Everyone needs to relax and enjoy captivating television once in a while, even dads. The term “dad” here may not literally refer to a dad – but rather the type of person who might enjoy mowing the lawn, listening to Billy Joel, and refusing to ask Home Depot for help. Here’s a handy list of TV series recommendations for the dad — or “dad” — in your life, and where they can stream them.
Jack Ryan – First Video
Before his name was slapped on a thousand video games, Tom Clancy was the ultimate daddy novelist, writing glowing portraits of American supermen battling communism and drug lords. Jack Ryan is the latest and most successful attempt to adapt Clancy to a new era and a new audience. Jean Krasinski stars as a younger iteration of a character played by legendary actors such as Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwinand Ben Affleck. This show has everything dads love, including angry men in suits yelling at other angry men in suits and multiple explosions.
The list of terminals – Prime Video
Old seal of the NAVY Jack Carr is the new Tom Clancy of the literary world, but with a darker, more conspiratorial side. If Tom Clancy tended to celebrate the skill of government agents, Carr usually skewers them for playing with the lives of soldiers. Nevertheless, anyone who likes Jack Ryan will probably like The list of terminals. Chris Pratt, another network mockumentary comedy star turned badass action guy, stars as James Reece. He’s joined by a stellar supporting cast, including Constance Wu, taylor kitschand Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Reach – Prime Video
Another show based on a popular thriller novel series, Reach is a significant improvement over Tom Cruise movies that always felt like they weren’t quite meant for him. Showrunner Nick Santora is a Soprano and Law and order alum who does a great job of adapting Lee Childthe source material. Although star Alan Richson isn’t quite a household name like Krasinski or Pratt, he delivers a performance just as compelling as his more well-known colleagues.
Bosch – Premier Video
Dads love a good crime drama, and few exemplify the genre better than Bosch. Even though Bosch is another serial adaptation of bestselling novels, this one is more of a loose adaptation, taking 3 different books as its source material. Titus Welliver stars as the eponymous LAPD detective who must solve crimes while defending himself against obsessive psychopaths.
Patriot – First video
When dad tires of intense death-defying drama, it’s time to light up Patriot, an offbeat comedy series about an undercover CIA officer/folk singer in Milwaukee. Created by the usually underrated Steve Conradthis show is so unpredictable that the less talked about, the better.
Yellowstone – Peacock
Taylor SheridanThe hit series about a powerful Montana ranching family led to several prequel series and a resurgence of interest in westerns. Kevin Costner proves he’s an even better actor now than he was in the ’90s, while Sheridan creates a rich family tradition that will glue dads to their couches. If the father in your life isn’t already obsessed with the Duttons, now is the time to dive in. The flagship series, which will premiere on Paramount Network, is currently only available on Peacock to stream.
Tulsa King – Paramount +
Co-created by Yellowstoneis Taylor Sheridan and Boardwalk Empireit is Terence Winter, king of tulsa is a fish out of water detective series that features Sylvester Stallone as a mobster bringing his work experience to the unassuming town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is the first but certainly not the last mob story on this list, and this one uniquely immerses the gangster characters in a neo-Western atmosphere. Grizzled Sly Stallone might be the best Sly Stallone.
1883 – Paramount+
A prequel series to Yellowstone, this is a classic western that tells the origin story of the Dutton family. It’s a limited series, good for a dad who might not have all the time in the world to binge on multi-season shows. Sam Elliot is awesome, and Taylor Sheridan once again proves he’s a TV wizard.
SEAL Team – Paramount+
SEAL Team is basically a video game for people who don’t care to play video games. What follows is, as you might have guessed, an elite team of Navy SEALs kicking ass around the world. When Dad is looking for an adrenaline rush, this is the show to watch.
Longmire – Netflix
Believe it or not, there are compelling Westerns do not created by Taylor Sheridan. Longmire had a successful run on A&E before heading to Netflix. The show is a kind of police/western hybrid drama about a sheriff in Wyoming (Robert Taylor) in a fictional town investigating crimes alongside her best friend, a Cheyenne played by Lou Diamond Phillips.
The Recruit – Netflix
The newest series in this list, The recruitis a fun spy comedy that’s a bit more charming and significantly less bizarre than Patriot. Showrunner Alexis Hawley is also the mastermind behind The recruitan underrated detective show on Hulu. The recruit relatively new star Noah Centineo as a CIA lawyer who, predictably, finds himself embroiled in an international incident of endless shenanigans.
Vikings: Valhalla – Netflix
Dads love a bit of history, especially when that story is about Viking warriors. A series following vikingsthis entry is set 100 years later in England and traces the cultural and theological differences that lead to the conflict. Vikings: Walhalla has the kind of old-world violence and brutality that will make your dad’s blood boil while he savors a Budweiser in his living room.
Tokyo Vice – HBO Max
Michael manThe work of is always stylish, atmospheric and cool as hell, and Deputy Tokyo is no exception. The series is a neo-noir about an American journalist investigating the yakuza. Arguably one of the most underrated shows out there right now, Deputy Tokyo is a welcome second foray into Mann’s television, including the 2011 series Chance (another underrated gem) unexpectedly went off the rails due to the on-set deaths of three horses. If the father in your life has a hitherto unknown fondness for some Jean Pierre Melville black, this show is the gateway drug that could lure him into the terrifying world of international cinema.
The Sopranos – HBO Max
Whether The Sopranos isn’t the greatest show ever made, it’s definitely one of the greatest. The Sopranos works on two different levels, both as a brilliantly written and acted psychological drama, as well as a compelling and hilarious gangster yarn. Whether Martin Scorsese had grown up in the suburbs with more passion for television than for cinema, this is the show he would have done.
Boardwalk Empire – HBO Max
This series produced by Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, featuring the iconic Steve Buscemi as a gangster Jazz Age Atlantic City, is an uneven but brilliant series sure to delight any dad. There’s seemingly no end to the great supporting performances on this show and Buscemi’s long-awaited star turn is the only post-Soprano gangster performance to compete Jacques Gandolfini like Tony Soprano. Sadly, Boardwalk Empire didn’t have time to bring its storylines to a satisfying conclusion, but it’s still one of the great prestige shows of all time.