Watch out Netflix. There’s a new cowboy in town. From the company that brought you revelations in technology such as the Macintosh and the iPod Shuffle, is the next big thing in web series-land: Apple TV+, is here bby. They may not have the ball-dangling street cred that Netflix is rolling with – if Netflix were a person they would most definitely be all about the environment, have a pair of sweet kicks and the latest iPhone. On the other hand, Apple TV+ has still got to earn their stripes in the prison yard that is the streaming service landscape, and for now, they’re wearing a conservative pair of tan loafers and sporting an off-brand polo shirt – but we see a lot of potential for the future.
That’s not to say that Apple TV+ hasn’t come out swinging – there are a few cracking new shows they’re bringing to our attention for November, so please, be our guest: put your feet up (if your office has that kind of vibe), take a mo’, and find out the very best of what Apple TV+ has to offer.
APPLE ORIGINAL SERIES
Starring the internets other boyfriend (Jason Momoa, who is only just second to the man, the myth, the legend, Keanu ‘mad dog’ Reeves’) and Alfred Woodard, this new sci-fi/drama epic is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind – so a dystopian future to be sure, but a fresh concept nonetheless. In a world where humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans have adapted, and must continually do so, in order to find new ways to survive. Now, this looks pretty bloody good, but we’re also wondering if we’re in for yet another ‘chosen one’ trope wherein Jason Mamoa regains his sight. Only one way to find out – be sure to keep your eyes peeled next month.
Somewhat similar to ‘Morning Glory’, except with far less of a sense of humour, Morning Wars is a cutthroat drama starring and executively produced by Reese Witherspoon (who did a fantastic job on HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’) and Jennifer Aniston (who did a fantastic job on ‘Friends’). So needless to say, with such star power attached to this show, there are high expectations too. Starring Steve Carell, Morning Wars explores the back-biting world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning.
Oh dear. Where do we begin? In what appears to be a new web series of a similar calibre to ‘Pretty Little Liars’, coupled with exceedingly modern accents that belong in the hallways of a modern American high school rather than the infant end of the 18th century, Dickonson is the story of the young rebellious poet: Emily Dickinson. “A darkly comedic coming-of-age story” the show explores the constraints of society, gender and family, and like, whether or not your dad is like totally being a dick and like not letting you go out to see your friends.
For All Mankind
A show that asks the questions ‘So what if we stopped being held back by religion and division and pooled our resources for the betterment of mankind?’, For All Mankind looks to be an important, and bloody entertaining yarn. A new series from Ronald D. Moore, this new original series from Apple TV+ imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s hopes and dreams. We’re in.
For the young parents out there, Helpsters is a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street”, so you know you’ll probably end up watching the friggin thing just as intently as your little one. For those who expect a bit of plot from their TV shows aimed at children 7, Helpsters stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. Let’s just hope these monsters are nothing like the ones we’ve found on Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’.
Snoopy in Space
A new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, Snoopy In Space is a very literal piece of work that sees our favourite lethargic little pooch as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew will take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon (and beyond).
A reinvention of the dearly held original series follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore, who then must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature….wait. Haven’t we seen this before? Isn’t this literally the plot from the Jack Black ‘Goosebumps’ movie? Either way, if you love a fantastical story and a few literary easter eggs, be sure to check this one out.
The Elephant Queen
Whilst we would have preferred a documentary on the Lizard Queen, The Elephant Queen will do just fine. TEQ is “an acclaimed documentary film” (already Apple TV+? But no one has seen yet?) and a cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction. The film follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming.
She’s BAHACCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Oprah Winfrey, in a similar move to the semi-retired King of late-night TV (David Letterman), is back to talk books. The #queen of the couch chat format, will sit down with the world’s most compelling authors and engage them in what we assume will be a riveting conversation. The premise of the show is to build a vibrant, global book club community, as well as shine a light on her other philanthropic projects to better connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change. We can’t argue with that. Oh and ah, check under your seats.
You can watch Apple TV+ originals both online and offline, ad-free and on-demand, through the Apple TV app, which comes pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iPod touch. People can also sign up and watch Apple TV+ originals on the web at tv.apple.com, so be sure to exploit that free trial.