Series on Apple TV+: Since Apple TV + launched in November 2019, we’ve seen a small but steady spike in new series on Apple TV + and now there’s enough content to really make a choice. But which series are the best on Apple TV Plus? A good question that we want to shed light on here. As you will see, the Apple TV Plus already has a lot of content; from children’s programs to series for adults.
It’s fair to say that Apple’s streaming service is a tiny catalog compared to its competitors as the streaming service focuses entirely on original content, but the TV series and movies it has on offer are almost consistently well-rated. The picture and sound quality are also excellent, especially if you have a system that can take advantage of the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos formats.
If that’s enough to convince you to try out the Apple TV +, you’re probably wondering what to watch first. Allow us to advise you:
The Best and Successful Series on Apple TV +:
1. Ted Lasso:
You’ve undoubtedly heard the hype, but believe me when I say: Ted Lasso lives up to the hype. This half-hour comedy series is not only one of the most personable and optimistic series on television, but one of the best ever. Jason Sudeikis plays an eternally positive college football coach named Ted Lasso, who is hired to coach an English Premier League team despite having no football experience. It turns out he was hired to ruin the team as part of the owner’s revenge plan, but Lasso’s attitude rubs off on even the most brutal of English people.
The series is a unicorn in that it is a portrayal of positive masculinity and healthy competition as Lasso gently but effectively forces the team and the city to Sudeikis is brilliant in the lead role, and the series is crammed with incredible puns, so don’t think she’s sacrificing comedy for emotion. It’s more satisfying, humorous, and uplifting like no other series I’ve seen in the past few years.
2. For All Mankind:
Ronald D. Moore is no stranger to space. He worked on various Star Trek series in the 1990s (including the underrated Deep Space Nine) and created the great reinterpretation of Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Moore’s For All Mankind ventures out of the earth’s atmosphere again and tells an alternate story in which the Soviet Union hits America on the moon and forces NASA to lick its wounds and make further trips into space.
Rather than telling the familiar stories that astronaut biopics tend to be, For All Mankind takes the fun approach of imagining how the story could have been different – for example, that President Richard Nixon, eager to attract female voters, came to NASA orders women to be sent into space.
3. The Morning Show:
The comedy series starring Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston is perhaps the most talked-about series in Apple’s programming and has already garnered a ton of awards.
Aniston plays Alex Levy, a veteran co-host of a popular morning show whose 15-year-old partner, Mitch Kessler (Carell), is fired on charges of sexual harassment. Witherspoon’s younger, brave outside reporter is quickly selected to take Mitch’s place and Alex is forced to defend her job and find her new place on the show.
4. Little America:
Apple TV + ‘s Little America anthology series is one of the best shows to date, with a number of talented producers including Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. In eight half-hour episodes, Little America tells stories of immigrants who were inspired by real events and are unique and full of hearts. Although each story is incredibly different in terms of time and place, the series combines a beautiful, cinematic style and the theme of finding your home – often by unconventional means. The experiences are embarrassing, bittersweet, fun, rough, and triumphant as each main character follows their heart to create a new life in a new world. Well-known actors appear in some episodes and not in others;
Since each episode tells a full story, Little America is worth enjoying rather than bingeen (even if all of the episodes are now available). The segments end with a picture and a small epilogue about the real person who is at the center of the story, indicating the fact that these experiences happen around us every day. There is no agenda but a note of hope for a country deeply divided and fueled by hatred to be reminded of these very grounded, human stories – those that should unite us in the diverse and often beautiful realities of American life .
After their young son Jericho dies, Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Dorothy Turner (Lauren Ambrose) are desperate, Dorothy so bad that she suffers a mental breakdown. To help Dorothy recover, the couple is given a lifelike therapy doll that Dorothy treats as if she were real.
Sean and Dorothy’s brother Julian (Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint) accept 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 behaves, too as if the doll were a real child. As Sean tries to figure out what’s wrong with the new nanny, he begins to question his own hold on reality. Servant is a scary thriller produced by M. Night Shyamalan
6. Defending Jacob:
Chris Evans leads an impressive cast in this crime drama full of twists and turns and murders. Evans plays an assistant district attorney named Andy Barber, whose son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) is accused of stabbing his classmate in the woods near their home. Michelle Dockery plays Jacob’s mother, Laurie, and most of the tension comes as this “perfect” family unit begins to crumble under the trauma of the investigation and subsequent process.
Evans does well as a man who would do anything for his son, even if he has secrets that threaten the safety of his family, and Dockery is turned over by the emotional lack as she begins her child and her whole life in a somber one See light.
Any early headline on Dickinson, an Apple TV + show about Emily Dickinson, felt like a feverish dream: John Mulaney in a guest role as Thoreau! Wiz Khalifa plays death! The series in which Hailee Steinfeld plays the great American poet in her younger years is the kind of beautiful game of chance that could either fly up or fall on your nose with almost no room for anything in between.
After the premiere of the fantastic second season it is clearer than ever: Dickinson is absolutely awesome. A delirious, anachronistic piece of time that is both a very fun show and a surreal hymn to all of the great art that has been lost to misogyny. It is as bold and haunting as the work of its heroine.
8. Home Before Dark:
Given how carelessly television and film treat journalists, Hilde Lisko, the determined leading actress of Brooklynn Prince in the new Apple TV + series Home Before Dark, could be exactly the kind of journalist we need now. Inspired by award-winning crime reporter Hilde Lysiak, the character has an almost supernatural memory for details, knows how to relate to (and figure out which to trust) local law enforcement agencies, and is not afraid to stand up against established community leaders, that might hide the truth. She is also only nine years old.
Set in a gloomy small town made for Special Agent Dale Cooper, Home Before Dark follows the Lisko family who move from Brooklyn to their father Matt’s (Jim Sturgess) home after he lost his job at the newspaper. This sets in motion a chain of events that Hilde puts on the case of a possible massive cover-up of a child abduction in the 1980s that includes everyone from the sheriff and mayor to Hilde’s grandfather, father and headmaster.
The episodes could be a little shorter, but it’s a great story about a kid who is way beyond what they think they are and what happens when they go on a quest for the truth.
9. Truth Be Told:
This drama, starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul, harnesses the universal obsession with true crime podcasts to cast Spencer as a dogged reporter named Poppy Parnell, who years earlier helped portray Paul’s Warren Cave as a cold-blooded murderer.
When Poppy learns new information about the case, she meets again with Cave, who claims he was framed for the crime, forcing Poppy to rethink her beliefs and how she used her platform to seek “justice.”
This sci-fi series takes place hundreds of years in the future after a nameless catastrophe hits Earth and wipes out all humans. The few survivors manage to stay alive, and a tribe of people led by Jason Momoa marries an already pregnant woman.
To her surprise, she has twins, both of whom can see. This development attracts the attention of a rival tribe who want the twins for their own ends. This is a slightly different kind of post-apocalyptic story with a heart and family.
11. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet:
Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is smart enough to know that while video games are funny, they shouldn’t be made fun of. After all, gamers outnumber them. The gaming business is lovingly poked at in Mythic Quest without teasing gamers, as McElhenney plays the selfish creative director of a popular MMORPG that is about to release its first expansion pack.
There’s a fantastic cast of F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi and Charlotte Nicdao, a standalone mid-season episode that features a great story about creativity vs. profit and a bonus episode that was filmed during the pandemic and is probably the best quarantine episode of the year.
12. Losing Alice:
This Israeli drama follows Alice, an advanced-age film director who feels lost both personally and professionally. That is, until she meets Sophie, a promising young screenwriter who claims to be a fan of Alice’s work.
Alice soon becomes obsessed with her and brings her into her life in a way that goes well beyond the norms of professionalism. But Alice in turn is drawn into Sophie’s dark and destructive world until it is no longer clear who is using whom and for what purpose. Expect surprising twists until the end.
In Trying, Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) have been together for three years. The series’ title refers to her ongoing attempts to have a baby. They monitor Nikki’s ovulation cycles (the series begins with them having sex on a bus so they don’t miss Nikki’s ovulation window. Not a great start, but definitely a way to get the viewer’s attention) and try IVF at who is unceremoniously told that the chances of getting pregnant with Nikki’s eggs are very slim because their fertility values are below average.
So Nikki and Jason embark on a journey to adopt a child where they face one of the most confusing double standards in society. Anyone who can get pregnant can have a baby. There are no checkups. No house calls. No forms to fill out. Nobody judges your health or your habits. No courses you have to take. You just have a baby. But the adoption process is long and arduous. They have regular visits from Penny (Imelda Staunton), the clerk who assesses them and prepares a report. You meet with other prospective adoptive parents. They go to workshops teaching them about things like “oppositional behavior disorder” and “object permanence”.
Written by Andy Wolton and directed by Jim O’Hanlon, each episode ends with a nice montage that summarizes all the characters the viewer has seen in the last half hour. The way it is built reinforces how much we have in common as humans. How love and friendship keep us going.
The eight episodes go by way too fast, but end at a point where it’s easy to imagine multiple seasons. We are only at the beginning of Nikki and Jason’s journey.
14. Little Voice:
Sara Bareilles co-designed and provided the original music for this series about a young woman named Bess King (Brittany O’Grady) who is trying to achieve her dream of becoming a singer. But she has to balance this personal desire with the conflict between her difficult family life in the other direction.
Apple calls the series a “love letter” to the music scene in New York. The series, produced by JJ Abrams, has received good reviews, praising the catchy melodies and engaging cast that make the series a nice binge watch.
15. The Snoopy Show:
Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip comes to life in this reincarnation of beloved characters, namely Snoopy the Beagle and his lovable sidekick Woodstock. Unsurprisingly, the two have tons of adventures together and Snoopy continues to fight the Red Baron in various roles, including the Masked Wonder, Joe Cool and Flying Ace.
The episodes are only seven minutes long, but they will bring back memories in parents and delight children of all ages. In addition to Snoopy, other popular characters are returning, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Peppermint Patty.