Best Apple TV Plus shows: 30 great Apple TV+ shows to watch
Apple TV Plus has a host of exclusive shows - here's our pick of the best.
Apple TV+ is one of the biggest Netflix rivals - 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: We have upped outrbest Apple TV Plus shows list to 30. This just showcases the quality of shows that Apple's streaming service has right now.
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 which now into its second season.
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.
Since then, the likes of Mythic Quest, Severance and the amazing Ted Lasso prove that Apple knows exactly what it is doing with the TV shows it chooses for its streaming service.
Coming in at $6.99 (£6.99) - 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 your new device to claim the offer, according to Apple. With that in mind, here’s a run-down of the best Apple TV Plus shows on the service.
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Best Apple TV Plus shows
1. Ted LassoWatch Ted Lasso on Apple TV Plus
Ted Lasso is one of the loveliest TV shows we have seen in a while. If you are in the UK it's a slightly strange look at a US American football coach that comes over the pond to teach a ragtag team of footballers. Lasso is an optimist and you can't help but be caught up in the way he looks at life. And, even though it's US made, it portrays the UK pretty darn well.
2. The Morning ShowView now on Apple TV
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. The second season of the show is streaming now.
3. Defending JacobWatch on Apple TV Plus now
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.
4. For All MankindView now on Apple TV
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
5. SEEView now on Apple TV
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 they saw SEE through to the end, with its third and final season.
6. ServantView now on Apple TV
Created 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 getting involved - we're not saying any more, we're not going to give it all away. Featuring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, and Rupert Grint, it has an impressive line-up.
7. Mythic QuestWatch now on Apple TV Plus
Mythic Quest is a fun show that strives to be like Silicon Valley, charting a video game company as they release, and try to stay on top of, 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. There are three seasons of the show available and it continues to be one of the funniest things on TV right now.
8. Truth Be ToldView now on Apple TV
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.
9. DickinsonView now on Apple TV
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.
10. SeveranceWatch now on Apple TV Plus
One of the very best things on Apple TV Plus right now, Severance is a show by Ben Stiller based in a dystopia where a shadowy company allows its workers to literally disconnect their work life and personal life, so each side of their minds doesn't know what the other is doing. It's both dark and funny and needs to be watched by all.
11. Home Before DarkWatch on Apple TV Plus now
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.
12. TryingWatch now on Apple TV Plus
A comedy set around infertility doesn't really sound like a comedy but it's a fantastic premise for Trying. Rafe Spall and Esther Smith are trying for a child and this show shows what happens when maybe adoption is the answer. With a focus on their relationship and how it deals with new pressures, this is a real must watch.
13. Little AmericaWatch now on Apple TV Plus
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.
14. The Elephant QueenView now on Apple TV
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 now available to stream.
15. Beastie Boys StoryWatch now on Apple Plus TV
Beastie Boys Story is as much about Beastie Boys the band as it is about their friendship and their life growing up together. Focusing on the ever-changing music the rappers have released, this is a poignant, eclectic watch - thanks to long-time collaborator Spike Jonze directing the thing. Fantastic stuff.
16. Amazing StoriesView on Apple TV Plus now
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.
17. The AfterpartyWatch now on Apple TV Plus
Recently renewed for a second season, After Party is as inventive as it gets. It's a comedy that centres on a murder mystery that takes place at an after party, each episode takes on its on style and genre. This is from one of the makers of The LEGO Movie (Christopher Miller) and it has their playfulness beating throughout. Superb stuff.
18. Slow HorsesStream on Apple TV Plus
Now in its second season, this series about MI5 misfits is a lot of fun thanks to a rather grizzled Gary Oldman as the boss of the subpar spies. The first season wraps up its story nicely, which means that there is a new case in season 2, as well as the presence of the brilliant Phil Davies.
19. Bad SistersStream on Apple TV Plus
This is a fantastic show, written by and starring the ever-excellent Sharon Horgan. The plot is simple-ish: John Paul, the husband of Grace Garvey, dies and Grace and her sisters are under investigation by a suspicious insurer. The timeline of the show flits between before Paul's death and after, uncovering an hilarious, sometimes vicious ink-black comedic tale.
20. Black BirdStream on Apple TV Plus
It's harder to watch Black Bird now that Ray Liotta has died, but his presence in this prison show is a fantastic, fitting coda to a superb film career. He plays police officer Big Jim who tempts inmate Taron Egerton's Keene to reduce his prison sentence. How? By going to a maximum security prison to try and tease a confession out of suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Cobra Kai's Paul Walter Hauser). This is one tense drama, with a trio of brilliant performances.
21. Letters To YouWatch now on Apple TV Plus
Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You gets the documentary treatment and it's a compulsive watch, focusing on the making of the album and Springsteen's long and fantastic history with the E Street Band. Apple really knows how to make a music doc and we hope to see more of them on Apple TV Plus.
22. PachinkoStream on Apple TV Plus
Epic. That's the best way to describe Pachinko, a sweeping and stunning historical epic that charts some of the most important eras of Asian history: Korea in 1915, when it was under Japan's rule, all the way up to 80s Japan in its Wall Street era. This is stunning, prestige TV with endless visual flourishes that will have you completely hooked.
23. Central ParkWatch on Apple TV Plus now
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.
24. Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little BlurryBuy now from Apple
This is a fantastic documentary which really showcases what a genius Billie Eilish is - and how awesome her dad is, too! It's an intimate look at the singer/songwriter and reminds you just how young she is and what the industry can give and take from someone. The behind-the-scenes looks at her songs are fantastic.
25. Fraggle Rock: Back To The RockWatch on Apple TV Plus
Well, this is an absolute joy. Apple TV Plus has rebooted Fraggle Rock and the result is an hilarious, warm and fuzzy show. Unlike the 5-minute episodes Apple TV Plus released in 2020 there are 13 full-length episodes here and you'll love every single last one of them.
26. The Essex SerpentStream on Apple TV Plus
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, The Essex Serpent is a six-part mini series that's a faithful adaptation of the book. Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston star as the widow and pastor who fall for each other in this sublime slab of gothic fiction.
27. PhysicalStream on Apple TV Plus
Physical is billed as a comedy drama, but it's tale of a housewife who is seemingly in self-destruct mode, if it weren't for the hour of 'physical' exercise she eventually finds solace in. This is one show which doesn't shy away from serious subject - abuse, eating disorders, depression - and can be a hard watch but Rose Byrne as Sheila is mesmerising in the main role.
28. Shining GirlsStream on Apple TV Plus
This adaptation of the best-selling novel Shining Girls does well to capture the strangeness of the novel, as well as grounding its rather high-concept plot. Elisabeth Moss is Kirby Mazrachi, someone who, years ago, survived an attack and nearly died. Since the incident she witnesses changes in her reality, which are a little like glitches in The Matrix. This 'gift' helps her track down a potential serial killer. Convoluted? Sure, but stick with it and you will be rewarded.
29. Oprah’s Book ClubView on Apple TV Plus now
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.
30. HalaView now on Apple TV
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