The best TV shows on Apple TV Plus
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Like rivals Netflix, Hulu and Amazon’s Prime Video, Apple TV Plus is packed with exclusive and original content. But unlike other services, Apple only streams content it has created itself. That meant the catalog wasn’t huge when the service launched in November 2019, but it’s filling up fast.
The good news is that if you’ve purchased an Apple product recently, you probably already have access to the streaming service for free. Here’s a selection of some of the best movies and TV shows on Apple TV Plus.
The Afterparty (2022- )
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A comedic murder mystery in the same vein as Rian Johnson’s 2019 film Knives Out, The Afterparty is a star-studded thriller that will have you guessing and laughing every episode. Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco, Ilana Glazer, Ben Schwartz and more lend their talents to the series, which releases new episodes every week. If you’re the type to go for a mystery-comedy mix, The Afterparty should shoot right at the top of your stream list.
The Shrinking Next Door (2021)
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In my book, any show that features both Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd as protagonists is already doing something very well. In the drama miniseries The Shrink Next Door, Ferrell and Rudd play characters on opposite ends of the personality spectrum – Ferrell is a sniffling, shy textile business owner, and his co-star is a selfish therapist with manipulative tendencies. . When the two are together, the result is both unsettling and enticing, making The Shrink Next Door something you’ll want to check out for yourself.
The Mosquito Coast (2021- )
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Justin Theroux stars as Allie Fox, an eccentric inventor who takes her family off the grid to protest societal failings. Apple’s heavyweight drama is based on the novel by actor Paul Theroux’s uncle (previously filmed with Harrison Ford in 1986). Now that season 1 is over, Apple has already renewed this modern version of The Mosquito Coast for a second season.
Ted Lasso (2020- )
You don’t have to love sports to love the Ted Lasso comedy series. Produced by the show’s Golden Globe-winning star Jason Sudeikis, with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, it follows relentlessly optimistic American coach Ted Lasso taking charge of a British team. Think of it as Friday Night Lights crossed with Saturday Night Live (in London). Season 2 airs July 23, 2021.
Lisey’s Story (2021)
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Adapted by Stephen King from his own novel, Lisey’s Story stars Julianne Moore as a grieving widow chillingly revisiting her marriage to her late husband, a famed novelist played by Clive Owen.
Long Way Up (2020-)
Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman get back on their bikes and head north from Argentina through South and Central America. In this sequel to popular travel shows Long Way Round and Long Way Down, the petrolhead duo go green. They travel 13,000 miles and 13 countries on Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles. It premiered on September 18 last year and new episodes are streaming regularly on Apple TV Plus.
The Morning Show (2019- )
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston produce and star in a timely series tackling office politics in the #MeToo era, as a television network is rocked by the indiscretions of a host played by Steve Carell. Among the compelling performances, Billy Crudup won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards. The award-winning drama, strong cast, and timely themes make The Morning Show worth watching.
Small World (2020- )
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A nature show, focusing on small creatures, narrated by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. Absolute genius.
Like seemingly every one of these modern nature documentaries, Tiny World is beautifully shot and brilliantly compelling.
Little America (2020- )
Ordinary people dream big in Little America. A heavyweight cast tells stories of immigrants living their lives in a heartwarming anthology series filled with a mix of funny, sweet, romantic, and often surprising stories.
Servant (2019- )
Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan brings his brand of spooky domestic drama to episodic television in Servant, created and written by Tony Basgallop. After a devastating loss, two bereaved parents adopt a hyper-realistic doll to help them cope with their grief, but danger and deception lurk in the manger.
Let the Truth Be Spoken (2019-)
Truth Be Told is a drama for true crime fans, riding the recent trend of crime podcasts in fictional form. Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul play a podcaster and a prisoner united by a horrific crime years before, launching a thriller that draws both of their families together in an entertaining mix of character-driven drama like Big Little Lies with true stories like Making a murderer and the staircase.
Dickinson takes the story of real American poet Emily Dickinson and turns it into a kind of period drama. It’s not historically accurate – Emily and her teenage friends act more like characters from Riverdale – but it’s entertaining.
Home Before Dark (2020-)
Inspired by the reporting of journalist Hilde Lysiak, Home Before Dark follows the story of a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to a small lakeside town. It starts off slow but has strong central performances, especially in the lead role.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (2020-)
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in video games or the industry that produces them. It’s unique, funny and serious in places. It treads familiar territory but is well worth a watch.
Defend Jacob (2020)
Chris Evans stars in a dark legal drama about a family caught up in a Massachusetts murder mystery. Defending Jacob may be familiar territory, but fans of gripping character-driven crime dramas will be sucked in.
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