Apple TV+ shows: The best series to watch right now
OIn the last decade, the TV landscape has been revolutionized by streaming. Everyone used to be limited to a handful of channels and had to put up with endless repetition last summer wine, Viewers are now faced with a deluge of potential streaming services – making it harder than ever to know what to tune in to.
For most of the 2010s, Netflix was almost synonymous with the idea of original streaming content. But a number of compelling alternatives have emerged in recent years, including Disney+, Prime Video, and Apple TV+.
Since its launch in 2019, Apple TV+ has established itself as one of the most reliable emerging streaming services when it comes to original content. From dramas like For all mankind And pachinko to lighter comic dishes Ted Lasso And Mythic Questthe streamer has proven that it can more than hold its own against the competition. In fact, in 2019, Apple TV+ became the first streaming service to win an Oscar for Best Picture in the sentimental drama coda.
And on its television productions, Apple has worked with a range of respected creatives such as Pablo Larrain and Clio Barnard, as well as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Harrison Ford.
With dozens of past and current TV series in the catalog, and many more in the pipeline, what Apple TV+ has to offer can still be intimidating for new subscribers.
To help you, The Independent has compiled a list of the best shows Apple TV+ has to offer.
Here are 15 of our favorite shows you can watch on Apple TV+ right now…
In this chilling corporate satire about work-life balance, employees at a mysterious company, Lumon, become “disconnected” – separating their work selves from their homes so that part of their consciousness never leaves the office and the other part never goes in. Starring Adam Scott and Patricia Arquette, it’s surreal, darkly funny, beautiful and deep. And the season finale was an exciting masterpiece. The first series made our list of the best shows of 2022, which you can read in full here. eh
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Jason Sudeikis’ wacky comedy about a cantankerous, good-natured NFL executive who dabbles in Premier League football is probably the most talked about Apple TV+ Original Series. The increasingly indulgent second and third seasons have proven divisive — as has the show’s constant Americanisms and phony slaughter of the beautiful game — but the first season in particular remains a charming, light-hearted endeavor. LC
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An ambitious historical epic detailing the lives of four generations of Korean immigrants. pachinko was launched on Apple TV+ in 2021 and enjoyed widespread acclaim. There is real talent both behind and in front of the camera: The TerrorSoo Hugh served as showrunner Columbus And After Yang Filmmaker Kogonada shared direction with Justin Chon (blue bayou). A second season, which is currently in development, should cause great anticipation among fans. LC
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Wherever Sharon Horgan goes, there’s mostly razor-sharp comedy. She was already universally revered for her writing catastrophe And Hometownand then the Garvey girls stormed onto the stage bad sisters It’s about four Dublin sisters who conspired to murder the remaining fifth sister’s horrible husband. Horgan, who also stars, is gorgeous, and Eve Hewson is a revelation as the brave youngest sister, Becka. eh
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For all mankind
Everyone knows that the US was the first country to send humans to the moon. What this series assumes is… what if it weren’t? For all mankind takes the space race as the starting point for an entire alternate history timeline, as a Soviet PR victory triggers a butterfly effect that spreads through the rest of the century. Solid lyrics and strong performances from a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, Jodi Balfour and Wrenn Schmidt For all mankind captivating and unusual television. LC
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Gary Oldman plays the delightfully grumpy Secret Service officer in this adaptation of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb spy books. He is part of the dysfunctional team of British agents working at a MI5 landfill site called Slough House. The show, from veep And The thickness of it Intellectual and rich in pitch black comedy, writer Will Smith will welcome Joanna Scanlan to the cast for the upcoming fourth season. eh
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This half-hour series is set in the offices of a World of Warcraft-like video game studio, is a highly entertaining sitcom created by it’s always sunny in Philadelphia Alumni Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz. Even if it never comes close to matching Always sunny‘s lightning-fast comic brilliance, Mythic Quest shines thanks to Charlotte Nicdao’s role as the talented but flawed Poppy, whose heated relationship with the egomaniacal Ian (McElhenney) forms the series’ narrative core. LC
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The morning show
One of the star shows on the platform – and that’s saying something – is this comedy-drama opening the curtain on early morning television in the US. The overwhelming performances of Jennifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and Billy Crudup speak massively for this. The first season was fantastic; the second slightly descended into chaos (it also introduced Covid into the plot, which is always painful). But it was still compulsive to watch. eh
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One of Apple TV+’s earliest series is also one of its best: a revisionist comedy about reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, starring pop musician and real courage Star Hailee Steinfeld. A lot of liberties can be taken with historical facts – here the young artist is shown to be in love with Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt), her best friend who is also engaged to Emily’s brother. But dickinson is an intelligent, imaginative series that seeks to capture its subject matter in spirit rather than simile. LC
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I’ll try it
In this beautiful British sitcom, Esther Smith’s Nikki and Rafe Spall’s Jason are “trying” to adopt a child. You’ve been trying to get pregnant for years, including through IVF, and it didn’t work out. While infertility struggles don’t exactly sound like fertile ground for comedy, author Andy Wolton is a master at exposing the absurdities within. Your time is worth it. eh
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The problem with Jon Stewart
Ex-Daily show Comedian Stewart more than proves his skills as a stellar political interviewer in this updated non-fiction series. Every now and then a clip of The problem will go viral and shows Stewart holding a politician to account on issues like gun reform, but the episodes are worth watching as a whole: Stewart is a personable and articulate presenter who attacks his issues with a good balance of accessibility and rigor. LC
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In Apple’s sunny dramedy shrinkageIn “Jason Segel,” Jason Segel plays a therapist whose life is, to use Georgia Pritchett’s phrase, a mess. Starring a snarling Harrison Ford and a mesmerizing Jessica Williams, the series hit the platform just weeks before Segel’s best pal Chris O’Dowd’s midlife crisis show (see next pick), so watch it Definitely looks like there was something in the water. eh
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The Great Door Prize
Chris O’Dowd is as leggy and affable as ever on this show adapted from the novel by MO Walsh. It takes place in a small town that is turned upside down after a strange “Morpho” machine shows up at the local store. For the same price as a cup of coffee, the bright blue object promises to reveal people’s “true life potential.” Of course, it sends everyone, including O’Dowd’s Dusty, into an instant existential spiral. eh
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There’s really nothing like it on TV Schmigadoon!. A musical homage to Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 1950s (and a direct parody of BrigadoonIn this bubbly show, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key stumble across a town where everyone sings and dances…but won’t let them go. Barry Sonnenfeld, former cinematographer and director for the Coen brothers in 1993 Addams Family Valuesdirects the entire first season. LC
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Based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes, this dark mystery sees mad Men Favorite Elisabeth Moss piece: Kirby, a newspaper researcher who survives a brutal attack by a man who was never captured six years before the start of the series. Determined to find the culprit, she discovers a murder that bears a striking resemblance to her own attack and begins her investigation. As our writer Amanda Whiting put it, “There’s hardly a scene Radiant girls That doesn’t mean that Elisabeth Moss is doing something breathtaking.” eh
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