First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+

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First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+
Will new Apple TV+ series live up to the promise of its cast?
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The first three episodes of Apple Original crime drama Truth Be Told debuted on Apple TV+ on Friday.

The series stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water, The Help) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). The shows is about a true crime podcaster, called to investigate the case of convicted killer who claims he was framed for murder.

Episode one of Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ is titled “Monster.” Apple’s description reads: “While reviewing an old case, Poppy (Spencer) comes face-to-face with the man she put away.”

Episode two is titled “Black People in the Neighborhood”. The description reads: “Markus drops a bombshell about a potential suspect’s motive. Warren (Paul) gets a visit.”

Episode three is titled “Even Salt Looks Like Sugar”. The preview reads: “Identifying a new suspect has unintended consequences for Poppy’s personal life.”

Truth Be Told: Will it be any good?

I haven’t yet gotten a chance to watch the show. But early reviews have been mixed. The Guardian labels it “a criminally bad podcast thriller.” IndieWire notes that, “The ensemble keeps it afloat, even if it never quite meets the expectations set for itself.” Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter writes that:

“Replete with weak coincidences and dopey plotlines, I did not care at all if Paul’s character was guilty or not … Instead, what occasionally thrilled me were the compelling family dynamics at play here, with prosperous Poppy returning home to the Bay Area — and her family’s biker bar — after living an entire other life out on the East Coast.”

I’ll reserve my opinions until I’ve seen the show, however. So far, I’ve found Apple Originals to be a fairly impressive bunch. Early shows like The Morning Show were panned by critics, but loved by audiences. Will the same hold true for Truth Be Told on Apple TV+? We’ll have to wait and see. Apple TV+ has certainly built up enough goodwill with me to give it the benefit of the doubt, though.

Watch these new episodes and more on Apple TV+

In addition to the first three episodes of Truth Be Told on Apple TV+, there are also new episodes of Servant, The Morning Show, See, and For All Mankind.

Watching all of these shows, plus the other content available on Apple TV+, costs $4.99 a month. However, anyone who bought selected Apple devices this fall can enjoy free one-year subscription. If you haven’t, you can enjoy a one-week free trial before making your mind up.

Which shows have you been enjoying most on Apple TV+ so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.