October 30, 2019 5:00 am

Best Apple TV+ shows this month (January 2020)

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With no real back catalog, Apple TV+ is reliant on fresh new shows to lure people in. Since their November launch, the shows have come fast and furious. Some have been exceptional, others less so but they’ve all been of the highest production value. The problem is, now it is January and that initial push seems to be running dry.

CHECK OUT: Apple TV+ has better original content than Disney+

Oprah’s Book Club

You get a car! And you get a car! We all get cars! Whoever you are, you’ve gotta love Oprah Winfrey. She is an inspiration for everyone. Don’t believe me — read her biography. Considering everything she has achieved with the sh*t hand she got dealt — no one has an excuse.


It looks like Apple TV+ has given Oprah the freedom to do what she wants. There are two documentaries, one about toxic labor — sexual harassment in the workplace. It could be good. And the other with Prince Harry about mental health. For now, it’s Oprah’s Book Club that I’m picking out (it’s the only one available right now). 

I do love books, and it’s rare I get to talk about them with people. Being anti-social and all. So Oprah Winfrey’s book club gets a tick from me, depending on the books.  The second episode is all about Olive, Again and is available January 14th.

The downside of Oprah’s Book Club? It’s one episode every two months. WTF!

CHECK OUT: SNIPdaily’s Dickinson Apple TV+ review

Servant


The finale of Servant Season 1 premieres in January 2020. This is Apple TV+ best show, and although it is slow-paced, it uses that time to twist and squirm, making you rethink where the story is heading. From the first scene, it teases.

The show has a poignant mental health story, with husband, wife, and brother dealing with loss differently. It’s through their nanny that the dynamic of the Turner household changes and where the dark fantasy creeps in.

There’s dark comedy throughout, with the leads breaking up the tension with dialogue and moments that fit the setting perfectly. Servant is an unmissable Apple TV+ show well worth the $4.99 subscription price.

CHECK OUT: Check our the SNIPdaily Servant review now

Truth Be Told


Truth Be Told doesn’t live up to the pre-release hype but remains on this list because it’s one of only a few shows still running on Apple TV+ this January. Fortunately, there are great shows to re-watch including See and The Morning Show.

One of the surprising issues with Truth Be Told is that the Oscar-winning lead Octavia Spencer comes across as clunky. My original review came to this conclusion after 90 minutes and now I’ve watched all the available episodes, it doesn’t improve.

The shows biggest issue is that the family drama surrounding the lead character Poppy Purnell just isn’t interesting. The chemistry between sisters is awkward and the mental health angle with their father never actually goes anywhere. This would be less problematic if time with them was limited but the balance between crime investigation and family swings back and forth never giving either enough time to build momentum.

Despite the negatives, the show looks and sounds fantastic. Plus it does have some good moments that might make it worth watching if you’re desperate for crime drama.

CHECK OUT: Check out SNIPdaily’s review of Truth be Told now

Little America

Little America is Apple TV+’s next big show. Here’s what you need to know from its press release:

Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, “Little America” will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.

Apple TV+ press release

Little America premieres January 17th and sounds like a cross between reality show and documentary focusing on different people’s stories. Check out the Little America trailer below now.

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