The Morning Show
Of all the launch titles Apple assembled, this gritty drama set in a busy TV newsroom was always the one that looked most likely to grab the headlines. Starring Jennifer Aniston as the principle news anchor who has to deal with the sudden fall from grace of her co-host (Steve Carell) after his involvement in a sex scandal, all while fending of the hungry ambitions of the new, younger starlet who wants her job (Reese Witherspoon), it’s a taught exploration of a woman trying to hold onto both her career and sanity.
Nominated for multiple Golden Globe awards, including Best TV drama and Best Performance by an actress in a TV series (Drama) nods for both Aniston and Witherspoon, this is one not to be missed.
In many ways this is the Apple TV+ alternative to Netflix’s behemoth Stranger Things, albeit not quite as dark. The setting is an old bookshop that’s home to a ghost that thinks it’s a marvellous idea to take characters from books and bring them into the real world. Four local kids play detective, enticed by messages from the spectre as well as visits from the casts of Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book, all to try and work out why the ghost was creating this havoc and hopefully solve the mystery.
Another series headlined by a Hollywood star is See. The human race has been decimated by a mystery illness, wiping out the vast majority of the population and leaving the only survivors blind. Life has reverted to a primitive state, but hope arrives with two babies born with their sight intact. Mamoa must then protect these children as religious tribal elders call for their execution to prevent the end of the world.
This one may be a bit uncomfortable due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, but See is an excellent drama with plenty of action.
For All Mankind
Imagine a world where Russia won the space race and put a man on the moon before Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind. That’s the concept of For All Mankind, which explores an America coming to terms with losing this hugely significant historical event and being forced to adopt new strategies in order to catch-up with the Soviets. These measures include bringing women and those from ethnic minorities into the fold, rather than the monocultural, single-sex astronaut program that made up the initial Apollo missions. It’s an interesting exploration of cultural change accelerated by an ongoing battle for the stars.
Truth Be Told
Truth Be Told is about a podcast maker (think Sarah Koenig of the hit podcast, Serial) who sets out to find out what actually happened in a cold-case murder. It's based on the book Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber.
The Elephant Queen
If you’re looking for escapism that’s filled with beauty and will actually teach you more about the world in which you live, the Elephant Queen is a stunning documentary series that follows the epic journey of Athena and her family of pachyderms. Realising that the dry season is soon to begin, Athena guides her pack across the African wilderness as they look for a safe place to wait out the heat and find the water they need to survive. Voiced by Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is one to savour.
Snoopy in Space
In these troubled times, there are some things pretty much guaranteed to put a smile back on weary faces. One such creation is Snoopy in Space, which sees the titular heroic beagle taking command of the International Space Station, aided by his old friend Woodstock. All your favourite Peanuts characters appear as they help from Mission Control, so if you want to see Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Marcie, Peppermint Patty and others in this charming series, then Snoopy in Space is a welcome slice of happiness.
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