A Complete Guide to Apple TV+'s Original Shows and Movies
The premium service has quietly built a solid list of titles, with more on the way.
So Apple wants to take on Netflix. And Disney. And HBO Max. And countless other streaming services. With $1 billion invested in original content, a reasonable subscription price, and a captive audience on its devices, we wouldn't count Apple out in the streaming wars, but it'll all depend on the quality of original shows and films in Apple TV+'s library and what it has in the pipeline. Let's take a look!
1 season, 5 episodes
After an extended, three-decade-long hiatus, Steven Spielberg's series Amazing Stories returned to television. Like the original, this anthology spins a different, genre-exploring tale each episode, some of which are actually pretty good.
The BankerMovie, 120 minutes
Directed by George Nolfi and inspired by a true story, The Banker stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as "two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas."
Beastie Boys StoryDocumentary, 119 minutes
Frequent Beastie Boys collaborator Spike Jonze teamed back up with the remaining two members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, to tell the legendary hip-hop group's backstory. Pulling from both archival footage and the group's recent live stage production, the documentary's the most personal feature on the group to date.
Becoming You1 season, 6 episodes
Oh, baby. This docuseries illustrates how fundamental the first 2,000 days of life are for each and every baby across the globe. Olivia Coleman narrates.
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little BlurryDocumentary, 140 minutes
This documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at one of pop music's biggest phenoms, "the bad guy" herself, Billie Eilish. From documentarian R. J. Cutler (The September Issue, Belushi), the film looks at the "normal side" of the teenage mega-star's life and her humble beginnings.
Boys StateDocumentary, 109 minutes
Apple snatched up this documentary from A24 for $12 million at Sundance in 2020, the highest bid for a documentary from the festival ever. The feature—one of the best docs of 2020—is a coming-of-age story that follows three teenaged boys as they experience a week-long summer program held by the American Legion where teenagers play politics and campaign to design a new, mock government.
The popular bit from The Late Late Show With James Corden is much more than the latest late-night spinoff hungry for eyeballs; it's an EMMY-WINNING TV SHOW that happens to be a late-night spinoff hungry for eyeballs. The first two seasons were first available on Apple Music, but now those and the most recent season are on the streamer.
Central Park1 season, 10 episodes
This animated musical comedy (yep, you read that right) from Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard already has the green light for two seasons. Hopefully you like musical comedy, Josh Gad (one of the voices), and puns. Other stars lending their voice to the series include Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Tituss Burgess, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Daveed Diggs.
CherryMovie, 140 minutes
For their follow-up to their box office-conquering Avengers films, the Russo Brothers took on a darker story with this adaptation of Nico Walker's harrowing opioid addiction novel Cherry, which tells the story of an Army medic who starts robbing banks to fund his drug habit. The filmmaking duo brought Spider-Man along for the ride, with Tom Holland playing the film's deeply troubled protagonist.
DadsDocumentary, 80 minutes
Dads is a documentary film about modern paternity, drawing anecdotes and wisdom from average fathers and celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith alike.
Dear…1 season, 10 episodes
This docuseries is inspired by… the format of one of Apple's advertisements, Dear Apple, which feature consumers reading a letter about how their products changed their life. The show from documentarian R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) fortunately isn't be an ode to Apple Watches. Instead, each episode is a biographic look at various figures, from Oprah and Gloria Steinem to Big Bird, told through "letters written by those whose live have changed through their work." Sure!
1 season, 8 episodes
This limited series stars the retired Captain America himself (Chris Evans) in an adaptation of William Landay's crime novel of the same name about an ADA's son suspected of killing a classmate. Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell co-star for the miniseries, which proved to be the streaming service's surprise hit upon its spring 2020 release.
Dickinson2 seasons, 20 episodes
America's favorite reclusive poet, who almost certainly suffered from some kind of mental illness, receives the quirky comedy treatment in a series which casts Hailee Steinfeld—of True Grit and pop music fame—as Emily Dickinson, and Jane Krakowski as Emily's mother. Expect lots of white dresses and creative license in interpreting the story of a genius who published almost nothing during her lifetime and barely left her house for the last three decades of her life. The show is one of the streaming service's greatest hits, with a third season already green-lit.
Doug Unplugs1 season, 7 episodes
This is an all-new one for the kiddos. The animated series is about a robot who decides against downloading all the information he needs to know in order to experience life like humans.
Earth At Night In Color1 season, 6 episodes
Not to be confused with Netflix's Night on Earth, Earth At Night In Color is Apple's nighttime nature doc. They didn't get too creative with the name here, because, as you might expect, it is a docuseries about the nocturnal lives of animals.
The Elephant QueenDocumentary, 96 minutes
The Elephant Queen focuses on Athena, an elephant-family matriarch and "tusker," i.e., an elephant whose tusks grow long enough to reach the ground. The film chronicles the herd's journey from its "green season" watering hole to its dry season home, a dangerous trek for the youngest of the group. Narrated by Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Emmy award-winning wildlife documentarians Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble.
Fireball: Visitors From Other WorldsDocumentary, 97 minutes
Werner Herzog and professor Clive Oppenheimer (Encounters at the End of the World, Into the Inferno) re-teamed for a documentary about how falling stars and meteorites throughout history have introduced humanity to the possibility of life beyond our stars.
For All Mankind2 seasons, 20 episodes
What if the Russians made it to the Moon first and the space race had never ended? That's the premise of Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore's Apple+ series, which stars Joel Kinnaman as Edward Baldwin (hmmm, sounds like Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin?), Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, and Shantel VanSanten.
Ghostwriter1 season, 13 episodes
A reboot of the '90s children's program of the same name, Ghostwriter tells the story of four kids brought together when a ghost begins to haunt their neighborhood bookstore, releasing fictional characters into the real world. Each episode focuses on a specific literary work, featuring both classics and newer works alike.
Greatness Code1 season, 7 episodes
Apple's getting into even more short-form content and sports docs. This seven-episode docuseries features famous athletes including the likes of LeBron James, Alex Morgan, Usain Bolt, and others discussing pivotal moments of their careers.
GreyhoundMovie, 91 minutes
Tom Hanks loves a WWII period piece. Greyhound, which he wrote the screenplay for and stars in, is a wet and wild epic at sea based on a true story about a Navy commander on his first-ever cross-Atlantic journey that's relentlessly followed by Nazi submarines.
HalaMovie, 93 minutes
Director Minhal Baig's film Hala "follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing."
Helpsters2 seasons, 20 episodes
Apple teamed with Sesame Workshop for Helpsters, for some Sesame Street-adjacent content, in this case a show called Helpsters. They're monsters who help people! The titular helpsters "help" prepare preschoolers for a lifetime of tech servitude by "teaching them to code" at an early age. Probably more useful than making macaroni art, but do we really want 4-year-olds to become content-producing members of our technocapitalist society? According to Apple, yes, we do! How else will the company dominate the world?
Home Before Dark1 season, 10 episodes
This is inspired by Hilde Lysiak, the 12-year-old girl who publishes her own newspaper in Pennsylvania and got the scoop on a murder case. She's helped by her father, a former New York Daily News reporter. You can try to make this stuff up, but it's not recommended. The Florida Project's precocious star Brooklynn Prince portrays Lysiak, and she's supported by Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, and Louis Herthum.
Little America1 season, 8 episodes
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick co-writers and co-authors of a life in love (hahahahaha they're married), created this anthology series about immigrants in America. Each episode tells a singular story, some funny, some romantic, about unique immigrant experiences, like of a young man from Nigeria who finds a connection to Oklahoma cowboy culture or a woman from Uganda set on making it as a baker.
Little Voice1 season, 9 episodes
Do not pitch anything "big" to Apple. In an cruelly ironic twist, this J.J. Abrams-produced musical dramedy, with songs by Sara Bareilles, is set in the Big Apple and is described as "a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York" and an exploration of "the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s." Oh no.
Long Way Up
1 season, 10 episodes
Picture this: Ewan McGregor taking a motorcycle trip all the way up the Western coast of the Americas, from Patagonia in South America to California in North America, with only his good friend, the British TV personality and motorbike enthusiast Charley Boorman, for company. The series is a sequel to 2007's Long Way Down, in which McGregor and Boorman rode south from Scotland to South Africa.
1 season, 8 episodes
This Israeli limited series is a neo-noir that follows an aging film director who gets connected to (and eventually obsessed with) a young screenwriter.
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas SpecialSpecial, 43 minutes
The queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, took her festive oeuvre to Apple TV+ for an original holiday special. Truly, all we ever want for Christmas is Mariah taking her rightful throne.
The Me You Can't See1 season, 6 episodes
Following their spring 2021 bombshell interview, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry teamed up to co-create and executive produce this docuseries. Co-directed by Dawn Porter (John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Asif Kapadia (Amy), the series features high-profile people, including celebrities like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close and athletes like DeMar DeRozan, as they open up about their personal experiences with mental illness while being in the limelight.
The Morning Show1 season, 10 episodes
When this Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston project was still seeking a title, we suggested Morning Shade, which seems like it took three seconds to come up with instead of the millisecond it took to come up with The Morning Show. That's why we're sitting behind the screen and not developing original shows for Apple. Witherspoon and Aniston's presentation back at the March 2019 Apple event described The Morning Show as looking at gender dynamics in the high-octane world of... morning shows. It's about a morning show. The show takes some creative liberties with the Matt Lauer scandal, but had a generally favorable reviews for Season 1 and garnered a great deal of awards buzz, despite having replaced two showrunners.
The Mosquito Coast1 season, 7 episodes
Based off of Paul Theroux's 1981 novel of the same name, The Mosquito Coast is a drama series from Neil Cross (Luther) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and stars Justin Theroux as Allie, an inventor who uproots his family to Latin America. This isn't the first time that the novel has been brought to the screen—Harrison Ford played Allie in the 1986 feature film adaptation.
Mythic Quest2 seasons, 20 episodes
Mythic Quest is a comedy series from the brains of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia veterans Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, and it's co-produced by Ubisoft (yes, the video game development company). The series follows a group of devs working on the eponymous Mythic Quest, a wildly successful MMORPG on the cusp of releasing its first major expansion. McElhenney stars as Ian Grimm, a gifted creative director with "an ego the size of a bus," alongside F. Murray Abraham, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashly Burch, Danny Pudi, Jessie Ennis, and Imani Hakim.
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything1 season, 8 episodes
Documentarian Asif Kapadia (Amy) directs this eight-part docuseries about the music industry in 1971, focusing on the iconic careers of Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, and many others at the time.
On the RocksMovie, 96 minutes
One of the many projects a part of Apple and A24's multiyear deal, On the Rocks is a film starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones about a young mother reconnecting with her playboy father to suss out her maybe cheating husband (Marlon Wayans). Sofia Coppola, who previously directed Murray during 2003's Oscar-winning Lost in Translation, is at the helm.
Oprah's Book Club
1 season, 7 episodes
This is the first of multiple Oprah projects following a deal with Apple. As you might expect, it brings her famed book club to the screen, featuring Oprah in conversation with the authors of selected books. Thus far, she's been joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss The Water Dancer, Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive, Again, and others.
PalmerMovie, 110 minutes
Fisher Stevens directs Justin Timberlake as a former high school football star who returns to his hometown after a stint in prison, trying to rebuild his life while finding himself the sudden caretaker of a young boy who's been abandoned by his family.
Planet of the Apps1 season, 10 episodes
Do you get it? It's a pun on the movie about an advanced simian civilization that has taken over an Earth destroyed by humans. This one is more like Shark Tank, though, but for apps, and it's already available on Apple Music. Hosts are verified app experts Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Will.i.am and Gary Vaynerchuk.
See1 season, 8 episodes
What if in the future... EVERYONE WERE BORN BLIND? And what if, suddenly, some babies were born who COULD SEE? Those are the tantalizing questions See (for real) asks in a series written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Aquaman Jason Momoa stars with Alfre Woodard, and it's just weird enough to merit an exploratory watch.
Servant2 seasons, 20 episodes
This psychological thriller, created and written by Tony Basgallop and executive-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, stars Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Ron Weasley (AKA Rupert Grint) and tracks a troubled couple after a nanny arrives to take care of their infant son. Given Shyamalan's involvement, you can probably guess that things are not exactly what they seem.
Snoopy in Space1 season, 12 episodes
Snoopy in Space was the first series to come out Apple's deal to produce all manner of new Peanuts content. A STEM-focused series, it's all about Snoopy trying to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut. After making it to the USS Space Station, Chuck Brown's pup is all set to explore the moon and beyond.
The Snoopy Show1 season, 6 episodes
Apple may have snatched the rights so that beloved Peanuts holiday specials like It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas no longer air on network television, but at least they're making good by releasing all new Peanuts gang shows. The Snoopy Show features new adventures with everyone's favorite Beagle (and Woodstock, of course).
Stillwater1 season, 6 episodes
Based on the children's book series Zen Shorts, this animated children's show is about three siblings who live next door to a wise panda who teaches them about life and mindfulness.
Ted Lasso1 season, 10 episodes
American football and British football may have little in common, but that doesn't stop renowned American NFL coach Ted Lasso from stepping in to help a British soccer team get their shit together in this comedy. Jason Sudeikis plays the titular character in this show that he also co-created, and actually originates in a character he used to play in ads on NBC Sports. This one's quickly become a surprise hit for the streamer—which makes sense, given how freaking wholesome it is.
Truth Be Told1 season, 8 episodes
This is a show based on the novel Are You Sleeping?, about people obsessed with true-crime podcasts. Pick through those layers of meta-media insanity during a bout of insomnia, but it has plenty of big-name actors on board, including Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and Lizzy Caplan (playing twins).
Trying2 seasons, 16 episodes
This BBC-produced dramedy starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith follows a couple who turns to adoption when they struggle to conceive a child, finding just how challenging that process is to navigate. A third and final season has already been green-lit.
WolfwalkersMovie, 102 minutes
Wolfwalkers, an animated delight, takes place in a world in which wolves are seen as demonic creatures that need to be tamed. An apprentice hunter, Robyn, travels to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last back. After meeting a wild girl named Mebh, however, Robyn is exposed to the world of the Wolfwalkers and transformed into the very thing she's trained to destroy. Wolfwalkers is co-directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.
Lisey's StoryPremiere date: June 4
Lisey's Story is an adaptation of Stephen King's 2006 novel of the same name, which stars Julianne Moore as a woman who is having trouble cleaning out the office of her late novelist husband (Clive Owen), and uncovers repressed memories of their marriage while she reminisces. Joan Allen, Dane DeHaan, and Sung Kang also star.
Home Before Dark (Season 2)Premiere date: June 11
The precocious kid investigative journalist played by Brooklynn Prince has got another case to solve. The mystery series inspired by the real, young reporter Hilde Lisko returns with Prince's character looking into an explosion that took place at a local farm.
PhysicalPremiere date: June 18
Cue up the Olivia Newton-John hit: Rose Byrne is about to get physical. In this dramedy from Annie Weisman (Desperate Housewives) and Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, Dirty John), Byrne plays a bored housewife in the '80s who finds she can escape the doldrums of her daily life by taking up the hottest trend at the time, aerobics.
Central Park (Season 2)Premiere date: June 25
Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard's animated series is onto Season 2. Expect more NYC shenanigans, and many, many more original songs.
FathomPremiere date: June 25
This nature documentary follows two biologists on a quest to understand one of the world's most majestic creatures—the humpback whale—and why they communicate through song.
SchmigadoonPremiere date: July 16
From the writers of the Despicable Me franchise, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and executive producer Lorne Michaels, comes a musical comedy series starring Keegan-Michael Key andSNL's Cecily Strong who, while on a backpacking trip, stumble upon the town of Schmigadoon where everyone acts like they're living in the 1940s and no one's allowed to leave until they've found true love. The series prides itself on parodying famous musicals—but theater fans, don't worry because iconic Broadway legends like Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, and many others make an appearance to round out the show.
Ted Lasso (Season 2)Premiere date: July 23
This veritable hug of a series is (thankfully) already coming back for round two. Even after the Season 1 finale's loss bumped the team down a league, there's so much potential in this puckish underdog story.
Watch the Sound with Mark RonsonPremiere date: July 30
This docuseries is produced by Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and hosted by Grammy-winner Mark Ronson as he interviews famous names in the music industry about their experiences producing. Charli XCX, Beastie Boys, Questlove, and Paul McCartney are among the guests.
Mr. CormanPremiere date: August 6
From A24, Mr. Corman is a "deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley." Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, executive produced, and stars as the eponymous Mr. Corman in the half-hour dramedy, which sees his first return to scripted TV since 3rd Rock From the Sun.
CODAPremiere date: August 13
Arguably the biggest hit out of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, CODA is a stirring, tearful drama about a teen who is the only hearing member of her family. Ruby (Emilia Jones) acts as interpreter for her close-knit unit in a Massachusetts fishing community, yet conflict arises when she decides to pursue her love of singing, which takes her away from the family business.
The Problem With Jon StewartPremiere date: Fall 2021
Jon Stewart is returning to TV for the first time since his hosting duties at The Daily Show ended in 2015. The Apple project, which is already set to run for multiple seasons, is another current affairs series from the political comedian.
Come From AwayPremiere date: 2021 TBA
The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Come From Away is the latest stage musical to get the movie treatment. Like Hamilton, the film will feature a taping of a live performance of the Broadway cast. The show tells the true story of 7,000 passengers who were stranded but welcomed in a small Newfoundland town on September 11, 2001.
FinchPremiere date: 2021 TBA
There's a lot of last man on Earth movies—but what if that last man was Tom Hanks? He is in Finch, playing the titular aging inventor Finch, who attempts to build an android to look after his dog when he dies. The sci-fi movie is helmed by Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik.
FoundationPremiere date: 2021 TBA
Isaac Asimov took the world of science fiction by storm when he published his novel (and plenty of followups) about a vision of the future in which every major political event is predicted and planned for in advance by "psychohistorians," who have turned seeing the future into a science. This adaptation stars Lee Pace as the Emperor of the Galaxy and Jared Harris as the brilliant Hari Seldon.
Killers of the Flower MoonPremiere date: 2021 TBA
Martin Scorsese will direct Jesse Plemons, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Robert de Niro in this adaptation of David Grann's 2017 book about the FBI investigation into the murders of Native Americans from the Osage Nation in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land.
AcapulcoPremiere date: TBA
A Spanish-English comedy series set in the '80s about a young man who gets his dream job working at a lavish resort in (you guessed it) Acapulco. Eugenio Derbez plays the man in present day and is on to narrate the series.
The AfterpartyPremiere date: TBA
Apple announced in June 2020 that it had give an eight-episode series order to Phil Lord and Chris Miller's idea for a murder mystery show set amongst a high school reunion, in which each episode takes us through the events of the same night from a different perspective, with different visual styles for each. The group of former classmates is rounded out with some A+ comedic stars including Tiffany Haddish, Ilana Glazer, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, and others.
BridePremiere date: TBA
Scarlett Johannson was the voice of an AI technology in Her, and now she'll be playing another form of AI—this time in front of the screen—in Bride. The actress stars in Sebastián Lelio's (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) latest, which is another film in Apple and A24's deal, finding her as an entrepreneur's creation of an ideal wife who decides to escape his hold and enter the outside world.
CallsPremiere date: TBA
Calls originated in France at Canal+ under the direction of Timothée Hochet. Apple's ordered up 10 episodes of this mostly audio horror-esque series, which is not a podcast, so don't call it one!
The Crowded RoomPremiere date: TBA
This anthology comes from Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Star Trek: Picard), with each season telling the story of a real individual who lived with and overcame struggles of mental illness. The first season features Tom Holland as Billy Milligan, the first person to ever be acquitted of a crime for having Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Premiere date: TBA
A series adaptation of Blake Crouch's novel Dark Matter is on the way, with Crouch on as writer and Matt Tolmach (Venom, Jumanji) showrunning. The sci-fi thriller follows a man who suddenly finds himself in a strange, alternative reality, forcing him to question which life really is the dream and how to find his way back to what he knows.
EarthsoundPremiere date: TBA
The same team behind Apple TV+'s Earth at Night in Color is releasing another nature doc. This one is a 12-part series that uses fancy 360-degree sound design to capture the magnificent, often unheard moments in nature around the planet.
Echo 3Premiere date: TBA
Can you take another gritty military series about some dudes with a special set of skills embarking on a dangerous mission? Well, that's what Echo 3 is serving up, from none other than master of the craft Mark Boal, who wrote films like Triple Frontier, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty. Like Triple Frontier, this thriller series finds two former military men (Luke Evans, Michael Huisman) to South America where they're looking for their scientist sister/fiancé who went missing.
EmancipationPremiere date: TBA
Antoine Fuqua will direct Will Smith as runaway slave Peter, who escaped his Louisiana plantation in 1863 and joined the Union Army where he allowed his scarred back to be photographed during a medical examination. The photo of his whip scars was published in the Independent, revealing to the world the cruelties of American slavery and inspiring many free Black people to join the Union Army.
The Essex SerpentPremiere date: TBA
Claire Danes stars in this adaptation of Sarah Perry's 2016 novel about a woman named Cora who, after divorcing her abusive husband, travels from Victorian London to rural Essex following rumors of sightings of the legendary "Essex Serpent." Tom Hiddleston also leads the cast.
Five Days at MemorialPremiere date: TBA
Five Days at Memorial is based on Sheri Fink's Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book about the first five days at a New Orleans hospital when caregivers and patients were overwhelmed once Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The limited series sees Vera Farmiga in the lead role as a doctor at the hospital, and it finds her teaming back up with Bates Motel showrunner Carlton Cuse who is behind the series, along with John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).
Harriet the SpyPremiere date: TBA
Apple is making a Harriet the Spy series! The animated show will adapt Louise Fitzhugh's classic 1964 children's detective book, with Beanie Feldstein voicing the titular character, and Jane Lynch and Lacey Chabert also starring.
Hedy LamarrPremiere date: TBA
Gal Gadot will executive produce and star in this series about the famous Hollywood glamour girl and inventor Hedy Lamarr, written by Sarah Treem of The Affair, House of Cards, and In Treatment.
Hello TomorrowPremiere date: TBA
The Morning Show isn't Billy Crudup's only Apple project. He'll also star in this lite sci-fi dramedy set in the future where he plays a salesman selling lunar timeshares.
In With the DevilPremiere date: TBA
Based on James Keene and Hillel Levin's novel, In With the Devil is a dark legal thriller about the relationship between two inmates that forms when a lawyer offers one prisoner a deal if he can coax the other into confessing he committed a series of murders. Taron Egerton leads the cast and is supported by Ray Liotta, Greg Kinear, and others.
InvasionPremiere date: TBA
Apple picked up a character-driven sci-fi drama based on two scripts and a show bible written by Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The series shows various people's perspectives from across the globe as aliens start to invade Earth.
Lady in the LakePremiere date: TBA
Natalie Portman leads this adaptation of Laura Lippman's novel of the same name, playing a housewife in '60s Baltimore who tries to reinvent herself as a wannabe investigative journalist when she becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder. It'll be her first major TV role—and the same goes for Lupita Nyong'o who plays another mother and advocate of Black advancement in Baltimore that clashes with Portman's character.
The Last Days of Ptolemy GreyPremiere date: TBA
Samuel L. Jackson is making his TV starring role debut. The Oscar-nominated actor is taking on the titular role in this six-episode adaptation of Walter Mosley's novel. The mystery tells the story of a 91-year-old man with dementia whose family has forgotten about him, and he can't remember much about his identity himself, but he uses his remaining memories to try to piece together his nephew's death.
The Last Thing He Told MePremiere date: TBA
Julia Roberts is about to channel Erin Brockovich again… sort of. She's really just digging into a mystery here, playing a woman who forms an unexpected relationship with her teenage stepdaughter when her husband disappears and they look into his whereabouts. Based on Laura Dave's novel, the limited series, which is executive produced by Roberts and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, was said to have been outbid by Apple in a bidding war among several streamers.
Lessons in ChemistryPremiere date: TBA
An adaptation of Bonnie Garmus's novel of the same name, Brie Larson is on as executive producer and stars in this drama series as a '60s housewife who dreams of working in science and takes a job hosting a cooking show to force her way out of the domestic sphere.
Losing EarthPremiere date: TBA
That big 2018 New York Times story about how we're all fucked because huge companies ignored climate science in favor of profits and partisan politics has been scooped up by Apple for development into a series.
LuckPremiere date: TBA
This animated film imagines the world of good and bad luck, where a little girl—the self-proclaimed unluckiest girl in the world—gets swept away.
Masters of the AirPremiere date: TBA
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up once again for a follow-up to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, based on Donald L. Miller's book about the Air Force bomber boys who flew their planes over Nazi Germany in World War II. Austin Butler and Callum Turner are among the cast.
My Glory Was I Had Such FriendsPremiere date: TBA
Any time you can use a W.B. Yeats line as the title of your television show, YOU DO IT. Jennifer Garner will star as a woman waiting for her second heart transplant—she makes it through thanks to (you guessed it) her friends. This one is based on the memoir of the same name, and will have J.J. Abrams as executive producer.
Now and ThenPremiere date: TBA
Rosie Perez dipped her toes into playing detective on HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, and now she'll be helming an investigation over at Apple TV+. In this Spanish-English language series, she plays a talented detective named Flora whose world is turned upside down when she and her college friends reunite to celebrate, and one of them turns up dead.
Number One on the Call SheetPremiere date: TBA
Number One on the Call Sheet is a documentary told in two parts—Black Leading Women in Hollywood and Black Leading Men in Hollywood—that highlights Black pioneers and game-changing stars in Hollywood. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Hart are among the producers.
Oprah documentary projects
Premiere date: TBA
In addition to her book club series, Oprah is also currently working on two documentary-based projects. There's Toxic Labor, a documentary about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and a currently unnamed multi-part series on mental health.
PachinkoPremiere date: TBA
An adaptation of Min Jin Lee's bestselling novel of the same name, this might qualify as an early frontrunner for Apple TV's least insufferable show.
PlatonicPremiere date: TBA
Fans of the 2014 comedy Neighbors, you'll want to tune into Platonic. The series sees the whole gang back together—director Nick Stoller and stars Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen—with the two leads playing a couple of platonic friends (obviously) who reconnect years after having a falling out.
Prehistoric PlanetPremiere date: TBA
You've seen Jon Favreau direct hyper-realistic, soul-sucking lions. Now, see Jon Favreau direct dinosaurs in Prehistoric Planet, an upcoming documentary series that will use CGI to tell the story of the dinosaur's last days. The series is in partnership with BBC Studios' Natural History Unit, famous for Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
RoarPremiere date: TBA
GLOW showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch's latest is an adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's book of short stories about what it means to be a woman. The eight-episode anthology has an A-list cast behind it, including Nicole Kidman (who is also producing), Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Weaver, and Alison Brie.
SeverancePremiere date: TBA
Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller are joining forces yet again for a series not at all affiliated with Ling Ma's excellent 2018 novel Severance. Like he did Escape From Dannemora, Stiller's directing the actress in an upcoming workplace thriller set in an office with unusual work-life balance policies. Deadline reported Arquette will play the boss to Adam Scott's character, who is said to have a dark past he's trying to escape, and will be joined by Christopher Walken and John Tuturro.
ShantaramPremiere date: TBA
American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer will write and executive produce this adaptation of Gregory David Robert's novel of the same name, the first two episodes of which will be directed by Justin Hurzel. Hopefully it's more coherent than American Hustle. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) was recently cast in the series' lead role.
SharperPremiere date: TBA
Julianne Moore will star in and produce this movie about a con artist taking on "the world of Manhattan’s billionaire echelon." Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (Dice, The Sitter) are writing the script, and A24 is also producing.
Shining GirlsPremiere date: TBA
Elisabeth Moss will star in this adaptation of Lauren Beukes' 2013 bestselling metaphysical thriller about a Chicago reporter hunting down her assailant while reality around her shifts in unexpected ways.
The Shrink Next DoorPremiere date: TBA
Apple has given an eight-episode limited series order for this show, directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) and based on last year's super popular podcast about the exploitative doctor-patient relationship between psychologist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell).
Slow HorsesPremiere date: TBA
Gary Oldman is starring in this adaptation of Mick Herron's series of books (collectively called Slough House) about a backwater dumping ground for MI5's worst secret agents. If that sounds sort of Veep-y to you, you'll be thrilled to learn Veep writer Will Smith (no relation) will both write and executive produce the series.
Snow BlindPremiere date: TBA
Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in this adaptation of Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins' bestselling graphic novel about a young boy living in a small Alaska town who finds out that his family is in the witness protection program when a mysterious man shows up in their town, looking for revenge and pursued by FBI agents. Gustav Möller (The Guilty) will direct in his English-language debut.
SpellboundPremiere date: TBA
An animated children's film from Skydance Animation, which follows a girl who lives in a magical world and must use her powers to save her kingdom from dark forces. Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson is on as director.
SurfacePremiere date: TBA
Surface is yet another project from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine imprint, although little is known about it aside from that. It's said to be a psychological thriller and star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who appears opposite Witherspoon on The Morning Show).
SuspicionPremiere date: TBA
Suspicion is an English-language adaptation of the Israeli thriller series False Flag. While there aren't any details about how faithful Apple's adaptation will be, the original series tells the story of five ordinary Israelis who wake up to discover that they've been implicated as suspects in a high-profile kidnapping. With their names, faces, and personal information splashed across media worldwide, the Israeli government largely leaves them to fend for themselves. Deadline reported that Uma Thurman will lead the cast, but few details are known aside from that.
SwaggerPremiere date: TBA
Former NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has long had an interest in diversifying his portfolio with tech investments and his very own media company. This series is based on Durant's early life and will allegedly explore the world of AAU basketball, which if done honestly could lead to a pretty sordid and fun show! We'll see what Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Television production company can come up with. There are already character descriptions in a casting call for young actors, and spoiler alert: These kids MUST HAVE INNATE ATHLETIC ABILITY. There's going to be lots of basketball in Swagger, in other words. Apple announced that Winston Duke (Black Panther, Us) will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player.
Swan SongPremiere date: TBA
Mahershala Ali will play a man named Milo, living in the near-future, who discovers just how far he will go to give a better life to someone he loves. The film is described as "genre bending," and is directed by Benjamin Cleary, who directed the fantastic 2015 short film Stutterer.
Untitled Colleen McGuinness comedy seriesPremiere date: TBA
This half-hour series hit a snag when Kristen Wiig backed out, but it's still happening, and it's still presumably inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It.
Untitled The Custom of the Country adaptationPremiere date: TBA
Sofia Coppola is directing an adaptation of Edith Wharton's classic 1913 novel, which follows a young Midwestern woman, Undine Spragg, who attempts to ascend the ranks of New York's high society. The book has been credited with partly inspiring Julian Fellowes' Downton Abbey.
Untitled Damien Chazelle seriesPremiere date: TBA
Title suggestion: High School Musical 4.
Untitled Maya Rudolph comedyPremiere date: TBA
Maya Rudolph's going to be rolling in the big, big bucks. Well, her character will, at least, in his upcoming series in which she plays a woman whose husband leaves her with nothing but $87 billion. The show finds the comedian teaming back up with Forever showrunner Alan Yang.
Untitled Ramy Youssef/Stephen Way seriesPremiere date: TBA
In an overall deal with A24, Ramy Youssef signed on to create two new shows, one for Netflix, and the other for Apple TV+, which stars Ramy's Stephen Way and, as Youssef describes it, shows the "perspective and the experience of a disabled person and their family in a real way."
WoolPremiere date: TBA
Wool is unfortunately not about fluffy sheep. It's an adaptation of Graham Yost's book trilogy about a dystopian future where society moves into an underground facility and dictates the roles men and women can take. Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, Mission: Impossible) leads the 10-episode series and author Yost is on as showrunner.