5 shows and movies to watch right now on Apple TV+

Ted Lasso season 2 episode 12 on Apple TV+, image courtesy Apple TV
Ted Lasso season 2 episode 12 on Apple TV+, image courtesy Apple TV /

With so many new original shows and movies being added to Apple TV+, it is becoming a tremendous place to begin a new journey with a new show. Here are some of the best shows and movies to watch on the streaming platform right now.

As a new subscriber and fanatic of Apple TV+, I am continuously blown away at the variety of original shows and movies being added. Back in 2016, when the process began with Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, there was still some uncertainty with the future of this streaming platform. There would be no way it would be able to compete with the likes of Netflix or Hulu. Especially in March of 2020, when all active filming was paused due to the pandemic.

Well, fast-forward to 2021, and Apple TV+ is more than holding its own with so many great originals to watch.

Here are 5 of the best movies and shows on Apple TV+

Ted Lasso (series)

Somebody somewhere just either rolled their eyes or shouted expletives to me. Yes, I could be late to the game on this. So, I’m hoping to reach someone, somewhere that has yet to see this show. My love story with Ted Lasso began with our What Should I Binge Quiz.

After hearing the hype and receiving this as my show to binge, I figured why not give it a try? It would eventually become a perfect match for me. It’s a sports comedy-drama series that features Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, and many other talented individuals.

There are not many shows that incorporate the highs and lows as Ted Lasso does. Identically, the series follows Ted Lasso (Sudeikis), who was once a college football coach in America. He is hired to coach an English soccer team AFC Richmond. Which in hindsight was an attempt by its owner (Waddingham) just to spite her ex-husband. Lasso then tries to win over the skeptical English market with his odd and unique demeanor while dealing with some personal battles of his own. There’s a bit of everything in this show — romance, comedy, and some drama. This Emmy Award winning show is a great place to begin if you’re new to Apple TV+ and/or you haven’t seen it yet. Enjoy the first two seasons until the third one comes out which is likely in 2022.

Finch (movie)

Finch is a brand new movie that just released on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Finch is essentially a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film directed by Miguel Sapochnik.  Highlighted by the impeccable performance by stars Tom Hanks and Caleb Landry Jones, this film is an emotional rollercoaster that leads you to a brighter side. Without giving too much away,  a solar flare destroyed the ozone layer, which increases temperatures and turns the Earth into a wasteland which leads to some extreme weather events. Ten years pass and, robotics engineer Finch Weinberg (Hanks) with his dog Goodyear try to survive a spine-chilling adventure. A definite must-watch, especially if you’re a fan of Hanks’ work.

Mr. Corman (series)

For some people it was 10 Things I Hate About You, for me it was 500 Days of Summer when I knew I’d be in it for the long haul for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. For that reason, Mr. Corman was a requisite. This comedy-drama television series is created by, written, directed, and stars Gordon-Levitt himself. Josh Corman (Gordon-Levitt) is a public school teacher in the San Fernando Valley and seemingly has one friend/roommate Victor (Arturo Castro). Basically, the show follows Corman’s everyday struggles and battles with relationships and life.

Those who struggle with anxiety issues may be able to sympathize with Corman. The writing and acting all come together to help bring out the depth of the show. Just like most of Gordon-Levitt’s work it’s not for everyone. But, if you love a creative mix of weird and unique — you’ll enjoy this series. It’s only one season though, so enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Physical (series)

Physical stars Rose Byrne and is a comedy-drama television series created by Annie Weisman. This show premiered on Apple TV+ in early summer 2021. This series perfectly captures the 1980’s decade in San Diego, California. This dark comedy follows Sheila Rubin (Byrne) through her personal  journey of self discovery and eventually finds aerobics as her outlet. Between the combination of Byrne’s performance as Sheila, and the wit of co-stars like comedian Rory Scovel as Danny Rubin — this film will keep you laughing. In addition to its comedy-relief, at times it can also be bold and slightly heartbreaking.

All in all, it’s execution of time-travel back to the 80’s was perfected by Weisman and the crew. It’s a 10-episode first season, but unlike Mr. Corman, there’s more to come with a second season coming soon.

Schmigadoon! (series)

Typically, musicals are not my go-to genre, but on a random bored night I decided to check out Schmigadoon!. Honestly, the cast is what caught my eye at first. Josh Skinner (Keegan-Michael Key) is an orthopedic surgeon from NYC who is Melissa Gimble’s (Cecily Strong) boyfriend. Comedian Fred Armisen takes on the role as Reverend Howard Layton. Layton is the suffering husband of Mildred Layton (Kristin Chenoweth) and leader of the Methodist church in the town of Schmigadoon. Skinner and Gimble take their backpacks and take a trip in an attempt to heal their failing relationship. Which in this case doesn’t work at all.

They eventually get lost and soon discover the magical town called Schmigadoon, and find themselves trapped in a musical. They can’t leave until they find true love. It’s exemplary in its own, and portrays the 1947 musical Brigadoon. It’s fun and a good escape for those wanting to get lost in a series.

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We hope we helped you find at least one new Apple TV+ original show or movie. What did we miss? What other shows or movies should people stream on Apple TV+?