Apple TV+ series Dear… looks at ‘game-changing icons’ and the people they’ve inspired

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Starring Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and, err, Big Bird.
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Dear…, a 10-episode docuseries profiling the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Big Bird (!), and others, has debuted on Apple TV+. The show focuses on telling the story of “game-changing icons” and how they have inspired individuals around the world.

All 10 episodes are available to watch today, rather than the one-episode-per-week rollout Apple employs for its top drama series. The executive producer of Dear… is Emmy and Peabody Award-winner R.J. Cutler of The September Issue documentary fame.

Episodes of Dear… don’t function as mini-biographies. Instead, the focus is on a specific chapter of their lives, and how the person inspired someone else. For example, the Oprah Winfrey episode concerns the way she motivated a Georgia man to “confront racism and run for elected office in his hometown.” Meanwhile, the episode with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton talks about how he inspired a “father and daughter to overcome the challenges of fighting cancer.”

The series was supposedly inspired by the Dear Apple ads in which customers read real letters about how the Apple Watch inspired them to lead healthier lives.

Dear is the latest Apple TV+ docuseries

Dear is the latest docuseries to arrive on Apple TV+. Others include Oprah’s Book Club, Visible: Out on Television, Home, and a special Oprah Talks COVID-19 one-off episode. Next month Apple will debut a sports-themed documentary series called Greatness Code. That means there’s something to watch even if you’re not a fan of scripted content.

Apple TV+ is available to watch for $4.99 per month. Apple includes a one year free subscription for customers who have bought a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. According to recent reports, Apple TV+ currently has in the vicinity of 10 million subscribers.

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