Apple TV+ Series Review Roundup: The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, and For All Mankind

Ahead of Apple TV+ launching on Friday, reviews are now out for some of the first series premiering on the streaming video service, including The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, and For All Mankind.

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Most reviews have panned The Morning Show and See, opinions were mixed about Dickinson, and For All Mankind was acclaimed.

The Morning Show

- Variety: "Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston can't salvage this politically muddled, underthought, and underwhelming streaming misfire."

- The Hollywood Reporter: "After a brutally dull pilot and a meandering second episode, there are distinct hints in the third hour of a more satisfying and confident The Morning Show, one that actually gets value out of leading ladies Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon."

- Rolling Stone
- Vanity Fair
- Entertainment Weekly
- The Telegraph
- TVLine
- TV Guide
- Deadline
- Decider
- CNET
- AppleInsider
- CNN

See

- Variety: "Spiraling away from narrative control as its first three episodes unreel, this series, about a post-apocalyptic future in which nearly everyone is blind, wastes the time of Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, among others, on a story that starts from a position of fun, giddy strangeness and drags itself forward at a lugubrious pace."

- The Hollywood Reporter: "As you'll find is a trend with this first batch of Apple TV+ originals, See isn't close to a good show thus far, but it does just enough to make you believe that under the right circumstances, there might be a good show here somewhere, eventually."

- The Telegraph
- TVLine
- TV Guide
- Deadline
- Decider
- CNET
- AppleInsider
- IndieWire
- The Guardian

Dickinson

- Variety: "Given the show's scattered narrative and stylistic approach to Emily's life and work, its biggest strength by a long shot is its star […] Even when the show around her starts to crumble under its own ambitious weight, [Hailee] Steinfeld usually finds a way to carry it."

- The Hollywood Reporter: "The writing is well-informed by historical research, with episodes based on many real events from her early life. But in wanting to be both a serious teen drama and a black comedy simultaneously, the half-hour show instead comes off as tonally incongruous, awash in wry hipster flatness."

- The Telegraph
- TVLine
- TV Guide
- Collider
- Deadline
- Decider
- CNET
- AppleInsider

For All Mankind

- Variety: "Of the original series launching Apple’s streaming TV service Monday, 'For All Mankind' is by far the strongest, especially because it makes the most of its budget and subsequent capacity to dream a bit bigger than most."

- The Hollywood Reporter: "The Apple TV+ series is a solid effort at epic, alternate-history storytelling, but feels a bit derivative and moves too slowly."

- The Telegraph
- TVLine
- TV Guide
- Deadline
- Decider
- CNET
- AppleInsider
- Collider
- IndieWire

Apple TV+ is Apple's upcoming subscription-based streaming video service, launching November 1 in over 100 countries and regions.

Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Since September 10, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac can get one year of Apple TV+ for free.

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Top Rated Comments

johnyslats Avatar
61 months ago
With only 3 episodes available to critics I think I’ll ignore the reviews and make up my own mind. Roll on Friday!
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChrisMoBro Avatar
61 months ago
No wonder Apple are giving it away ?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
61 months ago

No wonder Apple are giving it away ?
And...

Verizon giving Disney+ away to Verizon customers means that Disney+ is bad too?
AT&T giving HBO Max away to AT&T customers means that HBO Max is bad too?

Your logic makes no sense.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
61 months ago
When it comes to TV shows I don’t pay a lot of attention to reviews. Reviewers usually love stuff I end up hating.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glockworkorange Avatar
61 months ago

Early reviews
Morning show
- Too bland, drama feels forced
See - Not enough going on
Dickinson - Too revisionist, not funny
For all Mankind- Interesting but slow, packed with gender politics

not really surprising. I’ve watched every trailer looking for something that feels marginally compelling, getting little more than “meh” for me.

Also kind of weird that so many of their flagship shows have such a strong political slant. Does that bring in viewership?
Could it be:

* Dickinson: Men have been keeping us down and we're as good if not better. Damn patriarchy.
* For All Mankind: Women become astronauts and save the day---YAY WOMEN! SCREW the patriarchy!
* Morning Show: I can see one of the stars complaining about not being paid the same as men, or men having all the control or "we might be rivals, but we need to stay together because patriarchy." Also, morning show men being rape-y, like Matt Lauer.

I haven't seen the political slant of See---but I bet there will be some people, a small number but vocal, complaining about the way the show depicts blind people...oh, sorry. Non-sighted people.

This is all conjecture---we'll see! But not a great start according to these critics.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoeCassara Avatar
61 months ago
Looks like JJ Abrams made the right call.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)