The Best Shows on Apple TV+

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Apple TV+ burst onto our screens and into the streaming wars in late 2019, with an array of original content. They’ve been met with mixed reviews – some have been nominated for Golden Globe’s (The Morning Show) and some have definitely not (Jason Momoa’s See). But nonetheless, the tech giant has delivered a stack of new original content ($6 billion worth, in fact) for our viewing pleasure, and there’s bound to be something for everyone. Canstar Blue has rounded up some of the best shows currently on offer to take away the difficulty of Friday night decision-making.

Best original shows on Apple TV+

Here is a list of the best original shows streaming on Apple TV+ (in our opinion, anyway):

Ted Lasso

To our delight, what began as a skit from American channel NBC in order to promote their coverage of the English Premier League has now become an entire comedy series, Ted Lasso. Funny man and Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis wrote, produced and once again stars as Ted Lasso, the former American football coach who accepts a job as coach of an English soccer team, despite possessing zero knowledge on soccer (“ties and no playoffs, why do you even do this?”). As more people watch Ted fail, he becomes more determined to turn around the fate of AFC Richmond, and his life in England. Ted Lasso scores big in our books.

Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark is a dramatised re-telling of the life of one of the youngest journalists in the world, Hilde Lysiak, who founded Orange Street News when she was just eight years old. Apple TV+’s mystery drama follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town that her own father fled from. While there, she uncovers a cold case that the entire town, including her father, have been trying to cover up for years.

Little Voice

The duo that brought you the musical Waitress, Jessie Nelson and Grammy-nominee Sara Bareilles have teamed up again, and this time alongside the iconic J.J. Adams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), to create the magical Little Voice. Described by Apple as “a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York”, Little Voice is a coming-of-age story that follows Bess King (Brittany O’Grady) a talented and unique singer-songwriter who refuses to let others hear her songs and thus struggling to fulfil her dreams. With original music by the talented Bareilles, Little Voice will steal your heart.

Long Way Up

Ewan McGregor is officially the greatest person we know. At least, that’s what you’ll think after watching Long Way Up, the unscripted documentary which follows McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman travel 13,000 miles from Ushuaia, Argentina through South and Central America until they reach Los Angeles. Oh, and the entire time they are riding on electric Harley Davidson motorcycles — something that has not yet been achieved on a distance so long. Long Way Up is something you definitely didn’t know you needed.

Sign up to BINGE

If BINGE’s huge library of quality movies sounds like the perfect streaming service for you, there are three plans to choose from, with different inclusions on each plan tier. Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. Check out the plan inclusions in the below table. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
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BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/year
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Central Park

If you were ever longing for an adult animated musical series, then you’re in luck. Central Park, which comes from the creators of Bob’s Burgers (Emmy-award winning Loren Bouchard), is just that — an animated musical comedy that follows a family desperately trying to save the titular landmark from greedy land developers. The narrator of the series, Birdie, is voiced by Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, the Book of Morman) so you know it’s going to be funny. Also starring alongside Gad is Kristen Bell and Tituss Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

Trying

British comedy is coming to Apple TV + (honestly, thank god), and it’s looking like a good one. Trying follows the story of a 30-something couple, Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) who both want a baby but must pursue adoption after finding out they are infertile. The two have always attracted chaos, but they’re forced to grow up (and hide their dysfunctional friends and family) when they need to win over the adoption agency. The series, which is written by comedian Andy Wolton, is the first original series from the UK to debut on Apple TV+, and is a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

Fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia listen up. Funny boys Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day are back, alongside Sunny writer Megan Ganz, as co-creators of a new comedy for Apple TV+, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. If that title has you scratching your head, you’re not alone. McElhenney stars as Ian, the owner of a successful video game company, who hits it big time with the success of his video game ‘Mythic Quest’. Ian and his strange team of staff had one goal: to make Mythic Quest the most popular game in the world. But as it turns out, staying on top is harder than getting there.

Amazing Stories

If you remember the 1985 Amazing Stories from Steven Spielberg, you’ll be pleased to hear that a remake has arrived on Apple TV+. The anthology series features new characters and actors each episode, from Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) to Victoria Pedretti (You) and has some massive names in the form of producers attached to the project, including Lost and Once Upon a Time duo Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, as well as Spielberg himself. Worth checking out, especially if you were a fan of the OG.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, so how can you get a subscription? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
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Defending Jacob

If I was on trial for murder, having Chris Evans/Captain America helping to clear my name would probably be the only thing keeping me sane. And that is pretty much what’s going on in Defending Jacob, the new legal thriller that may just be Apple TV +’s breakout show. Based on the novel by William Landay of the same name, Defending Jacob stars Evans and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery as parents to 14-year-old Jacob. He’s just an ordinary kid — except he’s been accused of murdering his classmate, and Evans will stop at nothing to clear his name.

Little America

If you’re ready to feel all the feels, Apple TV+’s surprise hit Little America is for you. The eight-episode anthology series documents the lives of immigrants in the United States – all of which are inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine. Each episode is a different story, but all ‘characters’ are bound by the same thing – they know what it’s like to live in the U.S. looking, sounding and feeling different to the majority around them.

From executive producers Lee Eisenburg (The Office), Alan Yang (Master of None) and power couple and Academy Award nominees for The Big Sick Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the show was bound to be a success from the start. But, despite this, Little America almost didn’t get made – producer Nanjiani stated that a lot of services turned the show down. “I think people are still nervous to make shows that star people who aren’t mainstream celebrities in America,” he said. Luckily Apple TV+ picked it up – because it’s one of the best.

Apple TV+ is still finding its footing, so here’s hoping there’ll be more fantastic shows making their way to our screens soon! Don’t have Apple TV+? Sign up for a seven day free trial to see if the above shows take your fancy.

Photo credit: Denys Prykhodov/shutterstock.com, Apple TV+

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