Who on earth is Dads for? [Apple TV+ review]

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Dads review: Glen Henry and his daughter, one of many subjects in the enthusiastically weightless Apple TV+ documentary Dads.
Glen Henry and his daughter, one of many subjects in the enthusiastically weightless Dads.
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Apple TV+ secured another handsomely produced, blandly pleasant, absolute mediocrity when it purchased Bryce Dallas Howard’s feature documentary debut, Dads. What’s Dads about, you ask? Why dads, of course. Next question.

Up until now, Apple TV+ hasn’t been the most cautious content provider. Apple execs lavished money on a lot of utter nonsense with enormous price tags because they seemed to aesthetically fit in with the rest of the company’s design scheme. HomeCentral Park, See — none of them are good television, but they’d look good testing TVs on a showroom floor, which seems to be the prevailing ethos for a lot of the Apple TV+ purchases.

Dads, released Friday just in time to remind you to forget Father’s Day, is much the same and quite a bit less.

Peanuts launch to the moon on Apple TV this May

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Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10
Lunar module pilot Eugene Cernan had a successful moon mission thanks to Snoopy.
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Snoopy paved the way for astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon.

How the cartoon beagle figured into NASA’s lunar plans will be the subject of a short “documentary” available next month on the Apple TV app.

Apple inks deal with Ron Howard’s documentary company

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Apple's TV efforts continue to ramp up.
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Right now, Apple is snapping up new TV shows, movies and other video content like a shopping addict on Black Friday.

Its latest deal? Getting a “first look” deal for documentaries created by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries. Imagine has made a wide variety of non-fiction shows and feature-length productions, including The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years, Jay-Z’s Made in America, Katy Perry: Part of Me, and more.