How ‘Little America’ made it to Apple TV+

Scene from Little America
Scene from Little America

Apple’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed new anthology series Little America is now streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ around the world. “Little America” goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt and surprising stories of immigrants in America

Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, Little America originates from Emmy Award-nominated Lee Eisenberg, Academy Award nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, Emmy Award winner Alan Yang and Epic Magazine. The first season of eight episodes will debut in its entirety, and has earned a critics’ score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The series has already been renewed for a second season.

Little America celebrates stories that are universally human, emotional and inspiring — it represents exactly what we’re building at Apple TV+,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “Each episode of Little America spotlights a beautiful experience from a different part of the world, and we hope it resonates with people everywhere.”

Simon Thompson for Forbes:

“We pitched to a bunch of different places, and the truth is some of these more traditional outlets that have been around for decades, were a little hesitant about the show,” explained Kumail Nanjiani.

Little America is an anthology series on Apple TV+ that’s he’s executive produced with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, as well as Lee Eisenberg, Alan Yang, and Joshuah Bearman, among others.

Nanjiani continued: “They were all stuck in their old ways. They were like, ‘Wait, you want to do a show that doesn’t have any stars, that has majority non-white leads on our very mainstream network?’ They were a little scared of a show that was an anthology show about immigrants coming to America. That’s how we pitched it to some traditional platforms, but they didn’t want to do it.”

“We went with Apple because they seemed extremely passionate about it and they said they would trust us, let us make the show we wanted to make, and they would support it. We wanted the show to be something that was going to be accessible to a lot of people.”

MacDailyNews Note: Lee Eisenberg, co-creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner on Apple’s Little America, has inked a multi-year overall deal with Apple.


    1. In spite of your intentions or how elevated you make think you are being (or alternately if you are simply a paid troll), I guarantee you that these companies only care about what kind of money they are bringing in, and the second this kind of nonsense is no longer fashionable or profitable, they will drop it like it never existed. Yes, it is crass, and yes, I wish it didn’t exist as much as you, but the point is that this fad is made of paper and it is about as durable. See how that feels when you are about 20 years oler than you are now.

    1. Yup. There is quite literally nothing on AppleTV+ that would compel me to subscribe, and I had the free trial and gave it a chance. The world at large is getting more and more tired of woke BS. I actually hope the service fails. We are intelligent people that would really appreciate intelligent stories. Unfortunately, at present, that excludes anyone born after the 70s. It is coming back to bite though: woke ’til you’re broke’ is beginning to happen. No company can lose money forever, not Apple, not Disney, not Netflix, not Hulu.

      1. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely the service will fail because Apple has virtually unlimited funds to keep it going as long as hardware and other services are profitable. Like much mass media, especially newspapers, they lose money but corporations and individuals recognize their power to influence the perceptions, beliefs and culture of the population.

  1. I too was a bit skeptical and worried that this was going to be a “woke” and preachy series of stories, but I gave it a see and was pleasantly surprised. Only 3 episodes in at this time, but the stories are great, acting is great, and videography is great. And, more importantly, the life stories are presented without the typical “lesson” being forced upon an audience. Just nice human interest stories.

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