TV streaming services seem ten a penny at the moment, and one of the newer offerings is Apple TV Plus. There are some pretty big names working on shows and movies for the new service..

Continuing in the footsteps of rivals like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu, Apple TV has commissioned lots of exclusive shows. Setting it apart from the competition, you’ll only find Apple original content on the service, so there’s little in the way of big movies or huge back catalogs. Even so, Apple has no problems finding funding for TV making, so they’ve paid people like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Bill Murray, and Stephen Speilberg to come on board and get creative.

Apple picked up a 2020 Emmy for Witherspoon work on the drama The Morning Show, and Long Way Up is on there as well – Ewan McGregor and his buddy Charley Boorman go on adventures with electric motorbikes.

If you’ve invested in a piece of Apple kit of late, you’ve probably already got free access to the service. Not sure where to start? Here are the top picks of Richard Trenholm for cnet

Long Way Up

Following on from previous “Long Way…” series, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride their motorbikes from South America up to LA. There’s a fresh take on the old series, with the pair riding on electric motorbikes this time. It’s been online since September 18 and new episodes will appear weekly through Apple TV Plus. 


Directed by Tom Hanks, Greyhound is a WW2 thriller about the shipping convoys on the Atlantic and the submarines sent to hunt them down. It’s a huge movie for the platform – Apple picked it up when it couldn’t make it into cinemas due to the pandemic. 

The Morning Show

With Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both producing and starring, this series takes on office politics and #metoo. A network TV channel has to deal with the bad behavior of its host, Steve Carrell, and Billy Crudup gives a great performance that earned him the Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The cast is strong and the ideas timely, it’ well worth a watch.

Little America

Little America is the story of normal people with big dreams. The stellar cast recounts the story of immigrants with tales that are at once funny, romantic, sweet, and oftentimes surprising to boot. 

Beastie Boys Story

Still fighting for your partying rights? The Beastie Boys – Mike Diamond, or Mike D, and Adam Horovitz, or Ad-Rock – go through their music and tell stories including their 40-year friendship with the now-deceased Adam Yauch (MCA). It’s touted as a “live documentary experience” and was directed by Spike Jonze, an old friend, and long-standing collaborator who tells the legend well. 

Ted Lasso

Don’t know soccer? Don’t let it get in the way of your enjoyment of Ted Lasso. Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence of Scrubs creating fame produce the story that follows an inept sports coach taking the helm of a new team. It’s a kind of a cross between Friday Night Lights and Saturday Night Live.


A Muslim girl works to find her identity amidst her conservative home ideals and her life as a high-schooler. It’s a coming-of-age tale and very relatable. 


This post-apocalyptic drama starring Jason Momoa has him as the seeing king in a world of the blind. See’s premise is that everyone has lost their sight and is deftly written by Steve Knight, who created Peaky Blinders. There’s a hint of Game of Thrones fantasy with character arcs and bloody violence to keep everyone happy.  

For All Mankind

How big a leap of mankind’s imagination does this show require? It’s an alternative imagining of history in which Russia landed on the moon first, so the US works to get a woman up there next. 

Defending Jacob

Chris Evans takes the lead in this rather dark drama about a legal battle, a family, and a murder mystery in Massachusetts. You might find the story of Defending Jacob familiar in the plot, and the characters will pull you in and leave you wanting more. 


This is a weird show for Apple to put out. It’s most definitely not a film about the poet Emily Dickson. The show is provocative for sure and takes plenty of risks. It stars Hallee Steinfield as the celebrated poet, mixing period comedy, 21st-century music, and unusual visuals. 


From the same director who bought us Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan presents Servant in his typical style of creepy domestic drama. The show was created and written by Tony Basgallop which tells the story of two parents who adopt a hyperrealistic doll after the death of their kid. They work through their grief, but lies and danger live in the nursery.   

Truth Be Told

True crime fans are in for a treat with Truth Be Told, taking its lead from the success of true crime podcasts but turning it into fiction. The cast is led by Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer; a prisoner and a podcaster brought together by a historic crime years earlier. The series starts with a whodunnit that brings together their families to entertain us with their characters. It’s in the same vein as true crime docs like Making a Murderer and The Staircase and dramas such as Little Big Lies.