10 Great TV Shows Paramount+ UK Is Still Missing

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Paramount+ launched in the UK with a lot of fanfare, and people were excited to see what was on the global streaming service. But despite the long list of TV shows and films available at launch, many shows we were hoping to see are still missing.

Some of the shows we were surprised NOT to see on Paramount+ UK are original productions of the service in the US, such as Evil and The Good Fight – so their absence is peculiar.

Then there are all the classic Nickelodeon shows from the 90s – we did get Rugrats, but many others are still missing – and fans on Twitter are quite loud about it.

The third group of shows we were hoping to see on the service are classic Paramount and CBS shows (CBS is also owned by Paramount) – after all, Paramount+ began its life as CBS All Access in the US.

And yet – reality shows like Survivor and classic Paramount-produced sitcoms like Family Ties are nowhere to be found…

… In the UK, that is. As all the shows listed in this article ARE available on Paramount+ in other countries – be it the US, Australia or others (and you can access content in other countries with a VPN).

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In most cases, the reason for this is licensing issues – as in, Paramount already sold the rights for these programmes to other platforms in the UK, before Paramount+ had the chance to launch here. But strangely, some of these shows aren’t available ANYWHERE in the UK.

There’s also the issue of shows that ARE available on Paramount+ in the UK, but are missing seasons – for example, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation only has Season 12-15, and NCIS only has seasons 14-16. 

But in this article, we’ll be going over those that are completely MIA.

Paramount+ officially launched in the UK on June 22, 2022. It offers content from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures, as well as several exclusive, original programmes. 

It costs £6.99/month or £69.90/year in the UK, with a free 7-day trial available to everyone.

The standalone Paramount+ app is available on most of the major streaming devices, and you can sign up either directly via the Paramount+ app/website, or via Amazon Prime Video Channels.

Sky Cinema customers, who also have Sky Q or Sky Glass, can get Paramount+ for free (See our full guide on how to get Paramount+ on Sky).

So here’s a list of some of the shows we’re still waiting to see on Paramount+ UK (you can find the full list of Paramount+ UK launch titles here).

1. Survivor

The granddaddy of modern reality shows (although it was based on a Swedish show), Survivor has been running in the US since the year 2000, and recently aired Season 42(!)

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Stranded on an island, 16+ castaways need to battle the elements, and each other, with mental and physical challenges. The ultimate goal is to outlast all the other players, with the group deciding every episode who should be removed from the island.

With Survivor being a CBS show, it made sense for it to be available on Paramount+ in the UK – as it is on the streaming service in other countries – but it’s not.

And what’s even more strange, is that Survivor isn’t currently available on ANY streaming service in the UK – so it’s unclear who holds the right, and when – and if – we’ll be able to stream it on Paramount+ UK.

2. The Amazing Race

Another classic (and still popular) CBS reality show that’s been running since 2001. 

Armed with a limited budget, 12 teams of two embark on a race around the world that rewards $1 million to the first team to reach the final destination, with a team being eliminated every episode.

As with Survivor, the award-winning Amazing Race isn’t available on ANY streaming service in the UK, so it’s unclear why we didn’t get it on Paramount+.

3. Evil

Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion.

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Photo: Paramount

The series, which stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi,  focuses on a sceptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.

Despite being a Paramount+ original, and exclusive to the streaming service in other countries, in the UK the rights went to Alibi, a premium channel owned by UKTV, which is available on Sky, its streaming service NOW, and Virgin Media.

Therefore, it seems we won’t be seeing it on Paramount+ UK in the near future.

4. The Good Fight

The Good Fight is a legal drama that was born as a spinoff series (and sequel) to The Good Wife

Starring Christine Baranski, Delroy Lindo, Cush Jumbo and more, the show will air its sixth and final season this summer.

The Good Fight Paramount
Photo: Paramount

The Good Fight was one of the first CBS All Access original productions, and has been quite popular for the service which later morphed into Paramount+. 

In the UK, the series has known some rocky scheduling, with seasons arriving late on More4, and even later on Amazon’s Prime Video (where, currently, only the first three seasons are available as part of Prime Video).

5. Nickelodeon’s Classic 90’s Shows

When fans heard Paramount+ UK will have Nickeloden shows available to stream, they were thrilled – but disappointment followed when many of the classic 90’s shows were absent.

Rugrats is thankfully available, but Hey Arnold!, Roco’s Modern Life, The Ren And Stimpy Show, Clarissa Explains It All and other classics are still missing.

6. The Twilight Zone 

The original Twilight Zone was created by Rod Serling in 1959 and ran for five seasons.

The anthology classic (each episode tells a different story) features a mix of science fiction, drama and superstition, with plenty of twists, and a lot of young stars who later became TV and film superstars.

With the original being a CBS show, it’s available on Paramount+ in other countries – but not in the UK, unfortunately (where it’s not currently available on any subscription-based streaming service – just as a direct purchase on VOD stores such as Amazon’s Prime Video).

In 2019, CBS All Access ordered a Twilight Zone reboot created by Jordan Peele. It ran for two seasons – but it is also missing from Paramount+ in the UK.

7. Family Ties

The classic sitcom from 1982 ran for seven seasons, starring Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney and a young Michael J. Fox.

Loving and liberal parents raise their kids with the ideals and convictions of flower power at its best. Their offspring, however, have different ideas.

The beloved show originally aired on NBC in the US (and not on CBS), but was produced by Paramount – therefore it’s available on Paramount+ in some countries, but not in the UK. 

8. Sabrina The Teenage Witch

We’re not talking about the more recent Netflix reboot – but the classic 1996 sitcom which ran for seven seasons.

Based on an Archie Comics series, Sabrina’s Sweet 16 becomes a truly magical birthday when she discovers she’s… a witch (with a talking cat).

In the US, the series originally aired on ABC, but was produced by Paramount – and is therefore available on Paramount+ in other countries – but not in the UK.

9. Beavis And Butthead (The Series)

The iconic MTV series stars Beavis and Butt-Head, teenage boys who lack social skills but love watching TV on the couch and providing commentary.

Starting in 1993, it ran for six seasons – and despite Paramount+ being the new home for many MTV shows – the Beavis And Butthead series is absent on the UK version (though two newer films are available – Beavis & Butt-Head Do The Universe and Beavis and Butt-Head Do America).

10. Star Trek: Picard / Star Trek: Lower Decks

Picard, the sequel series to Star Trek: The Next Generation features the beloved character of Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), and is set in the 24th century, 20+ years after the end of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Season 1 saw the return of several beloved Next Generation characters, with Season 2, which involves time travel, bringing back the character of Q, played by John de Lancie.

Star Trek Picard Season 2 screenshot
Photo: Paramount

In the US, Paramount+ is ‘The Home of Star Trek’. In the UK, it’s… almost the home of Star Trek.

Most of the shows (and films) are indeed available on Paramount+ UK, but Star Trek: Picard, as well as the animated Star Trek: Lower Decks, are on Amazon’s Prime Video service, and will apparently remain there for the foreseeable future.

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11 thoughts on “10 Great TV Shows Paramount+ UK Is Still Missing”

  1. I think Classic Nick shows are in a legal quagmire in the UK rights wise. Nick UK is (was?) a joint venture between Viacom and BSkyB in the UK and I think because of that a lot of the early shows have issues—you can’t even purchase most of those shows digitally in the UK, let alone stream them. Would love someone to get to the bottom of this!

    In terms of Twilight Zone, you can purchase every ep in the UK except for all of season 4 and one ep from Season 5 (an occurrence at owl creek bridge)… but again assuming some kind of weird rights issue going on here…

  2. Hey Or, so just seen the original Beavis and Butt-Head episodes are being uploaded to Paramount Plus in the US and yet again completely missing from the UK altogether. It’s absolutely terrible how they’re uploading movies and series in parts with episodes and movies missing and in this case, nothing at all with the classic Beavis and Butt-Head episodes, the UK version has been very disappointing.

    Have a look at this tweet here: https://twitter.com/OOCBeavis/status/1547604400788516865

    I noticed this as Paramount Plus have just announced the new season of Beavis and Butt-Head will be streaming on August 5th however the classic episodes have already started to be released in the US and this was one of the big selling points Paramount Plus had in the UK also.

    Please do a follow up article on this as the more of these that are out the more they might hopefully take notice.

    Thank you so much, your articles are fantastic!!

  3. All seasons of Sabrina The Teenage Witch are currently on Amazon Prime in the UK as far as I know. I guess it will move to P+ when the license expires.

  4. And also most of the csi series like if I wanted to watch from the beginning. Or even new csi Vegas which is not even on it!! Cancelled the trial

  5. 👏👏👏👏👏 Fantastic article, thank you so much for such a great write up!!

    Hopefully Paramount Plus UK will see this, they were talking about the launch of Paramount Plus in the UK for a while so you would have thought they would have acquired or waited for the licences first before launch, surely they would have known that having a huge lack of content people were expecting from the US that this would have set up disappointment. They also would never answer people when asked about certain shows and would only give very vague answers such as “There’s so much content for you to enjoy” or to “Keep an eye on their social media for further announcements” basically keeping people under the hope the show they are hoping for will be added but not confirming.

    It really does have the potential to be a fantastic and very successful service but they are setting up people for disappointment by not really answering customers specific requests other than saying “Please keep an eye out for news of even more shows and movies that will be coming to the platform to add to the thousands of hours of content we already have available to view.”, they’re very vague which I’m guessing the customer service team don’t really know either.

    Really great article, I hope they improve cause they really do have the potential to be a fantastic service.

      • They’re missing so much, there’s so many series where episodes will be missing or films such as Friday the 13th they have part 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 with 3 and 1 missing, plus they have the 2009 movie but it’s pointless watching them when the 1st and 3rd aren’t there. Same with Scream, they have 1, 2 and 3 but the 4th is missing as is the new one, Transformers too has the first movie missing. So many things are incomplete that it makes the whole service pointless and disappointing.

        The same with the 90’s Nick shows mentioned in the article, the only one they have is Rugrats, all the shows such as Doug, Catdog, Aah Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, Invader Zim, Ren and Stimpy, Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers etc. basically nothing is there apart from Rugrats and SpongeBob (though this came out in 1999).

        Shows such as Daria is missing and the Beavis and Butt-Head remastered episodes (though I’m not sure if these are coming soon).

        Also the original Yo! MTV Raps are missing too, there’s the new episodes but the classic episode’s that are supposed to be coming are also missing. Celebrity Deathmatch is also not there and if you go to the Comedy Central part only 6 shows are there and even then there is some South Park episodes missing too.

        If you Google “Paramount Plus US Catalogue” you can see the difference, I’m still paying for it at the moment in the hope that they improve this because they’re new (although I do feel if it’s the case they really should have sorted more licencing out before launch) but as mentioned before they are so vague when you ask for things and don’t give you a proper answer, probably in the hope of keeping you subscribed hoping these shows will appear (or maybe the customer service team just don’t know).

        I’m hoping Paramount Plus see this article and the comments because they could really improve but as of now it’s very lacking.

        It’s nice to see Cord Busters writing these articles (maybe an in depth follow up would be cool) as most people want Paramount Plus to be a success in the UK but maybe they will take notice when they see wonderful articles like this being written as they do have the potential to be one of the best out there but right now, they’re way behind.

  6. They’re also missing the entirety of the original 1960’s Mission: Impossible series (and it’s late 80’s relaunch), as well as the 5th film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

    They’re also missing the Star Trek: The Animated Series and the two most recent movies: Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.


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