When it comes to streaming services, giants like Netflix and Hulu have seemed to capture the eyes of viewers with their big-time TV series and movies. However, in recent years, new streaming services have risen up and started to join the big guys, and that includes Apple TV+.
As you may or may not be aware, Apple TV+ has some awesome TV shows. From Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, to Severance, there are so many choices for you to enjoy, and every single one of them is original. But where to start? Here are the best shows for you to check out if you want to hop onto the shows on Apple TV+. And if you don’t have an Apple TV+ subscription, learn more about that.
I absolutely adore Ted Lasso. There’s just something about this heartwarming show that gets me every time I watch it. This award-winning series stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, a former U.S. Division 3 American football coach who goes overseas to transform a struggling football team to legendary status – the only thing is, he knows nothing about soccer. In addition to Jason Sudeikis, the Ted Lasso cast includes Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift and Juno Temple.
For fans who want something that’s sweet and simple but super funny, Ted Lasso is the show for you. It’s an amazing tale about perseverance and trying your best even when the world seems to dump all of its problems on you. The relationships are believable, and the comedy is top-tier. You won’t regret checking out this series, which has two seasons available streaming - and a third one on the way.
The Morning Show
When you want to talk about a show that is full of stars, The Morning Show is your go-to. This show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, follows the story of Alex Levy as she fights to retain her job as the top news anchor at her morning breakfast news show, but sparks a rivalry with field reporter Bradley Jackson.
This show is perfect for fans that want sort of a look into the world of the media industry, and the cut-throat attitude of those that run it behind the scenes. And of course, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned rivalry story? It’s a battle of the best and a need to succeed. Truly one of Apple TV’s best since its launch and future seasons.
Who would have thought a cartoon show that involves musical numbers would be so successful, but that’s what Central Park did. This animated TV series is about an elderly heiress who decides to buy up a bunch of land in Central Park, and turn it into housing and commercial areas. Now, it’s up to the family that loves the park and their friends to somehow save it from her evil clutches.
This star-studded cast is filled with plenty of faces that you might recognize, such as Daveed Diggs from the Hamilton cast, Josh Gad from Frozen, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and so many more, with amazing musical talents. Plus, it’s made by the creators of Bob’s Burgers, so you know it’s going to be hilarious.
If you’re looking for an expertly done thriller, be sure to check out Shining Girls. Starring Elisabeth Moss, this original series tells the story of Kirb Mazrachi, a young woman who was assaulted years ago and is still haunted by the attack today, struggling to determine what’s real and what’s not. But when she decides to find the person who did it, she finds a startling connection between her attack, and the murders of others.
This show is so good. Elisabeth Moss is such a great actress already, with her roles as part of The Handmaid’s Tale cast, and starring in the horror film, The Invisible Man, but she shines in this leading role and continues to prove just how amazing of an actress she really is. The story is captivating, and as a fan of not only thrilling dramas but true crime, this is the perfect show that combines elements from both. I love it.
Ever wonder what it would be like if you could truly separate your work-life from your regular life? Severance answers that question. In this acclaimed AppleTV+ series, Lumon Industries is the face behind new tech that is able to separate work memories from non-work memories within the minds of employees. But soon, this new tech isn’t everything that everyone believes it to be.
This show premiered in February 2022 and I am hooked. The very idea of this is something you would never imagine, but series creator Dan Erickson did a fantastic job in bringing this concept to life, mixed in with a talented Severance cast. It’s a brilliant thriller and one you must check out - and a Season 2 is already on the way.
Following a run of films to varying degrees of success, it was only a matter of time before M. Night Shyamalan (Split, The Sixth Sense) shifted over to television, which he did when he executive produced Wayward Pines, and took on another EP role for Apple TV+'s Servant. This psychological horror show from Tony Basgallop is about Dorothy and Sean Turner, a couple living in Philadelphia who hire Leanna, a nanny for their son, but the moment she arrives, strange things start to happen for the couple.
The series has plenty of stars, such as Lauren Ambrose from Six Feet Under and Rupert Grint from Harry Potter, but what really makes Servant stand out is that it’s truly one of the best TV shows for how different it is from the others on this list. While there are plenty of dramas and comedies, I couldn’t think of anyone better than M. Night Shyamalan to do something like psychological horror, and he does it so well. You’ll probably end up walking away from this show thinking that strange things are happening in your house.
With how much has been going on in America and has been publicized by the news, it’s not a surprise that a series like Little America has come out on Apple TV+. This anthology series, based on real-life events of real Americans, covers the small, heartfelt moments in the lives of immigrants in America, going beyond the headlines that populate our papers.
As someone who grew up in New York my whole entire life until I went away to college, I was never really exposed to immigrants or their stories all that often. But watching this really opened my eyes as to what it’s like for people nowadays to come into the country and the realities of what they have to go through on a daily basis. While most of the performances are from new actors, they will capture your hearts and you won't stray for a second. You’ll be engrossed in everything as you watch this series.
The Essex Serpent
In this miniseries starring Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes, The Essex Serpent follows a young woman, recently widowed, who travels to Essex, England in order to investigate a strange mystical serpent that has been reported in the area. She finds allies and enemies in her adventure, turning her world upside down.
From the moment this series began, I was hooked. The Essex Serpent cast was talented, with some amazing chemistry, and I could not stop watching from the first episode until the very end. I feel like it told its story well and is the perfect show to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon, because the mystery will truly keep you on the edge of your seat.
Let’s look at a comedy now, starring a comedic legend, the hilarious Maya Rudolph. In Loot, we follow Molly Novak, a woman who has been married to her husband for twenty years and is now going through a divorce. With her $87 billion dollar statement, she can only wonder what to do next with this money, but decides to put it into charity, and discover more about who she truly is.
I loved Loot, mainly because Maya Rudolph is just so damn likable and so funny. While no one can ever even fathom what it would be like having that kind of money, Rudolph does an impressive job of still making her character’s situation feel relatable, while finding ways to make us laugh all at the same time.
If you ever wanted to learn more about the works of Emily Dickinson and her life prior to becoming a famous writer, look no further than Dickinson. This biographical series stars Hailee Steinfeld, and follows the story of Dickinson with a modern sensibility and tone, exploring the constraints of society where she feels like she doesn’t belong, trying to get her voice heard.
For book fans like myself, I have to admit that this is one of my favorite series. Not only for the great acting performance that Hailee Steinfeld gives but also for the comedy they infuse into this show that is quite serious for the times that Dickinson was around and attempting to get her works published. While it is a TV show and of course liberties will always be taken with that, Dickinson does give some insightful views in the lives of one of the most influential women authors and stands out among the rest. With three seasons to binge, you’ll love the story of Dickenson, from start to finish.
If you’re looking for a murder mystery that’s fused with comedy, like Knives Out or Clue, boy do I have a show for you. With a stellar cast, Afterparty follows what happens at a high school reunion when it turns murderous - and the classic question of “whodunnit?”
The Afterparty is such a fun show, and one of those that if you enjoy a classic murder mystery, you need to watch it. Something I absolutely adore about this is that each episode shows a character’s different perspective, and you really get a full picture of the whole night, offering plenty of different outlooks as to who could have performed the murder. The Afterparty is already set to get a Season 2, so now is the best time to watch it.
Where are all my gamer nerds out there? Raises hand as well. Then Mythic Quest is the one for you to watch and enjoy. Mythic Quest, created by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, and Rob McElhenney, follows a video game studio that produces the game “Mythic Quest,” a popular online MMORPG.
Obviously, if you’re a gamer like me, you’re already signed on, since there are so few gaming series out there. But you just know that if this series is produced by the same people who do It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, it’s going to be the funniest show you have ever seen, and it truly is. Not only that, but Rob McElhenney stars in it as well, along with several other stars, like Community’s Danny Pudi and famous voice-actress Ashly Burch, and so many more. I mean, you can’t get a better gaming and comedy cast than that. There are two seasons available to stream right now.
Musicals are something that always make me happy, and Schmigadoon! is no different. This Apple TV+ series starring Keegan-Michael Key and Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong follows the story of a couple who are trying to reconnect in their lives, but soon find that they have walked themselves into a legit 1940s musical - with no way out except to find true love.
From the moment this show started, I was loving every second. Not only are the leads outstanding and have great chemistry, but the whole Schmigadoon! cast is so talented. We have newcomers like Ariana DeBose shining, to some familiar faces in the industry, like Fred Armisen. The songs are catchy as heck too. And now, a Schmigadoon! Season 2 is coming, so be prepared for more fun songs!
For All Mankind
Moving back into the science-fiction world, we take a look at For all Mankind. This popular sci-fi show alters U.S. history and asks the question “what if the space race never would have ended?” and if the Soviet Union had achieved landing on the moon first before the United States did.
This is one of the best series that Apple TV has to offer, just for the premise. I mean, have we ever asked ourselves what if the Russians had gotten there first? I know I haven’t. And the lengths they go to show how life would have changed for not just NASA but the country as a whole are extremely engrossing. Joel Kinnaman from Suicide Squad and Michael Dorman from The Invisible Man star in this two-season series, with a third season ordered and on the way. Check it out if you ever want to wonder what life would be like. I always adore a good “what-if?”
Dark comedies are sometimes the best kind of comedy to watch, and boy is Physical the perfect example of one. This Apple TV+ show is set in the 1980s in San Diego, and follows Sheila, a quiet woman who has been putting up with her life next to her husband. But soon, she starts to find herself - through the power of aerobics.
Let me just say that Rose Byrne shines in this role. I don’t think any other actress could have quite played Sheila better, and really gives the character a certain light that makes her such a good protagonist to follow. The comedic moments are hilarious, mixed in with a great story about a woman trying to find herself and become who she really wants to be - someone better than a housewife.
As our last entry on this list, it is not our least. Director Steven Spielberg produced Amazing Stories, a reboot of the 1985 series of the same name. Almost talked about as a different version of The Twilight Zone, this show shares interesting anthology stories that have different twists and turns wherever you go.
Since this is an anthology series, one of my favorite things is that there are different plots, characters, and tales each time. Dylan O’Brien, Victoria Pedretti, and Josh Holloway are just an example of the several actors and actresses they pulled in to make this show run. And trust me when I say you will be thoroughly entertained by each new narrative they present to you. With only one season, it’s a quick and easy binge.
If any of these shows sound like something you’d be interested in (or perhaps some of the best movies on Apple TV+), be sure to check out and subscribe to Apple TV+ here (opens in new tab). You won’t regret it.
Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!
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