While Amazon is our go-to for finding everything from must-have cleaning essentials to hard-to-find skincare products, we don't automatically turn to the online marketplace when it comes to fulfilling our entertainment needs. Netflix and Hulu tend to steal the limelight when it comes to media-streaming services, thanks to their original series that garner cult followings (think Stranger Things and The Handmaid's Tale), but we'd be remiss if we overlooked some of the gems on Amazon Prime's original programming.
With so much out there, it can be overwhelming so we're rounding up the best shows on Amazon for you. Whether you're in the mood for something provocative or you're looking for something uplifting, we're confident that there's a show for everyone on this list, no matter your streaming preferences. Spanning a delightfully kitschy coming-of-age story set during the '80s to a shockingly realistic portrayal of parenthood that will make you laugh out loud, these are the Amazon original series that are worth watching. Get ready to binge.
Here are our picks for the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime right now.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel
Set in New York City in the 1950s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows a newly single woman navigating her failing marriage and her burgeoning career as a comedian. If you're a fan of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino's latest show is a must-watch.
Season one won the Golden Globe in the category of Best Television Series Musical or Comedy. You can catch seasons 2 and 3 now.
Homecoming is "must-see mystery-box TV," according to Jen Chaney of Vulture. The highly bingeable psychological thriller is a tight series of just ten 30-minute episodes.
Julia Roberts's performance is gripping with complex material she can really sink her teeth into. In Homecoming, she steps into a dramatic role as a therapist working to help veterans with PTSD readjust to civilian life in this Amazon Prime original series.
Simply put: "Forever is a thrilling story of boring love," writes James Poniewozik, the chief television critic for The New York Times. Describing the show in too much more detail would risk giving away the twist, but trust us when we say this original, heartwarming series is well worth your time.
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star as June and Oscar, a married couple who live a comfortable albeit predictable life before they decide to mix things up.
From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a sweeping anthology featuring eight separate stories about people around the globe who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family–the Romanovs.
The show's star-studded cast includes Amanda Peet, Diane Lane, and Mad Men alum, Christina Hendricks.
The Man in the High Castle
Set in a dystopian version of the United States in which the Allied Powers lose World War II, The Man in the High Castle is for fans of historical fiction, politics, and espionage-driven intrigue.
Starring Rufus Sewell, Alexa Davalos, and Luke Kleintank, you can now catch season four streaming on Amazon Prime.
In Sneaky Pete, created by David Shore of House and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, a con man leaves prison only to find that he can't escape his troubled past. In an attempt at a fresh start, he steals his cellmate's identity—only to find himself back in hot water.
Giovanni Ribisi plays the titular role of sneaky Pete, now streaming season three on Amazon Prime.
Based on the events of comedian Tig Notaro's life, One Mississippi traces the tragedies that invariably changed one woman's life forever. The New York Times describes the series as "tender, occasionally funny, often moving entertainment about the grieving process."
Tig Notaro stars as a slightly fictionalized version of herself as her character grapples with health problems and copes with her mother's death.
Although the series was not renewed for a third season, you can (and should) stream the show's two seasons stat.
Red Oaks is a coming-of-age story that'll make you nostalgic for the '80s, even if you weren't present during the decade. Deemed "one of TV's most underrated shows" by Vulture, this kitschy show is worth adding to your queue.
The love story between David and Skye will fill the John Hughes-sized hole in your heart.
Stream all three seasons of this nostalgia-inducing series on Amazon now.
Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle follows the transformation of the New York Symphony after the arrival of an eccentric new maestro, Rodrigo de Souza. Vanity Fair recently endorsed the award-winning series, playfully deeming it "the TV equivalent of a sparkling cocktail."
Gael García Bernal is mesmerizing as the immensely talented, undeniably lovable, and exceedingly eccentric Rodrigo.
All four seasons are available for streaming on Amazon now, so prepare to settle in and binge-watch this feel-good series.
Fleabag "is a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman's existence," raves The New Yorker. In season one, a London-based woman copes with the death of her best friend (and a series of other twisted tragedies). Phoebe Waller-Bridge expertly oscillates between relatable and deplorable as Fleabag's anti-heroine.
Catastrophe is "one of television's funniest, filthiest, most realistic takes on the sweet mess of coupledom and parenting," according to The New York Times. It all starts when Sharon and Rob meet at a pub in London, hit it off, and proceed to have a lot of unprotected sex, which results in (spoiler alert) an unplanned pregnancy.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan shine as a couple determined to build a lasting relationship despite its relatively shaky foundation.
From the creator of Downton Abbey, Doctor Thorne centers around the drama of a well-off English family in the mid-1800s after a scandalous secret is uncovered.
Catch season one of this period drama on Amazon now. Then turn to Downton Abbey (seasons one through six streaming on Amazon, included with Prime) for more historical drama.
Transparent, which premiered in 2014 to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike, follows a Los Angeles family after its patriarch announces she's transgender. The talented ensemble does a smashing job in this tear-jerking series.
Though the fifth and final season endured some drama surrounding the firing of Jeffrey Tambor, as well as mixed reviews about its musical finale episode, all five seasons are worth streaming on Amazon Prime now.
I Love Dick
I Love Dick, inspired by Chris Kraus's novel by the same name, is as hilarious as it is poignant. Variety notes that the show "plays around with the limits and attractions of traditional gender roles, the challenges of being in a committed relationship, and the importance (or lack thereof) of modern art."
The show's star-studded cast includes the likes of Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, and Griffin Dunne, to name a few.
Even though it was canceled after just one season, I Love Dick is worth a watch for the on-point feminist commentary alone.
Z: The Beginning of Everything
Although the show received mixed reviews (and was ultimately canceled), Z: The Beginning of Everything is a visually compelling period piece set in the 1920s that fans of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will no doubt enjoy. David Hoflin and Christina Ricci star in this fictionalized Amazon series about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Canceled after just one season, you'll tear your way through the ten 30-minute episodes.
Lauded as one of the best new shows, the genre-bending series, Undone, is a fascinating sci-fi dramedy following the story of a young woman coping with trauma and mental illness. Vox deems that "Undone is a frequently beautiful and thought-provoking ride."
The show deftly employs the animated technique of rotoscoping to create an odd, dream-like quality that is perfect for exploring the complexities of Alma's inner world (brilliantly played by Rosa Salazar). Stream season one now on Amazon.
We know what you're thinking – does the world really need another show about superheroes? However, The Boys flips the script on the genre and pulls you into the world of these anti-heroes who are more human than hero. The deeply flawed characters make for some deeply satisfying entertainment we think you'll enjoy.
Inspired by real-life personal essays from the beloved New York Times column, Modern Love tells the tale of eight love stories with a star-studded cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, and John Slattery. From relatable plots such as a marriage gone stale, to a very unconventional new family, the series handles each emotional tale with just the right amount of restraint to let it sing.
Bosch, considered by many to be Amazon Prime's hidden gem, is now on its fifth season, and deservedly so. Based on the crime novels by Michael Connelly, the expertly written police drama stars Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of a 13-year-old boy. Julia Brasher plays Annie Wersching, who enters the picture and quickly heats things up. Catch all five seasons on Prime now.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
The latest reboot of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but entertaining nonetheless. This time, John Krasinski successfully takes on the role of Jack Ryan, and the action scenes do not disappoint. Rolling Stone says, "Like Jack Ryan himself, the Amazon show is smart and confident and thorough." Stream season one now and stay tuned for the release of season two very soon.
The Expanse is an epic sci-fi suspense that has been called "The Game of Thrones in space". It has garnered die-hard fans since it first aired on SyFy and then got dropped – fans who launched a "Save The Expanse" campaign that included a petition on Change.org and flying a plane over the Amazon Studios headquarters begging them to save the beloved show.
Quartz raved, "The Expanse is the rare sci-fi series that succeeds in telling a complex story of interplanetary relations with stunning special effects on a TV-sized budget," and Vice boldly claimed it was "the best thing on TV this year" at the end of 2018. Lucky for fans, all four seasons are now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Though Carnival Row has garnered mixed reviews, often because it is unjustly compared to Game of Thrones, this ambitious fantasy series is an enticing concoction of mythology mixed with Jack the Ripper, and a dash of Sherlock Holmes. The strong cast stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, with Orlando playing a detective investigating a serial killing spree.
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