Apple TV Plus launches November 2, and though the $7.99 monthly price tag and slowly-expanding device support make it an easy sell for the passionate Apple fans out there, those who haven’t already bought into the wider Apple ecosystem may need some convincing before they pony up the cash for yet another monthly subscription service.
The best way for a streaming platform like Apple TV Plus to make its case is with its original content, and Apple is putting up some serious cash to convince customers sitting on the fence to make the jump. To help the undecided and early adopters alike, we’ve made a quick guide for all the exclusive programming that will be available through Apple TV Plus on day one, plus highlight a few other additions users can expect to see within the platform’s first few weeks.
Arguably the headliner of Apple TV Plus’ exclusive content, Morning Wars is a drama about the politics of show business, following the fallout of a major sexual assault scandal that upends a weekly morning talk show. The series stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell.
For all Mankind
An alternative history sci-fi series that explores what might have happened if the Soviet Union had beaten America in the race to put a man on the Moon—so America responds by training a team of new astronauts to become the first women on the Moon.
A violent fantasy epic starring Jason Momoa set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have lost the ability to see and have returned to nomadic, hunter-gatherer culture.
The first three episodes of Morning War, For all Mankind, and See will be available immediately when Apple TV Plus launches, and new episodes releasing weekly after that.
Other launch content
On top of the three ‘prestige’ series, there will also be a dark comedy series, Dickinson, based on the life of 19th century American poet, Emily Dickinson.
Apple TV Plus will also have a selection of kid-focused and family-friendly content available on day one:
Snoopy in Space - A new Peanuts special about Snoopy becoming an astronaut.
Helpsters - An educational series about coding and programming from some of the folks behind Sesame Street.
Ghostwriter - This mystery series follows a group of kids who free well-known literary characters trapped in books with the help of a neighbourhood ghost.
The last notable piece of Apple TV Plus exclusive launch line up is Elephant Queen, a nature documentary narrated Chiwetel Ejiofor about a family of elephants who must find a new source of food and water after their watering hole suddenly dries up.
More coming soon
More platform-exclusive shows and movies will premiere on Apple TV Plus in the weeks and months following its November 2 launch. Some standouts include:
Servant - A psychological thriller anthology series from director M. Night Shyamalan. The first episode will premier on November 29.
Truth be Told - An adaptation of author Kathleen Barber’s crime novel Are You Sleeping: A Novel wherein in a podcast leads to the re-opening of a closed murder. The series stars Academy Award-winning Octavia Spencer, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and will premier on Apple TV Plus on December 7.
The Banker - Marvel Cinematic Universe alums Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson star in this biopic about the African American business entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, who hire a white businessman to pretend to be the owner of their business. The film will be one of the first new additions in 2020, joining Apple TV Plus on January 24.
But that’s only the beginning; nearly 40 other TV series and movies have also been announced as Apple TV Plus exclusives, including original content from prolific creators like JJ Abrams, Stephen Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Kumail Nanjiani and tons more.
It may be some time before we see any of that programming make it onto Apple TV Plus, but Apple is already making a strong case for the potential of its new streaming service’s future.