Apple TV+: A Stellar Lineup of Top Shows to Keep You Hooked
Apple TV+ continues to captivate audiences with its remarkable lineup of shows. From thrilling dramas like "The Essex Serpent" and "Hijack," to compelling mysteries like "City on Fire" and "Silo," the streaming platform offers a diverse range of captivating content. Audiences can also enjoy thought-provoking series such as "Truth Be Told" and "Echo 3," as well as heartwarming comedies like "Ted Lasso" and "Mythic Quest." With an impressive roster of shows that cater to every taste, Apple TV+ is solidifying its position as a top streaming service. Join us as we delve into the world of these incredible shows and explore the best of what Apple TV+ has to offer.
The Essex Serpent (2022)
- Rating: TV-14
- Seasons: 1
- Creator: Anna Symon
- Main cast: Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Hayley Squires
- Genre: Historical Drama
- Ratings: 6.3 – IMDB / 76% – Rotten Tomatoes
In 19th-century England, a young widow embarks on a journey from London to a small town in search of a mythical creature. As she investigates the reports, she finds herself at odds with the townspeople, but also develops a bond with the local pastor.
The compelling dynamic between Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston's characters serves as the highlight of this gothic drama. It offers unexpected plot twists and stunning cinematography.
Ready to watch? You can find the show here on Apple TV Plus.
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Creators: Jim Field Smith, George Kay
Cast: Idris Elba, Archie Panjabi, Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Neil Maskell
Hijack captivates audiences with its intriguing story and unique narrative style, reminiscent of the hit series, 24. Co-created by Jim Field Smith (Criminal: UK) and George Kay (Lupin), this intense thriller unfolds during a seven-hour flight from Dubai to London that is suddenly hijacked. As Idris Elba's character navigates the hijacked plane, the authorities on the ground scramble to regain control. Hijack boasts a stellar British cast, including Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Christine Adams (Black Lightning). – Yael Tygiel
City on Fire (2023-present)
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Creator: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Cast: Jemima Kirke, Wyatt Oleff, Chase Sui Wonders
City on Fire is an enthralling crime drama based on the novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. The series revolves around the mysterious murder of Samantha Yeung (played by Chase Sui Wonders) in Central Park, which unveils connections to various groups searching for answers amidst the tragedy. Set in the early 2000s, City on Fire offers a nostalgic atmosphere and a captivating soundtrack that enhances the viewing experience. With its aesthetic appeal, diverse cast of characters, and intricate mystery, this show is a must-watch. - Tauri Miller
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Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen, Tim Robbins
Inspired by the Wool novel series written by Graham Yost, Silo is a thought-provoking sci-fi dystopian series that explores the clash between safety and truth in a world riddled with misinformation and conspiracy theories. Led by Rebecca Ferguson's powerful performance, the show features an exceptional ensemble cast including Tim Robbins, Rashida Jones, and Common. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where ten thousand individuals reside in an underground silo, Silo delves into the mystery of whether there's more to their existence than what they've been led to believe. The series immerses viewers with its impressive practical sets, detailed costumes, and phenomenal acting.
The Last Thing He Told Me (2023)
- Rating: TV-MA
- Seasons: 1
- Creator: Laura Dave, Josh Singer
- Main cast: Jennifer Garner. Angourie Rice, Aisha Tyler, Augusto Aguilera, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
- Genre: Mystery/Thriller
- Ratings: 6.9 – IMDB / 46% – Rotten Tomatoes
Hannah's world is shattered when her husband mysteriously disappears during an FBI raid on his employer's offices. Now, she must take care of her 16-year-old stepdaughter while unraveling the truth behind her husband's disappearance and questioning whether she ever truly knew him.
The Last Thing He Told Me is a gripping adaptation of Laura Dave's best-selling novel. While it may not break new ground, the series delivers a solid mystery drama heightened by the exceptional performances of its main cast.
Ready to watch? You can find the show here on Apple TV Plus.
Dear Edward (2023-present)
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Cast: Colin O'Brien, Taylor Schilling, Robin Tunney, Connie Britton
Dear Edward is a heartwrenching drama based on Ann Napolitano's novel of the same name. The series follows the journey of young boy Edward (played by Colin O'Brien), the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash. Adapted by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Dear Edward explores themes of grief, humanity, and the need for connection. As Edward seeks support from others affected by the tragedy, the show delivers emotionally impactful moments skillfully portrayed by its exceptional cast, including Taylor Schilling, Robin Tunney, and Connie Britton. – Yael Tygiel
Hello Tomorrow (2023-present)
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Creators: Amit Bhalla, Lucas Jansen
Cast: Billy Crudup, Haneefah Wood, Alison Pill, Nicholas Podany, Dewshane Williams
Prepare to be enchanted by the uniquely stylized dramedy Hello Tomorrow! Created by Amit Bhalla and Lucas Jansen, the series is set in a retro-futuristic city and revolves around a charismatic salesman (played by Billy Crudup) and his team who sell timeshares on the moon. Hello Tomorrow! features a fantastic ensemble cast, including Haneefah Wood and Alison Pill, as well as the talented newcomer Nicholas Podany, portraying the rookie of the team. With its captivating premise, talented cast, and visually appealing aesthetics, Hello Tomorrow! is a delightful watch. – Yael Tygiel
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Creators: Brett Goldstein, Bill Lawrence, Jason Segel
Cast: Harrison Ford, Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, Lukita Maxwell, Luke Tennie
Shrinking is a delightfully charming comedy series created by Brett Goldstein, Bill Lawrence, and Jason Segel. It stars Harrison Ford as a grieving therapist who challenges traditional therapeutic expectations by sharing his unfiltered thoughts with his patients—with various outcomes. With its wonderful ensemble cast, which includes Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, and newcomers Lukita Maxwell and Luke Tennie, this series intertwines clever humor with genuine conversations about loss, love, and navigating through life. It's a beautiful new comedy that offers a universal exploration of human experiences. – Yael Tygiel
Truth Be Told (2019-present)
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Creator: Nichelle D. Tramble
Cast: Octavia Spencer, Ron Cephas Jones, Rico E. Anderson, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms
In the underrated series Truth Be Told, Octavia Spencer shines as Poppy Parnell, an investigative reporter and true crime podcaster on a quest for answers. Inspired by Kathleen Barber's novel Are You Sleeping, creator Nichelle D. Tramble skillfully weaves captivating mysteries with intricate family dynamics. Alongside Spencer's mesmerizing performance, the series is elevated by a stellar supporting cast, including Ron Cephas Jones and Mekhi Phifer. Truth Be Told allows crime thriller enthusiasts to explore the process of murder investigations and the world of podcasting through intriguing and engrossing stories. – Yael Tygiel
Echo 3 (2022-present)
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Cast: Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans, Jessica Ann Collins, James Udom
Echo 3 is an action-packed military thriller that stems from the creative mind of two-time Academy Award winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker). The series stars Michiel Huisman and Luke Evans and is based on the book series When Heroes Fly by Omri Givon. Echo 3 follows a black-ops team's mission to rescue a loved one (played by Jessica Ann Collins) after she is kidnapped in Colombia. With its gripping storytelling and emphasis on the humanity of these delta force operators, Echo 3 offers suspenseful drama and an outstanding ensemble cast. – Yael Tygiel
Slow Horses (2022-present)
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Based on the book by: Mick Herron
Cast: Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas
Slow Horses is an innovative dark comedy series that seamlessly weaves witty dialogue with suspenseful action. It follows a group of British intelligence agents who have been demoted to a forgotten department of MI5 due to career-ending mistakes. Led by the brilliantly bitter head of the department, portrayed by Gary Oldman, these banished agents strive to regain their standing within the agency. Slow Horses is an entertaining thriller that masterfully utilizes its talented cast, including Jack Lowden and Kristin Scott Thomas, to deliver a captivating story about these agents with once-promising careers. – Yael Tygiel
Created by: Veronica West
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ari Graynor, François Arnaud
If you're craving an enthralling psychological thriller, look no further than Surface. Starring the outstanding Gugu Mbatha-Raw, this series follows her character, Sophie, after her survival of a suicide attempt. However, she wakes up with no recollection of why she wanted to end her life. As she delves into the mystery, she encounters a mysterious man named Thomas Baden (played by Stephan James) who claims to know her and her husband James (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Produced by Reese Witherspoon, who has previously worked on acclaimed shows like Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere, Surface is an intriguing and mysterious addition to the genre. – Taylor Gates
Bad Sisters (2022)
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Created by: Sharon Horgan, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
Cast: Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, Eve Hewson
If you're in search of a dark comedy akin to Dead to Me, look no further than Bad Sisters. The story revolves around Grace (Anne-Marie Duff), a woman whose husband, John Paul (Claes Bang), has recently passed away. The series begins on the day of John Paul's funeral, where Grace and her sisters each have different reactions. Grace is in a state of disbelief, while Eva (Sharon Horgan) waters her plants and indulges in wine. Bibi (Sarah Greene) lounges in the bathtub, Ursula (Eva Birthistle) hides from her family, and Becka (Eve Hewson) is running late. When Thomas (Brian Gleeson) discovers a large life insurance claim on John Paul, he becomes suspicious and decides to investigate. He suspects that the Garvey sisters were involved due to the way John Paul mistreated Grace. Bad Sisters is a captivating blend of mystery and comedy, showcasing the talents of the exceptional Sharon Horgan. – Taylor Gates
Five Days at Memorial (2022)
Creators: Carlton Cuse, John Ridley
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Cornelius Smith Jr.
Five Days at Memorial chronicles the horrifying aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This mini-series, created by Carlton Cuse (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) and John Ridley (American Crime), follows the five-day period in which medical professionals, doctors, and nurses struggle to care for patients in the hospital's intensive care unit without electricity. Five Days at Memorial sheds light on a disturbing truth, providing talented actors like Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Julie Ann Emery, and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Scandal) the opportunity to delve into the experiences of those involved. – Yael Tygiel
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Cast: Esther Smith, Rafe Spall
Trying is a heartfelt and humorous British comedy that revolves around Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall), a couple longing to have a child. After struggling to conceive, they decide to pursue adoption. The series offers an honest portrayal of the adoption process, highlighting the ups and downs along the way. Trying is characterized by its genuine warmth and the effortless chemistry between its two leads, making it a captivating watch. If you enjoyed Netflix's Private Life, Trying will be right up your alley. – Taylor Gates
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Created by: Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
Cast: Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster
Maya Rudolph is an incredibly talented comedy actor, and Loot fully showcases her abilities. The show centers around Molly, played by Rudolph, who has been married to tech billionaire John (Severance's Adam Scott) for two decades. When Molly discovers John's infidelity, she demands a divorce and half of his vast fortune: a staggering billion. In order to combat boredom, Molly takes up a job at a charity she didn't even know existed, much to the chagrin of Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez), the head of the charity. Loot is a side-splitting workplace comedy that delivers laugh after laugh. It's worth watching for the hilarious fake Hot Ones interview alone. – Taylor Gates
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Created by: Annie Weisman
Cast: Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Diedre Friel, Paul Sparks, Della Saba, Lou Taylor Pucci, Geoffrey Arend
Set in the 1980s, Physical follows Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a dutiful but unfulfilled housewife who discovers a newfound passion and power in the world of aerobics. At the same time, her husband has lost his job as a political science professor, but takes Sheila's advice and decides to run for the California State Assembly as a local representative. While the series is set in the 80s, Sheila's story remains relatable for many women. She must navigate between building her aerobics business, fulfilling her duties as a mother and wife, and battling her own self-image and disordered eating habits. Through voiceovers, the series provides a glimpse into Sheila's innermost thoughts, revealing her harsh self-judgment. With no one to confide in, aerobics becomes Sheila's outlet for releasing her frustrations and silencing her inner critic. Physical skillfully weaves together themes of women's empowerment, the moral contradictions of 80s politics, and the rise of aerobics as a fitness phenomenon, resulting in a truly compelling series that is definitely worth watching. - Brynna Arens
Shining Girls (2022-present)
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Created by: Silka Luisa (based on The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes)
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Wagner Moura, Jamie Bell, Phillipa Soo, Amy Brenneman, Chris Chalk
Shining Girls presents an intriguing and suspenseful premise: what if there was a serial killer who could travel through time to hunt and murder women? When the series begins, Kirby Mazrachi (Moss) is experiencing strange side effects after surviving a near-fatal attack. She begins to question whether these side effects are connected to something beyond her own trauma. Shining Girls gradually introduces its unique concept, building up the mystery and crime elements before taking a definitive turn into the supernatural. As Collider's Therese Lacson mentioned in her review of the show, "For those who enjoy a more experimental approach to storytelling, unburdened by the confines of one specific genre, Shining Girls is an exciting entry for Apple TV." - Carly Lane
(Image credit: Apple)After a first season that didn't resonate with many, Foundation season 2 has received high praise from critics and viewers alike. This adaptation of Isaac Asimov's work excels as a character study, following Lee Pace's Brother Day and Jared Harris' mathematician Hari Seldon. Brother Day represents the galactic empire, while Hari Seldon is one of the few who can foresee its eventual downfall.
While Foundation initially didn't capture the attention of our list, its second season is worth noting due to its strong storytelling and engaging plot. The show is ambitious in scope, and creator David S. Goyer has plans for eight seasons.
Seasons: 2 (season 2 is currently airing)
Cast: Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton
Year: 2021 - 2023 (ongoing)
Genre: Sci-fi drama
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
For fans of: Murder mysteries, your favorite comedians, genre switching Number of seasons: 2
Tiffany Haddish, The Afterparty
This comedic murder mystery anthology series combines the intricate plotting of Knives Out with the humor of an Upright Citizens Brigade sketch. The first season boasts an all-star cast including Ben Schwartz, Sam Richardson, Ilana Glazer, John Early, Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, and Jamie Demetriou. It revolves around the murder of a pop star during a high school reunion's afterparty. The second season features returning cast members Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, and Zoë Chao, alongside new additions including John Cho, Jack Whitehall, and Poppy Liu. It tackles a whole new case involving a murder at a wedding, causing turmoil in the festivities. The Afterparty is a genre-bending delight. - Liam Mathews
The Big Door Prize
For fans of: Small-town comedies, existential questions, comically large bowls of spaghettiNumber of seasons: 1 (Renewed for Season 2)
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Chris O'Dowd stars in this delightfully whimsical comedy about the residents of a small town who find themselves in a frenzy when a mysterious machine called The Morpho arrives, promising to reveal their life's potential on a small blue card. The townspeople take up new hobbies and interests they never knew they had, leading to hilarious and thought-provoking moments as questions of fate, hidden desires, and divine intervention arise. However, the true allure of the show lies in its charming ensemble cast and the interconnected stories that feature a touch of mystery. - Tim Surette
(Image credit: Apple)Ted Lasso needs no introduction. The story of an American college football coach finding himself coaching soccer in the UK has gained immense popularity and critical acclaim. It has become one of the most beloved and talked-about series on Apple TV. Released during the dark times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ted Lasso's wholesome and positive energy was a breath of fresh air. As a coach of a struggling team, Lasso's optimism and kindness subvert toxic masculinity and bring unity to AFC Richmond. The show's upbeat energy sets it apart from the multitude of bleak and heavy dramas. While the third season had its ups and downs, it concluded strongly and doesn't require a spinoff series. Ted Lasso season 4 may be a possibility, and fans eagerly await future developments. – Henry T. Casey
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein
Year: 2020-2023 (possibly ongoing)
Rotten Tomatoes scores: 92% (season 1), 97% (season 2), 79% (season 3)
For fans of: Workplace comedies, the video game industry
Number of seasons: 3 (special episodes)
Charlotte Nicdao and Ashly Burch, Mythic Quest
Mythic Quest, created by Rob McElhenney from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, cleverly intertwines office comedy with the world of video games. The show successfully celebrates the gaming industry without mocking gamers themselves. McElhenney plays the egotistical creative director of a popular MMORPG, which constantly faces various challenges. While F. Murray Abraham departs from the show in Season 3, the talented cast still features Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis, David Hornsby, Imani Hakim, and Charlotte Nicdao, who delivers a standout performance. Even with a third season that didn't quite match the previous two, Mythic Quest remains one of the best workplace comedies on television. - Tim Surette
For All Mankind
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The riveting "what if" premise is just the beginning of the captivating journey that is For All Mankind. In the opening moments of the series premiere, the Soviet Union beats the United States to the Moon, setting off a never-ending space race and altering the course of history. Bereft of the first lunar landing, the United States instead sets its sights on achieving other monumental feats, such as constructing a permanent lunar base, establishing a rotating population on the Moon, and becoming the first nation to set foot on Mars.
For All Mankind has quietly emerged as the finest show on Apple TV Plus, spanning three remarkable seasons. While the first season started off slowly but impressively, its electrifying season 2 finale was followed by an equally captivating third season that leaves us eagerly anticipating what comes next. Throughout its run, the show has held its own among the top shows of 2022, standing shoulder to shoulder with Severance and Better Call Saul. The confirmation of For All Mankind season 4 only deepens our excitement. — Kelly Woo
Seasons: 3Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten
Year: 2019-2023 (Ongoing)Genre: Drama
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
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Apple TV Plus and the world of professional wrestling collide in the unexpected and extraordinary docuseries Monster Factory. The six-part series delves into the arduous training undergone by the aspiring wrestlers at Danny Cage's eponymous wrestling school. The Factory has produced numerous stars destined for the big stage, but these resilient students in New Jersey are struggling to secure a coveted try-out with prestigious organizations like WWE.
While the series undoubtedly generates empathy and support for these aspiring stars, it is arguably their demanding coach who becomes the show's secret weapon. Cage pushes his fledgling wrestlers to their physical and mental limits, fully aware that achieving their dreams of success in the wrestling world necessitates impeccable presentation and resilience. — Henry T. Casey
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)Cast: Danny Cage, Hurley A. Jones Jr. (aka Bobby Buffet), David Goldschmidt (aka Goldy), Gabriella Belpre (aka Gabby Ortiz)
Year: 2023Genre: Docuseries
Rotten Tomatoes score: n/a
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The success of true crime dramas hinges on one crucial element: performances. Since the outcome of the real-life stories is widely known or easily researchable, shows like Black Bird must deliver exceptional acting to captivate viewers and hold their attention. Black Bird, a limited miniseries on Apple TV Plus, recounts the journey of James Keene as he endeavors to secure freedom from a maximum-security prison by infiltrating a minimum-security jail. The narrative unfolds through the eyes of Taron Egerton, who infuses Keene with undeniable charisma.
However, the true power of Black Bird lies with Paul Walter Hauser, who portrays the enigmatic Larry Hall, a serial confessor and prime suspect. Hall has already confessed to the murders of young girls, but his reliability as a narrator remains suspect. Therefore, Keene is assigned the challenging task of extracting legitimate evidence from the truly eerie Hall. With each episode, Black Bird becomes more gripping and haunting, solidifying its position as a show that entices viewers to subscribe to Apple TV Plus. — Henry T. Casey
Cast: Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Ray LiottaYear: 2022Genre: True crime drama
Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
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Hard work begets rewards. While this may not be the primary lesson of Pachinko, an epic historical drama spanning generations of a Korean immigrant family, it is a valuable takeaway from watching the series. Among the best shows of the year, Pachinko is a dense, intricately layered masterpiece. The series incorporates subtitles with distinct colors to reflect the integral use of Japanese and Korean languages throughout the narrative.
As the story unfolds in these languages, Pachinko benefits from the shifting landscape of viewer preferences, where subtitles no longer deter audiences as they once did. But given its subtly woven narratives (unlike the intensity of Squid Game), one must fully engage and pay attention to every moment. Beautifully shot, exquisitely acted, and meticulously crafted, Pachinko is a testament to Apple TV Plus' commitment to delivering exceptional quality. — Henry T. Casey
Cast: Youn Yuh-jung, Jin Ha, Eun-chae Jung, Min-ha Kim, Jimmi SimpsonYear: 2022Genre: Historical drama
Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
For fans of: The weekend, r/antiwork, brain-melting thrillers Number of seasons: 1 (Renewed for Season 2)
Apple TV The concept of work-life balance takes an intriguing turn in the sci-fi thriller Severance, a series that might just make you contemplate quitting your day job. Set in Lumon Industries, Mark (Adam Scott) finds himself in a bizarre situation when a new procedure implants a chip in employees' brains, effectively severing their consciousness into separate work and personal lives. As a result, they live dual lives unaware of each other's activities. Lumon's intentions are far from noble, and as the employees uncover the truth, the boundaries between their work and personal lives blur. With an exceptional ensemble cast that includes Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, and Ben Stiller, and the brilliant direction of Aoife McArdle and Ben Stiller, Severance boasts stunning visuals and stands among the most visually appealing shows in recent memory. It's an outlandish yet intricately woven conspiracy that will captivate and leave viewers hooked. — Tim Surette [Trailer]]
For fans of: Musical comedies, corn puddingNumber of seasons: 2
Apple TV Musical comedy series often struggle to find success, but Schmigadoon! defies the odds in the most delightful way. Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong lead the cast as a couple who stumble upon a magical town stuck in a perpetual 1940s musical. Trapped in Schmigadoon!, they find themselves embarking on a Twilight Zone-esque journey filled with hilarious musical numbers and absurdity. The show is a whimsical blend of goofy charm and underlying darkness. In its fantastic second season, the show shifts to "Schmicago" to satirize musicals from the '60s and '70s. Schmigadoon! is a delightful and twisted gem that sets it apart from the rest. — Tim Surette [Trailer]
(Image credit: Apple TV)Tailored for fans of musicals and the animated series Bob's Burgers, Central Park reimagines the lives of families living within the iconic New York City park. Led by patriarch Owen Tillerman (voiced by Leslie Odom Jr.), the Tillerman–Hunter family embodies the spirit of Central Park as Owen tirelessly manages the park and strives to earn the respect he deserves. Laced with superb musical numbers, a stellar ensemble cast, and plenty of laughter, Central Park stands as Apple TV Plus' hidden gem that deserves wider recognition. — Henry T. Casey
Voice cast: Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Stanley Tucci, Emmy Raver-Lampman
Year: 2020-2021Genre: Animated sitcom
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
The Morning Show
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The Morning Show stands as a testament to the evolution of television, not just within the show-within-a-show hosted by Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), but in the series itself. While the initial focus of season 1 revolved around talk show host Mitch Kessler's (Steve Carell) downfall due to workplace misconduct, the series underwent a transformation to match real-life developments, following the revelations of Matt Lauer's misconduct.
The second season continued this trend by incorporating the Covid-19 pandemic into its narrative, effectively capturing the zeitgeist. Although the second season veers into soap opera territory at times, it finds a stronger sense of its own dramatic identity. — Henry T. Casey
Seasons: 2Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Steve Carell
Year: 2019-2021 (ongoing)Genre: Drama
Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%
For fans of: Chaotic best friendsNumber of seasons: 1
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, Platonic
Apple TV Platonic challenges the notion that men and women cannot simply be friends. This endearingly silly comedy, created by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, reunites Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen as a pair of old friends reconnecting after years apart. Their reunion leads to chaos and personal growth as they reevaluate their lives and the paths they want to follow. It's a lighthearted comedy infused with a midlife crisis theme. As Keith Phipps points out in his review, "Beneath gags about late-night cell phone etiquette, nightmarish home renovation projects, and raccoons is a bittersweet exploration of giving up youthfulness for middle age, what's lost and gained in the exchange, and the realization that your true friends are the ones still with you on the other side." -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
For fans of: Michael J. Fox!
Michael J. Fox, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
Apple TV Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) directs this documentary about the legendary Michael J. Fox, one of the most iconic figures in 1980s Hollywood. With his career interrupted by a Parkinson's diagnosis, Still embodies Fox's optimistic spirit as he perseveres through life's challenges. The film celebrates Fox's wit, charm, and enduring legacy. Guggenheim expertly weaves together archival footage of Fox's remarkable career, reminding viewers of his immense talent. Still is an uplifting tale of resilience rather than a somber reflection on missed opportunities. — Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy
For fans of: Complaining, watching someone being forced to do something they don't want toNumber of seasons: 1
Eugene Levy, The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy
Apple TV If travel shows overwhelm you with wonder and enthusiasm, then join Eugene Levy on a global tour. As the title suggests, Levy is not exactly thrilled about venturing outside the comforts of his temperature-controlled home. Yet, he embarks on visits to breathtaking destinations like Finland, the Maldives, and Venice, grumbling about the weather throughout. However, Levy's continuous whining serves as the show's allure, turning it into more of a one-man performance than a traditional travel series. — Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Psychological horror from M. Night Shyamalan, babies, foodNumber of seasons: 4
Apple TV The riveting psychological thriller Servant, created by Tony Basgallop and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, initially revolved around a family in turmoil following a tragic event. In the first season, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell) hire a live-in nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), to care for a lifelike "reborn doll" that Dorothy believes is her deceased son. However, the doll somehow transforms into a living baby. As the series progresses, it delves into supernatural territory, revealing Leanne's true nature. Servant stands out for its meticulous attention to detail, including the striking wallpaper in the Turners' Philadelphia brownstone, the perpetually wet shoes of Leanne's peculiar uncle (Boris McGiver), and its unsettling food design reminiscent of Hannibal. The fourth and final season is currently airing, offering a thrilling conclusion to this captivating series. — Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
For fans of: The immigrant experience, anthologies, heartfelt emotions.
Number of seasons: 2
Hanad Abdi, Little America
Apple TV's anthology series, Little America, co-created by Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Alan Yang, offers a heartwarming escape from the troubles of the world. Each episode is based on true stories of immigrants in America, highlighting their achievements and experiences with humor and warmth. One of the stories features an Indian spelling bee prodigy who takes charge of his parents' hotel after their deportation and even reaches out to Laura Bush for help. The show stands out by focusing on the systemic challenges faced by immigrants rather than solely on individual acts of racism. With a diverse range of stories, Little America provides a refreshing and engaging viewing experience. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: A-listers singing and dancing, delightful cheesiness.
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, Spirited
Apple TV's Christmas musical adaptation, Spirited, continues the tradition of attracting top-notch talents. Will Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, attempting to transform Ryan Reynolds' character. Filled with catchy songs, exciting guest appearances, and a dash of grown-up humor, Spirited offers a refreshing alternative to traditional holiday classics. Although not destined to become a yearly staple, it promises an enjoyable viewing experience. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
For fans of: Selena Gomez, intimate portraits of successful stars.
Selena Gomez, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
Discover the authentic Selena Gomez in Apple TV's documentary series, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me. While Gomez has appeared in various streaming originals, this series provides an unparalleled glimpse into her life. It chronicles her struggles with fame, her acceptance of diagnoses like lupus, bipolar disorder, and depression, and her dedication to personal growth and helping others. A must-watch for Selena's fans and a compelling film for anyone searching for a cathartic exploration of one's truth. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Hard work, sunny vibes, telenovelas.
Number of seasons: 2 (Renewed for Season 3)
Enrique Arrizon, Acapulco
Escape to the Las Colinas resort in Acapulco with Apple TV's comedy series, Acapulco. This '80s-set bilingual comedy follows Maximo (Enrique Arrizon) as he goes from being a pool boy in 1984 to a wealthy hotelier in the present day. With shades of Jane the Virgin, The White Lotus, and How I Met Your Mother, Acapulco brings charm, sunshine, and even lounge singers performing '80s classics in Spanish. It's a delightful and uplifting option to wash away the stress of the day. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Cha Cha Real Smooth
For fans of: Dancing at bat and bar mitzvahs, heartwarming tearjerkers.
Cooper Raiff, Cha Cha Real Smooth
Cooper Raiff, the writer, director, and star of Cha Cha Real Smooth, had his breakout moment with this film, which won the Sundance Audience Prize. The movie follows Andrew, a 22-year-old who becomes a party starter at bat and bar mitzvahs, leading to a complicated romantic entanglement with an engaged mother. This coming-of-age story beautifully combines laughter and tears as Andrew navigates post-college confusion and seeks his place in the world. Although it may not vie for Best Picture, it is undoubtedly one of the most engaging films of the year. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Thunder lizards, impressive CGI, David Attenborough.
Number of seasons: 1
Apple TV's Prehistoric Planet takes the concept of a nature show and adds a touch of dinosaurs. Unlike its predecessors, this show boasts impressive CGI that brings dinosaurs to life in stunning realism. With the legendary David Attenborough as the narrator and five episodes dedicated to different biomes, Prehistoric Planet provides an experience akin to a dinosaur-themed Planet Earth. Prepare to be captivated by the astonishing and emotional encounters, such as the heart-pounding race between a baby pterosaur and a predator. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Homeland, espionage thrillers, heart-pumping suspense.
Number of seasons: 2
Glenn Close and Niv Sultan, Tehran
For enthusiasts of international espionage dramas, Tehran is a gripping Israeli series that fills the void left by American television in this genre. The show revolves around Tamar Rabinyan (Niv Sultan), a Mossad agent grappling with espionage, double crosses, and her Iranian heritage. After her efforts to foil Iran's atomic weapons plans in Season 1, Glenn Close joins the cast in Season 2 as a British agent. Winner of the International Emmy for Best Drama, Tehran packs intense thrills and cultural complexities into its compelling storyline. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Big Conn
For fans of: Scams, captivating characters.
Number of seasons: 1
The Big Conn is a docuseries that delves into the largest Social Security fraud case in history. It follows the compelling story of Eric C. Conn, a charismatic attorney in Appalachia who stole over half a billion dollars from the American government. The series offers an in-depth exploration of Conn's extravagant lifestyle and the devastating impact he had on others. The title itself is a play on words, as "Conn" perfectly aligns with the theme of the show. However, don't expect to adopt this moniker yourself after watching. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
For fans of: Wild comedy, unconventional narratives, stellar ensembles.
Number of seasons: 1
Featuring an eccentric ensemble cast, Roar is a surreal anthology series from the creators of GLOW. The trailer alone, with Nicole Kidman devouring a whole photo, sets the tone for the unconventional comedy that lies within. This series presents a collection of stories told from female perspectives, which range from encounters with ghosts to returning husbands to a woman's unique relationship with a duck. With appearances by talented stars like Merritt Wever, Cynthia Erivo, Betty Gilpin, and Alison Brie, Roar is undoubtedly an eccentric and captivating experience. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
The Sky Is Everywhere
For fans of: Teen romance, emotional journeys, the beauty of nature.
Jacques Colimon and Grace Kaufman, The Sky Is Everywhere
The Sky Is Everywhere, an A24 teen romance film, delves into the poignant complexities of grief and love experienced by teenagers. After the sudden death of her older sister, high school student Lennie finds herself torn between two boys. Director Josephine Decker infuses the film with imaginative sequences that visually represent the characters' emotions. From a trumpet scene that elicits a swooning response to the artistic use of California Redwoods, The Sky Is Everywhere offers a captivating and emotionally charged journey. With a love triangle at its core, Lennie must navigate the path between understanding her grief and finding solace. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Tragedy of Macbeth
For fans of: William Shakespeare, the Coen brothers' style, Denzel Washington.
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
Directed, adapted, and produced by Joel Coen, The Tragedy of Macbeth presents a mesmerizing adaptation of William Shakespeare's Scottish play. The film boasts an exceptional cast, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand taking on the roles of Lord and Lady Macbeth. Shot in striking black-and-white with an Expressionist touch, this cinematic achievement is a historic collaboration. While the film didn't secure any Oscars despite its three nominations, it stands as a testament to artistic integrity and is a must-watch for lovers of art cinema. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]
For fans of: Science fiction, the afterlife, dreamlike sequences.
Number of seasons: 1 (Renewed for Season 2)
Lee Sun-kyun, Dr. Brain
Apple TV's first Korean drama, Brain, explores the realms of science fiction. The series follows a renowned brain scientist (Lee Sun-kyun) who develops a method to transfer memories from one brain to another, even if the source brain is deceased. When tragedy strikes his family, he uses his invention to uncover the truth. The memory transfers are brought to life through surreal dream sequences, delivering visually stunning moments that make this show a standout. Brain offers a unique and captivating exploration of the human mind. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Velvet Underground
For fans of: Art films, innovation, turbulent rock bands.
Directed by Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground is a documentary that delves into the artistic legacy of one of America's most groundbreaking rock bands. Rather than following a conventional structure, the film becomes an art piece in its own right, capturing the essence of Lou Reed and his bandmates. With live footage, insightful interviews, and a visually trippy aesthetic, Haynes creates a music documentary like no other. The Velvet Underground stands as a testament to the band's influential impact and is a must-watch for music lovers. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Heartwarming movies, Deaf culture
Apple TV brings us an incredible remake of the heartwarming 2014 French film, La Famille Bélier. CODA, which stands for Child of Deaf Adults, is a poignant coming-of-age story centered around a 17-year-old girl named Emilia Jones. She is the only hearing member in her Deaf family and must grapple with the difficult decision of pursuing her dream of becoming a singer or sacrificing her own ambitions to support her parents in their family business. The film is a true crowd-pleaser, guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings with its moving storyline. Emilia Jones delivers a wonderful performance, capturing the essence of her character's journey. CODA has also made history as the first movie released by a streaming service to win the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture. Don't miss out on this emotional and inspiring film. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Psychological and erotic thrillers, getting mindf---ed, delicious subtext
Number of seasons: 1
Lihi Kornowski captures our attention in the captivating Israeli psychological drama, Losing Alice. This series is a testament to the power of subtly enticing mystery, channeling inspiration from legendary filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. The plot revolves around an aging female director portrayed by Ayelet Zurer who becomes infatuated with a seductive young screenwriter, played by Lihi Kornowski. This intense obsession threatens to both revive her career and shatter her marriage. Losing Alice is beautifully shot, and the cast is comprised of incredibly talented individuals. If you appreciate intriguing storylines and aesthetically pleasing visuals, this show is a must-watch. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Politics, Lord of the Flies, the future of America, chaos
Boys State, a gripping documentary, emerged as one of the standout releases in 2020. It provides a fascinating glimpse into an annual summer camp held in Texas called Boys State, sponsored by the American Legion. The camp brings together over 1,000 high school boys who form their own two-party government, complete with elections and all the complexities of real political systems. The film delves deep into the flaws of our current political landscape, sheds light on the notion of hyper-masculinity among teenage boys, and raises important questions about the future of our nation. The documentary is masterfully crafted, employing stunning visuals that give it the feel of a scripted movie rather than a traditional documentary. If you enjoyed Lord of the Flies or the concept of Kid Nation, you're in for a treat with Boys State. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Period pieces with anachronisms, Wiz Khalifa
Number of seasons: 3
Prepare to be transported to a unique world with Dickinson, an Apple TV series that defies expectations. This extraordinary show revolves around the life of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson, with a twist of anachronisms. Fans will be thrilled to see the incredible Hailee Steinfeld portraying the iconic poet during her younger years. But that's not all—Dickinson boasts an impressive lineup of guest stars, such as John Mulaney as Henry David Thoreau and Wiz Khalifa embodying Death. This daring and visually stunning period piece takes risks and succeeds brilliantly. It seamlessly blends humor, drama, and a touch of surrealism, ultimately serving as both a captivating story and a powerful commentary on the impact of misogyny on artistic expression. Prepare to be captivated by the boldness and haunting beauty of Dickinson. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
For fans of: Planet Earth, adorable wittle cuddle creatures
Number of seasons: 2
Think you've seen it all when it comes to nature documentaries? Think again. Apple TV brings us Tiny World, a series that uncovers the captivating lives of some of the smallest creatures on our planet. This show offers a unique perspective, diving into the world of these minuscule beings and revealing their incredible struggle for survival. With the narration of the talented Paul Rudd, who brings a touch of humor and warmth, Tiny World showcases remarkable footage of tiny frogs, beetles, birds, and more. Apple TV's commitment to showcasing the wonders of nature extends beyond this series, as they also offer the awe-inspiring nature documentary film The Elephant Queen, which follows the journey of a herd of elephants and other African animals. Prepare to be amazed by the hidden treasures found within the Tiny World. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Visible: Out on Television
For fans of: The LGBTQ community, the progressive movement, television history
The extensive and thought-provoking documentary series Visible: Out on Television, presented by Apple TV, provides a comprehensive and authoritative look into the history of LGBTQ representation on television. This meticulously crafted series chronicles the depiction of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary individuals on TV from its early days to the present, unveiling both the progress made and the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community. With archival footage, news reports, and captivating personal testimonials from a multitude of LGBTQ TV stars and allies like Oprah Winfrey and Billy Crystal, Visible: Out on Television serves as an invaluable educational tool. It shines a light on the triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ movement, making it a must-watch for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of television history and the social progress it reflects. -Malcolm Venable [Trailer]
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