Apple TV+’s upcoming series Little America is pretty darn great. At least, if reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed.
With the initial critic reviews in, Little America‘s current rating stands at a, well, flawless 100%. By contrast, previous Apple TV+ shows like The Morning Show were panned by early critics.
The series premieres on Apple TV+ this Friday, January 17. An anthology in structure, each 30-minute episode will tell true stories of immigrants in America. Little America was developed by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, writers of The Big Sick, and former US Office writer and producer, Lee Eisenberg.
Rotten Tomatoes score for Little America
The Little America review sample size on Rotten Tomatoes right now is admittedly small. The 100% positive rating comes from just six reviews. Each of these reviews is assessed on whether it is broadly positive or negative, and this binary distinction is then used to determine the overall score. There are no audience scores yet because the show has not yet debuted.
Ben Travers of IndieWire writes that:
“Little America avoids becoming patriotic propaganda not by disparaging the United States and its policies (which it rarely does), but by selectively emphasizing what America can offer at its best.”
Meanwhile, Inkoo Kang of the Hollywood Reporter says:
“For a series comprised of such seemingly disparate cultural and geographical elements, there’s a sense throughout of care for each installment.”
Caroline Framke from Variety writes:
“Little America is a thoughtful show, made with evident care and consideration for doing justice to the heritages depicted.”
Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone opines that this is:
“[A] great show — easily the best of Apple’s early output… Those who take a look will find a lot to love in the way these distinct yet overlapping immigrant experiences make the specific universal and the universal specific.”
This bodes well for Little America
As noted, Rotten Tomatoes is only one metric for gauging success. Because of the way it is structured, shows or movies can get high (or low) scores, based on reviews which aren’t wholly positive or negative. For example, Little America received a B+ rating from IndieWire, but this still contributes to a 100% overall rating.
However, this still speaks to a mass of critical reviews that, unlike other Apple TV+ shows, are overwhelmingly positive. Viewers liked previous Apple Originals far more than critics. The Morning Show‘s producer even blamed bad critical reviews on “Apple haters.”
What will the rest of us think when Little America airs this Friday? We’ll have to wait and see. Still, this hopefully bodes well. As does the fact that Apple has already signed the show for a second series. And signed co-creator Lee Eisenberg to a multi-year deal to create additional content for Apple TV+.
At the very least, this should help Apple in its quest to win awards for its fledgling TV service.
Via: Business Insider