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, at which most shows are produced.
We've tested 80 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2019.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best TV for bright rooms and 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 will not experience that with normal use.
Overall, the LG B8 is an excellent TV that performs very well.
If you are concerned about the burn-in risk of the LG B8 and at the same time want a brighter TV, then get the Samsung Q80R. This TV cannot deliver perfect black as the LG and doesn't have the as wide viewing angles. On the upside, it's an excellent TV that has a remarkable performance in 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, this is an excellent TV in any usage including TV shows.
If you're looking for a cheaper LED LCD TV, the Sony X900F is the best mid-range TV for watching TV shows that we've tested so far. It has excellent reflection handling and outstanding peak brightness, which is great for watching TV during the day in a bright living room.
This TV supports most of the common streaming services, ensuring you can watch your shows however you choose to access them. It also offers a finer control over the upscaling process; this is great if you're watching a lot of older content that isn't necessarily high definition. This TV can also interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120Hz, which is great if you're a fan of the soap opera effect.
Unfortunately, the image on this TV degrades when viewed at an angle, which isn't ideal if you like to move around with the TV on. Overall, though, this is an outstanding TV that should please most people.
If you like to move around while watching TV, the LG SK9000 has better viewing angles than the Sony X900F, making it a better alternative. Like the Sony, this TV has excellent reflection handling, but isn't quite as bright, although you still shouldn't have any issues in a brighter room. It also supports motion interpolation, great for lower frame rate content, but it doesn't offer as many options to control the upscaling.
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. The response time is fast, 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're looking for a cheaper alternative to the LG UK7700, get the TCL S Series S405 4k 2018. This TV has a VA panel and thus it does not have the good viewing angles of the LG. It can’t get as bright, but it's much cheaper and it will perform decently. This TV has deeper blacks than the LG, which is good for dark rooms, and comes equipped with a very low input lag to please gamers. This TV is being gradually replaced by the S425.
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.