Hidden Gems of Apple TV+

If you're in the market for more Fraggle Rock, the new Fraggle Rock is very much more Fraggle Rock.

Given how many times people have failed to make a new The Muppet Show that's actually a remarkable achievement. Disney must be jealous.

The first episode is really well put together. I didn't think I had that much nostalgia for Fraggle Rock. I remember it but it wasn't my favorite show or anything. But when they finally fired up the opening theme song I had a big ol' grin on my face.

The new Doc seemed promising, but she hasn't really worked for me. But that's just a minor part of the show. All the other core characters are fun so far.

New season of For All Mankind coming on June 10. Racing for Mars with lots of cool hardware.

It took a while to get its hooks in me, and there were a few times I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but by the end, I was fully invested in Severance. I'm dying to know what happens next season.

beanman101283 wrote:

It took a while to get its hooks in me, and there were a few times I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but by the end, I was fully invested in Severance. I'm dying to know what happens next season.

Man, I can't wait for that show to return. I can't remember a recent show that had me obsessing as much.

The Afterparty was a fun time, even as someone with no particular connection to that time period. Nice to have a series that actually concludes for once, too!

My wife and I finished Shining Girls last night and thought it was great. Check it out if you have some time!

Mario_Alba wrote:

My wife and I finished Shining Girls last night and thought it was great. Check it out if you have some time!

It’s one of those shows I’d like to watch but can’t quite get myself to watch. I should power through episode one and give it a decent chance to grab me. I’ve watched five or ten minutes.

Tehran season 2 is as agonisingly tense and brilliant as the first season. It’s about the Israeli and Iranian security services going head to head, with all that entails, but if you are ok with that I highly recommend it.

Hah, I just dropped in here to recommend Tehran S2! I enjoyed it greatly, not thinking too much about the underlying situation.

Mario_Alba wrote:

My wife and I finished Shining Girls last night and thought it was great. Check it out if you have some time!

I finished this last night and thought it was OK. It was mostly the vibe that pulled me through - I liked the grimy 90's setting even when the characters and plot weren't really working for me. It did pay off in the last episode or 2 but took some time to get there.

I can definitely see that.

Yesterday, I finished the first season of Home Before Dark, which I absolutely adored. I thought Brooklynn Prince was fantastic as Hilde and single-handedly propelled the show from beginning to end. The other characters/actors were good and interesting as well, and the investigation to solve the murder at the center of the narrative was interesting and fun to watch. Two thumbs up for sure.

When I first watched Greyhound I didn’t think much of it but I was quite distracted at the time only paying attention at random moments. I knew I wasn’t giving the film a fair chance. I just watched it again recently and it’s a phenomenal film. The impact and meaning are in the subtle character moments and the realities of ships having to cover a huge convoy from an unseen threat. The size and nature of the challenge is very clearly and cleverly conveyed but you have, of course, to be playing attention.

Higgledy wrote:

When I first watched Greyhound I didn’t think much of it but I was quite distracted at the time only paying attention at random moments. I knew I wasn’t giving the film a fair chance. I just watched it again recently and it’s a phenomenal film. The impact and meaning are in the subtle character moments and the realities of ships having to cover a huge convoy from an unseen threat. The size and nature of the challenge is very clearly and cleverly conveyed but you have, of course, to be playing attention.

I also loved how they didn't use characters to explain every ship and equipment term for the viewers sake. They spoke as I would imagine they would speak on a military ship and let the viewer figure things out. I'm no military expert but it made everything feel more authentic.

Thanks for the recommendations of Slow Horses. Loved it! (And got a bit of time to watch it this week…after contracting COVID.)

I liked it enough that I’m now reading the book, which is the first of 8 in the series. I’m about 1/4 through, but it’s well-written and good.

Anyone else watch Dr Brain? It was.. an odd one. I suppose with that title I should have guessed. Shot very classily, and the cast plays it straight, but the premise and plot are completely bonkers. Which makes it quite an entertaining and easy show to watch, if you leave your brain at the door!

I started watching Dr Brain. It was a promising start but I lost interest. I intend to go back but then I could say that for a lot of shows.

I’ve watched the first episode of Surface. It’s great so far. A very nice, intriguing set up.

Recently signed up for 3 free months of this from the purchase of my new iPhone. Just finished both seasons of Ted Lasso, what else is must-see-tv on this service?

Severance. Watch it!

I enjoyed For All Mankind as well. It’s an alternate history drama where Russia beats the US to landing on the Moon, severely wounding America’s self-image and supercharging the Cold War space race.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Severance. Watch it!

I second this. The best new show I've watched in a really, really long time.

For All Mankind, definitely. Loot is also quite good.

I enjoyed both seasons of Tehran.

Severance for sure. Mythic Quest is also fantastic.

We really liked Invasion and Foundation as well.

I think the first season of Home Before Dark is outstanding (I haven't seen the second one yet), and I also enjoyed Shining Girls. And Severance for sure.

If you've got some younger folks to entertain or are just feeling nostalgic for it, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is the modern-day Muppet program that Disney wishes they could pull off.

I forgot about Foundation. It starts off really strong but goes a bit off the rails towards the end. There’s room to turn it around though. If you ever enjoyed the books, I think their take is pretty interesting.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

I forgot about Foundation. It starts off really strong but goes a bit off the rails towards the end. There’s room to turn it around though. If you ever enjoyed the books, I think their take is pretty interesting.

Areed. Definitely a slow burn, but I thought it ramped up and got really interesting by the end. Definitely forget about the books though.

I subscribed to Paramount via Apple TV in prder to watch The Offer within the seven day free trial period. Turns out, amazingly, that Paramount were actually behind most of the shows I’ve enjoyed over the years: The Affair, Dexter, The Good Wife (terrible title, phenomenal show,) Ray Donovan, and more. I’m heading into my first paid month and I haven’t watched The Offer yet. The pick of the new shows is 1883. It’s entirely my kind of western. I’m on episode 6 and can’t recommend it highly enough.

Edit: Just finished episode 8 of 1883 and it gets better and better. It my favourite thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. The very start of the show is deceptive on how it it going to treat certain subjects.

For All Mankind S3 has now wrapped up. Not my favourite season, but still compulsive viewing for me. Especially when added together with the previous seasons it's a superb alternate world/timeline they've built.

ComfortZone wrote:

For All Mankind S3 has now wrapped up. Not my favourite season, but still compulsive viewing for me. Especially when added together with the previous seasons it's a superb alternate world/timeline they've built.

Agreed. Great premise, well executed.

Severance is good but it needs to explain a lot more. It is one of those shows that opens more questions than it reveals.