WWith so many streaming platforms competing for your attention and wallet, it’s hard to know which ones are worth subscribing to.
While Apple TV+ only launched in late 2019, it has quickly made a name for itself, offering a range of quality original programming from award-winning providers Teddy Lasso to The morning show.
Whether you’re a drama, comedy, or action lover, you’re sure to find something worthy of a binge. Here’s what you get for $4.99 in the US and £4.99 in the UK per month.
Dickinson (three seasons, 2019–2021)
dickinson is a literary tale, but you don’t have to be an English teacher to enjoy it. Hailee Steinfeld leads the series as outspoken feminist Emily Dickinson who aspires to become the famous poet so revered today. It’s a remarkable comedy with a modern interpretation of the 19th century. If you’re into sweet romance, a fight against patriarchy, and maybe a little Wiz Khalifa, you definitely won’t want to miss these three seasons.
Teddy Lasso (two seasons, 2020–)
The platform’s Emmy-winning success is Teddy Lasso, a feel-good comedy starring Jason Sudeikis as an ill-fated American football coach hired to manage a British football team. The show’s over-the-top vibe “was heralded as a welcome antidote to the dark, unhappy tone of much modern comedy,” she argues The Independent‘s Louis Chilton. Lasso’s boundless optimism, even in the face of so much cynicism, will make you invest immediately.
severance pay (one season, 2022–)
A sci-fi series that aspires to split its characters’ minds between work and personal life, severance pay was compared mad Men and George Orwell’s 1984 It’s a slow burn that quickly picks up steam. Corresponding The Independent‘s Leonie Cooper, “such a sinister premise leads to moments of wonderfully dark comedy and eerie surrealism, skillfully handled by an exemplary cast,” which includes Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott and Christopher Walken.
The morning show (two seasons, 2019–)
Featuring an A-list cast of actors including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup and more, The morning show is a workplace drama set in the midst of the #MeToo movement. It attempts to lift the curtain on the troubled inner workings of a news production company — and often succeeds. At times it may get lost in its weighty storytelling, but “embrace the melodrama and soapy whim and use these stunningly capable superstars to their fullest effect, and this could be a date TV.” The Independentwrites Adam White.
For all mankind (three seasons, 2019–)
Imagine an alternate reality where the Soviet Union won the space race and you have the premise of it For all mankind. A twisted fictionalization of historical events, its strength lies in its characters’ backstories. The spectacular replica of the solar system is also worth a visit.
We crashed (one season, 2022)
With Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway as real life couple Adam and Rebekah Neumann, We crashed follows the couple’s relationship through the short-lived triumph and hasty demise of their global coworking brand WeWork. Ultimately, the source material is not that interesting, so his heart instead becomes the “oddly likable love story” between the leads, he writes The Independentis Nick Hilton.
pachinko (one season, 2022–)
Based on New York Times bestseller of the same name, pachinko chronicles the journey of a Korean immigrant family struggling to survive and prosper after fleeing to Japan during World War II. The seamless blend of direction, acting and storytelling is key to its success. Critics have praised it for its beautiful storytelling techniques and gentle handling of generational trauma.
The after party (one season, 2022–)
The after party is a crime comedy mixed with detective fiction, and while its plot is far from original – a class reunion that ends in murder, with each episode told from a different perspective – its light-heartedness doesn’t demand much of its viewer. It’s also anchored by an impressive roster of comedians, with Ilana Glazer, Tiffany Haddish and Ben Schwartz providing laughs alongside the mystery.
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