Updated February 14, 2020
Apple’s streaming service launched in November 2019 with a suite of buzzy, high-profile shows. Which series and movies have earned their spot among the best Apple TV+ offerings so far?
Docuseries Visible: Out on Television, about milestones on television for the LGBTQ movement, was released on February 14 and has grabbed the top spot on early scores. The five-part series is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Waithe, and deals with themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out on television.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet also recently landed on the list. Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz (the team behind It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), the comedy follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. McElhenney stars as the fictional company’s creative director, Ian Grimm. The ensemble cast also includes Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis.
From writer–executive producers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, Little America took over the Apple TV+ list with an impressive 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer score. The series — described by critics as “smart,” “nuanced,” “bittersweet,” “lovely,” “painful,” and “exceptional” — was released on January 17.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant launched on November 28, is Certified Fresh on the Tomatometer, with critics hailing it as weird, Shyamalan-ian, and plenty creepy. Whether it can hold that Fresh high score – or, in a twist ending, drop – remains to be seen. Watch this space.
With star power including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, The Morning Show was almost a sure bet to wrack up the accolades. Hold the applause, said critics. The series about a troubled morning news show is more bluster and aspiration than prestige drama, say reviews, and its early Tomatometer score wavered between Fresh and Rotten with every new review added. The series has settled at Fresh, and while critics may be split, it’s certainly become a water-cooler conversation starter.
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The surprise among Apple TV+’s earliest series is For All Mankind, the Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) alternate-history drama about the space race. Moore has experience with fantastical historical drama; his Starz series Outlander has a 91% series score on the Tomatometer. Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon) stars as a NASA astronaut in a world in which the USSR has beaten the U.S. to the moon — and teaches several .
Elsewhere, actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld’s ample charms are on display in half-hour dramedy Dickinson, a look at one of America’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson, through the lens of millennial ennui.
Children’s programming like Snoopy in Space and Helpsters have yet to get a score and are listed alphabetically at the end of the list.
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