If you’ve been toying with the idea of whether or not to take an Apple TV+ subscription or renew the one you already have, well, here are a few reasons that should help you speed up that decision. Although the streaming platform’s existing library may not look as interesting as that of, say Netflix or Amazon Prime, its original programming has quite a few titles that deserve a dekko. Shows like Slow Horses, Ted Lasso, Foundation, Silo, Severance, The Morning Show as well as the ongoing Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, among others, make for good viewing and the upcoming slate also has a few shows that generate intrigue.
Streaming begins: January 10
Dr Who actor Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo lead this investigative thriller that pits two detectives against each other over an old murder case, after an anonymous tip suggests that the initial investigation may have been botched. According to the official synopsis of the show, Criminal Record will deal with issues of race, institutional failure, and the quest to find common ground in a polarized Britain. Two of the show’s eight episodes will drop on January 10, followed by one a week.
Masters of the Air
Streaming begins: January 26
Austin Butler leads a massive ensemble cast including Barry Keoghan, Callum Turner, Ben Radcliffe, Anthony Boyle, Kai Alexander, Nikolai Kinski, Laurie Davidson, among many others, in this 9-episode war drama mini-series. Maters of the Air is based on the 2007 book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L Miller. The series follows the 100th Bomb Group of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, which was nicknamed the ‘Bloody Hundredth’ owing to the heavy losses it incurred in combat missions.
The New Look
Streaming begins: February 14
Ben Mandelsohn, Juliette Binoche and John Malkovich headline this series about how fashion icons like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain, among others, operated during World War II, including the formers line that was unofficially called New Look. The 9-episode show also stars Emily Mortimer, Maisie Williams, Hugo Becker, Thomas Poitevin, Glenn Close, Claes Bang, Alexis Loizon, among others.
Streaming begins: March 20
This period comedy miniseries by Abe Sylvia based on the novel Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel is led by Kristen Wiig, and follows her attempts to attain a place in Palm Beach high society. What she will and won’t do in this mission is what show is all about. Also starring Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb, Ricky Martin, Josh Lucas, Carol Burnett, among others.
Streaming begins: TBA
Director Mathew Vaughn’s Apple Original Films production will be in theatres first in early February, after which it will be available on the streamer. There’s no confirmed release date yet for the spy action comedy that stars Henry Cavill, John Cena, Bryce Dallas Howard, Catherine O’Hara, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Dua Lipa, Samuel L Jackson, etc. Bryce plays Elly Conway, an introverted spy novelist who is drawn into the real world of espionage when the plots of her books get a little too close to the activities of a secret syndicate.