Compared to movies or sports, all you need for TV shows is some fairly good picture quality and good handling of reflections. This requires having a good finish and being bright enough to be clear even on very bright afternoons. It can also be good to have a wide viewing angle so you don't have any issues enjoying your shows in a wide living room or when moving about. Obviously, you can get a better picture quality if you spend more, but if your usage is mainly focused on TV shows, you can get a very suitable set for a very reasonable price.
Best TV for Watching TV Shows
The best TV for watching TV shows we've tested is the LG C7 OLED. It has the great picture quality commonly found on OLED TVs and handles reflections very well.
It's no secret that OLED TVs offer exceptional picture quality. Their contrast advantage is less noticeable in a brighter environment, but the C7 also comes with the widest viewing angle we've tested so you won't lose a lot from watching it from the sides.
It isn't the brightest TV around, but its great screen finish, picture quality, and viewing angle make it the best TV available for watching broadcast, cable or online TV shows.
Best Mid-Range TV for Watching TV Shows
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Samsung MU9000 4k LED TV.
The MU9000 sits just below Samsung's "QLED" branded TVs in their line of products, and it shares a similar screen finish, making it one of the best TVs currently available for handling reflections. It's decently bright too, which helps it even more. It doesn't have the picture quality in a dark room or wide viewing angle found on OLED TVs, but it's still a great choice if you don't plan on sitting far off center from the TV.
Best Budget TV for Watching TV Shows
For a budget TV, we recommend the Sony X800E 4k LED TV. It is a decent alternative that offers better viewing angles in exchange for a more limited handling of reflections.
It features Android TV 7.0 which not the fastest but is still quite capable. If you're familiar with Chromecast, the same feature can be found on Android so you can select content from your mobile device or computer and bypass using the interface entirely.
It doesn't have quite as good a picture quality in a dark room as the more expensive picks, but it's still a good TV overall and one of the best small TVs money can buy today.
- Sony X700D. Great budget TV for TV shows, but a bit difficult to find now. See our review
- LG SJ8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but priced a bit too high. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but it lacks a special screen finish to better handle reflections. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. Does well with TV shows thanks to its great screen finish, but the similarly priced LG C7 is even better. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch shows for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.