If you’re fan of alternative-history drama series For All Mankind — in which the space race never ended — Apple TV+ has a treat for you. It’s 15 minutes of fake news clips showing you relevant (fictional) events between season 3 and season 4.
Consider it a teaser that gets you ready for the next 10 episodes, debuting November 10.
Apple TV+ welcomes For All Mankind season 4 with fictional video timeline
For All Mankind returns to Apple TV+ on November 10 with the first episode, followed by a new one every Friday though January 12, 2024.
Each season of the show, in which the U.S. lost the race to the moon and has been making it up for it ever since, covers roughly a decade. The fourth season gets into the 2000s at a time when nations are battling over who gets rich from asteroid mining.
The new video timeline of fake news clips on the show’s landing page on Apple TV+ is designed to get you ready for the new season. Each clip shows prominent news in a given year — in the fictional world(s) of For All Mankind, that is — from 1996 to 2001.
Remember when history was radically unreal?
It’s interesting and pretty disorienting to see an alternative reality on “the news.” The first clip, 1996, covers former astronaut-turned-first-openly-gay President of the United States Ellen Waverly (Jodi Balfour) winning a come-from-behind re-election victory. And amid her Republican party’s abandonment over her coming out, her surprising win is apparently thanks to the endorsement of her Secretary of State, George H.W. Bush. He later becomes her running mate.
Wait, is some of that not true? Yeah. But don’t worry about falling too far down a rabbit hole in an alternative universe. Each clip offers a segment called “The Real History” at the end.
So at the end of the 1996 clip, we learn about the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for military members during the Clinton administration (and repealed in 2011), and how we didn’t see the first openly gay presidential candidate until Pete Buttigieg in 2020.
The fictional news clips serve as a great recap of the show as well as a look ahead.
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Watch the first 3 seasons and other shows on Apple TV+
If you haven’t tried For All Mankind, now’s the time to start catching up with seasons 1 through 3 on Apple TV+.
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