12 Best Adult Shows on Apple TV+ (June 2024)

Apple TV+ offers a tempting array of shows that push the boundaries of storytelling. In a landscape where boundaries are constantly tested, these series tantalize, mesmerize, and captivate. From sultry dramas that delve into forbidden desires to gripping tales that delve into the crevices of the human psyche, the adult shows on Apple TV+ are a thrilling escape into a world of intrigue. Whether you seek the intrigue of passionate romances, intense character dynamics, or a kick of adulthood, Apple TV+ delivers a cinematic experience that’s bound to leave you spellbound with these shows.

12. Strange Planet (2023)

A 10-episode adult-animated sci-fi comedy series based on the popular webcomic of the same name by Nathan W. Pyle, ‘Strange Planet,’ as its name suggests, is set in a different “strange” world where blue beings exist. They are relatable to humans, but their lives are, for the viewers, an explanation of the daily human experiences and traditions that are objectively absurd. The voice cast includes Danny Pudi, Lori Tan Chinn, Hannah Einbinder, Demi Adejuyigbe, and James Adomian. A show exploring the details of existence, ‘Strange Planet’ is humorous and peculiarly enlightening despite being so familiar. You can watch the show here.

11. Presumed Innocent (2024)

This 8-episode legal thriller miniseries is based on Scott Turow’s 1987 bestselling novel that was previously adapted into the 1990 movie of the same name. The story follows Jake Gyllenhaal’s Rusty Sabich, the Chicago chief deputy prosecutor, who is the prime suspect in the murder of his colleague Carolyn Polhemus, played by Renate Reinsve. What’s problematic is that Rusty, a family man, had an affair with Renate, and there’s evidence all over Renate’s place that points towards him. How Rusty navigates the legal proceedings while coping with its effects on his personal life and whether he is truly innocent are what we find out in this drama. ‘Presumed Innocent’ is Gyllenhaal’s first step into TV drama. Created by David E. Kelley, the series co-stars Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, O-T Fagbenle, and Peter Sarsgaard. You can stream it here.

10. City on Fire (2023-)

City on Fire‘ is an electrifying crime drama series crafted by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, which breathes life into Garth Risk Hallberg’s riveting novel. When Samantha Yeung falls victim to a fateful gunshot in New York City’s Central Park on July 4, 2003, an intricate web of mystery unravels. The investigation intertwines with enigmatic city-wide fires, the pulsating downtown music scene, and an affluent uptown real estate dynasty teetering under the weight of their concealed truths. This gripping narrative peels back layers, exposing the delicate threads that bind these disparate elements, promising viewers an enthralling exploration of secrets, crime, and the tumultuous urban backdrop. You can watch the series here.

9. Tehran (2020-)

Tehran‘ is a thrilling espionage drama created by Moshe Zonder. The series stars Niv Sultan as Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad agent deep undercover in Iran. The plot revolves around Tamar’s high-stakes mission to neutralize Iran’s nuclear ambitions, complicated by her unexpected connections and a relentless Iranian intelligence officer, played by Shaun Toub. As tension escalates, Tamar must navigate a web of secrets, alliances, and betrayals in the heart of Tehran, where every move could mean life or death. Combined with the talented cast, Zonder’s masterful storytelling delivers a gripping narrative of espionage and geopolitics in a high-stakes, shadowy world. While not predominantly erotic, it has its moments that set the heart racing. You may watch the show here.

8. The New Look (2024- )

Created by Todd A. Kessler, ‘The New Look’ shows the rise of fashion during World War II. It follows the greatest minds of the fashion world, namely Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Cristóbal Balenciaga, and their equations, which swung from rivalry to support to admiration to jealousy while they tried to reinvent fashion during a time when it didn’t even matter. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche, John Malkovich, Maisie Williams, and Claes Bang, ‘The New Look’ makes the opposing forces of war and fashion collide, thereby resulting in the formation of particles that are bound to charge the cells of our brains. You can stream ‘The New Look’ here.

7. The Essex Serpent (2022)

The Essex Serpent‘ is a captivating British gothic romance period drama miniseries and is a visual adaptation of Sarah Perry’s novel. Crafted by writer Anna Symon and directed by Clio Barnard, the series features the dynamic duo of Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in its lead roles. Danes portrays Cora Seaborne, a curious widow from London who relocates to Essex to delve into rumors of a mythical serpent. Embracing a unique alliance of science and skepticism, she forms an unexpected bond with the local pastor, played by Hiddleston. However, tragedy strikes, leading the community to point fingers at Cora, blaming her for the creature’s appearance. The series weaves a spellbinding tale of mystery, romance, and suspicion against the backdrop of 19th-century England. Feel free to check it out here.

6. Servant (2020-2023)

Brainchild of M. Night Shyamalan, ‘Servant’ is a psychological thriller series. The show features a stellar cast, including Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, and Rupert Grint. The plot follows a grieving couple, Dorothy and Sean, who hire a mysterious nanny, Leanne, to care for their reborn doll after the loss of their child. This eerie premise unfolds into a gripping narrative as the boundaries between reality and the supernatural blur. While ‘Servant‘ is known for its intense and suspenseful storytelling, it occasionally delves into steamy and mysterious elements that add to the show’s enigmatic and seductive atmosphere, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. You can check out the show here.

5. WeCrashed (2022)

WeCrashed‘ unfolds as an enthralling corporate drama streaming miniseries masterfully crafted by creator Drew Crevello. Headlined by the dynamic duo of Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, the show chronicles the tumultuous journey of Adam and Rebekah Neumann, the real-life married visionaries behind WeWork, a coworking giant with a staggering $47 billion valuation that ultimately crumbled due to financial revelations. Adapted from the podcast ‘WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork’ by Wondery, the series vividly portrays the couple’s meteoric rise in both business and romance.

As their passions blaze, so does their empire, transforming them into an industry power couple. Yet, when adversity strikes, their love faces the ultimate test. ‘WeCrashed’ intricately weaves together a captivating corporate thriller and a passionate love story. While the series revolves around a business in turmoil, its heart lies in the intense, complex love affair between the founders, brought to life with mesmerizing brilliance by Leto and Hathaway, garnering them widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike. You can watch ‘WeCrashed’ here.

4. Black Bird (2022)

Black Bird,’ a gripping crime miniseries by Dennis Lehane, is adapted from James Keene’s autobiographical novel, ‘In with the Devil.’ The plot centers on James “Jimmy” Keene, a former football prodigy turned criminal, ensnared in Operation Snowplow. Initially believing he’d serve a five-year sentence with parole after four, he finds himself handed a ten-year, no-parole verdict due to firearm possession. His innate charisma and persuasive skills catch the eye of federal authorities, leading to a unique offer that could clear his record. While ‘Black Bird’ delves into unsettling themes and portrays a psychotic killer, Keene’s seductive charm takes center stage, igniting sizzling and intense moments. You may stream it here.

3. See (2019-2022)

‘See,’ an epic science fiction saga streaming exclusively on Apple TV+, immerses viewers in a future where humanity grapples with the loss of sight, considering vision to be a mere myth. Crafted by creator Steven Knight, this post-apocalyptic tale centers on a mountain tribe touched by destiny when twin-sighted children are born. Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard lead a stellar cast supported by talents like Sylvia Hoeks and Hera Hilmar. Directed by Anders Engström, the series not only delves into the struggle for survival but also ignites the screen with intense emotions and stirring romance. Momoa’s powerful presence and magnetic connection with Hilmar elevate the show, ensuring that ‘See’ blazes with action-packed intensity and fiery passion. You can stream the series here.

2. The Morning Show (2019-)

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in the lead, this popular drama showcases the business and politics of the news industry. Aniston and Witherspoon star as journalists Alexandra “Alex” Levy and Bradley Jackson, respectively. How the two try to get along with each other as dedicated journalists with different sets of ideals at UBA network’s The Morning Show (TMA), UBA’s popular morning news broadcast program, is the main premise that is underscored by the professional world of news broadcasting and personal lives of those living in it. ‘The Morning Show’ is created by Jay Carson and is inspired by the 2013 book ‘Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV’ by Brian Stelter. Besides Aniston and Witherspoon, the cast of the show includes Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Néstor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Steve Carell, and Desean Terry. You can watch the show here.

1. High Desert (2023)

Created by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford, and Jennifer Hoppe-House, ‘High Desert’ is a dark comedy set in the desert town of Yucca Valley, California. It centers on Peggy (Patricia Arquette), who is an addict trying to come out of her addiction while coping with the loss of her mother and her strained relationship with her younger sister Dianne (Christine Taylor) and her husband Denny (Matt Dillon) who has just come out of prison and won’t divorce her because he still loves her. On top of all this, she takes up the job of a private investigator under a guy named Bruce Harvey (Brad Garrett) and decides to look into the curious case of Guru Bob (Rupert Friend), an anchor-turned-spiritual-guru. How her midlife crisis spirals into chaos, underscored by a crime, is what we find out in this immensely humorous yet realistic drama. You can stream ‘High Desert’ here.

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