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Apple TV+ has cornered the market on ‘Prestige Dad TV’

Friday March 15, 2024. 10:26 PM , from Mac Daily News
From “Hijack” and “Slow Horses” to “Masters of the Air” and “Manhunt,” if it’s ambitious and star-studded and features competent guys of a certain age handling serious, maybe even historic business, chances are it’s on Apple TV+, which has cornered the market on “Prestige Dad TV.”
Gabriella Paiella for GQ:

[I]f there’s one thing Apple TV+ does better than anyone, it’s Prestige Dad TV.
Somewhere in between those two poles of highfalutin drama and at-home lobotomization is Prestige Dad TV. It’s different from Dad TV, which is, as Yahoo recently put it, “where shows like Yellowstone, Billions and Reacher live—not too heavy, not too light, just right for unwinding.” With no disrespect to Bosch or Ray Donovan, Prestige Dad shows aren’t built to run for seven seasons and then get a spinoff. Prestige Dad TV has all the classic signifiers of prestige TV, but is laser-focused on topics that dads of a certain age traditionally can’t get enough of. Espionage. Action. History—especially, but not limited to, World War II. Shows about no-nonsense older men—especially, but not limited to, dads—saving the day.
Unlike traditional Dad TV, Prestige Dad TV is for dads who aren’t like other dads. After all, they have the know-how to subscribe to Apple TV+ in the first place.
Even before Apple TV+ officially launched, it signaled its premium-dad ambitions by ordering Masters of the Air for its in-house studio. Within its first year, it released Greyhound, a feature film about the Battle of the Atlantic, starring none other than the Emperor of Dads himself, Tom Hanks. And just as Masters of the Air concludes on March 15th, Apple TV+ is also releasing a documentary narrated by Hanks about the actual men Masters of the Air is based on.

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple TV+ is not only the home for “Prestige Dad TV,” but also for smart, quality sci-fi.
Back to “Prestige Dad TV” and “Slow Horses,” in particular, of which we’ve been signing praises since it debuted – (before it debuted, even, since Apple had us a “Gary Oldman.” The series is even better than we could’ve hoped it would be.
Gary Oldman talks Slow Horses, Harry Potter, Batman…
(05:30: Why he said “yes” to Slow Horses)
(46:25: We have Season 4 in the can… and it’s going to be dynamite)

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