December 7, 2023

Apple TV+ was not designed to be a similarly-sized rival to streaming companies like Netflix or Disney+ when it launched again in 2019, the thought being that the iPhone maker would chase high quality on the expense of amount. Apple’s streamer, for instance, additionally stays the one main service that doesn’t have an enormous catalog of third-party titles — which implies that every time subscribers open the app, they’re introduced with all Apple TV+ unique reveals and films, and nothing else. How’s that figuring out for Apple thus far, 4 years post-launch?

Effectively, among the many metrics we are able to take a look at is how followers and critics truly rating its reveals. Apple TV+ content material has additionally received a hefty pile of awards, together with a Finest Image Oscar (for the film CODA, making Apple the primary of any streamer to win this coveted prize). As for what precise viewers take into consideration its content material, we’ll now take a more in-depth take a look at three Apple TV+ reveals that each one have an ideal 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (for both the critics’ or viewers score), beginning with one of the feel-good reveals I’ve seen on TV in years.

A scene from the Apple TV+ present “Acapulco.” Picture supply: Apple

This primary Apple TV+ present is a coming-of-age dramedy that’s instructed How I Met Your Mom-style, with an grownup Maximo Gallardo (performed by Eugenio Derbez) who’s telling his nephew Hugo the lengthy, entertaining, and heart-warming story of how he not solely turned a enterprise mogul however discovered love. And each of these issues stem from Maximo touchdown his dream job as a younger man, again in 1984, when he started working on the sizzling Acapulco resort Las Colinas.

This present provides an explosion of colour and telenovela-style humor, and it will get just about the whole lot proper that you simply wish to see in a half-hour TV comedy. I even love the little touches, like the best way the present bridges Mexican and American cultures by having two exuberant singers continually performing American pop hits of the flashy spandex 80s period in Spanish (and, on a associated observe, I promise you’ve by no means heard a rendition of Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas that may transfer you to tears the best way one character’s does on this present).

Acapulco is a present about household, rising up, falling in love, embracing one’s heritage, and discovering your house on the planet. Briefly, it is rather, excellent.

Drops of God on Apple TV+
Gustave Kervern in “Drops of God.” Picture supply: Apple
Drops of God on Apple TV+
Fleur Geffrier and Tomohisa Yamashita in “Drops of God.” Picture supply: Apple

This subsequent Apple TV+ launch, in the meantime, is tantalizingly near being my favourite TV present of 2023.

It’s been a very long time since a present took my breath away this fully, so I have to warn you: Drops of God, primarily based on a manga sequence of the identical identify, packs fairly an emotional punch. However follow this present in regards to the inheritance battle over a wine property, and I promise you’ll be well-rewarded. Drops of God provides viewers a wealthy, full-bodied narrative with notes of ardour, beguiling old-world magnificence, and the all-encompassing seek for one’s id.

A fast abstract of what the present is about: Alexandre Léger, a fictional legend on the planet of wine, has died. And he leaves behind two potential heirs to his extraordinary wine assortment, valued at $148 million: A daughter in Paris, Camille, who hasn’t seen her father since her mother and father separated when she was younger. And Alexandre’s protege, the sensible younger oenologist Issei Tomine.

Drops of God on Apple TV+Picture supply: Apple

Alexander has arrange a sequence of assessments to see which of these two ought to inherit his empire — assessments that pit the organic daughter in opposition to the “adopted” son. To organize, Camille decamps to a winery in France owned by certainly one of her father’s associates, and she or he spends a month studying the whole lot she will in regards to the totally different smells and tastes of wine. Issei, in the meantime, has his personal hurdles to beat. Once more, I can’t stress sufficient: Drops of God is a masterful, must-watch Apple TV+ sequence.

Bad Sisters on Apple TV Plus
Sharon Horgan in “Dangerous Sisters” on Apple TV Plus. Picture supply: Apple

Lastly, we come to Dangerous Sisters, and might I simply say — reveals about the potential of murdering somebody haven’t any enterprise wanting nearly as good as this one does.

To that final level, this Irish black comedy presents Eire’s countryside, cities, seashores, small cities, and extra in all their resplendent glory. It nearly makes you overlook that (no spoilers) there’s a query about whether or not or not the present’s core sisters will undergo with a homicide that they begin off joking about. The husband of one of many sisters is a cretinous a-hole, and he finally turns up … you guessed it! … lifeless.

Don’t fear, although — that is an Irish story, by means of and thru, which suggests the plot is rather more entertaining than it sounds.

Bad Sisters on Apple TV Plus.
Daryl McCormack and Brian Gleeson in “Dangerous Sisters.” Picture supply: Apple

“He’s sucking the life out of her,” Sharon Horgan’s Eva Garvey laments at one level throughout a meandering dialog between the sisters in regards to the soon-to-be-dead Mr. A-hole. A little bit of a morbid brainstorm follows. “Effectively, we’ll simply have to attend until he dies of most cancers or one thing.”

“…Why not give nature a serving to hand?”

From the official Apple TV+ description: “A scrumptious mix of each darkish comedy and thriller, Dangerous Sisters follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, who’re sure collectively by the untimely loss of life of their mother and father and a promise to all the time defend each other.”