- Apple launched Apple TV+ in November.
- The streaming service costs $4.99 a month and features originally produced series
- Here's every show currently on Apple TV+.
To compete with the myriad of other streaming services now elbowing their way into once exclusively-theatrical award shows, gobbling up traditional screen actors, and hitting your credit card for upwards of $16 a month (remember when Netflix was $7.99?), Apple stepped into the original television content game last November. It’s called Apple TV+. It costs only $4.99 a month and you can get a 7-day free trial. Sounds like a deal.
But Apple’s low cost isn’t just a sly form of industry competitiveness. The streaming service, now in its infancy, has only a dozen or so original series. It also won’t give you access to hundreds of licensed shows and movies like Netflix. Netflix has been building steam since its early DVD renting days (that’s a circular disk that you put into a box by your non-wi-fi television). The company was founded in 1997. Let that sink in.
Apple TV + is only a few months old, but it’s hoping to pump out the kind of Emmy-caliber original series Netflix and Amazon took years to produce. Apple’s first big push with See (starring Jason Momoa) reportedly cost $15 million per episode. (It took HBO’s Game of Thrones almost eight seasons to reach such a budget, and even Netflix’s bloated Marco Polo cost–only–$9 million per episode.)
Of course, Apple TV + is only growing, and there’s close to 20 shows currently in development. By the time the streaming service turns 1, they’ll be plenty of hours of content to get through. And maybe that $5 price tag goes away.
Until then, here's every show currently on Apple TV+. Five bucks may just be worth it.
Shows Currently on Apple TV +
The Morning Show
Part dramedy about news shows, part social satire about post-#MeToo culture. One hundred percent fake real news. It's Jennifer Aniston's first TV role since you-know-what, and she's joined by a group that lacks any slouches: Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and a wondefully-hammy Billy Crudup.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney stars in and produces this workplace comedy about video game development. A lot of familiar Sunny faces show up, particularly David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket), but everyone on the show is doing different things. This show is a blast, but in all sorts of ways that differ from Sunny.
Jason Momoa, leader of a blind tribe, members of a blind Earth, adopts some twins who can ... wait for it ... see.
A historical comedy drama biography about Emily Dickinson. We assume she speaks in lots of semicolons. Hailee Steinfeld stars, and is joined by guests such as Wiz Khalifa, who plays Death. You read that right.
Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Servant is Apple's first entry into the horror series genre.
Truth Be Told
It's a miniseries based on the novel by Kathleen Barber. It also stars Octavia Spencer. That should be reason enough to watch.
Kumail Nanjiani produces this anthology series about immigrant stories in America.
For All Mankind
An alternate history timeline that actually doesn't involve Nazis (it involves communists), For All Mankind asks what would have happened if the Soviet Union had won the space race. Altered Carbon star Joel Kinnaman stars.
Snoopy in Space
Or what if Snoopy and Woodstock won the space race?
An absolutely adorable TV series, Helpsters is the show you can watch with the kids before turning to See when they go to bed. New idea: blind puppet tribes who murder each other after the apocalypse. Best of both worlds.
A reboot of the already good PBS series. We know how these tend to go ...
Oprah’s Book Club
Same Oprah. Same book club. Now streaming.
Shows We’re Excited For
Amazing Stories (March 6)
Steven Spielberg is helping reboot his own 1985 anthology series, and we're here for it.
Defending Jacob (April 24)
Chris Evans stars in this upcoming miniseries about a father facing accusations after the murder of his 14-year-old child.
Masters of the Air
We're holding our breath, but it seems as if Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and writer John Orloff are at work on a series about WWII bomber pilots. If those names sound familiar, that's because they represent the team behind HBO's Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Please be good, please be good, please be good.
An adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 adventure movie, Time Bandits will be directed by Taika Waititi. You had us at "Taika." Shut up and take our money.
A young wolf hunter comes to Ireland to kill the last of an evil and demonic species. From the writers and animators behind Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells, and The Breadwinner. Yeah, this is gonna be an awesome animated series.
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