Jamie Elricht and Zack van Amburg — hired from Sony less than four years ago — have been busy.
I’ve streamed less than one fifth of Elricht and van Amburg’s output — two films, six series, one documentary and one adult cartoon — a musical about Central Park.
All were first-rate. A couple were among the best shows I’ve seen in years.
I’ve dipped my toes into handful of their other offerings. They may not have been my cup of tea, but I could tell from the trailers that they weren’t junk. And from watching trailers in the process of assembling the list below, I’ve added several more titles to my must-watch list.
My point is that if you’ve been waiting to use your free trial, not sure if Apple TV+ is worth $5 a month, now might be the right time to check it out. New seasons of their best shows, delayed because of COVID, are just around the corner. Even the critics who bent over backwards to throw shade on Apple’s Hollywood adventure are starting to come around. Case in point:
From Josef Adalian’s “Apple TV+ Is Doing Better Than You Think” published a couple weeks ago in New York Magazine:
When you take a minute and break down exactly what Apple has pulled off on the programming front so far, I do not think it is hype to suggest it has been spending its billions wisely. If this were 2010 and Apple had launched a cable network instead of a streamer, I am pretty sure there would be stories in the Hollywood trades raving about the flashy upstart giving HBO and FX a run for their money…
That’s important because the Apple TV+ programming team set out to create a service whose aim was not unlike that of its premium cable predecessors: Subscribe to us, and even if you don’t particularly like every show we program, you will likely find a few you love while being confident most of what we offer will be well-produced and not total pablum. I would argue that so far, they have more than met that goal.
My take: Me too.
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