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 Amazon Prime's original programming.
Just in time for the hibernating season, we're rounding up the best shows on Amazon. 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 only Amazon original series that are worth watching. Get ready to binge.
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 won the Golden Globe in the category of Best Television Series Musical or Comedy, and season two, which premiered on December 5, is streaming on Amazon now.
The Cast: Julia Roberts steps into a dramatic role as a therapist working to help veterans with PTSD readjust to civilian life in this Amazon Prime original series.
The Details: Season one is available to stream on Amazon with a Prime membership.
Forever is a thrilling story of boring love.
The Show: 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.
The Cast: 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.
The Details: Stream season one on Amazon Prime now.
The Show: 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 Cast: The show's star-studded cast includes Amanda Peet, Diane Lane, and Mad Men alum Christina Hendricks.
The Details: The first season, comprised of eight 80-minute episodes, is streaming on Amazon now.
The Show: 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.
The Cast: Rufus Sewell, Alexa Davalos, and Luke Kleintank star in this Amazon original series.
The Details: Season three premiered in October and has garnered rave reviews from critics and viewers, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The Show: 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.
The Cast: Giovanni Ribisi plays the titular role of sneaky Pete in this Amazon Prime original series.
The Details: Season one and two are available for streaming on Amazon Prime now.
The Show: 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 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 not renewed for a third season, you can (and should) stream the show's two seasons stat.
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 entire three seasons of this nostalgia-inducing series is available for streaming on Amazon now.
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: All four seasons are available for streaming on Amazon now, so prepare to settle in and binge-watch this feel-good series.
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 anti-heroine.
The Details: Season one and two are available on Amazon Prime now.
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.
The Show: 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.
The Cast: Tom Hollander, Ian McShane, and Alison Brie star in this period drama.
The Details: Stream season one on Amazon now. Then turn to Downton Abbey (seasons one through six streaming on Amazon, included with Prime) for more historical drama.
The Show: 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 Cast: Judith Light, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass are among the ensemble in this tear-jerking show.
The Details: Seasons one through four are streaming on Amazon. Season five will premiere at a date TBD without Jeffrey Tambor.
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.
The Show: 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.
The Cast: David Hoflin and Christina Ricci star in this fictionalized Amazon series about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
The Details: Canceled after just one season, you'll tear your way through the 10 30-minute episodes.
This story was originally published on February 22, 2018, and has since been updated.
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