is one of the newer streaming platforms vying for your attention, and there’s a good reason to start watching it. It’s loaded with big names and several hit shows, from the first season of Severance to the heartily adorable Ted Lass to Reese Witherspoon. .
Like competitors Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus is packed with exclusive original content. But unlike other services, Apple only streams content it has created. This meant that when the service launched in November 2019, the catalog wasn’t huge, but it was filling up quickly.
Here’s what’s coming to the streaming service this month, followed by our guide to some of the best TV shows on Apple TV Plus.
What’s new this month
Here’s every show premiering in August.
- Bad Sisters Season 1 (2022-): Black comedy about a group of sisters who lose their parents.
- See Season 3 (2019-): This drama takes place in a future where people can no longer see. Jason Momoa plays the father of twins who were born with sight. This is the last season of the show.
The best Apple TV Plus series
You don’t have to like sports to love the Ted Lasso comedy series. Produced by the show’s Golden Globe-winning star Jason Sudeikis with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, the film follows relentlessly optimistic American coach Ted Las as he takes charge of the England football team. Think of it as Friday Night Lights crossed with Saturday Night Live (in London). Season 2 is currently airing.
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The Shrink Next Door (2021)
In my book, any show that casts Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd as the leads is already doing something very right. In the drama miniseries The Shrink Next Door, Ferrell and Rudd play characters at opposite ends of the personality spectrum – Ferrell is the smiling, shy textile store owner and his co-star is an egotistical therapist with manipulative tendencies. When the two are together, the result is both disturbing and exciting, making The Shrink Next Door something you’ll want to try for yourself.
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In this British comedy, husband and wife Nikki and Jason want a baby but struggle to conceive. They decide to accept – a process that inevitably throws new challenges their way. The tryout offers charm and low-stakes fun, and it’s also laugh-out-loud funny. If you’re in need of some hilarious TV time, this show has you covered.
Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman get back on their bikes and head north from Argentina through South and Central America. In this installment of the popular travel shows Long Way Round and Long Way Down, a pair of petrolheads get the green light. They will ride 13,000 miles and 13 countries on Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles.
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Adapted by Stephen King from his own novel, Lisey’s Story stars Julianne Moore as a grieving widow who hauntingly revisits her marriage to her late husband, the famous novelist played by Clive Owen.
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Mosquito Coast (2021-)
Justin Theroux stars as Allie Fox, a quirky inventor who takes his family off the grid to protest the company’s failure. The Apple heavyweight drama is based on the novel by the actor’s uncle Paul Theroux (previously filmed with Harrison Ford in 1986). Now that Season 1 is over, Apple has already renewed this modern version of The Mosquito Coast for a second season.
Ordinary people dream big in Little America. The heavyweight cast tells the stories of immigrants living their lives in a heartwarming anthology series full of funny, sweet, romantic and often surprising stories.
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A science show, focused on small creatures, narrated by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. An absolute genius.
Like seemingly every one of these modern nature documentaries, Tiny World is beautifully shot and brilliantly impressive.
Morning Show (2019-)
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston produce and star in a topical series dealing with office politics in the #MeToo era as a TV network is rocked by the indiscretions of a host played by Steve Carell. Among the compelling performances, Billy Crudup won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards. With award-winning drama, a strong cast, and topical issues, The Morning Show is worth watching.
Dickinson takes the story of the real American poet Emily Dickinson and turns it into her own kind of period drama. It’s hardly historically accurate – Emily and her teenage friends act more like characters from Riverdale – but it’s fun.
Chris Evans stars in a darkly-tinged legal drama about a family involved in a Massachusetts murder mystery. Defending Jacob may be familiar territory, but fans of immersive character-driven crime dramas will be drawn in.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (2020-)
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in video games or the industry that makes them. It’s unique, funny and partly serious. It goes through familiar territory, but it’s worth watching.
Home Before Dark (2020-)
Home Before Dark, inspired by the reporting of real-life journalist Hilde Lysiak, follows the story of a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to a small lakeside town. It starts slowly but features some strong central performances, especially in the lead role.
Truth Be Told is a drama for true crime fans that follows the recent trend of crime podcasts in fictional form. Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul star as a podcaster and an inmate brought together by a horrific crime years ago and start a hooker that attracts both their families in a fun mix of character-driven drama like Big Little Lies with true crime stories like Making a Murderer and The Staircase.
The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan brings his brand of haunting domestic drama to episodic television Servant, created and written by Tony Basgallop. After a devastating loss, two devastated parents adopt a hyper-realistic doll to help them deal with their grief, but danger and deceit lurk in the nursery.
The show has a fascinating premise: People can choose to undergo a procedure called detachment, which separates their work and personal memories. Adam Scott’s character spends eight hours a day in a scrubbed, stark white office space with no memory of his outside life. Soon a former co-worker shows up with a warning about a strange company. A stunning and suspenseful sci-fi thriller, enjoying Severance is no chore at all.
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A comedy murder mystery in the same vein as Rian Johnson’s 2019 film Knives Out, The Afterparty is a star-studded romp that will keep you guessing and laughing with every episode. Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco, Ilana Glazer, Ben Schwartz and more lend their talents to the show. If you’re going for a mystery comedy mix, The Afterparty should go straight to the top of your streaming list.
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more
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