Apple TV+ had a fantastic 2020, and 2021 is already looking strong


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  • Apple TV+ is only a little over a year old now, but the series enjoyed a productive 2020 — greenlighting and debuting some 42 new shows.
  • Apple TV+ is also home to feature films, including new Bill Murray and Tom Hanks movies that landed on the service in 2020 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the theatrical release business.
  • Here’s a look at what debuted on Apple TV+ in 2020 and some of what’s to come in 2021.

I’ve been badgering a work colleague for a while now to add a new Apple TV+ show to his watch list (he knows who he is). The show is Tehran, a magnificent spy series out of Israel from some of the same creators behind Netflix’s Fauda — another espionage drama series that plows similar ground. Maybe it’s because my favorite writer died earlier this month (John le Carre, the father of the modern spy novel), but I recently decided to start a re-watch of Tehran as I wait for some new shows I’m excited about to debut. This show, focused on a female hacker who goes behind enemy lines in Iran’s capital to pull off a daring mission, is just as fun to watch the second time around, and it got me thinking.

Apple’s streaming TV service is barely one year old now, and it’s actually pretty remarkable what it’s been able to pull off in that short a time. The only major problem, if you ask me, is that there’s not enough content to watch — but what content is there, generally, is pretty solid. There are a few misses, sure, but not only did Apple come out of the gate strong in Year One — even in its first year, the streaming service has also seen a few of its shows actually break into the popular consciousness and get the wider public talking about them. I’ve come across a ton of people on Twitter, for example, who were bowled over by the quality of Tehran, and plenty more people have likewise no doubt heard of or even already enjoyed what feels like the most popular Apple TV+ title so far. That would be the Jason Sudeikis-led Ted Lasso.

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