X

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

The Best Shows and Movies on Apple TV+ Right Now (November 2021)

More and more good shows are coming to Apple

tim.jpg
Tim Surette

Apple TV+ is no longer the new kid on the streaming block, as the best shows and movies on Apple TV+ can compete with anything Netflix, HBO, or any other streamer has. Our list of the best shows and movies on Apple's streaming service shows that Apple is dipping its toe into international fare, with our latest addition to the list being the Korean drama Dr. Brain, about a doctor who figures out how to transfer memories from one mind to the next. Though other recent Apple TV+ releases The Shrink Next Door and Swagger didn't make our list, there are plenty of other great Apple TV+ shows and movies to check out, like the bilingual comedy Acapulco, the film festival favorite CODA, and the science-fiction epic Foundation

Looking for more recommendations of what to watch next? We have a ton of them! We also have hand-picked selections based on shows you already love.

Last updated Nov. 22; newer additions are at the top.

Dr. Brain


For fans of: Science fiction, the afterlife, surreal dreamlike sequences
Number of seasons: 1

Lee Sun-kyun, Dr. Brain

Lee Sun-kyun, Dr. Brain

Apple TV+

Apple TV+'s first Korean drama is a science-fiction series about brains! Specifically, what would happen if the contents within could be transferred to the mind of another. It's set up from the perspective of a renowned brain scientist (Parasite's Lee Sun-kyun) who discovers a method of moving memories from one brain to another, even if the source brain is from a corpse. That comes in handy when he's trying to figure out what happened when tragedy strikes his wife and child, but as is usually the case when you mess with the natural order, it doesn't go smoothly. These memory transfers play out as dream sequences, leading to some of the most visually astounding TV sequences of the year. [Trailer]



The Velvet Underground


For fans of: Art films, innovation, rock band turbulence

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Apple TV+

Film auteur Todd Haynes directed this documentary on one of America's most groundbreaking rock bands, The Velvet Underground. But rather than the simple talking heads, live footage, repeat structure used in most rock docs, Haynes gets to the essence of the band by making the film an arthouse gem that Lou Reed and company would have loved. Don't worry, it's still loaded with VU tunes and insight into the tumultuous relationship between Reed and his bandmates, it just looks extra trippy while doing so. Put simply, this is one of the best music documentaries ever made. [Trailer]



Acapulco


For fans of: Hard work, sunny vibes, telenovelas
Number of seasons: 1

Enrique Arrizon, Acapulco

Enrique Arrizon, Acapulco

Apple TV+

If you need to wash the day away, you can't do much better than checking into the Las Colinas resort in Acapulco, the setting for this comedy about a young man who gets a dream job working at a high-end resort in Mexico. The 1980s-set bilingual comedy -- it's about 50/50 English and Spanish -- is like Jane the Virgin meets The White Lotus meets How I Met Your Mother, as Maximo (Enrique Arrizon) works his way up from pool boy in 1984 to wealthy hotelier in the present-day timeline. It's charming, it's sunny, and it's got a pair of lounge singers who belt out '80s classics in Spanish. [Trailer]



Foundation


For fans of: Hard science-fiction, great special effects
Number of seasons: 1

Leah Harvey, Foundation

Leah Harvey, Foundation

Apple TV+

Isaac Asimov's epic sci-fi novels finally get adapted for the screen courtesy of David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, and the result is the visually spectacular hard science-fiction series that Apple TV+ has been looking for. The series follows a ruling empire in the future whose grip on control comes at risk when a mathematician (Jared Harris) uses a mathematical model to predict the empire's demise and mankind's descent into dark ages. Critics are split on the overall quality of the show, but everyone agrees that it looks great! [Trailer]



CODA


For fans of: Heartwarming movies, Deaf culture

Emilia Jones, Coda

Emilia Jones, Coda

Apple TV+

A remake of the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier, CODA (which stands for Child of Deaf Adults) is a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old girl (Emilia Jones) who is the only hearing member of her Deaf family, and must choose between pursuing her own dreams of becoming a singer or helping her mother and father with the family business. It's a crowd-pleasing tearjerker, with a wonderful performance from Jones. [Trailer]



Physical


For fans of: Jazzercise, internal dialogue filled with nasty insults
Number of seasons: 1

Rose Byrne, Physical

Rose Byrne, Physical

Apple TV+

If you miss Netflix's GLOW, you might find some solace in this 1980s-set dramedy that follows a housewife (Rose Byrne) who finds strength in the aerobics craze that's just starting to sweep across the nation's malls. But don't expect the cheery underdog story from GLOW; Byrne's character is struggling with bulimia and spends much of her days hurling nasty body-shaming insults at other women. Byrne excels in the role as an antihero breaking free from the expectations of a traditional housewife in her own morally questionable way. [Trailer]



Schmigadoon!


For fans of: Musical comedies, corn pudding
Number of seasons: 1

Schmigadoon!

Schmigadoon!

Apple TV+

Despite being perfectly enjoyable, musical comedy series don't have the most successful track record (Galavant, where art thee?). But that might change with Apple TV+'s genre-busting series Schmigadoon!, which is 2021's most fun TV show to say. Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong star as a couple who come across a magical town where everyone seems stuck in a 1940s musical, and I assume that's where the singing comes in. They get stuck in the town, which makes it a bit of a Twilight Zone episode or horror movie where everyone sings about corn pudding. Also, Martin Short plays a leprechaun. This show looks goofy on the outside, but it is secretly twisted. [Trailer]



Losing Alice


For fans of: Psychological and erotic thrillers, getting mindf---ed, delicious subtext
Number of seasons: 1

Lihi Kornowski, Losing Alice

Lihi Kornowski, Losing Alice

Apple TV+

One of the most intriguing new releases of 2021, the Israeli psychological drama is lathered up in erotically charged mystery that takes cues from the greats of the film world. Writer-director Sigal Avin leans on Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and more for influences in her story about an aging female director (Ayelet Zurer) who becomes obsessed with a young, seductive screenwriter (Lihi Kornowski) and the film that might save her career but destroy her marriage. It's wonderfully shot and loaded with beautiful people, if that's your thing. [Trailer]



Ted Lasso


For fans of: Making fun of Americans, making fun of the British, sports, feeling good
Number of seasons: 2 (renewed for Season 3)

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Apple TV+

If any show can be credited with restoring faith in humanity after the whirlwind of 2020, it is Ted Lasso. The titular Ted (Jason Sudeikis) is an American college football coach who heads to England to coach an actual football (soccer, for the uninitiated) team. While the setup seems like a farce -- Ted's hiring is part of an elaborate scheme by an embittered woman looking to ruin the beloved football team of her cheating ex-husband -- Ted's seemingly unshakeable good nature and determination to see the best in everyone, even those actively trying to do him harm, is downright inspiring. He doesn't just bring a glow to everyone around him; he leaves viewers with hope that things can get better and that doing your best is enough. He's the hero we didn't know we needed. [Trailer] -Megan Vick



Mythic Quest


For fans of: Workplace comedies, the video game industry
Number of seasons: 2 (+special episodes)

Mythic Quest

Apple TV +

 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney is smart enough to know that video games are funny, but they're not to be made fun of. Gamers are legion, after all. The game biz gets a loving sendup in Mythic Quest (which was subtitled Raven's Banquet in Season 1) without making games the joke, as McElhenney plays the egotistical creative director of a popular MMORPG about to release its first expansion pack. There's a fantastic cast that includes F. Murray AbrahamDanny Pudi, and Charlotte Nicdao, a midseason standalone episode that's a great story of creativity vs. profits, and a bonus episode made during the pandemic that's probably the best quarantine episode of last year. [Trailer]



Boys State


For fans of: Politics, Lord of the Flies, the future of America, chaos

René Ortero, Boy's State

René Ortero, Boy's State

Apple TV+

Boys State is being hailed as one of the best documentaries of 2020, and with good reason. The film follows the annual Boys State, a summer camp (this particular one's in Texas) sponsored by the American Legion in which more than 1,000 high school boys come together to form their own two-party government, complete with elections, voting, and mudslinging. It's a remarkable look at the pitfalls of our current political system, hyper-masculinity among teen boys, and the future of America (it looks like we're in both good and bad hands). Beyond the fascinating subject matter, the filmmaking is superb and gorgeous, feeling more like a scripted movie than a guerilla-shot documentary, which is a compliment in this case. If you like Lord of the Flies or Kid Nation (which, how can you not?), you're going to love this. [Trailer]



Dickinson


For fans of: Period pieces with anachronisms, Wiz Khalifa
Number of seasons: 3

Dickinson

Dickinson

Michael Parmelee, Apple

Every early headline about Dickinson, an Apple TV+ show about Emily Dickinson, felt like a fever dream: John Mulaney guest starring as Thoreau! Wiz Khalifa playing Death! The show, which stars Hailee Steinfeld as the great American poet in her younger years, is the sort of beautiful gamble that could either soar or fall on its face, with almost no room for anything in between. Following the premiere of its fantastic second season, it's clearer than ever: Dickinson totally rules. A delirious, anachronistic period piece, it's both a very funny show and a surreal elegy for all the great art lost to misogyny. It's as bold and haunting as the work of its heroine. [Trailer] -Kelly Connolly



For All Mankind


For fans of: Putting boots on the moon (and Mars), space travel, the volatile politics of the '60s and '70s
Number of seasons: 2 (renewed for Season 3)

For All Mankind

For All Mankind

Seth Gordon, Apple

Few moments in history captured the attention of the world like the moon landing in 1969, but what if that hype never waned? For All Mankind asks how the great space race would have changed had Russia landed a tin can on the moon before the United States and the competition for space superiority stayed heated for years after. The alternative history drama comes from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and follows not just the men and women (yes, in this alternate history, progressiveness refreshingly came earlier) who went into the stratosphere, but the astronauts' significant others and eggheads back at mission control trying to make permanent residence on the moon. It's great for space geeks and anyone into speculative fiction. Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, and Sarah Jones star. [Trailer]



Little America


For fans of: The immigrant experience, anthologies, crying your eyes out in a good way
Number of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2, date TBD)

The Cowboy, Little America

Apple TV +

If you need a nice pick-me-up from the ills of the world, this anthology series from Kumail NanjianiEmily V. Gordon, and Master of None's Alan Yang is a good bet. Each episode of Little America is based on the true stories of immigrants in America, showing off their successes and experiences in humorous and heartwarming fashion, like the Indian spelling bee whiz who ran his parents' hotel after they were deported and petitioned Laura Bush to help him get them back. The best part of the show is that it focuses on the systemic challenges they face rather than on hate from racist individuals, and the stories vary wildly so they don't feel repetitive. [Trailer]



The Morning Show


For fans of: The Newsroom, #MeToo, A-listers
Number of seasons: 2

The Morning Show

The Morning Show

Apple

When Apple TV+ launched, it seemed to do so on the back of The Morning Show, its big-budget, high-profile, star-studded drama that was going to win every award out there. Jennifer Aniston AND Reese Witherspoon starring in the same show as rival anchors for a popular morning show? Well, reviews were mixed, and early episodes were less than impressive, but the show righted many of its wrongs as its season continued. And though its central plot about a male anchor (Steve Carell) getting fired after sexual harassment allegations against him may seem a little dated given how much has happened in the last two years, it's a conversation that needs to continue. Plus, did we mention Aniston and Witherspoon? [Trailer]



Servant


For fans of: Psychological horror from M. Night Shyamalan, babies, food
Number of seasons: 2 (renewed for Season 3, date TBD)

Servant

Servant

Apple TV+'s cockeyed horror show Servant is back and creepier than ever in Season 2. The claustrophobic thriller, created by Tony Basgallop and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, began as a wild-eyed but mechanically precise story about a family unraveling in the wake of a tragedy. In Season 1, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell) hired live-in nanny Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) to care for the lifelike "reborn doll" that a grieving Dorothy believed was her son — only for the doll to somehow become a living baby. Now, the show goes full supernatural in its sophomore season as Leanne's true nature is exposed. It's the details that make this show stand out, like the rich wallpaper of the Turners' Philadelphia brownstone, the wet, wet, shoes of Leanne's weird uncle (Boris McGiver), and the most unsettling food design since Hannibal. [Trailer] -Kelly Connolly



Tiny World


For fans of: Planet Earth, adorable wittle cuddle creatures
Number of seasons: 2

Tiny World

Tiny World

Apple TV+

The BBC and Discovery no longer corner the market on nature documentaries, and Apple TV+ is pushing to release some of the best series about wildlife that don't feature Sir David Attenborough's narration. This series puts the microscope on the smaller creatures in the world, exposing a world and struggle for survival not often seen in other shows of its ilk. Paul Rudd, Ant-Man himself, appropriately narrates the technological marvel featuring minuscule frogs, beetles, birds, and more. Apple TV+ is also home to the wonderful nature documentary film The Elephant Queen, which follows a herd of elephants and other animals in Africa. [Trailer]



Visible: Out on Television


For fans of: The LGBTQ+ community, the progressive movement, television history

Asia Kate Dillon, Visible: Out on Television

Asia Kate Dillon, Visible: Out on Television

Apple

Apple TV+'s expansive and carefully paced history of LGBTQ+ people on TV deserves kudos for its thoughtful, authoritative, and exhausting summation. Even if it weren't packed with the most well-known queer people on TV, Visible: Out on Television does an excellent job of tracking how gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary people have been depicted on television from its earliest days — including the frantic, hyper-paranoid news reports of the 1950s declaring queer people a menacing threat. It's practically a college course, methodically chronicling representation throughout the decades through archival footage, news reports, and the like, but its abundant first-person testimonials from practically every living LGBTQ+ TV star you can think of (plus allies like OprahBilly Crystal and more) make Visible: Out on Television an invaluable educational tool for everyone who watches. [Trailer] –Malcolm Venable



Wolfwalkers


For fans of: The wonderful Cartoon Saloon films, wolves, Irish accents

Wolfwalkers

Wolfwalkers

Apple TV+

The beautifully animated film Wolfwalkers came out in theaters in November, but there's about a 99% chance you didn't see it because of, well, obvious reasons. It's the third in a series of films based on Irish folklore from the studio Cartoon Saloon, following the critically acclaimed The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea (highly recommended), and tells the story of a young girl who heads to Ireland with her dad to kill off the last wolf pack but ends up befriending a young girl who is part of a tribe of humans who become wolves at night. It's less Disney and Pixar and more Hayao Miyazaki, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Pop some corn and gather the family for movie night. [Trailer]