As the holiday season approaches, many people will be spending more time with family and friends. We thought we’d put together a handy list of Apple TV+ shows and movies that are perfect for family members young and old to watch together, and great to watch if you have some extra time in the coming weeks.
Starring comedians Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, “Spirited” is the perfect holiday movie. A retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, “Spirited” will see several Christmas ghosts meet miser Ryan Reynolds, who plays the movie’s Scrooge.
A Charlie Brown thank you
If you’re a Charlie Brown fan, you won’t want to miss A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which is streaming on Apple TV+. In this classic, Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and Snoopy cooks a holiday meal.
If you haven’t caught on to “Ted Lasso” or a family member doesn’t, this is a heartwarming show that never fails to please. It’s worth watching or rewatching to see Jason Sudeikis step into the role of football coach Ted Laso. There are two full seasons available, so it’s a great binge watch.
A legendary quest
From the creators of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Mythic Quest” is a comedy series about a game studio that produces a popular online game. Starring Rob McElhenney, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, and Danny Pudi, this show is fun even if you’re not a gamer, and if you are, it’s fun.
There are three seasons available, with season three new as of a few weeks ago.
“Loot” stars Maya Rudolph as a clueless billionaire who divorces her cheating husband, eventually gets involved with his philanthropic foundation and reconnects with the real world. “Loot” is charming and funny, and it’s a quick watch with episodes under 30 minutes long.
The British TV show “Trying” features Rafe Spell and Esther Smith as a couple dying to have a baby. They bumble their way through potential parenthood, and it’s hard not to like the show because of the chemistry between the main characters.
A musical comedy, “Schmigadun” stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key as an on-the-rocks couple stranded in the magical singing and dancing town of Schmigadun. The only way is to find true love.
After the party
A fun whodunit, “The Party After Party” features a group of classmates being investigated for murder after one is found dead. It is a mystery that you will discover together with the detective, and the ending is a surprise. With most episodes lasting no more than 40 minutes, it’s a quick watch.
A long way up
“Long Way Up” is an easy-to-watch show about Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman riding their motorcycles through beautiful South and Central America. There are also two older shows in the same series that are binge-worthy, including “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down.”
“CODA” is the story of two deaf adults with a child and the struggle between living his life and taking care of his family. CODA won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet.
Content for children only
If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids, you might want to check out some of these titles.
- Fraggle Rock: Return to the rock
- Central Park
- Wolfboy and the Wholesale Factory
- Get rolling with Otis
- Hi Jack
- The Snoopy Snow
- Calm still water
The kids are in bed for later
Apple TV has a number of serious, dramatic shows and movies that are worth watching, but these are not suitable for children or light gatherings.
- disconnection – A TV show where workers are brainwashed so their work personalities know nothing about their home personalities, and vice versa.
- Salvation – A film starring Will Smith as a slave who risks his life.
- black bird – A fantastic limited series where drug dealer Jimmy Kenny is given the option of a reduced sentence if he can befriend a brutal serial killer.
- morning show – a morning news team that does all kinds of drama, starting with the Me Too movement.
- servant – A creepy yet slow TV series that unravels mysteries over several seasons.
- physical – Rose Byrne plays a workaholic mother with physical problems in “Physical.”
- the calls – If you’re in the mood for something scary and original, “The Call” is an audio-only TV series that uses audio with limited visuals to tell a compelling story.
How to see
Apple TV+ requires a $6.99 per month subscription fee, but up to six family members can watch at that price point. Apple TV+ can be accessed through the TV app on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Macs, and is also available on the web via tv.apple.com and on smart TVs, set-top boxes and consoles. which has an Apple TV app available.
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