There’s nothing better than hanging on the edge of your seat watching a TV series unfold. Twists and turns that lead to an unexpected ending is the essence of a thriller movie, and many streaming services provide ample shows in the thriller genre. Check out our list of the ten best thriller TV shows on Apple TV, and if you don’t have a subscription yet, these shows might change your mind.
10. The Changeling (2023)
Set in an alternate New York City, The Changeling follows a husband and father whose son has been abducted and wife has gone missing. He realizes there is a completely different part of NYC, and this is where the fantasy element appears. With new episodes every Friday for its first season, this show has stars such as LaKeith Stanfield, Clark Backo, and Adina Porter.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 73% Audience
- IMDB: 6.6/10
9. The Crowded Room (2023)
The summer of 1979 – Manhattan. A young man (Tom Holland) is arrested for a shocking crime, and now an unlikely investigator (Amanda Seyfried) must figure out the mystery before the true killer strikes again. The Crowded Room blew up the internet with its twists and turns, alongside Holland’s acting skills, making this a powerhouse of a show with ten total episodes in the season.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Audience
- IMDB: 7.6/10
8. Drops of God (2023)
Drops of God begins with death as the main character’s father passes away, leaving the largest wine collection in the world behind. But, the daughter (Fleur Geffrier) must compete with the father’s prodigy (Tomohisa Yamashita) to see who will end up with the prize. With a competition at the heart of this eight episode season, there is sure to be plot twists in the race to the finish.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Audience
- IMDB: 8.1/10
7. Hijack (2023)
Starring Idris Elba as a corporate negotiator, Hijack is about flight KA29 going from Dubai to London and getting hijacked along the way. Sam Nelson (Elba) tries to use his skills to save the passengers on this seven hour harrowing journey, spread across seven episodes.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 64% Audience
- IMDB: 7.4/10
6. Shining Girls (2022)
Years after a brutal attack, old newspaper archivist Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) has been living in a constantly shifting reality that’s about to take a dangerous turn. When a recent murder gets linked to her past assault, she joins a veteran reporter to figure out her past – and her present. Shining Girls has one season comprising eight episodes sure to keep you on your toes.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Audience
- IMDB: 7.4/10
5. Black Bird (2022)
Inspired by actual events, Black Bird centers on a football star (Taron Egerton) sentenced to ten years in a minimum security prison. But, he can get freedom if he instead moves into a maximum security prison and befriends Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) who’s suspected of killing several women, before his appeal to get out of prison goes through. With six episodes in the season, you’ll be hanging on to every minute to see what happens next.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 95% Audience
- IMDB: 8.1/10
4. Calls (2021)
Calls takes a completely different route on its way to becoming a thriller TV show. Using only the voices of several strangers calling each other and the visuals being the bandwidths of the calls, you must listen carefully and pay attention to what is really going on under the surface. With stars such as Lily Collins, Nick Jones, Pedro Pascal, and many more, nine episodes will fly by until you reach the climactic ending.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Audience
- IMDB: 7.7/10
3. Losing Alice (2021)
“How far will you go to get the life you desire?” In Losing Alice, a neo-noir movie starring Ayelet Zurer as Alice there is a fine line between success and failure. Alice is a middle-aged film director that has felt adrift since raising her family. Then she meets Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), a femme-fatal screenwriter, and so begins an obsessive spiral spread over eight episodes, pushing both characters to the brink.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Audience
- IMDB: 6.6/10
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2. Dr. Brain (2021)
After suffering a horrible personal tragedy, genius brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-kyun) conducts “brain syncs” with the dead to use their memories in order to find out what happened to his family. But, the memories become hallucinations and throw Sewon into a whirlwind of danger over six episodes in Dr. Brain – both real and imagined.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 76% Audience
- IMDB: 6.7/10
1. Defending Jacob (2020) Best Thriller TV Shows on Apple TV
Based on William Landay’s bestselling novel of the same name, an Assistant DA’s (Chris Evans) world breaks apart when his son (Jacob Barber) is accused of murdering his classmate. The family is thrown into the world of reporters and prisons, all the while trying to figure out what really happened that day in the park. There are eight episodes in Defending Jacob.
- Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Audience
- IMDB: 7.8/10
Apple TV has a large selection of movies and TV shows, especially ones in the thriller genre. If you enjoyed our list of the best thriller TV shows on Apple TV, then check out their service and find even more nail-biting intense movies.