The Ultimate Guide to the Best TV Series on Amazon Prime in 2018: From Harlem to Jungle

Are you ready to embark on a binge-watching adventure that will transport you to thrilling worlds, captivate your imagination, and leave you craving for more? Look no further than the realm of the best TV series on Amazon Prime in 2018. From the gritty streets of Harlem and tantalizing mysteries of jury duty to the tantalizing drama of high school and the dark secrets of "The Devil's Hour," this list is a treasure trove of exceptional storytelling. So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and get ready to be hooked by these unforgettable tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Harlem

For fans of: Female friendships, New York City

Number of seasons: 2

Grace Byers and Meagan Good, Harlem

Grace Byers and Meagan Good in Harlem

In the great tradition of Sex and the City and Living Single, Harlem is a show about a group of four ladies navigating life in New York City. Created by Tracy Oliver, who previously gave us Girls Trip, Harlem is a fun and cozy series that revolves around the strong bond and witty banter of the main cast, including Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, and Jerrie Johnson. The show tackles important topics like gentrification, sexuality, and wealth, making them integral to the main plot. Harlem is a hangout show with substance that will leave you wanting more. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Jury Duty

For fans of: The Office, The Rehearsal, James Marsden

Number of seasons: 1

Jury Duty

What if a regular guy was dropped into an episode of The Office and didn't know it? That's partly the premise of Jury Duty, a reality-sitcom hybrid in which one guy believes he's on jury duty, but it's all been faked and elaborately staged. What sets this show apart is its lightheartedness and compassionate approach. The protagonist, played by James Marsden, ends up becoming the hero and an example of human kindness. Don't be discouraged by the critics' reviews; Jury Duty is a funny and relatable show that resonates with regular people. - Tim Surette [Trailer]

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High School (Freevee)

For fans of: '90s teen dramas, queer coming-of-age stories, indie rock

Number of seasons: 1

Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, High School

Railey and Seazynn Gilliland in High School

Indie rockers and LGBTQ icons Tegan and Sara Quin teamed up with actress/director Clea DuVall for High School, a coming-of-age story based on their memoir of the same name. Set in the mid-1990s in Calgary, Alberta, High School captures the essence of classic '90s teen dramas like My So-Called Life. It explores the struggles of fitting in, coming out, and finding oneself during a pivotal time in one's life. The show has an authentic vibe and a killer soundtrack that adds to its charm. - Tim Surette

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Class of '07

For fans of: Yellowjackets, The Wilds, Australian accents

Number of seasons: 1

Class of '07

In Class of '07, the TV trend of women being stranded alone to fend for themselves continues. This Australian comedy takes a lighter approach compared to shows like Yellowjackets. After a tsunami isolates the attendees of an all-girls high school reunion at their old school, they find themselves dealing with both surviving a natural disaster and the old drama of high school. Class of '07 strikes a balance between comedy and drama, incorporating silly humor even in the face of serious situations. It's a fun and entertaining show. - Tim Surette [Trailer]

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I'm a Virgo

For fans of: Boots Riley's sense of surrealism, humongous children

Number of seasons: 1

Jharrel Jerome, I'm a Virgo

Jharrel Jerome in I'm a Virgo

Boots Riley, known for his work in Sorry to Bother You, tries his hand at television with I'm a Virgo. This seven-episode coming-of-age series follows a teenage boy growing up in Oakland, but with a twist. The protagonist, played by Jharrel Jerome, happens to be 13 feet tall. With Riley's signature sense of surrealism, I'm a Virgo combines elements of fantasy and social commentary in a thought-provoking and unique way. - Tim Surette [Trailer] [Review]

The Devil's Hour

For fans of: Peter Capaldi as evil incarnate, guessing games

Number of seasons: 1

Peter Capaldi, The Devil's Hour

Peter Capaldi in The Devil's Hour

The Devil's Hour is a six-episode psychological thriller with paranormal elements. Peter Capaldi, known for his role in Doctor Who, portrays a sinister prisoner who engages in cryptic conversations with a social worker, played by Jessica Raine. The social worker finds herself waking up at 3:33 a.m. every morning with horrifying visions. The show builds suspense and keeps viewers guessing until the final moments. With a touch of the supernatural and unsettling atmosphere, The Devil's Hour is a thrilling watch. - Tim Surette [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]

The English

For fans of: Pulpy Westerns, revenge, baby bird skeletons

Number of seasons: 1

Chaske Spencer and Emily Blunt, The English

Chaske Spencer and Emily Blunt in The English

The English follows the journey of a British aristocrat, played by Emily Blunt, who ventures into the Wild West seeking revenge for her son's death. She forms an unlikely alliance with a Pawnee scout, portrayed by Chaske Spencer, to survive the treacherous and lawless lands. With stylish cinematography and a dose of violence, this pulpy Western captures the era's lawlessness and beauty. As one of Prime Video's standout shows of 2022, The English delivers a thrilling and visually stunning experience. - Tim Surette [Review]

Making the Cut

For fans of: Project Runway, the business of fashion

Number of seasons: 3

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, Making the Cut

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum in Making the Cut

If you miss the dynamic duo of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn from their Project Runway days, Making the Cut is the show for you. This fashion competition series challenges 12 up-and-coming designers to prove their talent and create the next big global fashion brand. The contestants showcase their skills and face emotional highs and lows throughout the competition. Tim Gunn's inspiring tough love pushes the designers to do their best, making for entertaining and heartfelt moments. Making the Cut is a must-watch for fashion enthusiasts. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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The Consultant

For fans of: German efficiency, corporate cutdowns, getting laid off from being alive

Number of seasons: 1

Christoph Waltz, The Consultant

Christoph Waltz in The Consultant

In The Consultant, Christoph Waltz takes on the role of a consultant brought in by a video game company to restructure and improve its operations. However, he goes beyond his assigned duties and begins manipulating the organization to suit his own agenda. The show delves into the dark side of corporate culture, highlighting the impact of cutthroat tactics. The Consultant is a clever and bizarre thriller that keeps the audience engaged with its twisted narrative. - Tim Surette [Trailer | Review]

Swarm

For fans of: Horror, dark comedy, Dominique Fishback

Number of seasons: 1

Dominique Fishback, Swarm

Dominique Fishback in Swarm

Swarm, created by Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, follows a devoted fan of a pop star who goes to extreme lengths to silence the singer's haters. This horror-comedy series combines elements of satire and social commentary, making statements on social media and pop culture. Swarm offers a unique and engaging viewing experience, though it may not resonate with everyone. It's experimental television that pushes boundaries and challenges norms. - Tim Surette [Trailer]

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Primo

For fans of: Feel-good sitcoms

Number of seasons: 1

Ignacio Diaz-Silverio and Christina Vidal, Primo

Ignacio Diaz-Silverio and Christina Vidal in Primo

Primo is a feel-good sitcom inspired by the childhood of creator Shea Serrano. The show revolves around San Antonio teenager Rafa, who navigates high school while being raised by his mother and five uncles. Each uncle has a different idea of what it means to be a man, leading to hilarious and heartwarming moments. Primo captures the essence of family dynamics and the challenges of coming of age. - Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

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Riches

For fans of: Family drama, primetime soaps, Empire meets Succession

Number of seasons: 1

Riches

Riches is a six-episode family drama that combines elements of primetime soaps with Empire-like power struggles. When the patriarch of a makeup empire dies, chaos ensues as various family members fight for control. The show delves into the complexities of familial relationships and the lengths people will go to maintain power. Riches is a condensed and fast-paced drama that offers plenty of twists and turns. - Tim Surette [Watch on Amazon Prime Video]

Deadloch

Genre: Murder mystery, dark comedyNumber of seasons: 1

Nina Oyama and Kate Box, Deadloch

Deadloch, starring Nina Oyama and Kate Box, is a darkly comedic series that combines the thrill of a murder mystery with the humor of an odd-couple pairing. Set in a Tasmanian beach town, the story follows a local sergeant who teams up with an outside senior investigator when a dead man is found. Think of it as a funny version of Broadchurch. -Tim Surette [Trailer]    

The Rig

Genre: Accents, climate horror, Game of Thrones castNumber of seasons: 1

Iain Glen, The Rig

The Rig is a supernatural mystery set on an ocean oil rig off the coast of Scotland. When the weather turns spooky, the crew find themselves trapped and must fight both unnatural forces and each other to find their way home. The show stars Iain Glen, Emily Hampshire, Martin Compston, and Owen Teale from Game of Thrones. It's a tense and thrilling series with a clear message about climate change. -Tim Surette [Trailer] 

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The Power

Genre: Girl power, electric powerNumber of seasons: 1

Zrinka Cvitešić, The Power

The Power is a sci-fi drama based on Naomi Alderman's novel of the same name. In this world, teenage girls suddenly gain the ability to generate electricity from their fingertips, challenging societal norms and power dynamics. The series stars Toni Collette as the mayor of Seattle. It's a thought-provoking show with a strong feminist message. -Tim Surette [Trailer] 

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Citadel

Genre: Action, mindless entertainment, Priyanka ChopraNumber of seasons: 1

Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Citadel

Citadel is an action series that follows two spies, played by Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who work for an organization with no allegiance to any country. When their memories are erased and an old enemy threatens the world with nuclear war, they must reunite and save the day. It's a fast-paced and thrilling show with stunning fight scenes. -Tim Surette [Trailer]   

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Undone

Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy Stars: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie, Siddharth Dhananjay, Daveed Diggs, Bob Odenkirk Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Undone is a sci-fi YA drama that follows the story of Alma, a young woman who discovers she has the ability to travel through time. As she navigates her newfound powers, she also explores themes of identity, family, and mental health. The show features a standout performance from Rosa Salazar and tackles complex concepts with stunning visuals. -Jacob Oller

The Horror of Dolores Roach

Genre: Empanadas, Washington Heights, cannibalismNumber of seasons: 1

Alejandro Hernandez and Justina Machado, The Horror of Dolores Roach

Justina Machado stars as Dolores Roach, a woman trying to make a new life for herself in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood after serving time in prison. However, her past catches up with her as people start turning up dead around her. With the help of an old friend, she must find a way to hide the evidence while also running a successful restaurant. It's a darkly comedic series with a unique premise. -Tim Surette [Trailer] [Review]    

The Boys Presents: Diabolical

Genre: The Boys but animated, quick hits of varietyNumber of seasons: 1

The Boys Presents: Diabolical

The Boys Presents: Diabolical is an animated series that offers a collection of short stories set in the same universe as The Boys. Each episode explores different genres, from raunchy humor to odd romance, and provides backstories for some of The Boys' characters. The show features various animation styles and is written by notable names in the industry. It's a fun and diverse addition to The Boys franchise. -Allison Picurro [Trailer] 

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Upload

Genre: The afterlife, comedyNumber of seasons: 2

Upload

Upload is a sci-fi comedy series created by Greg Daniels. Set in a technologically advanced future, it follows the story of Nathan, a young app developer who dies in a self-driving car accident and finds himself uploaded into a virtual afterlife called Lakeview. Nathan's journey in the afterlife is filled with humor, romance, and societal commentary. The show is visually stunning and explores the impact of technology on our lives. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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Paper Girls

Genre: Stranger Things, time-travelNumber of seasons: 1  

Paper Girls

Paper Girls is a sci-fi series set in the '90s and heavily influenced by Stranger Things. The story revolves around four girls who become embroiled in a war between time-traveling factions from the future. While the premise is twisty and complex, the focus of the show is on the characters and their journeys through adolescence. Based on a comic series by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is a thrilling and nostalgic ride. -Tim Surette [Trailer | Review]   

Tales from the Loop

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Created by: Nathaniel Halpern Stars: Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Duncan Joiner, Daniel Zolghadri, Jonathan Pryce Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Tales from the Loop is an anthology series based on the sci-fi art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. Set in the town of Mercer, Ohio, the show explores the strange and mysterious happenings around "The Loop," a device that can make the impossible possible. Each episode tells a unique story linked by the themes of memory, loss, and human connection. With stunning visuals and evocative storytelling, Tales from the Loop offers a captivating and thought-provoking viewing experience. -Jacob Oller

Night Sky

Created By: Holden Miller, Daniel C. Connolly Stars: Sissy Spacek, J. K. Simmons, Chai Hansen, Adam Bartley, Julieta Zylberberg, Sonya Walger Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Night Sky is a family drama centered around Franklin and Irene York, a retired couple living in a small town in Illinois. Their lives take a turn when they discover a portal in their shed that leads to a glassed-in room in outer space. As they explore the wonders of the universe, they also grapple with the loss of their son and the mysteries of the cosmos. Night Sky is a beautifully acted and contemplative series that explores the connection between humanity and the unknown. -Shane Ryan

Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers on Prime

Developed by: Alice Birch

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Britne Oldford, Poppy Liu, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Chernus

Original Network: Prime Video

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Alice Birch’s Dead Ringers, the second adaptation of Bari Wood and Jack Geasland’s novel “Twins,” unveils everything. Shared with David Cronenberg’s 1988 version, Birch's rendition of the haunting tale of twin Drs. Mantle is a captivating piece of art, both beautiful and grotesque at every twist and turn. Rachel Weisz takes on the lead role in the new Prime Video series as both Elliot and Beverly Mantle, obstetricians on a mission to redefine women’s reproductive healthcare by any means necessary. Fueled by obsession and competition, the sisters share their entire lives, including their patients and partners. This makes Dead Ringers far from an easy watch. In the first episode, we are bombarded with brutal sequences of the Mantles' patients—natural births, cesareans, examinations—all presented as brief, unforgettable images. Understanding these real-life horrors is crucial to the series' impact. Weisz's stunning performances are pivotal to Dead Ringers, and this risk pays off in spades. Beyond the obvious differences in personality and hairstyle, it's the subtle adjustments in mannerisms and facial expressions that truly showcase Weisz's dedication. Dead Ringers is intended to make viewers uncomfortable, and it unquestionably succeeds. The series raises moral and ethical considerations regarding pregnancy while maintaining an objectively pro-choice standpoint. It's a brutal watch—one that often had me clutching my stomach involuntarily—but Birch's Dead Ringers has become an essential update to the classic Cronenberg film. —Kristen Reid

Psych

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Created by: Steve Franks

Stars: James Roday Roderiguez, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen

Original Network: USA

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When USA premiered Psych, it was a small show about a fraudulent psychic who solves crimes. The network was in its early stages of the "blue sky" era, which also included Burn Notice, White Collar, and Royal Pains. Now that this phase has passed, it's easy to declare Psych as the best of the bunch that doesn't require intense attention. Starring James Roday Roderiguez, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, and Maggie Lawson, this comedy-mystery hybrid is considerably lighter than most shows focused on solving murders. Frequently hilarious, the series delights in spoofing the pop culture landscape and tapping into both past and present zeitgeists. Each episode revolves around a trope, genre, or specific film or TV show. Psych lasted for eight seasons and generated three follow-up films, so don't miss out. Wait for it. Wait for iiiiiiiit… —Shannon Houston

Outer Range

For fans of: Yellowstone but with a twist, Stranger Things with a Western vibe, buffalo, holes

Number of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)

Josh Brolin, Outer Range

Amazon StudiosJosh Brolin stars in this show that was probably pitched as "Yellowstone meets some weird-ass stuff, bro!" This Western and sci-fi combination series features Brolin as a rancher in Wyoming who discovers something inexplicable on his property. The mystery unfolds for viewers, complete with glyphs, strange events, and one enormous hole in the ground. And yes, Brolin delivers powerful monologues. This is a love it or hate it show, but we say YEEHAW, give us more. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

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The Lake

For fans of: Summers at the lake, complicated family comedy

Number of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)

Jordan Gavaris and Madison Shamoun, The Lake

Jordan Gavaris and Madison Shamoun, The Lake

Peter H. Stranks/Amazon StudiosA gay man (Orphan Black's Jordan Gavaris) who fathered a child and gave her up for adoption reconnects with her at his family's lakeside cabin in this lighthearted comedy. However, things become complicated when he discovers that the cabin has been inherited by his picture-perfect stepsister (Julia Stiles). This show is an easy—and somewhat shallow—distraction. -Allison Picurro[Trailer]

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Jack Ryan

For fans of: America, bedside table books for your dad, buffed John Krasinski

Number of seasons: 4

John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

Philippe Antonello/Prime VideoAmazon takes author Tom Clancy's most famous character and delves into Jack Ryan's origins with this political thriller starring John Krasinski as the titular CIA agent. Jack cleans up international conflicts using both his brain and his brawn. It doesn't seek to reinvent the genre; instead, it updates it for the modern era with expensive location shoots and top-tier action to compensate for the average plot. For relaxed Sunday night viewing, it's precisely what you and your dad want. In Season 3, Jack goes on the run while uncovering a vast conspiracy to reunite the Soviet Union, and in the final Season 4, he is promoted to deputy director of the CIA, fighting threats from both foreign and domestic sources. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

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The Night Manager

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Created by: David Farr

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki, Alistair Petrie, David Harewood, Douglas Hodge, Antonio de la Torre, Tobias Menzies

Original Network: BBC One / AMC

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John le Carré's stories are often gloomy or enigmatic, portraying spies trapped in dark and cold worlds or dealing with the monotony of their days. (Remember Gary Oldman's slow and emotionless swim to fill his "retirement" days in the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.) However, The Night Manager breaks this mold. In this miniseries, we have the bona fide movie star Tom Hiddleston looking dapper in linen suits—or sometimes nothing at all—as he goes undercover in the world of yachts and indulges in fresh lobster salads to bring down Hugh Laurie's Dickie Roper, the worst man in the world—an opportunist who sees a sarin gas attack as a "business opportunity."

However, it's not just the glamour and double-crossing that make this production stand out. The supporting cast also deserves recognition. Tom Hollander's Lance "Corky" Corkoran could have been the typical nefarious character on the hero's trail, but instead, he's an addict desperate for Roper's attention, which adds to the deliciousness of the story. Olivia Colman's portrayal of Angela Burr, a British intelligence agent obsessed with taking down Roper, feels more real and dangerous because Colman was pregnant during filming. However, the most impressive is breakout star Elizabeth Debicki, who plays the beautiful yet vacant-eyed Jed Marshall. She made a deal with the devil and doesn't quite know how to escape. —Whitney Friedlander

Merlin

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Created by: Julien Jones, Jake Michie, Johnny Caps, Julien Murphy

Stars: Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Stewart Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt

Original Network: BBC One

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A lot of fantasy is based on existing myths, legends, and folklore, and while you might think you know the story of the famous King Arthur and Merlin, you've never seen it portrayed quite like this. The fan-favorite Merlin, which aired on the BBC from 2008 to 2012, is set in a version of Camelot where magic has been outlawed. The story begins with Arthur Pendragon and the wizard Merlin as young men who can't stand each other. However, when Merlin becomes Arthur's personal servant, they put their differences aside and become fast friends. This turns out to be a good thing for both of them, as Merlin often has to use his gifts in secret to save Arthur without him knowing, ensuring that Arthur fulfills his destiny as the one who will restore magic to the kingdom. If you're looking for a lighter fantasy show than others on this list, this is a great, fun option with plenty of bromance. —Kaitlin Thomas

The Fall

Created by: Allan Cubitt

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Valene Kane, Séalinín Brennan, Colin Morgan, Bronagh Taggart, Niamh McGrady, Sarah Beattie, John Lynch

Original Network: BBC

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Before he became Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan showcased his acting skills and charisma as a disturbingly unshakable murderer in this outstanding psychological thriller. Dornan's seemingly ordinary husband, father, and grief counselor (!) is one of the most terrifying onscreen serial killers in recent memory. Paul Spector is a precise and methodical stalker, just as exacting and meticulous as his eventual pursuer. Enter Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, a British detective superintendent called to Belfast to investigate a series of gruesome murders. As the cat-and-mouse game intensifies, Anderson's portrayal is a triumph in itself: analytical, uncompromising, reserved, yet unapologetically sexual on her own terms, unfazed by the politics and machismo of her male colleagues. The fact that we know the killer's identity from the first moments of the show, yet can't look away, is a testament to the subtle and creeping nature of The Fall. —Amanda Schurr

Transparent

Created by: Jill Soloway

Stars: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass

Original Network: Amazon Prime

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There were numerous ways in which Transparent could have gone wrong right from the start. One, an out-of-context image of Jeffrey Tambor in a dress was bound to draw some snickers. Additionally, at first glance, the show's content—marital discord, adultery, unplanned pregnancy—reads like a brainstorming session for a soap opera on a network. However, as creator Jill Soloway demonstrates, execution is key. What immediately stands out about the show is how disarmingly intimate it feels. In telling the story of an elderly parent deciding to reveal her transgender lifestyle to her children, Soloway never takes shortcuts in depicting the subsequent shockwaves caused by this decision. They endow each character and plot development with the appropriate dramatic weight without sacrificing levity. Balancing such a tone is akin to walking on a tightrope, yet Soloway and her creative team expertly maintain balance throughout each of the ten episodes of the season. Unfortunately, allegations against Tambor have (rightfully) tarnished the show's legacy, which has only become more problematic over time. Nevertheless, there is still some good worth celebrating here. —Mark Rozeman

The Tick

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Created by: Ben Edlund

Stars: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry, Brendan Hines, Yara Martinez, Scott Speiser, Jackie Earle Haley, Alan Tudyk

Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Ben Edlund made two previous attempts to bring his cult-favorite comic book to the screen, but it was the third try that struck the right balance between goofy superhero fun and the real-world malaise that no human—super-powered or not—can truly avoid. Peter Serafinowicz, as the titular blue hero whose apparent invincibility is matched only by his cheery outlook on life (he seems like a great hugger), delivers a wonderfully dedicated performance. Meanwhile, the journey of initially reluctant sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) brings greater depth to the show's more absurd moments. Alongside a talented ensemble cast playing the strangest characters (including Alan Tudyk, who voices the sentient vehicle known as Dangerboat), The Tick's cancellation is one of the sadder tragedies of the streaming era. Hopefully, Edlund gets another chance to tell this story—and with this cast by his side. —Liz Shannon Miller

Vanity Fair

Created by: Gwyneth Hughes

Stars: Olivia Cooke, Claudia Jessie, Tom Bateman, Johnny Flynn

Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Vanity Fair is a regrettably under-adapted period drama, likely because its central character is the antithesis of everything we expect from heroines in stories like this. Yet, this clever adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel feels more relevant than ever with its cunning leading lady and constant reminder that humanity is rarely better than it needs to be.

In this 2018 adaptation, Olivia Cooke effortlessly portrays the sly and pitch-perfect Becky Sharpe (in my opinion, Reese Witherspoon always had too much of an "America's Sweetheart" vibe to be believable in this role). Becky revels in her ambition, and watching her con her way into high society is immensely entertaining. Plus, everyone around her is even worse, even if they are played by an impressive British acting talent roster that includes Martin Clunes, Frances de la Tour, and Tom Bateman. —Lacy Baugher

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Recommended for: Fans of witty dialogue, 1950s setting Number of seasons: 4 (renewed for fifth and final season)

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

If you've seen even one episode of Gilmore Girls, you're already familiar with the unique style of Amy Sherman-Palladino: rapid-fire dialogue delivered by quick-witted women who simultaneously annoy and charm everyone around them. This same sensibility is evident in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sherman-Palladino's comedy series about Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a 1950s housewife who finds solace and release through stand-up comedy. The show follows Midge's triumphs and failures as she navigates the world of comedy with her tough-talking manager, Susie (Alex Borstein), while desperately concealing her secret life from her eccentric parents (Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle), and navigating her complicated relationship with her ex-husband, Joel (Michael Zegen). The series has earned numerous Emmys and is likely to win more as it continues. -Allison Picurro [Trailer] 

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Grantchester

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Created by: Daisy Coulam Stars: James Norton, Robson Green, Tom Brittney, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones Original Network: ITV

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The UK has a knack for producing both vicars and murder mysteries, so it's no surprise that Grantchester—a series about a crime-solving vicar—delivers. Set in 1950s Cambridgeshire, the show features a young and charming vicar with a natural talent for connecting with people, and a gruff detective who unexpectedly becomes his friend. Together, they solve "Cases of the Week" while the vicar grapples with questions of faith, listens to jazz, and tries to navigate his complicated feelings for his childhood friend, Amanda. Detective Geordie Keating, a no-nonsense WWII veteran with his own personal struggles, adds depth to the show's procedural elements. Grantchester is a thoughtful, engaging, and mildly thrilling series, complete with cozy period details and a dog named Dickens. What more could you ask for? —Allison Keene

The Peripheral

Recommended for: Fans of Westworld, William Gibson, Chloë Grace MoretzNumber of seasons: 1

Chloë Grace Moretz, The Peripheral

Chloë Grace Moretz, The Peripheral

Sophie Mutevelian, Prime VideoIn this sci-fi series, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a young American woman who makes a living leveling up the characters of wealthy individuals in virtual reality games. However, when she discovers a connection between her own reality and a future world in London, 70 years ahead, she is sent on a journey to unravel the mystery. Based on a story by William Gibson, The Peripheral delves into themes of parallel universes and the blurred lines between virtual and actual reality. With its intriguing premise and strong performances, this series is sure to captivate fans of Westworld, William Gibson's work, and Chloë Grace Moretz. —Tim Surette    

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A Very English Scandal

Recommended for: Fans of Hugh Grant, scandalous dramasNumber of seasons: 1

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Sophie Mutevelian/BBC/Blueprint Television LtdHugh Grant is known for portraying morally questionable characters, and his performance in A Very English Scandal is no exception. This show delves into a scandalous real-life sex scandal that rocked 1970s Britain. Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament who engages in an affair with a younger stable hand, Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw). Complicating matters is Thorpe's status as a public figure and his marriage and child. When news of the scandal breaks, a vicious battle ensues between Thorpe and Josiffe. A Very English Scandal is a gripping and fast-paced drama that offers an intimate glimpse into a high-profile scandal from the past. The best part? It's a quick watch, with only three episodes. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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A Very British Scandal

Recommended for: Fans of British scandals, messy divorcesNumber of seasons: 1

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, A Very British Scandal

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, A Very British Scandal

Alan PeeblesJust call it British Crime Story. A Very British Scandal, the follow-up to the Emmy-winning A Very English Scandal, explores a different scandal from British history. This time, it focuses on the infamous 1963 divorce between Margaret Campbell (Claire Foy), Duchess of Argyll, and Ian Campbell (Paul Bettany), 11th Duke of Argyll. While the title may be different, this series continues the tradition of exploring scandalous events from British history with a modern sensibility. Prepare for a gripping and captivating journey into a high-profile and contentious divorce. —Tim Surette [Trailer]

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The Boys

Recommended for: Fans of superheroes with a dark twistNumber of seasons: 3 (renewed for Season 4) 

Antony Starr, The Boys

Prime VideoThe Boys takes a unique approach to the superhero genre by focusing on the darker side of superpowers. In this world, superheroes are treated like celebrities and work for a major corporation. However, behind their heroic facade, most of them are morally corrupt and abusive. This is where the titular Boys come in—a group of vigilantes determined to expose and take down the corrupt superheroes. With its refreshing take on the superhero narrative, The Boys breaks away from the traditional Marvel and DC mold. Prepare for a thrilling and unconventional ride. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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Patriot

Recommended for: Fans of the Coen Brothers, dark comedy, stylish cinematographyNumber of seasons: 2

Patriot

Amazon StudiosMy best piece of advice: Stop everything and watch Patriot now. This bizarre spy series created by Steven Conrad stars Michael Dorman as an aspiring folk singer who gets roped into espionage by his father. He's forced to work undercover at a pipe-manufacturing company in Milwaukee, which leads to a series of absurd and darkly comedic situations. The show features artsy cinematography, colorful characters, and a sense of humor that's so dark you might feel guilty for laughing. Patriot is a hidden gem in Amazon's library that deserves more attention. —Tim Surette [Trailer]

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Invincible

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Created by: Robert Kirkman Stars: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J. K. Simmons Original Network: Amazon Prime

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In the realm of superhero TV shows, Invincible stands out among the crowd. Adapted from a beloved comic book series by Robert Kirkman, this animated series combines coming-of-age storytelling with classic superhero themes. The story follows Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), an initially ordinary 17-year-old who inherits extraordinary superpowers from his father, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons), a renowned hero. As Mark discovers and hones his powers, the series takes on a more brutal tone reminiscent of Finding Nemo meets Iron Man. It explores the complexities of father-son relationships and the challenges of being a hero. With its stunning animation and compelling performances, Invincible is a must-watch for fans of superhero stories. —Fletcher Peters

The Expanse

Recommended for: Fans of captivating space sagas, intricate politics, and rich world-buildingNumber of seasons: 6

The Expanse

SyfyThe Expanse is frequently hailed as one of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time—and for good reason. After being saved from cancellation by Jeff Bezos himself, this complex political thriller set in space captivates viewers with its intricate world-building. The story takes place in a future where Earth and Mars teeter on the edge of war, and a mysterious alien presence threatens humanity. Through multiple perspectives and interplanetary politics, The Expanse weaves an epic tale comparable to the richness of Game of Thrones (before it went downhill). Plus, it features Thomas Jane as a detective with a cool hat. Prepare for a gripping and immersive journey into deep space. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

The Legend of Vox Machina

Created by: Matthew Mercer Stars: Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Prime Video brings the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life with The Legend of Vox Machina. This animated series, based on the beloved game, features the original voice actors from Critical Role reprising their roles in a violent and occasionally sexually explicit adventure. Follow a group of mercenaries known as Vox Machina as they embark on high-stakes quests, engage in barroom brawls, and navigate other familiar escapades of high fantasy. Unlike other adaptations of RPG properties, this show focuses more on the characters' gripping backstories and the dynamics of their group, rather than delving into complex lore. While the principal cast may not be the most diverse, the show consciously avoids the biases within the tabletop RPG industry, reflecting the sensibilities of a new generation of enthusiastic gamers. —Kenneth Lowe

The Outlaws

Created by: Stephen Merchant, Elgin James

Stars: Rhianne Barreto, Darren Boyd, Gamba Cole, Jessica Gunning, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Charles Babalola, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Walken

Original Network: BBC One

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The Outlaws is a UK comedy-crime series consisting of six heartwarming heist episodes. It was created by Stephen Merchant (known for The Office) and Elgin James (from Mayans M.C.). The show follows a group of petty criminals on community service who find themselves entangled with a dangerous drug gang after discovering a bag of cash. Despite its familiar premise, The Outlaws manages to tell a unique story with subtle twists and character development. The series plays with genre tropes and expectations, while also delivering genuine surprises and heartwarming moments as the gang forms genuine friendships. With a talented cast and witty writing, The Outlaws is a delightful and comforting watch. —Allison Keene

The Underground Railroad

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Created by: Barry Jenkins

Stars: Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper

Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Based on Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad is a fictional 10-episode limited series set in the American South after the Revolutionary War. It follows the journey of runaway slaves, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and Caesar (Aaron Pierre), as they navigate a network of hidden railroads. The series, helmed by Barry Jenkins, combines lush visuals and atmospheric storytelling with an unflinching portrayal of the atrocities faced by Cora and Caesar, especially at the hands of relentless slave catcher Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton). Each episode serves as a chapter in their harrowing journey, with different states representing different treatment of Black individuals. Jenkins skillfully creates distinct environments for each location, and the depiction of the underground railroad itself provides a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness. The series manages to be urgent and thought-provoking, exploring multiple perspectives and showcasing the resilience of its characters. The Underground Railroad has all the elements of a classic, delivering a powerful and enduring story. —Radhika Menon

The Wheel of Time

Created by: Rafe Judkins

Stars: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Zoë Robins, Madeleine Madden, Marcus Rutherford, Barney Harris, Kate Fleetwood, Priyanka Bose, Sophie Okonedo

Original Network: Amazon Prime

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Adapted from Robert Jordan’s extensive novel series, The Wheel of Time is an eight-episode fantasy series that swiftly introduces viewers to a vast world. With a manageable number of characters compared to the books, the show focuses on the battle between light and dark, and the journey of the prophesied "Dragon Reborn" (played by Josha Stradowski) who has the power to save or destroy humanity. The series features a mix of magical elements, including creatures and a magic unique to women, as well as political intrigue and clashes between rival factions. Led by Rosamund Pike as the powerful sorceress Moraine, the show successfully balances familiar fantasy elements with its own twists and turns. The Wheel of Time offers an action-packed and entertaining ride for both fans of the books and newcomers. —Allison Keene

The Wilds

For fans of: Teens, getting stranded, Lost

Number of seasons: 2

Jenna Clause, Sarah Pidgeon, and Mia Healey, The Wilds

Jenna Clause, Sarah Pidgeon, and Mia Healey, The Wilds

The Wilds is a captivating drama series that combines elements of Lost and Lord of the Flies. The story centers around a group of young women who find themselves stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes while en route to a spiritual retreat. Forced to work together, they face numerous challenges and conflicts, each bringing their own skills and backgrounds to the survival efforts. The narrative unfolds through flashbacks and flashforwards, providing a deeper understanding of the characters and their experiences. The series explores themes of teamwork, self-discovery, and the complex dynamics among the group. With its suspenseful plot and well-developed characters, The Wilds offers a thrilling and thought-provoking viewing experience.—Allison Picurro

Animal Kingdom

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Created by: Jonathan Lisco

Stars: Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary

Original Network: TNT

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Animal Kingdom is a glossy and captivating crime drama series inspired by the eponymous movie. Set in the United States, the show introduces Ellen Barkin as Smurf, the powerful matriarch of a crime family. She leads her all-male gang of sons and one grandson through various heists and criminal activities. While the series retains the movie's core concept, it takes the story in new directions. Animal Kingdom offers thrilling action sequences and personal drama, blending them into an entertaining and occasionally tense viewing experience. The complex dynamics between Smurf and her sons serve as the central thread, driving the show's plot. As the series progresses, it delves deeper into character development and surprising plot twists, ensuring a compelling and highly enjoyable watch. —Allison Keene

The Durrells in Corfu

Created by: Simon Nye

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Milo Parker, Josh O’Connor, Daisy Waterstone, Callum Woodhouse, Alexis Georgoulis, Yorgos Karamihos

Original Network: PBS

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The Durrells in Corfu, a British drama series, paints a charming picture of an English family in the 1930s as they navigate life on the Greek island of Corfu. Louisa Durrell, played by the exceptionally charming Keeley Hawes, moves her four children from England to Corfu following the death of her husband. Struggling financially, they find solace in the inexpensive and remote house they reside in, overlooking the water. The series draws inspiration from the real-life experiences of the Durrell family, as chronicled in a trilogy written by the youngest son, Gerry (portrayed by Milo Parker). The show captures the essence of a loving yet slightly dysfunctional family, combining elements of comedy and drama. Throughout the series, viewers are treated to easy-going, low-key, and whimsical moments that make it a unique and enjoyable watch. The Durrells in Corfu provides a refreshing alternative to intense dramas, offering laughter, joy, and a glimpse into a bygone era.—Allison Keene

Daisy Jones & The Six

Prime Video's Faux-Biopic Daisy Jones & The Six Hits (Almost) All the Right Notes

Created by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Stars: Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone, Will Harrison, Suki Waterhouse, Josh Whitehouse, Sebastian Chacon, Nabiyah Be, and Tom Wright

Original Network: Amazon Prime Video

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Daisy Jones & The Six, based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, is a faux-biopic series that revolves around the legendary band, The Six, and magnetic songwriter Daisy Jones. The show takes the viewer on a journey through the rise and fall of the band, starting with their sold-out concert in Chicago in 1977. Set against the backdrop of the music industry in Los Angeles, the series explores the creative process, personal relationships, and inner workings of the band. Through a mix of documentary-style interviews and narrative dramatization, Daisy Jones & The Six captures the essence of the '70s rock 'n' roll scene, while also delving into the emotional complexities of the characters. With stellar performances and a captivating storyline, the series lives up to its hype and delivers an unforgettable rock 'n' roll experience. —Anna Govert

Fleabag

For fans of: People trying their best, rule-breaking priests, watching Olivia Colman be rude

Number of seasons: 2

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Fleabag, created, written, and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is a comedy-drama series that follows the life of the titular character. Fleabag navigates her way through various challenges, including failed romances, professional struggles, and complicated family dynamics. The first season combines humor with the pain of hidden trauma, while the second season solidifies the show's voice and takes it to new heights. As Fleabag's relationship with a rule-breaking priest (played by Andrew Scott) develops, she also confronts her own demons and discovers her path forward. The series expertly balances comedy and emotional depth, resulting in a cathartic and triumphant ending. Fleabag is a testament to Waller-Bridge's exceptional writing and acting skills, offering a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. —Allison Picurro

Poldark

Created by: Debbie Horsfield

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall. Beatie Edney, Jack Farthing, Heida Reed, Kyle Soller, Richard Harrington, Phil Davis, Warren Clarke

Original Network: BBC One / PBS

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Poldark, a romantic saga set in late 18th-century Cornwall, is a Masterpiece presentation that captivates viewers with its sweeping narrative. The series follows Ross Poldark, a British army officer who returns home to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War. Upon his arrival, Ross discovers that his presumed death, his father's passing, and his lost love's impending marriage to his cousin have left him with a mountain of debts and seemingly insurmountable challenges. Undeterred, Ross vows to set things right not out of pride, but for the sake of the people of Cornwall who have suffered the consequences of hard times. Based on a series of novels by Winston Graham, Poldark combines historical drama with a touch of romance and adventure. Aidan Turner's portrayal of the heroic Ross anchors the show, leading viewers through an engaging and ultimately satisfying story of perseverance. —Paulette Cohn

ZeroZeroZero

For fans of: Crime dramas, virtual vacations

Number of seasons: 1

Gabriel Byrne, ZeroZeroZero

Gabriel Byrne, ZeroZeroZero

ZeroZeroZero is a gripping crime drama series that explores the global cocaine trade. The show takes audiences on a journey from the production of cocaine in Mexico to its transport by an American shipping company and eventual sale by the mafia in Italy. As expected, complications and conflicts arise during the shipment, leading to infighting among different criminal syndicates. Murder becomes a common occurrence as alliances shift and plots unfold. Amidst the intense crime narrative, viewers are treated to stunning locations and breathtaking cinematography. ZeroZeroZero provides a unique and immersive experience, inviting audiences into the dark and complex underworld of the cocaine trade.—Tim Surette

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Recommended for: Those who enjoy summers on the beach and love trianglesNumber of seasons: 2

Christopher Briney and Lola Tung, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Christopher Briney and Lola Tung, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Dana Hawley/Prime VideoCreator Jenny Han, known for To All the Boys I've Loved Before, continues to explore teenage love, love triangles, and summer romances in this series. Lola Tung portrays Belly, a young woman who spends her summer vacation at her family beach house. There, she reunites with old friends and encounters potential love interests, including a friendly local and her family friend's older brother. As the story unfolds, complications arise! In Season 2, the tension between the boys intensifies as they also face the potential sale of their cherished beach house. -Allison Picurro [Watch the trailer]

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Recommended for: Fans of the Elvish languageNumber of seasons: 1 (renewed for Season 2)

Morfydd Clark, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Morfydd Clark, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Amazon Prime VideoCurious about what half a billion dollars can create? Amazon's ambitious eight-episode series is set in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world during the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the renowned trilogy. While familiar elements like dwarves, elves, and orcs remain, the series delves into the forging of the Rings of Power and Sauron's rise. In his TV Guide review, Keith Phipps praises the visually stunning show and states that it has already made a promising start. -Tim Surette

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Jungle

Recommended for: Fans of drill rap, cyberpunk crime, and captivating visualsNumber of seasons: 1

Ezra Elliot and RA, Jungle

Ezra Elliot and RA, Jungle

Delroy Matty/Prime VideoSet in the near-future, this British crime drama follows a group of strangers who find themselves entangled in violent situations. However, what sets this series apart is its unique atmosphere, combining drill and trap music, gritty and experimental visuals, a cyberpunk-inspired setting, and rapped dialogue. It's a one-of-a-kind experience, reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo Juliet. Instead of Leonardo DiCaprio speaking Shakespearean English, young gangsters deliver passionate performances. -Tim Surette    

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With an impressive lineup of gripping storytelling and riveting performances, the best TV series on Amazon Prime in 2018 undoubtedly left audiences hungry for more. From the gripping intensity of "The Boys" to the jaw-dropping drama of "Fleabag," there was something for everyone. Whether you prefer heart-pounding action, thought-provoking mysteries, or laugh-out-loud comedy, these shows delivered in spades. As we eagerly anticipate what the streaming giant has in store for us in the future, one thing is for certain – Amazon Prime is cementing its position as a formidable force in the world of entertainment. So sit back, hit play, and prepare to be captivated by the best TV series that 2018 had to offer.

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