Everybody knows that The Velvet Underground is one of the most groundbreaking bands hailing from America the world has ever seen. Most recent rock music documentaries use a repeated structure, but in this chronicle, the director, Todd Haynes, gets to the core of the band by making this documentary an arthouse gem.
Don’t worry. It’s still packed with tunes and the insightful tale of the rocky relationship between Reed and his fellow bandmates, except this documentary is extra trippy as it tells the story of this iconic band. It would have been so beloved by Lou Reed and company. Simply put, this might just be one of the best music docs ever produced.
"Central Park" is a sweet musical animation series that has a visual style that could be compared to "American Dad," "Bob's Burgers," and the like. This series is based on the lives of the Tillerman-Hunter family in the make-believe Edendale Castle.
It revolves around the family attempting to save the famed New York park from the grips of Bitsy, an affluent grouch who intends to buy out the park to replace it with rental spaces and condos. With a star-studded cast including Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Tituss Burgess, and Kathryn Hahn, to name a few, you really can't go wrong.
This show is one of the founding fathers of Apple TV+, as it came out back in the good old days when Apple launched the streaming site in 2019. This program helped define the company's standing in the world of streaming, and despite being a bit of an underdog for not having garnered a massive following, it got pretty good ratings from those who did see it.
This is a period masterpiece set in the 19th century that explores the constraints of family, gender, and society from the outlook of the young Emily Dickson, an aspiring poet. Of course, it has been highly fictionalized for effects, so don't expect to get an accurate biopic of Dickinson's life, but the writing and performances are still witty and funny over its three-season run.
This sci-fi mystery is based on "Wool," a 2012 series of novels by Hugh Howey. Created by the Emmy Award-winning producer Graham Yost, it starts off with a tumultuous episode that is set in a dystopian near-future whereby the last surviving humans all live in a massive underground silo.
As things unfold, we get introduced to Juliette, the engineer played by Rebecca Ferguson, who unearths some nasty truths and murders that appear to be linked to the so-called authorities running the silo. This show is suspenseful and moody and probably only suited to those fans of hard sci-fi or Scandi noirs.
The Morning Show
"The Morning Show" was the first indication that Apple was willing to splurge big in order to attract multiple A-listers to one of its launching day dramas. One can only imagine that casting Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as the lead characters cost a pretty penny. It mostly paid off, though, because the show went on to win an Emmy award, and of course, it helped cement Apple as one of the streaming brands that hosts big names and big budgets.
The series portrays a morning news show that gets shaken up by not only the infighting that happens behind the scenes but also the #MeToo allegations that surface against one of the main anchors. "The Morning Show" hasn't quite found a place in everybody's home yet, but most agree that Billy Crudup's Emmy-winning performance was phenomenal.