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Apple's second original television series, "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" premiered tonight and is now available to stream via Apple Music if you have an Apple Music subscription.

The first episode of the series, which is based on the Carpool Karaoke segment made popular by "The Late Late Show With James Corden," stars James Corden himself and Will Smith. The show starts out with Corden and Smith singing "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," with a full marching band joining in at a stop.


The two then move on, discussing the history behind the song, before going on to sing additional Will Smith songs, including the theme song for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," a TV show Smith starred in from 1990 to 1996.

Produced by James Corden, Ben Winston, and Eric Pankowski, new episodes of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" will debut on Tuesdays on Apple Music. Each episode will feature a different host and celebrity pairing, with episode length varying each week based on the content.

Participants will include Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; John Legend, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson; LeBron James and James Corden; and more.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is Apple's second original television show designed for Apple Music subscribers. "Planet of the Apps," the company's first television series, came out back in June.

Update: Apple has also uploaded two new trailers for "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," teasing future episodes starring Alicia Keys and John Legend and Billy Eichner and Metallica.

Article Link: Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' Television Show Now Available on Apple Music


macrumors 6502a
Nov 14, 2014
I've been mocking Apple's Mobile Funtime Singalong since it debuted, and then they hit me between the eyes with Metallica. I figured I'd finally crumble and take a look. Click the link and <shazam!> it takes me to a page for Apple Music. Reality set in as I realized I'm not going to pay $10/month to watch one episode of a music show.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 24, 2015
UES, New York
I can't believe this new video content is buried within Apple Music. And not even at the top level. There has to be a better way.

Buried deep? For me it shows at the top of the browse page. Perhaps it’s because i’m on the developer beta and they addressed the issue?


macrumors regular
Jan 14, 2007
Las Vegas, NV
Just finished the first episode. It was okay...Just felt like a longer segment on James Corden without the laugh track, as much as a laugh track is annoying, it also would help put context to what would feel funny at times instead of awkward. Other than that, I am looking forward to future episodes and excited for what other content will develop in the future.


macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
I enjoyed it and it had some pretty funny bits. Since leaving Scientology (rumors, but still a noticeable change in behavior over the years), Will Smith seems to be more like his younger, care-free and easy going self! Glad to see that reflected in this episode.
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macrumors 68030
Jun 7, 2007
Because everyone wants to read and comment about how terrible the show and Apple have become. Meanwhile, the first few shows on every streaming video network have all been questionable at best. It only takes one hit show so there's no reason to believe that by this time next year, Apple will have a hit of their own and several more shows to grow out their original content...same as every streaming network service out there.

I never watched a single minute of the original carpool karaoke segment but I just watched this show. It was well done but not unlike most talk shows with celebrities. Fun but a giant commercial attempt to humanize big stars and sell their wares. I want to watch another episode but only to see the dynamic with James Cordan because I'm curious if the host is really important and who steps up to act as as host. The karaoke itself was probably the weakest part. Will Smith sang mostly his own songs. Isn't the point of the segment that artists and celebrities do other people's material, kind of like real karaoke? But I guess people don't care about the karaoke part?
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macrumors 68030
Jun 7, 2007
OMG! This is horrible? There are some talented people here, but.......

Apple music , IMHO, is sliding downhill. Where is the entertainment value? In the absurdity of it all?
It's called carpool karaoke. Were you really expecting more than celebrities singing in a car? I think it delivered exactly what it promised it's audience the same way that pop music delivers exactly what it promises.
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macrumors regular
Jun 16, 2014
The 8 minute version is available on James Corden YouTube channel, not long before someone posts the whole episode on YouTube.
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