The best shows on Apple TV+

The holiday season is the perfect time to catch up on shows you might have started but never got around to finishing, or to pick up a new show to binge-watch as you recuperate from all of the festive cheer. While you relax with bellies full of holiday goodies, from Thanksgiving turkey to endless amounts of holiday sugar cookies, Apple TV+ has some great shows worth watching. Along with high-profile shows like Ted Lasso and Dickinson, there are some wonderful shows you might not even have known about, many with A-list casts. Not sure what to check out? Here’s a breakdown of the best shows you can watch on Apple TV+ right now.

Looking for more TV shows? We’ve got all the guides for you then, 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 Shrink Next Door (2021) new

The Shrink Next Door
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61%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Georgia Pritchett
Cast Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, Kathryn Hahn
Seasons: 1
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Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd shine in this story about the unusual relationship between a patient (Ferrell) and his psychiatrist (Rudd), who slowly inserts himself into the vulnerable man’s life, attempting to take over the family business. Inspired by a true story, the themes of manipulation, exploitation, and dysfunction are against-type for the usually comedic actors. But they pull it off in a way that’s convincing, tugs at the heartstrings, and angers viewers as they watch an already vulnerable man become torn down further by the very person enlisted to help him.

Swagger (2021) new

Swagger
82%
79%
Genre Drama
Created by Reggie Rock Bythewood
Cast O'Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah R. Hill, Quvenzhané Wallis
Seasons: 1
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Kevin Durant and Reggie Rock Lythewood 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 the series for its heart, “excellent performances” and “socially conscious themes.”

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (2021) new

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show
Created by Jack McBrayer, Angela Santomero
Cast Jack McBrayer
Seasons: 1
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.

Dr. Brain (2021) new

Dr. Brain
80%
71%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama
Created by Kim Jee-woon
Cast Lee Sun-kyun, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye
Seasons: 1
When Sewon, a brain scientist, loses his family in a mysterious accident, he sets out to uncover the truth about what happened. Using unconventional methods fueled by his research and knowledge, he attempts to sync his brain with the brains of the dead to try and extract their memories and find out what was behind the tragic event. Based on the webtoon of the same name, the Korean sci-fi series has received rave reviews, with critics lauding its “cerebral thrills.”

The Line (2021) new

The Line
Genre Documentary, War & Politics
Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Doug Shultz
Seasons: 1
Combined with the release of the Apple TV+ original podcast, this four-part documentary series follows the case of Eddie Gallagher, U.S. Navy SEAL platoon chief, who was accused of committing war crimes. Gallagher himself is interviewed along with his wife Andrea and other members of the SEAL Team 7 who were behind the accusations against him, along with journalist Dave Philipps and Richard Spencer, the former Secretary of the Navy. It’s a raw, unfiltered look at a brotherhood and controversies that surrounded the team.

Acapulco (2021)

Acapulco
100%
74%
Genre Comedy
Created by Jason Shuman, Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros
Cast Eugenio Derbez, Enrique Arrizon, Raphael Alejandro
Seasons: 1
tv-14
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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, 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 present day as an adult.

Puppy Place (2021)

Puppy Place
Genre Kids
Cast Riley Looc, Brooklynn MacKinzie, Eric Lyon
Seasons: 1
It doesn’t get more feel-good TV than this show about two siblings, Charles and Lizzie, who foster all kinds of dogs until they find their permanent homes. Each episode features the dog-loving kids caring for and learning about the quirks of a different pup, all the while learning about themselves in the process. It’s a great show to watch with the whole family, particularly for pet lovers.

Get Rolling with Otis (2021)

Get Rolling with Otis
Genre Animation, Kids
Cast Griffin Robert Faulkner, Elliott Fullam, Katie Grober
Seasons: 1
Otis is a tractor who lives on the Long Hill Dairy Farm. In each episode of this animated series for kids, Otis goes on a different adventure with his various friends. No matter the problem, when Otis sees one of his friends in need, he’s there to help. Based on the book series by Penguin Random House, the show has plenty of heart, and kids will learn lessons about friendship, compassion, and always having someone’s back.

Harriet the Spy (2021) new

Harriet the Spy
Genre Animation, Kids
Cast Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch, Lacey Chabert
Seasons: 1
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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.

Dickinson (2019)

Dickinson
87%
70%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Alena Smith
Cast Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Enscoe
Seasons: 3
tv-14
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.

Foundation (2021)

Foundation
71%
62%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by David S. Goyer
Cast Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Loud Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann
Seasons: 1
tv-14
Isaac Asimov penned the book series 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. 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.

The Problem With Jon Stewart (2021)

The Problem With Jon Stewart
71%
57%
Genre Comedy, Talk
Created by Jon Stewart
Cast Jon Stewart
Seasons: 1
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Given his track record in the business, it’s a safe bet that any fan of Jon Stewart, former host of satirical news program The Daily Show, will flock to his new Apple TV+ late-night current affairs series. In each hour-long episode, released weekly and filmed in front of a live studio audience, Stewart will be focusing on a different issue that is “part of the national conversation” and that pertains to his own advocacy work. For those who want to listen on the go, every episode is also released alongside a companion podcast.

The Morning Show (2019)

The Morning Show
65%
61%
Genre Drama
Created by Jay Carson
Cast Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Steve Carell
Seasons: 2
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This drama has received a lot of attention, thanks to its star-studded cast, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Billy Crudup, who earned an Emmy win for his supporting role. The story kicks off when Mitch Kessler (Carell), a popular morning news show co-host, is abruptly fired due to sexual misconduct allegations against him. As his long-time 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. The show touches deeply on a culture of silence surrounding women in the workplace and is a superb choice to watch if you’re looking for something that’s topical and different from your usual TV drama.

Ted Lasso (2020)

Ted Lasso
95%
80%
Genre Comedy
Created by Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Bill Lawrence, Joe Kelly
Cast Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple
Seasons: 2
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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, which has already been renewed for a third season, took home seven Primetime Emmy and Creative Arts Emmy awards, including three in the biggest acting categories as well as Outstanding Comedy Series.

See (2019)

See
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Created by Steven Knight
Cast Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar, Christian Camargo, Dave Bautista
Seasons: 2
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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. The addition of Dave Bautista to the cast for season 2, along with an early season 3 renewal, could suggest some refreshed storylines and compelling arcs. It’s no Game of Thrones, but there are similarities in style and tone that fans of that series might appreciate.

Truth Be Told (2019)

Truth Be Told
Genre Drama
Created by Nichelle D. Tramble
Cast Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Kate Hudson
Seasons: 2
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True crime podcasts are a dime-a-dozen these days, which is why this subversion of the genre is so juicy. This star-studded drama follows a true-crime podcaster (Octavia Spencer) who has reached nationwide fame for her work on a high-profile murder case. But when new evidence arises that suggests her original suspect — who she has very clearly pointed the finger at — may have been wrongfully convicted, her world begins to tumble down. And with it, the walls start closing in. Kate Hudson joins the cast for season 2.

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (2021)

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson
Genre Documentary
Created by Morgan Neville
Cast Mark Ronson
Seasons: 1
Oscar- and Grammy-winning producer and artist Mark Ronson sits down with a variety of musical icons, creators, and producers, including Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Questlove, Charli XCX, and DJ Premier to discuss how music and technology work together harmoniously to result in beautiful hit songs. With insight into a variety of musical genres and styles, it’s a fascinating look at the work that goes behind creating the perfect sound. Each of the six docuseries episodes ends with Ronson revealing a new piece of original music he created using a variety of technologies and techniques, like reverb, synth, auto-tune, drum machines, sampling, distortion, and more.

Schmigadoon! (2021)

Schmigadoon!
88%
73%
Genre Comedy
Created by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short
Seasons: 1
tv-14
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. The show is designed to be a parody of iconic musicals, chock-full of “clever inside-theater jokes,” note critics; 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.

Physical (2021)

Physical
65%
60%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Annie Weisman
Cast Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Geoffrey Arend, Paul Sparks, Lou Taylor Pucci
Seasons: 1
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Reminiscent of the Jane Fonda workout video era, this ’80s-set dark comedy stars 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.

Lisey's Story (2021)

Lisey's Story
54%
49%
Genre Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Stephen King
Cast Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Seasons: 1
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While early critic reviews have been polarizing for this limited series thriller, it’s tough to ignore the star-studded cast and the fact that the series is based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Stephen King. After Lisey’s (Julianne Moore) husband Scott (Clive Davis) passes away, she moves on as best she can. But years later, following a number of unsettling, terrifying, and dangerous events, Lisey finds repressed memories about her marriage beginning to bubble to the surface.

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (2021)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
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83%
Genre Documentary
Created by Mercury Studios: Asif Kapadia
Cast Various archival footage
Seasons: 1
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It’s incredible to imagine that one single year brought the world some of the best work from musical icons like The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and, well, the list goes on. This docuseries, delivered in eight parts, pulls back the curtain to reveal the journeys of some of the most influential musical artists of this pivotal year in the industry, along with how they used their music for more than just entertainment. The songs, the performances, the delivery, and the messages were all designed to inspire hope and change. It’s a must-watch for music fans, with critics lauding the “feast of rare footage.”

The Me You Can't See (2021)

The Me You Can't See
86%
61%
Genre Documentary
Created by Harpo Productions, RadicalMedia
Cast Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, DeMar DeRozan
Seasons: 1
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The deep and honest testimonials from influential Hollywood figures like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close combined with the guided discussions by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and the timely and important subject matter of mental health all beautifully come together to create this series. It’s a must-watch for anyone looking to work on their emotional well-being and learn how to help others around them who are dealing with their own personal struggles. The conversations are expectedly raw, open, and inspiring. The simple importance of the series itself transcends any type of typical critical analysis. “If [the series] helps one person,” noted CNN’s Brian Lowry, “this globe-spanning exercise was surely worth it.”

Mythic Quest (2020)

Mythic Quest
97%
73%
Genre Comedy
Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Megan Ganz
Cast Rob McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby
Seasons: 2
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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.” It 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.

Tehran (2020)

Tehran
94%
72%
Genre Drama
Created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, Maor Kohn
Cast Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, Navid Negahban
Seasons: 1
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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.

Calls (2021)

Calls
Genre Mystery, Drama
Created by Fede Alvarez
Cast Nick Jonas, Pedro Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Lily Collins, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Aubrey Plaza
Seasons: 1
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Calls truly is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. While the series boasts an A-list cast, you only ever hear their voices. On-screen is just text dialogue boxes displaying what each person is saying with mesmerizing and colorful animations behind that fit the mood, cadence, and situation going on in every scene. It’s dark, dramatic, nail-biting, and terrifying, arguably more so because there are minimal visuals on screen, which leaves the viewer to use their own imagination. All it takes is about five minutes into the first episode to shift from confusion to letting your imagination run wild and getting sucked right into the sci-fi and supernatural story. Based on the French series of the same name and promising to offer an “immersive television experience” (it delivers just that), the convincing and emotional voice performances from the cast really make this show a worthy watch. Every episode is under 20 minutes so you can breeze through all nine in season 1 in a single evening. Keep in mind, however, that the swirling backgrounds can be headache-inducing, and the heavy and dark storylines mean you might only be able to mentally stomach one or two episodes a night. But it’s totally worth it.

For All Mankind (2019)

For All Mankind
87%
67%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, War & Politics
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert
Cast Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones
Seasons: 2
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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 created 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.

The Snoopy Show (2021)

The Snoopy Show
100%
73%
Genre Animation
Created by Alex Galatis, Mark Evestaff, Rob Boutilier, Charles M. Schulz (based on Peanuts by)
Cast Ethan Pugiotto, Terry McGurrin, Rob Tinkler
Seasons: 1
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Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip comes to life again in this reincarnation of the popular characters, namely Snoopy the beagle and his adorable sidekick Woodstock. As expected, the two go on plenty of adventures together, and Snoopy continues to fight the Red Baron through various personas, including the Masked Marvel, Joe Cool, and Flying Ace. The episodes are just seven minutes long, but they will bring back memories for parents and delight kids of all ages. Alongside Snoopy, other favorite characters return, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Peppermint Patty.

Losing Alice (2020)

Losing Alice
76%
75%
Genre Drama
Created by Sigal Avin
Cast Ayelet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren
Seasons: 1
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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.

Stillwater (2020)

Stillwater
Genre Kids, Animation
Created by Rob Hoegee, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee (executive producers)
Cast Eva Ariel Binder, Tucker Chandler, Judah Mackey, James Sie
Seasons: 1
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Perfect for family TV night, this animated series follows three siblings, Karl, Addy, and Michael, who befriend their neighbor, who just happens to be a panda named Stillwater. The cuddly bear is old and wise and often teaches the kids about the world and how to become good people. It’s a wonderful series that parents will appreciate for its focus on calm and peacefulness. And while the quiet, laidback Stillwater teaches kids to relax and take in the world around them, he also imparts valuable life lessons through each parable he tells. It’s a welcome departure from the loud, high-energy content that is typical of kids’ shows these days.

Doug Unplugs (2020)

Doug Unplugs
Genre Animation, Kids
Created by Jim Nolan
Cast Brandon James Cienfuegos, Kyrie Mcalpin, Eric Bauza, Mae Whitman
Seasons: 2
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While it’s a kids’ show, Doug Unplugs could also be interpreted as a modern-day tale of the changing face of human nature and our desire to always remain plugged in, using artificial intelligence and technology to experience the world around us. Rather, Doug Unplugs flips the script with a robot named Doug who yearns to explore the world as humans do. Based on the Doug Unplugged book series by Dan Yaccarino, the curious robot secretly unplugs himself whenever the other robots plug in to download. With the help of his best friend, a human girl named Emma, he learns new things about the world each day that require far more than bare-bones facts. Each episode is just 11 minutes long, but it’s perfect viewing for young kids and families.

Servant (2019)

Servant
Genre Drama
Created by Tony Basgallop
Cast Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint
Seasons: 3
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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.

Earth at Night in Color (2020)

Earth at Night in Color
Genre Documentary
Cast Tom Hiddleston
Seasons: 2
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If you’re in the mood for a good nature show, it’s hard to do much better than Earth at Night In Color. Narrated by Tom Hiddleston and filmed across six continents, this ambitious series follows a huge array of species when we seldom see them: At night. The series uses cutting-edge technology to follow big cats like lions and jaguars, brown bears, tiny primates, and many more animals through their nighttime routines.

Long Way Up (2020)

Long Way Up
Genre Documentary
Created by Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
Cast Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, Russ Malkin
Seasons: 1
tv-14
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.

Greatness Code (2020)

Greatness Code
Genre Documentary
Created by Erik LeDrew (writer), Gotham Chopra (director)
Cast Usain Bolt, Tom Brady, LeBron James, Katie Ledecky, Kelly Slater, Shaun White
Seasons: 1
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For sports fans who are craving behind-the-scenes details about their favorites, this short-form, unscripted docuseries might fit the bill. Each episode focuses on the life and career of a different athlete spanning various sports franchises, such as LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, and Usain Bolt. The sports icons talk about their inspirations and the important moments that defined their careers and share never-before-heard stories. Brady, James, and Michael Strahan co-founded the company that co-produced the series. There are seven mini-episodes in the first season.

Dear… (2020)

Dear…
Genre Documentary
Created by Rishika Advani (senior story producer), R.J. Cutler
Cast Jane Goodall, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, and others
Seasons: 1
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In this heartwarming docuseries, celebrities read letters fans have written to them, discussing how their work has changed or impacted their lives in a positive way. Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the first group of celebrities to read touching words that reassure their work is more important than just entertainment. Critics and audiences alike have given the series high praise. There are 10 episodes featuring 10 celebrities in season 1.

Helpsters (2019)

Helpsters
Genre Kids, Family
Created by Tim McKeon
Cast Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ingrid Hansen, Tim Lagasse, Martin P. Robinson, Vanessa Bayer, and others
Seasons: 2
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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.

Snoopy in Space (2019)

Snoopy in Space
Genre Family, Animation
Created by Rob Boutilier, Charles M. Schulz (based on Peanuts by)
Cast Terry McGurrin, Robert Tinkler, Ethan Pugiotto, Hattie Kragten, Christian Dal Dosso, Isabella Leo
Seasons: 2
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This Flash-animated series, jointly developed between the U.S. and Canada, is inspired by the iconic Peanuts comic strip, the adorable pup, and his misadventures with best friend and sidekick, Woodstock. As the title implies, the first season of 12 episodes follows Snoopy’s journey to becoming an astronaut, which means he has to prove himself to NASA. Naturally, Woodstock decides to come along for the ride. Reviews have been good, suggesting the series is a much-watch for kids and nostalgic adults, alike.

Ghostwriter (2019)

Ghostwriter
Genre Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Created by Luke Matheny, Liz Nealon (based on Ghostwriter by)
Cast Isaac Arellanes, Amadi Chapata, Hannah Levinson, Justin Sanchez, Jay Santiago, Nicola Correia-Damude, Michael Brown, Tamara Almeida, Parker Lauzon, and others
Seasons: 2
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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.

Oprah's Book Club (2019)

Oprah's Book Club
Genre Talk
Created by Oprah Winfrey
Cast Oprah Winfrey
Seasons: 1
tv-14
Sit back with a hot cup of cocoa and relax with Oprah, who is back in this talk show that serves as a spinoff to the popular segment of the same name that debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show. One episode was released every two months, each focusing on a different book. In her signature and deeply engaging style, Winfrey discusses the book with the author, exploring various angles, inspirations, and interpretations. There are a total of six episodes to date, featuring a selection of diverse books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer, about a superhuman being who can travel with others over long distances using large waterways, and Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, a fascinating nonfiction book about the Galvin family of Colorado, who had 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Defending Jacob (2020)

Defending Jacob
72%
61%
Genre Drama, Mystery, Crime
Created by Mark Bomback, William Landay (based on story by)
Cast Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
Trying his hand at the small screen, Avengers star Chris Evans is joined by Michelle Dockery, Cherry Jones, and J.K. Simmons in this crime drama about a 14-year-old who is accused of murder. While his parents steadfastly believe in his innocence, the evidence mounting against the young boy is enough to make them question if they really know their son, as they deal with the moral dilemma of defending him, despite their suspicions. The series, based on the novel of the same name by William Landay, is a juicy crime drama worth watching if you’re looking for something new in that genre.

Trying (2020)

Trying
93%
69%
Genre Comedy
Created by Andy Wolton
Cast Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton
Seasons: 2
tv-14
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 light-hearted look that critics and viewers seem to enjoy.

Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (2020)

Fraggle Rock: Rock On!
Genre Kids
Created by The Jim Henson Company (based on Fraggle Rock)
Cast Karen Prell, John Tartaglia, Donna Kimball
Seasons: 1
tv-g
A great family-friendly show that will take ’80s parents back, the Fraggles have returned in Fraggle Rock: Rock On! to tell stories in a musical way that will entertain and get kids laughing and dancing along. Fraggles are monster-like puppet creatures who live in different caves. But they find ways to all get along, despite their differences. In addition to this season of this Apple TV+ reboot, you can relive seasons 1-4 of the original ’80s episodes of Fraggle Rock, too.

Central Park (2020)

Central Park
Genre Animation, Comedy
Created by Josh Gad, Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith
Cast Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Stanley Tucci, Emmy Raver-Lampman
Seasons: 2
tv-14
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), 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, Ed Asner, and others, the comedy has tons of star power.

Home Before Dark (2020)

Home Before Dark
81%
64%
Genre Mystery, Drama
Created by Dana Fox, Dara Resnik Creasey
Cast Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kylie Rogers
Seasons: 2
tv-14
The Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus of this mystery drama describes it as being “more intriguing than its mawkish writing lets on,” and lauding the young Brooklynn Prince for her dedicated performance. The show is about a young girl named Hilde (Prince) who moves to a small lakeside town and comes across a cold murder case she believes everyone is trying to bury, including her own father. It was actually based on the real story of 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak (now 13) who heads up her own local newspaper and once broke the news about a murder case before any other media outlet did.

Little America (2020)

Little America
95%
85%
Genre Drama, Comedy
Created by Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
Cast Suraj Sharma, Jearnest Corchado, Rishi Danda, Uchenna 'Conphidance' Echeazu
Seasons: 1
tv-14
Renewed for a second season before the first even premiered, 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 is] as inspirational as it is relatable.”

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