As the holiday season approaches, many people will be spending a lot of time with family and friends. We thought we’d create a handy list of Apple TV+ shows and movies that can be watched with family members young and old, and are great to catch up on if you have some extra time in the coming weeks.
Starring popular comedians Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, ‘Spirited’ is the perfect holiday movie. A reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, ‘Spirited’ will see several Christmas ghosts visit miser Ryan Reynolds, who plays Scrooge in the film.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
If you are a Charlie Brown fan, you will not want to miss A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving streaming on Apple TV+. In this classic, Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving and Snoopy prepares a holiday meal.
If you’re not into “Ted Lasso” or have a family member who isn’t, it’s a heartwarming show that never fails to please. Jason Sudeikis stepping into the role of football coach Ted Lasso is worth watching or re-watching. There are two full seasons available, so it’s a great binge watch.
From the creators of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, ‘Mythic Quest’ is a comedy series about a game studio producing a popular online game. Starring Rob McElhenney, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao and Danny Pudi, this show is entertaining even if you’re not a gamer, and if you are, it’s hilarious.
There are three seasons available, with season three just a couple of weeks ago.
In “Loot,” Maya Rudolph plays a clueless billionaire who divorces her cheating husband, eventually committing to his charitable foundation and reconnecting with the real world. “Loot” is charming and funny, and it’s a quick watch with episodes running under 30 minutes.
The British TV show ‘Trying’ stars Rafe Spell and Esther Smith as a couple dying to have children. They work their way through future parenthood and it’s hard not to love this show because of the chemistry between the main characters.
A musical comedy, ‘Schmigadoon’ stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michal Key as a rock couple stranded in the magical song-and-dance city of Schmigadoon. The only way out is to find true love.
The After Party
An entertaining whodunnit, ‘The After Party’ features a group of classmates being investigated for murder after one of them is found dead. It’s a mystery that you have to uncover together with the detective, and the ending is a surprise. With most episodes no longer than 40 minutes, this is a quick watch.
“Long Way Up” is an easy to watch show featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman riding their motorcycles to visit amazing places all over 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 a coming-of-age story about the daughter of two deaf adults and her struggle between living her own life and caring for her family. CODA won an Academy Award for Best Picture and is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
Content for children only
If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained, you might want to check out some of these titles.
- Fraggle Rock: back to rock
- Central Park
- Wolfboy and the Everything Factory
- Start shooting with Otis
- Hi Jack
- The nosy snow
- Still water
For after the kids are in bed
There are a number of more serious and dramatic shows and movies on Apple TV that are worth watching, but these aren’t suitable for children or a light-hearted gathering.
- Separation – A TV show where workers are mind-separated so that their work person knows nothing about their home person and vice versa.
- Emancipation – A film starring Will Smith as a slave who risks his life to escape.
- Black bird – A fantastic limited series in which drug dealer Jimmy Keene has the chance to have his sentence reduced if he can befriend a brutal serial killer.
- The morning show – A morning newscast covering all kinds of drama, starting with the Me Too movement.
- Servant – A spooky but slow-moving TV series that unravels a mystery over the course of several seasons.
- Physicist – Rose Byrne plays an exercise-obsessed working mom with physical issues in “Physical.”
- Calls – If you’re in the mood for something scary and original, “Calls” is an audio-only TV series that uses audio with limited visuals to tell a compelling story.
How to watch
Apple TV+ requires a subscription fee of $6.99 a month, but up to six family members can watch for that price. Apple TV+ can be accessed through the TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, and is also available on the web at tv.apple.com and on smart TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles that have the app Apple TV available.
Do you have any other recommendations for Apple TV+ shows and movies that you can’t miss? Let us know in the comments below.