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Apple TV+ is a Seriously Underrated Streaming Service

Recently, a new streaming player has entered the fray: Apple TV+. The success of Netflix and Prime Video as streaming giants has long been established, and Apple TV+ is slowly gaining a loyal following too.

Since its November 2019 premiere, Apple TV+ has continually produced exciting, ambitious, and distinctive programming, earning it a reputation as one of the top sources for original streaming series and films. Apple’s in-house streaming service has a slightly different approach than other popular streaming platforms. They focus almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing shows or movies. Additionally, their TV shows are never released all at once.

There is a steady stream of terrific content arriving on Apple TV+ every week, with new shows and movies being added all the time. Considering Apple TV+, but not sure if it's worth it? Check out this resource that features the most popular shows and movies available on the exciting new streaming platform.

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Must-Watch Apple TV+ Movies

1. Greyhound (2020)

Based on C.S. Forester's novel The Good Shepherd, the movie portrays an inexperienced US Navy captain (Tom Hanks) who must lead an Allied convoy trailed by a German submarine wolf pack a few months after the United States' entry into World War II. While chasing down the attacking submarines, the US Navy commander battles the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea, and deep fatigue as he crosses the Atlantic for the first time.

Greyhound is an intense naval war movie that entertains from beginning to end. The fight is relentless and deeply technical, while the shots are visually spectacular. Don't miss this one!

2. The Banker (2020)

African-American entrepreneurs Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris formulate a strategy to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by assisting other African Americans in purchasing properties. They prepare a working-class white guy to represent their real estate and banking businesses.

Inspired by real events, The Banker is an enjoyable watch with fantastic actors, excellent writing, and beautiful cinematography. The plot moves along at a reasonable clip, and there's a decent balance of drama and humor to keep things moving. Social commentary is woven into the plot without being hammered home. This is a significant story from American history and one that deserves to be known.

3. Wolfwalkers (2020)

This stunning animated film tells the story of a young apprentice hunter who travels to Ireland with her father to eliminate the remaining wolf pack. During her exploration of forbidden lands outside the city walls, she befriends a member of a mysterious tribe that can turn into wolves at night.

While the premise isn't anything novel, the film does present it in a way that seems completely fresh and creative. There are lovely themes of unification, kindness toward animals, and a gentle push for individuals to venture outside their own comfort zone to see the world in a new light. From start to finish, Wolfwalkers is a fun and visually appealing experience.

4. CODA (2021)

Adapted from the French film La Famille Belier (The Bélier Family), this multiple award-winning feature chronicles the heartwarming story of Ruby Rossi, the lone hearing member of a deaf family. Ruby has a beautiful voice and a passion for music. Her music teacher discovers her talent and encourages her to pursue her dreams. However, she finds herself at a crossroads when her family's fishing business is threatened, forcing her to decide whether to pursue her passion for music or abandon her family.

This emotional drama went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. Though the story is simple, the delivery keeps you engaged. It’s a lovely, well-crafted film that deserves all the accolades.

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5. Come from Away (2021)

Filmed live on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the remarkable true story of 38 flights grounded in Gander, Newfoundland, a small Canadian town, during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. What happens is the joy of humanity when the town opens its heart and welcomes all the 7,000-odd stranded passengers in this uplifting musical full of hope.

The story's tone is excellent. The musical numbers are fantastic, and the songs are memorable. You'll laugh, cry, and laugh some more. This musical will offer you hope for humankind in these difficult times.

6. Finch (2021)

Set on a dangerous and ravaged post-apocalyptic Earth, this is the story of Finch (Tom Hanks), who embarks on a poignant and emotional adventure to find a new home for his beloved dog and a new robot he has developed. 

Finch is a heartwarming and compassionate film from the director of the Game of Thrones series that will leave you smiling, laughing, and crying. This is light entertainment aimed at families. The life lessons, the emotional connections presented between Finch, his robot, and his dog, along with the action-packed, tense situations make it worth watching.

7. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

In director Joel Coen's fearless and daring adaptation of Shakespeare's king-killing epic, Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand play the lead roles. The Tragedy of Macbeth is shot in black and white with minimal staging. Denzel Washington plays Macbeth, who starts out low-key before becoming consumed by his thirst for power and murdering his way to power. In time, however, he unravels under the influence of Frances McDormand's scheming Lady Macbeth.

The film looks and sounds fantastic. The direction, set design, sound design, and so on are all top-notch. The scenes involving the three witches will linger in your mind for a long time. The movie's black-and-white color scheme adds to its eerie atmosphere. The Tragedy of Macbeth starts slowly but builds up to a dramatic conclusion. Keep an eye out for Washington's outstanding performance.

8. Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)

Cha Cha Real Smooth is a delightful coming-of-age movie about wayward 22-year-old Andrew, who starts working as a Bar Mitzvah party host and gets a new lease on life after striking up an unusual bond with a young mom and her autistic daughter.

This is the sweetest, freshest, and most heartfelt movie of recent times. The script is thoroughly original, warm, and witty, and the direction is sensitive and assured. This beautiful and heartwarming story evokes each emotion in unique and engaging ways.

Apple TV+ Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

9. The Morning Show (2019– )

The series takes you behind the scenes of a morning show. It gives you a candid look at what makes the show work and the lives of the people involved. Integrating real-world themes and creating characters you'll either love or hate, the show is always a delight to watch. It boasts a stellar cast that includes the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass, who never fail to impress.

The Morning Show may start a bit slow for some but stick with it because it gets better as the show goes on.

10. See (2019–2022)

This sci-fi drama is set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone is blind, and a mad queen sends out witchfinders in search of folks who can see. Despite its odd premise, See succeeds thanks to its rich world-building, inspired blind-fighting, and engaging generational character drama. Jason Momoa plays Baba Voss, a hero you will root for in this stunning series shot in the Canadian wilds.

This show is so enjoyable and unique - with a beautiful soundtrack, an interesting premise, stellar photography, and breathtaking battle sequences. The relationship between the main characters is beautifully portrayed with some incredible acting from the cast. See had the sense to stick with just three seasons, with the concluding episode providing a satisfactory conclusion.

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11. For All Mankind (2019– )

For All Mankind takes place in an alternate world where the Soviet Union successfully manages to land men on the moon in 1969 before the USA does. Shocked by the defeat, NASA is now presented with a renewed challenge in the space race they never expected to face. This show, created by Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica veteran Ronald D. Moore, combines riveting, scientifically accurate space action with layered characters. For All Mankind has gorgeous visuals, and the way it intertwines real-life footage with fiction is remarkable. It's an intense sci-fi series that must be watched by any true sci-fi fan.

12. Ted Lasso (2020– )

Apple’s breakout hit came out of seemingly nowhere but boasts four wins at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, including back-to-back wins for Outstanding Comedy Series for both its first and second seasons. The comedy, which stars Jason Sudeikis, centers on American college football coach Ted Lasso, who heads to London to manage AFC Richmond, a struggling English Premier League football team while wrestling with a messy divorce.

Football is an essential part of this ongoing show, but it's not the focus. Instead, what you get is a band of charming, imperfect characters that will steal your heart.

On the surface, this show seems goofy and fun. But once you are a few episodes in, you will realize what a beautiful story the creators are trying to tell. If you need something heartwarming and life-affirming to watch right now, look no further than Ted Lasso

13. The Snoopy Show (2021– )

If you loved reading the Peanuts comic strips by Charles M. Schulz back in the day, then you must check out The Snoopy Show on Apple TV+. Follow Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, and their wacky gang of friends on many new adventures in this adorable animated series. The show includes all of the classic Peanuts tropes: the Red Baron, the cute red-haired girl, the kite-eating tree, and more.

Further, the show's vignette-based format allows for more stories than just Snoopy all the time, meaning we get to spend more time with characters such as Sally, Linus, Schroeder, and others. The animation is pretty and does its best to emulate the classic specials. The Snoopy Show has everything a classic Peanuts fan will enjoy. It's wholesome, cute, authentic, and faithful to the original comic strips.

14. Defending Jacob (2020)

Based on the novel of the same name, the limited drama series stars Chris Evans as a father having to defend his teen son Jacob, who's been accused of murdering his schoolmate Ben. Amidst the intense scrutiny of the media and the townspeople, Andy and Laurie do everything to protect their son, leaving the audience with the ultimate question: what if Jacob did it?

Defending Jacob is a sick thriller with plenty of twists and turns. It’s a realistic take on what is likely to occur in such a case.

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15. Slow Horses (2022 – )

The story of Slow Horses revolves around a dysfunctional MI5 team that has messed up in their careers and been banished to a satellite office far from the main MI5 offices. However, despite the odds stacked against them, the team gets things done and sees real threats before anyone else.

Slow Horses is a solid spy thriller with an impressive cast of characters, most notably Gary Oldman as chief agent Jackson Lamb. The rest of the cast all play their roles very well. A large part of this series' appeal comes from the ensemble cast. The mood, intrigue, and pace of the story are superb. If you like British spy stuff, this series should be on your watch list. The show has had two seasons so far, and it has already been renewed for a couple more seasons.

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