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The 24 Apple TV Plus shows you should watch first (November 2022)

The shows range from a post-apocalypse world where everyone is blind to a US football coach running a UK soccer team.
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November 28, 2022
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Apple TV Plus shows started immediately with the streaming service’s launch in November 2019. Since then, we have seen a low but steady trickle of new series debut on the service, and now there’s enough content to dive deep into its selections. But which options are the best Apple TV Plus shows? Good question, and one we aim to explore here.

Read more: Best Apple TV Plus movies

As you will see, the original Apple TV Plus series already have a variety of content, from children’s shows to more mature series just for their moms and dads.

Remember, if you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV box, you get three months of the service for free (read more about it here.) For everyone else, you can sign up now for Apple TV Plus for $6.99 a month, following a seven-day free trial, at the link below.

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Apple TV Plus has quickly become a major player in the streaming game since its launch in 2019. Its slate of original programming includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind as well as movies like The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.

Best Apple TV Plus shows:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Apple TV Plus shows regularly as new ones hit the streaming service.

For All Mankind

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This is our favorite of the current crop of Apple TV Plus shows. It’s an alternate history tale, showing the Soviet Union winning the race to put a man on the moon in 1969. In response, the NASA of this timeline decides to keep going. Part of their plan is to recruit more women and minorities into the US space program much earlier than what happened in our reality. It’s a different look at how early space exploration could have happened. Three seasons of the show are now available and a fourth season is in the works.

Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson is a real-life US poet who inspired tons of other writers over the decades. This show examines a fictionalized version of Dickinson’s early life. The twist is that this incarnation of the poet, as played by Hailee Steinfeld, and her friends act and sound more like teenagers in modern times. It’s not exactly historically accurate, but it is entertaining. You can watch all three seasons now.

Home Before Dark

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We have read stories about fictional young reporters in school. However, this show tells the story of a real-life young journalist, Hilde Lysiak. As played by Brooklynn Prince in this series, the 11-year old Lysiak publishes her own newspaper for her community. Things take a big turn for her as she starts investigating a murder that happened near her home. You can watch the first season now and the second season is in the works.

Ghostwriter

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This reboot of the classic children’s TV series focuses on four kids. They attempt to solve mysteries tied into well-known books like The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland. This series might be an excellent first step if you have kids and want to encourage them to read more. You can watch one season now, and a second season is coming in 2022.

Defending Jacob

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This Apple TV Plus show is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. Chris Evans takes off his Captain America uniform and shield as the star of this series. He plays an assistant DA in a Massachusetts town, who suddenly has to deal with his son Jacob being accused of murdering a classmate in school. This is an old-fashioned murder mystery, but with some family drama as well.

Mythic Quest

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HBO’s Silicon Valley made a comedy out of the creation of tech startups. Mythic Quest does something similar. Instead of an internet app company, this show is about the workings of a video game developer. Specifically, it centers on the creator of an MMO game and his team members that have to deal with his sometimes outrageous ideas and requests. Rob McElhinney, the co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also co-created this show and stars as its lead character Ian Grimm, who sometimes believes his job is to “create worlds.” You can watch the first two seasons now, and two more are in the works.

Little America

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This series isn’t as flashy or as high concept as most of the other Apple TV Plus shows on this list. Instead, it’s more human and heartwarming. It’s an anthology show, with each episode following an emigrant as he or she tries to make a life in America. Episodes have shown the life of a Nigerian boy who comes to Oklahoma and becomes a cowboy, along with a Chinese woman who ends up winning a cruise for her family. It shows the American experience through many different eyes. You can watch the  first season now, and a second season is coming in 2022.

See

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This sci-fi series takes place hundreds of years in the future after an unnamed disaster strikes the Earth and blinds all humans. The few survivors manage to stay alive, and one tribe of people, led by Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, weds an already pregnant woman. To their surprise, she has twins, both of which can see. This development gets the attention of a rival tribe, who wants the twins for their own purposes. This is a different sort of post-apocalyptic tale with heart and family. You can watch all three seasons now.

WeCrashed

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This excellent limited series stars Jared Leto as the co-founder of WeWork, Adam Neumann, along with Anne Hathaway as his wife Rebekah Neumann. The series charts the course of WeWork, the co-working office space company that got tons of funding from investors in the mid 2010s and was about to go public, thanks in part to the personalities of the Neumanns. However, it wasn’t enough to make WeWork profitable, and its business quickly fell from its lofty heights in 2019, when it decided to hold off on its IPO plans.

Slow Horses

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This UK import is a very different look at the spy genre. In this series, British secret agents who have failed to meet their potential are moved to a building known as Slough House, where they are expected to disappear from view while doing boring work. However, the first season brings up a new case that may need to be solved by these rejected spies. The cast is led by the always great Gary Oldman. You can catch the first season now, and a second season is due sometime later in 2022. Two more seasons of the show have been ordered.

Loot

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Maya Rudolph plays Molly Novak in this very funny comedy series. Molly was married to an incredibly rich tech company mogul (Adam Scott) for 20 years. However, the couple get divorced after the husband has an affair with a younger woman. The good news for Molly is that she gets half of her husband’s net worth, which is in the tens of billions of dollars. So what to do with all that money and time? She decides to get more involved with her charitable foundation. The problem is that the people running the foundation might not want her to get more involved. You can watch season one now, and a second season is in the works.

Bad Sisters

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This drama from Ireland centers on the Garvey sisters (Eva, Grace, Ursula, Bibi, and Becka). Grace’s husband, John Paul, has died under mysterious circumstances, and now his death is being looked into by an insurance investigator. Was his death an accident, or was he killed by one or more of the Garvey sisters in revenge for how John Paul treated Grace?  Also, does the investigator himself have his own motives for looking into this case? Apple TV Plus has already renewed the show for a second season, so we will get to see even more of these Bad Sisters and their secrets.

Servant

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M. Night Shyamalan is an executive producer of this thriller series and also directed two of its episodes. The show itself fits with his dark storytelling themes. A young couple deals with the tragic death of their baby boy. However, the wife later starts to care for a reborn doll that she thinks is alive. The husband hires a nanny to help take care of their “child,” but she seems to act like this thing is real as well. Get ready for some Shyamalan-style twists and turns in this series. You can watch the first three seasons now and the fourth and final season is due in January 2023.

The Morning Show

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This show is by far the biggest high-concept series on Apple TV Plus. It also has the biggest stars, with Jennifer Aniston as a national morning news anchor who is shocked when her co-anchor, played by Steve Carell, is fired for alleged sexual misconduct. To make matters worse for Aniston’s character, she also has to deal with a rising young female reporter, played by Reese Witherspoon. The office and media politics can sometimes get a bit confusing and dull. Still, the performances by Aniston, Carell, Witherspoon, and Billy Crudup as a news executive make this show very watchable. You can check out the first two seasons now, and a third season is in the works.

Central Park

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This animated show comes from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard. Like that show, Central Park was developed first for the Fox network. However, Fox decided not to move forward, so Apple snapped it up. It takes place in and around New York City’s Central Park and centers on people who either work in the park or make their living in the area as “buskers” or street performers. Josh Gad voices a busker and serves as the show’s main narrator. Kathryn Hahn and Josh Gad are also among the show’s principal voice cast, as is Stanley Tucci. He takes on the role of businessperson Bitsy Brandenham, who wants to take over Central Park to put up condos. You can watch two seasons of the show now.

Ted Lasso

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Culture clash, with some hilarious results, in this entry on the Apple TV Plus shows lineup. Jason Sudeikis plays the title character. Ted Lasso loves football, and he’s managed to snag a position as a football coach in a small college. However, through some unlikely means, Lasso is about to hit the big time. He’s going to coach a major professional football team; a major professional UK football (a.k.a. soccer) team. Lasso tries to show confidence, but he knows nothing about this sport. His move to win over the team with the lessons he learned across the pond makes this one of the funniest of the Apple TV Plus shows.

Ted Lasso has become the flagship show of Apple TV Plus. In addition to near-unanimous praise from critics and fans, the show recently won several 2022 Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series. You can watch two seasons now, and a third season is coming soon.


Severance

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This strange Twilight Zone-like series is directed by Ben Stiller and has an all-star cast. It’s led by Adam Scott, who plays a character who seems to work at a normal and boring office job. However, the company then asked him to get a medical procedure. Once it’s done, Scott’s character has two separate memories. He goes to work, but does not remember anything outside the office. When he leaves work, he doesn’t remember anything that happened at the office. It seems like it would be the perfect way to have a work-life balance, but something is going on that he can’t quite figure out. You can watch the first season now and a second season is in the works.

The Mosquito Coast

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This new adaptation of the classic novel by Paul Theroux stars Justin Theroux, who is Paul’s nephew. The TV version has Justin playing inventor Allie Fox. He thinks life in the US is too commercialized, so he makes his wife and two kids leave the country to live a new life in Mexico. However, things quickly get far more complicated for the Fox family. It’s a unique and exciting take on the novel about a family that deals with a father who might just be a bit crazy. You can watch the first season now, and a second season is coming in November.

Foundation

Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi novel series is being adapted into a truly epic TV show. Taking place thousands of years in the future, it is set in a human-led Galactic Empire that seems to be invulnerable. However, a man named Hari Seldon, played by Jared Harris, has developed a formula that he claims shows this empire is due to fall, and soon unless something can be done to stop it. There are a lot of reasons to watch Foundation, and the series has already been confirmed for a second season.


Invasion

Here’s another big sci-fi TV series from Apple TV Plus that recently debuted. It’s the latest take on the “alien invasion of Earth” theme. Extraterrestrials are attacking the planet on several fronts, and we see the effect of that invasion from a number of different characters in various locations on Earth. It’s a more personal story rather than a war or apocalyptic tale, and it helps that Sam Neill is the lead actor. You can watch the first season now, and a second season is in the works.


Pachinko

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The series, based on the New York Times best-selling novel, follows several generations of a Korean family as some of its members make their way from their home country to Japan and later to the United States. The series is coming back for a second season.

Shining Girls

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Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tales) stars in this limited series that expertly mashes up a few fictional genres. She plays Kirby Mazrachi, who was assaulted by a man who was trying to kill her several years ago. Now she works as an archivist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and finds out another woman has been killed in an attack similar to her own. In her own investigation of this attack, as well as others, her own reality seems to be shifting around her. Is she going out of her mind, or is there something else going on?

Black Bird

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This dark crime series, based on true events, stars Taron Egerton as a drug dealer who gets arrested in 1996 in Illinois and goes to jail. However, the feds later offer him a commuted sentence if he can become friendly with a suspected serial killer while in jail. The goal is for Egerton’s character to get a confession of where a murdered woman has been buried from the suspected murderer, played by Paul Walter Hauser.

Shantaram

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This is based on the novel of the same name by writer Gregory David Roberts. In the early 1980s, an Australian named Dale Conti gets put in jail for a series of robberies. However, he manages to escape both prison and his country, as he flees to Bombay, India, in search of a new life and a new identity, Lindsay “Linbaba” Ford. Charlie Hunnam plays this fugitive as he gets involved in Bombay’s criminal underworld.

Honorable mentions

There are a few more Apple TV Plus shows you might want to check out:

  • Lisey’s Story — Based on a novel by Stephen King (who also wrote this adaptation), the limited series stars Julianne Moore as a wife who explores a world discovered by her dead writer husband.
  • Trying — This is a UK import about a young couple who can’t have babies and decide to adopt a child.
  • Calls — This extraordinary show has an all-star voice cast, with the series telling stories through interconnected phone calls only.
  • Truth Be Told — Octavia Spencer stars as a woman who hosts a true-crime podcast and reopens a previously closed murder case. 
  • Physical — Rose Byrne plays a homemaker in the 1980s who discovered her true calling as a fitness instructor.
  • The Problem With John Stewart – The former Daily Show host has a new program where he deep dives into a current events topic each episode.

Upcoming Apple TV Plus shows

There’s a ton of upcoming Apple TV Plus shows to look forward to. Here’s just a sample:

  • MonsterVerse series — The universe that was created in the recent Godzilla and King Kong movies will continue in this series, starring Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell.
  • Bad Monkey — Vince Vaughn stars in this series, where he plays a disgraced former detective who now works as a restaurant inspector.
  • Sugar – Colin Farrell will star in this genre-bending detective series.
  • Extrapolations – This will be an anthology series about how climate change affects various different people around the globe. It has an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Edward Norton, Tobey Maguire, and more.
  • Untitled Vince Gilligan series  — The man who created Breaking Bad and co-created its prequel series Better Call Saul will make his next show for Apple TV Plus.

That’s it for now! Apple TV Plus adds new content almost weekly, so be sure to check back and see how our list evolves over time.