Anyone looking for new TV comedies to binge watch on a long holiday weekend shouldn’t miss the very positive reviews for Central Park and Trying on Apple TV+.
Both shows debuted at the beginning of the summer, which means their entire first seasons are available now.
Central Park is ‘a glorious gift for comedy’
Apple TV+’s first animated series is Central Park, a zany musical comedy that follows a family of caretakers that live in a certain park in New York City.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 92% score, and says, “With warmth, wit, and a pitch perfect ensemble, Central Park is a joyously hilarious musical love letter to the Big Apple.”
The review on RogerEbert.com said, “Apple TV’s Central Park is a glorious gift for comedy and musical fans and, well, everyone.”
Admittedly, Cult of Mac reviewer Scout Tafoya wasn’t impressed, but he’s in a minority here.
The series was created by Loren Bouchard, who also created Bob’s Burgers. Leslie Odom Jr. scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for his role in this show.
Trying is ‘a charming British comedy’
Trying follows a British couple as they set out to adopt a baby — with a series of hijinks as they navigate the up and downs of a difficult system.
The comedy pulled in an 86% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And RogerEbert.com calls the show “wholly endearing.” The site says that the two leads, Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall), “have winning chemistry as a couple you want to root for, hang out with, and watch fumble through this process.”
However, Cult of Mac’s Tafoya isn’t going to bring Trying into his home.
Bonus: Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
The first comedy on Apple TV+ debuted last winter, months before the other two. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet follows a team of programmers, writers and branding experts as they build a new game.
“The writing is sharp,” says Tafoya, “and the characters are all empathetically drawn.”
Only on Apple TV+
These comedies are Apple originals, and are therefore exclusively on this company’s streaming video service. Watching any of them requires paying $4.99 a month. However, Cupertino includes a one-year free subscription with the purchase of many Apple devices.
And a subscription brings access to a couple of dozen current and upcoming shows and movies. There’s Greyhound, a feature film about World War II starring Tom Hanks.Or a reboot of its anthology sci-fi series Amazing Stories. And fans of crime drama can take in Defending Jacob.