The 25 Best Shows On Apple TV+ Right Now (February 2023)

Apple TV+ launched in November 2019 amid a sea of other also-emerging streaming services. Three years later, the tech giant’s foray into original content has carved out some solid niches that should help it maintain a foothold. That’s right, whereas Netflix is dominating the stand-up comedy realm, and Peacock delivers a classic TV library like no one else, Apple TV+ is crushing the comedies series realm.

Yet there’s an also surprising amount of variety (including sci-fi, thriller, and darker-comedy series) on this service. To help you wrap your arms around it all, we rounded up the top 25 shows on Apple TV+.

Last updated on February 1, 2023.

1. Ted Lasso

Year(s): 2020 –
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein, Juno Temple, Brendan Hunt
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (33 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

This show’s viral ubiquity kicked off this streaming service’s wave successful comedy series, which now includes Mythic Quest and The Afterparty. Back before Apple TV+ even existed, though, the eponymous (and eternally charming) soccer coach’s origin story went back to NBC Olympic coverage promos from nearly a decade ago. Someone brilliant decided to greenlight the idea of giving Jason Sudeikis’ alter ego his own show, and from there, the show turned into a phenomenal success before backlash set in — because the the Internet simply cannot let happiness exist. (And that’s only further evidence that Ted Lasso has made an impact.) One can expect Season 3 to address this in some way, but don’t worry about Ted Lasso. He won’t let a few naysayers get him down, unless we’re talking about tea, which he believes tastes “like hot brown water.” I agree wholeheartedly. This show really does have something for everyone!

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2. Dickinson

Year(s): 2019 – 2021
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (30 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Literary history inspired into one of the most ultramodern series of recent years, as odd as it sounds, in this show that pleased legions while still managing to be underrated. Hailee Steinfeld gave a commanding performance as the iconic American poet with a flair for the unconventional, both on the page and in her personal life. Of course, this is not a standard retelling of the life of this poet, who was thought to be a recluse but transforms into a rebel on the small screen. Still, even tweaks of the truth didn’t stop the show from being faithful to what Dickinson wrote in her letters, and somehow, the layering of fantasy atop the truth made the show even more reliable in communicating the spirit of the poet. As a bonus, Season 2 includes both writing and an onscreen emergence from Ayo Edebiri (who broke out in 2022 with The Bear).

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3. Physical

Year(s): 2021 –
Starring: Rose Byrne, Murray Bartlett, Rory Scoval
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (20 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

It’s worth mentioning that Rose Byrne previously portrayed Gloria Steinem (Mrs. America), and this role feels like a continuation of that feminist arc. At times pitch black, this show is much more than aerobics, as it turns out. Byrne glides right into the spandex-covered layers of an endlessly frustrated housewife who struggles mightily against an eating disorder and finds refuge in channelling her body image issues into a different kind of obsession. Rather, make that a brand of obsession. She’s soon at the top of the 1980s fitness video craze with a rival played by Murray Bartlett of White Lotus notoriety. As they both know, they’d better work it.

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4. For All Mankind

Year(s): 2019 –
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt
Genre: Sci-Fi-Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (30 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

This phenomenal series, ironically enough given the subject matter, suffered from a slow liftoff when it surfaced amid a lunar sea of other first-generation Apple TV+ shows. (Aniston, Reese, and Momoa do tend to attract attention, so yep, that checks out.) Fortunately, word of mouth eventually drove enough interest to spark renewal after renewal, and Season 4 will be forthcoming. This alternate-history take on the space race shows exactly how much one tiny tweak to the timeline can change matters. That is to say, the U.S. loses the space race to the Soviet Union in 1969, and that changes everything. Joel Kinnaman plays Ed Baldwin, a frontrunner U.S. astronaut, and the show almost effortlessly blends these characters’ personal and professional worlds.

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5. Mythic Quest

Year(s): 2020 –
Starring: Rob McElhenney, Ashley Burch, F. Murray Abraham, Charlotte Nicdao
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (31 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Always Sunny pals Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day did it again, even if only one of them stars in this series that made workplace comedy fresh. Our own Brian Grubb can’t stop raving about this show because it somehow pulls of “the highest level execution of a genre that has worked forever,” and perhaps that’s partially because these characters are doing what they love for a living. That adds some flavor of its own, especially when conflict strikes. Also, Snoop Dogg showed up and got Rob high during an early call time. A+ idea.

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6. Servant

Year(s): 2019 –
Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint
Genre: Horror/Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 4 (40 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

M. Night Shyamalan’s movies might be hit-and-miss, but this series has stayed consistent in delivering upon well-laid arcs full of suspense and mysteries that don’t (at least not yet) carry too much in the “gotcha” realm. Those punches are why a lot of people gave up on Shyamalan’s films sometime around The Village and haven’t looked back, but show’s an altogether different creature. Perhaps he should have been showrunning all along? The painstakingly crafted storytelling of this series (which began with a Philly couple attempting to overcome the loss of their infant) takes us miles away from the quick wrap-ups of his usual fare, and the fourth season will soon show if the writing can truly overcome the Shyamalan-ending curveball curse. Fingers crossed.

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7. Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Them Puppets
Genre: Family
Rating: TV-G
Seasons: 1 (13 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Miss you, Jim Henson. The best news here is that, if everyone on Earth would only watch this series, perhaps humanity could heal itself. Wars could end, and I’m not even exaggerating. Get this show in front of Putin. Perhaps this could make him see through the eyes of these zany puppets, who impart life lessons and ruminate upon the importance of getting down to coexisting, despite the difficulties inherent in getting the Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs to all do their part in making that magic happen. There’s also, tellingly, a literal Echo Chamber in this season. Oh boy.

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8. Severance

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Patricia Arquette
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (9 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

The idea of work-life balance got skewered in this Ben Stiller-directed series that takes huge swings in the satire department. This unsettling show presents a world where “severed” employees have completely distinct personalities at work and at home. Naturally, too much self-awareness and crossover is eventually bound to happen, and let’s just say that Adam Scott’s prior experience in the workplace comedy realm makes him even more effective in this thriller series. As the cliché goes, not everything is what it seems, and the workplace of this show is even more cult-like than one could have imagined.

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9. Shining Girls

Year(s): 2022
Starring: Elizabeth Moss
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Elizabeth Moss might be the Queen of Streaming after having harnessed the trailblazing energy of her Mad Men character into stunning career turns. The Handmaid’s Tale star took some detours into horror, including The Invisible Man and also this Apple TV+ show, in which is based upon the Lauren Beukes novel and earned the coveted Stephen King endorsement: “This is exactly what streaming was made for.” The story follows Moss as a newspaper archivist attempting to overcome her own trauma when she becomes involved with a case that bears a startling resemblance to what she endured. Wagner Moura (Narcos) plays a reporter who attempts to help her unravel what happened, and the lines between genres blur, along with the minds of all who get wrapped into the mystery.

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10. Slow Horses

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Gary Oldman, Olivia Cooke
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (12 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

A whole lot of Gary Oldman farts will be had in this series, which is now in the thick of season 2. Yet don’t let that frequent display distract you from the failed spymastering of his group full of of British intelligence f*ck-ups. Olivia Cooke and Jack Bowden co-star, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll move past their collective “slow horse” reputation through a series of crises. Yet mainly, it’s nice to see an espionage-focused TV show that puts a fresh, and bumbling, spin on the genre with all those super Krasinski-spies running rampant on streaming.

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11. Black Bird

Year(s): 2022
Starring: Taron Egerton, Ray Liotta, Paul Walter Houser
Genre: True crime dramatization
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

This limited series brings us one of Ray Liotta’s final onscreen appearances, and yes, you’ll soon see him in the flat-out crazy Cocaine Bear, but first, prepare yourself for six hours of flat-out intensity. Liotta portrays Big Jim Keene, a veteran cop and dad to Taron Egerton’s Jimmy in this Dennis Lehane-produced adaptation of Jimmy’s In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption memoir. The drug-dealing Jimmy does end up in hell, meaning that he takes an FBI deal to go undercover at a max-security prison, where he ends up tangling with Larry Hall, a serial killer played by Paul Walter Hauser. Surely, you’ve seen his work before, and he’s at his unsettling best in this unyieldingly tense series that never takes its foot off the gas.

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12. Foundation

Year(s): 2021 –
Starring: Lee Pace, Jared Harris
Genre: Sci-Fi/Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Lee Pace fans rejoiced (and Jared Harris followers weren’t mad, either) at the gorgeous first season of the Isaac Asimov adaptation, which spread no detail while bringing the classic work to life. Actually, I need to back up and re-stress the thirst factor from Pace fans, but then I’ll say that, yes, the substance of this show delivers, too. Sci-fi addicts finally got to see Asimov’s battle to rebuild civilization after Harris’ prophet got his butt declared heretical when he dared to predict that humanity was on its last legs, and dire action was needed in the form of The Foundation. This is a good followup to watching Dune on HBO while waiting for the second installment of both properties.

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13. See

Year(s): 2019 – 2022
Starring: Jason Momoa, Hera Hilmar, Sylvia Hoeks, Dave Bautista
Genre: Drama/Action
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (24 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Jason Momoa rides again in furs in this series, in which he portrayed Baba Voss, a warrior who helps to lead one faction of humanity after a virus wiped away vision, which made for a compelling premise. As always, Momoa put every ounce of energy possible into this show, which cruelly provides lush visuals even though nearly 100% of its characters cannot enjoy them. It’s a wild and wooly series that is so absurd at times (there’s a masturbating queen), and Dave Bautista showed up in Season 2 with a familial vendetta, which didn’t exactly turn into a buddy comedy, before a Season 3 finish for one of the most daring shows on this streaming service thus far.

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14. The Morning Show

Year(s): 2019 –
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup
Genre: Dramedy-ish
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (20 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

You gotta hand it to Billy Crudup, who manages to be the greatest part (and some might say the Kermit the Frog) of this series that began as the “Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as rivals with a side of Steve Carell” intended juggernaut of Apple TV. The series turned into a headliner, for sure, but it evolved into a product that moves past its original subject matter: fallout from sexual conduct scandal at a high-profile lite-news show. The show’s taken intense dives (also into systemic racism) despite the sunshine product within its fold, and Crudup has had so much fun playing a chief instigator while also attempting to keep the whole joint together. Later this year, we should see round three of this series, but rest assured that no one will be more fun to watch than Crudup.

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15. Little America

Year(s): 2020 –
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Peggy Lu, Mélanie Laurent
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (20 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Kumail Nanjiani’s name might get you in the door, but he’s only one of the creators, which also include his wife, Emily V. Gordon, and Lee Eisenberg. Together, they guide viewers through an anthologized batch of stories about the immigrant stories in America. Although anthologies can be accused of not going deep enough (given the vast amount of territory that they cover), that’s not the case here. Each episode brings something entirely different to the table, frequently with humor as well as heartwarming touches.

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16. Truth Be Told

Year(s): 2019 –
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union, Kate Hudson, Aaron Paul
Genre: Drama/Legal Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (30 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here
This series has plenty to say about society’s collective obsession with true crime. Octavia Spencer gives a masterful turn as Poppy Parnell, a podcaster who initially must face the man that she helped to put behind bars through a potential wrongful conviction, which happens to be the case that made her a household name. In the third season, Gabrielle Union portrays a high school principal, with whom Poppy investigates a sex trafficking ring that could be responsible for the disappearance of several young girls.

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17. The Afterparty

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Ken Jeong, Tiffany Haddish, Zoe Chao, Ben Schwartz
Genre: Comedy/Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

A whole lot of murder-mystery comedy can be found out there these days, and this is no Glass Onion, but this show from Christopher Miller (frequent filmmaking partner of Phil Lord in projects such as Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) will still do. The story revolves around the fallout from a high school reunion, which happens to have been followed by a party that happens to have included a death. The voluminously funny cast (including Tiffany Haddish, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, and Sam Richardson) pulls out all the stops here, and you probably won’t be sorry that you skipped your own reunions.

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18. Pachinko

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Lee Min-Ho, Minha Kim, Soji Arai
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

If you’re in the mood for a truly immersive saga, then tuck into the first season of this generational-spanning tale that’s a meal unto itself. This show defies explanation within a simple blurb, but prepare yourself for a Korean family’s journey from their home country to Japan and beyond. While maneuvering against a historical backdrop of war between nations, the focus here is remains upon individuals and, poignantly, how their connections can be forged through and communicated through food, much like The Bear while also being several worlds away.

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19. Lisey’s Story

Year(s): 2021
Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Dane DeHaan, Joan Allen
Genre: Psychological horror
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here
Stephen King’s range of horrific storytelling runs far and wide, and here, his story follows Lisey Landon, transformed into a widow following the death of her famous novelist husband, Scott. Julianne’s performance takes us through Lisey’s troubling memories and those of Scott, and to make matters worse, a crazed Scott fan (Zach McCool) enters her home, and the clash of terrors begins as more disturbing truths about Scott come to light. And of course there’s a touch of the supernatural at work here as Lisey struggles to summon enough power to vanquish Zach and finish dealing with fallout.

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20. Mosquito Coast

Year(s): 2021 –
Starring: Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Gabriel Bateman, Logan Polish
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 2 (20 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

No one could ever accuse this project of a lack of enthusiasm. This reboot of the Harrison Ford/Helen Mirren movie stars Justin Theroux in his passion project of bringing the classic 1981 novel of his uncle, Paul Theroux, to an extended, small-screen retelling. Throughout two seasons, the audience remained steady, although the show itself is contradictory as heck. On one hand, Allie Fox is a brilliant and idealistic U.S. inventor, but on the other hand, he’s a paranoid and frighteningly erratic father who puts his family through hell on a race through Mexico. He rages against consumerism (which is particularly odd, considering where this show streams), and this show also tries to be the next Breaking Bad but doesn’t give us a main character who’s relatable and worth rooting for at all.

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21. Essex Serpent

Year(s): 2022
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Claire Danes
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

All of the parts are here for a compelling watch, although the package doesn’t seem to come together onscreen. That’s particularly frustrating because the source material, Sarah Perry’s 2017 novel of the same name, rarely fails to compel (and surprise) those who’ve had the pleasure of reading it. Claire Danes, as always, immerses herself in the role of a widow who is grieving, yes, but also finds liberation after the death of her abusive spouse. She relocates to a village where a mythical beast is said to have emerged to punish humanity for his sins. Tom Hiddleston plays a local religious leader, and the two find that they have much in common.

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22. Shantaram

Year(s): 2022 –
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Shubham Saraf, Fayssal Bazzi
Genre: Crime drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 ( episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

Charlie Hunnam is a long way from Charming, California, in this series that sees him playing Lin Ford, a convicted bank robber and addict who flees an Australian prison and emerges in Bombay, India. The story’s based upon the probably-biographical story book by Gregory David Roberts, and at one point, Johnny Depp wanted to make this project into a movie. Fortunately, that didn’t happen because Hunnam and his right-hand man, Shubham Saraf, give us a central friendship for the ages with a world that’s both dazzling and forbidding. This sprawling (and ultimately life-affirming) story deserved more seasons but recently got cancelled. Perhaps that’s partially owing to how Hunnam’s health woes could take him out of the game for years.

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23. Defending Jacob

Year(s): 2020
Starring: Chris Evans, Jaeden Martell, Pablo Schreiber, Michelle Dockery
Genre: Crime Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

It’s a familiar story: major action franchise star takes a serious turn, and the project ends up stressing out the audience in the process. This psychological thriller starring Chris Evans goes heavy on the atmosphere but still ends up being a paint-by-numbers permutation of the Upstanding Member Of The Legal Community Finds That The Call Might Be Coming From Inside The House story. Evans plays an attorney whose child may very well be a murderer, and this ain’t an easy watch. Still, there are thrills to be found the cast, which includes Pablo Schreiber ripping off the Pornstache for another one of his stellar antagonists.

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24. The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey

Year(s): 2022
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Dominique Fishback, Cynthia McWilliams, Walton Goggins
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here
Samuel L. Jackson takes a dramatic turn away from Marvel to embody the head in this adaptation of Walter Mosley’s novel. Grey finds his entire life transformed at the age of 91 while suffering from early dementia after meeting an orphaned teenager who takes him to a doctor, after which Grey learns of an experimental study that would likely decrease his remaining life span but also reignite his memories. An already difficult choice takes on more layers, given Grey’s experiences in life thus far, and this is a rewarding watch, although not the most lighthearted one.

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25. Mr. Corman

Year(s): 2022
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Hugo Weaving, Arturo Castro
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars here, and quite simply, you can’t go wrong with a little JGL. This show did make me long for the days when he led a street-bound ensemble dance scene in (500) Days Of Summer because JGL’s character is musical-adjacent even though he’s making a living as a music teacher. Actually, that’s part of his problem. Mr. Corman’s in the midst of an existential era of his life, in which he’s grappling with a failed creative career and trying to make things work in the here-and-now without falling prey to the irresistible urge to look back and not remembering to look forward.

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