While Amazon is our go-to for finding everything from must-have pantry essentials to hard-to-find skincare products, we don't automatically turn to the online marketplace when it comes to fulfilling our entertainment needs. Although 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), we'd be remiss if we overlooked Amazon Prime's original programming. 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 the best shows on Amazon Prime.
If You're in the Mood for Something Provocative…
The Show: 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 Cast: The show's star-studded cast includes the likes of Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, and Griffin Dunne, to name a few.
The Details: Even though it was canceled after just one season, I Love Dick is worth a watch for the on-point feminist commentary alone.
If You Appreciate Dark Humor…
The Show: Based on recent events in comedian Tig Notaro's life, One Mississippi traces the tragedies that invariably change one woman's life forever. The New York Times calls the series "a tender, occasionally funny, often moving entertainment about the grieving process."
The Cast: Tig Notaro stars as a slightly fictionalized version of herself as her character grapples with health problems and copes with her mother's death.
The Details: Although the series was recently canceled, you can (and should) stream the show's two seasons.
If You're Feeling Nostalgic…
The Show: 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 Cast: The love story between David and Skye, played by Craig Roberts and Alexandra Socha, will fill the John Hughes–sized hole in your heart.
The Details: The third and final season of this Amazon original series premiered on the platform at the end of 2017. The entire series is available for streaming.
If You Love a Good Period Drama…
The Show: 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.
The Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, best known for her role as Rachel in Netflix's House of Cards, is incredibly charming as Midge Maisel.
The Details: Season one, streaming on Amazon now, won the Golden Globe in the category of Best Television Series Musical or Comedy. Filming for season two just started this year with a TBD premiere date.
If You're Looking for Something Uplifting…
The Show: Mozart in the Jungle follows the transformation of the New York Symphony after the arrival of an eccentric new maestro, Rodrigo De Souza, played by Gael García Bernal. Vanity Fair recently endorsed the award-winning series, playfully deeming it "the TV equivalent of a sparkling cocktail."
The Cast: Gael García Bernal is mesmerizing as the immensely talented, undeniably lovable, and exceedingly eccentric Rodrigo.
The Details: Season four premiered earlier this month, so prepare to settle in and binge-watch this feel-good series.
If You Love Dry, Witty British Humor…
The Show: 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).
The Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge expertly oscillates between relatable and deplorable as Fleabag's antiheroine.
The Details: Season two of the dark comedy will be available on Amazon Prime in 2019. (We can't wait.)
If You Want to Laugh Out Loud…
The Show: 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.
The Cast: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan shine as a couple determined to build a lasting relationship despite its relatively shaky foundation.
The Details: Stream seasons one through three on Amazon Prime now, and then impatiently await the season four premiere this April.
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