What shows to watch on Apple TV+

One of the newer streaming services on the block, Apple TV+ presently only houses a handful of shows. Unlike Netflix, you won’t find a huge back catalog. Instead, Apple is focusing solely on original content, snapping up Hollywood’s finest actors and directors in the process. 

The service’s current library may be small, but it’s well worth diving into. Gripping dramas and thrillers feature heavily, but there are several real-life shows too, including eye-opening documentaries and book chats with the one and only Oprah Winfrey.

From family-friendly picks to a fictional take on the true-crime obsession, we’ve rounded up the top Apple TV+ shows to add to your watch list pronto.

Shows that everyone’s talking about

Dickinson

Nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson inspires this coming-of-age tale with a modern-day twist. Fighting against a strict upbringing and an even stricter society, Emily finds her voice through poetry. Her journey involves queer relationships, bold fashion choices and plenty of comedic moments.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74% 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss, Jane Krakowski

The Morning Show

Focusing on the world of early morning TV, this show explores the realities of the #MeToo movement. When news anchor Mitch Kessler is fired for sexual misconduct, the women in his industry find themselves faced with several dilemmas. Power struggles and personal problems ensue.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61% 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 94%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell

Visible: Out on Television

An exploration of how the American LGBTQ movement has shaped TV, now and throughout history. The docuseries investigates representation, homophobia and more with a well-known member of the community narrating each episode.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: No score yet
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon

Little America

Based on Epic Magazine’s true-life collection, this anthology series depicts America through immigrants’ eyes. Funny, heartwarming and eye-opening, their stories go beyond media stereotypes.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Featured actors: Conphidance, Zachary Quinto, Sherilyn Fenn

Supernatural shows

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

A satirical take on the trials and tribulations of developing a video game. The conflict inside the game pales in comparison to the workplace disputes as lead engineer Poppy battles with Ian, the creative director with a big ego.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Rob McElhenney, F. Murray Abraham, Charlotte Nicdao

Ghostwriter

A reboot of a ’90s supernatural favorite. Join four kids as they try to figure out why a ghost haunts their local bookstore. When the spirit begins sending book characters into the real world, the mystery only intensifies.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Featured actors: Isaac Arellanes, Amadi Chapata, Hannah Levinson

Helpsters

Colorful monsters, known as the Helpsters, have a passion for problem-solving in this fun Apple TV plus original show. No matter what’s thrown at them, their top planning skills will save the day. Watch as they learn magic tricks and brave the great outdoors.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 100%
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-Y
  • Featured actors: Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Tim Lagasse, Martin Robinson

Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah Winfrey lends her talents to another talk show. In this book-focused series, Oprah sits down with both new and renowned authors for a candid conversation about their work and the long journey from pen to paper.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: No score yet
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: No score yet
  • Genre: Talk Show
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Featured actors: Oprah Winfrey

Shows that keep you on the edge of your seat

Truth Be Told

As podcaster Poppy Parnell realizes she may have sent an innocent man to jail, she is forced to take a second look at a mysterious murder in this true-crime original. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul

Servant

From acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan, this supernatural show focuses on a couple and their newborn baby. Except the baby is a doll, prescribed by a therapist after the real child’s recent death. Creepy events hint that things aren’t as they seem.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84%
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Rupert Grint, Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell

See

In a distant future, the human race lives blind after suffering the effects of a widespread virus. When twins are born with the ability to see, society’s new way of living is threatened.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Alfre Woodard

For All Mankind

This alternate history follows the thoughts and fears of NASA astronauts and their family members as the USSR beats the US in the global space race. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured actors: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt

The takeaway

Thanks to starry casts and attention-grabbing plots, the current shows on Apple TV+ deserve your attention. And with more programming on the way, Apple TV+ is looking to be a strong contender in the original series market. 

So if you’re in the mood for a laugh, cry or scare, sign up for a free trial and see where Apple TV+ takes you.

Lauren Sharkey