Apple TV+ doesn’t exactly have the same name power as Netflix or HBO Max, but since its inception in 2019, it’s quickly gained a reputation as an outstanding streaming service in its own right.
With dozens of standout movies and TV series lining its digital catalog, Apple TV+ is an excellent option for those looking for a break from the other streaming giants dominating the industry.
From Academy Award-winning films to widely-praised comedy series like Ted Lasso, here are some of the best movies and shows you can find streaming on Apple TV+ right now.
Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) are a young Philadelphia couple who hire a mysterious nanny (Nell Tiger Free) for their baby reborn doll, Jericho — the nanny soon bringing with her some unexplained happenings.
Servant has a habit of building great mysteries that often lead to some disappointing conclusions, but its eerie atmosphere and the cast’s performances are more than enough to sustain it.
For All Mankind
In an alternative version of history, the space race continues throughout the remainder of the 20th century, with the Soviet Union becoming the first nation to land on the moon successfully.
A Unique Approach
Alternative history series are nothing new, but For All Mankind still manages to take a unique approach to its parallel historical timeline. Its inclusiveness is also worthy of praise, as is its inventive time jumps from season to season.
Cha Cha Real Smooth
After graduating from college, Andrew (Cooper Raiff) gets a job as a party starter. Through this line of work, he meets and forms a special connection with a young woman (Dakota Johnson) and her autistic daughter (Vanessa Burghardt).
Writer-director-star Cooper Raiff may be a relatively young talent, but his ambition and ability to craft emotional stories is clear in a movie like Cha Cha Real Smooth. Many have positively commented upon Raiff’s talent when it comes to balancing a weighty plot with comedic elements, calling him a director to watch out for in the future.
On the Rocks
When she begins to suspect her husband (Marlon Wayans) of cheating on her, an author (Rashida Jones) reaches out to her estranged playboy father (Bill Murray) for advice on what she should do.
Comedic Plot Line
Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has been focusing on progressively darker films in recent years, including The Bling Ring and The Beguiled. In a stylistic departure for the director, Coppola doubles down on a more comedic plot line with On the Rocks, capitalizing on Murray and Jones’ undeniable chemistry.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry offers a nonlinear take on Eilish’s career and the creative process behind her debut album, 2019’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Eilish’s Rise to Worldwide Prominence
Whether you love Billie Eilish or don’t, you can’t argue she’s become one of the most popular music sensations of the past five years. Broken into a more fragmented documentary, The World’s a Little Blurry adequately explores Eilish’s rise to worldwide prominence.
In the late 1800s, aspiring poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) longs to break out of the preconceived mold for women pervading society at the time.
Fun, Breezy Coming of Age Drama
Like the Kirsten Dunst-led Marie Antoinette, Dickinson crosses its historical setting, characters, and subject matter with modern vernacular and themes. It may not have anything to do with the real Emily Dickinson, but its stylistic approach makes it a fun, breezy coming-of-age drama.
In the 1650s, Robyn Goodfellowe (Honor Kneafsey) and her huntsman father arrive in Ireland to track a tribe of werewolves. While there, Robyn is drawn into the tribe’s world, better understanding the creatures and their way of life.
If director Tom Moore and the folks at Cartoon Saloon keep up their impressive track record so far, they might give Studio Ghibli a run for their money. Utilizing an imaginative animation style, nuanced characters, and interesting storyline, Wolfwalkers almost certainly matches the quality of early Pixar or Hayao Miyazaki’s studio at their absolute best.
Slough House is a branch of MI5 reserved for agents who have fouled up in some way. Hoping to redeem himself in the eyes of his superiors, rookie agent (Jackie Lowden) investigates a case far more dangerous than he initially expected.
Gary Oldman can do no wrong, no matter the capacity he’s featured in (although, fortunately, he’s featured a lot in Slow Horses). Focusing on a more realistic depiction of the espionage genre than the dramatized spy stories of James Bond or Mission: Impossible, Slow Horses is the perfect thriller for fans of Oldman and John le Carré.
Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney) is the creator of a popular MMORPG video game called Mythic Quest. As he regularly argues with his staff, the game’s developers try to come up with every conceivable way to ensure Mythic Quest remains the success that it is.
Silicon Valley for the Gaming Industry
Admittedly, Mythic Quest doesn’t command the same level of attention as McElhenney’s previous It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s a more than worthy follow-up to the hit FX comedy series. With a cast composed of Ashly Burch, Imani Hakim, Danny Pudi, and F. Murray Abraham, it’s essentially Silicon Valley for the gaming industry.
Seventeen-year-old Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) is a Pakistani-American struggling to conform to her parent’s expectations and her individual wants — something’s that further exacerbated when Hala falls for the non-Muslim Jesse (Jack Kilmer).
Hala doesn’t touch upon new ground, existing as one of the many movies dealing with the loss of your family’s cultural identity in the face of generational assimilation. But Viswanathan’s tender lead performance propels it ahead of any similarly-veined movies, adequately exploring the main heroine’s uncertainties and inner conflict.
At Texas’s Boy State, a thousand 17-year-old boys from differing backgrounds, social classes, and political beliefs band together to build a representative government.
Ideas of Democracy
One of the most popular and well-received documentaries of 2020, Boys State is an effective and entrancing study of American democracy on a smaller scale. Watching the young men at the heart of the film interact, you witness how deeply ingrained their ideas of democracy have become, and how the previous generations’ beliefs have sculpted their minds (for better or worse).
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Macbeth (Denzel Washington) is a brutal Scottish lord whose victories in battle earn him the praise of his king, Duncan (Brendan Gleeson). Pushed by his scheming wife (Frances McDormand) and backed by the prophecy of three witches, Macbeth murders his way into inheriting the throne, leaving a path of destruction behind him.
Tense and Atmospheric
The first movie made by Joel Coen without the assistance of his brother, Ethan, The Tragedy of Macbeth is also completely unlike any Coen brothers movie there is. Adopting a stark German Expressionist-like cinematography, it’s a tense and atmospheric historical drama, updating Shakespeare’s text for the modern era.
At the biotechnology company Lumon Industries, employees are allowed the opportunity to “sever” their work memories from the memories of their personal life. One of these employees, Mark (Adam Scott), eventually begins to ponder the nature of his work, wondering if Lumon is keeping secrets from him without his knowledge.
If you ever needed another reason to love Adam Scott as an actor, Severance is it. Though there are elements of comedy embedded in the series, Severance offers a far more serious series for Scott to act in, allowing him to venture into darker dramatic territory than any show he’s been featured in thus far in his career.
Born to deaf parents (Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin), high school senior Ruby (Emilia Jones) is torn between her desire to attend Berklee College or helping her family’s struggling fishing business.
The winner of the 2021 Academy Award for Best Picture, CODA has been lauded for its coming-of-age themes, but its representation of the deaf community remains the most remarkable aspect of the movie. Watching it, you leave without any doubts as to why the movie was as critically praised as it was.
Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is a mild-mannered, underqualified Kansas football coach who — against all odds — is hired to coach a Premier Football team in England.
A Major Phenomenon
Ted Lasso is more than just a successful TV show. Like The Office or It’s Always Sunny, it’s become a major phenomenon among mainstream audiences, its characters, themes, and storylines frequently mentioned in pop culture since its debut season.
This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.
Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).
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