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The best shows on Apple TV+ right now (September 2023)

Apple TV+’s catalog of TV shows continues to grow, and the streaming service has established itself as one of the best around. Many of its originals have returned for second, third, and even fourth seasons by now, and some have even concluded their runs. Meanwhile, new shows, movies, documentaries, and more continue to be released steadily.

Sure, Apple might not release dozens of titles every month like some of the other streaming services. But the quality of the programming is top-notch, even award-winning. If you haven’t yet checked out shows like Ted Lasso, Severance, Shrinking, Platonic, Silo, and The Morning Show, they’re all worth a watch. The selection is diverse, so we have highlighted the best shows on Apple TV+ right now to help you narrow down your choices.

Looking for more TV shows? We’ve got all the guides for you, including the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Disney+, the best shows on Hulu, and the best shows on Amazon Prime Video.

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The Morning Show (2019) new

The Morning Show
61 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Steve Carell
Created by Jay Carson

This drama has received a lot of attention, thanks to a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Billy Crudup, who earned an Emmy win for his supporting role. The story kicks off when Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), a popular morning news show co-host, is abruptly fired due to sexual misconduct allegations against him. As his longtime co-host and friend Alex Levy (Aniston) tries to deal with the aftermath of the events, along with the fear that she might be replaced, she meets a bright, young, and ambitious local news reporter named Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon) who could be a friend or foe.

As the show progresses each season, adding new cast members each time, it provides a fresh take on topical issues, mirroring real-world events and social and political discord. The Morning Show touches deeply on a culture of silence and inequality surrounding women in the workplace and is a superb choice to watch if you’re looking for something that’s different from your usual TV drama.

Physical (2021)

60 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Geoffrey Arend, Paul Sparks, Lou Taylor Pucci
Created by Annie Weisman
Reminiscent of the Jane Fonda workout video era, this ’80s-set dark comedy stars Bridesmaids‘ Rose Byrne as bored housewife Sheila Rubin, who finds a way to encourage her own self-love through fitness — in particular, the world of aerobics. While Sheila’s husband is busy with his run for state assembly, she starts her own empire when discovering how aerobics and videotapes can work in perfect unison to revolutionize the industry. Bodysuits and colorful tights, sweatbands, slouch socks, big hair, and signature ’80s aerobics moves make for a fun series that will spark nostalgia for anyone who grew up during that era — and envy among those who wish they had.

Strange Planet (2023)

Strange Planet
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Animation
Cast Tunde Adebimpe, Demi Adejuyigbe, Lori Tan Chinn
Created by Dan Harmon, Nathan Pyle

No, this isn’t yet another mesmerizing nature docuseries. Strange Planet is actually an animated sci-fi comedy. Based on the webcomic of the same name by Nathan W. Pyle, it’s about blue creatures who travel to an odd planet that is strangely very similar to our society. Filled with cotton candy pinks and purples, they explore the way people live, work, and play, and try to understand our human traditions.

Described as a “hilarious and perceptive look at a distant world not unlike our own,” Strange Planet counts Danny Pudi (Community) and Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) among its voice cast, and its creator team includes a list of award-winning writers, directors, and producers who have worked on shows like Rick and Morty, Community, BoJack Horseman, and Saturday Night Live.

Invasion (2021)

tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Golshifteh Farahani, Shioli Kutsuna, Shamier Anderson
Created by Simon Kinberg, David Weil

Despite mixed response to its first season along with an almost two-year wait, Invasion is back for its second season. The sci-fi series chronicles what happens after an alien invasion hits Earth. The story, however, is told from the perspective of different people from around the world.

With criticism suggesting that the first season was “10 episodes of setup,” fans are hopeful that season 2 will provide the big payoff for which they have been waiting. If you’re into the sci-fi genre and looking for something new to check out, Invasion might be worth your time, particularly since you have to binge all 10 episodes of season 1 in anticipation of season 2. Notable is the standout performance by Sam Neill (Jurassic Park franchise) as the gruff sheriff investigating strange crop formations.

Foundation (2021)

62 %
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Loud Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann
Created by David S. Goyer

Isaac Asimov penned the book series Foundation on which the sci-fi drama is based. Bringing the story to life, The Foundation is a band of exiles who realize that they must defy the Galactic Empire if they want to save all of humanity. So begins the battle for power and existence as a small group works to try and save everyone before it’s too late.

It’s yet another series from Apple TV+ that has managed to secure a star-studded cast. Combine this with the high production value and fabulous performances, and it’s a sight to see for anyone who’s a fan of the sci-fi genre. With a second season now out, a third is already in production.

The Afterparty (2022)

The Afterparty
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Mystery, Comedy, Crime
Cast Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoe Chao
Created by Christopher Miller

Up for a good murder mystery? When old friends and classmates gather for a high school reunion in the first season, things get downright criminal. Delivering a unique visual style, the investigation proceeds as Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish) attempts to get the story of what happened that night from the perspectives of each attendee. A classic whodunnit with a comedic twist, the star-studded cast for season 1 also includes Sam Richardson, Zoe Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, and Dave Franco.

Season 2 has some returning characters, including Haddish’s Dinner, Richardson’s Aniq, and Chao’s Zoe. But it focuses on an entirely new story, with a new murder mystery to solve. Like season 1, every episode is told from the perspective of a different person, and in the style of a specific genre, from classic romance to an old-timey Western.

Hijack (2023)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Idris Elba, Max Beesley, Archie Panjabi
Created by George Kay

Stylized as H/jack, Hijack stars Idris Elba (Luther: The Fallen Sun) as a talented business negotiator who finds himself in the midst of the biggest negotiation of his life: trying to reason with a group of individuals who have hijacked a plane flying from Dubai to London. Though his skills are in dealing with the less intense corporate world, Sam (Elba) manages to keep his cool and takes on the leadership role, doing his best to ensure the safety of all passengers aboard the fight.

Dubbed a tense, high-octane thriller, the story flips back and forth between what’s happening on the plane and with authorities on the ground struggling to figure out if there even is an issue and if so, what, who’s responsible, and what can they do about it. Hijack is told 24-style in real-time through the six-hour flight (though it’s seven episodes long). It’s a gripping series that starts off slow but builds to a massive climax. The series also stars Emmy winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife).

The Crowded Room (2023)

The Crowded Room
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Tom Holland, Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum
Created by Akiva Goldsman

Tom Holland takes an emotional, dramatic turn in this psychological thriller he also executive produced. Inspired by The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes, the story of the first person to ever be acquitted of a major crime in the U.S. due to dissociative identity disorder, fans who go into The Crowded Room knowing the background will immediately recognize what’s going on. Nonetheless, Holland delivers a gripping performance as the lead character Danny, the young man being interrogated by Rya (Amanda Seyfried) following a shooting in New York City.

Set in 1979, the series flip back and forth between the past and present as Danny recalls the complicated web of events that led up to the shooting, and the other individuals who he alleges were involved. Fans of both Holland and the genre will appreciate this period piece.

Platonic (2023)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Luke Macfarlane
Created by Nicholas Stoller, Francesca Delbanco
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne reunite for Platonic, a comedy about two long-time though estranged platonic best friends who come back into one another’s lives. Sylvia (Byrne) is a stay-at-home mother of three and Will (Rogen) is recently divorced. Two once close friends putting the past behind them and moving forward is a good thing. But reconnecting while they are both going through a mid-life crisis and reliving their youths might not exactly go over well for either of them. Their renewed friendship begins to consume their lives, albeit to hilarious results.

The Snoopy Show (2021)

The Snoopy Show
tv-g 3 Seasons
Genre Animation
Cast Ethan Pugiotto, Terry McGurrin, Rob Tinkler
Created by Alex Galatis, Mark Evestaff, Rob Boutilier

A follow-up to Snoopy in Space (also streaming on Apple TV+), The Snoopy Show brings back the beloved Peanuts character and his sidekick Woodstock, voiced by Terry McGurrin and Robert Tinkler, respectively. In the animated series, the duo partake in a variety of adventures.

Based on the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy returns as the Masked Marvel and a flying ace that fights the Red Baron. Of course, we can’t forget about his other friends, Charlie Brown, Patty, Sally Brown, Violet, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, and others, all of whom make appearances throughout.

Swagger (2021)

tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast O'Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah R. Hill, Quvenzhané Wallis
Created by Reggie Rock Bythewood
NBA star Kevin Durant and Reggie Rock Bythewood are behind this sports drama that delves into the world of youth basketball, which is rife with not only ambition and dreams but also opportunism and corruption. Fans follow the players as they deal with both their dreams of becoming NBA superstars and the families, coaches, and other players who pose challenges along the way. Critics praise Swagger for its heart, “excellent performances” and “socially conscious themes.”

Silo (2023)

tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Rebecca Ferguson, Rashida Jones, David Oyelowo
Created by Graham Yost

Even though it’s yet another postapocalyptic, dystopian series, Silo draws you in with its unique and compelling story and A-list cast. Earth has supposedly become nothing more than a vast wasteland, and the only survivors reside in a massive silo built more than 100 floors high. No one knows why the silo was built or even by whom. But they are told it’s dangerous and deadly to step outside. The protective community abides by strict rules and the same kind of corrupted politics and socioeconomic classes that existed in the outside world. Any signs of the world before, called relics, are strictly prohibited.

The story, based on the sci-fi books by Hugh Howey, centers around Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson, Dune), a young engineer who decides to investigate the truth when her boyfriend, who was looking into various theories, mysteriously falls to his death. Silo touches on themes of power, control, perception, and manipulation. Is the silo really protecting people from dangerous conditions outside its doors, or is this all just an elaborate demonstration of smoke and mirrors?

Prehistoric Planet (2022)

Prehistoric Planet
85 %
tv-pg 2 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast David Attenborough
Created by Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau and the producers of Planet Earth team up to deliver this docuseries, which travels 66 million years into the past to look at a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Explore different creatures that inhabited the lands, seas, and skies in this series that is sure to be a must-watch for nature lovers. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough with an original score by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Prehistoric Planet contains five episodes in each season.

Harriet the Spy (2021)

Harriet the Spy
tv-g 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids
Cast Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch, Lacey Chabert

Harriet the Spy follows the curious and outspoken 11-year-old Harriet as she investigates everything and everyone, soaking in as much knowledge as she can. Harriet wants to be a writer one day, but to achieve her dream, she needs to learn, learn, learn — and to do that, she needs to be a spy.

From the Jim Henson Company, this marks the first animated adaptation of the popular children’s novel. Interestingly, it remains set in the 1960s, staying true to the original publication date of the novel and book series.

Stillwater (2020)

tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Kids, Animation
Cast James Sie, Eva Binder, Tucker Chandler

With three seasons under its belt, Stillwater remains one of the most thoughtful and heartwarming animated series within Apple TV+’s slate of originals. Based on the Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth, the title character is a panda named Stillwater who teaches important life lessons to the kids who live next door, Karl, Addy, and Michael. From educating the kids on how to live a more Earth-friendly lifestyle to dealing with typical kid challenges like broken toys and fights with friends, Stillwater always knows just the right things to say.

It’s a cute animated series for kids that has smarts behind it, along with wonderful voice actors who make you feel like you’re part of the story, too.

Jane (2023)

tv-g 1 Season
Genre Kids
Cast Ava Louise Murchison, Mason Blomberg, Tamara Almeida
Created by J.J. Johnson

A take on the early life of primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, the title character in Jane is a 9-year-old girl with a mission to save endangered animals. Together with her best friend David and a chimpanzee named Greybeard, the imaginative trio embarks on various adventures around the world, with the goal of protecting animals of all kinds. She idolized her namesake, Dr. Goodall, and lives by the mantra that understanding is necessary to care, and to care means helping.

Jane’s premise is inspired by Dr. Goodall’s own life and will be an entertaining watch for animal-loving families that want to educate their kids about the importance of the environment and the animals that live within our world.

Schmigadoon! (2021)

73 %
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short
Created by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) are a couple hoping to breathe new life into their relationship by going on a backpacking trip together. But when they somehow end up in a magical town set in a 1940s studio musical, they find themselves immersed in song, dance, and a whole new approach to finding true love so they can get back home.

Still going strong in its second season,the show is designed to be a parody of iconic musicals, chock-full of “clever inside-theater jokes,” and it actually works. While not everyone will be in on those jokes, there’s still joy in seeing the talented ensemble cast putting their musical talents on full display.

Ted Lasso (2020)

Ted Lasso
80 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple
Created by Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Bill Lawrence, Joe Kelly

Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis returns to television in this fish-out-of-water sports comedy about an American football coach named Ted Lasso, who relocates to the U.K. to coach an English association football team. Except there’s one problem: Despite their faith in him, he actually has no experience at all with their version of “football,” which, as any sports fan knows, is soccer.

Sudeikis is also credited as a co-creator and executive producer of the series, which is based on a character of the same name that he first played in promos for coverage of the Premier League by NBC Sports. The show and its cast has taken home multiple Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards, solidifying Ted Lasso’s ranking among the best comedies of the decade, and potentially even beyond.

The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (2023)

The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy had everyone in stitches in sketch comedy show SCTV back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, then gained fame with a new generation as the hilariously open and awkward dad in American Pie. But the long-time actor and comedian became a household name for the new generation with his starring (and Emmy-winning) role in the comedy Schitt’s Creek. Now, the funnyman is venturing out into the world with The Reluctant Traveler, an eight-episode docuseries that follows his journeys to some of the most fascinating locations in the world, from Italy to Costa Rica, South Africa, and even the U.S. He calls the show an exploration through a “world [he] spent his whole life avoiding.” A series that will appeal to both those who love to travel and those who don’t, Levy’s signature comedic timing, distinctive voice, and genuine likability make The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy an entertaining watch for the whole family.

Shrinking (2023)

1 Season
Cast Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, Harrison Ford
Created by Brett Goldstein, Jason Segel, Bill Lawrence
Imagine what might happen if a therapist decides to be nothing but brutally honest to their patients. That’s precisely the premise of Shrinking, which stars Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) as Jimmy, a therapist grieving the death of his wife. As he forges a new life path to help deal with the loss, he decides that this new strategy might not only be helpful to himself, but also to his patients. However, Jimmy’s methods teeter on the line of what’s considered ethically acceptable in his profession. Shrinking, which was created by Segel alongside Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), also stars Harrison Ford.
Shrinking — Official Teaser | Apple TV+

Servant (2019)

tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint
Created by Tony Basgallop

After their infant son Jericho dies, Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Dorothy Turner (Lauren Ambrose) are distraught, Dorothy so much that she suffers a psychological breakdown. To help Dorothy recover, the couple gets a lifelike therapy doll, which Dorothy treats as if it’s real.

Sean and Dorothy’s brother, Julian (Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint), both put up with the act for her sake, but things get even stranger when the couple’s nanny, a young woman named Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), arrives, and she too behaves as if the doll is a real child. As Sean tries to figure out what is going on with the new nanny, he begins to question his own grip on reality. Servant is an eerie thriller, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan no less, that moves at a brisk pace and doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Slow Horses (2022)

Slow Horses
78 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas
Created by William Smith
Slow Horses stars Gary Oldman as the brilliant lead of a team of British intelligence agents who work in a “dumping ground” department of MI5 called Slough House. He ended up there following a massive mistake that almost entirely ended his career. Based on the Mick Herron novel of the same name, the espionage series features a star-studded supporting cast as well, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Lowden, and Olivia Cooke.

Little America (2020)

Little America
85 %
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy
Cast Suraj Sharma, Jearnest Corchado, Rishi Danda, Uchenna 'Conphidance' Echeazu
Created by Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
This anthology series is perfect if you’re interested in learning more about stories of immigrants in America. Each episode covers a different standalone story of people from all cultures going to America with big dreams. They view obstacles as opportunities and must try to become American while also not forgetting their roots. Clever but straightforward episode titles include The Manager, The Cowboy, and The Baker. The first season has an impressive 94% critic rating and 87% audience score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with the critic consensus referring to it as “joyous, heartfelt, and very human … a thoughtful collection of immigrant tales [that are] as inspirational as [they are] relatable.” Season 2 features appearances by Phylicia Rashad, Alan S. Kim, and Ki Hong Lee.

Mythic Quest (2020)

Mythic Quest
73 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Rob McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby
Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Megan Ganz
This comedy looks at the inside world of video game creation, telling the story from the perspective of those who work in a development studio. Starring Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Ian, the creative director, the show has solid ratings all around, with Rotten Tomatoes calling it hilarious, and lauding its ability to explore the gaming industry with “intelligence, thoughtfulness, and sincerity.” Mythic Quest is, however, called out for relying too heavily on the “workplace comedy formula.” Nonetheless, if you’re into that genre as well as video games, it’s worth checking out.

Slumberkins (2022)

tv-y 1 Season
Genre Kids, Animation
Cast Jennifer Hale, Yonas Kibreab, Adeln Spoon
Created by Alex Rockwell
Kids can head out with Bigfoot, Unicorn, Sloth, Yak, and Fox, exploring the world from the perspective of these Jim Henson Company characters, first featured in the Slumberkins books. A mixed-media puppet and 2D animation series, the focus is on helping kids develop healthy emotional wellness through various stories about friendship, confidence, and healthy relationships. The team behind the series includes influential figures in elementary and special education, counseling, and marriage therapy, with expert insight from Dr. Dan Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. For something fun and educational for kids that also focuses on mental health and well-being, Slumberkins fits the bill.

Acapulco (2021)

74 %
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Eugenio Derbez, Enrique Arrizon, Raphael Alejandro
Created by Jason Shuman, Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros
Receiving rave reviews for its first season, the Spanish- and English-language comedy, inspired by the 2017 comedy film How to Be a Latin Lover, is about Maximo, a young man in his 20s who snags his dream job as a cabana boy at a prestigious resort in Mexico. But he quickly realizes that the job isn’t all sunshine and roses, and he has to navigate complications to succeed and move up. From demanding clients to an unpredictable mentor, difficulties at home, and temptations at every turn, viewers follow Maximo through his journey from the ’80s to the present day as an adult.

Ghostwriter (2019)

tv-g 3 Seasons
Genre Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Isaac Arellanes, Amadi Chapata, Hannah Levinson, Justin Sanchez, Jay Santiago, Nicola Correia-Damude, Michael Brown, Tamara Almeida, Parker Lauzon, and others
Created by Luke Matheny, Liz Nealon (based on Ghostwriter by)
If you grew up in the ’90s, you’re probably familiar with this mystery kids’ series about a team of young detectives who band together to solve crimes. But they can’t do it alone: They lean on their mysterious ghost friend, Ghostwriter. Apple TV+ has rebooted the series to tell the story of a new group of kids that must solve a mystery involving a ghost that’s haunting a local bookstore and releasing fictional characters into the world. Geared toward kids ages 8 and older, it’s a great show to watch with the whole family.

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (2021)

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show
tv-y 2 Seasons
Genre Kids & Family
Cast Jack McBrayer
Created by Jack McBrayer, Angela Santomero
Jack McBrayer is known for his uplifting and infectious positivity, and the demeanor translates perfectly to this kids show that is designed to teach young ones to be caring, loving, and kind human beings. Through each episode, which takes place in the fictional world of Clover Grove, McBrayer explores compassion, creativity, and wild imaginations while inspiring everyone in town to simply be nice to one another. In addition to the first two seasons,  you can also see a selection of shorts with McBrayer interviewing kids who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of kindness in their own hometowns.

Central Park (2020)

Central Park
81 %
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Stanley Tucci, Emmy Raver-Lampman
Created by Josh Gad, Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith
Josh Gad is a co-creator of this musical animated sitcom about a family who lives in Central Park. The story is told from the perspective of a busker named Birdie (Gad) who observes the family, which includes father and nerdy park manager Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.); his wife, Paige (Kathryn Hahn), a journalist who is trying to move beyond just writing puff pieces; their daughter, Molly (Kristen Bell in season 1, Emmy Raver-Lampman in season 2), who draws comics; and their son, Cole (Tituss Burgess), who loves animals. When an elderly heiress named Bitsy (Stanley Tucci) swoops in with plans to buy the park and turn the land into condos, it’s up to the family to save it. With a cast that also includes Daveed Diggs as Helen, Bitsy’s assistant, Tony Shalhoub as Paige’s boss, and guest voice roles from Fred Armisen and Ed Asner in season 1 and Billy Porter, Catherine O’Hara, and Ellie Kemper in season 2, the comedy has tons of star power.

See (2019)

40 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar, Christian Camargo, Dave Bautista
Created by Steven Knight
While critics have not been kind to this Jason Momoa-led sci-fi drama, viewers seem to be all for it. Set far in the future, the ability of sight has been lost by all survivors of a 21st-century virus that wiped out most of humanity. Not only has the world become one where everyone has survived without the ability to see, but sight is now considered to be a curse, not a gift bestowed upon those who possess it. The story begins when a pregnant woman arrives at the camp of the Alkenny Tribe seeking a safe haven. The tribe’s leader, Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa), marries the woman, who gives birth to twins who are able to see. Thus begins the hunt for the children and their outlaw biological father, who also possesses the forbidden ability to see. Momoa is predictable in his usual gruff and skilled warrior role, but there are other shining stars to watch, like the captivating Alfre Woodard. It’s no Game of Thrones, but there are similarities in style and tone that fans of that series might appreciate.

Bad Sisters (2022)

Bad Sisters
79 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle
Created by Malin-Sarah Gozin
When the Garvey sisters’ parents die young, the ladies decide they must come together to protect one another through life at all costs. But it isn’t always easy for the five ladies who each follows their own path, sometimes with people the other sisters don’t approve of. Other times, they simply aren’t fond of one another. Bad Sisters is an entertaining dark comedy and thriller that is based on the Flemish series Clan. There are a total of 10 episodes in the first season.

Black Bird (2022)

Black Bird
80 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Ray Liotta
Created by Dennis Lehane

Black Bird is a thrilling crime drama with a top-notch cast that follows a young man, James (Taron Egerton), the son of a decorated police officer, who is sent to jail on drug trafficking and weapons charges. But James is given an incredible opportunity: enter a maximum security prison, get a confession out of a suspected serial killer, and his entire 10-year sentence will be commuted. So begins James’ race against the clock as he tries to use his charms and likability to get oddball Larry (Paul Walter Hauser) to implicate himself without blowing his cover. James also needs to stay out of trouble himself, because if he does anything to get time tacked onto his sentence, he’s on his own.

Maximum security prison life is no joke, but James is determined to be set free in time to see his ailing father, played by Ray Liotta in one of his final roles. Greg Kinnear also stars as Brian Miller, an officer investigating the case who is determined to catch a repeated killer before he’s set free to kill again. There’s edge-of-your-seat tension through all six episodes.

Surface (2022)

39 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Psychological thriller
Cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Stephan James
Created by Veronica West

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show) stars in this new series about a woman named Sophie who has suffered a traumatic head injury and major memory loss. It’s suspected that this occurred following a suicide attempt. In the wake of her new lease on life, Sophie must try and understand her life and ascertain what’s true and what isn’t about her situation prior to the accident.

The show’s synopsis asks, “What if you woke up one day and didn’t know your own secrets?” It’s a promising premise that will prompt viewers to re-evaluate whether they are programmed to become a certain type of person or if they have the power to choose their own identity, and if they would make the same decisions given a second chance.

Trying (2020)

69 %
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton
Created by Andy Wolton
This BBC Studios comedy follows a couple who wants to start a family but are having trouble conceiving. Eventually, they decide to go the route of adoption. But the realization that it’s not going to be an easy road sets in, and they begin to get cold feet after comparing themselves to other potential adopters and babysitting their friends’ kids to gain experience. It’s a tough and serious topic, but the series takes a lighthearted look that critics and viewers seem to enjoy.

For All Mankind (2019)

For All Mankind
67 %
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, War & Politics
Cast Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert
Ronald D. Moore is no stranger to space, having worked on various Star Trek series throughout the ’90s (including the underrated Deep Space Nine) and creating 2004’s superb reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. Moore’s For All Mankind once again ventures beyond Earth’s atmosphere, telling an alternate-history story in which the Soviet Union beats America to the moon, forcing NASA to lick its wounds and double down on further voyages into space. Rather than mining the familiar stories that astronaut biopics tend to, For All Mankind takes the fun approach of imagining just how different history could have played out — for example, President Richard Nixon, eager to attract female voters, orders NASA to deploy women to space. It’s not a revolutionary show, but it’s an entertaining one, particularly for fans of Cold War history.

Tehran (2020)

72 %
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, Navid Negahban
Created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, Maor Kohn
One of Apple TV+’s first real hit dramas also happens to be its first non-English show. The espionage series tells the story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran, Iran. It looks familiar in the sense that it’s a spy show, but Tehran has a completely unique perspective, focusing on an Israeli woman in an extraordinarily dangerous situation in the heart of the Middle East.

Shining Girls (2022)

Shining Girls
71 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Elisabeth Moss, Wagner Moura, Phillipa Soo
Created by Silka Luisa
It’s no surprise that with Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss at the helm, this thriller is a hit. The Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale star portrays Kirby, a newspaper archivist who, after being assaulted, teams up with a troubled reporter to try and solve a recent murder case that seems all too similar to her own traumatic event. As they uncover a series of cold cases that are seemingly linked to one another, Kirby’s blurred reality makes it difficult to succeed in finding the killer. The story, based on the Lauren Beukes novel of the same name, features eight episodes in all.

WeCrashed (2022)

65 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, Kyle Marvin
Created by Lee Eisenberg, Drew Crevello
With two Academy Award winners leading this limited series, Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, along with the compelling story, it’s no surprise fans are captivated by the story. Based on the Wondery podcast WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork, the pair play the couple at the center of the co-working space concept that grew from a small idea to a billion-dollar empire. But as soon as it exploded in popularity, WeWork’s value headed down on a rapid decline. What really happened? This show, inspired by real events, tells the fascinating story through its eight episodes.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (2022)

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
75 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Samuel L. Jackson, Dominique Fishback, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
Created by Walter Mosley
Samuel L. Jackson stars in this limited series about Ptolemy, a man who is abandoned by everyone he knows while dealing with dementia. Just as his extreme loneliness is about to set in and his trusted caretaker is gone, he comes across an orphaned teenage boy. Together, he and the boy work to try and restore some of Ptolemy’s lost memories thanks to a newly discovered treatment. But they soon find truths unraveling about his past and present and what lies ahead for his future.

Pachinko (2022)

94 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Jin Ha, Kim Min-ha, Lee Min-ho
Created by Soo Hugh
Based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, Pachinko is delivered in three languages: English, Korean, and Japanese. With tales of forbidden love, war and peace, love, loss, triumph, and reckoning, it’s a saga that travels through Korea, Japan, and America, and will keep you at the edge of your seat as you work through the epic international drama. Soo Hugh (The Killing) created the show, while Academy Award-winner Youn Yuh-Jung (Minari) stars.

Severance (2022)

83 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Patricia Arquette
Created by Dan Erickson
A Black Mirror meets Homecoming type of story, Mark (Adam Scott) works at Lumon Industries and has decided to join the company’s “severance” program. The idea behind the program is purportedly to help people achieve a healthy work-life balance through a surgical implant that separates their work and personal memories from one another. But there might be something more sinister going on behind the scenes. Directed by Ben Stiller and also starring John Turturro, Patricia Arquette, and Christopher Walken, the thriller has received multiple Emmy nominations.

Lincoln's Dilemma (2022)

Lincoln's Dilemma
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Jeffrey Wright, Bill Camp, Leslie Odom Jr.
Learn about Abraham Lincoln’s journey to end slavery in this gripping docuseries. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright and featuring the voices of Bill Camp and Leslie Odom Jr., the series will be delivered in four parts and takes a 21st-century approach, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, to the former President’s complicated history and the events that shaped his stance on slavery and his eventual reputation as the Great Emancipator. There are insights from journalists, educators, and scholars, rare archival materials, and voices given to the narratives of those who were enslaved. The story is based on the award-winning book Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times written by historian David S. Reynolds.

Dickinson (2019)

70 %
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Enscoe
Created by Alena Smith
This isn’t your high school literature teacher’s Emily Dickinson. The show follows the iconic poet (played by Hailee Steinfeld) in her younger years as she strives to develop her talents in a culture where women are expected to be accessories to their family. Although her father Edward (Toby Huss) angrily disapproves of her literary aspirations, Emily has support from friend and lover Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt) and a magazine editor. In the second season, we see Emily rebel against her parents and grapple with fame — something her real-life counterpart had yet to achieve while she lived. Dickinson isn’t a straightforward costume drama, however. The show has modern sensibilities, with dialogue that sounds straight out of teen dramas like Riverdale, a hip-hop soundtrack, and even some 19th-century twerking. This is a show without much concern for historical authenticity, instead reinterpreting Emily Dickinson for the TikTok generation.

Losing Alice (2020)

Losing Alice
75 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Ayelet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren
Created by Sigal Avin
Dubbed a “love letter for the still-too-rare female director,” reviews thus far have been fantastic, with the series lauded for being both “twisty and thrilling.” The psychological neo-noir drama takes you back and forth in time, following the title character Alice, a 48-year-old film director who becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old femme fatale screenwriter. Inspired by Faust’s tale, whereby the subject of German legend makes a deal with the devil in an effort to find satisfaction and power in his life, Alice does much the same in her quest for achieving lasting relevance. It’s a complex and thought-provoking story that marks an interesting option within Apple TV+’s growing list of series.

Long Way Up (2020)

Long Way Up
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, Russ Malkin
Created by Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
Everybody likes Ewan McGregor, right? That’s the bet that Apple made when they greenlit this adventure series that is basically just McGregor and his best friend Charley Boorman going on a road trip. Somehow, it actually works. McGregor and Boorman haven’t seen each other in a while and haven’t done a motorbike adventure together since 2007’s Long Way Down. This time, their vast adventure covers 13,000 miles across 16 border crossings and 13 countries over 100 days. Riding from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Los Angeles, California, McGregor and Boorman take the long way, exploring some of the most underexposed landscapes of South and Central America and meeting some of their most isolated peoples. Using cutting-edge tech on their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons, they actually contribute to the sustainability of the planet and make climate change a focal point of their journey.

Helpsters (2019)

tv-y 2 Seasons
Genre Kids, Family
Cast Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ingrid Hansen, Tim Lagasse, Martin P. Robinson, Vanessa Bayer, and others
Created by Tim McKeon
Designed for kids aged 4 and up, this Sesame Workshop series sees Cody and his other monster friends help solve everyday problems while teaching kids valuable lessons and analytical skills in the process. From learning how to do magic tricks to climbing mountains and making homemade instruments, kids will learn tons of things in a fun and engaging way that integrates the concepts of coding. The characters are all puppets, but despite the resemblance, they are not referred to as Muppets.

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