The 10 Best Apple TV+ Shows Today

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The 10 Best Apple TV+ Shows Today

Netflix, HBO Max, Discovery+, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock are some of the popular streaming services. More services are joining the list by the day, too. Still, there’s room for more in many people’s arsenal of trusted streamers. Apple TV+ is one such example. Launched in 2019, Apple TV+ shows and movies have already created quite a niche. They’ve got award-winning comedies, underrated psychological thrillers, vast historical epics, and everything in between.

Of the more than 100 Apple TV+ shows and movies available on the service, which shows are the absolute best? Many buzzworthy options are available, each with at least something to admire. And yet, when looking at the full library, it’s easy to identify the 10 best Apple TV+ shows thus far. Each of the following 10 TV shows represents the best that Apple TV+ shows offer. From animation to puppetry, from documentary to sitcom, these are the 10 best Apple TV+ shows today.

The History of Apple TV+ Shows

Streaming services have grown successfully in recent years, particularly Amazon Prime Video, a product of a top tech giant. It was only a matter of time before Apple tried its hand at original content. First entering into discussions with the top names in television in 2015, the discussions were effectively finished by 2016. None of these TV execs seemed to agree with Apple’s approach, so Apple did the next-best thing: They set out to develop their streamer instead. Apple hired Sony Pictures Television’s co-presidents in 2017 and got to work.

They spent the next two years juggling multiple tasks. Firstly, fill out their executive lineup with top talent from throughout Hollywood. Secondly, make some deals with big-name creatives to attract even more top talent to get behind and in front of the camera. Thirdly, beef up their Apple and Apple TV devices to support and streamline high-quality streaming. By the spring of 2019, they had a big announcement: their new streaming service, Apple TV+, would launch in November of that year. Best of all, it would cost just $4.99 a month: far lower than many of its competitors.

Original Apple TV+ shows, and movies quickly grabbed the attention of critics and fans alike. The streaming service has rounded up more than 275 wins and 1,150 award nominations in the three years since its launch. (That includes 2021’s Coda — the first Best Picture win at the Oscars for a movie released by a streamer.) Today, Apple TV+ shows and movies are enjoyed by more than 25 million paid subscribers and 50 million promotional subscribers enjoying the service via free trials from purchasing an eligible Apple product.

Apple TV+ Subscription Details

LaunchedNovember 1st, 2019
Available Titles100+
Supported Web BrowsersApple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Windows
Supported Apple OSesiOS 10.2 or later, macOS 10.15 Catalina or later
Supported Media DevicesPlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV, Google TV, Chromecast, Android TV
Price Per Month$6.99

The Top 10 Apple TV+ Shows

Let’s run through these top 10 Apple TV+ shows today, ranking them from good to the best. Some have already ended, and others will be on the air for years to come… No matter what, though, all are well worth your time. Did your favorite make the list?

10. Central Park

ReleasedMay 29th, 2020 – Present
Created ByJosh Gad, Loren Bouchard, and Nora Smith
StarringKristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Stanley Tucci, and Emmy Raver-Lampman
GenreAdult comedy
Number of Seasons3 (ongoing)
Episode Count39 (ongoing)

Apple TV+ show Central Park hails from Bob’s Burgers (2011- ) creator Loren Bouchard alongside Josh Gad and Nora Smith. The animated adult comedy, done in the same animation style as Bouchard’s hit Fox sitcom, follows a family that lives in New York City’s Central Park. Following the lead of family patriarch Owen Tillerman (Leslie Odom Jr.), the Tillermans and friends must fend off redevelopment efforts from entrepreneur and hotel magnate Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci). Fans of Bob’s Burgers and newcomers alike will find lots to love about this one.

9. Mythic Quest

ReleasedFebruary 7th, 2020 – Present
Created ByCharlie Day, Megan Ganz, and Rob McElhenney
StarringRob McElhenney, Ashly Burch, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Jessie Ennis, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, and F. Murray Abraham
Number of Seasons3 (ongoing)
Episode Count30, including 2 specials (ongoing)

Currently wrapping up its third season with more on the way, Mythic Quest comes from the same genius comedic minds behind FXX cult comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005- ). However, instead of following the dysfunctional lives of a group of narcissistic, sociopathic bar owners, Mythic Quest is an entirely different creation. It tracks the lives and times of the employees of a fictional video game studio as they work to maintain a popular MMORPG: the titular Mythic Quest. It’s hilarious and surprisingly touching, appealing to both Always Sunny viewers and beyond.

8. Ted Lasso

ReleasedAugust 14th, 2020 – Present
Created ByJason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly
StarringJason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, and Juno Temple
GenreSports comedy-drama
Number of Seasons2 (ongoing)
Episode Count22 (ongoing)

Popular TV and movie characters always show up in commercials, but it’s not often you see the reverse: a character from a commercial getting his own TV show. That’s the case with one of the most cherished Apple TV+ shows: Ted Lasso, based on a series of NBC Sports promos for the Premier League. Series co-creator Jason Sudeikis stars as the titular American football coach hired to head a fictional English soccer team. Initially hired out of spite, the team and its higher-ups eventually grow to love Lasso. (The same can be said for audiences, who by and large cherish the show.)

7. Dickinson

ReleasedNovember 1st, 2019 – December 24th, 2021
Created ByAlena Smith
StarringHailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, and Jane Krakowski
Number of Seasons3
Episode Count30

Based on the life and poetry of American poet Emily Dickinson, Dickinson imaginatively tackles the many relevant themes that defined the poet’s 19th century existence. From societal expectations to gender norms to the definition of family, Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) — and, by extent, Dickinson itself — masterfully explores all the ways the poet and her voice were far ahead of their oppressive time. It’s not so serious all the time, however. The show has a real sense of humor and true heart, making it an easy, engrossing watch.

6. Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock

ReleasedJanuary 21st, 2022 – Present
Created ByMatt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson
Based OnFraggle Rock (1983 – 1987) by Jim Henson
GenreChildren’s comedy
Number of Seasons1 (ongoing)
Episode Count14, including 1 special (ongoing)

While Jim Henson’s Muppets are far more recognizable and iconic than his cult classic series Fraggle Rock, the latter has nevertheless remained a fondly remembered part of many childhoods. Now, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock — a continuation of Henson’s ’80s series — joins the ranks of Apple TV+ shows that are fun for the whole family. Ready to cement itself in the minds of a new generation of fans (alongside their parents who grew up watching the original), Back to the Rock is so well-made and creatively inspired that it easily ranks among the best Apple TV+ shows.

5. Pachinko

ReleasedMarch 25th, 2022 – Present
Created BySoo Hugh
StarringYoun Yuh-jung, Kim Min-ha, Soji Arai, Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha, Jun-woo Han, and Eun-chae Jung
Number of Seasons1 (ongoing)
Episode Count8 (ongoing)

Helmed in equal parts by prominent, buzzworthy indie directors Kogonada and Justin Chon, Pachinko follows four generations of Korean immigrants as they struggle to thrive and survive in Japan. Immediately praised as one of the best Apple TV+ shows in the streamer’s short history, the show features some incredible performances that span decades upon decades of family history. Creator Soo Hugh perfectly adapts the source material, Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel of the same name. It’s a historical epic on a scale previously unseen in other Apple TV+ shows that came before.

4. Prehistoric Planet

ReleasedMay 23rd, 2022 – May 27th, 2022
Executive ProducersJon Favreau and Mike Gunton
Narrated ByDavid Attenborough
GenreNature documentary
Number of Seasons1
Episode Count5

The BBC Studios Natural History Unit and filmmaker Jon Favreau had one goal in mind for their documentary series Prehistoric Planet: show prehistoric life as paleontologists currently understand it, even if it goes against commonly held misconceptions about dinosaurs. From feathered dinosaurs to far more speculative hypotheses surrounding life 66 million years ago, Prehistoric Planet is a limited series for the ages. Done in a similar animation style to Favreau’s The Jungle Book (2016) and The Lion King (2019), it’s sure to be one of those Apple TV+ shows appreciated for years to come.

3. Slow Horses

ReleasedApril 1st, 2022 – Present
Written ByMorwenna Banks, Will Smith, Jonny Stockwood, and Mark Denton
StarringGary Oldman, Jack Lowden, and Kristin Scott Thomas
GenreSpy thriller
Number of Seasons2 (ongoing)
Episode Count12 (ongoing)

Based upon Mick Herron’s Slough House novels (and reliant upon a career-highlight performance from Gary Oldman at its center), Apple TV+’s Slow Horses is a criminally underseen spy thriller series. Currently in its second season, the show follows a group of rejected MI5 agents banished to administrative purgatory. They haven’t been fired, but they’re definitely on probation for one reason or another. Still, they always end up getting roped into a new mystery regardless. Oldman stars as the department head (a big part of what makes this one of the best Apple TV+ shows).

2. Servant

ReleasedNovember 28th, 2019 – March 17th, 2023
Created ByTony Basgallop
StarringLauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint
GenrePsychological horror-thriller
Number of Seasons4
Episode Count40

From executive producer and showrunner M. Night Shyamalan comes Servant: the kind of horror-thriller-drama-mystery hybrid that only he could come up with. Following a couple that hires a nanny to watch over their infant “son” Jericho — a lifelike doll — viewers quickly learn that something strange and surprising is happening here. While you might not hear about it as often as Ted Lasso, Servant is nevertheless a smash hit. Set to come to a shocking conclusion in March of 2023, now’s your chance to catch up on one of the greatest Apple TV+ shows before its imminent finale.

1. Severance

ReleasedFebruary 18th, 2022 – Present
Created ByDan Erickson
StarringAdam Scott, Zach Cherry, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, Britt Lower, Jen Tullock, Dichen Lachman, Michael Chernus, Tramell Tillman, and Patricia Arquette
GenrePsychological drama
Number of Seasons1 (ongoing)
Episode Count9 (ongoing)

How can you explain Severance in simple terms? Truthfully, it might be best to say that you must see it to believe it. Starring a cast of notable actors led by Adam Scott of Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015) fame, Severance is also directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle. There’s nothing like it among other Apple TV+ shows (or any other television show, for that matter — streaming or otherwise). Currently shooting its second season, Severance is destined to remain atop this list for seasons to come. It’s mysterious, it’s weird, it’s funny, it’s brain-tickling… it’s simply the best.

The 10 Best Apple TV+ Shows Today FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How many shows and movies are available on Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ has over 100 movies and television shows on its service, including more than 75 original series and more than 30 original films (with many more on the way in the coming months and years).

Is there anything besides Apple Originals on Apple TV+?

While Apple TV+ is primarily concerned with original television shows and films, there are a number of non-Apple productions on the service (including classic Peanuts specials and various other films and shows related to the streamer’s originals).

How much is an Apple TV+ subscription?

Apple TV+ was originally priced at $4.99 at launch, but has since risen to $6.99 a month. That’s still a lot cheaper than many other streaming service, even if it is $2 more than it was a few years back.

When is Martin Scorsese's new movie Killers of the Flower Moon coming out?

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon was originally slated to release on Apple TV+ in the fall of 2022, but has since been pushed later to 2023. No official release date has been set.

How much has Apple TV+ spent on original content?

In its first year, it’s estimated Apple TV+ spent over $6 billion on original content. In 2022 alone, Apple TV+ is expected to spend an additional $4 billion.

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