5 Shows on Apple TV+ You Should Be Watching

With an abundance of streaming options and TV content to choose from these days, it can be difficult to stand out. However, Apple TV+ seems to have risen to the occasion, blessing us with several incredible shows we can’t stop watching. Let’s take a look at some of the best shows currently streaming on Apple TV+. 

1. “Schmigadoon!”

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With Broadway being shut down, so many of us have been missing the simple pleasure of singing along to our favorite musicals. Luckily, “Shmigadoon!” has come along to save us. “Schmigadoon!” features a number of tunes from the Broadway classics we all know and love.  And to make it even better, they are sung by Tony Award winners like Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Aaron Tveit.

Along with the incredible songs, dance numbers and consistent comic relief, “Schmigadoon!” brings light to serious topics and social issues as well. It’s no secret that 50 years ago — when musicals like “The Music Man” and “South Pacific” came out — instances of racism, homophobia and Xenophobia were inescapable. So instead of simply glazing over these issues like they do in these musicals, “Shmigadoon!” uses the opportunity they have been given to address them head on and note how much our culture has changed over the years for the better.

2. “Ted Lasso”

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Sweeping up the comedy category at this year’s Emmys, “Ted Lasso” has been making a big splash ever since its premiere back in 2020. The show is complete with love, laughs and football (or as we Americans call it, soccer). However, what really sets it apart isn’t the quirky characters or skillful soccer matches, it’s the delightful underdog story.

The series arc in “Ted Lasso” centers around the peculiar character of Ted (Jason Sudeikis), an American football coach from the midwest who lands a job in the UK coaching the UFC Richmond soccer team. Unfortunately for the cheerful biscuit baker, he doesn’t realize that he was not expected to actually win any games. Instead, he was hired by team owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) to ruin the team as a ploy for revenge against her deceitful ex-husband. 

In my opinion, the fact that UFC Richmond was assumed to be a complete and utter disaster makes them all the more worthy of cheering for. Being able to see them grow not just as players, but as individuals warms my heart — and I’m not exactly your biggest sports fan, either. 

3. “Truth Be Told”

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In 1999, a troubled Stanford literature professor was killed in his home and Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), who was just 16 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison. Despite him doing the time, many questions were left unanswered like: why did Warren’s father testify against him? And where has the victim’s daughter, Josie Burnham (Lizzy Caplan), been all of these years? The first season of “Truth Be Told” follows New York Times journalist turned podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she re-opens this complicated case, allowing listeners to tag along for the ride. 

While Poppy may love digging into the lives of others, that doesn’t mean she and her family lack secrets of their own — which gives us a whole other mystery to be solved. So, if you love a good murder mystery as much as I do, catch up on seasons one and two of “Turth Be Told” because the show has been renewed for a third season.

4. “Mythic Quest”

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Created by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Rob McElhenney, “Mythic Quest” is a special kind of workplace comedy led by the wonderfully bizarre Ian (McElhenney), a narcissistic video game creative director. Always by his side is his head programmer, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), and their miscellaneous staff. Considering its connection to the virtual world of gaming, it’s no wonder “Mythic Quest” provides such illustrious escapism.

Helping fans escape the h*ll that was 2020, this series should be applauded for its memorable quarantine episode. While many other series tried their hand at producing this type of content, “Mythic Quest” clearly stood out in terms of creativity when it came to addressing the pandemic.

5. “The Morning Show”

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After nearly a two-year hiatus, “The Morning Show” finally returned with its second season this fall. The series tells the story of how Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) almost destroyed an entire news station after the truth about his sexual misconduct came to light. While he may be the reason the story is being told, it is not about him. It is actually about Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston), her new co-anchor Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) and all of the other people affected by his actions. 

“The Morning Show” was inspired by the long-standing feud between NBC and ABC for the best morning show, which is detailed in Brian Stetler’s book, “Top of the Morning.” The book was released in 2013. It is also influenced by true events at “The Today Show, including the allegations of sexual assault made against former news anchor Matt Lauer. 

By Blair Krassen

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