Tom Holland’s The Crowded Room is a hit for Apple TV+


'The Crowded Room' stars Tom Holland in a thriller with a surprise ending.
Tom Holland‘s star power helps put his Apple TV+ series near the top of the charts.
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The Crowded Room, a psychological thriller starring Tom Holland, is bringing in plenty of viewers. For two weeks now, the Apple TV+ series has been among the most popular shows on any streaming service.

And it’s not the only Apple series doing well — Silo continues to draw a large audience, too.

The Crowded Room brings in crowds of viewers

Star power can make a TV series. People tune in to watch The Morning Show for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. They watched See because it starred Jason Momoa. Of course, to be successful, a series or film needs more than big names. But a celebrity’s name on the movie poster can certainly get a show off on the right foot.

Tom Holland (who played Spider-man in six blockbuster Marvel movies) gets to show his dramatic skills in The Crowded Room. And audiences like it. Movie and TV search engine Reelgood put the series at No. 6 on its list of top 10 most popular titles on any streaming service during the week of June 15 – June 21. It was at No. 8 during the previous week.

Holland plays a suspect being interrogated by Rya Goodwin (played by Amanda Seyfried) about his involvement in a shooting in New York City in 1979. During the investigation, “Danny’s life story unfolds, revealing elements of the mysterious past that shaped him, and the twists and turns that will lead him to a life-altering revelation,” says Apple.

Descriptions of the show are deliberately vague to keep from revealing the big surprise. SPOILERS: The series is based on the award-winning biography The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes, the true story of the first person in the U.S. acquitted of a major crime by pleading dissociative identity disorder.

Viewers love the show, but critics do not. The thriller has an 89% audience approval score on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, but the average score from critics is 31%.

The first five episodes of The Crowded Room are available now on Apple TV+.

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Silo captures plenty of viewers, too

The dystopian sci-fi mystery Silo has been on Reelgood’s top 10 list every week since its debut on Apple TV+ in May. Its streak continued in the June 15 – June 21 period, this time coming in at No. 4.

The show focuses on the last people on Earth. They live in a massive underground structure — it’s known as the silo, no surprise — that protects them from the toxic conditions on the planet’s surface. Slowly, they discover there’s more to their predicament than meets the eye.

Be sure to read “3 Reasons to Watch: Silo on Apple TV+” from the Cult of Mac film/TV critic, Scout Tafoya.

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Watching either of these comes with a $6.99-per-month subscription to Apple TV+. That’s a lower price than all of its larger rivals. And there are no commercial interruptions.

The streaming service also includes much more than these two, of course. There are dramas, comedies, mysteries, children’s shows, nature documentaries, etc.


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