It's almost time to take a bite out of Apple's new streaming service.
The company has launched Apple TV+ with nine original programs for $4.99 a month. The new programming includes dramas, comedies and movies with big-name stars and producers such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Momoa. (Several of them attended a major kickoff event in March to showcase the new service.)
But can Apple TV Plus replicate the success seen by other services including Netflix, Amazon and even Hulu? Take a look at what will be offered to its streaming customers on its first day and beyond, and judge for yourself.
'The Morning Show'
First, this isn't a morning show: It's "The Morning Show," a drama about a "Today"-like show. The series stars Aniston as an over-the-hill news anchor, Reese Witherspoon as an upstart and Steve Carell and a #MeToo'd anchor (think Matt Lauer). Apple has already picked up a second 10-episode season.
'Oprah's Book Club'
Apple announced a multi-year partnership with the talk show legend and founder of the OWN cable network. The deal includes the series "Oprah's Book Club," a feature made popular on Winfrey's talk show after it was first launched in 1996. For the first Apple TV Plus episode, Winfrey interviews author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his new book "The Water Dancer."
Jason Momoa ("Aquaman") and Alfre Woodard ("Luke Cage") star in this dystopian drama set 600 years in the future. The series follows the struggle and survival of the human race after a virus kills a large number of humans and leaves the survivors blind.
Hailee Steinfeld ("Bumblebee") plays "Dickinson" – yes, it's a comedy – about the early life of poet Emily Dickinson, with Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock") as the poet's mother.
'For All Mankind'
The new space series explores how different our world would be if the space race had never ended. The show is being created by Ronald D. Moore ("Outlander," "Battlestar Galactica") and stars Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") and Sarah Jones ("Alcatraz").
The team behind "Sesame Street" takes on this series about lovable monsters who help solve problems.
'Snoopy in Space'
Get the gang together and bring the dog, too! The beloved characters from "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, will make Apple their home for series, specials and shorts based on "Peanuts" characters. The agreement includes STEM content in partnership with NASA. First up: "Snoopy in Space," about a dog who wants to become an astronaut.
A mysterious ghost in a bookstore enlists the help of four kids to release fictional characters from literature. The show is a reboot of a 1990s PBS series.
'The Elephant Queen'
Apple TV Plus will also take on nonfiction fare, including this documentary that follows a mother elephant and her herd.
'Servant' (Nov. 28)
A tragedy creates a rift in the marriage of a Philadelphia couple, which opens a portal for a mysterious force in this series from thriller creator M. Night Shyamalan.
'Truth Be Told' (Dec. 6)
Octavia Spencer ("Hidden Figures") and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") star in this series, which examines true crime podcasts and the consequences of America's obsession with this new form of media.
'The Banker' (January)
Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, who both recently starred in "Avengers: Endgame," play entrepreneurs trying to provide housing loans to African Americans in 1950s Texas. The project also stars Nia Long ("NCIS: Los Angeles") and Nicholas Hoult ("Tolkien"). The movie will premiere in theaters on Dec. 6 before it appears on Apple TV Plus.
This new anthology series captures the stories of immigrants in the United States. Based on a collection of stories in Epic Magazine, the show will be executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the husband-and-wife team behind "The Big Sick."
A high school senior struggles to balance her life as a teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing. The movie was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
The following Apple TV Plus projects are among those expected to appear in 2020 and beyond.
Chris Evans project
Evans has been tapped to executive produce and star in "Defending Jacob," a drama based on the book by William Landay. Evans, best known as Captain America in the Marvel movie franchise, plays a man whose 14-year-old son is the prime suspect in a murder.
Brie Larson series
Larson, who triumphed at the box office with "Captain Marvel," will try her hand at producing and starring in an Apple TV Plus series. The untitled project is based on the book "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," by former CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox.
Bill Murray movie
Director Sofia Coppola is reuniting with her "Lost in Translation" star Murray in "On the Rock," a film about a larger-than-life figure who reconnects with his daughter during an adventure in New York City. Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") is also set to star.
The new comedy series, about a young boy picked up by a group of time travelers, is based on the 1981 movie from "Monty Python" alum Terry Gilliam. "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi has been added to the project to direct and co-write the pilot. He'll also be a producer on the series.
'My Glory Was I Had Such Friends'
Jennifer Garner and director J.J. Abrams, who teamed up on ABC's "Alias" more than a decade ago, are reuniting for this limited drama series about a group of women supporting a friend waiting for a heart transplant. The show is based on the memoir by Amy Silverstein.
Fans of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," will be happy to see Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day working on the new Apple+ series "Mythic Quest" as writers and producers. McElhenney also stars in the workplace series about a video game studio alongside F. Murray Abraham ("Amadeus") and Danny Pudi ("Community").
Kevin Durant's 'Swagger'
The Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant's life in youth basketball is the basis for the drama "Swagger," which explores the lives of players, families and coaches in an amateur basketball league. The NBA star is an executive producer along with Brian Grazer ("Friday Night Lights").
Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories' returns
Executive producer Steven Spielberg is rebooting his NBC anthology series "Amazing Stories." The 1985-87 sci-fi/fantasy series' cast includes Edward Burns ("Saving Private Ryan") and Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire") .
"Central Park," about a family of caretakers in the famed New York City park, includes the voice talents of Josh Gad ("Frozen"), Kristen Bell ("Frozen," "The Good Place"), Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs ("Hamilton") and Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt").
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Apple TV+ debuts Oprah, Jennifer Aniston series for streaming service