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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
24 January 2020

September arrived, bringing with it the launch of Apple's highly anticipated Apple TV+ alongside a host of exclusive shows starring big Hollywood names.

Tim Cook took to the stage in Cupertino, California, to announce details of Apple’s new TV streaming service, with the tech giant focusing on launching as much exclusive content as physically possible.


The venture has set itself up to rival Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Now TV to name but a few, but will the service reap the rewards of heavy investment in original content?


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 the exclusive project from Oprah Winfrey.


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, with further upcoming shows like Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, Little America and Visible: Out on Television set to join the platform in the coming weeks.


Coming in at $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?


Customers will have three months after the activation of their new device to claim the offer, according to the company’s press release.


Here’s a run-down of what we know about the new service. Remember to up-vote and down-vote your favourite picks.




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1. Servant

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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2. The Morning Show

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.

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3. SEE

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 looks set to be a gritty endeavor by Apple who worked closely with sight organisations to create this dark, futuristic world.

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4. Truth Be Told

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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5. For All Mankind

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. Dickinson

Apple teased the highly anticipated Dickinson trailer in advance of the announcement - and it looks to be 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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7. The Elephant Queen

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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8. Amazing Stories

Bringing Spielberg on stage to talk about his production company isn't what most companies do to launch a streaming service, but then again, most companies aren't Apple. The director's production company Amblin is set to relaunch the Amazing Stories series which follows the most unique tales and will make them available exclusively on Apple TV+.

On stage, Spielberg said: “The Amblin team and I will be resurrecting this 93-year-old brand and offering to multi-generational audiences a whole new batch of Amazing Stories. We want to transport the audience with every episode. Like the World War II pilot whose plane magically travels through space and time from the past and into the present day. Who will he meet? Can he return? Does he want to? What happens if he doesn’t?”

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9. Oprah’s Book Club

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+ additio


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10. Hala

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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