Apple TV Plus has become a powerhouse for TV series

Clockwise from bottom left: Krys Marshall in For All Mankind, Minha Kim in Pachinko, Taron Egerton in Black Bird and Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, John Turturro and Britt Lower in Severance (Photos: AppleTV+)

Clockwise from bottom left: Krys Marshall in For all mankindMinha Kim in PachinkoTaron Egerton in Black birdand Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, John Turturro and Britt Lower in Breakup (Pictures: Apple TV+)
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Chances are most people eventually (and probably reluctantly) subscribed to Apple TV+ after Ted Lassothe unprecedented acclaim of mid-2020, even if that meant adding to their ever-growing list of streaming services. But the platform actually launched with big names like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (The morning show) and Jason Momoa (See) nine months before a mustachioed Jason Sudeikis propels Apple TV+ into the content war.

Apple TV+ is still mostly praised for bagging the wonder Ted Lasso (just like Netflix is ​​known for stranger things or Hulu for The Handmaid’s Tale). By extension, it’s understandable to associate Apple TV+ with its creative comedies because there’s plenty to celebrate with. Dickinson, mythical questand more recently, the after party. But the platform has found its true niche with eclectic and gripping dramas, which has been stealthily supplanting comedies as the best reason to stick around, especially in 2022.

Apple TV+ breakout dramas range from strong award contenders like Breakup and Pachinko to hidden gems like the new seasons of Servant and For all mankind. More recently, the streamer jumped on the true-crime bandwagon with the surprisingly moving Black bird. Producing one unexpected sensation after another – each with a steadfast cast and a unique narrative – proves that the platform doesn’t just need to rely on superstars to salvage a shoddy script (yes, The morning show remains an actively terrible outlier).

The streamer’s risk-taking paid off this year with break, which could easily be mistaken for a workplace comedy-drama with co-director like Ben Stiller and actors Adam Scott and Zach Cherry. Instead, the dynamic thriller deftly comments on corporate capitalism and the weariness of finding solace in a new–at five work. This successfully defies expectations (and allows Scott to break away from his beloved Ben Wyatt persona). And speaking of disruptive, Soo Hugh’s Pachinko is equally evocative, flourishing with deft camerawork and fine performances and transforming a deeply personal story of Korean immigrants into a globally resonant drama.

Gary Oldman in Slow Horses;  Rupert Grint in Servant

Gary Oldman in slow horses; Rupert Grint in Servant
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Pachinko isn’t the only book adaptation in 2022 to further elevate Apple TV+’s dramatic standing. slow horses is old-school spy madness with a healthy dose of modern absurdity – no wonder it’s already being renewed in season four. Elisabeth Moss gives another sharp performance in shiny girls (a limited series that often likes to zoom in on his face), which revels in the confusing concept of a time-traveling serial killer. And Black bird manages to stand out in the increasingly crowded space of true crime. According to James Keene By the windthe show composes anxiety with engaging, conversational writing and Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser deliver star-studded tricks as opposing criminals become fake friends.

Some of these new offerings have already won a spot on several top lists and Emmy Predictionsincluding to The audiovisual club. But it’s worth noting that the streamer’s returning shows are just as compelling. It’s quite a turnaround from the dramas of early Apple TV+, which launched with SMT and Seethen added Chris Evans’ Defend Jacob and boredom by Julianne Moore Lisey’s story. Since then, however, bold and underrated shows have turned Apple TV+ into a real bargain. Look no further than Servanta deeply bizarre family horror series from producer M. Night Shyamalan.

For All Mankind — Official Season 3 Trailer | AppleTV+

Which brings us to Apple TV+’s crowning achievement so far: For all mankind. Everyone on the planet should watch Ronald D. Moore’s jaw-dropping space race drama, which has flown under the radar since it premiered on the streamer in 2019. Now in its third season (we recap the show every week ), FAM keep aiming high draw the United States and Russia race to reach Mars in the 90s. Although centered around a socio-political event that binds the nation, the series has a shrewd understanding of human emotions. The visual effects also still pack a real punch.

Of course, not all drama is going to stick on landing (sorry, Suspicion and We crashed), especially in the midst of an overabundance of content from all directions. But Apple TV+ has mostly found fame, and hopefully its audience, through subversive and singular dramas unlike anything else on television right now.