Apple TVPlus might be a worthy addition to the overcrowded streaming jungle. The subscription servicewill be cheaper than rival Netflix, its shows and movies are packed with the biggest stars on the planet, and any newApplegadget you buy gets you a year free subscription.
But what shows do we get to watch?There are only nine confirmed titles for Apple Plus’ Nov. 1 launch, with just five more to come in the following months. It’s also not an all you can eat buffet – most series will premiere with the first three episodes available immediately, then a new episode will arrive every week.
That serving of content is relatively small. But maybe this is simply a case of quality over quantity. Below are the top five launch titles that might help us see what all the fuss is about.
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What kid doesn’t love Sesame Street?Helpstersis made by the same folk at nonprofit Sesame Workshop and aims to teach kids how to code – whether they realize it or not. It stars an articulate, red-haired muppet named Cody, who informs us, “Coding fosters collaboration, critical thinking skills and is an essential language that every child can learn.
“You’re helping kids to grow up to be smarter, stronger and kinder.”
If Helpsters’ main goal is to teach kids to be kind, we’ll accept being schooled by felt with eyes on it.
4. For All Mankind
Unlike the barrage ofmoon landing-related contentfor this year 50 th anniversary, For All Mankind presents an alternate space race. Not only do the Russians reach the moon before the Americans, but there areFemaleAstronauts. Created by Ronald D. Moore of the reimagined and critically acclaimed (Battlestar Galactica series) , and starring Joel Kinnaman of other sci-fi outings likeAltered CarbonandSuicide Squad, this promises to be extremely different to National Geographic’s1989 documentary For All Mankind.
Hailee Steinfeld is a singer, an actress and on theverge of becoming a Marvel superhero. She’s popular with young people and no other could meld hip hop dance moves with the 19 th century. Dickinson reimagines poet Emily Dickinson’s life with a “modern sensibility and tone.” IfHBO’s Gentleman Jackhas proven anything, it’s that unconventional twists to period TV can work.
2 . The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston. Reese Witherspoon. Steve Carell. Now we see where some of Apple Plus TV’s $ 6 billion budget went. Aside from seemingly accidentalThe Officereferences in the trailer, the show follows Witherspoon’s aspiring journalist vying to take over Aniston’s established TV anchor job. Carell plays a newsreader fired for sexual misconduct. Michael Scott, what happened?
Yes, Jason Momoa wins it. But maybe not for the obvious reasons. His post-apocalyptic sci-fi series called See (“Have you seen See?” People will ask) features a future where everyone is blind. Momoa plays a tribal warrior whose children are the first in hundreds of years to be born with sight. TheAquamanstar is special. His TV series is special. It’s a must-watch, if only to find out how Momoa’s blind character figures out his babies can see.