The Best Shows on Apple TV Plus Right Now (July 2022)

What to watch on Apple TV this month

Since Apple TV+ was a late entrant to the streaming melee, you might not think there's much worth watching, but think again. The service has lots of great new shows, and it keeps getting better. Here are the ones we think are worth watching right now. Keep in mind the TV-MA rating: Not all of these shows are child-friendly.

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Loot (2022): Too Much Money, Too Few Problems

Maya Rudolph in Loot

Apple TV +

IMDb Rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster

Created By: Liz Flahive, Alan Lang

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Molly (Maya Rudolph) is recently divorced, but don't feel too bad for her. Now, her biggest problem is deciding how to spend the $87 billion she got from her ex-husband.

Maya Rudolph makes Loot worth watching thanks to her impeccable comedic timing. More than an excuse to make fun of rich people, the show actually has a positive message about the importance of giving back.

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For All Mankind (2019): Best Alternate History Show About the Cold War

An astronaut in For All Mankind

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Noah Harpster, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman

Created By: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 3

The space race culminated in 1969 with the moon landing of Apollo 11, but what if the Soviet Union had landed there first? For All Mankind posits that America wouldn't take the "L" and move on. In an alternate version of history, the space race continues with some unexpected outcomes.

The series uses a mix of fictional and real-life characters, like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, to create a plausible alternate past, present, and future. The first few episodes start with a sputter, but the ride gets back as it goes on. Stay strapped in for a new season in 2021.

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Shining Girl (2022): Best Murder Mystery Book Series Adaptation

Elisabeth Moss in Shining Girls

Apple TV

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Wagner Moura, Jamie Bell

Created By: Silka Luisa

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Journalist and assault survivor Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) just wants to forget the past, but it comes back to haunt her when the attack is connected with a new murder case.

It's best to go in blind since Shining Girls takes some surprising turns. Just be warned that it gets pretty intense, so you might not want to binge it all in one sitting.

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The Big Conn on Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Documentary, Crime

Starring: Ella Frazee, Jackson Janowicz

Created By: James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Meet Mr. Eric C. Conn, the infamous Kentucky lawyer who stole half a billion dollars through Social Security fraud. As bad as that sounds, he couldn't have done it without the help of compliant judges and doctors.

These days, true crime stories are a dime-a-dozen, but this one is a classic. Fans of watching white-collar criminals get busted won't be disappointed with The Big Conn.

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Prehistoric Planet on Apple TV Plus

Apple TV+

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10

Genre: Documentary, History

Starring: David Attenborough

Created By: BBC

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

The same animation studio that produced Disney's remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King has recreated Late Cretaceous Earth, bringing audiences the most realistic look ever at the titans who ruled our Earth for millennia. With an original score by Hans Zimmer, Prehistoric Planet is much more impressive than the latest Jurrasic World movie.

Narrated by David Attenborough, this five-part series uses the latest research on dinosaurs to build upon BBC's previous series Planet Dinosaur (2011) and Walking with Dinosaurs (1999).

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Tehran (2020): Most Suspenseful International Spy Story

Tehran on Apple TV+

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Starring: Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, Shervin Alenabi

Created By: Dana Eden, Maor Kohn, Omri Shenhar

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Undercover hacker Tamar (Niv Sultan) returns to her home country to sabotage a nuclear program. However, when plans go awry, she's tasked with an even more dangerous mission.

One of Apple TV's most acclaimed original shows, Tehran is finally back with a second season. In 2021, Tehran became the first Israeli TV show to win the prestigious International Emmy Award for best drama.

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They Call Me Magic (2022): A Well Deserved Documentary

Magic Johnson in They Call Me Magic

Apple TV

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Sport

Starring: Magic Johnson

Created By: Rick Famuyiwa

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Earvin Johnson, better known to the world as Magic Johnson, is one of the most influential sports figures in history, but his legacy extends far beyond the basketball court.

They Call Me Magic includes exclusive interviews with Johnson's family and the man himself. Even if you're not a fan of sports, anyone can take inspiration from Magic's story.

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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (2022): Most Mind-Bending Mystery Series

Samuel L. Jackson in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Drama

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Dominique Fishback, Walton Goggins

Created By: Walter Mosley

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

At 91 years old, Ptolemy Grey (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes the caretaker of a teenage girl, Robyn (Dominique Fishback). As his dementia worsens, the teen helps Ptolemy regain his memory and uncover the truth behind his nephew's death.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is based on a novel by Walter Mosley, who also directs the show.

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The Problem With Jon Stewart (2021): Most Glorious Return of a Talk Show Legend

Jon Stewart in The Problem With Jon Stewart

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Talk Show

Starring: Jon Stewart

Created By: Jon Stewart

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

The only real problem with Jon Stewart is that he's been absent from our TVs for way too long. Finally, he's back with a new talk show that combines comedy with political commentary. Every episode is a deep dive into a pertinent issue facing America today.

Famous for his days hosting The Daily Show, Stewart has been an outspoken advocate for 9/11 frontline workers. He's now signed to a multi-year deal, so expect The Problem With Jon Stewart to stick around for a few seasons.

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Severance (2022): Strangest Satire of21st Century Corporate America

Adam Scott in Severance

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Dichen Lachman

Created By: Dan Erickson

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

The employees at Lumon Industries all have something in common: Every day, their memories of the outside world are erased when they arrive to work. The system works perfectly, until it doesn't, which causes loyal worker Mark (Adam Scott) to question everything.

A twisted spin on shows like The Office, Severance satirizes the darker side of corporate workplace culture.

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Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (2020)—Most Exciting Musical Muppet Comeback

The muppets of Fraggle Rock On!

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Short, Family

Starring: John Tartaglia, Dave Goelz, Frankie Cordero

Created By: Jim Henson

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Fraggle Rock was an underrated Jim Henson show about underground dwelling muppets that aired in the 1980s and 90s. Decades later, they've emerged from their caves for a rocking reboot.

Fraggle Rock: Rock On! will live on as an interesting historical artifact because it was created during the 2020 lockdowns, so scenes were filmed remotely from the performers' homes. The episodes are short, but the songs will be stuck in your head for days.

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Central Park (2020): Best Animated Musical Sitcom for Adults

The cast of Central Park

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Musical

Starring: Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad

Created By: Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad, Nora Smith

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 3

Park manager Owen Tillerman (Leslie Odom Jr.) works and lives happily with his family in Edendale Castle (based on the real Belvedere Castle) in Central Park, New York. However, their happy existence is threatened when a wealthy real estate developer wants to turn their home into condominiums.

While the title may sound like a knock-off of South Park, Central Park is quite the opposite. The show is aimed at older audiences, but it's not at all vulgar or violent. The plot centers around hot-button issues like gentrification, but it's not preachy. All in all, Central Park is a fun sitcom that teens and adults can enjoy together.

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WeCrashed (2022): The Story of the World's Most Explosive Power Couple

Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway in WeCrashed

Apple TV+

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, O-T Fagbenle

Created By: Lee Eisenberg, Drew Crevello

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

WeWork co-founders Adam (Jared Leto) and Rebekah Neuman (Anne Hathaway) turned their co-working concept into a billion-dollar brand, but it all crashed and burned dramatically, just like their relationship.

Leto and Hathaway are captivating in their roles as a real-life power couple. The less you know about the true story behind WeCrashed, the more shocked you'll be by the twist and turns.

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Suspicion (2022): Most Twisted International Criminal Conspiracy

The cast of Suspicion 2022

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Elizabeth Henstridge, Elyes Gabel, Kunal Nayyar

Created By: Maria Feldman, Amit Cohen

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

The son of American business mogul Katherine Newman (Uma Thurman) mysteriously goes missing from a New York hotel. Meanwhile, five British tourists return home from the U.S. only to find out that they are the prime suspects.

Suspicion is an adaptation of an Israeli TV show called False Flag. New episodes air every Friday.

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Slow Horses (2022): Best British Spy Thriller Based on a Book Series

Gary Oldman in Slow Horses

Apple TV +

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Chris Reilly, Gary Oldman, Rosalind Eleazar

Created By: Graham Yost

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

What happens to British spies who make embarrassing mistakes? They get sent to Slough House, an administrative limbo under the watchful eye of Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), the world's most miserable manager.

Based on a series of books by Mick Herron’s novels, Slow Horses has the premise of a typical workplace comedy, but it quickly gets more exciting as the agents are tasked with more serious matters.

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Pachinko (2022): An International, Cross-Generational, and Multi-Lingual Epic

Youn Yuh-jung and Lee Min-Ho in Pachinko 2022

Apple TV +

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Youn Yuh-jung, Lee Min-Ho, Minha Kim

Created By: Min Jin Lee

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Pachinko is a mini-series based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name. Across four generations, a Korean family moves from country to country in search of a better life.

With dialogue in Korean, Japanese, and English, Pachinko is a truly international series that celebrates immigration and diversity.

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The Afterparty (2022): Best Genre-Bending Murder Mystery

The cast of the Afterparty

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Starring: Genevieve Angelson, Everly Carganilla, Tiya Sircar

Created By: Christopher Miller

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

When a high school reunion turns into a crime scene, everyone in attendance is a possible culprit. To clear their names, each guest gives their account of what happened in the style of various movie genres.

You may be surprised that this murder mystery was written by Christopher Miller, creator of The Lego Movie. Afterparty debuted with a three-episode premiere and will be followed by one new episode each Friday.

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Acapulco (2021): Funniest Bilingual Rags-to-Riches Comedy

Fernando Carsa and Damián Alcázar in Acapulco

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Enrique Arrizon, Fernando Carsa, Damián Alcázar

Created By: Eduardo Cisneros, Jason Shuman, Austin Winsberg

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Today, Máximo (Eugenio Derbez) is a wealthy man, but growing up poor in the resort town of Acapulco wasn't easy. Set in both the present day and the 1980s, Acapulco is an unlikely rags-to-riches story about a man who went from pool boy to self-made millionaire.

Enrique Arrizon plays the young Máximo with all the charm of a teenage telenovela heartthrob. Acapulco features both Spanish and English dialogue, but there are subtitles for viewers who aren't bilingual.

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Dr. Brain (2021): Most Cerebral South Korean Thriller

Lee Sun Kyun in Dr. Brain

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Sun-kyun Lee, June Yoon, Yoo-Young Lee

Created By: Kim Jee-woon

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

In this drama from South Korea, neuroscientist Sewon (Sun-kyun Lee) obsesses over uncovering the truth behind his family's mysterious death. He does this by inventing a device that lets him see the memories of the deceased, which leads him down a dark path.

Dr. Brain started as a manhwa, or web comic, which follows the same premise. Its debut coincides with the launch of Apple TV Plus in South Korea. You can watch Dr. Brain in Korean or English.

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Harriet the Spy (2021): Best Reboot of a Beloved Children's Character

Harriet the Spy on Apple TV Plus

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Animation, Family

Starring: Lacey Chabert, Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch

Created By: Will McRobb

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Harriet the Spy brings the beloved children's book series to the 21st century. Young Harriet (Beanie Feldstein), an aspiring writer with unyielding curiosity, often finds herself in over her head.

The animation designs are inspired by the illustrations of the original books, but the show has a distinctly modern feel that fits in nicely with Apple's lineup of kid's shows. There's even a bit of humor for adults, but there's nothing inappropriate for kids.

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The Shrink Next Door (2021): Darkest True Story About a Bad Doctor

Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd in The Shrink Next Door

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn

Created By: Georgia Pritchett

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Dr. Ike Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) is a very hands-on therapist who likes to get close to his patients. Sometimes, he gets a little too close. Marty (Will Ferrell) can tell you all about it because Dr. Herschkopf has driven away everyone else in his life.

Inspired by Joe Nocera's podcast about the real-life psychiatrist Isaac Herschkopf, The Shrink Next Door will make your skin crawl, but in a fun way. Will Ferrell has grown immensely as an actor and makes this mini-series worth watching.

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Swagger (2021): Best Sports Drama Based on a Real-Life Legend

Ozie Nzeribe in Swagger

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Documentary, Sports

Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Shinelle Azoroh, Ozie Nzeribe

Created By: Reggie Rock Bythewood

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Swagger is a teen sports drama inspired by the life of its producer, NBA legend Kevin Durant. Don't expect The Mighty Ducks. This show seriously explores the dynamics between coaches, parents, talent scouts, and desperate young players.

A three-time Olympic gold medal winner, Durant's story would inspire anyone, but Swagger isn't about his childhood. It's a modern story about the world of youth sports that he grew up in.

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Foundation (2021): Most Ambitious Adaptation of a Sci-Fi Book Series

Foundation on Apple TV

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell

Created By: Isaac Asimov

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Isaac Asimov's best-selling book series has been adapted into a big-budget Apple TV Plus exclusive. While it takes some liberties with the story in the books, Foundation is a satisfying space opera that spans across the galaxy. Led by mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris), a team of renegades must work together to prevent the collapse of an empire.

With its galactic empires and clones, Foundation has obvious parallels with Star Wars, but the books predate the famous film franchise by several decades. In fact, George Lucas could have very well been inspired by Asimov.

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The Morning Show (2020): Best Morning TV Drama

The Morning Show

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell

Created By: Jay Carson, Kerry Ehrin

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a morning news show? The Morning Show gives a good, if somewhat dramatized, look. As one of the first shows released on Apple TV+, The Morning Show is a hit with the perfect balance of drama, rage, and self-indulgence while also tackling some heavy issues close to home for those of us in the audience.

Mich (Steve Carell) is a former morning anchor trying to get his job back. Alex (Jennifer Anniston) and Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) are sometimes friends and sometimes enemies battling a sexist establishment as they try to save a morning news show.

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Schmigadoon! (2021): Best Tribute to the Golden Age of Musicals

Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong in Schmigadoon!

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Musical

Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen

Created By: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Did you know that writer, actor, and comedian Keegan-Michael Key is also a fabulous singer? Now the whole world knows thanks to HBO Max's musical series Schmigadoon! Trapped in a town that's trapped in a real-life musical, Josh (Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) have no choice but to join in the fun.

Schmigadoon! is a musical for people who love musicals—it pays respect to beloved mid-century stage shows. In fact, the story is inspired by the 1947 musical and 1954 film Brigadoon.

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Ted Lasso (2020): Best British-American Sports Comedy

Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt

Created By: Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Americans and Brits may speak the same language, but there are some irreconcilable linguistic differences. American Football coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) finds this out the hard way when he agrees to coach a football team in London, only to learn that it's an entirely different sport.

You may recognize the titular character from a series of NBC shorts promoting the network's coverage of the Premier League. Jason Sudeikis's portrayal of the lovably aloof coach captured the hearts of sports fans, and now he has his own show entering its second season.

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The Mosquito Coast (2021): Wildest Run-for-the-Border Family Adventure

The cast of The Mosquito Coast

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Gabriel Bateman

Created By: Paul Theroux

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Have you ever wanted to drop everything and move far, far away? Allie Fox (Justin Theroux) decides to do just that when he finds himself on the wrong end of government agents. Determined to live off-grid in a houseboat in Honduras, he smuggles his wife Margot (Melissa George) and their kids across the southern border.

Inspired by the 1981 book of the same name, The Mosquito Coast tells an original story set in modern-day North and Central America. The star of the show, Justin Theroux, is the nephew of Paul Theroux, the author of the original book.

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Trying (2020): Best Sitcom for Future Parents

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith in Trying

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Ophelia Lovibond

Created By: Andy Wolton

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 2

Like a lot of couples, Jason (Rafe Spall) and Nikki (Esther Smith) want to be good parents. Unable to conceive on their own, they plan to adopt, which turns out to be a pretty involved process. Unsure of their own parenting skills, how will the couple convince strangers that they are capable of raising a child?

Trying is a great show to watch for expecting couples or anyone who might want to be a parent one day. It accurately represents the legal complexities of adoption and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with preparing for a kid. That said, Trying is a comedy first and foremost, so it's more likely to make you laugh than cry.

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Servant (2019): Best Paranormal Thriller From a Hollywood Director

Nell Tiger Free in Servant

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint

Created By: Tony Basgallop

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 3

Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) is thrilled when she lands a cushy gig as a live-in nanny, but there's a catch: She's actually taking care of a doll that the mother (Lauren Ambrose) believes is her deceased infant son. It's a concept that's been tried before with movies like The Boy and The Truth About Emanuel, but Servant brings enough to the table to stand on its own.

While M. Night Shyamalan didn't direct or write any of the episodes, many scenes look like they could come from a Shyamalan film. Episodes are short and reveal only enough to keep you watching.

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The Snoopy Show (2021): Cutest Kid's Show Based on a Classic Cartoon

Snoopy and Woodstock in the Snoopy Show

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Ethan Pugiotto, Terry McGurrin, Rob Tinkler

Created By: Rob Boutilier, Mark Evestaff, Alex Galatis

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 2

Charlie Brown is the de facto leader of the Peanuts gang, but everyone knows who's the real star of the crew. Snoopy has been entertaining kids for decades, and thanks to Apple Plus, today's generation can get acquainted with the world's coolest beagle.

If you or your kids like The Snoopy Show, check out Snoopy in Space, another Apple Plus original. If you have kids, these series can act as a gateway to old classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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