AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow! is visually stunning and has intriguing premises but fails to deliver a story worth watching. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow! releases its first few episodes on the streaming service tomorrow, February 17, 2023. The series stars a talented list of seasoned actors, including Billy Crudup (Jack Billings), Hanneefah Wood (Shirley Stedman), Alison Pill (Myrtle Mayburn), Hank Azaria (Eddie), and Nicholas Podany (Joey Shorter), and is set in a retro-futuristic world that looks like the 1950s. The show feels like a mix of The Jetsons and Death of a Salesman. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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Hello Tomorrow! Parents Guide
In AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow!: In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.
Hello Tomorrow! Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their young children watch AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow.
Langauge: AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow! uses some strong language, with profanity used throughout. Stronger words include f*ck, sh*t, a**, b*st*rd, d*mn, and phrases like “g-d d*mn.”
Mature Content: The show revolves around a futurist world where salesmen are selling the dream of living on the moon. There are tones of deceit and some violence that parents need to be aware of. Characters are hit with objects, making them vomit, getting electrocuted, and more. There is a disturbing scene that shows a character trying to commit suicide by drowning.
AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow! Age Rating: AppleTV+ Hello Tomorrow! has a TV-MA rating for violence, action, and strong language. This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
The biggest flaw in AppleTV+’s Hello Tomorrow! is a muddled plot that doesn’t do justice to the phenomenal list of ensemble actors. Billy Crudup plays businessman Jack, who is selling real estate on the moon. When he returns to his hometown, where he previously abandoned his son Joey, played by Nicholas Podany, instead of letting him know he is his long-lost father, he instead hires him on and keeps the secret for far too long throughout the series. Jack’s character lacks so many traits that Crudup exudes, such as charisma and mystery, making for a drab of a character that viewers will never feel connected to.
AppleTV+’s Hello Tomorrow! also stars Jack’s team, including office manager Shirley (Haneefah Wood), gambling addict Ed (Hank Azaria), and Herb (Dewshane Williams), who is newly married. Their subplots are just as unappealing as the central storyline, and while each has a demanding presence on screen, the blame lies within the script they had to work with. Perhaps the most underutilized character is Alison Pill’s Myrtle, a disgruntled customer ready for retribution. With Pill’s talents, the creators could’ve dove deep into the outrageousness of Myrtle, but instead they played it too safe and did not give her sufficient screen time.
Hello Tomorrow! has an intriguing concept that could’ve been fleshed out and hooked viewers from the start. Yet, throughout this 10-episode series, with each episode running around 30 minutes, the series keeps the same pacing and confusing plot throughout, making each episode feel much longer than it is. The result of the series will be that viewers will never connect with the characters, be constantly confused by the plot, and just be discouraged overall. It is gorgeous to view, and its retro-look will give nostalgia to some viewers, but looks alone can’t keep the interest of audiences, and they will quickly be saying “goodbye” instead of “hello” tomorrow.