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. 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
New 2017 TVs are coming out, but the LG B6 4k OLED TV from 2016 remains the best for watching TV shows. It has exceptional picture quality thanks to its infinite contrast, and it can be watched from every side while keeping a satisfactory experience.
It's also one of the best TVs for dealing with reflections. It can get a very slight purple tinge, but the picture is still very clear and visible. LG has some more expensive OLED models such as the E6, but the only difference is the 3D features, the design and audio performance. Unless you need 3D, it isn't worth the price difference.
Best mid-range TV for watching TV shows
Except for the premium OLED TVs, no TV still available today are better for TV shows than the Sony X700D 4k UHD TV. It gets plenty bright for daytime use, and it can maintain its image quality at an angle well.
The Sony X700D does better than almost all high-end offerings when it comes to broadcast televisions. It upscales content very well and doesn't have any glaring issues. If your usage is going to be mostly centered around TV shows and your budget doesn't fit the very expensive LG B6, the X700D is the TV to buy.
If you're looking for a larger size, the Sony X750D is essentially the same as the X700D above, but in a 65-inch size. It also has the additional feature of being 120hz capable, so if you like the soap opera effect, it can also produce a stronger one.
Best budget TV for watching TV shows
If the Sony X700D is out of your budget, you should look for the LG UH6100. It doesn't have the same picture quality as the other options, but it's still a decent 4k TV.
Much like the other recommendations, it maintains its picture quality quite well when viewed from the side. It also doesn't have an issue with upscaling lower resolution content, so broadcasts look sharp. A big advantage it has over competing TVs in this price range is its smart platform; WebOS 3.0 is the best available, so accessing Netflix or Amazon prime video is very swift.
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).
A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Sony X850D. Great for TV shows, but the X700D does all of it for cheaper. See our review
- LG UH8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but priced a bit too high. See our review
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.