The Best Shows on Apple TV+ Right Now (December 2023)

Though Apple TV+ is still pretty new to the game, it’s quickly established itself as one of the best streaming services around, with critically acclaimed shows like Ted Lasso and Severance. Whether you’re looking for something to watch with the whole family, a thrilling mystery to take your mind off the real world, or some good old-fashioned star-studded prestige drama, we’ve got you covered with the highlight picks on Apple’s streaming service. Browse our list of the best shows on Apple TV+.


For more streaming recommendations, check out the Best Shows on Netflix, the Best Shows on Amazon Prime, or the Best Shows on Hulu.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated December 1st to include Platonic.


Platonic

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 7.2/10

Platonic

Release Date
May 24, 2023

Cast
Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Tre Hale, Andrew Lopez

Genres
Romance, Comedy

Seasons
1

Reuniting unexpectedly delightful comedy duo Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne (Neighbors), Platonic hilariously explores friendship dynamics between former best friends as they approach their individual mid-life crises. Platonic was created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller and features a supporting cast that includes Luke Macfarlane (Bros), Tre Hale, and Carla Gallo. Platonic is 10 episodes of relatable yet ridiculous physical comedy, drug-fueled shenanigans, and all-around ludicrous hijinks.

Guaranteed laughs with Rogen and Byrne leading the charge, Platonic allows the more series moments to breathe as these characters figure out their messy lives. The central, age-old question regarding whether men and women can be just friends doesn’t diminish the talent and presence of the incredible cast. Approaching the subject from a completely different viewpoint than the classic comedy When Harry Met Sally, Platonic cleverly explores new avenues of the topic with characters facing later-in-life milestones. – Yael Tygiel

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Central Park

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 6.9/10

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Central Park

Release Date
2020-00-00

Cast
Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Stanley Tucci

Genres
Animation, Comedy

Seasons
1

Central Park is an adorable animated musical series with the visual style of Bob’s Burgers. Narrated by a fourth-wall-breaking street performer voiced by Josh Gad (Frozen), Central Park revolves around the Tillerman–Hunter family who lives on the premises in the fictional Edendale Castle. Through the first season, the series centers on the family attempting to save the famous park from the clutches of Bitsy (Stanley Tucci), a wealthy curmudgeon intent on replacing the park with condos and rental space.

Appealing to the wholesome and progressive humor of adult animated shows like Bob’s Burgers and The Great North, Central Park welcomes viewers into the life of yet another working-class American family with intriguing and rambunctious children, while allowing the plot to unfold over the season instead of limiting shenanigans to a single-episode storyline. Plus, you can’t beat the catchy musical numbers featuring Gad and other Broadway star cast members like Hamilton alums Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr.

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The Essex Serpent

Rotten Tomatoes: 75% | IMDb: 6.3/10

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The Essex Serpent

Release Date
2022-00-00

Cast
Claire Danes, Tom Hiddleston, Frank Dillane, Hayley Squires

Genres
Romance, History, Drama

Creator
Anna Symon

Read Our Review In the domain of streaming television, Apple TV+ has started to emerge as a service not to be underestimated or overlooked in regards to its content — and one of its newest titles is well-worth tuning in for. The moody Gothic drama features Danes (well-suited for this type of period series) as a newly-widowed woman named Cora who decides to retreat from her London home to the Essex countryside, where rumors of a mythological serpent have swirled amidst the village. Along the way, she encounters the local vicar (Hiddleston) and the two connect not only over their mutual occupation of the same space but almost in spite of their opposing beliefs about whether the serpent even exists in the first place. The Essex Serpent is a series in which aesthetic is everything, from the fog-draped marshes where the story is set to the intricate costumes which showcase Cora’s evolution from the scarred woman of her past into the more confident version of herself. – Carly Lane

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Lessons in Chemistry

Rotten Tomatoes: 84% | IMDb: 8.2/10

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Lessons In Chemistry

Release Date
2023-00-00

Cast
Brie Larson, Lewis Pullman, Aja Naomi King

Main Genre
Drama

Seasons
1

Creator
Lee Eisenberg

Read Our Review Set against the backdrop of a patriarchal 1960s society, Lessons in Chemistry, based on Bonnie Garmus’ novel of the same name, follows Brie Larson’s Elizabeth Zott, who, after falling pregnant, finds herself out of work and alone. A show with drama at its heart, Lessons in Chemistry pulls no punches when approaching the topic of female empowerment in the 1960s, especially considering some of its likenesses in today’s society. Despite its serious intention, Lessons in Chemistry also revels in humorous opportunity. Brie Larson is excellent in the lead role, with her journey from zero to hero as she starts to host her own TV cooking show certainly inspiring. – Jake Hodges

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The Changeling

Rotten Tomatoes: 74% | IMDb: 5.9/10

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The Changeling

Release Date
September 8, 2023

Cast
LaKeith Stanfield, Elizabeth Whitmere, Jonelle Gunderson, Elena Hurst

Genres
Horror, Drama, Fantasy

Seasons
1

Read Our Review The Changeling is a highly anticipated horror fantasy series starring LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta) as the protagonist, Apollo Kagwa. The plot revolves around his journey through an alternate version of New York City. Apollo, a used book dealer and new father, faces a life-altering ordeal when his wife Emmy, played by Clark Backo (The Handmaid’s Tale), mysteriously disappears. This pivotal event sets the stage for Apollo’s epic odyssey as he encounters a chaotic world teeming with danger. Along the way, Apollo confronts supernatural forces, unravels mysteries, and battles his inner demons. Drawing inspiration from Victor LaValle’s acclaimed 2017 novel of the same name, this series distinguishes itself as a creative and imaginative adaptation. With a talented ensemble cast that includes Adina Porter (American Horror Story), Jonelle Gunderson (Titans), Emy Coligado, and Elena Hurst, it promises to be a captivating exploration of love’s enduring power and the lengths one man will go to for the woman he loves. – Hunter Wooden

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Black Bird

Rotten Tomatoes: 98% | IMDb: 8.1/10

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Black Bird

Release Date
July 8, 2022

Cast
Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta

Genres
Biography, Crime, Drama

Seasons
1

Read Our Review Loosely inspired by a terrifying true story, Taron Egerton (Rocketman) continues to prove his immense talent with Black Bird, a gritty and thrilling crime drama by Dennis Lehane. Black Bird tells the arresting story of an incarcerated criminal (Egerton) who’s offered his freedom when tasked with obtaining the criminal confession of another inmate, played by Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya). Through six fascinating episodes, Black Bird is a compelling mini-series rife with tension and mystery, deviously tackled in face-offs by stars Egerton and Hauser and resulting in a series worth binge-watching straight through. – Yael Tygiel

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Hijack

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | IMDb: 7.4/10

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Hijack

Release Date
June 28, 2023

Cast
Idris Elba, Neil Maskell, Max Beesley, Ben Miles

Genres
Drama, Thriller

Seasons
1

Creator
Jim Field Smith, George Kay

Read Our Review In addition to starring badass and sex symbol Idris Elba, Hijack attracts viewers with a fascinating story and creative narrative style, unfolding in real time, similarly to the unique format of 24. Co-created by Jim Field Smith (Criminal: UK) and George Kay (Lupin), Hijack is an intense thriller taking place during an intense seven-hour flight to London from Dubai. Elba’s journey on a flight being hijacked is paralleled with the authorities on the ground scrambling to reclaim control of the plane, highlighted by a stellar British cast including Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Christine Adams (Black Lightning). – Yael Tygiel

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Silo

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | IMDb: 8.1/10

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Silo

Release Date
May 5, 2023

Cast
Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen, Tim Robbins, Shane McRae, Henry Garrett

Genres
Drama, Sci-Fi

Seasons
1

Creator
Graham Yost

Read Our Review Based on the Wool novel series by Graham Yost, Silo is a sci-fi dystopia that asks an important question that feels more relevant in our world filled with misinformation and conspiracy theories: What’s more important, safety or truth? Rebecca Ferguson (Dune) leads an all-star cast, including Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), and Common (John Wick: Chapter 2) that explores this theme and more in a series set in a post-apocalyptic world where ten thousand people live in an underground silo but suspect there may be more to the story than what they’ve been told. Silo features big practical sets and detailed costumes that immerse the audience in the world of the show. Plus, the acting is phenomenal from everyone across the board.

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Shrinking

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% | IMDb: 8.0/10

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Shrinking

Release Date
January 27, 2023

Cast
Harrison Ford, Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, Luke Tennie

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Seasons
1

Creator
Brett Goldstein, Bill Lawrence, Jason Segel

Read Our Review Shrinking stars Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), who co-created the series with Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence, as a grieving therapist who abandons traditional therapy expectations and starts telling his patients exactly what he thinks — with varying results. A delightfully charming comedy, Shrinking features an all-star cast, including Harrison Ford (1923), Jessica Williams (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore), and Christa Miller, as well as newcomers Lukita Maxwell and Luke Tennie. Intertwining clever humor with genuine conversations about loss, Shrinking is a beautiful new comedy series that explores universal experiences like love, heartbreak, and pushing through life. – Yael Tygiel

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Truth Be Told

IMDb: 7.1/10

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Truth Be Told

Release Date
2019-00-00

Cast
Octavia Spencer, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer

Genres
Crime, Drama

Creator
Nichelle Tramble Spellman

Underrated Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Spirited) stars as Poppy Parnell, an investigative reporter and determined true crime podcaster on the hunt for answers in Truth Be Told. Inspired by Kathleen Barber’s novel Are You Sleeping, creator Nichelle D. Tramble (The Good Wife) crafts captivating mysteries, as she’s no stranger to writing crime dramas and intricate family dynamics. In addition to Spencer’s grounding performance, Truth Be Told is overflowing with incredible talent in supporting roles, including Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Mekhi Phifer. Truth Be Told allows crime thriller audiences to explore the process of murder investigations, along with the world of podcasting, through intriguing and engrossing stories. – Yael Tygiel

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Slow Horses

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 7.9/10

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Slow Horses

Release Date
April 1, 2022

Cast
Gary Oldman, Olivia Cooke, Jack Lowden

Genres
Drama

Seasons
3

Read Our Review An innovative intersection of witty dialogue and suspenseful action, Slow Horses is a clever dark comedy series following British intelligence agents who have made career-ending mistakes, resulting in relegation to a forgotten department of MI5. Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) stars as the bitter head of the department, leading a team of banished agents hoping to claw their way back to active status within the agency. An entertaining thriller, Slow Horses knows exactly how to best utilize the stars – including Oldman, Jack Lowden, and Kristin Scott Thomas – to tell a deeply fascinating story of these agents with once-promising careers. – Yael Tygiel

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Bad Sisters

Rotten Tomatoes: 100% | IMDb: 8.3/10

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Bad Sisters

Release Date
August 19, 2022

Cast
Sharon Horgan, Claes Bang, Eve Hewson, Sarah Greene

Genres
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Seasons
2

Creator
Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Sharon Horgan

If you’re looking for a dark comedy in the vein of Dead to Me, look no further. The show centers around Grace (Anne-Marie Duff), whose husband, John Paul (Claes Bang), has recently died. The series begins on the day of his funeral, where Grace and her sisters are all having vastly different reactions. Grace is in disbelief while Eva (Sharon Horgan) waters her plants and chugs down wine. Bibi (Sarah Greene) lounges in the tub, Ursula (Eva Birthistle) hides from her family, and Becka (Eve Hewson) runs late. When Thomas (Brian Gleeson) sees a large life claim has been taken out against John Paul, he decides to investigate – and suspect that the Garvey sisters had something to do with it due to the cruel way John Paul used to treat Grace. Mystery and comedic, Bad Sisters is an intriguingly sharp gem from the always excellent Sharon Horgan. – Taylor Gates

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Five Days at Memorial

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | IMDb: 7.7/10

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Five Days at Memorial

Release Date
2022-00-00

Cast
Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Robert Pine, Adepero Oduye

Genres
Disaster, Medical, Drama

Creator
John Ridley, Carlton Cuse

Read Our Review Five Days at Memorial chronicles the appalling realities that ensued after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The mini-series from Carlton Cuse (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and John Ridley (American Crime) follows the five days without power where medical professionals, doctors, and nurses attempted to treat patients in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Five Days at Memorial shines a light on a heinous truth, providing actors like Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Julie Ann Emery, and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Scandal) an opportunity to explore the sensibilities of those involved. – Yael Tygiel

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Trying

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 8.0/10

Trying

Release Date
2020-00-00

Cast
Rafe Spall, Esther Smith

Genres
Comedy

Creator
Andy Wolton

Trying is an earnest and hilarious British comedy about Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall), a couple who desperately wants a child. After they struggle to get pregnant, the two decide to adopt. The series shows this process with unflinching honesty, covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. Trying has a massive amount of heart and effortless chemistry between the two leads, making it a compelling watch. If you enjoyed Netflix’s Private Life, Trying will be right up your alley. – Taylor Gates

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Loot

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 6.8/10

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Loot

Release Date
2022-00-00

Cast
Maya Rudolph, Joel Kim Booster, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon

Genres
Comedy

Creator
Alan Yang, Matt Hubbard

Read Our Review Maya Rudolph is one of the greatest working comedy actors, full stop, and Loot takes full advantage of her talents. The show revolves around her character, Molly, who’s been married to tech billionaire John (Severance’s Adam Scott) for two decades. When she discovers he’s cheating on her, however, she demands a divorce – and half his fortune: a whopping $90 billion. To stave off boredom, she begins to work at a charity she didn’t even know exist – much to the chagrin of Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez), the charity’s head. Loot is a hysterical workplace comedy that serves up laugh after laugh. Honestly, it’s worth watching for that incredible fake Hot Ones interview alone. – Taylor Gates

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Physical

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 7.3/10

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Physical

Release Date
2021-06-00

Cast
Rose Byrne, Lou Taylor Pucci

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Seasons
1

Set in the 1980s, Physical follows dutiful but unfulfilled housewife Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) as she finds passion and power in the world of aerobics. At the same time, however, her husband has lost his job as a political science professor but has decided to take Sheila’s advice and use his free time to run for the California State Assembly as a local representative. Even though this series is set in the 80s, Sheila’s story is still relatable for so many women. Sheila has to stretch herself between her growing aerobics business and her duties as mother and wife while struggling with her own self-image and disordered eating habits. Through voiceovers, the series offers a look at Sheila’s innermost thoughts, showing how incredibly judgmental and mean she is toward herself. Sheila doesn’t really have anyone to confide in, so aerobics becomes an outlet through which she can get out her frustrations and quiet the voice in her head. Physical manages to combine commentary on women’s empowerment, the moral hypocrisy of politics in the 80s, and the rise of aerobics as a form of fitness into a truly intriguing and compelling series that is absolutely worth the watch. – Brynna Arens

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Shining Girls

Rotten Tomatoes: 84% | IMDb: 7.4/10

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Shining Girls

Release Date
April 29, 2022

Cast
Elisabeth Moss, Jamie Bell, Wagner Moura, Phillipa Soo

Main Genre
Thriller

Seasons
1

Creator
Silka Luisa

Read Our Review Shining Girls is rooted in a premise that feels doubly gripping: what would happen if there was a serial killer scouring the globe for women to kill, but was also capable of doing so across time? When we pick up at the beginning of the Apple TV+ series, based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Beukes, Kirby Mazrachi (Moss) has been experiencing side effects in the aftermath of a near-fatal attack on her life — but what if they’re linked to something other than her trauma? The series actually goes through the slow burn of introducing us to its premise right away, building up the strangeness and the mystery and the crime elements before propelling us headlong into its definitive genre spin. It means that when the second half of the season kicks into gear on its supernatural leanings, it goes hard — and the best bet is to just strap in and hold on for the ride. As Collider’s Therese Lacson wrote in her review of the show, “For those who enjoy a more experimental approach to storytelling, unburdened by the confines of one specific genre, Shining Girls is an exciting entry for Apple TV+.” – Carly Lane

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Pachinko

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 8.3/10

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Pachinko

Release Date
2022-00-00

Cast
Jin Ha, Soji Arai, Jun-woo Han, In-ji Jeong

Genres
Drama

Creator
Soo Hugh

Read Our Review There are some series that come along and shouldn’t be poised to act as simply a drop in the content bucket of streaming content; they should be considered an absolute tidal wave of stunning achievement. Such is the case with Pachinko, which doesn’t feel like a television show so much as a time and generational-spanning epic. Although that concept in and of itself is nothing new, as is the notion of adapting a TV show from an equally impactful novel, the eight-episode Apple TV+ series overwhelmingly succeeds on both fronts, with the end product resulting in not just one of the best shows of the year but a show that should end up on everyone’s best-of-all-time lists. As Collider’s Chase Hutchinson said in his review, “the series weaves a tapestry that finds as much art in the quiet intimacy of conversations between its characters as it does in the vastness of the landscapes they inhabit over the many decades.” – Carly Lane

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Severance

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDb: 8.7/10

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Severance

Release Date
February 18, 2022

Cast
Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, Dichen Lachman, Christopher Walken

Genres
Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

Seasons
2

Creator
Dan Erickson

Read Our Review The term “work-life balance” is given wholly new meaning in this latest drama thriller on the streamer, which revolves around the in-universe controversial procedure known as severance — and what happens when employees who work for a mysterious company willingly choose to undergo having their work memories surgically separated from the ones they make outside the office, a switch flipping in their brain whenever they clock in and out for the day. Scott was apparently the first choice to play the lead character, and it’s plain to see why; he infuses Mark with a blend of sorrow and compliance that ultimately gets shaken up when a new “severed” employee arrives and starts to make him and all of his co-workers question everything they know about the existing status quo — and what they’re really doing at work all day. Ben Stiller helms many pivotal episodes as director of this series that feels half-Black Mirror, half-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but also simultaneously all its own. – Carly Lane

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The Afterparty

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 7.3/10

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The Afterparty

Release Date
January 28, 2022

Cast
Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Dave Franco, Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson

Genres
Mystery, Comedy, Crime

Seasons
2

Read Our Review Few things are as delightful as an ensemble comedy consisting of some of the best modern-day heavy-hitters — but when you put them all together in a story that hits the millennial heart hardest (aka a high school reunion)? You’ve got a formula for success. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have knocked it out of the park again with The Afterparty, which follows a group who finds themselves the unwitting suspects in a murder investigation when the host of their reunion’s afterparty (Franco) turns up dead on the cliffs next to his beachside mansion. What follows is a delightfully fun comedy in which each character being interrogated by the detective on the case (Haddish) tells the story in their own words, with the corresponding episode changing formats to match the narrator. From musical to rom-com to animation, The Afterparty is a genre feast, and the names attached will keep you just as engrossed as the whodunnit itself. – Carly Lane

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