Looking for the best shows on Amazon Prime? You’ve come to the right place! Each week Amazon Prime Video adds exclusive TV shows and fresh new episodes to its library – which is great – but it can be difficult to choose just one to binge on next. That’s why we’re here to help you make that all important decision about which TV series you should binge watch this weekend and what we recommend you should skip. We’ve collected together a big selection of TV shows for you to choose from, including shiny new series through to Amazon’s own original shows. In our guide you’ll discover our pick of the best Amazon Prime TV shows that are currently on offer. We have options for fans of thrillers, comedy lovers and those who enjoy nothing more than a fantasy police drama. So, what’s the best Amazon TV show to get sucked into without regretting it by the end of season 2? Read our Prime Video recommendations to find out.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tracks Midge on her rise to the top of the comedy scene in the 1950s. The basic premise of the show is that Midge, a perfect stay-at-home wife, never quite gets the recognition she deserves from her drunk, deadbeat comedian husband. She picks up the mic herself and, as it turns out, is actually funnier than her lesser half. The monologues Midge delivers feel as appropriate for today’s audiences as they were for the fictional crowd in the ’50s, if not moreso. The result is genuinely funny, inspirational and, above all, human. The first season aired last year and now Midge is back and better than ever in season two.
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Absentia If you’ve had a Stana Katic shaped hole in your life since Castle ended in 2016, you’ll be glad to know she’s starring in a brand new series on Amazon Prime. Katic takes up the role of FBI agent Emily Byrne who, six years after being declared dead, returns to the world and has to try and piece her life and memory back together. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1
Animal KingdomLooking for a new crime drama to get stuck into? Animal Kingdom could be what you’re looking for. The show follows teenager J Cody who moves in with extended relatives in Southern California after the death of his mother. Far from being boring, Cody finds his relatives live a wild life of excess and it’s all funded by crime.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2
BoschWith 20-something novels to mine for source material, Bosch is a character that was always destined for the small screen. Created by Michael Connelly but brilliantly brought to life by actor Titus Welliver, the series follows the exploits of LA Homicide detective Harry Bosch and features enough grit to pave the longest of driveways.This is no surprise – the series has been created by Eric Overmyer, who was part of the alumni that created The Wire. Bosch is another show that has been put together by Amazon Studios – proving that streaming services are becoming just as powerful as the HBOs of the world when it comes to producing compelling drama.Bosch Season 4 has now landed on Amazon Prime, continuing the saga of Harry Bosch and it comes with a nice uplift in quality too, building season upon season to become one of our favourite shows on Prime at the moment. Number of seasons on Amazon Prime: 4
GoliathBilly Bob Thornton stars as a washed-up lawyer looking for a big break who stumbles on to a big case that may well give him the solace he needs. Made by David E Kelly who loves a bit of courtroom drama, having already created Boston Legal, The Practice and Ally McBeal, the show works well as a standalone series but there’s talk that it may get a second season. Goliath is part of Amazon’s Original series of TV shows.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2
Good Girls RevoltLet me set the stage for this one: It’s 1969, and there’s a war going on in America. The war is being fought in business offices around the country and the group leading the charge are women in the workforce, fighting for equal rights and equal acknowledgement for the work they’ve performed for years. Good Girls Revolt is set in this backdrop, at a fictional news outlet where the women have for too long been swept under the rug.The show scores major points for its poignant subject matter – both in the way that it covers the struggles of women in the workplace pre-1970, but also in the way it handles talking about the American history that the women in question are tasked with covering. Part raunchy history lesson, part stellar drama, Good Girls Revolt is a smart interpretation of a still-ongoing issue.Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1
Hand of GodLast seen in Sons of Anarchy, Ron Perlman has moved from the mad world of biker gangs into the stranger world of law. Perlman plays a vice-riddled barrister who, after suffering a breakdown, starts to believe he is a messenger from god.The full first season for Hand of God arrived on Amazon Prime, after a successful pilot. A second season is also available, which will sadly be the last as Amazon has decided to not renew the show. This is a shame as it may not be a light-hearted ride – but it is one drama that takes dark turn after dark turn and is all the better for it.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2
The Last TycoonF Scott Fitzgerald may be known for The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night but The Last Tycoon – his last and unfinished novel – is perhaps his most ambitious piece of work. It peels away the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in the ’30s to show a time when backstabbing was the norm, fascism was on the rise and everyone had an unbelievable amount of money. Kelsey Grammer is superb as movie mogul Pat Brady, while Matt Bomer is also great as Monroe Stahr, the up and coming film exec who wants to make it big. The Last Tycoon is occasionally flawed but it’s a sumptuous watch.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1
Downton AbbeyLike watching fictional posh people live their lives in early-twentieth century opulence? You’re not alone – millions of people tuned in to Downton Abbey during its TV run, and it’s now available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video.Following the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family on the titular Downton Abbey estate, it’s a kitchen sink drama of sorts – except all the cutlery is made of silver, and it’s an army of servants doing the washing up. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 7
Sneaky PeteSneaky Pete’s plot maybe a little cliche – a con man assumes the identity of someone else to try and make a new break in the world – but Giovanni Ribisi is superb as Marius, the titular character and there’s plenty of intrigue to keep you glued to this new Amazon Original. Interestingly, the show is co-created by Bryan Cranston which makes him the streaming king, given he’s done so well with Breaking Bad on Netflix. Don’t expect Sneaky Pete to be as intense as Breaking Bad – it’s a crime caper, yes, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. As of March 2018, the second season of Sneaky Pete has landed on Amazon. The premise is that Marius is on the cusp of starting fresh and leaving all of his mess behind. But that’d hardly make a compelling second season, would it? Luckily for fans he’s dragged back into the drama kicking and screaming.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2
TransparentAnything Netflix can do, Amazon Prime can do better it seems, especially when it comes to winning a Golden Globe. Netflix may have made history by being the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe, courtesy of the acting talents of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but Amazon went and topped this by winning the Best TV Show prize in 2014 for Transparent.It was much deserved. Transparent is everything you want in a TV show. It’s heartwarming, funny and packs a real punch about a subject that doesn’t get enough attention: transgenderism. Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman is a television character we hope will be around for a long time.The fourth season will be available to stream from 22 September.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4
CatastropheFrom the minds of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney comes one of the funniest, most well-written sitcom in years. The plot is slight: a one-night stand turns into a relationship once Sharon announces she is pregnant. But the series contains some of the most cut-to-the-bone humour seen on TV. Combine this with a nice slab of pathos – nestled among many a sex joke – and what you have is a modern classic.The third series, which recently aired on Channel 4, is now available on Amazon Prime Video – it features the last ever performance from the imitable Carrie Fisher.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3
Comrade DetectiveComrade Detective is a weird gem on Amazon. Starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the show is a parody of gritty American buddy cop shows and Communist Propaganda from the Cold War.It’s an unusual combination, but it works. Each episode is presented as though it’s a remastered real episode of a lost Romanian Communist Propaganda series from the 80s which was used to entertain and promote Communist ideals. The entire show was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors and then dubbed over by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1
The Grand TourClarkson, Hammond and the other one are back for Grand Tour: Season 3. Well, we kind of knew that they would be as they all have massive contracts that mean we will be seeing quite a few seasons of the Definitely Not Top Gear But Quite A Bit Like Top Gear show. This season sees Clarkson drive a fast car, Hammond drive a faster car and nearly die, and the other one drive a fast car considerably slower than the rest. If you enjoy watching middle aged men burn rubber in the middle of the desert, like a scene out of Mad Max: Fury Road, then this is for you. And if we haven’t quite convinced you yet – Gizmodo offered up this quote about the show: “Some men doing stuff for no clearly defined reason.” Lovely stuff. Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3 (new episodes weekly)
I Love DickRecently graduating from Amazon Originals pilot to fully fledged TV show, I Love Dick is a great subversive watch. The show stars Kevin Bacon and is based on the celebrated book that looks at a married couple who are having marriage issues and their relationship with college professor, Dick. Bacon is on top form as the charismatic Dick and the show’s multiple POV storytelling (Rashomon style) works well.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video TV: 1
The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselA new series from Gilmore Girls creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel tells the story of 1950s Jewish housewife Miriam Maisel. After her husband confesses he’s been having an affair, Midge drunkenly gets on stage at a comedy club and discovers that she’s utterly hilarious. In a time when women aren’t encouraged to be publicly funny, Midge pursues her new-found comedic talent in the male-dominated stand up comedy world. Check out season two of the show on Amazon Prime now! Seasons to watch on Amazon Prime: 2
Mad DogsThe UK version of Mad Dogs was a breath of fresh air when it first aired. Well, the first season was then it all went a little too strange. This remake – green-lit from Amazon’s burgeoning Originals series – takes the best from the UK version and mixes it with a plot that’s a little easier to follow and humour that’s more laugh out loud than pitch black.The premise is the same: a bunch of mates go and visit one friend at his luxury villa to celebrate his early retirement, only for murder, mayhem and mind-boggling plot developments to ensue. A touch of genius is the recasting of Ben Chaplin. While he played the rich, retiring Alvo in the UK version here he gets to try his luck in a bigger and better role.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1
Mozart in the JungleNow into its fourth series, Mozart in the Jungle was this surprise winner at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy Series. The show is a comedy set in the strange world of classical music. Gael García Bernal plays young conductor Rodrigo who replaces a retiring conductor played by Malcolm McDowell. Based loosely on a true story and created by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, it’s well worth a watch.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4
Parks and RecreationParks and Rec is a joy of a show. Originally seen as a quasi spin-off of the Office – using the same documentary style camerawork, awkward pauses, asides to camera – it soon grew from an amusing first season, about the goings on in the parks department of Pawnee, to a comedy phenomenon that spanned a fantastic seven seasons. It’s not just the script that makes it great, it’s also the characters – headed up by the ever-brilliant Amy Poehler.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7
Red OaksThe ’80s is the en vogue decade when it comes to nostalgia. Not only are Seth Gordon and Adam Goldberg mining the era for their superb prime-time sitcom The Goldbergs, Red Oaks has appeared to prove that it is respectable to set shows in the ’80s. Amazon-exclusive Red Oaks – made by another Green, this time David Gordon – focuses on David, a tennis player at the Red Oaks country club and his summer shenanigans. Great casting – Jennifer Grey! – some brilliant nods to ’80s films, a short run time means this is a series you can eat up in one neon-fuelled sitting.The third and final season is now available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime and is a fitting end to one of the best shows around at the moment. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3
The AmericansThe Americans was cruelly mishandled when it originally came to UK TV, so we are glad it has finally found a decent place to reside. The show is a cracking crime period thriller that follows the exploits of a couple of KGB agents posing as US citizens around the time Ronald Reagan became US president.It may occasionally flit between the ridiculous and the sublime but you would expect nothing more from a show that’s main conceit comprises characters duelling with duality. The ’80s setting is fantastic, too, though there aren’t enough shell suits for our liking.The final sixth season of The Americans has now landed on Amazon (but you have to pay for it), but the fifth season is now available to stream for free with Amazon Prime Video.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5
Mr RobotThe popularity of Mr. Robot meant that there was something of a bidding war to see who would show it. Amazon, Netflix and other more traditional broadcasters fought for it, proving that even bean counters can see the worth in counter culture.Amazon won in the end and is the perfect place for a show that focuses on the exploits of hacker Elliot (a superb Rami Malek). Mr Robot is Fight Club for the Tor generation, lifting a lid on a world where what Linux kernel you use is not just a badge of honour but a way of life.Now in its third season, Mr Robot is proving to be one of the most addictive things on television right now.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3
Man In The High CastleThere have been a number of successful Amazon pilots that have made it to a full series but none have the epic potential that Man In The High Castle has. This Philip K Dick adaptation is finally available to stream – with all episodes ready for your consumption. High Castle imagines what the world would be like if Germany had won World War II and the Nazis had taken global control. Turns out it’s a bit worse than us all driving around in VW Beetles and wearing Hugo Boss coats.Season 2 is now available and expands on the mythos. Given this is a cautionary tale about what could happen when the hard right takes over America, things suddenly don’t feel too far fetched.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3
True BloodOne of the biggest advantages Amazon Prime Instant Video has over Netflix is its massive back-library of HBO programming that will make anyone with a monthly subscription salivate over. While each show could have its own entry on this list we instead chose to highlight the best of the bunch, starting with The Wire. A close, though vastly different second is True Blood, a show about the preternatural, social issues and sex. Lots and lots of sex. And if that tag line doesn’t sell you, nothing will.Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 6
VikingsIf you have any interest in Norse mythology then the name Ragnar Lothbrok will mean a whole lot to you. Basically he was a king and powerful ruler that was a right git to the English and the French.Vikings is a series that traces his Norse-based goings on with enough charm and scope to take on Game of Thrones in the sword and sandals stakes. Yes it takes a number of liberties with its source material but the acting is top class, as is the cinematography in a historical romp that’s now deservedly in its fourth season – the second half of which is now available.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5
You Are WantedThe first season of this German cybercrime thriller has been on Amazon Prime for just over a year, but now the second season is available too. Set in Berlin, the TV show is about a man called Lukas who has all of his online accounts hacked and gets accused of being involved in criminal, terrorist activity. In the age where it feels like big companies know more about our data than we do, it’s a compelling contemporary tale that might leave you feeling like you really go and tweak your privacy settings or delete your online presence altogether.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2
Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanWhile the hype overblew the final product, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is still worth a watch. Starring John Krasinski (a.k.a. Jim from The Office) as the titular character who is “just a mere analyst”. (Pro tip: He’s not just an analyst.) Ryan’s adventures are thrilling and entertaining, pure Tom Clancy incarnate. If action is your scene, check out the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, now on Amazon Prime. Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1
Sports, the best of the rest, and coming soon
Tomorrow’s WorldTomorrow’s World was a ground-breaking BBC documentary series that ran for 38 years from 1965 to 2003. In 2017 the brand was ‘revived’ as part of a new series that explores the same themes of technology, science and the future as an umbrella brand for BBC’s science programming. The latest season has recently landed on Amazon Prime and it covers artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biometrics, the quest for immortality and how researchers, big corporations, doctors, scientists and inventors are shaping the future. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1
All Or NothingAnyone who wants something to fill their Friday Nights Lights hole need to look no further. This documentary is a superb look at how gruelling a season of American football is. It gives the viewer unprecedented access to the coaches, the staff and, most importantly, the players and it’s a fantastic watch. Tying the whole thing together is also some superb narration from Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.Not keen on the American version of the sport? You can watch whole seasons of Manchester City play in the Premier League or watch the infamous New Zealand All Blacks tear it up on the rugby pitch. Whatever your sport, All or Nothing has you covered.Seasons on Amazon: 5
Thursday Night FootballSpeaking of the old gridiron, Fox and Amazon have teamed up to stream Thursday Night Football to Amazon Prime members. There aren’t a ton of regular season games left in the season, but if you’re a cord-cutter it’s well worth tuning in for what’s left. Expect to see this return in 2019, too.
Grand Prix DriverThis new Amazon Original documentary takes viewers underneath the glitz and glamour that is the surface of Formula 1, to explore the inner-workings of the 2017 McLaren team. Narrated by Michael Douglas, this documentary follows rookie driver Stoffel Vandoorne over four episodes, as he and his team prepare for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship. Season on Amazon Prime Video: 1
GrimmMerge a fairy tale fantasy with a police drama and you get Grimm. It’s all about Nick Burkhardt, a detective based in Portland in the US who discovers he’s a Grimm. Which basically means he’s a kind of mystical guardian who must keep the peace between humans and creatures called Wesen. As you might expect, a lot of the characters are inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales, but the show draws from many other sources too to create a story that’s a little like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but with fairy tale creatures.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 6
Coming soon to Amazon Prime: OasisThe works of Michel Faber nearly always translate well to the big and small screen. The Crimson Petal and the White was given a great mini series adaptation by the Beeb in 2001. And Under The Skin is one of the most inventive films ever made. Another one of his works, The Book of Strange Things, has been given the Amazon Originals Pilot treatment. Called Oasis, the show is a twisty opaque look at a priest who is living in a human colony on another planet. Richard Madden, last seen in Game of Thrones, stars.
Coming eventually to Amazon Prime: The Lord of the RingsThe biggest project Amazon has in the books is its insanely expensive interpretation of The Lord of the Rings. The latest incarnation of Tolkien’s classic fantasy tale will reach Game of Thrones heights… and budgets… with some $250 million set aside for production. Amazon has apparently already signed a five-season contract with the crew and production should start in the near future. Hold onto your hobbit holes!