When people talk about the best shows and movies on Apple TV Plus, they often talk about the same things. Some people think that Apple TV Plus only has the third season of Coach Theodore “Ted” Lasso to look forward to. But Apple TV Plus’s Spring 2022 lineup was very good, which suggests that is not only the best new show on Apple TV Plus, but also that its ending was so great that you need to watch it all right now.
Since it came out in 2019, Apple TV has slowly built up a good library, especially considering how cheap it is ($4.99 per month). This list also includes CODA, which won the Oscar for best picture in 2022. And if you like that movie, we’ve put together a list of the best movies and TV shows on Apple TV Plus to watch after CODA. This list has great shows that are about to start their third seasons, great comedies, great movies, and some cool surprises. It seems that music documentaries may be one of Apple TV Plus’s main strengths.
Even though Apple TV Plus isn’t on our list of the best streaming services yet, it could be if it had more shows and movies as good as these. Pachinko is the most exciting new Apple TV Plus show. It has a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but we’re still watching it to see how good it gets.
BEST APPLE TV PLUS SHOWS
Shining Girls stars Elizabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi.
Apple hooked us with Elizabeth Moss, who stars in the time-bending crime mystery show Shining Girls, which is based on the book by Lauren Beukes. In this series, Moss plays a reporter for a newspaper named Kirby Mazrachi. She was the victim of a horrible attack that left her with a terrible mental scar that is hard to deal with. Her life keeps changing without warning, including where she lives.
But when Kirby’s cold case seems to come back to life when other people die in the same way, it seems like she might find out what happened. But she will have to work on the case herself to figure it all out. Even though Kirby’s attacker (Jamie Bell) seems to always be one step ahead of everyone else, she starts to find clues. Shining Girls is one of the best Apple TV Plus shows because of Moss. The show’s plot may be confusing, but Moss makes it great. We’re still interested in how it ends. — H.T. Casey
The Snake of Essex
The Essex Serpent stars Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston.
Cora Seaborne, played by Claire Danes, is a London widow who is finally pursuing her own interests. When she goes to Essex to look into a local legend about a snake taking people away, she finds herself in a very confusing situation. She wants to use science in her search, but the people in the town seem to be suspicious of her right away because she is not from there.
There, she meets Will Ransome, the local vicar, who is played by Tom Hiddleston. At first, she gets along well with him. But now that people in Essex are blaming Cora, it doesn’t look like her new friend will be able to help her. The Essex Serpent is a limited series that just started, but its first episodes were so good that we can’t wait to recommend it.
The Party After
In The Afterparty, Ben Schwartz played Yasper and Sam Richardson played Aniq.
Reunions from high school shouldn’t have any more drama than old crushes being rekindled and rivalries that have been going on for a long time coming to the surface. The Afterparty, on the other hand, is about the least likely high school reunion, where someone is mysteriously killed. Besides that? This mystery is also a funny story. We won’t tell you who dies, but the show has a lot of funny people, including Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Ike Barinholtz, and Dave Franco, to name a few. One had to die.
Even better, The Afterparty is a great show to watch all at once because of how it is set up. As each main suspect is questioned, they tell their own awkward story about a family reunion, and the show becomes a reflection of how they see the world. One episode is a romantic comedy, and another is an action movie. One episode is a cartoon adventure, and another is a suspense story. Apple TV Plus has ordered a second season of The Afterparty because it is so popular. Even though it sounds like the show’s casts might change a lot between seasons, Tiffany Haddish isn’t the only one who will be back next year. — H.T. Casey
Adam Scott, in the movie Severance as Mark Scout, at his desk
Not having a good balance between work and life is one of the most frustrating things about our everyday lives. Some of us bring our problems with our bosses home every night, while others can’t stop working. “But what if there was another way?” asks Severance. No, neither finding a healthy balance nor going to therapy will help. But by cutting the nerves in your brain that link your work memories to your other memories. This crazy idea is at the heart of Severance, which you should watch all at once.
Adam Scott is just the right amount of awkward for the role of Mark Scout in Severance. Mark is one of the many worker-bees at Lumon, a company that gives its employees severance so they can live two lives. Your “innie” does nothing but work, while your “outie” has no idea what your “innie” does for a living and lives the rest of their life. Severance is replacing Ted Lasso as Apple TV’s most talked-about show because it is less funny and more scary than Black Mirror.
The last episode of Severance, on the other hand, was one of the most exciting TV shows in recent memory. After each big reveal, we almost screamed at the TV, and Zach Cherry and Britt Lower’s amazing performances as supporting actors made it even more intense. We can’t wait for season 2 of Severance. Can’t we just get a “termination” that lets us skip to the next episode? — H.T. Casey
In Schmigadoon, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key!
Fans of Broadway musicals, especially those from the 1950s and 1960s, should plan to watch Schmigadoon!, which is Apple TV Plus’s attempt at a show where everyone is likely to start singing. A couple played by Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong are on a hike when they stumble into the mythical village of Schmigadoon. There, they find that anything, from a fight between lovers to a bowl of corn pudding, can start a big Broadway production number. They also learn that they can’t get out of Schmigadoon until they find real love. It’s hard to decide which discovery is scarier.
There are many Broadway stars in the supporting cast of Schmigadoon, such as Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana DeBose, and Aaron Tveit. And references to movies like Carousel, The Music Man, and Oklahoma! come up all the time. Even people who don’t usually like musicals will be drawn to Schmigadoon because the songs are so catchy. —Peter Michaels
Mr. Ted Lasso
Brendan Hunt, Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein in Ted Lasso
Ted Lasso is the only Apple TV show that doesn’t need to be introduced. The story of the title character, an American college football coach who gets in over his head coaching the other football (or “soccer,” if you must) in the UK, is probably the most popular, if not the most talked about, Apple TV Plus show online. It’s not hard to see why Ted Lasso quickly gained a lot of fans.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, when everything was bad, Ted Lasso’s (both the character and the show) brand of wholesomeness worked well. As the coach of a losing team, Lasso’s positive energy completely changed the toxic masculinity that was always about to tear AFC Richmond apart. And the show’s happy vibe made it stand out from all the sad prestige TV (which we still love). Even though season 2 wasn’t always a hit, the second half was good enough to make us look forward to season 3. Speaking of which, do you want to know what Coach Lasso will do next? Check out our five big Ted Lasso season 3 questions. — H.T. Casey
The Central Park
The Tillerman–Hunter family in Central Park’s living room
Central Park is a story about families who live in New York City’s famous park. It is perfect for people who like musicals and the animated show Bob’s Burgers. In this case, it’s the Tillerman–Hunter family, which makes sense since the park is run by Owen Tillerman, whose voice is provided by Leslie Odom Jr. But, like Bob Belcher, Owen doesn’t get much respect from the people around him, even though he works hard to keep the park in good shape. Central Park is probably the best Apple TV Plus show that more people should watch. It has great songs, a great cast, and lots of funny parts. — H.T. Casey
The Breakfast Show
“The Morning Show,” with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, is now streaming on Apple TV Plus. It is one of the 2022/23 shows that will be back.
The Morning Show has been about how TV has changed, not just in the show-within-a-show hosted by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, but also in the show itself. Season 1 of TMS was about how talk show host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) lost his job because of sexual misconduct at work. This wasn’t how the show was supposed to go, but it was changed after the news about Matt Lauer’s behavior.
The same thing happened in the second season, when The Morning Show, which is almost required to be current, told a story about the Covid-19 outbreak. Even though the second season is a bit more like a soap opera, it seems to have figured out what kind of drama it is. — H.T. Casey
In Mythic Quest, Charlotte Nicao and Rob McElhenney star.
Mythic Quest is one of those shows we didn’t know we needed because a live-action show about the lives of video game developers didn’t sound very interesting. When we met the cocky Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney), the shy Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao), and the rest of the dysfunctional team behind the online game Mythic Quest, however, our opinions changed.
The best thing about Mythic Quest is that McElhenney isn’t the only It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia alum on the team. Mythic Quest is made by Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, and David Hornsby, who is also in the cast. Even though the characters in Mythic Quest aren’t as bad as the Sunny gang, you can see that the great banter from that show is still there. — H.T. Casey
Hailee Steinfeld in Dickinson
The show about one of America’s best poets is lyrical, beautiful, and short, just as it should be. Emily is played by Hailee Steinfeld. She is the middle child in her family and is often misunderstood. She likes to write poems that get right to the point (and heart). Dickinson’s language, casting, and needle drops are full of things that don’t make sense for the time period. But they never feel out of place. Instead, they connect the modern viewer to the problems that a young, talented, and ambitious woman still faces. Emily puts her thoughts about her place in the world, her sexuality, and her family’s history into poems that will last for a long time. —