For TV shows, you should purchase a TV that has excellent reflection handling, good brightness levels, and wide viewing angles to accommodate for multiple viewing positions. It should be able to properly display 1080p and 720p resolutions, which is what most shows are produced at.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2019.
The best TV for watching TV shows we've tested so far is the LG OLED B8. It has excellent reflection handling and good brightness levels to overcome the glare of an average bright room. It also has wide viewing angles, to accommodate for a wide seating arrangement or allow you to move around while watching your favorite show without losing picture quality. It has good upscaling capabilities, so 1080p and 720p content will look good. It has good gray uniformity and is equipped with motion enhancement features like motion interpolation and black frame insertion. It runs LG's smart platform with many pre-installed apps, and you can always download more at LG's content store.
Unfortunately, this is an OLED TV and has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in if you display static images over a prolonged period. However, we expect that most people won't experience this with normal use.
Overall, the LG B8 is an excellent TV that performs very well, and if you're looking to watch TV shows, this is the best TV for a bright room.
If you're concerned about the burn-in risk of the LG B8 OLED and also want a brighter TV, then get the Samsung Q80R. This TV can't deliver perfect blacks like the LG and doesn't have the same wide viewing angles. On the upside, it's an excellent TV that has a remarkable performance for TV shows. It has excellent reflection handling and good upscaling of cable content. You can easily place it in a bright room, as it can get very bright to fight glare. It's equipped with the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that new helps the image remain accurate for wider viewing angles.
Overall, if burn-in isn't a concern, get the LG; otherwise, get the Samsung Q80R, which is the best LED for TV shows.
If color accuracy is very important to you, then check out the Sony X900F. It's a TV with impressive picture quality and a great wide color gamut. It can get very bright and handles reflections well, which is great for watching TV shows during the day in a bright room.
This TV has been upgraded to Android TV 8.0 which, apart from being smoother than its predecessor, gives you access to the most updated list of streaming apps, so you'll be able to find your favorite show. It upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you watch your TV shows through cable or have older DVDs. Finally, it can interpolate content up to 120Hz, which will please the soap opera effect fans.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal if you move around with the TV. Overall, though, this is an outstanding TV with a great wide color gamut that should please most people.
If you watch TV shows while you move around doing chores, then get the LG SK9000, which has better viewing angles than the Sony X900F. You won't get the same color accuracy of the Sony or the dark room performance. Nonetheless, this is a great TV with good picture quality and an image that remains accurate for wider angles. it handles reflections well, can get bright enough for a bright room, and supports motion interpolation for the soap opera effect fans. It has a great set of smart features.
Overall, get the Sony X900F if color accuracy matters, or go with the LG SK9000 if wider viewing angles are more important.
If you want a less expensive TV than the Sony X900F, the best budget TV for watching TV shows is the LG UM7300. You won't get the same picture quality or the excellent dark room performance of the Sony.
However, this TV has a decent picture quality and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side thanks to the IPS panel. It can get decently bright for a bright room and has excellent reflection handling. It has decent motion handling and includes a motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans and a great selection of online apps. The response time is fast, which is good for watching sports, and the input lag is excellent for playing video games.
Overall, this is a good TV with great TV show performance.
If you watch TV shows in a dark room and don't care as much about wide viewing angles of the LG UM7300, then get the Hisense H8F. You won't get the reflection handling or the excellent gray uniformity of the LG, but on the upside, you'll be getting a TV with deeper blacks that can deliver great dark room performance, thanks to its high native contrast ratio and local dimming feature. It has great overall picture quality with a wide color gamut and very good brightness for a bright room. Unfortunately, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side.
Overall, get the LG UM7300 if wide viewing angles and gray uniformity are important, but if you watch TV shows in a dark room and you sit straight in front of the TV, then the Hisense is a better choice.
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.