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.
This dark and emotionally impactful miniseries stars Chris Evans (still sporting Captain America’s fan favourite beard from Avengers: Infinity War) as Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber. When his 14-year-old son is accused of murdering a classmate, Barber must deal with the uncertainty of his son’s innocence and a town which has made up its mind about the boy’s guilt. The show is held up most of all by outstanding performances from leads Evans, Michelle Dockery and young Jaeden Martell–as well as a stellar supporting cast (including Oscar winner JK Simmons). Like any good crime thriller, each episode will leave you more uncertain than the last about the truth.
Maybe you’ve already watched Bob’s Burgers, and you understand the genius of creator Loren Bouchard. Perhaps you have a big soft spot in your heart for loveable characters and musical comedy. Well, if that’s the case, then you should binge the first season of Central Park. The animated series follows the story of the Tillerman-Hunter family, whose father is the grounds manager of New York’s Central Park. Our characters all have their own set of relatable issues to deal with, but a real test arises when a hotel-magnate tries to buy the Park and develop it into condos and shops. In case you need more encouragement–an impressive ensemble cast voices the show. Josh Gad (also a co-creator), Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Stanley Tucci and Hamilton favourite/Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. all grace us with their voice work.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Legend
From the twisted and hilarious mind of Rob McHelnney (creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) comes a new sitcom which takes you behind the scenes and the madness of a video game development company. Don’t worry if you don’t come as a die-hard gamer, because the childish infighting and general tomfoolery which shape the show’s relationships are more than enough to keep you entertained. Also, this show means that Dani Pudi (Abed from Community) is back on our screens in a meaningful way–and we couldn’t be happier about that. With a fresh cast and a new spin on the office comedy, you won’t regret checking out the latest feather in McHelnney’s cap.
Home Before Dark
What is it about watching inquisitive kids outsmart adults and solve murders that’s just so bloody compelling? Lucky for us, we get a good helping of that in Home Before Dark. Based on the true story of a nine-year-old reporter, the show details underage investigator Hilde Lisko as she moves to a small town and uncovers a cold case which seems to impact half of the suburb, as well as her father. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in the incredible performance of 10-year-old Brooklyn Prince (the star of 2017’s The Florida Project) as the tenacious and resolute journalist.
This short documentary series explores the minds of legendary athletes at the peak of their respective sports. Get unprecedented insight into the games/performances which these sporting greats personally view as career-altering or defining. There’s nothing quite like hearing about iconic moments in sports history (or moments you didn’t realise were important) straight from the horse’s mouth. Hear Lebron James talk about the game six where he truly became ‘The King’, and which Sunday night mid-season game Tom Brady considers his best performance. For those of us with busy lives but an undying interest in sport, these episodes are easy to smash through, all sitting between five and seven minutes long.
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.
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