The Prime Picks: Amazon's Most Popular TV Series Unveiled
Amazon Prime has undeniably become a powerhouse in the world of streaming, offering a vast array of binge-worthy TV series that keep viewers entertained for hours on end. From thrilling dramas to hilarious comedies to mind-bending sci-fi, there is truly something for everyone on this popular platform. While we all know about the big hits like "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and "The Boys," there are several hidden gems that deserve honorable mentions. In this article, we will dive into the most popular Amazon Prime TV series, including both the well-known titles and the lesser-known but equally captivating shows that should be on your radar. So grab your popcorn and get ready to discover your next binge-worthy obsession.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video (3) Over the past decade, Amazon has created an impressive array of original content. However, some deserving shows didn't make our final cut due to their early run or historical context. Nonetheless, we would like to recognize A League of Their Own, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Daisy Jones & the Six, Hunters, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Reacher, Upload, and other personal favorites. We would also like to acknowledge Steve McQueen’s stunning anthology Small Axe, although we categorized it as a collection of films rather than a TV show.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Despite its recent debut, Swarm already stands out as one of Amazon's most daring and thought-provoking projects. This haunting tale, created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, explores the obsession of an individual driven to a breaking point. With elements of pitch-black comedy, splatter horror, and psychological drama, this thrilling series measures up to the groundbreaking work of Glover and Nabers on FX's Atlanta. Dominique Fishback delivers a spectacular performance as Dre, a dedicated fan whose devotion takes a dark turn.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios This delightful adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's fantasy novel remains faithful to the source material while providing a fun and light-hearted romp through history and religion. At its core are the endearing characters of Aziraphale, played by Michael Sheen, and Crowley, played by David Tennant. These divine besties form an unlikely alliance to thwart the plans of Heaven and Hell for the apocalypse. With madcap action, a stellar supporting cast, and the comedic brilliance of Sheen and Tennant, Good Omens is a phenomenon we eagerly anticipate revisiting in its upcoming Season 2.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video This captivating series centers around Royal Abbott, played by Josh Brolin, who discovers a mysterious, metaphysical hole on his land. Balancing supernatural elements with real-life familial drama and a Western setting, Outer Range surprises with its complex emotions, high-stakes drama, and a wild finale reveal. It offers a unique blend of Yellowstone and Dark, with a touch of Lost. We can't wait to return to the intriguing world of the Range.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Based on Michael Connelly's novels, Bosch goes beyond being a faithful adaptation. Led by the talented Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, the relentless LAPD detective, the series features a stellar cast and compelling storylines. Bosch elevates the TV procedural genre with its gripping narratives rooted in the bestselling adventures of Harry. Its success led to the continuation of the show with Bosch: Legacy on Freevee.
For fans of: Beloved comedians, the afterlifeNumber of seasons: 1
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, Forever
Amazon StudiosForever is a wondrously weird and unfortunately short-lived series featuring the comedic talents of Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. It follows the story of a married couple who find themselves in a rut, going through the motions of life. When one of them unexpectedly dies, they reunite in the afterlife, which turns out to be an extremely normal suburb. They lack guidance and purpose in this lawless realm, leading them to question the meaning of life and explore existential themes. Rudolph and Armisen deliver excellent performances, with Catherine Keener in a supporting role. Forever is a gem that deserves more recognition.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Patriot is a darkly deadpan and surreal comedy that flew under the radar but deserves recognition. Michael Dornan takes on the role of an intelligence officer leading a double life as an unassuming worker in Milwaukee. His mission is to prevent nuclear war, all while showcasing his folk singing skills. The result is a unique blend of the Coen brothers' quirkiness and Tom Clancy's intrigue. Supported by talented co-stars like Kurtwood Smith and Terry O'Quinn, Patriot is an oddball mission worth experiencing.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video One Mississippi is a sharply observed comedy series that provides a compelling portrayal of a radio host named Midge who moves back to rural Mississippi after a health scare. As a fish-out-of-water, she navigates the awkwardness of being back home and uncovers long-buried family secrets. The show combines hilarious moments with darker themes, offering a great indie film-like experience. Although it ended after two seasons, One Mississippi remains an unsung treasure.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Homecoming, created by Sam Esmail of Mr. Robot fame, delivers a twisty and suspenseful drama centered around a halfway house for veterans. It unveils a dark secret as Julia Roberts shines in her role as a social worker unraveling a vast conspiracy. The cleverly constructed puzzle keeps viewers enthralled as they untangle the mystery alongside her. Although the second season with Janelle Monae was slightly underwhelming, Homecoming as a whole captivates with its enigmatic storytelling.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Transparent is a remarkable family dramedy that unfortunately faced controversy due to allegations against Jeffrey Tambor. Despite this setback, the show deserves recognition for its delicately drawn portrayal of a transgender woman navigating her new identity in later life, causing upheaval among her adult children. Tambor delivered a fantastic and empathetic performance as Maura, and the rest of the cast, including Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffmann, and Judith Light, were sensational. Transparent's visibility and impact on the transgender community are significant, while also transcending labels by exploring the complexities of all families.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video The Boys stands out as an impressive superhero drama that skillfully combines irreverent yet biting political and social commentary with thrilling storytelling. The series also boasts a proudly demented sense of humor and a shocking level of gore that is balanced by its surprisingly heartfelt moments. Antony Starr's portrayal of the villainous Homelander is hailed as one of the best in TV history. Despite its ambitious fusion of elements, The Boys continues to excel and captivate viewers with its unique blend of satire, action, and emotional depth.
The Underground Railroad
For fans of: Alternative histories, Barry Jenkins' magical touchNumber of seasons: 1
Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad
Amazon StudiosBarry Jenkins, acclaimed director of Moonlight, makes a stunning foray into TV with The Underground Railroad. Based on Colson Whitehead's novel, this miniseries presents an alternate reality where the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad network. Thuso Mbedu delivers a remarkable performance as Cora, an enslaved woman who embarks on a journey toward freedom. As she navigates the treacherous path, she faces pursuit from a vicious slave owner, portrayed by Joel Edgerton. The Underground Railroad offers a captivating blend of alternative history and Barry Jenkins' magical touch. Stellar performances from William Jackson Harper and Lily Rabe round out the exceptional cast.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
For fans of: Pastiche, talking fastNumber of seasons: 4 (renewed for fifth and final season)
Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime VideoFrom the creator of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, comes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy series that showcases the fast-paced and witty dialogue similar to her previous work. Set in the 1950s, the show follows the journey of Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, as she discovers her talent for stand-up comedy. Balancing between her roles as a housewife and aspiring comedian, Midge faces the challenges of the comedy world alongside her gruff manager Susie, played by Alex Borstein. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has garnered numerous Emmys and continues to charm audiences with its vibrant storytelling.
The Horror of Dolores Roach
For fans of: Empanadas, Washington Heights, the taste of human fleshNumber of seasons: 1
Alejandro Hernandez and Justina Machado, The Horror of Dolores Roach
Jasper Savage/Prime VideoJustina Machado takes the lead in The Horror of Dolores Roach, portraying a woman who strives to build a new life in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City after spending 16 years in prison to protect her drug-dealing boyfriend. However, people mysteriously start ending up dead around her. With the help of an old friend who owns an empanada shop, she concocts a plan to conceal the evidence while simultaneously creating one of the area's most popular restaurants. The Horror of Dolores Roach combines murder mystery thrills with an odd-couple pairing, offering a darkly funny and unique viewing experience.
For fans of: America, bedside table books for your dad, buffed John KrasinskiNumber of seasons: 4
John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
Philippe Antonello/Prime VideoBased on Tom Clancy's iconic character, Jack Ryan provides a thrilling political espionage experience, with John Krasinski taking on the role of the CIA agent. Jack Ryan navigates international conflicts using both his intellect and physical capabilities. The show presents an updated take on the genre, featuring expensive location shoots and top-tier action. While the plot may not be groundbreaking, Jack Ryan serves as easy Sunday night viewing, offering familiar elements that entertain audiences. In the later seasons, Jack finds himself on the run while uncovering a vast conspiracy and is eventually promoted to deputy director of the CIA. The fourth season serves as the final installment, showcasing Jack's battles against foreign and domestic threats.
For fans of: Murder mysteries, but darkly funnyNumber of seasons: 1
Nina Oyama and Kate Box, Deadloch
Amazon StudiosKate McCartney and Kate McLennan, known as the Kate-medians, bring their unique dark humor to Deadloch. This comedic series combines the excitement of a murder mystery with the hijinks of an odd-couple pairing. When a dead man surfaces in a Tasmanian beach town, the local sergeant is forced to team up with an outside senior investigator. The result is a hilarious blend of a murder mystery and levity, creating a truly enjoyable viewing experience reminiscent of Broadchurch.
Recommended for: Fans of feel-good sitcoms Number of seasons: 1
Ignacio Diaz-Silverio and Christina Vidal in Primo
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If you're a fan of Mike Schur's thoughtful comedies like The Good Place and Parks and Recreation, you won't want to miss the charming show Primo on Freevee. Executive produced by Schur, this coming-of-age comedy is inspired by the childhood of series creator Shea Serrano. Set in San Antonio, it follows Rafa (played by Ignacio Diaz-Silverio), a teenager navigating high school while being raised by his mother and five uncles, each with their own unique ideas of what it means to be a man. -Kelly Connolly [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of action and mindless entertainment, Priyanka Chopra fans Number of seasons: 1
Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Citadel
Critics may not have loved Amazon's new action series Citadel, but if you're looking for a mindless and easily digestible story with some cool fight scenes, you'll enjoy it. Starring Richard Madden from Game of Thrones and Priyanka Chopra Jonas from Quantico, the show follows two spies who work for an organization without allegiance to any country. After their memories are erased, they reunite eight years later when an old enemy threatens the world with nuclear war. While the show may not be critically acclaimed, the sub-40-minute episodes and eye-catching visuals make it a fun watch. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Rachel Weisz fans, those interested in surgery scenes Number of seasons: 1
Rachel Weisz in Dead Ringers
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What's better than one Rachel Weisz? Two Rachel Weiszes! Dead Ringers is a modern, gender-flipped take on the film of the same name, with Rachel Weisz playing the toxically co-dependent twin gynecologists, Elliot and Beverly Mantle. These twins are not afraid to challenge misogyny in women's healthcare, even if it means violating the Hippocratic Oath. This intriguing series promises a unique and thought-provoking story. -Allison Picurro [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of The Office and The Rehearsal, James Marsden fans Number of seasons: 1
Imagine a regular guy being dropped into an episode of The Office without knowing it. That's the premise of Jury Duty, a reality-sitcom hybrid where one man believes he's on jury duty, only to discover it's all been faked and elaborately staged. What sets this show apart is its kind-heartedness; it never aims to humiliate or mock its participants. Instead, the protagonist becomes the hero and an example of human kindness. James Marsden co-stars as a self-absorbed version of himself. While critics may not have loved it, regular people find it funny and enjoyable. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Daisy Jones & The Six
Recommended for: Creative types, fans of soapy drama and '70s rock Number of seasons: 1
Riley Keough in Daisy Jones & The Six
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Based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel, Daisy Jones & The Six is a miniseries about a fictional 1970s rock 'n' roll band. Told through a faux music documentary style, the series explores the band's rise to fame and the reasons behind their breakup after just one album. Riley Keough stars as the captivating Daisy Jones, while Sam Claflin portrays troubled songwriter Billy Dunne. The show combines the allure of the '70s rock scene with drama and complex relationships. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of German efficiency, corporate cutdowns, Christoph Waltz fans Number of seasons: 1
Christoph Waltz in The Consultant
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Christoph Waltz leads this twisted dark comedy about a consultant hired by a video game company to organize things. However, he soon takes matters into his own hands and starts pulling the strings. The employees of the company quickly realize that working overtime is preferable to what is coming for them. Blurring the lines between comedy and horror, The Consultant delivers a cleverly bizarre corporate thriller. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of female friendships and New York City Number of seasons: 2
Grace Byers and Meagan Good in Harlem
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In the tradition of Sex and the City and Living Single, Harlem is a delightful series that focuses on the lives of four women navigating the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Created by Tracy Oliver, known for her work on Girls Trip, the show celebrates Black female friendship and explores important themes such as gentrification, sexuality, and wealth. With a talented cast including Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, and Jerrie Johnson, Harlem is a cozy and enjoyable hangout show with substance. -Allison Picurro [Watch the trailer]
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The Legend of Vox Machina
Recommended for: Fans of role-playing games, potty humor, Invincible Number of seasons: 2
The Legend of Vox Machina
The Legend of Vox Machina is a scripted animated series based on Critical Role's immensely popular Dungeons & Dragons Twitch streams. Following a crew of voice actors and friends, this animated show features a vulgar and fun-loving group of warriors on a mission to take down a monster wreaking havoc in the land. With its mix of cursing, humor, and epic adventures, this adult-oriented animation provides an entertaining and whimsical journey for fans of role-playing games. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of accents, climate horror, actors from Game of Thrones Number of seasons: 1
Iain Glen in The Rig
The Rig is Prime Video's first Scottish production, a supernatural mystery set on an ocean oil rig off the coast of Scotland. When the weather takes a spooky turn, the crew find themselves trapped. They must battle unnatural forces and confront their own inner demons as they strive to find their way back home. The show boasts a talented cast including Iain Glen, Emily Hampshire, Martin Compston, and Owen Teale. In addition to its suspenseful storyline, The Rig also has a clear message about the reality of climate change. -Tim Surette [Watch the trailer]
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Recommended for: Fans of small town mysteries, good detective stories Number of seasons: 1
Clare Coulter in Three Pines
Adapted from Louise Penny's novels, Three Pines brings detective Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to life with the brilliant performance of Alfred Molina. Season 1 of the series finds Gamache in a small town in Quebec, investigating the mysterious death of a disliked diva during a curling match. With its specific setting and engaging characters, Three Pines is a captivating mystery that keeps audiences hooked. -Tim Surette
Watch Three Pines on Amazon Prime Video
The Devil's Hour
Recommended for: Fans of Peter Capaldi, viewers who enjoy guessing games Number of seasons: 1
Peter Capaldi in The Devil's Hour
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The Devil's Hour is a six-episode psychological thriller combined with elements of the paranormal. Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi takes on the role of a sinister prisoner who cryptically communicates with a social worker, played by Jessica Raine. The social worker experiences horrifying visions every morning at 3:33 a.m. and must unravel the mystery behind them. The show keeps viewers guessing until the very end, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. -Tim Surette
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Recommended for: Fans of Westworld, William Gibson enthusiasts, Chloë Grace Moretz fans Number of seasons: 1
Chloë Grace Moretz in The Peripheral
Sophie Mutevelian, Prime Video
The Peripheral stars Chloë Grace Moretz in a sci-fi series based on the work of William Gibson. The story revolves around a young American woman who enters a virtual reality world to level up characters for wealthy individuals. However, she soon discovers that this virtual world is more real than she ever imagined. As she investigates the connection between her world and a future London 70 years from now, viewers are taken on a mind-bending and visually stunning journey. -Tim Surette [Read the review]
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High School (Freevee)
For fans of: '90s teen dramas, queer coming-of-age stories, indie rockNumber of seasons: 1
Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, High School
Indie rock artists and LGBTQ icons Tegan and Sara Quin collaborated with actress/director Clea DuVall to create High School, a compelling coming-of-age high school story based on their memoir of the same name. The series is set in Calgary, Alberta in the mid-1990s, following the lives of twin sisters. Drawing inspiration from classic high school shows like My So-Called Life, High School explores the challenges of fitting in, coming out, and experimenting with drugs. The authentic portrayal of the era, along with the exceptional soundtrack, makes this series a must-watch. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Drill rap, cyberpunk crime, visualsNumber of seasons: 1
Ezra Elliot and RA, Jungle
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Jungle is a British crime drama set in the near-future. The story follows a group of strangers as they navigate through violent trouble. However, what truly sets Jungle apart is its unique blend of drill and trap music, gritty visual style, cyberpunk-lite environment, and rapped dialogue. This combination creates a one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Think of it as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, except with young gangsters expressing themselves through fiery verses. -Tim Surette
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
For fans of: The Elvish languageNumber of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)
Morfydd Clark, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon's ambitious adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is a visually stunning series. With a budget of half a billion dollars, it brings to life the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of the iconic trilogy. The series explores the forging of the Rings of Power, as well as the rise of Sauron. While familiar races like dwarves, elves, and orcs are present, the show delves into lesser-known aspects of Tolkien's universe. According to Keith Phipps' TV Guide review, the series has made a promising start and stands out as one of the most visually captivating shows available. -Tim Surette
Making the Cut
For fans of: Project Runway, the business of fashion Number of seasons: 3
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, Making the Cut
If you miss the dynamic duo of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on Project Runway, Making the Cut is the perfect show to fill that void. This fashion competition series features 12 up-and-coming designers vying for the opportunity to launch the next big global fashion brand. While the term "big global fashion brand" might sound vague, rest assured that the show presents incredibly talented contestants who deliver emotional and captivating performances in each episode. Tim Gunn's signature brand of inspirational tough love adds an extra layer of entertainment as he pushes the designers to unleash their full potential. -Allison Picurro
A League of Their Own
For fans of: Queer-friendly stories of joy, baseball!Number of seasons: 1
Melanie Field, Abbi Jacobson, and D'Arcy Carden, A League of Their Own
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A League of Their Own is a fresh take on Penny Marshall's classic 1992 comedy. The series, created by Abbi Jacobson (who also stars), offers a fictionalized spin on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. This iteration introduces a diverse cast of characters, including queer and Black baseball players, and takes the story in new and exciting directions. With an ensemble of talented actors, including D'Arcy Carden, Chanté Adams, Kate Berlant, Roberta Colindrez, and Nick Offerman, A League of Their Own hits it out of the park. -Kelly Connolly
For fans of: Colorful casts of characters, never knowing what's going to happen nextNumber of seasons: 2
Christopher Walken, known for his iconic film roles, takes on his first regular television role in The Outlaws. This British dramedy centers around a diverse group of people who find themselves doing community service together. Their lives become intertwined when someone hides a bag of stolen cash at their worksite, leading to unexpected twists and turns. The show seamlessly blends elements of workplace comedy and crime thriller, thanks to the unique collaboration between creator Stephen Merchant (The Office) and co-creator Elgin James (Mayans M.C.). It's a series that keeps you guessing, with standout performances from a talented ensemble cast. -Liam Mathews
For fans of: Stranger Things, time-traveling shows that tie your noodle in knotsNumber of seasons: 1
Paper Girls, a sci-fi series set in the 1990s, captures the essence of Stranger Things with its synth-heavy soundtrack and mysterious time-traveling plot. The story revolves around four girls who find themselves caught in a war between time-traveling factions from the future. While the premise may seem twisty, the heart of the show lies in the compelling journey of the characters, their struggles with adolescence, and their encounters with their future selves. It's important to note that Paper Girls is based on the comic series by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang, which predates Stranger Things by a year. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Ingrid Goes West, but even darkerNumber of seasons: 1
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Chloe is a gripping psychological thriller that gained popularity upon its release in the U.K. The series follows a woman who becomes obsessed with her childhood friend's seemingly perfect social media presence. However, when her friend dies under mysterious circumstances, she adopts a new identity to infiltrate her obsession's inner circle and uncover the truth. As you can imagine, things quickly spiral out of control. With its dark and intense storyline, Chloe is a must-watch for fans of twisted narratives. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Summers on the lake, complicated family comedyNumber of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)
Jordan Gavaris and Madison Shamoun, The Lake
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The Lake is a heartwarming comedy that centers around a gay man who reconnects with the daughter he fathered and gave up for adoption. Taking place at his family's lakeside cabin, the show explores the complications that arise when he discovers that the cabin has been inherited by his picture-perfect stepsister. This easy-going series offers a pleasant distraction, with a mix of light-hearted humor and deeper themes. -Allison Picurro
For fans of: Older people in love, mysterious otherworldly portalsNumber of seasons: 1
J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek, Night Sky
Chuck Hodes/Amazon Studios
Night Sky is Amazon's latest series featuring older adults embarking on extraordinary journeys. This time, J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek play a couple who stumble upon a portal to another planet. They keep their discovery a secret until someone else discovers it, sparking a thrilling sci-fi mystery. The show stands out for its understated and thoughtful atmosphere, thought-provoking questions it raises, and remarkable performances by its talented cast. -Tim Surette
The Kids in the Hall
For fans of: Classic sketch comedy, goofy dudesNumber of seasons: 1
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, the wonderful Canadian comedic ensemble known as Kids in the Hall, are back with their revival of this iconic sketch comedy series. If you're not familiar with their work, just ask your parents what's so funny about a guy squeezing his fingers together and saying, "I'm crushing your head," or simply watch the show and discover it for yourself. You might even recognize Dave Foley from his role in Superstore! After their original run that aired from 1989 to 1995, including three seasons on HBO and later on CBS, the series is back for more laughs. And don't forget, the final season ended with the characters being buried alive, which is essential information to fully appreciate the trailer. Trust us, the guys haven't lost their silliness and comedic brilliance. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Teens, getting stranded, LostNumber of seasons: 2
Jenna Clause, Sarah Pidgeon, and Mia Healey lead the cast of The Wilds, a captivating series that blends elements of Lost and Lord of the Flies. The story follows a group of young women with their own personal struggles who find themselves stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. In order to survive, they are forced to work together despite their differences. This inevitably leads to conflicts and power struggles, as each member of the group brings their unique skills and backgrounds into play. The narrative is skillfully woven through flashbacks and flashforwards, providing a deeper understanding of the characters and their journey. And if you think their presence on the island is merely a coincidence, you clearly haven't watched enough television shows. After the thrilling Season 1 cliffhanger, Season 2 delves into the story of the boys. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: Masterful animation, metaphysical musingsNumber of seasons: 2
The visually stunning drama Undone stars Rosa Salazar as Alma, a woman from Texas who gains the extraordinary ability to manipulate time and communicate with her deceased father, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk. Her father enlists her help in preventing his own death from twenty years ago. In Season 2, which was released in April 2022, Alma teams up with her sister Becca, played by Angelique Cabral, who possesses the unique ability to enter other people's memories. Together, they embark on a journey to uncover a hidden secret that their mother, portrayed by Constance Marie, is keeping. This revelation has the potential to upend their family as they know it. With each episode running for 22 minutes, the series offers a total of 16 addictive and visually captivating episodes. Undone is a true feast for the eyes that demands to be experienced over the course of a single weekend. –Noelene Clark [Trailer]
A Very British Scandal
For fans of: More British scandals, messy divorcesNumber of seasons: 1
A Very British Scandal, which follows the critically acclaimed A Very English Scandal, delves into another scandalous story set amidst British society. While the show is technically not an anthology like Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story, it shares a similar concept of exploring real-life British figures behaving badly. In this particular season, the focus is on the highly publicized divorce of Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll, played by Claire Foy, and Ian Campbell, the 11th Duke of Argyll, portrayed by Paul Bettany. As you can imagine, the captivating drama unfolds with intense emotions, deceit, and shocking revelations. Expect a compelling performance from Paul Bettany, sans his WandaVision character's musings on love, as he brings the character of Ian Campbell to life with all the complexities and flaws that make him an intriguing figure. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Boys Presents: Diabolical
For fans of: The Boys but animated, quick hits of varietyNumber of seasons: 1
The success of The Boys extends to its animated offshoot, The Boys Presents: Diabolical. This collection of animated shorts takes viewers on a wild journey through the twisted and commercialized universe of The Boys. Each episode explores unique and diverse stories set within this unconventional world. From raunchy humor to peculiar romance, and even providing backstories for beloved characters from The Boys, the animated shorts deliver quick hits of variety. What sets this series apart is the different animation styles employed in each episode, ranging from anime to Saturday morning cartoons and even embracing the Rick & Morty-esque aesthetic. To top it all off, the writing is in the hands of some renowned names, including Andy Samberg, Awkwafina, Seth Rogen, and Aisha Tyler. Get ready to be immersed in this wickedly entertaining animated experience. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: Huge dudes punching other dudes, detective work, classic rockNumber of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)
Reacher, based on Lee Child's popular novels, brings the brolic former military policeman Jack Reacher to the small screen. Unlike Tom Cruise's portrayal in the big screen adaptation, TV's Jack Reacher, played by the muscle-packed Alan Ritchson, embodies a more physically imposing presence reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger if he were in the NFL. The series follows Jack Reacher as he arrives in a small town in Georgia, where he quickly becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy involving currency trafficking, political corruption, and murder. With his exceptional investigative skills and unfiltered honesty, he assists two local police officers in unraveling the complex mystery. Reacher is a straightforward yet thrilling combination of detective work and action, with a touch of classic rock. Although it may not aspire to grand ambitions, it provides an immensely enjoyable experience, especially for fans of Amazon's other adaptions of dad-centric literature such as Bosch and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. -Liam Mathews [Trailer | Review]
For fans of: Having a wholesome good time, family holidaysNumber of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)
Gloria Calderón Kellett, co-creator of One Day at a Time, brings us another heartwarming family comedy with With Love. This Latinx rom-com centers around the Diaz siblings Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge (Mark Indelicato), who are both searching for love while navigating their own personal challenges. Each of the show's five episodes takes place during a different holiday, bringing the joy and warmth of family celebrations to the forefront. From Nochebuena, where Jorge introduces his new boyfriend to the family, to Independence Day, when Lily and her boyfriend decide to move in together, With Love captures the essence of these special occasions and the complexity of familial bonds. True to its romantic comedy genre, the series skillfully balances heartbreak and healing, leaving audiences with a renewed sense of warmth and hope. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: Spaaaaaace, complex political and social situations, FedorasNumber of seasons: 6
The Expanse has rightly earned its place as one of the best sci-fi shows of all time. This riveting series, famously saved by Jeff Bezos after its cancellation by Syfy, serves up a complex political thriller set in a future where Earth and Mars stand on the brink of war, while an otherworldly enigma threatens all of humanity. The narrative unfolds across multiple planets and through the perspectives of various characters, offering a rich and intricately layered storyline. Expect twists, turns, and shocking revelations that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And let's not forget the iconic detective sporting a fedora, brilliantly portrayed by Thomas Jane. The Expanse is a masterclass in storytelling, showcasing the very best of the sci-fi genre. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Espionage, bone-crunching action, tours of EuropeNumber of seasons: 3
The 2011 film Hanna has found new life in the thrilling series adaptation. Esmé Creed-Miles delivers a fantastic performance as the titular character, a teenage girl who has been trained to be an assassin by a secret organization. Hanna's journey is an explosive mix of high-stakes action and personal growth as she navigates a world where she excels at violence but struggles with the complexities of being a normal girl. Mireille Enos shines as her former foe and now unlikely ally, Marissa. While the first episode closely follows the film's structure and plot, the series expands upon the story, offering fresh insights and meaningful differences in character development, particularly for Marissa. Season 2 further exemplifies the show's ability to expand its universe and delve deeper into its characters. The final season, Season 3, wraps up the story in a mostly satisfying manner. Hanna is a must-watch for fans of espionage, bone-crunching action, and the stunning backdrop of Europe. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Wheel of Time
Recommended for: Fans of expansive fantasy worlds and Game of Thrones.
Number of seasons: Currently 1, with Seasons 2 and 3 renewed.
Rosamund Pike, The Wheel of Time
Amazon Studios brings you The Wheel of Time, a highly anticipated fantasy series that aims to be the next Game of Thrones. Adapted from a beloved book series, it boasts all the essential elements of epic fantasy: a prophecy about a young hero who will save the world, intricate world-building, an ensemble cast of characters, and a rich tapestry of British accents. Prepare to embark on a journey that will span multiple seasons and captivate your imagination. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of Billy Bob Thornton and captivating legal dramas.
Number of seasons: 4.
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath
Explore the world of legal dramas with Goliath, a compelling series that will keep you hooked. Billy Bob Thornton delivers a captivating performance as Billy McBride, a down-and-out lawyer who takes on a wrongful death case, only to uncover a vast criminal conspiracy. The show offers a unique blend of procedurals and real-world issues, making each episode an immersive experience. Don't miss the trailer: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of sobering historical documentaries and Steve McQueen.
Number of seasons: Currently 1, with three impactful documentaries.
BBC/Rogan Productions presents Uprising, a powerful three-part docuseries helmed by acclaimed director Steve McQueen. Delve into the heart-wrenching events surrounding the 1981 New Cross Fire, a tragic act of arson that claimed the lives of thirteen young Black individuals. Through interviews with survivors, McQueen sheds light on a divided nation grappling with racism and the devastating impact of a heinous act. Uprising is accompanied by two equally gripping films, Subnormal and Black Power: A British Story of Resistance. Experience this extraordinary journey. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of intriguing exposés and captivating stories of scams.
Number of seasons: 1.
Amazon Studios presents LuLaRich, a gripping four-part docuseries that unmasks one of the internet's most pervasive pyramid schemes. Delve into the world of LuLaRoe, a multilevel-marketing company known for its colorful leggings, as it lures stay-at-home moms into becoming sellers and exploits their efforts to make a profit. Hear from the eccentric founders, DeAnne and Mark Stidham, and witness the captivating rise and fall of this captivating tale. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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A Very English Scandal
Recommended for: Fans of Hugh Grant's captivating performances and scandalous tales.
Number of seasons: 1.
Sophie Mutevelian/BBC/Blueprint Television Ltd invites you to witness A Very English Scandal, a captivating drama based on a real-life sex scandal from the '70s. Hugh Grant delivers a remarkable performance as Jeremy Thorpe, a British Parliament member entangled in a scandalous affair with a younger stable hand, Norman Josiffe, portrayed by Ben Whishaw. The clash between public image, marriage, and personal desires sets the stage for a fierce battle that unfolds in the British press. Dive into this thrilling three-episode series. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of captivating dramas centered around wealth and power dynamics.
Number of seasons: Currently 6, with Season 7 renewed on Showtime. Prime Video has 4 seasons available.
Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME presents Billions, a captivating financial drama that combines prestige storytelling with the allure of Wall Street. Join the world of a hedge fund where wealth accumulation and indulgence collide with the complexities of power dynamics. Damian Lewis delivers a compelling performance as the charismatic hedge fund CEO, while Paul Giamatti portrays the relentless government lawyer determined to take him down. Experience the thrilling clash of titans. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of fantasy intertwined with political themes.
Number of seasons: Currently 1, with Season 2 renewed.
Amazon Studios presents Carnival Row, a spellbinding Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological creatures-turned-refugees. This captivating series explores the tensions between these creatures and humans after the invasion of their homelands. Amidst the darkness, a human detective named Rycroft Philostrate, played by Orlando Bloom, forms a curious and dangerous bond with a faerie refugee named Vignette Stonemoss, portrayed by Cara Delevingne. Surrender to the whimsical and intriguing world of Carnival Row. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of unconventional romances and witty banter.
Number of seasons: 4.
Amazon Studios invites you to experience Catastrophe, a delightful exploration of unpredictable love connections. Created and written by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, the series follows the story of Rob and Sharon, two single individuals whose fling in London results in an unexpected pregnancy. This unconventional romance celebrates the ups and downs of relationships, showcasing the joys and frustrations of love. The late Carrie Fisher's recurring appearances as Rob's judgmental mother add an extra layer of charm. Discover the beauty of Catastrophe. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of Fringe and espionage thrillers.
Number of seasons: 2.
Starz presents Counterpart, a mesmerizing series that blends science fiction with espionage. J.K. Simmons delivers a powerhouse performance as a government agency employee in Berlin who discovers a shocking truth about his job: it involves a top-secret parallel universe. As he navigates this layered reality, a counterpart from the alternate universe emerges, stirring up trouble. With its brilliant writing and compelling premise, Counterpart offers an immersive experience. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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Recommended for: Fans of complex characters and gripping stories.
Number of seasons: 8.
Showtime presents Dexter, a critically acclaimed series that delves into the mind of a serial killer with a conscience. Michael C. Hall delivers a mesmerizing performance as Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter expert who leads a double life as a vigilant serial killer, targeting murderers who have evaded justice. As the seasons progress, explore the dark complexities of Dexter's character and the web of consequences that surround him. Discover the early seasons of a thrilling drama. Watch the trailer here: Trailer
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For fans of: The scandals and controversies surrounding wealthy and famous individuals.Number of seasons: 2
Amazon Prime VideoAnna Paquin's underappreciated dramedy follows the life of an American public relations executive living in London. Her job involves dealing with various celebrity scandals and messes, from leaked sex tapes of pop stars to comedians' controversial jokes. Portrayed brilliantly by Paquin, the harried fixer role is brought to life with authenticity and skill. While some people watch crime shows for their weekly fix, others turn to Flack for their dose of weekly crises. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: People striving to do their best, unconventional priests, witnessing Olivia Colman's rude behavior.Number of seasons: 2
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
AmazonCreated by, written by, and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this series revolves around the everyday life of the main character, Fleabag. It explores her romantic, professional, and familial relationships, and how she navigates through failure in these aspects of her life. Combining humor and hidden trauma, the first season sets the foundation for the show's brilliance. However, it's in the second season that Fleabag truly shines. As she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, her relationship with the Hot Priest played by Andrew Scott, her bond with her sister Claire portrayed by Sian Clifford, and her search for personal growth become focal points. The series concludes with a cathartic and triumphant ending that solidifies Fleabag as a must-watch. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
I Love Dick
For fans of: Kathryn Hahn!Number of seasons: 1
Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, I Love Dick
Amazon StudiosIf you enjoyed Kathryn Hahn's performance in WandaVision, then I Love Dick should be the next show on your list. Hahn plays Chris, an artist who moves to Texas with her husband and becomes infatuated with a man named Dick portrayed by Kevin Bacon. Chris begins expressing her attraction through sexually explicit letters that she never sends but impact her life. This series can be seen as a more mature version of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, showcasing a mid-life crisis through unconventional means. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: Cartoon violence, origin stories of superheroes, recognizable voices.Number of seasons: 1 (Renewed for Season 2)
Amazon Superhero fatigue may be a real thing, but Invincible promises a fresh take on the genre. Created by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, this animated series follows 17-year-old Mark Grayson portrayed by Steven Yeun. Mark is the son of the world's greatest superhero and finds himself developing his own powers. In the process, he uncovers shocking revelations about his own identity and his father's legacy. Balancing teenage anxieties with the responsibilities of being a hero, Mark's journey unfolds alongside a star-studded cast featuring J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Mahershala Ali, Gillian Jacobs, Seth Rogen, Mark Hamill, Mae Whitman, and more. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
The Man in the High Castle
For fans of: Historical fiction, dystopian universes.Number of seasons: 4
Amazon StudiosBased on the novel by Philip K. Dick, this gripping drama presents an alternate reality where the Nazis won World War II. Set 20 years after the war, the United States is partitioned into two states, with Germany controlling the east and Japan the west. The Rocky Mountain states exist as a lawless and neutral zone. However, when films and newsreels created by the enigmatic Man in the High Castle depict Germany and Japan losing the war, people who have accepted their fate begin to rebel against their oppressive world. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: The New York Times, celebrity stories.Number of seasons: 2
Anne Hathaway and Gary Carr, Modern Love
Amazon StudiosBased on the New York Times column "Modern Love," this anthology series offers a variety of stories adapted from real-life experiences. Each episode delves into a different tale, exploring themes such as love, relationships, and human connection. The star-studded cast includes episodes featuring Dev Patel as the founder of a dating app still in love with his ex-girlfriend, Anne Hathaway as a woman coping with bipolar disorder, Tina Fey and John Slattery attending marriage counseling, and Andrew Scott facing surrogacy challenges. Season 2 adds episodes starring Minnie Driver, Kit Harington, and Domnique Fishback. While this series caters more to die-hard rom-com fans, its exploration of love in all its forms offers something for everyone. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
Mozart in the Jungle
For fans of: New York City as a character, classical music, eccentric individuals.Number of seasons: 4
Amazon StudiosMozart in the Jungle is a unique and delightful show that captures the sweetness and joy of life. The series follows Rodrigo, played by Gael García Bernal, as he becomes the new conductor of the New York Symphony. His flamboyant style clashes with Thomas, the retired former conductor portrayed by Malcolm McDowell. As Rodrigo holds auditions for new players, he hires determined oboist Hailey played by Lola Kirke to be his assistant, sparking her hope for a future in music. The series presents a vibrant cast of characters, including the symphony's president portrayed by Bernadette Peters and the neurotic pianist played by Wallace Shawn, all of whom bring the world of classical music to life. Alongside the captivating storytelling, the series features beautiful music that enhances the viewing experience. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
For fans of: Stanley Kubrick, themes of paranoia, hacking.Number of seasons: 4
Elizabeth Fisher/USA NetworkSam Esmail's conspiracy thriller ranges from masterpiece to overcomplicated over the course of its run, but thankfully it's more of the former than the latter. Rami Malek shines as the misanthropic hacker, Elliot, whose hobby of hacking helps him understand people and gather data. However, his anxiety grows after uncovering secrets from one of the world's fastest-growing tech companies. The show takes place primarily in the digital world, pushing the boundaries of how a TV show can be shot. Be sure to watch Season 3's continuous-shot episode, "Runtime Error," to witness this unique approach in action. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Pursuit of Love
For fans of: Period dramas with a modern twist, strong female friendships, Andrew Scott.Number of seasons: 1
Andrew Scott and Lily James, The Pursuit of Love
Amazon StudiosAmazon's The Pursuit of Love offers a period drama with a modern sensibility, similar to the style of Netflix's Bridgerton. Set in early 20th century England, this three-episode miniseries follows cousins as they navigate the pursuit of love and adulthood. Their friendship remains steadfast despite their differing aspirations. The cast, which includes Lily James, Emily Beecham, Dominic West, and Andrew Scott, brings the story to life. The series is enhanced by an accompanying soundtrack featuring iconic songs by New Order and T. Rex. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
For fans of: Crime dramas, cons, suspenseful situations
Number of seasons: 3
From the aftermath of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston (along with David Shore from House) created this intricate crime drama about a con man, Giovanni Ribisi, who has recently been released from jail. To evade dangerous individuals who want him dead, he assumes the identity of his incarcerated cellmate. The con involves infiltrating a family as a long-lost relative, a situation that could explode with dire consequences. If you enjoy witnessing desperate criminals maneuver their way out of tight spots, this show is a must-watch. Additionally, Cranston portrays a mob boss in the series, and Margo Martindale portrays a suspicious mother. -Tim Surette
For fans of: The afterlife with a touch of humor
Number of seasons: 2
Amazon Studios presents Upload, which can be described as Greg Daniels' inventive take on The Good Place. This sci-fi comedy is set in a future where advanced technology allows dying humans to be transferred to a virtual afterlife. Robbie Amell stars as Nathan, a young app developer who tragically dies in a self-driving car accident. His consciousness is then uploaded into a luxurious digital paradise known as Lakeview, thanks to his shallow but affluent girlfriend, Ingrid (played by Allegra Edwards). The series playfully critiques our dependence on technology while exploring the possibilities of the future. One of the highlights is Nathan's blossoming relationship with Nora, his "angel" or, more accurately, his customer service representative. -Allison Picurro
Honorable Mentions: While this list highlights some of the most popular Amazon Prime TV series, we cannot forget the honorable mentions that deserve recognition. From mind-bending thrillers like "Swarm" and "Outer Range" to dark comedies like "Forever" and "Patriot," Amazon Prime offers a diverse range of quality shows that cater to every viewer's taste. Whether you're in the mood for heartwarming dramas like "One Mississippi" and "Transparent" or gripping superhero tales like "The Boys" and "Jack Ryan," there's something for everyone. With captivating storytelling and stellar performances, these honorable mentions prove that Amazon Prime is a powerhouse in the world of streaming entertainment. So, grab your popcorn and dive into these phenomenal series for an unforgettable binge-watching experience.
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