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

What to watch on Apple TV this month

As a late entrant to the streaming melee, you might not think there's much worth watching on Apple TV+ but think again. Lots of great new shows have been released on the service, and they keep getting better all the time. Here are the ones we think are worth watching right now. Keep in mind the TV-MA rating: Not all of these shows are made with children in mind.

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

Lee Sun Kyun in Dr. Brain

Apple TV Plus

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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Puppy Place (2021): Best Kid's Show for Dog Lovers

Brooklynn MacKinzie and Dominique Toney in Puppy Place

Apple TV Plus

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Genre: Adventure

Starring: Brooklynn MacKinzie, Dominique Toney, Riley Looc

Created By: Ellen Miles

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Inspired by the children's book series by ​Ellen Miles, Puppy Place is about a foster family for puppies. Siblings Charles (Riley Looc) and Lizzie (Brooklynn MacKinzie) take care of the puppies and also help them find homes.

The end of every episode is a little bitter-sweet since the kids always have to say goodbye to their puppy. However, they do it because it's for the best, which is a good message for little kids.

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Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (2021): Closest Kid's Show to Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

Jack McBrayer in Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show

Apple TV Plus

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Children, Comedy

Starring: Jack McBrayer, Teagan Johnson, Adam Christopher Scott

Created By: Jack McBrayer

TV Rating: TV-Y

Number of Seasons: 1

Today's world is sorely missing role models like Mr. Rodgers, but Jack McBrayer is trying to fill the void with this series aimed at preschoolers. While Sesame Street teaches kids their ABCs, Jack teaches kids about the three Cs: caring, connecting, and cascading.

The Kindness Show is part of Apple's growing list of kid-friendly content, which includes shows like Stillwater, Helpsters, and Doug Unplugs.

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

Fernando Carsa and Damián Alcázar in Acapulco

Apple TV+

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

Harriet the Spy on Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus

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 TV

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 Tv Plus

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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Invasion (2021): Best Surprisingly Subtle Alien Attack Story

Invasion on Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus

IMDb Rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Tara Moayedi, Azhy Robertson, Daisuke Tsuji

Created By: Simon Kinberg, David Weil

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Rather than focusing on the threat of the extraterrestrials, Invasion is about the dangers humans pose to each other during uncertain times. If you've ever seen the Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," you might have an idea of where this alien story is going.

Invasion takes its time introducing characters and setting up situations, establishing a sense of mystery and dread that permeates the series. It starts off a little slow, but the pace picks up as the different plot threads come together.

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

The muppets of Fraggle Rock On!

Apple TV Plus

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

Foundation on Apple TV

Apple TV

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

Jon Stewart in The Problem With Jon Stewart

Apple TV

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Talk Show

Starring: Jon Stewart

Created By: Jon Stewart

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

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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The Morning Show (2020): Best Morning TV Catfight

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 TV Plus

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 in that 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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The Snoopy Show (2021): Cutest Kids' Show Based on a Classic Cartoon

Snoopy and Woodstock in the Snoopy Show

Apple TV Plus

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: 1

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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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: 2

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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Mr. Corman (2021): Best Workplace Comedy for Millennials

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mr. Corman

Apple TV Plus

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arturo Castro, Jordan Galindo

Hailee Steinfeld, Adrian Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov

Created By: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

A promising young musician with high aspirations never gets his break, so he ends up teaching music in a public school. It's a tale as old as time that is particularly relevant to young adults today who are stuck with student loans and a job they never wanted.

Directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mr. Corman can only be watched only on Apple TV+. The first two episodes are set to drop on August 6 with new episodes streaming every Friday.

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Physical (2021): Best Dark Comedy Set in the 1980s

Rose Byrne in Physical

Apple

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Rose Byrne, Dierdre Friel, Rory Scovel

Created By: Annie Weisman

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

During the 1980s, aerobicize was almost as popular as shows about the 1980s are today. In Physical, unhappy housewife Sheila (Rose Byrne) finds solace in sweat and spandex as she starts selling exercise tapes out of her home, much to the chagrin of her husband Danny (Rory Scovel).

The humor in Physical is a little darker than your average American sitcom. Nonetheless, the show still manages to be appropriate and entertaining for all ages.

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Lisey’s Story (2021): Best New Stephen King Miniseries

Joan Allen in Lisey’s Story

Apple

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Starring: Joan Allen, Dane DeHaan, Sung Kang

Created By: Stephen King

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Lisey’s Story is a new miniseries written by master horror storyteller Stephen King. Based on his 2006 romance novel of the same name, the show follows a woman named Lisey (Joan Allen) as she deals with the loss of her husband, the elusive writer Scott Landon (Dane DeHaan).

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s probably remembers watching at least one Stephen King miniseries on television. Lisey’s Story now joins the ranks of the original It, The Tommy Knockers, The Stand, and The Langoliers; however, the acting and production are much better than King's previous made-for-TV projects.

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Tiny World (2020): Best Nature Show About Cute Critters

A hermit crab crawls on the sand in Apple TV's Tiny World

IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Paul Rudd

Created By: Tom Hugh-Jones

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 2

There's a world beneath our feet that most of us don't know about. That's not the setup for a new sci-fi show; it's the premise of Tiny World, a docuseries about our planet's tiniest inhabitants from the African savannah to the rainforests of South America.

Narrated by Paul Rudd, Tiny World debuted in 2020 to much praise, resulting in a second season being released in 2021.

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

The cast of The Mosquito Coast

Apple TV

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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Calls (2021): Most Creative Supernatural Anthology

Calls on Apple TV+

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Clancy Brown, Nika Futterman

Created By: Fede Alvarez

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Calls is more like a podcast or an old-timey radio show than your typical modern streaming series. The story unfolds entirely through phone conversations with very few visual elements. Each episode is a self-contained story, so you don't have to watch them in order.

Calls was originally a French television series, but the American version features all-new actors and writers. While each episode stands on its own, the stories have an overlapping supernatural theme.

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

Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso

Apple TV

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 a completely 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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Solar Opposites (2020): Best Adult Cartoon About Aliens

Solar Opposites

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone

Created By: Mike McMahan, Justin Roiland

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

In a vast universe of mediocre adult cartoons, Solar Opposites shines thanks to wacky animation and wackier writing. This sci-fi sitcom follows the exploits of an extraterrestrial family exiled to Earth, as well as their pet humans, who live in the confines of a terrarium.

Solar Opposites is a Hulu original, but you can watch all of the episodes on Apple TV+. In fact, it was the most-watched show on the platform during the week of its release. The show is made by the creators of Rick and Morty, and you'll likely notice lots of parallels in the visual style and humor.

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Trying (2020): Best Sitcom for Future Parents

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith in Trying

Apple TV

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 nothing more than 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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See (2019): Best Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure Series

Jason Momoa in See

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar

Created By: Steven Knight

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

In the distant future, civilization has collapsed after a pandemic robbed all humans of their sense of sight. As people begin to reorganize around a new, sightless way of life, hope is restored when twins are born with the ability to see. This miracle draws the ire of a jealous queen who sends her henchmen to abduct the children from their village.

On its surface, See seems to take inspiration from movies like A Quiet Place and Birdbox, but it has more in common with H. G. Wells's 1904 novella “The Country of the Blind," another story about a sightless society. The plot is very fast-paced, which sometimes makes it hard to follow, but there are enough action scenes to keep casual viewers entertained.

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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: 1

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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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: 2

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. A second season is set to begin on January 15th, with a third in the pipeline.

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Visible: Out on Television (2020): Best Documentary Celebrating LGBTQ+ Actors

Visible: Out on Television on Apple TV

Apple

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Documentary, History

Starring: Wilson Cruz, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho

Created By: Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

LGBTQ+ actors, filmmakers, and historians share their experiences on and off-screen in this mini-series about representation in the TV industry. Starting with The Dark Ages, each episode chronicles the slow march of progress and examines themes like homophobia, coming out, and the HIV pandemic.

In many ways, TV has shaped the LGBTQ+ movement and vice-versa. Visible: Out on Television recounts historic on-screen moments as well as what was happening behind-the-scenes. You'll see a mix of new and old interviews featuring Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, and Neil Patrick Harris.

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Little America (2020): Best Not-Stereotypical Look at the Realities of Immigration

Little America.

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Conphidance, Jearnest Corchado, Kemiyondo Coutinho

Created By: Lee Eisenberg, Sian Heder

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Immigration is hard to understand if you haven't been through it. This heartfelt and, yet somehow, funny series offers an honest view of what it's like to be an immigrant in America, but not at the expense of the people each episode is about.

Each episode is inspired by true stories and offers a glimpse into the struggles of being an immigrant on U.S. soil.

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Little Voice (2020): Best Musical Dramedy About Following Your Dreams

Brittany O'Grady in Little Voice

Apple

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Starring: Brittany O'Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan

Created By: Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Bess (Brittany O'Grady) wants nothing more than to sing the songs she writes, but surviving in New York City means taking any job you can get. Meanwhile, she has multiple suitors competing for her affection, including her collaborator Samuel (Colton Ryan) and her manager Benny (Phillip Johnson Richardson).

Brittany O’Grady's musical talents truly shine in Little Voice, making Bess's magnetic personality all the more believable. While the show often borders on melodrama, the short episodes keep things from getting too heavy and always leave you wanting more.

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