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24 Best Apple TV Plus Shows [May 2022]

Apple TV+ offers a wide variety of excellent TV shows. But before we dive into its plethora of entertainment options, let's take a moment to remember that Apple used to be a simple computer company. It has since revolutionized the way people consume music, produce art, and communicate with its iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices. The march towards total dominance continued in 2019, when Apple joined the increasingly crowded world of streaming video with Apple TV+. In retrospect, this seems inevitable. Yet Apple TV+ has still managed to dazzle viewers with its vast array of quality TV.

Like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max, Apple TV+ offers high-quality content from some of the entertainment industry's biggest names. The platform has managed to carve out especially successful niches in serialized drama, animated programming, and single-camera sitcoms. There are so many great shows available on Apple TV+, in fact, that it can be hard to pick what to watch. To that end, we present this list of the 24 best shows currently available on Apple TV+, from sports stories to family dramas.

Updated on April 25, 2022: Like all streaming platforms, Apple TV+ constantly updates its catalog with new series. We'll keep this list current by adding new and noteworthy shows whenever they debut. Be sure to check back every month to see what's worth watching on Apple TV+.

Acapulco

In 2017, Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez made a splash in the English-speaking world as Maximo, a sleazy gold-digger who learns how to be a good person in "How to Be a Latin Lover." The slightly soapy "Acapulco" finds Maximo, now a successful businessman, looking back on his years as a driven young pool boy at a fancy resort. The job is great, but also complicated with personal drama, business intrigue, and a political pecking order.

  • Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Chord Overstreet, Damian Alcazar
  • Creators: Eduardo Cisneros, Jason Shuman, Austin Winsberg
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 10 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

The Afterparty

The 2006 class of this series' Northern California high school has many reasons for attending their reunion. They want to address grudges, settle scores, confront bullies, show off, reconnect with the one who got away ... and kill Xavier, a geeky classmate who's blossomed into an international superstar, at the post-reunion party held in his beachside mansion. Xavier is loathsome, and all of his guests have a plausible reason to have offed him. They also lack airtight alibis. Who did the deed? Each episode of "The Afterparty" explores the answer to that question from a different perspective and in a different filmmaking style.

  • Starring: Sam Richardson, Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco
  • Creator: Christopher Miller
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 8 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Central Park

"Central Park" revolves around Owen Tillerman, the sweet and sheepish manager of New York's illustrious Central Park. He lives in an old castle on the grounds with his wife Paige, an aspiring investigative reporter, and their two kids, dog-obsessed Cole and lovelorn, would-be comic book artist Molly. Slowly, they become embroiled in a scheme by wealthy developer Bitsy Brandenham, who wants to turn Central Park into shops and condos. Oh, and did we mention it's a musical starring a number of powerfully-voiced Broadway veterans?

  • Starring: Tituss Burgess, Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn
  • Creators: Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad, Nora Smith
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 39 episodes
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Defending Jacob

This unsettling crime drama explores an experience of murder not often depicted in fiction: That of the accused's family. In "Defending Jacob," a teenager is discovered brutally murdered. While authorities suspect a locally-known offender, investigations reveal a tense relationship between the deceased boy and a classmate named Jacob, an odd kid who is found to be in possession of a possible murder weapon. Jacob's parents vigorously defend their son against all allegations, even as it becomes more clear that Jacob may have been involved in the crime — and that he's got a darker side than either of them ever imagined.

  • Starring: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell
  • Creator: Mark Bomback
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 8 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Dickinson

"Dickinson" tells the story of legendary poet Emily Dickinson, mainstay of English classes everywhere. But "Dickinson" is no straightforward biopic or stuffy period piece: It depicts its subject as a creatively explosive and fiercely confident individual who would be far more at home in the 21st century than the repressive 19th. Emily feels every heartbreak, triumph, and injustice as deeply as possible. This inspires her art, which feels all the more timeless when framed by the show's modern touches, like editing flourishes and the use of contemporary indie rock on the soundtrack.

  • Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Baryshnikov, Jane Krakowski
  • Creator: Alena Smith
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 30 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

For All Mankind

"For All Mankind" chronicles the early days of NASA and the American space program, a la "The Right Stuff" and "Hidden Figures." This series, however, enjoys a very tenuous connection to the past, because it takes places in an alternate version of the 1960s. Here, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were not the first men on the moon — Soviet cosmonauts got there first, upending the space race and changing history. "For All Mankind" tracks this timeline's many years of exploration, with particular focus on the American space program, which never quits or slows its ambitions.

  • Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt
  • Creators: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 30 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Foundation

In adapting Isaac Asimov's classic "Foundation" stories, Apple TV+ turned out one of the most ambitious and expensive-looking TV series in recent memory. Taking place across many centuries and multiple planets, "Foundation" finds humanity flung far across the galaxy, living under a powerful Galactic Empire. But brilliant historian, mathematician, and psychic Dr. Hari Seldon senses a fall coming. In order to avoid a dark age, he leads a band of rogues into space to create the Foundation, a new world and failsafe for humanity. There, these pioneers face even more danger via the Cleons, a band of aristocratic and cutthroat clones.

  • Starring: Lou Llobell, Jared Harris, Lee Pace
  • Creators: Josh Friedman and David S. Goyer
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 10 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Home Before Dark

With its brilliant, crime-investigating, teenage protagonist, "Home Before Dark" echoes the "Nancy Drew" and "Hardy Boys" books. But this series is laced with darkness and twists straight out of "True Detective," making for a very elegant and compelling mystery show. Young Hilde's life completely changes when she moves from her home in the big city to her father's rural village. While there, this outsider uncovers the dark secrets and aftermath of a devastating case from long ago that remains unsolved. Soon enough, Hilde discovers way more about her new home than she ever guessed was there.

  • Starring: Jim Sturgess, Brooklynn Prince, Abby Miller
  • Creators: Dana Fox and Dara Resnik
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 20 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Walter Mosley, one of the greatest American novelists, adapted his own book of the same name for this limited series — an epic, moving character study, as well as a mystery with a touch of sci-fi. Nearing the end of his days, 93-year-old Ptolemy Grey takes an unproven Alzheimer's disease medication, which restores his mental abilities and then some, allowing him to remember everything that's ever happened in his life. Unfortunately, it will wear off quickly and reduce his brain to almost nothing in just a few weeks. Ptolemy (in a passionate, layered performance by Samuel L. Jackson) uses his newfound, temporary respite from mental oblivion to investigate the long-unsolved murder of a nephew, and he can't get much help from authorities or his dementia-stricken relative.

  • Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Dominique Fishback, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
  • Creator: Walter Mosley
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 6 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Little America

This anthology series offers an assortment of intimate stories about immigrants newly arrived in the United States. Every episode is based on a true story that ran in Epic Magazine, and all strive to widen the definition of what it means to be American. Some of the best installments include "The Son," which follows a Syrian refugee seeking asylum in the United States so he can live openly as a gay man; "The Jaguar," which is about an undocumented teenager who joins a squash team; and "The Baker," which is centered around a Ugandan student who eschews college in order to become a baker.

The Morning Show

A cast of A-list movie stars brings this lavishly-produced look at the behind-the-scenes drama of a morning news show to life. "The Morning Show" suggests that those light and breezy productions that help millions start their day are, in fact, a hotbed of intrigue, back-biting, ill-advised romance, and abuse. Reese Witherspoon plays Bradley Jackson, a crusading reporter turned morning news anchor, opposite Jennifer Aniston's powerful veteran broadcaster, Alex Levy. Executives, producers, and jaded ex-employees alternately build them up and tear them down — but they never manage to halt them for long.

Mythic Quest

From the writers and stars of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" comes "Mythic Quest," a workplace comedy about the very smart and very dysfunctional people behind a "World of Warcraft"-esque MMORPG. "Mythic Quest" is one of the first shows to thoughtfully explore gaming as a major form of culture, and brilliantly does so by focusing on colorful characters who are almost always hilariously at odds with one other. Megalomaniacal director Ian, harried lead engineer Poppy, novelist-turned-game writer C.W. Longbottom, and many overwhelmed testers, coders, and businesspeople make this series a winner.

  • Starring: Rob McElhenney, F. Murray Abraham, Charlotte Nicdao
  • Creators: Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, Rob McElhenney
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 20 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Pachinko

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee, "Pachinko" is a sweeping epic but deeply intimate story — told in Korean, Japanese, and English — that tracks a series of connected characters across the near-entirety of the 20th century. The action is told predominantly through the eyes of Kim Sunja, a Korean woman striving to improve her station in life as she bristles against Japanese occupation and falls in love with a wealthy man. Over the decades, the main character's descendants and associates will rise to prominence at home and in Japan, never fully shaking the hindrances of their shared histories.

  • Starring: Soji Arai, Jin Ha, Minha Kim
  • Creator: Soo Hugh
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 8 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Physical

Set in the early 1980s in a sleepy California surf town, "Physical" revolves around Sheila Rubin, a former hippie dissatisfied with her middle-class lifestyle and desperately needy buffoon of a husband. Sheila barely manages to keep all of her secrets straight, unleashing a constant monologue of self-hatred that reflects a serious eating disorder and financial problems. But then she discovers aerobics, and finds purpose in life, a way to make money, and a path forward. "Physical" becomes a darkly comic story of empowerment and achievement, as well as an exploration of exercise's role in the home video revolution.

  • Starring: Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel
  • Creator: Annie Weisman
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 10 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Schmigadoon!

"Schmigadoon!" is both a loving homage and hilarious spoof of old-fashioned musicals. Filmed on a purposely artificial-looking set and littered with big song-and-dance numbers, this series is set in an idyllic but extraordinarily repressed town of the (vaguely depicted) early 1900s. It's also a literal prison for squabbling lovers Josh and Melissa, who stumble into it and can't get out. Due to the bizarre rules of this musical theater dimension, they can only leave town once they find true love. It's up to them to figure out if it's with each other, or with some member of the winsome, secret-bearing town folk.

  • Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Kristin Chenoweth
  • Creators: Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 6 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

See

Imagine if "Bird Box" was made by the people behind "Game of Thrones" and set in a dystopian future. That's the idea of "See," which stars Jason Momoa as Baba Voss, warrior king of the Alkenny and protector of Kofun and Haniwa, two young children born with their senses of sight intact. This is a big deal: No human has been born with sight since a virus killed off 99% of the Earth's population and damaged the DNA of their descendants. The world at large has developed their other senses in order to live and thrive, but the arrival of these sighted children stirs up war and revolution — particularly as the villainous army of Witchfinders advances upon the twins.

Servant

Produced by modern fright-master M. Night Shyamalan, "Servant" begins with the traumatic psychological aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. Dorothy and Sean are reeling from the death of their infant son, to the point that their marriage is beginning to fall apart. After Dorothy experiences a mental health crisis, the couple enters extensive therapy, which makes use of a lifelike baby doll. This brings Dorothy out of her silent, depressive state — but then she comes to believe the doll truly is their living, breathing son. They even hire a nanny to watch over the doll, who seems to drag a supernatural force in with her.

  • Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free
  • Creator: Tony Basgallop
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 31 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Severance

A quiet, unnerving sci-fi show full of dread and mystery, "Severance" is set in a vaguely futuristic and creepily sterile workplace where the walls are as blank as the employees' consciousnesses. This is the headquarters of Lumon Industries, which has created the "severance" program. Employees who choose to do so undergo a procedure that makes them unable to remember anything about their personal lives when they're at work. Once their work is done, their memories of the office vanish. The implications of this technology are staggering, as haunted Mark and agitated Helly, two Lumon employees, soon discover.

  • Starring: Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Patricia Arquette
  • Creator: Dan Erickson
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 9 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Slow Horses

As wryly funny as it is intriguing, "Slow Horses" concerns the titular, derided "slow horses," a bunch of talented but prickly British intelligence agents who spectacularly derailed their careers in a number of ways and have all been stuck into Slough House, a purgatorial holding ground where they wile away the days with menial and demeaning tasks. But their director — the rude, nasty, and broken Jackson Lamb — may have to muster up his old spy skills to lead his exhausted and embarrassed crew in a massive and potentially dangerous top-secret undertaking.

The Snoopy Show

Apple TV+ has gone all in on Charlie Brown and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang. Not only is it home to all the classic holiday specials and the educational NASA series "Snoopy in Space," Apple TV+ also hosts "The Snoopy Show," a collection of vignettes featuring the franchise's charming and wildly imaginative beagle. Resembling the old specials in music, look, and vibes, this series focuses on Snoopy and Charlie Brown's relationship, the dynamic between Snoopy and his bird friend Woodstock, and the dog's delightful and silly adventures in the neighborhood — and his own fruitful mind.

  • Starring: Ethan Pugiotto, Terry McGurrin, Isabella Leo
  • Creators: Rob Boutilier, Mark Evestaff, Alex Galatis
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 13 episodes
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Swagger

Produced by Kevin Durant, "Swagger" is the dramatized story of the NBA superstar's younger days as a standout on the AAU basketball scene. Ike, a former player who's become a youth basketball coach, notices something special in Jace Carson, a supremely talented 14-year-old living in Washington, D.C. "Swagger" has plenty of on-the-court action, but it's decidedly more of a drama about the high-stakes world of elite basketball. The persistent push to dream big influences decisions big and small, as well as family and team dynamics.

  • Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh
  • Creators: Reggie Rock Bythewood
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 10 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Ted Lasso

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Jason Sudeikis tries on a mustache and twang to play the title character of this feel-good hit. A college football coach recruited by a low-level professional football team in London, Ted soon learns that in England, "football" means soccer. Always ready with a quip, inspirational saying, and a box of freshly-baked cookies (or, as the British say, biscuits), he's so darn charismatic and kind, he instantly improves the lives and self-image of everyone around him, from his scheming boss to his disaffected and skeptical players. While sports are the focus here, "Ted Lasso" is really a comedy about people and what brings them together.

  • Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein, Hannah Waddingham
  • Creators: Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 22 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

They Call Me Magic

This probing, exhaustive, four-part documentary series explores the complete saga of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the NBA legend who, in the 1980s — as part of the "Showtime"-era, multiple title-winning Los Angeles Lakers — transformed basketball into flashy, primetime entertainment. "They Call Me Magic" demystifies and humanizes one of the greatest and most admired athletes of all time, painting its subject with both joy and demonstrating the impact Johnson had on pop culture and society's perception of people with HIV, following his 1991 diagnosis and revelation. It also explores his retirement, triumphant comeback, and multiple pioneering business ventures.

Trying

"Trying" finds humor and humanity in the uniquely stressful adoption process. Jason and Nikki are responsible, successful, and deeply in love. The only thing missing from their lives, they believe, is a child. But their many and varied attempts to have one naturally fail, and IVF soon proves too arduous and expensive to continue pursuing. Thus, the couple embarks upon the quirky and complicated road of applying for adoption. Their journey is a tough one, but also filled with warmth and laughter.

  • Starring: Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton
  • Creator: Andy Wolton
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 16 episodes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%