The Essex Serpent is the least good show on Apple+. It's not bad, but it's a notch below everything else. It wrestles with issues of faith, hope, love, sexuality, science, interpersonal communication, etc. and does so in a way that seems honest for the time frame it's set in. The struggle is largely in the pacing. I don't mind something that moves slowly, but Andre the Giant running a marathon would have moved at a brisker pace.