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Everything you need to know about the new AMC+ streaming service

Another new streaming service? Tara Ward checks out what AMC+ has to offer and whether you should subscribe.

What is all this then?

AMC is the lead US studio behind TV hits like Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, as well as the second season of New Zealand comedy Good Grief. AMC+ is the channel’s new streaming service which launched here this weekend, offering a variety of exclusive and original content not previously available in New Zealand.

Do I really need another streaming service in my life?

It depends on how much you love zombies and vampires, and more specifically, how much of a Walking Dead fan you are. AMC+ launched with the premiere of some big-name dramas, including Interview with the Vampire, a contemporary reimagining of Anne Rice’s classic novel.

Interview with a vampire (Photo: AMC+)

There are also two highly anticipated Walking Dead spinoffs: Tales of the Walking Dead (an anthology series starring Anthony Edwards, Parker Posey and Samantha Morton) and The Walking Dead: Dead City, starring fan favorite Jeffrey Dean Morgan. and Lauren Cohan. Basically, if you’re dead or walking, AMC+ is the streaming service you need.

What other shows on AMC+ might tickle my fancy?

AMC+ launched with a bunch of original content featuring many famous people. Notable mentions include the psychological thriller Dark Winds (executive produced by George RR Martin and Robert Redford) which follows two Navajo police officers in the 1970s Southwest and is currently sitting on a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and That Dirty Black Bag, a spaghetti western starring Dominic Cooper from Preacher.

Crime fans should check out Chicago crime drama 61st Street, which was created by Peter Moffat (BAFTA winner behind Your Honor and The Village) and produced by Michael B. Jordan, or revenge thriller The Beast Must Die, with Jared Harris (Chernobyl). There’s also Irish gang drama Kin, starring Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones), and animated spy thriller Pantheon, which stars the voices of Daniel Dae-Kim (Lost) and the late William Hurt.

Dark Winds (Photo: AMC+)

Spy dramas are all well and good, but where’s an Aussie vampire thriller when you need it?

Well, your dream has just come true. AMC+ also has a vampire thriller Firebite, which follows two Aboriginal Australian vampire hunters as they battle the last remaining vampire colony in the outback. Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) performs.

What other shows can we expect to see?

Over the next few months, AMC+ will feature more original content, including Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches and The Walking Dead: Deadly City, which focuses on the characters Maggie and Negan as they journey to post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

But all is not serious. AMC+ is also offering the first three seasons of Documentary Now!, the Emmy-nominated parody series created by SNL alums Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers. Each episode is shot in the style of a documentary film and honors “the most important stories that didn’t actually happen”, with guest stars like Dame Helen Mirren, Jack Black and Anne Hathaway. Season four drops later this month, with guest appearances from Alexander Skarsgård and Cate Blanchett.

Samantha Morton in Tales of the Walking Dead (Photo: AMC+)

How much will AMC+ steal from me?

AMC+ is offering subscribers a premium streaming package (prices range between $7.99 and $9.99 per month) that includes two other streaming services: Acorn TV (home to countless British dramas like Poldark, Shetland and Whitstable Pearl, as well as local favorites The Brokenwood Mysteries and My Life is Murder) and Shudder (which specializes in horror, thriller and supernatural content).

This means you can subscribe to all three services for one price, which is pretty good bang for your buck. Alternatively, if you want your relationship with Poldark uncomplicated by zombies, Acorn TV and Shudder are available as standalone subscriptions for $7.99 per month.

How do I subscribe?

Click here for a seven-day free trial.

What’s the verdict?

Even if you’re not a fan of zombies or vampires, AMC+ is worth checking out. It has plenty of original, quality content that you can’t watch anywhere else in New Zealand, and you can also watch other big-name AMC shows like Mad Men and The Son. The content is mostly serious and intense, but with the premium package that includes the lighter fare on Acorn TV, you really get what you pay for.