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Apple tv streaming service launched in November 2019 with a suite of buzz, high-profile shows, including The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, Jason MoMA in sci-fi series See, and Hailee Steinfeld as the titular poet in Dickinson.

Since then, the company has offered critically-acclaimed series, including the feel-good sports comedy Ted Lasso, animated musical series Central Park, and the story of intrepid kid journalist Home Before Dark. Recent films include Sofia Coppola’s latest outing, On the Rocks, starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, the documentary Boys State, and the Bruce Springsteen documentary Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You.

Other titles

Other titles that have hit the streaming service include a new version of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories; Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz; Little America, from the writer–executive producers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon; and docuseries Visible: Out on Television, about milestones on television for the LGBTQ movement. The latest additions include musical comedy Schmigadoon!, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Mr. Corman, and score changes thanks to the new season of Ted Lasso.

Plus, on the film side, Sundance sensation CODA – do not watch this film without Kleenex close by – enters the guide with a Certified Fresh Tomatometer score of 96%.

But which of those series and movies have earned their spot among the best Apple TV+ offerings so far? We’ve listed the best of the best below. Films and series must have a minimum of 10 reviews to be included, and series that do not have a Tomatometer score, like Oprah’s Book Club, do not appear on the list.

THE MORNING SHOW (2019)

 63%

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Synopsis: An inside look at the modern workplace through the lens of the people who help America wake up, pulling back… [More]

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup

Directed By: Kerry Ehrin, Mimi Leder, Michael Ellenberg, Reese Witherspoon

PHYSICAL (2021)

Synopsis: A quietly tortured woman supports her husband’s bid for state assembly while battling personal demons until she finds release through… [More]

Starring: Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Ashley Liao

Directed By: Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Annie Weisman, Alexandra Cunningham

MR. CORMAN (2021)

Synopsis: The days and nights of fifth-grade teacher Josh Corman as he struggles with anxiety, loneliness, forfeited dreams of music.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arturo Castro

Directed By: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Ravi Nandan, Inman Young

FOUNDATION (2021)

 70%

#38

Synopsis: Dr. Hari Seldon and his loyal followers attempt to preserve their culture as the galaxy collapses…. [More]

Starring: Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Lobell, Leah Harvey

Directed By: Robyn Asimov, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh

DEFENDING JACOB (2020)

 72%

#37

Synopsis: After a shocking crime rocks a small town, an assistant district attorney finds himself torn between his sworn duty to…

Starring: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones

Directed By: Mark Bomback, Morten Tyldum, Adam Shulman, Rosalie Swedlin

PALMER (2021)

 72%

#36

Critics Consensus: Although it traffics in familiar territory, Palmer is elevated by worthy themes and a strong ensemble led by an impressive Justin Timberlake.

Synopsis: Former high school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself 12 years… [More]

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb

Directed By: Fisher Stevens

FINCH (2021)

 74%

#35

Critics Consensus: Finch may not be the most memorable post-apocalyptic story, but Tom Hanks proves perfectly charming company even after the collapse of civilization.

Synopsis: In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of… [More]

Starring: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones

Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik

LOSING ALICE (2021)

 76%

#34

Synopsis: Forty-eight-year-old film director Alice becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale, Sophie, and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in… [More]

Starring: Ayelet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren, Yossi Marshek

Directed By: Tamar Mozes-Borovitz, Nadav Palti

LITTLE VOICE (2020)

 77%

#33

Synopsis: Bess King, a uniquely talented performer, struggles to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love and complicated family issues….

Starring: Brittany O’Grady, Kevin Valdez, Shalini Bathina, Sean Teale

Directed By: Jessie Nelson, Sara Bareilles, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson

THE BANKER (2020)

 79%

#32

Critics Consensus: The Banker’s timid approach to dramatizing its fact-based story is often outweighed by the trio of strong performances at its core.

Synopsis: In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration and equal access to the…

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long

Directed By: George Nolfi

SWAN SONG (2021)

 79%

#31

Critics Consensus: Swan Song occasionally strays on the wrong side of maudlin, but Mahershala Ali’s work in dual roles lends this sci-fi drama genuine heart.

Synopsis: Set in the near future, “Swan Song” is a powerful, emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali),…

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina

Directed By: Benjamin Cleary

GREYHOUND (2020)

 79%

#30

Critics Consensus: Greyhound’s characters aren’t as robust as its action sequences, but this fast-paced World War II thriller benefits from its efficiently economical approach.

Synopsis: U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His…

Starring: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Rob Morgan

Directed By: Aaron Schneider

DR. BRAIN (2021)

 81%

#29

Synopsis: After brain scientist Sewon’s family falls victim to a mysterious accident, he goes to great lengths to solve the mystery…

Starring: Lee Sun-kyun, Lee You-young, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye

Directed By: Ha Yeon-ju, Jamie Yuan Lai, Lee Hyung-wook, Lee Jin-su

HOME BEFORE DARK (2020)

 81%

#28

Synopsis: A girl moves to a lakeside town where her father once lived; while there, she unearths a cold case that…

Starring: Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers

Directed By: Dana Fox, Dara Resnik, Joy Gorman Wettels, Jon M. Chu

SWAGGER (2021)

 84%

#27

Synopsis: Basketball players and their families and coaches get swept up into the youth-sports economy, walking a fine line between dreams…

Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Quvenzhané Wallis, Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh

Directed By: Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo

SERVANT (2019)

 85%

#26

Synopsis: A Philadelphia couple is in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door…

Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint, Nell Tiger Free

Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black

THE ME YOU CAN’T SEE (2021)

 86%

#25

Synopsis: Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry guide discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their own mental…

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry

Directed By: Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, Terry Wood, Catherine Cyr

HALA (2019)

 86%

#24

Critics Consensus: Supported by a powerful central performance by Geraldine Viswanathan, Hala offers an insightful look at a young woman’s journey of self-discovery.

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala struggles to balance desire with her family, cultural, and religious obligations; as she comes into…

Starring: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi

Directed By: Minhal Baig

ON THE ROCKS (2020)

 87%

#23

Critics Consensus: On the Rocks isn’t as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy — and offers high proof of Bill Murray’s finely aged charm.

Synopsis: A New York woman and her impulsive, larger-than-life father try to find out if her husband is having an affair….

Starring: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick

Directed By: Sofia Coppola

FOR ALL MANKIND (2019)

 87%

#22

Synopsis: Exploring the possibilities that might exist if the global space race had continued…. [More]

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones

Directed By: Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Maril Davis

SCHMIGADOON! (2021)

 88%

#21

Synopsis: On a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship, a couple discovers a magical town living in a 1940s musical;…

Starring: Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth

Directed By: Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Barry Sonnenfeld

LITTLE AMERICA (2020) apple tv

 95%

#11

Synopsis: An anthology of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories about the lives of immigrants in the United States….

Starring:

Directed By: Kumail Nanjiani, Alan Yang, Lee Eisenberg, Emily V. Gordon

BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY (2021) apple tv

 96%

#10

Critics Consensus: Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry offers an enlightening — and sometimes uncomfortable — look behind the scenes of a young star’s ascension.

Synopsis: “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global…

Starring: Billie Eilish

Directed By: R.J. Cutler

CODA (2021)

 96%

#9

Critics Consensus: CODA’s story offers few surprises, but strong representation and a terrific cast — led by Emilia Jones’ brilliant performance — bring this coming-of-age story vividly to life.

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family — a CODA, child of deaf adults….

Starring: Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant

Directed By: Siân Heder

CENTRAL PARK (2020) apple tv

 97%

#8

Synopsis: Owen Tillerman and his family live an unconventional life in New York’s bustling Central Park, which Owen manages; now, they’ll…

Starring: Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Emmy Raver-Lampman, Tituss Burgess

Directed By: Josh Gad, Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith, Sanjay Shah

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS (2020)

 98%

#6

Critics Consensus: Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff — but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog’s infectious awe.

Synopsis: A journey across the planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars and deep impacts have awoken wonder about other..

Starring: Werner Herzog

Directed By: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (2021) apple tv

 98%

#5

Critics Consensus: The Velvet Underground takes a fittingly idiosyncratic approach to delivering a rock documentary that captures the band as well as its era.

Synopsis: The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock…

Starring: Mary Woronov, Jonathan Richman, John Cale, Maureen Ann Tucker

Directed By: Todd Haynes

WOLFWALKERS (2020)

 99%

#4

Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure, Wolfwalkers offers an epic ethereal fantasy matched by profound philosophies and stellar voice work.

Synopsis: In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to…

Starring: Sean Bean, Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Simon McBurney

Directed By: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

VISIBLE: OUT ON TELEVISION (2020) apple tv

 100%

#3

Synopsis: The history of the LGBTQ movement through the lens of American TV; combining archival footage and interviews, a look at..

Starring:

Directed By: Ryan White, Wilson Cruz, Wanda Sykes, Jessica Hargrave

ACAPULCO (2021)

 100%

#2

Synopsis: Twenty-something Máximo Gallardo gets a job as a cabana boy at the hottest resort in Acapulco; he soon realizes the…

Starring: Enrique Arrizon, Damián Alcázar, Eugenio Derbez, Fernando Carsa

Directed By: Eduardo Cisneros, Jay Karas, Jason Shuman, Austin Winsberg

1971: THE YEAR THAT MUSIC CHANGED EVERYTHING (2021) apple tv

 100%

#1

Synopsis: A momentous year in music history is marked by innovation and rebirth fueled by political and cultural upheaval; an examination…

Starring:

Directed By: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, David Joseph, Adam Barker

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