We know, we know. No one wants to add another subscription service to their monthly budget, but hear us out. Apple TV+ is seriously worth every penny of the $5 fee. Plus, you can try for free for seven days. Going up against the pantheon of other streaming content giants, Apple TV+ joins the ranks of tried and true services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Month to month, Apple continues to add incredible new content to its TV+ lineup. We’ve taken the liberty of vetting through the streaming service to let you know what’s new and great on Apple TV+ this month.
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Our top picks for January
Season 2 of this Hailee Steinfeld dramatic comedy period series begins streaming on January 8, with Steinfeld returning to the fictionalized role of a young Emily Dickinson. With a modern spin and cheeky humor (with good fun poked at influencers and podcasters), Dickinson is a playful jab at the era, as Emily rebels against the repressive nature of the times, and her parents, and navigates the dramatic trials and tribulations of her love life, all the while committing her thoughts and emotions to ink through her poetry. Season 2 sees Emily start to experience fame as a writer, something that the real Dickinson never did while she was alive.
Available January 29, Palmer stars Justin Timberlake as Eddie Palmer, a former college football star whose life has taken more than a few twists and turns. Released from prison, Palmer’s homecoming is not what he anticipated. Thinking he’s going to move forward without hindrance, the hometown hero faces his demons at every turn, but more surprisingly, he finds himself having to take in a young boy abandoned by his troubled mother. A promising drama with an impressive lead, Palmer also stars Juno Temple, June Squibb, Alisha Wainright, and Ryder Allen.
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Our top picks from December
Released December 11, Wolfwalkers is a new animated film that pits humans against a spiritually inclined pack of wolves. Robyn (voiced by Honor Kneafsey), the protagonist, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out a band of wolves. In the Wolfwalkers mythos, wolves are demonic and cursed creatures that must be destroyed. But when Robyn saves a native girl named Mebh (Eva Whittaker), Mebh introduces Robyn to the Wolfwalkers, a tribe of humans that transform into wolves under nightfall.
Stillwater is a new six-part animated series that teams three wonderous kids — Karl, Addy, and Michael — with their larger-than-life next-door neighbor, Stillwater the panda bear. Through their black-and-white buddy’s various stories and antics, the three kids learn how to grapple with their own life challenges, such as visiting a barber for your first hair cut or feeling sad when something doesn’t go the way you planned. Heartwarming and filled with laughs, Stillwater joins the ranks of other great children’s programming like Doug Unplugs on Apple TV+.
Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, Earth at Night in Color uses cutting-edge camera tech to shed new light on the nocturnal habits of various animals across the world. Shot over six different continents, from Kenya to the forests of Europe, cheetahs, bears, and birds of prey have never looked the same. Witness conflicts like a brown bear’s struggle with a pack of territorial wolves, or one jaguar’s mission to protect his midnight jungle from ravenous predators.
Looking ahead for Apple TV+
Apple Original Films and singer-songwriter Billie Eilish are releasing a documentary next month (February 26) called Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. Foundation — based on the series of books by Isaac Asimov — is dropping early next year, along with Snow Blind, a graphic novel adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhall. We can also look forward to Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro and Emancipation, a new film from Training Day writer/director Antoine Fuqua.