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Best Apple TV Plus shows: great Apple TV+ shows to watch

Apple TV Plus is cheap and you get a host of exclusive shows - here's our pick.

Best Apple TV Plus shows: great Apple TV+ shows to watch
Danielle de Wolfe
18 September 2020

Apple TV+ has been around for six months now. It was launched by Apple to try and take on the likes of Netflix head on with Apple TV Plus - and as these best Apple TV Plus shows prove, the service is doing a great job of competing against stiff competition.

While Apple TV Plus doesn't have anywhere near the quantity of shows available that its rivals have, it does have an abundance of star power and quality.

UPDATE: Long Way Up, the new show by Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman, is now streaming weekly on Apple TV Plus. It's the third show of its kind the pair have done, having jumped on their motorbikes to travel thousands of miles together for The Long Way Round and The Long Way Down previously. This series sees them use electric bikes (prototype electric Harley-Davidson bikes) to travel from the southern tip of Argentina, all the way up to Los Angeles. Three episodes of the show are available now and there will be 11 episodes.

A number of exclusive shows were made available at launch, most notably Apple's award-winning comedy series The Morning Show, Jennifer Anniston’s first TV series since Friends which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell.

The launch also included a host of other shows, including Dickinson (starring Hailee Steinfeld), See (starring Jason Momoa), For All Mankind, Helpsters, Snoopy in Space, The Elephant Queen, and an exclusive project from Oprah Winfrey - some of which are on this list.

Aside from the starting line-up, a host of other shows have joined the ever-expanding list. Truth Be Told has recently joined the line-up, alongside Hala. Other recent additions include Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, Little America and Visible: Out on Television.

Coming in at $4.99 (£4.99) - which includes family membership - Apple are offering a whole year of Apple TV Plus for free to those purchasing an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. Bargain, right?

You will have three months after the activation of their new device to claim the offer, according to Apple.

Here’s a run-down of the best Apple TV Plus shows on the service.

Remember to up-vote and down-vote your favourite picks.


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1. The Morning Show

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The Morning Show, is a drama set behind the scenes at, you guessed it, a morning TV news show. Starring Jennifer Aniston in her first series since Friends, the show also stars Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell as the journalistic drama unfolds. If this show was on something like Netflix (as in a service that's a bit more popular) then it would have been given all the accolades for its themes of workplace sexual harassment and all that goes with it.

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2. Defending Jacob

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Defending Jacob sees Chris Evans swap spandex for the courtroom in a mini series about a family defending their son from being accused of killing another classmate. It's a harrowing watch at times, given the subject matter but it's great to see Evans step away from the big budgets and do something a little more nuanced. The show is based on the best-selling novel by William Landay.

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Created by by Tony Basgallop, Servant focuses on a Philadelphia couple in mourning after the loss of their child. It's a bit of a dark one to say the least, with a mysterious force geting involved - we're not saying any more, we're not going to give it all away. Featurng Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, and Rupert Grint, it has an impressive line-up.

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The Apple TV Plus launch saw the world premiere of the See trailer, an exclusive Apple TV series starring Jason Momoa and Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard. Depicting a civilisation based hundreds of years in the future who have lost the ability to see, the show follows a new generation who are miraculously born with their sight intact. It's a gritty endeavor by Apple, one that isn't altogether successful but at least you know there will be more as a second season has been commissioned.

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5. For All Mankind

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Depicting how the world would have turned out had Russia beaten the US to landing a man on the moon, For All Mankind begins in the 60s, tracking the out-of-this-world challenge. The series continues as technology advances and decades pass, with plenty of action and drama for good measure

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6. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet

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Mythic Quest is a fun show that strives to be like Silicon Valley, charting a video game company as they release, and tried to stay on top, their game Mythic Quest. It's made by Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney who created the fantastic It's Only Sunny In Philadelphia and while it doesn't hit those heights, it's a great watch.

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7. Truth Be Told

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Following a remarkably similar plot line to the hit podcast Serial, Truth Be Told follows the story of a podcast maker who sets out to unravel an unsolved cold-case murder. A dramatic adaptation of the book Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber, this is a must-watch for fans of true crime podcasts and tv shows.

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Apple teased the highly anticipated Dickinson trailer in advance of the announcement - and it was right too - this is a laugh-a-minute. Starring Hailee Steinfeld as rebellious poet Emily Dickinson, the comedy series follows is a melting pot of modern day comedy and traditional attire.

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9. Home Before Dark

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Home Before Dark is the sort of old-school family TV that you yearn for. The premise is great: a nine-year-old budding journalist heads back with her family to the town her dad grew up in. There she begins to uncover secrets about a cold case from way back. The episodes could do with being a bit shorter but this is a great tale of a child whose way more advanced than her years give her credit for, and what happens when she begins to search for the truth.

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10. Amazing Stories

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Currently streaming weekly, Amazing Stories is an updated version of Spielberg's classic hit show. It is an anthology series that "transports the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers." The first five episodes were directed by the likes of Hollywood director Susanna Fogel, Michael Dinner (who also directed an episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) and Game of Thrones director Mark Mylod. As it's an anthology, some of the episodes are hit and miss but Spielberg's wonder is apparent throughout.

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11. The Elephant Queen

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Taking the route of a documentary, the feature-length film The Elephant Queen focuses on the extinction of one of the world’s most majestic creatures. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this epic and beautiful piece of cinema first wowed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to air in living rooms across the country imminently.

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12. Little America

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A show focusing on the immigrants of America trying to make it in the country has never felt so relevant - and that's what makes Little America a joy to watch. Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and Lee Eisenberg have created an anthology series that focuses on eight separate stories, each dealing with a culture clash of sorts between those who have spent their whole lives in the US and those who came there seeking something. This particularly resonates in the brilliant The Grand Expo Winners, a tale of Chinese mother who watches her kids who have embraced America drift from her. Every episode, though, is worth a watch.

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Central Park is a new animated sitcom from the minds behind Bob's Burgers. While it's not quite on the same level of that masterpiece, it's a lot of fun. It revolves around a family of caretakers living in Central Park who stand in the way of developers. There's musical aspects to the show and it isn't without controversy. Kristen Bell recently revealed she will (quite rightly) no longer lend her voice to mixed race character Molly Tillerman.

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14. Oprah’s Book Club

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The Book Club was once a golden part of Oprah's daytime TV show - and now it's been given the screen time it deserves. Starring, you guessed it, Oprah Winfrey (who will always feature alongside Lorraine Kelly as the Queen of daytime TV), the show is a must watch Apple TV+ addition.


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Telling the tale of Pakistani-American teenager Hala, the show depicts the conflict that occurs in balancing personal desire with the various obligations that surround family and religion. Joining the platform a few weeks after launch, this is a show that also depicts a central character with a dark secret

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