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, Brett Goldstein, 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. Three seasons are available to stream, with no plans right now for a fourth, so get yourself a nice cup of tea and binge this entire series.
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 stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and 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 series 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.
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 Schmigadoon! Season 2, all with amazing musical talents. Plus, it’s made by the creators of Bob’s Burgers, so you know it’s going to be hilarious.
Coming from one of the creators of Ted Lasso, Bill Lawrence, as well as Brett Goldstein and Jason Segal, this is a show you seriously can’t miss. Shrinking follows Jimmy Laird, a therapist who is still grieving the loss of his wife. One day, in order to cope with the realities of life, he starts to tell his clients exactly how he feels about their problems – and the craziness that follows from it.
I can’t give enough praise to Shrinking. Seriously, it’s such a great show. From the talented Shrinking cast to the story to even the comedy, there is so much to love about this series. Honestly, it makes sense because it comes from the same creators as Ted Lasso as to why I would love it so much, but it’s seriously so good, and a second season is confirmed, so might as well check out the first.
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 that was nominated for several Primetime Emmy awards as well as Golden Globes, and one you must check out - and a Season 2 is already on the way.
Apple TV+ truly has so much when it comes to sci-fi, and Silo is one of the newest shows to join that list. Based on the novels of the same name by Hugh Howey, the show premiered in May 2023 and takes place in a far dystopian future where humans live below the ground, in a silo that happens to be 144 levels. However, an engineer begins to discover secrets about the Silo that just might change the course of their history forever.
Led by a compelling performance from Rebecca Ferguson, Silo is a great addition to Apple TV+’s roster and has earned rave reviews for not only the performance from the lead star but the world-building as well. The streaming site is already working on a Season 2 (despite a halt in shooting due to the SAG-AFTRA strike) so you might as well catch up on the first ten episodes and immerse yourself in the Silo as well.
If you want a black comedy television series, then Bad Sisters is the one for you. Based on the Flemish series Clan, the Apple TV+ show follows five sisters who live in Ireland. One day, the abusive husband of one of the sisters dies unexpectedly, and now they are being investigated by an insurance agent who’s trying to prove that they were responsible for his death.
The series received plenty of acclaim and was nominated for four awards at the 75th Primetime Emmys. Bad Sisters is a fun, dark, comedic time, and with a second season confirmed, you should check it out now.
Based on the novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee, Pachinko is a riveting story about a family who is seeking a better life, so they immigrate from Korea to Japan. But with every new place comes new problems, and here, they face racism, stereotypes and so much more as they try to grow for the better.
Pachinko is such an important story to tell, because it really shows that all over the world, no matter where you go, you sometimes have to push past the boundaries that you’re comfortable with to provide a better life for your family. Pachinko almost reminds me a little of Minari where it’s all about a family trying to find a better life for themselves, but things just don’t go as planned. Another season is set to come out, so be sure to check it out now.
This isn’t the first time I’ve put this show on this list, and it certainly won’t be the last. Shining Girls, based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Beaukes, tells the story of a young woman who was attacked years ago and is still traumatized by it today, but now is given the chance to figure out exactly who hurt her when she discovered a murder that resembled her own attack. It’s up to her and a reporter to unlock the case.
Shining Girls is such a great thriller and provides an excellent mystery, and what makes it even better is that Elisabeth Moss is the star and she kills it in this lead role, like seriously. There is not another person that I can think of that would rock it as well as she does. Amazing work from her.
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 cashout, 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 most people could 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. And with a second season already ordered, it’s only going to get funnier.
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 currently airing its second season, so might as well check out the first.
The Big Door Prize
Among the comedies on Apple TV+ is The Big Door Prize. The show, which came out in March 2023, tells the story of a random lottery machine that pops up in a convenience store in a small town, and when you use it, it can tell someone their “Life Potential.” And soon, the entire town begins to obsess over what they could be, rather than what they already are, and it turns their lives upside down.
The series stars Chris O’Dowd as Dusty, and received acclaim from both critics and audiences alike, with a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s already earned a Season 2 renewal and while we don’t know when it’s going to premiere, you can catch up on the first ten episodes now.
If you need another comedy show to watch, then Platonic is another series you can check out. Starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in the lead roles of Sylvia and Will, thr series follows two former best friends who end up reconciling after years apart. But the moment they start to hang out again, their friendship starts to cause chaos in other parts of their lives.
I mean, you really can’t get better than Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in a leading role. These two already have great chemistry together from the films they have both starred in, so it was only a matter of time before we got to see them in a television show together. They have a chemistry that is alluring and no matter what, you’re always laughing. This is the series to binge if you just need a good chuckle.
Where are all my gamer nerds out there? If you’re one of them, then Mythic Quest is the one for you to watch and enjoy. Created by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, and Rob McElhenney, Mythic Quest 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 three seasons available to stream right now, with a fourth one on the way.
Musicals are something that always make me happy, and Schmigadoon! is no different. This Apple TV+ series starring Keegan-Michael Key and former 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. With plenty of familiar faces in the industry, such as Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, and so many more. The songs are catchy as heck too. With two seasons to watch, there’s so much to love about this show.
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 three season-series, with a fourth 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. With two seasons to watch, this show is one of the best they have, and a third (and final) one is premiering in August 2023.
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.
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