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    The 53 best shows on Amazon Prime right now

    While you might think that fast and free shipping on all of your holiday shopping is the best thing about having an Amazon Prime membership, access to the Amazon Prime Video library of TV series and movies offers up just as much value. The vast selection includes tons of quality programming, including both original series and library titles.

    Whether you’ve just discovered Amazon Prime Video or have been perusing the selection for some time, chances are you’re gearing up to look for the next binge-worthy obsession, especially with so many new and returning series going on break for the Thanksgiving and holiday season.

    We’re here to help by providing this continually updated list of the best shows on Amazon Prime right now, with options in just about every genre imaginable.

    Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime, and the best movies on Disney+.

    Lost Worlds on Amazon Prime

    Lost Worlds (2005)

    Originally airing on The History Channel, this documentary series takes history buffs back in the past, exploring various locations from ancient and modern times that all share a singular theme: They are considered “lost.” Some of the locales explored in season one, which is available for streaming until December 1, include the Knights Templar in Syria, Atlantis in Crete, Santorini, and the Secret Cities of the A-Bomb in the U.S. Each episode contains interviews with experts along with archaeological evidence. The use of CGI reproductions also helps render 3D environments and photo overlays to view the “lost world” in present day. It’s a fascinating look at some of the most talked-about lost locations in history from around the world.

    Created by: Atlantic Productions
    Cast: Corey Johnson (narrator)
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Fleabag on Amazon Prime
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    At times introspective and moody, at others absurd and raunchy,?Fleabag defies easy categorization. In its funnier moments — such as the intro, which is an elegant, extended soliloquy ending in a sudden smack of a sex joke — it is one of the sharpest comedies around (season 2 won the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series), but underneath it all runs a current of sadness. The show follows a lady known only as “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who took home Emmys herself for acting and writing), a neurotic woman juggling a failing business and disastrous personal life.

    The term fleabag immediately conjures images of filth, and the protagonist’s problems run deeper than her name. Selfish, wanton, and a compulsive liar, she fits in with the various antiheroes that have become popular on television. Uniquely,?Fleabag?does not keep its damaged lead at a distance; she frequently speaks directly to the viewer in frantic monologues, offering insight into her unquiet mind.

    Created by: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ben Aldridge, Sian Clifford
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Scrubs, best shows on Amazon Prime


    Streaming services are flooded with various medical shows, but none quite like this comedy-drama that takes a far more comedic look at the life of medical interns (eventually doctors), nurses, hospital administrators, and even the hilarious hospital janitor. The chemistry between the two leads, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, who play co-workers, doctors, and super-close best friends (who often still act like they’re in college), is off the charts. But it’s the entire cast, brilliant writing, and unique concept that sees the protagonist John “J.D.” Dorian (Braff) narrating his story, interspersed with daydream sequences, that make it stand out from the many other more serious and intense medical dramas.

    Created by: Bill Lawrence
    Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Eliza Coupe, Kerry Bishe, Michael Mosley, Dave Franco
    Number of seasons: 9

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    American Horror Story: 1984, best shows on Amazon Prime
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    American Horror Story

    The horror anthology that is Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, though novel, continues to surpass expectations with every passing season. Each essentially functions as a self-contained miniseries, focusing on a repertory cast of characters and a storyline that features its own beginning, middle, and end.?Each season — whether it revolves around a coven of witches, an insane asylum, or a haunted house in the middle of Los Angeles — features lavish set pieces and campy aesthetics, both of which add to sterling performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and the award-winning Jessica Lange. Many of the seasons even take a jab at current social issues, and they often leave a weird and wonderful impression. Well, that, and an awful taste in your mouth.

    Created by: Ryan Murphy
    Cast: Sarah Paulson, Jennifer Lange, Kathy Bates, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
    Number of seasons: 9

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    World's Toughest Eco-Challenge Fiji, best shows on Amazon Prime
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    World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji

    Bear Grylls hosts this intense reality competition series, a revival of the late ’90s/early ’00s series Eco-Challenge, that is focused on true survival skills and athletic prowess. Taking place in the fall of 2019, a total of 66 teams of four from around the world race over mountains, through jungles, and across broad sections of ocean water via various physically draining means, such as paddling, rafting, mountain biking, rappelling, and climbing. All of this is, by the way, being done with only a map and compass for navigation and with ever-diminishing energy levels as the contestants battle sleep deprivation, injuries, and more. Body and mind are put to the test as the teams work together to encourage one another and get through the race. One person goes down? The entire team is out. It’s nail-biting action right through to the end when a winning team is crowned.

    Created by: Mark Burnett
    Cast: Bear Grylls (host)
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Mad Dogs on Amazon Prime

    Mad Dogs

    A partial remake of the British series of the same name, this dark-comic thriller takes viewers on a hilarious and thoroughly strange ride with a group of 40-something underachieving men who go on a “vacation from hell.” Every episode features the men encountering eccentric and interesting characters, from a traveling musician to a disillusioned teacher. Mad Dogs is considered a 10-episode limited series, and thus there likely won’t be a second season. Nonetheless, it’s a fun albeit formulaic binge that’s propped up by the talented cast, including recurring characters played by Billy Zane and Allison Tolman, and the gorgeous backdrop of Belize.

    Created by: Cris Cole
    Cast: Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Steve Zahn, Phil Davis
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Orphan Black on Amazon Prime

    Orphan Black

    In this critically acclaimed Canadian series, a young woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) has a chance encounter with a woman who looks just like her. This sets Sarah down a path to discovering that she is one of several clones who have been created as part of an ongoing experiment. Soon, she is at odds with the corporation that created her, and a mysterious organization that wants to get rid of her. It’s a fast-paced thriller that takes the time to explore themes of self-identity and bioethics. And Maslany does a beautifully captivating job of playing several clones, each of whom has very a distinct personality, mannerisms, and style. Her performance alone, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016, is worth watching, with the fascinating story surrounding it as icing on the cake.

    Created by: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett
    Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce
    Number of seasons: 5

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    Truth Seekers on Amazon Prime

    Truth Seekers

    Simon Pegg, who famously created and starred in 2004’s universally-lauded, cult classic, horror-comedy film Shaun of the Dead, brings his unique talents when combining these two very different genres. This series, which he both co-created and stars in, was just released, but early reviews are promising. A team of wannabe ghost hunters travels across the U.K., investigating reports of ghosts and spirits, chronicling their adventures on an online channel. But things get sticky when they uncover a possible conspiracy that could threaten life as we know it.

    Created by: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, James Serafinowicz, Nat Saunders
    Cast: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Bones on Amazon Prime
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    If you’re looking for your basic and predictable yet thoroughly entertaining crime procedural comedy-drama, Bones will fit the bill. And there are a dozen seasons to get through. As is typical of the genre, each episode deals with a new FBI case file involving human remains and the special agent who works alongside a forensic anthropologist to try and solve it. Stories also delve into the personal lives of the main characters. Loosely based on the life of real forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs and her novels, it’s an interesting look at the intersection and debates between science and empirical evidence and faith and intuition.

    Created by: Hart Hanson
    Cast: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, Eric Millegan, T.J. Thyne, Jonathan Adams, Tamara Taylor
    Numbers of seasons: 12

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    The Boys on Amazon Prime

    The Boys

    Of all the superhero movies and TV shows out there, none of them are quite like The Boys, a dark, depraved deconstruction of super-powered heroes and villains. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series of the same name, The Boys follows a group of vigilantes who take it upon themselves to police the super-powered heroes who abuse their abilities and take advantage of the trust the public has placed in them.

    As grim and shockingly violent as it is clever, the series is set in a world in which superpowers, corporate greed, and media consolidation have bled together to create a particularly frightening form of corruption. The audience sees it all through the eyes of Hughie, an average guy whose chance encounter with a superhero changes his life forever.

    Created by: Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Eric Kripke
    Cast: Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Jessie T. Usher, Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty
    Number of seasons: 2

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    This Amazon Original series follows a group of friends whose mutual obsession with a mysterious comic book draws them into a deadly conspiracy involving a pandemic that’s quickly spreading throughout the country. The series is adapted from the 2013 British series of the same name, and along with its talented core cast, it also features Rainn Wilson, John Cusack, and Sasha Lane in featured roles. Dark and bloody, Utopia?balances out its grim, all-too-real themes with a heavy dose of surreal, fantastic elements and shocking plot twists that keep things unpredictable as the story barrels along.

    Created by: Gillian Flynn
    Cast: John Cusack, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Desmin Borges, Christopher Denham, Javon Walton, Cory Michael Smith, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Idris Elba as John Luther


    Idris Elba portrays brilliant — but troubled — detective John Luther in this acclaimed British crime drama, which ran for five seasons and earned Elba a long list of awards for his performance as the show’s title character, whose obsession with his work prevents him from having anything resembling a well-adjusted life. He’s joined in the featured cast by Ruth Wilson, who plays a woman at the heart of one of the show’s first cases, and she also plays a recurring role throughout the series.?Luther is the series that put Elba on the map as one of Hollywood’s rising stars, and it won’t take many episodes to understand why.

    Created by: Neil Cross
    Cast: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson
    Number of seasons: 5

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    If you want to watch a star being born, stop what you’re doing and immerse yourself in Rachel Brosnahan’s work as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on the 1950s-set comedy Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Midge is a housewife who pursues a career in standup comedy after her husband, Joe Maisel (Michael Zegen), unexpectedly leaves her. After a drunken, impromptu, and mile-a-minute standup set that ends with Midge being arrested, hard-nosed venue employee Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) takes Midge under her wing in hopes of molding a diamond in the rough. The show has won numerous awards and is on track for a fourth season.

    Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino
    Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime

    Downton Abbey

    Set in the English countryside shortly after the turn of the 20th century, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their hierarchy of servants. A fascinating look at the English aristocracy at the dawn of the modern age,?Downton Abbey deftly balances historical drama with the steamy character-driven conflicts that exist within the family and the staff.

    Created by: Julian Fellows
    Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter
    Number of seasons: 6

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    Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in Chuck


    Consumer tech clerk Chuck Bartowski suddenly finds himself at the center of an international battle between rival spy organizations in this series that aired on NBC for five seasons and starred Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski. Levi portrays slacker hero Bartowski, whose college pal puts him on the CIA’s radar when he sends him an email containing many of the agency’s most important secrets — a treasure trove of data that ends up stuck in Bartowski’s brain. His predicament soon finds him paired with CIA agent Sarah Walker (Strahovski), who must work with Bartowski to use the information in his head and somehow keep him alive while doing so.

    Created by: Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak
    Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski
    Number of seasons: 5

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    Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson drags audiences along on an adventure in ineptitude in this British sitcom created by Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Originally broadcast in the early ’90s, the 15-episode series follows the titular Mr. Bean (Atkinson) as he throws the most mundane tasks into total chaos, pinballing from one scenario to the next as he goes about his day. The series earned international acclaim and countless awards for its simple, silly stories that often use little to no dialogue and rely on Atkinson’s gift for physical comedy.

    Created by: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis
    Cast: Rowan Atkinson
    Number of seasons:?1

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    Tales From the Loop on Amazon Prime

    Tales from the Loop

    Inspired by the futuristic paintings and designs of Swedish artist Simon St?lenhag, the Amazon original series?Tales From the Loop?centers on a small rural town where people live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. Duncan Joiner and Rebecca Hall star in this drama that aims to make the science fiction appear more real-life than ever.

    Created by: Nathaniel Halpern
    Cast: Duncan Joiner, Rebecca Williams
    Number of seasons: 1

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    The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime

    The Man in the High Castle

    World War II seems to be the most common source for the “What if?” scenario in fiction. The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, starts with the premise that not only did the Axis powers win the war, but they also occupied the United States afterward, with Imperial Japan governing the West Coast and the Nazis controlling the territory east of the Rockies.

    The show follows a few different characters living in different regions as they try to endure the occupation and simultaneously investigate a mysterious film reel that depicts an alternate universe where the Allies actually won the war. Dick was a true visionary author, and The Man in the High Castle captures the otherworldly, authoritarian nature of the world he imagined. Rich with intrigue and superb direction, The Man in the High Castle is an exciting thriller. The series wrapped up its impressive run with November 2019’s season 4.

    Created by: Frank Spotnitz
    Cast: Alex Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Geoffery Blake,?Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank
    Number of seasons: 4

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    Tumble Leaf on Amazon Prime

    Tumble Leaf

    Tumble Leaf, Amazon’s heralded foray into the realm of children’s programming, is a stunning example of what a children’s show should be. The recent stop-motion title is based on the short film Miro and aimed at preschool-aged children, though it remains charming enough to entertain adults who want to further engage with their children.

    Each episode follows Fig the Fox (Christopher Downs) and his science-centric escapades around the whimsical world of Tumble Leaf, a woodland locale laced with a melange of quirky creatures with whom Fig is friends. Together, the humanoid creatures discover how reflections, shadows, and other facets of our natural world work, examining the value of friendship and kindness as they do so. The scenery is as vibrant and colorful as are the characters, rendering it both eye candy and a conversation starter.

    Created by: Drew Hodges
    Cast: Christopher Downs, Zac McDowell, Alex Trugman
    Number of seasons: 4

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    Hunters on Amazon Prime


    Al Pacino headlines the cast of this series, which follows a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977 who discover a plan to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. and set out to stop the war criminals’ deadly scheme. The series is Pacino’s first lead role in a television series, and has him joining Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Lena Olin, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker, Carol Kane, and other familiar faces in the cast of the show, which was renewed for a second season by Amazon.

    Created by: David Weil
    Cast: Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Lena Olin, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker, Carol Kane
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Dino Dana on Amazon Prime

    Dino Dana

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly series for the young dinosaur enthusiast in your household that adults can enjoy too, add Dino Dana to the list of must-see TV. The popular Amazon Original series is a spinoff of the?Dino Dan series, but improves on the original show’s formula with better dinosaur effects, clever dialogue, and a diverse cast of characters that both kids and older viewers will find endearing. The series follows a young girl named Dana (Michela Luci) who uses her ability to see dinosaurs in the world around her to conduct “dino experiments” that not only teach her about the aforementioned creatures, but often teach a valuable lesson about life. The series currently encompasses three seasons and a feature-length film, Dino Dana: The Movie, released in September.

    Created by: J.J. Johnson
    Cast: Michela Luci, Saara Chaudry, Nicola Correia-Damude, Amish Patel
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Modern Love on Amazon Prime

    Modern Love

    A weekly column in The New York Times inspired this romantic comedy anthology series, which premiered in 2019 and features an impressive cast of A-list actors in the first season’s eight episodes. The series follows various residents of New York City as they deal with the trials and tribulations of finding romance and keeping it alive in the modern era. Among the actors appearing in the series’ half-hour episodes are?Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy García, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Catherine Keener, Cristin Milioti, Sofia Boutella, Ed Sheeran, and Judd Hirsch. The series was renewed for a second season by Amazon.

    Created by: N/A
    Cast: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy García, Dev Patel, Cristin Milioti, Ed Sheeran, Judd Hirsch
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Bosch on Amazon Prime


    Titus Welliver plays Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch in this Amazon Studios original series based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels. The first season of the critically acclaimed series has Bosch standing trial for the killing of a serial murder suspect while simultaneously confronting his past when a cold case involving a missing boy suddenly heats up again. After six well-received seasons,?Bosch was renewed for a seventh and final season in February 2020.

    Created by: Eric Overmyer, Daniel Pyne, Michael Connelly, Henrik Bastin, Pieter Jan Brugge, John Mankiewicz
    Cast: Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis
    Number of seasons: 6

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    30 Rock on Amazon Prime

    30 Rock

    This satirical sitcom created by and starring Tina Fey was inspired by her experiences as head writer for?Saturday Night Live, and ran for seven seasons, earning an astounding 103 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and winning 16 times over the course of its run. The series follows the showrunner of a sketch comedy series who’s forced to juggle the competing interests of her brash network boss, narcissistic actors, and sensitive writers as she attempts to keep her show on the air and successful. Along with Fey, the series’ impressive cast included?Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Judah Friedlander, among other familiar faces.

    Created by: Tina Fey
    Cast: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin
    Number of seasons: 7

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    Victoria on Amazon Prime


    This British series chronicles the reign of Queen Victoria, who took the throne at age 18 ruled during a period of immense change throughout the United Kingdom and rapid expansion of the British Empire.?Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman portrays Victoria, with the first season covering her accession to the throne and early relationships with her advisor Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) and the man who would become her husband, Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Three seasons of the series have been broadcast so far.

    Created by: Daisy Goodwin
    Cast: Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Alias on Amazon Prime


    The show that really put now super-creator J.J. Abrams on the map, as well as its star Jennifer Garner,?Alias is a sexy, high-octane thriller that aired on ABC for five seasons — all of which are available on Amazon Prime. The story follows superspy Sydney Bristow in her adventures and battles against shadowy intelligence agencies, along with her own wacky family. Famous for over-the-top characters, hilarious disguises, and jaw-dropping twists, Alias is alternatively good-humored fun and provocatively dark.

    Created by: J.J. Abrams
    Cast: Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Mia Maestro
    Number of seasons: 5

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    Monk on Amazon Prime


    An eight-time Emmy Award winner,?Monk casts Tony Shalhoub as private detective Adrian Monk, who assists the homicide department of the San Francisco Police Department with various cases. His powerful deductive skills are matched only by his myriad phobias, which — along with his obsessive-compulsive disorder — complicate his work with police investigators. The series concluded its eight-season run in 2009 with a finale that wrapped up one of the show’s longest-running mysteries.

    Created by: David Hoberman
    Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine
    Number of seasons: 8

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    House on Amazon Prime


    Over the course of eight seasons, actor Hugh Laurie turned the irascible Dr. Gregory House into one of pop culture’s most iconic physicians in this medical drama that ranked among the most popular shows in the world during its run. The series followed Dr. House as he used his unique insights to diagnosis puzzling illnesses while simultaneously battling his own addictions. Laurie’s unconventional medical genius was the show’s titular star, but his supporting cast played a big role in making House one of the highest-rated series in the US between 2004 and 2012.

    Created by: David Shore
    Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard
    Number of seasons: 8

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    Catastrophe, an Amazon Prime Original


    One of Amazon’s most popular Original Series,?Catastrophe follows two unlikely parents after a weekend tryst turns into a lifelong commitment. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney write and star in this series as an Irish woman and a Boston ad exec who have a torrid affair in London, only to accidentally get pregnant. Despite the catastrophe, they decide to try to make it work. Delaney and Horgan are both outstanding as well-meaning, deeply temperamental people who are desperately trying to make the best of this new life they didn’t really choose.

    Created by: Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan
    Cast: Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan
    Number of seasons: 4

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    In 2033, people who are near death can be “uploaded” into virtual reality afterlives of their choosing. These VR afterlives are run by six tech firms, setting up a new kind of corporate competition over human death. When Los Angeles party boy Nathan’s (Robbie Amell) self-driving car crashes, his girlfriend uploads him into the luxurious Lakeview digital afterlife. There, he meets Nora, a customer service representative for Lakeview, who onboards Nathan to his version of heaven. The series follows their friendship as Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones while Nora balances her connection with the virtual Nathan with her real-life financial and personal struggles.

    Created by: Greg Daniels
    Cast: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Chris Williams
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Comrade Detective on Amazon Prime

    Comrade Detective

    In the 1980s, with the Cold War getting warmer, American pop culture produced a bounty of movies expressing the anxieties and patriotism of the era: Films like Red Dawn, or 1985’s lesser-known Invasion U.S.A. (starring Chuck Norris). Comrade Detective lifts the aesthetics of ‘80s action cinema and filters them through a (sardonic) communist lens, following a pair of Romanian detectives investigating a plot by Western imperialists to subvert the communist order.

    The show — which is framed as an actual show from Romania, dubbed over in English with voices from actors like Channing Tatum and Joseph-Gordon Levitt — begins with detective Gregor Anghel (a hard-nosed cop who plays by his own rules but gets results) and his partner busting drug dealers, only for a sniper to shoot Anghel’s partner. Out for vengeance, Anghel and his new partner, Iosif Baciu, hunt the killer, and stumble on a conspiracy of international proportions. Comrade Detective is a strange show even by the inventive standards of modern television, a parody wrapped in a layer of faux-authenticity, but its odd charms are worth watching.

    Created by: Brian Gatewood
    Cast: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jenny Slate
    Number of seasons: 1

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    The Tick on Amazon Prime

    The Tick

    People who watched Fox in the early 2000s may have vague memories of a short-lived superhero sitcom called The Tick (based on the comic of the same name), in which a blue-costumed superhero played by the unmistakable Patrick Warburton dealt with supervillains and awkward situations. Amazon’s The Tick is a fresh adaptation of the franchise, with no Warburton in sight (he was just as disappointed as we were), but it maintains the comic’s absurd, cheerful sense of humor.

    The show follows a superhero called The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) and his companion, Arthur (Griffin Newman), who fight crime and investigate a conspiracy involving an infamous supervillain called The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley). The Tick is an upbeat palate-cleanser after years of more dour superhero tales, even if it only lasted two seasons before cancellation.

    Created by: Ben Edlund
    Cast: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley
    Number of seasons: 2

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    One Mississippi on Amazon Prime

    One Mississippi

    The death of a loved one does not seem like the most auspicious start to a comedy series, but?One Mississippi is anything but conventional. Starring comedian Tig Notaro as a fictionalized version of herself, the show draws on several tragedies in her real life. Still reeling from breast cancer, fictional Tig returns to her hometown in Mississippi to witness her mother being taken off life support and decides to stay and reconnect with her stepfather and brother. Despite the depressing first chapter,?One Mississippi?is not an unrelenting drama. The show balances grief and joy in equal measure, examining the long, up-and-down process of trauma and recovery.

    Created by: Tig Notaro, Diablo Cody
    Cast: Tig Notaro, Noah Harpster, John Rothman
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Transparent on Amazon Prime


    A trailblazing, original series straight from Amazon, Transparent follows Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a transgender woman who comes out to her family. Not content to merely present a novel premise, the show explores the relationships and neuroses of Maura and her children. A show that never wavers in its attempt to mine the depths of the human condition, it’s a bold offering from Amazon. Transparent is also the first show from a streaming service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series, which likely bodes well for the future of Amazon’s original content.

    Harassment allegations levied against Tambor put a damper on the show legacy, and the actor didn’t return for?Transparent‘s final season, but it’s a special show anyway. It’s worth watching for its musical series finale alone.

    Created by: Joey Soloway
    Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass
    Number of seasons: 5

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    Red Oaks on Amazon Prime

    Red Oaks

    Red Oaks doesn’t offer much in the way of length. However, while you could easily binge the entire three seasons over a single weekend, the casual pacing makes it more suitable for quick installments. Set during the 1980s, the show is centered on a young tennis player (Craig Roberts) who opts for a job at the exclusive Red Oaks Country Club during the summer between his sophomore and junior year of college. What ensues is a warm and heartfelt nod to the sex comedies that were a staple of that decade. Boasting dry humor and a solid ensemble that includes?Ennis Esmer?as the hilarious tennis pro, Nash, Red Oaks rises above the raucousness to create characters you really care about.

    Created by: Gregory Jacobs, Joe Gangemi
    Cast: Craig Roberts, Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime

    Jack Ryan

    Tom Clancy’s “Ryanverse” franchise makes the leap from film to television with this spy thriller that premiered in 2018 and casts John Krasinski as the titular CIA analyst who finds himself investigating one far-reaching international threat after another. Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse serves as co-creator and executive producer on the Amazon Original series along with Krasinski and Michael Bay (among others), and the show has offered up two well-received seasons so far, with a third on the way.

    Created by: Graham Roland, Carlton Cuse
    Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Homecoming on Amazon Prime


    Julia Roberts in an Amazon Original? Believe it. Nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Drama Series, Homecoming is a slow burn of mysterious government programs, complicated red tape, and characters you never feel you can fully trust. In season one, this sci-fi/drama introduces us to Homecoming, a facility that helps soldiers transition to civilian life. Led by Heidi (Roberts), their mission seems a noble one, and soldiers appear to be genuinely benefiting from the program. However, the show follows a split timeline, and when, years after the facility has closed, Heidi begins fielding questions from the Department of Defense, it becomes clear there was a lot more going on at higher pay grades than she ever realized. Season two features a new cast of characters (some return though not Roberts) and a storyline that centers around Janelle Monae’s character. She wakes up in the middle of nowhere, confused about her identity, with the same sinister organization featured in season one clearly up to no good.

    Created by: Micah Bloomberg, Eli Horowitz
    Cast: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Janelle Monae
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Suits on Amazon Prime


    When college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) interviews for a law associate position, he instantly impresses the team and is offered the job — even though he never technically graduated. The lengths he and those who know the truth go to keep this a secret from not only clients but also many people in the firm is at the heart of the first season. But each episode looks at different cases, mostly involving wealthy clients and the lines the corporate lawyers are willing to cross in order to win. It features your typical legal drama themes of corporate greed and inflated egos, and storylines can sometimes get repetitive once you’re a few seasons in. But the fabulous cast that also includes Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, and now British royal Meghan Markle, make it a worthwhile watch. The series aired for nine seasons, ending in 2019 (Adams and Markle did not appear in the final season), all of which are streaming now.

    Created by: Aaron Korsh
    Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle
    Number of seasons: 9

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    Sneaky Pete

    Amazon’s original series?Sneaky Pete crafts a nail-biting drama out of an intricate case of identity theft. Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi) is a con man recently released from prison who assumes the identity of his former cellmate, Pete Murphy, who spent years regaling him with childhood stories of his tight-knit family (who he hadn’t seen since he was a child) and their bail bonds business. The show shines thanks to its ensemble of critically acclaimed actors including The Americans’ Margo Martindale, but the core of its brilliance lies in the clever writing. Watch all three seasons, which complete the series as it was canceled in 2019.

    Created by: Bryan Cranston, David Shore
    Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Hannibal on Amazon Prime


    In this surreal psychological thriller based on characters from the best-selling Thomas Harris novels, FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) struggles to catch serial killers while teetering on the edge of a mental breakdown. Unbeknownst to him, his therapist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), is himself a serial killer with dark designs for Will. As their friendship deepens, Will finds himself at the center of a symphony of violence.

    Showrunner Bryan Fuller (the man behind?Pushing Daisies and the first season of American Gods, as well as the creator of Star Trek: Discovery) breathes new life into the franchise with arthouse cinematography and a chillingly charismatic performance by Mikkelson. It was one of the goriest shows on network TV when it first aired on NBC, but the direction and set design transform the violence into some of the most exquisite images you’ll see on the small screen.

    Created by: Bryan Fuller
    Cast: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne
    Number of seasons: 3

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    The Americans on Amazon Prime

    The Americans

    It’s 1981, President Ronald Reagan has just been elected, and like most Americans, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are enjoying the country’s rising prosperity as the Cold War heats up. Unlike most Americans, however, the Jennings are actually KGB spies.

    From that singular premise emerges one of the most exciting thrillers on the air today. The political intrigue is exciting, but what makes The Americans stand out is its focus on the Jennings’ marriage. In examining the tensions of married life, the show demonstrates that personal issues like spousal conflict can be every bit as exciting as geopolitical maneuvers.

    Created by: Joseph Weisberg
    Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor
    Number of seasons: 6

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    Xploration DIY Sci

    Science teacher Steve Spangler hosts this Emmy-nominated series that uses fascinating experiments you can try at home to explore scientific concepts such as the powerful potential of fluids and gases, as well as the secrets behind some magic tricks and seemingly complicated energy systems. Each episode tackles a different theme using everyday items to conduct the experiments, making it a truly family-friendly experience that breaks down complex concepts into simple (but occasionally messy) lessons.

    Created by: Steve Spangler
    Cast: Steve Spangler
    Number of seasons: 3

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    Undone on Amazon Prime


    From the creators of?BoJack Horseman,?Undone is an Amazon Original Series that tells a young woman’s complex journey to solve the mystery of her father’s death and uncover the keys to her past. A genre-bending animated series,?Undone sees Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) come apart at the seams after a near-fatal accident induces visions of her late father, Jacob. The persistent visions begin to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to pass through space and time, with the ultimate goal of stopping his untimely death.

    Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy
    Cast: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, Bob Odenkirk
    Number of seasons: 1

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    Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime

    Mr. Robot

    As information technology creeps into every aspect of life, one can’t help but look at the people controlling that technology (corporations, government agencies) with a wary eye. The modern world, at times, seems like the prelude to a cyberpunk dystopia, at least the way Mr. Robot portrays it. The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a paranoid security engineer who, in addition to his day job working for a massive corporation, engages in acts of vigilante hacking.

    When Elliot is courted by a mysterious activist-hacker known as “Mr. Robot,” he has a chance to use his skills for more than acts of petty justice. Mr. Robot has a grand plan to topple society, and Alderson?could play a key role. Mr. Robot is a cyber-thriller with a keen grasp of the technology it represents, but don’t mistake technical accuracy for realism — the show dives headfirst down a rabbit hole of paranoia and espionage, with a plot that constantly challenges the viewer’s perceptions.

    Created by: Sam Esmail
    Cast: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin
    Number of seasons: 4

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    Poldark on Amazon Prime


    After three years fighting in the American Revolution, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns to his home in Cornwall, England, only to find his estate in shambles and his lover, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), married to his cousin. As Ross attempts to rebuild his family’s tin mines, he rescues a young woman named Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and gives her a job as a maid. Making things more complicated for Ross is his rival, George Warleggan, an ambitious industrialist.

    Based on a series of 20th-century novels, this adaptation of?Poldark?moves at a brisk pace befitting a modern show, deftly juggling romance, action, and political maneuvering.

    Created by: Debbie Horsfield
    Cast: Aiden Turner, Heida Reed, Eleanor Tomlinson
    Number of seasons: 5

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    Hanna on Amazon Prime


    Esme Creed-Miles stars as the title character, a young teenager who was raised in isolation in a remote forest in Poland with a man named Erik (Joel Kinnaman), who escaped the CIA with her. She was part of a program called UTRAX where children were given enhanced DNA to become super soldiers. But when Erik fell in love with Hanna’s mother, he fled with her to protect the young girl. Based on the 2011 film of the same name, and called a “gritty reimagining” of it, season two follows Hanna along her journey now that she knows who and what she is. She also discovers that UTRAX never actually shut down after her escape and that there might be other “sisters” out there like her.

    Created by: David Farr
    Cast: Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
    Number of seasons: 2

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    Farscape on Amazon Prime


    This cult-favorite series that premiered in 1999 follows a modern-day astronaut whose accidental journey through a wormhole finds him joining the colorful crew of a living spaceship in an unknown region far from Earth. On the run from a powerful military force known as the Peacekeepers, he and the crew attempt to find sanctuary — and a way home — in a strange galaxy. The award-winning series is notable for being a production of The Jim Henson Company and including multiple featured characters created by the company’s Creature Shop. The show’s four-season run was followed by a three-hour miniseries that concluded the story, and also inspired a long list of spinoff stories in novels, comic books, and other formats.

    Created by: Rockne S. O’Bannon
    Cast: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
    Number of seasons: 4

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    Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

    You could call this?Amazon Prime’s Black Mirror, and you wouldn’t be wrong.?The Show is an anthology sci-fi series based on stories from the late science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, whose work inspired?Blade Runner?and Amazon series?The Man in the High Castle.?Electric Dreams‘ first season explores injectable consciousness, mind readers, humans beings replaced by robots, and a genocidal presidential candidate, to name a few.

    The production value is impressive, with?Hidden Figures and?Moonlight?actress Janelle Monae playing an artificially intelligent robot in a metallic suit that looks convincingly realistic. Like?Black Mirror, Amazon’s sci-fi series employs some major stars, including Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, and Anna Paquin. Those looking for a gripping dose of dark sci-fi will definitely find it here.

    Created by: N/A
    Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Buscemi, Richard Madden
    Number of seasons: 1

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    The Expanse on Amazon Prime

    The Expanse

    Imagine a future in which humans have colonized every part of the solar system.?The Expanse?turns that hypothetical future into a powerhouse sci-fi drama. The series is set 200 years from now, and centers on a conspiracy that threatens to wipe out the human race. Don’t let the CGI effects and space setting fool you,?The Expanse is a riveting drama that tackles the nuances of human conflict in a way that rivals shows like?Game of Thrones and?Westworld.? Here’s a list of the best sci-fi movies on Amazon if you’re looking for more like this.

    Created by: N/A
    Cast: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper
    Number of seasons: 4

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    Vikings on Amazon Prime


    For those who enjoy the political maneuvering and messy military battles of Game of Thrones but want something a bit more grounded, Vikings is sure to please. A down-to-earth historical fantasy saga, Vikings chronicles the rise of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) from farmer to legendary warrior. Ragnar sails around Northern Europe searching for plunder, accompanied by his warrior wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), and other allies.

    It’s a grim series, drawing on the legends surrounding Viking raids in the Middle Ages. Although not the most historically accurate show, Vikings does maintain a grittier aesthetic than some of its fantasy contemporaries; there’s a lot of blood and a lot of mud.

    Created by: Michael Hirst
    Cast: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig
    Number of seasons: 6

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    Star Trek: The Original Series on Amazon Prime

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    A groundbreaking science fiction series from writer Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek follows the crew of the Enterprise as they travel the universe on a mission of peace and exploration. Starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in the roles that launched them into stardom, the series is a cornerstone of television history. Each episode explores timeless philosophical and social ideas.

    Star Trek was also famous for incorporating an ethnically diverse cast in the politically tumultuous ’60s, making it a show that was far ahead of its time. Roddenberry envisioned a future where humanity would bring its very best traits and ideals out into the universe, and the show shares his boundless idealism. The primitive special effects can make Star Trek seem a bit cheesy to the modern eye, but even its most inept action scenes have a certain bizarre charm to them.

    Created by: Gene Rodenberry
    Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley
    Number of seasons: 3

    Shaun the Sheep on Amazon Prime

    Shaun the Sheep

    From Aardman Studios — the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and Creature Comforts — comes the children’s series Shaun the Sheep. Shaun is a sheep who doesn’t follow the herd. In fact, he often brazenly leads them into all sorts of madcap shenanigans around Mossy Bottom Farm. The show also features the iconic studio’s stop-motion animation and remains free of dialogue, which is actually a welcome reprieve for parents who simply can’t get on board with the high-pitched voices and exuberant makeup of many modern children’s shows.

    Created by: Nick Park
    Cast: John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber
    Number of seasons: 6

    The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime

    The Grand Tour

    For years, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond drove cool cars and clowned around with each other on the BBC’s Top Gear. Despite their departure from that series, however, the good times keep rolling on The Grand Tour, which reunites the three snarky hosts for a show that is very similar in format to Top Gear. Episodes often feature studio segments and test drives on the show’s test track, the “Eboladrome.”

    As with Top Gear, the best episodes are the ones where the hosts venture to foreign lands, testing unique vehicles on unfamiliar terrain. For car enthusiasts or Top Gear fans not satisfied by that show’s new hosts, The Grand Tour?is a welcome return to form.

    Created by: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Andy Wilman
    Cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
    Number of seasons: 4

    Mozart in the Jungle, on Amazon Prime

    Mozart in the Jungle

    One of Amazon’s first original series was created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers, and stars Gael García Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, and Bernadette Peters as luminaries in the modern classical music scene. Not a bad get for the platform’s first show. Bernal stars as Rodrigo, the brash new conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, whose style clashes with the more straight-laced symphony benefactors behind the scenes. However, his talent is undeniable, and as he strikes up a friendship with an up-and-coming oboist (Lola Kirke), it becomes clear that the two of them can bring out the best in each other.

    Created by: N/A
    Cast: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters
    Number of seasons: 4

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