10 Feel-Good Apple TV+ Series That May Have Slipped Under Your Radar
Here's why you should give the platform a chance!
(SPOT.ph) Here's one streaming platform you might be missing out on: Apple TV+! Yup, you don't have to be an Apple user to check out their original content and titles (although it is a plus, of course). There are a slew of cool shows that may have escaped your notice, so we round up some of the best fun ones on the platform! From inspirational musicals to sitcoms (with one also being a musical), check out the feel-good titles below!
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Prep the popcorn for these 10 best Apple TV shows:
JGL fans, unite! This trippy series was created, written, directed and starred in by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It follows Mr. Corman (JGL) as he goes through the days and nights of his life as a typical public-school teacher in Los Angeles—while being weighed down by a strange sense of impending doom. Cue musical numbers, weird visuals, and cuts from the show’s reality. If dark humor is something you like—or you can just relate to the feeling of dread lacing your daily life—then this low-commitment series is a must-watch.
Late-night comedy mixed with Broadway, anyone? Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Legler Strong take their Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live chops to this hilarious parody-of-slash-ode-to musicals. The two star as a couple who go on a hike to try and fix their relationship—why this was the step they took, who knows—and end up in a magical, literally musical town called Schmigadoon. The two are trapped in the world of impromptu singing, permanently clean clothes, and overly bright sets until they find true love.
If anthology series are more your thing, then check out Little America, a poignant and funny series on U.S. immigrants. With eight standalone episodes at a half-hour each, each one is a look into different stories based on real-life experiences. There’s the boy whose parents are deported, an illegal immigrant trying to earn citizenship, asylum-seeking refugees, and more. And true to life indeed, each introspective episode carries moments that will have you laughing and crying at the same time.
A period comedy with a very modern feel thanks to its protagonist, a fish-out-of-water Emily Dickinson. Hailee Steinfield plays a fictional version of the celebrated American poet. It follows Dickinson during her growing up years in late 19th-century Massachusetts as she fights against basically all of society’s expectations of what a young woman should be. She writes, falls in love with her brother’s fiancée, and even regularly dreams up interactions with characters from the real Dickinson’s poetry. Don’t go into this expecting historical accuracy! Think of it as a fun period coming-of-age comedy with a touch of literature.
If you’re a fan of the random musical moments in Bob’s Burgers, then Central Park should be next on your watch-list. This Big Apple sitcom comes from Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard with Nora Smith and Josh Gad—and it’s a full musical. The Tillerman-Hunters live in Central Park, with their dad the park’s manager. Chaos is already a daily feature of their lives, but when a rich business lady named Bitsy sets her sights on buying up the park and turning it into sellable prime real estate, the Tillermans must find even crazier ways to face the challenge.
Laughter and tears often come hand in hand. Take this comedy with a big chunk of real-life drama for example. Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) are on the road to parenthood, or at least, they’re trying to get on that road. When conceiving is no longer an option, they decide to try adopting—only that process has its own set of challenges and craziness.
A sitcom on the gaming industry? Yup, it exists—and it’s hilarious. Mythic Quest is an office sitcom in its own league. It is set in a video-game studio for popular RPG Mythic Quest. Behind the massive online multiplayer game are a bunch of co-workers who don’t exactly make up a smoothly functioning team—but the results are stellar. There’s the poor HR head who happens to be the only sane one in the group, the pushover boss who always has to explain the team’s antics to the higher-ups, and the cold (but complicated) head of monetization Brad (Community’s Dani Pudi!).
Rose Bryne echoes her Bridesmaids character in Physical’s Sheila, a woman with a seemingly perfect life. Keyword: Seemingly. This ‘80s California dream dark comedy follows Sheila, a woman who has spent years playing perfect housewife to her political hopeful of a husband, as she finds freedom in aerobics—but then doesn’t stop there. Ambition takes over her, and the aerobics-obsessed landscape becomes her playing ground.
Think Glee but way more wholesome. Little Voice follows Bess King (The White Lotus' Brittany O' Grady) as she navigates her 20s--and tries to find her voice, we say at the risk of sounding cheesy. We've got a hopeful main character, cute romantic leads, and if you're wondering whether the show's songs are any good, they were written by Sara Bareilles!
Been hearing the buzz around this Emmy winner? Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time folksy U.S. college football coach who is hired to fly over the pond and lead AFC Richmond, an English Premier League team. The surprising move was done by the team's new owner Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) for, it turns out, less than legitimate reasons. Lasso is clearly an odd fit for the job—but his undying optimism and kindness soon wins the English crowd over, along with all the folks streaming it online.
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