’s understandably devastated, making her already prickly demeanor even more unapproachable. But, of course, there’s more to this situation than initially appears. Suzie is eventually greeted by a representative from her husband’s company, ImaTech, who offers a gift to assuage her loss: a top-of-the-line home robot named Sunny that Masa himself designed. There are two issues with this, though: one, Suzie hates bots, and two, her husband had lied about his profession and never told her he was a roboticist. While Suzie is initially disenchanted with her new roommate, she soon finds that the machine is essential in discovering the truth about her husband and what happened to her family. While Sunny doesn’t entirely come together, it’s still a strikingly presented sci-fi series that hones in on AI anxiety and modern loneliness. Its strong ensemble cast, bolstered by Jones, Sotomura, and Nishijima, grounds us in this setting and helps elevate this techno-conspiracy. —Elijah Gonzalez [Full Review]

3. House of the Dragon

Network: HBO (streaming on Max)
Last Week: 1
This Week: Daemon has betrayed Rhaenyra, Aemond left Aegon burnt to a crisp, and the Blacks and the Greens continue to cause each other misery.

The story picks up right where it left off, after King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) ascended the throne with the help of his mother, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), and her allies, pushing the realm closer to civil war as Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) and her followers find themselves on the back foot. Queen Rhaenyra is grieving the loss of her son after yet another accidental escalation between the two factions, and Westeros waits with bated breath as a cataclysmic war between dragons becomes increasingly likely. This series feels ripped from a previous era of big-budget indulgence. The cast is massive, the sets and costumes look expensive, and there’s a whole flight of CGI dragons that probably took an unreasonable number of hours to render. The narrative may feel constrained by the work it’s adapting, but its characters are complex enough to make this tale more than just royalty-oriented reality TV. House of the Dragon may come across like a diminished scion of a once proud house, but honestly, I’ll take whatever reminders of former glory I can get. —Elijah Gonzalez [Full Review]

2. My Adventures with Superman

my adventures with superman season 2

Network: Adult Swim (streaming on Max)
Last Week: Honorable Mention
This Week: As we gear up to the finale, Superman employs its most heartwarming (and anime-inspired) episode yet.

Picking up where last season left off, My Adventures with Superman continues to follow Clark (Jack Quaid), Lois (Alice Lee), and Jimmy (Ishmel Sahid), now fully-minted reporters at the Daily Planet, as they navigate their new positions, relationships, and family drama. Clark is plagued by dreams of the mysterious Kryptonian he saw on Zero Day; Lois searches for her father, who has been missing since the final battle; and Jimmy’s Flamebird empire has taken off, though not without a few new road bumps. Task Force X, led now by the perpetually-hateable Amanda Waller (Debra Wilson), is still making power moves, attempting to amass more weaponry to neutralize the person they deem an ongoing threat to humanity: Superman. As Clark and Lois settle into a comfortable romantic relationship, their bond is put to the test when it’s revealed that there is another Kryptonian still alive: Clark’s cousin Kara. As the team prepares to face the fight of their lives against Task Force X, Clark continues to question his place in humanity, his unknown origins, and his connection to those he loves—all while always making time to save the day. —Anna Govert [Full Review]

1. The Acolyte

the acolyte

Network: Disney+
Last Week: 2
This Week: This series’ take on morally gray Jedi is beyond refreshing, especially from another devastating flashback episode.

Set 100 years before the rise of The Empire during the High Republic era, The Acolyte follows the thriving Jedi Order as their own are hunted by a mysterious assassin. Tasked with hunting down this figure is Jedi Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae) and his team consisting of Yord (Charlie Barnett), Jecki (Dafne Keen), and his former student Osha (Amandla Stenberg). As the Jedi continue to chase this assassin, a dark secret and a shameful past continue to haunt them as this figure threatens to bring their actions to light. In Star Wars’ first proper mystery thriller, duality reigns supreme and guides the franchise into a new era for this galaxy far, far away. —Anna Govert

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