Ok so it might feel like every other day there is a new streaming service popping up and to be honest, it can be a smidge overwhelming. Right now however we’re digging Apple TV+ thanks to it's all-star packed casts and juicy new shows. So, to sign up or not to sign up? To make things a little easier we’ve raided the catalogue of Apple TV+ and have found a slew of epic shows worth your time.
Truth Be Told
Crime buffs assemble, this one is for you. Starring an all-star cast (something Apple TV+ is becoming known for) of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul and Lizzy Caplan, this dark series will get you thinking. The show centres around Poppy (Spencer), a journalist from The New York Times who made her name publishing stories on the violent 1999 death of a Stanford professor and the kid, Warren Cave (Paul) who was eventually sentenced for the crime. But 20 years later, evidence arises suggesting Cave is innocent and Poppy, now a true crime podcaster revisits the case with her listeners. It’s like Serial in a TV show.
From the people who brought you The Big Sick and Master Of None comes this anthology series that follows the romantic, heartfelt and inspiring stories of immigrants in America. What makes Little America special (aside from the fact that a second season has already been given the green light) is that all of the stories told are inspired by the writer’s own experiences. There’s ‘The Manager’ which tells the story of 12-year-old Kabir who is left to run a motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India. And your heart will break in ‘The Son’, as we watch Rafiq escape from his home in Syria after his father discovers he is gay only to find a new “family” in the States. It drops 17 January.
From M. Night Shyamalan comes this deliciously dark show. Servant follows Philadelphia couple Dorothy and Sean who are in mourning after they tragically lose their baby son Jericho. In an effort to ease their grief they find solace in a hyper-realistic therapeutic baby doll that looks like their late son. But things start to get weird when Dorothy begins to believe the doll is real and even hires a creepy nanny Leanne to help look after the doll. Remember this is a M. Night Shyamalan show so expect things to get seriously messed up.
The Morning Show
This snappy new series stars Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy, everyone’s favourite news presenter on The Morning Show. Known for changing the face of television the show takes a dive when Levy’s co-host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carrell) is fired amidst a sexual misconduct scandal. Levy must fight to keep her place, while brash field reporter turned new TMS co-host Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) threatens to take her place.
If you’ve been mourning the loss of Jason Momoa on the small screen since his untimely demise in Game of Thrones, then you’ll want to download this epic series stat. In this one, a virus has decimated humankind and those who survived emerge blind. Momoa stars as the father of twins born centuries later with the mythical ability to see. In this dangerous post-apocalyptic world, Momoa must protect his tribe against a threatened queen.
She might be the woman behind some the world’s greatest poems but it turns out when Emily Dickinson was a teen, she one badass babe… well according to this series anyway. In this series we follow Dickinson, played by Hailee Steinfeld, as a teen, rebelling against her parents, falling in forbidden love and starting trouble. In this version of Dickinson she’s a mouthy, feminist and we dig her! The series only gets better thanks to the epic musical score including songs by Billie Eilish and Mitski.
The Elephant Queen
If you’re a fan of Planet Earth but struggle with how hectic some of scenes can be, then The Elephant Queen is for you. Narrated by Chewitel Ejiofer, this incredible doco follows an all-female elephant herd across Africa. In it, you’ll get to know the whole fam—Mimi the newborn, teenager Mili, and Athena, their fearless leader. They live in paradise but when a devastating drought turns their home to dust, Athena must lead her family 160 kilometres across the country in search of a new home. This one will simultaneously give you goose bumps and warm your heart.
For All Mankind
For All Mankind asks the question, "What if the Space Race had never ended?". In this series, we’re offered an alternate storyline in history— the USSR beats the US to the moon via their Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov. The loss devastates NASA and fuels them to challenge the Soviet Union once more, reigniting the race. The series follows the lives of NASA astronauts, which include historical figures like Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong and even better, some badass female astronauts. You don’t have to be sci-fi nerd to love his series, in fact its so popular, it’s already been renewed for a second season.
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