Apple TV+ just made history and became the first streaming service to win the award for best picture with the film Coda. Although Coda is a great film with a lot of heart, and totally deserved to win the top award at the Oscars, there a much more to enjoy in the streaming service. So here are five series that came out recently and are available to stream right now.
This show focuses on a high-school reunion and a murder that happens at its afterparty. At first glance, this is just another “who did it” mystery series. However, the attempt to investigate the murder is not where the true attraction of the show resides. The fun is in seeing the outstanding comedy ensemble (and some very interesting cameos) mess around in a variety of genres. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord the show's producers who are also behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street use a different concept on every episode and that makes things very interesting.
The Afterparty is a very worthy addition to Apple's lineup of original content. The show is engaging and passionately acted by some of the best comedic performers of their generation.
This series is centered around an enigmatic nanny, a baby that may or may not be real, and a mysterious cult. I also always enjoy the way the directors sneak their cameras through the Turner's family house. It is so cool!
Season 2 concluded in violent turmoil and murder. So I was very curious to see what the show would bring next. The third season of The Servant starts three months after Season 2's mind-boggling pandemonium. Although Leanne (the nanny) is still traumatized, the Turner family appears to be more functional in the first half of Season 3. Sean has returned to work, and Dorothy is juggling parenting and her journalism career. Julian, on the other hand, becomes understandably consumed with the origins of the Turner child. But after the fifth episode, things go haywire and the season finale has a cliffhanger even crazier than the second season had.
This miniseries documents the story of WeWork, a company that was once one of the world's most valuable startups. Watching WeCrashed is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Anne Hathaway plays Rebekah, a former yoga instructor and Gwyneth Paltrow's cousin, who became the chief brand and impact officer at WeWork. While Jared Leto plays Adam, the colorful and energetic Israeli-born mastermind behind the WeWork concept. And honestly, their performance alone makes it worth seeing in the series.
Overall WeCrashed is a rather interesting dramatization of a real story. The series has great production values and delivered exactly what we've experienced from streaming services originals. There was never an occasion in the show where I didn't feel like I was experiencing a full-scale Hollywood production. And the seductive, larger-than-life personalities and performances of Leto and Hathaway propelled the show forward like a rocket.
The last days of Ptolemy Grey
This is a six-part drama, adapted by Walter Mosley from his 2010 novel of the same name. It tells Ptolemy Grey's (Samuel L. Jackson) story. He is 91 years old, has dementia, and lives in dire circumstances, which are made more pleasant by his nephew Reggie's (Omar Benson Miller) regular visits.
The series paints a terrifically believable portrait of an ill man abandoned by his family, friends, and even himself. Things began to get intriguing when Dr. Rubin (Walton Goggins) is introduced, which was an interesting twist in this series. He offers Ptolemy a revolutionary treatment that would restore his memory, but there's a catch: the effects of this wonder medicine are only temporary.
Samuel L. Jackson has largely avoided television throughout his career, but this series explains why he ultimately gave it a try with TLDOPG. He's fantastic here. He’s playing three versions of his character, which is even more remarkable. The younger alter ego is a romantic dreamer. Meanwhile, the elder figure under the influence of the miraculous treatment has a puckish attitude and sass. However, the sick version, the “out of his mind” Ptolemy, might be Jackson's greatest performance of his career. I really enjoyed The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey and I highly recommend it.
This is a Korean, Japanese, and English-language television series. Writer Soo Hugh, and filmmakers Kogonada and Justin Chon created a brilliant adaptation of Min Jin Lee's bestselling book.
The series is a multi-generational epic, an immigration tale, a history lesson, a portrayal of ethnic intolerance, and a testament to women's ability to endure even the harshest conditions. It follows a Korean family's difficult ascent over 70 years. The show spans numerous historical periods, beginning with Japan's conquest of Korea in the early twentieth century and it goes until the economic bubble in Japan in which real estate and stock market prices were greatly inflated.
Pachinko makes clear right away that what makes the series unique is that it's more like a communal remembrance than a history lecture. The way it recounts the story of this Korean family through various countries and decades is stunning. An almost century-spanning story that uses the difficult structure of looking at the past through flashbacks to create a unique experience. With beautiful cinematography and a smooth flow, this series succeeds in doing an examination of Korean and Japanese societies in a dramatic and aesthetically coherent manner.