Jacob Osborn
20 Best Apple TV+ Shows | Man of Many
Kicking off with a list of new Apple TV+ shows Australia has to enjoy, we’re looking at series released in the last 12 months. While there may have been new seasons of older shows unveiled recently, like Jason Momoa’s See, we’re basing this on when the first episode premiered. To keep up to date on everything coming to Apple TV+ this month, check out some of the latest and greatest TV shows on Apple TV+.
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This gripping miniseries sounds stranger than fiction but is actually based on the true story of James Keene (played by Taron Egerton). Busted for drug dealing and facing a decade behind bars, Keene cuts a deal with law enforcement in exchange for his freedom. It sends him deep undercover in a maximum security prison, where he’s tasked with eliciting vital information from a fellow inmate (Paul Walter Hauser). On the outside, this Apple TV+ show seems like your stock-standard jail-thriller, but the writing is seriously inspired, arriving by way of Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone script-merchant, Dennis Lehane.
1. Black Bird
This brand new Apple TV+ series revolves around a group of tightly-knit sisters who share a tragic backstory. The new 10-episode series comes by way of creator and star Sharon Horgan and follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, who are stuck together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another. It’s a tale of tragic comedy, aligned with some odd deaths and a host of awkwardness, akin to the British favourite Death at a Funeral. This Apple TV+ series is executive produced and written by Horgan with Brett Baer and Dave Finkel, who adapted it from the Belgian version of the series “Clan,” which was created by Malin-Sarah Gozin. It’s a good old-fashioned family tragedy that borders on uncomfortable at times, but I definitely think it’s worth a look.
2. Bad Sisters
Suffering from memory loss, a woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) pieces together the fragments of her past in this slow-burn mystery series. Surface is set in high-end San Francisco and centres around a woman who embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends, but all is not as it seems. As she attempts to navigate the sordid details of her past life, she uncovers a shocking love triangle and a host of bad guys lurking around every corner.
3. Surface
The most talked-about series of the year takes place in a world similar to our own, but with a Black Mirror-like twist. In this world, humans can sever their brains between a work-self and a home-self. As you can probably guess, the work-self isn’t exactly thrilled with the arrangement. The brainchild of funnyman Ben Stiller, Severance is complex at times but refreshing in its exaggerated take on workplace drama, but the real magic to this drama is the contrast between real life and work life. What starts out as a fun little premise quickly has you engrossed, with Scott’s performance at the heart of the show’s emotional core.
4. Severance
Adapted from a best-selling novel, this acclaimed series chronicles a Korean family across multiple generations. It’s brought to life by way of an exhilarating visual palette, rich characters, and intensely dramatic themes, but if there’s one thing to say about Pachinko, it’s that nothing comes close. Much like Min Jin Lee’s 2017 epic novel, the Apple TV+ show takes a journey through colonial Korea, chronicling the impact of the Second World War, along with the allied occupation of Japan and the Korean war. Tackling a premise rarely seen in cinema, particularly for Western audiences, Pachinko tells the harrowing tale of those Korean families forced to leave their homeland under colonial rule and start again in a foreign land. It’s an incredible watch that is as visually breathtaking as it is expertly crafted. Best of all, season two is currently in development.
5. Pachinko
Known as “The Morning Show” outside of Australia and Indonesia, this Apple TV+ series helped launch the streaming service back in 2019. Jennifer Aniston plays the veteran host of a breakfast news program, who grapples with both a massive controversy and an outspoken new co-host (Reese Witherspoon). Whilst based on a book by former CNN personality Brian Stelter, the show also draws heavily upon “The Today Show” sexual harassment scandal, which resulted in the ousting of Matt Lauer. It’s an interesting look at workplace drama, set in the public eye, however, The Morning Wars really excels in its witty and topical commentary on modern topics. The pressure-cooker environment of live TV makes for a perfect backdrop for characters like Anniston’s and Carrell’s to explore power, politics and the prospect of personal branding. Remarkably, it manages to show that there are no real heroes or villains, just varying degrees of concern on both sides. Thought-provoking for sure.
6. The Morning Wars
Gary Oldman leads a talented ensemble cast in this spy dramedy, about a group of MI5 misfits who’ve been relegated to desk duty. But with a major kidnapping comes the opportunity for redemption, presuming everyone can get along (which they can’t). Based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Mick Herron, Slow Horses tackles some tough topics in a rather intriguing way. What opens with an intense action scene that sees Dunkirk’s Jack Lowden attempt to apprehend a potential bombing suspect at Heathrow airport quickly descends into the rigmarole of inter-office politics, however, it does so without ever feeling boring. Led by an all-star cast and elevated with some punchy and clever writing, film critic Brian Tallerico described this hit as “one of the best spy shows in years, a smart, witty, cleverly plotted piece”. Think of it as The Office meets “Jason Bourne” and you can start to see why it’s become something of a cult classic.
7. Slow Horses
Is it just us or did The Social Network launch an entire sub-genre about overzealous founders and their infamous start-ups? Not that we’re complaining. Enter this recent drama, which stars Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway as Adam and Rebekah Neumann, the eccentric married couple behind shared workspace company WeWork. The co-working start-up was once valued at over USD$1 billion and that’s pretty much where the show kicks off, but quickly, it becomes apparent that there’s not a long holding this house of cards up. WeCrashed bounces back and forth through the early days of the tech unicorn, leading to a gutting valuation and the collapse that shocked the world.  Watch them rise. Watch them fall. Watch them stay completely rich. You know the drill.
8. WeCrashed
Apple loves to fill its products to the brim with action-packed features and its streaming service is no exception. Apple presumably doled out big bucks for the following sci-fi and action shows, hence their lavish production values and epic set pieces. But do they actually deliver? You’ll just have to watch to find out. Here are the best ones we’ve found, but if you’re looking to broader your horizons, why not check out our guide to the best action movies of all time?
Best Action & Sci-Fi Shows on Apple TV
One of the best Apple TV+ shows reimagines history but nevertheless retains an authentic vibe. The year is 1969 and the USA is in the midst of a Cold War-fueled space race against Russia. Except this time around, Russia wins the race by being the first to land a man on the moon. Take that, Neil Armstrong! The fourth season of the alternative-reality show was just unveiled on the streaming service, taking viewers into a new decade for intergalactic travel. In this instalment, the team is on a high-octane race to Mars, with the US and the Soviet Union battling it out for space supremacy.  Follow fearless astronauts and NASA geniuses as they grapple with the subsequent fallout.
9. For All Mankind
Now in its third season on Apple TV+, See makes up for its cloying title with a prevailing sense of pure spectacle. It takes place in the not-too-distant future, where the entire human race has gone blind in the wake of a deadly virus. When two twins are born with the power of sight, it sparks a fight for survival between their adopted father (Jason Momoa) and a ruthless queen (Sylvia Hoeks). While See has been around for a few years now, Apple TV+ just realise the third and final season, which takes viewers back to the resolution world.
10. See
This blockbuster series unfolds in real-time and touches down on various characters as they deal with an alien invasion. Critics and audiences were generally underwhelmed with the show’s glacial pacing, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a sizable hit. What we did learn by watching Invasion is that Apple has no issue delivering a set-up. Almost the whole first season feels like it’s building to something, which we’re yet to really see come to fruition, however, there’s still a lot to pull from this Sam Neill-led sci-fi adventure. The character arcs are deeply engrossing, so much so, that it’s often easy to forget the imminent intergalactic threat at hand. Here’s hoping the next season will bring better stories and action. Step it up, Apple!
11. Invasion
Whoever says that no one is making comedy anymore clearly doesn’t have an Apple TV+ subscription. From Jason Sudeikis’ inept but entirely positive soccer coach Ted Lasso to whatever shenanigans seem to be going down in Schmigadoon!, Apple has pulled out all the stops for it comedy lineup, and we’re not complaining. Here are some of the provider’s best offerings.
Best Comedy Shows on Apple TV+
Along with The Morning Wars and Severance, this smash hit series helped put Apple TV+ on the map. Jason Sudeikis plays the title character, a happy-go-lucky American football coach who’s put in charge of an English Premier League football team. There’s just one problem: he’s never coached European football (aka soccer) before. The show has proven itself irresistible and not just amongst sports fans. Who are you to deny its many charms? Over two solid seasons, Ted’s patience and optimism are tested as he faces new challenges, both personal and professional, but his infectious energy is captivating. There’s a lot more to this fish-out-of-water story than just football and moustaches.
12. Ted Lasso
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creators Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney (along with series writer and producer Megan Ganz) bring you this surprisingly endearing workplace comedy. Set behind the scenes at a video game studio, it follows various characters as they butt heads whilst building worlds. Their everyday exploits are entertaining enough, but it’s the show’s standalone episodes that truly shine. Like Jason Momoa’s See, this series has been around for a little while, however, Apple TV+ has just dropped season three of the acclaimed comedy.
13. Mythic Quest
This dark comedy takes place in the 1980s and stars Rose Byrne as a distressed housewife turned aerobics guru. It found its groove in the second season to the delight of numerous critics and fans. While the first season failed to make any real impact, the costuming alone demanded a return and it’s here that we started to figure out where Physical was headed. Hippy housewife Sheila, unsatisfied with her life and eager to make a name for herself, takes a chance aerobics class as a method of self-development. The fateful event kickstarts a newfound love, however, it’s her drive to succeed that accelerates the series forward, albeit at a snail’s pace to begin with. Stick with these somewhat unlikable characters because they just might grow on you.
14. Physical
Join a backpacking couple (Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong) as they visit the town of Schmigadoon, where locals act as if they’re in a classic Hollywood musical. So goes this clever comedy, which functions as both an ode to and parody of the once-popular sub-genre. It feels a little like a Disney film gone astray at times, however, there’s some serious fun to be had with Schmigadoon! The series constantly references and parodies the great musicals of old, while touching on the campy tropes of the Rogers and Hammerstein era. Alan Cumming shines as the closeted mayor, while Jaime Camil’s judgmental doctor is worth the Apple TV+ subscription alone.
15. Schmigadoon!
The co-director of 21 Jump Street created this lighthearted murder mystery, which takes place during a high school reunion afterparty. The eight-part series adopts a different genre depending on the character it centres around, with funny woman Tiffany Haddish’s detective Danner driving the narrative. The best scenes come by way of Dave Franco, who perfectly nails the douchey rockstar still trying to overcompensate for his less-than-cool adolescence. The younger Franco plays Xavier, formerly known as Eugene, a famous rock star and actor who invites his former school friends to a reunion at his mansion, in an attempt to mess with their heads. However, all goes horribly wrong when he falls to his death, leaving everyone in attendance under suspicion. The Afterparty isn’t amazing by any stretch, but anything that draws a parallel between Cluedo and 21 Jump Street is worth a watch in my books.
16. The Afterparty
Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd in the same Apple TV+ dramedy? Yes, please. It culls from a podcast and tells the true story of Dr. Isaac Herschkopf (Rudd), who gets way too personal with a patient (Ferrell) over the course of decades. It’s vastly different from the series you might expect on the outside, but this strange thrilling drama is more a character study of people who invest too much time in relationships that aren’t forthcoming. If anything, it proves that even the smartest people can be blind sometimes.
17. The Shrink Next Door
This recent comedy channels the Bezos divorce through the journey of Molly Novak (played by Maya Rudolph). After scoring a settlement of $87 billion, the wealthy elitist kicks off a new chapter in her life as an active philanthropist. In addition to Rudolph, the series stars an ensemble cast, including Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon and more.  Best of all, Loot has already been renewed for a second season, so you can enjoy season one without worrying if your favourite characters are making a comeback. What starts on a satirical note becomes more heartfelt as the story progresses.
18. Loot
Are you scared?! Of course not—you’re just reading an article. But check out these chilling Apple TV+ shows and you might be. We’ve pulled together some of the best horror shows to land on Apple TV+ and some of them arrive with a few familiar faces. The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elizabeth Moss returns to frighten us once again, while Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint takes a stab at an M. Night Shyamalan epic. Here are the best horror shows on Apple TV+, but if you’re looking for more scares, why not check out our guide to the best horror TV shows of all time?
Best Horror TV Shows on Apple TV+
Director M. Night Shyamalan executive produces this ongoing Apple TV+ series, which walks the line between psychological and supernatural terror. After losing their 13-month-old baby, a married couple take in a lifelike reborn doll as part of their transitory object therapy treatment. Then comes a new nanny and that’s when things really get weird.
19. Servant
Adapted from a novel, this mind-bending thriller has more than one mystery up its sleeve. The survivor of a vicious attack, a newspaper archivist (Elisabeth Moss) appears to be losing her grip on reality. But keep watching and you’ll discover a much bigger story that leaves you guessing until the very last episode.
20. The Shining Girls
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