Apple TV+ launched with 7 brand new TV shows and a documentary movie on Nov 1, 2019. Apple TV+ is a video-on-demand service with exclusive shows and movies to the platform. It is unclear how future shows will roll out but on initial launch, a handful of shows dropped 3 episodes and some a full season all at once.
The Morning Show is probably the big ‘flagship’ show for Apple TV+ with most of the marketing and star power going to this show. Unfortunately, the first two episodes of the series feel completely rushed and not very special however the third episode is when things start to develop. The Morning Show stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell.
SEE is a fantasy science fiction series which stars Jason Mamoa in a future world where almost everyone is born blind. The population is forced to split off into tribes and every part of the world poses a danger. SEE is one of Apple TV+’s more visually interesting and engaging shows though a couple of awkward scenes in the first two episodes may deter viewers from continuing with the show.
Dickinson stars Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson in a highly stylized show that chronicles her trials and tribulations as a teenager who aspires to write poetry in the 1800s. Dickinson merges vintage wardrobe and sets with modern-day slang and music – some have praised the outcome while others are enraged. Either way – Dickinson is probably the coolest and most fun show to watch thus far on Apple TV+.
For All Mankind was the first trailer shown when Apple TV+ was announced and seemed like it may be a popular flagship show for the new platform but I fear that it will most likely get lost in the shuffle. The reasons are numerous but mostly because it is a fictional period piece about the space program in the 1960s and because it wavers back and forth between leading male and female protagonists. The show dramatically improves by the third episode so we’ll see how things go as things progress.
The rest of Apple TV+ launch shows include Snoopy in Space, Helpsters and Ghostwriter which are all geared to a younger audience and released as an entire season. Finally, The Elephant Queen is a stand-alone documentary about life in the jungle following a family of elephants.