is one of the newer streaming platforms vying for your attention, and there’s good reason to start watching. It’s packed with big names and some hit shows, from the first season of Severance to the heartwarming Ted Lass to Reese Witherspoon .
Like rivals 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 itself. 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- ): A dark comedy about a group of sisters who have lost their parents.
- Watch, season 3 (2019- ): This drama takes place in the future when people can no longer see. Jason Momoa plays the father of twins who are born with sight. This is the last season of the show.
The best Apple TV Plus series
Truth Be Told is a drama for fans of true crime, following the recent trend of crime podcasts in a fictionalized form. Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul star as a podcaster and an inmate who are united by a horrific crime years earlier, sparking a human unit that draws both their families into a fun mix of character-driven drama like Big Little Lies with true crime stories like Making a Murderer and The Staircase.
Home Before Dark (2020- )
Inspired by the real-life reporting of journalist Hilda Lysiak, Home Before Dark follows the story of a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to a small town on a lake. It starts off slow, but has some strong central performances, especially in the lead role.
Mythical Quest: Raven’s Banquet (2020- )
Mythic Quest: The Raven’s Banquet is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in video games or the industry that produces them. She is unique, witty and partially honest. It treads familiar territory, but it’s worth a look.
This show has a fascinating premise: people can choose to undergo a procedure called severance, which separates their work and personal memories. Adam Scott’s character spends eight hours a day in a sanitized, stark white office space, with no memory of his life outside. Soon a former colleague appears with a warning about a strange company. A stunning and suspenseful sci-fi thriller — enjoying Severance is not work.
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A comedic 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 in every episode. Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco, Ilana Glazer, Ben Schwartz and more lend their talents to the show. If you’re going for a mix of mystery and comedy, The Afterparty should be right at the top of your to-stream list.
The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan brings his brand of creepy domestic drama to episodic TV in Servant, created and written by Tony Basgallop. After a devastating loss, two grieving parents adopt a hyper-realistic doll to help them deal with their grief, but danger and deception lurk in the nursery.
For all of humanity, it offers an alternate timeline of what would have happened if the Soviets had landed on the moon first. The short answer is the endless militarization of space, but the show is much more expansive than that. If you’re looking for a sci-fi thriller with lots of interpersonal drama and political intrigue, For All Mankind is the way to go.
You don’t have to love sports to love the Ted Lasso comedy series. Produced by Golden Globe-winning star Jason Sudeikis and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, it follows ruthless American coach Ted Lasso as he takes control of the English soccer team. Think of it as a cross between Friday Night Lights and Saturday Night Live (in London). Season 2 is streaming now.
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psychiatrist next door (2021)
In my book, any show starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd is already doing something very right. In the drama miniseries The Shrink Next Door, Ferrell and Rudd play characters on opposite ends of the personality spectrum — Ferrell is a sniveling, shy textile business owner, and his co-star is an egotistical therapist with manipulative tendencies. When the two are together, the result is both disturbing and enticing, making The Shrink Next Door something you’ll want to check out for yourself.
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In this British comedy, couple Nikki and Jason want to have a baby but struggle to conceive. They decide to adopt — a process that inevitably presents them with new challenges. The attempt offers charm and low-stakes fun, and happens to be laugh-out-loud funny. If you’re in need of some laid-back 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 sequel to the popular travel shows Long Way Round and Long Way Down, the gas station duo turns green. They travel 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 eerily remarries her late husband, a 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 society’s failings. Apple’s hard-hitting drama is based on the novel by the actor’s uncle Paul Theroux (previously filmed with Harrison Ford in 1986). Now that the first season is over, Apple has already renewed this modern version of The Mosquito Coast for a second season.
Ordinary people dream big in Little America. A heavyweight cast tells the stories of immigrants living their lives in a heartwarming anthology series packed with funny, sweet, romantic and often surprising stories.
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A nature show focused on small creatures, narrated by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. Absolute genius.
Like seemingly every one of these modern nature documentaries, Tiny World is beautifully shot and brilliantly convincing.
Morning show (2019- )
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston produce and star in the timely series that deals with office politics in the #MeToo era as the TV network is rocked by the indiscretions of a host played by Steve Carell. Among the standout performances, Billy Crudup won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards. Award-winning drama, a strong cast, and timely themes make The Morning Show worth watching.
Dickinson takes the story of the real-life American poet Emily Dickinson and turns it into a period drama of sorts. 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 dark legal drama about a family caught up in a murder mystery in Massachusetts. Defending Jacob may be familiar territory, but fans of absorbing character-driven crime dramas will be hooked.
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more
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