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.
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: Apple used WWDC to show off a new (but previously announced) series that will be making its way to Apple TV Plus soon. Called Foundation, it is based on the book series by Isaac Asimov and, according to the blurb, follows a “band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.” There has been a tonne of new sci-fi shows of late, so we have high hopes for this one - a teaser has been revealed which you can view below.
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.
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Best Apple TV Plus shows
1. 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.
2. SEEView now on Apple TV
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.
3. ServantView now on Apple TV
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.
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. 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.
6. Mythic Quest: Raven's BanquetWatch 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 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.
7. 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.
8. Amazing StoriesView on Apple TV Plus now
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.
9. 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 set to air in living rooms across the country imminently.
10. 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+ additio
11. 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