In the golden age of television, where an abundance of streaming services vie for your attention, Apple TV+ has not only secured its place but soared to new heights with a repertoire of original series that redefine the standards of storytelling. From iconic dramas and enchanting fantasies to cutting-edge science fiction and entertaining reality series, Apple TV+ has delivered a feast for the senses.
If you’re new to Apple TV+, or if you’re just looking for some new shows to watch, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the best Apple TV+ original series to date, and tell you why they are worth checking out.
Amazing Stories (2020)
Created by Steven Spielberg, Amazing Stories is a sci-fi anthology series that features a mix of new and classic stories, all told in Spielberg’s signature style. A reimagining of the classic anthology series of the same name, which originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, Apple TV+’s Amazing Stories consists of five episodes, each one telling a different story.
The series has featured several high-profile guest stars, including Dylan O’Brien, Robert Forster, Kyle Bornheimer, Kerry Lynn Bishé, and Edward Burns. In addition to its strong cast, the revival series has also been praised for its high production values and heartwarming stories.
Black Bird (2022)
Based on the 2010 autobiographical novel In with the Devil: a Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene with Hillel Levin, Black Bird stars Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene, a former high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son who is sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is given the chance to reduce his prison sentence if he can elicit a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried.
Praised by critics for its performances, writing, and direction, Blackbird is a gripping and suspenseful miniseries that explores the dark side of human nature. It is a must-watch for fans of crime dramas and psychological thrillers.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series (2017-present)
Based on the recurring segment Carpool Karaoke from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The Series is a reality-singing television series that features celebrities singing along to their personal playlists while driving around together in a car. First released on Apple Music in 2017 before becoming an official Apple TV+ original in 2022, the series features celebrities who are typically friends, colleagues or have some other connection to each other.
The series has been praised for its fun and informal approach to celebrity interviews. It has also been credited with helping to popularize the “Carpool Karaoke” format, which has since been copied by other television shows. Heartwarming and entertaining, Carpool Karaoke: The Series is highly recommended for fans of music, celebrity culture, and fun television.
The Morning Show (2019-present)
Starring starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, The Morning Show is inspired by Brian Stelter’s 2013 book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. The Morning Show examines the characters and culture behind a network broadcast morning news program. After allegations of sexual misconduct, the male co-anchor of the program is forced off the show. His co-anchor, Alex Levy (Aniston), is furious at the network for keeping her in the dark and later finds out that the network has been planning on replacing her.
Elsewhere, young, conservative reporter Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon) becomes an internet viral sensation after a video of her angrily fact-checking a coal mine supporter at a protest is posted on social media. Bradley is invited to appear on the Morning Show, where she clashes with Alex on-air.
The Morning Show is a complex and nuanced series that examines the complex dynamics of power, gender, and age in the workplace. It is also a timely and relevant series that explores the #MeToo movement and its impact on American culture.
It has been praised for its performances, writing, and direction. It has also received nominations from different award-giving bodies, including the Emmys and the Golden Globes.
Mythic Quest (2020-present)
Commended for its writing, acting, and humor, Mythic Quest is a comedy television series that follows the fictional video game studio that produces Mythic Quest, a popular MMORPG, At the start of the series, the studio is about to release a major expansion pack to the game, Raven’s Banquet, but the game’s creator and creative director Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney) argues with lead engineer, Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao); head of monetization Brad Bakshi (Danny Pudi); and head writer C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham).
A must-watch for fans of workplace comedies and video games, Mythic Quest is a hilarious and heartwarming series that will make you laugh and think.
Severance is a science fiction psychological thriller television series that follows Mark S. (Adam Scott), an employee of the fictional corporation Lumon Industries who agrees to a “severance” program in which his non-work memories are separated from his work memories.
Mark leads a team of office workers who have had their memories surgically divided between their work and personal lives. They soon begin a journey to discover the truth about their jobs.
Severance has been praised for its originality, its dark and suspenseful tone, and its strong performances. It has also been acclaimed for its exploration of complex themes such as identity, free will, and the nature of work.
Based on the Hugh Howey novel of the same name, Silo is set in a dystopian future where a community exists in a giant underground silo that plunges hundreds of stories deep; there, people live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette Starts (Rebecca Ferguson) starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo.
Commended for its production values, strong performances, and thought-provoking story, Silo has been compared to other dystopian sci-fi dramas such as Snowpiercer and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Ted Lasso (2020-present)
Based on a character that Jason Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promotional media for NBC Sports’ coverage of England’s Premier League, Ted Lasso stars Suideikis as the titular character, an American college football coach who is hired to coach an English soccer team with the secret intention that his inexperience will lead it to failure, but whose folksy, optimistic leadership proves unexpectedly successful.
The series has been praised for its humor, writing, performances, themes, and uplifting tone. It has won numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
The Last Thing He Told Me (2023)
Based on Laura Dave’s 2021 novel of the same name, The Last Thing He Told Me is a thriller miniseries that tells the story of Hannah Hall (Jennifer Garner), a woman whose husband, Owen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), goes missing. Hannah must then team up with his teenage daughter, Bailey (Angourie Rice), to find him and uncover the truth behind his disappearance.
The show’s performances, writing, and direction have been acclaimed by critics, who have also praised its exploration of complex themes such as grief, loss, and identity.
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