Apple Is Willing to Sacrifice Apple TV for Apple TV+

Apple TV+: All the shows, series, and movies you can watch now

Apple Is Willing to Sacrifice Apple TV for Apple TV+

Apple has planted its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies.

The service launched on November 1, 2019, and has been steadily releasing original content ever since. The COVID pandemic had a big impact on production throughout 2020, but new releases should start to pick up again in the fall.

This resource will list all the Apple TV+ content you can watch today, grouped by TV shows, limited series, and movies. There’s also a ton of new content in the works for Apple’s $4.99-a-month service. If you want to know what’s on the way, check out our list of upcoming Apple TV+ shows and movies.

Updated 03/25/21: Cleaned-up and reordered this list, and moved upcoming programs to its own article to keep the site fast and responsive.

Shows and series

These are all the episodic, recurring series you can currently watch on Apple TV+, ordered from the most recent premiere date to the oldest.


For All Mankind (Season 2)

The story continues in the 1980s, almost a decade after season 1. Tensions escalate with the Soviets, and NASA struggles to push forward into the next generation of spaceflight. Watch here

Premiered: Feb. 19, 2021

The Snoopy Show (Season 1)

An animated series all about Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s famous dog. Watch here

Premiered: Feb. 5, 2021

Losing Alice (Season 1)

The series follows Alice, a 48-year-old female film director, who feels irrelevant since raising her family. She becomes obsessed with 24-year-old screenwriter Sophie, and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance, and success. Watch here

Premiered: Jan. 22, 2021

Servant (Season 2)

Continuing the mystery around Jericho’s disappearance. Watch here

Premiered: Jan. 15, 2021

Dickinson (Season 2)

The story continues as Emily struggles with her burgeoning notoriety. Watch here

Premiered: Jan. 8, 2021

Stillwater (Season 1)

A CG animated kids’ cartoon about three siblings who live next door to a wise panda named Stillwater, who teaches them new perspectives on life through Eastern philosophy. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 4, 2020

Doug Unplugs (Season 1)

A CG animated kids’ series that follows the robot Doug and his human friend Emma as they go on adventures and learn how the world works. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 13, 2020

Helpsters (Season 2)

An educational series produced by Sesame Workshop. A group of monsters work together to help solve the problems of customers who enter their shop through teamwork and problem solving. Watch here

Premiered: Oct. 20, 2020

Ghostwriter (Season 2)

More mysteries for the kids in the bookstore. This season is only seven episodes. Watch here

Premiered: Oct. 9, 2020

Tehran (Season 1)

An espionage thriller that tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy. Watch here

Premiered: Sept. 25, 2020

Ted Lasso (Season 1)

Jason Sudeikis plays American college football coach takes over as head coach of U.K. Premiere League soccer team AFC Richmond. Watch here

Premiered: Aug. 14, 2020

Oprah leads intimate discussions with today’s foremost newsmakers, thought leaders, and masters of their craft. Watch here

Premiered: July 30, 2020

Little Voice (Season 1)

A romantic comedy-drama about a singer-songwriter who struggles to be heard and find herself. Watch here

Premiered: July 10, 2020

Central Park (Season 1)

A musical comedy animated series from the creators of Bob’s Burgers, about the family of the Central Park groundskeeper and their attempts to foil the wealthy old woman who wants to buy and destroy the park. Watch here

Premiered: May 29, 2020

Fraggle Rock (Seasons 1-4)

Apple will reboot the classic Jim Henson show from the 1980s, but in the meantime, it has all four original seasons. This is a rare case where Apple TV+ has a library of old content. Watch here

Premiered: May 27, 2020

Mythic Quest (Quarantine Special)

A special filmed remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, detailing how the Mythic Quest staff is dealing with remote work. Watch here

Premiered: May 22, 2020

Trying (Season 1)

A British comedy series that follows a couple who want to become parents but are struggling to conceive. Watch here

Premiered: May 1, 2020

Home Before Dark (Season 1)

the life of young Hilde Lysiak, a girl moves from New York to the small lakeside town her father is from, and investigates the town’s old mystery. Watch here

Premiered: April 3, 2020

Amazing Stories (Season 1)

An anthology of fantastical tales, reviving the acclaimed 1985 TV series. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, among others. Watch here

Premiered: March 6, 2020

Mythic Quest (Season 1)

A comedy that follows the video game studio that produces the popular fictional online RPG Mythic Quest. Watch here

Premiered: Feb. 7, 2020

Little America (Season 1)

An anthology series the true stories of immigrants in America. Watch here

Premiered: Jan. 17, 2020

Truth Be Told (Season 1)

A true crime podcaster investigates the case of a convicted killer she previously painted as the murderer, who now claims he was framed. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 6, 2019

Servant (Season 1)

A psychological horror series executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 28, 2019

Helpsters (Season 1)

An educational series produced by Sesame Workshop. A group of monsters work together to help solve the problems of customers who enter their shop through teamwork and problem solving. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

Oprah’s Book Club (Season 1)

A stand-alone version of the popular “Oprah’s Book Club” segment on her talk show. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

Ghostwriter (Season 1)

A revival of the 1992 TV series, where four kids help a ghost in a bookstore solve mysteries that bring to life characters from the books. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

Dickinson (Season 1)

A half-hour comedy-drama about the life of Emily Dickinson that blends period-era trappings with modern sensibilities, music, and dialogue. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

See (Season 1)

Hundreds of years after a plague kills most of humanity and robs the rest of their sight, a pair of twins are born who can see. Jason Momoa plays their adoptive father. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

The Morning Show (Season 1)

A drama about the production of a fictional morning news show amidst a sexual misconduct scandal. Features big-name stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Billy Crudup. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

For All Mankind (Season 1)

How would history play out differently if the Soviet Union landed on the Moon before the United States? Watch here.

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

Limited series

These limited series are comprised of multiple episodes, but are not expected to have multiple seasons or continue in an ongoing basis.



the French series of the same name, using audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell nine short-form stories. Each episode follows a mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average, unconnected phone conversations that quickly become surreal. Watch here

Premiered: March 19, 2021

A six-part nature documentary series that films animals at night using new technology to capture full natural color. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 4, 2020

Becoming You

Told through the eyes of hundreds of kids around the globe, this six-part documentary series shows how kids grow up from birth to age five. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 13, 2020

A six-part nature documentary about the lives of some of the smallest creatures in the wild. Watch here

Premiered: Oct. 2, 2020

Long Way Up

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles up from Argentina to Los Angeles. It is similar in style and scope to their previous outings in Long Way Round and Long Way Down. Watch here

Premiered: Sept. 18, 2020

Seven famous athletes discuss their moments of greatness. Presented in a hybrid of live action and special effects. Watch here

Premiered: July 10, 2020


A documentary series inspired by the “Dear Apple” ad campaign. Celebrities read letters by people whose lives they have changed through their work. Watch here

Premiered: June 5, 2020

A remote-produced version of Helpsters made during the COVID-19 pandemic, staring the helpful monster Cody as she helps kids deal with what to do when life doesn’t go as expected. Watch here

Premiered: April 24, 2020

Defending Jacob

the novel of the same name, parents deal with the accusation that their 14-year-old boy may have committed murder. Stars Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery. Watch here

Premiered: April 24, 2020

A series of six shorts filmed remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Fraggles talking to each other in remote caves. Watch here

Premiered: April 21, 2020


A documentary series that examines the inspiration behind some very creative living spaces. Watch here

Premiered: April 17, 2020

Oprah has remote conversations with experts and people facing challenges to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit. Watch here

Premiered: March 21, 2020

Visible: Out on Television

A five-episode documentary series about the representation of LGBTQ+ people in television, on-screen and off. Watch here

Premiered: Feb. 14, 2020

A dozen animated shorts in which Snoopy becomes a NASA astronaut and goes into space. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019

Movies, short films, and specials

Apple TV+ is home to a fair number of original movies, too. Some of the movies saw a limited theatrical release, but are listed here by the date they were made available on Apple TV+.



A young Ohio man takes a wild journey through love, military service, PTSD, drug addiction, and crime. Watch here

Premiered: March 12, 2021

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

A documentary that tells of the meteoric rise of singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. Watch here

Premiered: Feb. 26, 2021


Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer gets jail and tries to put his life together, and finds himself taking care of a unique young 7-year old kid. Watch here

Premiered: Jan. 29, 2021


An animated film in which a young apprentice hunter journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, she befriends a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 11, 2020

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special

Mariah Carey talks to a big list of celebs as she moves from one musical number to the next. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 4, 2020

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds

A documentary about the study and cultural impact of meteorites and deep impacts sites. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 13, 2020

On the Rocks

Laura thinks she’s happily married, but when her husband starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to her father Felix, who insists they investigate the situation. Watch here

Premiered: Oct. 23, 2020

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You

Behind the scenes of the recording of Springsteen’s latest album “Letter To You.” Watch here

Premiered: Oct. 23, 2020

Boys State

A documentary film that dives into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Watch here

Premiered: Aug. 14, 2020


Tom Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who is tasked with protecting a convoy of ships across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. Watch here

Premiered: July 10, 2020


A documentary film celebrating fatherhood featuring testimonials of Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minhaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith and more. Watch here

Premiered: June 19, 2020

Beastie Boys Story

A live documentary retrospective of the Beastie Boys, as told by Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). Watch here

Premiered: April 24, 2020

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

An animated short family film where a seven-year-old learns about the wonders of the world from his parents and the Museum of Everything. Watch here

Premiered: April 17, 2020

The Banker

Businessmen Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris devise a plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans buy homes. They train a working-class white man to pose as the face of their real estate and banking empire. Watch here

Premiered: March 20, 2020


Hala Masood is a seventeen year old Pakistani American Muslim girl struggling with the clash of her family’s values versus her desires. Watch here

Premiered: Dec. 6, 2019

The Elephant Queen

Follow elephant matriarch Athena as she leads her family across the African landscape in search of water during a drought. Watch here

Premiered: Nov. 1, 2019


Apple TV+ review: It’s cheap entertainment, but there’s not a lot of it

Apple Is Willing to Sacrifice Apple TV for Apple TV+

The debut of Apple TV+ makes the streaming TV market just a little more competitive–and splintered. As to whether Apple’s service can hold its own with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the other big players, the jury is still out.

On the bright side, Apple TV+ is pretty cheap at $4.99 per month. And if you bought a new a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or MacBook after September 10, you get a year of the service on the house.

If you want to try before you buy, there’s a free seven-day trial available to all who are willing to create an Apple ID and provide a credit card number.

Don’t have an Apple device? You can stream via a web browser, and the Apple TV+ app is also available for Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, select Samsung smart TVs, and TVs from LG and Vizio that support Apple AirPlay 2. Apple promises that list will grow.

I purchased a new Apple TV 4K box, and since your Apple ID knows and sees all, the device already knew who I was when I hooked it up. Upon launch, Apple TV+ immediately offers a button to start your free year. (Your account is then automatically active on all your Apple devices, or at least the ones with the latest version of iOS.)


For All Mankind featured on the Apple TV+ interface.

The interface is much the old iTunes store, with sliding banners trumpeting the featured shows, and attractive, individual buttons to click on specific programs.

The touchpad on the Apple TV 4K's remote is quite sensitive, so it takes a little practice to maneuver around the screen and select the correct item, not to mention pausing and unpausing a show without inadvertently fast-forwarding 20 minutes ahead.

Apple TV 4K

Apple allows subscribers to share their Apple TV+ subscriptions with up to five other family members, but since this depends on Apple’s Family Sharing program, it’s meant only for family members in the same household. There can be only one organizer in the family group, and the people the organizer invites to join the group must accept the invitation using an Apple device.


The main screen for The Morning Show, as seen on Apple TV+.

Netflix and Amazon Prime, Apple TV+ also allows users to download content to watch offline. The service can make the most of high-end home entertainment systems, boasting 4K picture quality with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.

As of today, however, less than half of American households have upgraded to those sound and picture levels. As with 3D, it’s perhaps still not yet clear how widely those standards will catch on.

But even if viewers only have lowly 1080p displays, the quality is still exceptional.

Apple TV+ launched with nine new programs (eight series and a documentary), and the app allows users to link cable subscriptions, and subscriptions to other streaming services Amazon Prime, into the Apple TV+ interface. (As of now, however, Netflix is not one of the options.

) Other entertainment options will pop up in the menu, Spider-Man: Far from Home, for example, but un Netflix, users can’t simply click on these titles and start watching. Rather, these are just links to the iTunes store, which allows users to buy or rent the movie for an additional cost. Of the nine available programs, I checked out the five biggest options.

This Macworld article has a complete list of what’s available and what’s coming to Apple TV+.



A distraught Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) gets a hug from her fired co-host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) in The Morning Show.

The most hyped release on the new service stars three comic heavyweights—Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell—in addition to an impressive supporting cast of familiar faces.

The Morning Show is torn from the headlines, detailing an incident in the #MeToo movement, as popular talk show host Mitch Kessler (Carell) is fired for having had multiple affairs with production assistants and interns, leaving his co-host of 15 years, Alex Levy (Aniston) in an existential tailspin.

Meanwhile, a correspondent for a right-wing network, Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) has become a viral sensation after going off on a protestor at the re-opening of a mine, and is somehow catapulted into Mitch’s chair.

Despite the presence of the three stars, The Morning Show is—perhaps surprisingly—rarely funny. It’s not meant to be, but it looks a comedy, and that expectation could disappoint many viewers.

Perhaps more disappointingly, it can’t quite balance an edgy exploration of the complexities of #MeToo with its relatively standard soap opera center. For every unexpectedly brilliant scene detailing sexual double standards, there are many others full of regular anguished emoting.

Apple TV+ offered three one-hour episodes, and it’s perhaps too soon to give up, but my initial impression is an uneven one.



Astronaut Edward Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) flies a mission in an alternate-reality version of the U.S.-Russian space race in For All Mankind.

If See is short on writing and long on visuals, For All Mankind is the opposite. It’s a smart, touching, and highly engaging alternate-reality show (think The Man in the High Castle), that frequently looks awful, with too-close, shaky, hand-held camerawork.

It’s 1969, but in this reality, the Russians have landed on the moon a month before the Americans. It begins by focusing on Edward Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman, from the great, underrated series The Killing), a fictitious astronaut who, in this world, flew the Apollo 10, the “dress rehearsal” leading up to Apollo 11.

The defeat by the Russians leaves him distraught and angry, and he gets himself in trouble, and thereby demoted to a desk job.

Meanwhile, the Apollo 11 flight goes quite differently from the way it happened in our reality.

This show—which, oddly, shares the name of a classic documentary about the actual Apollo program—looks to continue in an interesting vein, exploring the us-versus-them competition that led to some of the century’s greatest scientific achievements.

Even the women here seem to have just a little bit more going on than the typical “waiting, worrying” characters we usually see in space-related material. Once again, the service launched with three, one-hour episodes.



The unflappable mother elephant Athena leads her children to water and safety in the documentary The Elephant Queen.

Better than anything else at the moment, this nature documentary really shows off how well Apple TV+ can deliver resonant sound and a sparkling picture.

Happily, The Elephant Queen is also a fascinating, and incredibly touching movie about a mother elephant making a dangerous journey across Kenya in search of water.

She leads her entire family, including several small calves, who are alternately adorable and heartbreaking.

Directors Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble take into account an entire ecosystem, all the other animals that affect and are affected by the elephants, including frogs, chameleons, killifish, terrapins, and, yes, dung-beetles. There’s also a doofus gosling named “Stephen” who gets lost and provides some comic relief. Chiwetel Ejiofor provides the elegant, spellbinding narration, creating powerful drama to go with the beautiful pictures.

The documentary perhaps relies a bit too heavily on a Lion King-inspired music score, and occasionally the dazzling cinematography draws attention to itself—viewers might ask, “how did they get that shot?”—but for the most part, it’s seamless storytelling. The mesmerizing images will even entertain small kids, although parents should know there are images of death and some mating rituals. the gate, this one is Apple TV+’s clear winner.

Should you subscribe?

Apple TV+’s smartest move was to give away all those free one-year subscriptions. As a brand-new service with a totally unknown quantity, it would have been an uphill battle to get people to pay for shows they hadn’t seen and that hadn’t developed any word of mouth.

(Conversely, Netflix and Amazon Prime were both services people already had when they launched their streaming content.) Despite the hype behind The Morning Show, so far none of the new content is must-see, water-cooler quality.

Also, given that Apple TV+ is not, so far, showing licensed content from other studios, the service’s offerings are a little skimpy at launch. So, everything rides on what’s coming up, both in terms of quality and quantity.

Apple will need to keep up a supreme level of constant content creation to stay relevant, but fortunately, the company is big enough that it could pull it off. Consider the talent it’s already landed: even Oprah Winfrey will have an Apple TV+ show.

Other future entertainments are said to include a reboot of Amazing Stories, supervised by Steven Spielberg; a version of A Christmas Carol with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds; and a crime show starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.

The key will be keeping viewers continuously curious about what’s coming up, just long enough to pay their $4.99 each month.

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