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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.В 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'sВ a show for everyone onВ 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.01 of 22
The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel
Set in New York City in the 1950s,В The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselВ follows a newly single woman navigating her failing marriage and her burgeoning career as a comedian. If you're a fan ofВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video02 of 22
Homecoming is "must-see mystery-box TV," according to Jen Chaney of Vulture. The highly bingeable psychological thriller is a tight series of justВ 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.В
Available on: Amazon Prime Video03 of 22
Simply put: "ForeverВ is a thrilling story of boring love," writesВ James Poniewozik, the chief television critic forВ 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 ArmisenВ star as June and Oscar, a married couple whoВ live a comfortable albeit predictable life before they decide to mix things up.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video04 of 22
From the creator of Mad Men,В The RomanoffsВ 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 includesВ Amanda Peet, Diane Lane, and Mad Men alum, Christina Hendricks.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video05 of 22
The Man in the High Castle
Set in a dystopianВ version ofВ the United States in which the Allied Powers lose World War II,В The Man in the High Castle is for fans of historical fiction, politics, and espionage-driven intrigue.
Starring Rufus Sewell, Alexa Davalos, andВ Luke Kleintank, you can now catch season four streaming on Amazon Prime.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video06 of 22
InВ SneakyВ Pete, created byВ David Shore of House and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, a con manВ 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 theВ titular role of sneaky Pete, now streaming season three on Amazon Prime.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video07 of 22
Based onВ the eventsВ of comedian Tig Notaro's life,В One MississippiВ traces the tragedies that invariably changed one woman's life forever.В The New York TimesВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video08 of 22
Red OaksВ 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" byВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video09 of 22
Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the JungleВ follows the transformation of the New York Symphony after the arrival of an eccentric new maestro, Rodrigo de Souza.В Vanity FairВ recently endorsed the award-winning series, playfully deeming it "the TV equivalent of a sparkling cocktail."
Gael GarcГa Bernal is mesmerizing as the immensely talented, undeniably lovable, and exceedingly eccentric Rodrigo.
All four seasons are availableВ for streaming on Amazon now, so prepare to settle in and binge-watch this feel-good series.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video10 of 22
FleabagВ "is a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman's existence," ravesВ 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 asВ Fleabag's anti-heroine.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video11 of 22
CatastropheВ is "one of television's funniest, filthiest, most realistic takes on the sweet mess of coupledom and parenting," according toВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video12 of 22
From the creator of Downton Abbey,В Doctor ThorneВ centers around the drama of a well-off English family in theВ mid-1800s after aВ scandalous secret is uncovered.В
Catch season one of this period drama on Amazon now. Then turn to Downton AbbeyВ (seasons one through six streaming on Amazon, included with Prime) for more historical drama.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video13 of 22
Transparent, which premiered in 2014 to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike, follows aВ Los Angeles family afterВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video14 of 22
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,В I Love Dick is worth a watch for the on-point feminist commentary alone.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video15 of 22
Z: The Beginning of Everything
Although the show receivedВ mixed reviews (and was ultimately canceled), Z: The Beginning of EverythingВ is a visually compelling period piece set in theВ 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 wayВ through the ten 30-minuteВ episodes.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video16 of 22
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 "UndoneВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video17 of 22
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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video18 of 22
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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video19 of 22
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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video20 of 22
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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video21 of 22
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 -В 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 ExpanseВ is the rare sci-fi series thatВ succeeds in telling a complex storyВ 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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video22 of 22
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.
Available on: Amazon Prime Video
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