It’s officially summer time and while the weather may be getting nicer outside, nothing beats staying inside, curling up on the couch, and binge-watching TV. We said what we said!
But how do you know what TV show is worth your precious binge time? Have no fear, we’re here to help. EW has combed all the streaming services for the best shows available on each one to help you narrow down the search for your next binge, and below is a list of the best shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
This list has everything from cult classic comedies to procedural dramas to supernatural shows and more, so there’s something for everyone. No matter which one you pick, you’re guaranteed a solid binge-watching experience. You’re welcome, and happy streaming!
*Titles added for June 2021 are denoted with an asterisk.
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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work at Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey created 30 Rock based on her experiences there. Starring Fey as the painfully relatable Liz Lemon, the head writer of a late-night sketch comedy series, the NBC classic sitcom follows her daily struggles dealing with the antics of the painfully self-unaware and vain actors like Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney, arrogant boss Jack Donaghy, and a writing staff determined to make her lose her mind. Come for the meta-commentary on making a TV show, stay for the hilariously wacky situations Liz gets herself into at work, at home, and all over New York City.
One of the most iconic spy thrillers to ever air on TV, Alias was created by J.J. Abrams and starred Jennifer Garner in her career-making turn as Sydney Bristow, a.k.a. the woman who could do anything. From turning double agent to taking down an evil organization posing as the CIA to saving the world time and time again, Sydney was Superwoman without any superpowers. And she did it all while maintaining a secret identity… and remembering that Francie doesn’t like coffee ice cream!
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Former CIA officer Joe Weisberg’s FX series redefined what it meant to subvert expectations when the espionage period drama debuted and made you root for the Russian spies living in American during the Cold War. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys starred in The Americans as two Soviet deep-cover agents posing as a married couple, living in Washington, D.C. with their unsuspecting, American-born children. And while their ruthless espionage exploits were fascinating to watch, it was their compelling day-to-day life as a married couple that made this a critical hit.
Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) did not try to kill herself. But that’s what everyone thinks when MTV’s comedy series Awkward begins, after a freak accident leaves her with an embarrassing cast and even more embarrassing rumors. So Jenna starts a blog to chronicle her life moving forward, from dealing with boy troubles, fights with her friends and family, and tolerating her high school bully. The surprising rom-com relationships will hook you no matter who you root for.
Talent: Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern, Molly Tarlov, Greer Grammar
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Damian Lewis in Billions.
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Sometimes it’s good to be bad, as evidenced by Showtime drama Billions. Co-created by New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and set in a post-crash New York City, the series follows a shady hedge fund boss and the U.S. Attorney trying to take him down in a thrilling cat-and-mouse struggle. Seasons 1 through 3 are free for Amazon Prime users, and the rest of the series is available with a Showtime add-on.
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This Amazon original series is based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, and Connelly brought the onscreen adaptation of Bosch to life as well. Starring Titus Welliver as the titular Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective, the police procedural has debuted six seasons so far, making it a solid binge, and has already been renewed for the seventh and final season.
Talent: Michael Connelly, Titus Welliver, Lance Reddick, Sarah Clarke, and Annie Wersching
The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett Show
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Carol Burnett is one of the most iconic comedians in history, and The Carol Burnett Show, which ran on CBS for 11 years and produced 278 episodes, is her ultimate masterpiece. From all the laughs and ear tugging to the importance of her shattering the glass ceiling with TV’s first female-led variety comedy show, watch Burnett make history with this classic series.
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Another great espionage show worth checking out is Chuck, albeit for very different reasons. Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak’s NBC series lands more on the comedy side of the genre spectrum. Starring Zachary Levi in his career-making turn as the nerdy, awkward, IT guy Chuck Bartowski, the cult-classic series begins when he accidentally downloads thousands of encrypted images containing the combined secrets of the CIA and NSA into his brain, making him the most important asset to both government agencies. Watching Chuck evolve from a hapless fish out of water thrown into life-or-death situations into a super spy in his own right is just one of the many joys of this cult classic show. Watching him and his CIA handler Sarah Walker develop feelings for each other is even better.
Talent: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak
FOX’s “Bones” – Season Eleven
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This crime procedural starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz found the perfect mix of comedy and drama as it followed the unlikely team-up of forensic anthropologist of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and FBI special agent Seeley Booth. That’s why Bones ran for a whopping 12 seasons on Fox! Creator Hart Hanson based the series off of the very real relationship the FBI has with the scientists at the Smithsonian as Bones and Booth worked together to solve murders – and, of course, grew closer as their working relationship turned into something more. Come for the graphically decaying bodies and science versus faith debates, stay for the sizzling sexual tension between Bones and Booth.
Talent: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley
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Eric Kripke’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s edgy comic series The Boys pulled no (super-powered) punches. This Amazon original series, executive-produced by Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg, follows the extremely graphic nature of the comics as it tells the story of a world where superheroes exist, but instead of accepting that with great power comes great responsibility, they are completely corrupted by power. Only a blue-collar team of ruffians are the ones who keep them in check – even if that means disemboweling or dismembering them. Superhero fatigue has nothing on this violent, NSFW rampage that exposes the seedy underbelly of what superheroes would really be like.
Best Shows on Amazon
Gabriel Leone as Pedro Dom.
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Amazon Prime Video’s first scripted Brazilian serie was inspired by the infamous true story of a father and son on opposite sides of the war on drugs in Rio. Dom follows the father, a military intelligence agent who makes the war on drugs his life’s mission, as he witnesses his own son struggle with addiction and emerge as one of the most wanted crime lords: Pedro Dom.
Talent: Breno Silveira, Gabriel Leone, Flávio Tolezani, Raquel Villar
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Created by Julian Fellowes, this period drama charmed British and American viewers equally. The Downton Abbey series, which ran for six seasons and a movie (Community, eat your heart out!), chronicled the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century in a delightfully soapy upstairs/downstairs estate that gave PBS a critically acclaimed period-piece.
The Syfy-turned-Amazon series The Expanse is a critically-loved mashup of sci-fi and politics in space. What more could you want?
Talent: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham
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Anna Paquin trades in her fangs for a different kind of killer instinct in Flack. The True Blood alum stars as Robyn, a sharp and witty PR agent could fix anyone else’s life – while her own falls apart. Season 1 is already available and season 2 debuts June 11.
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Why should you watch Fleabag? The better question is why haven’t you watched Fleabag yet? Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s limited series adapted from her one-woman play is the Emmy and Golden Globe winner for best comedy. Plus the amount of awards won for its stars and writing should be enough to convince you that the short two-season binge is more than worth your time. Add in season 2’s hot priest and honestly, what are you waiting for?!
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It’s the end of the world as we know it in this Amazon Prime original series. Based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed book, Good Omens is a six-episode series (brought to life on TV by Gaiman) makes for a quick but satisfying binge as a neurotic angel (Michael Sheen) and reckless demon (David Tennant) become close friends throughout history and end up working together to stop Armageddon – both to save Earth, humanity, and their own friendship.
Talent: Neil Gaiman, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Frances McDormand, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Mireille Enos, and Brian Cox
Grimm – Season 6
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This ain’t your childhood fairytale story! NBC’s long-running fantasy series Grimm reimagines storybook creatures into a modern-day Portland as detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns he’s descended from a line of hunters known as… well, Grimms tasked with defending humans against the supernatural Wesen. It’s dark, bloody, and dangerous work. Hansel and Gretel could never.
Hanna Season 2
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When it comes to Hanna, you don’t need to have watched the 2011 film of the same name to watch and enjoy Amazon’s original remake. This international action series has two seasons (so far) that follow the titular teen assassin (Esme Creed-Miles), and the bone-crunching, adrenaline-infused action scenes are some of the best TV has to offer. And the spy intrigue will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Hannibal – Season 2
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Looking for a show with even more sizzling chemistry from an even more unlikely pairing? Look no further than Bryan Fuller’s gothic psychological-horror series Hannibal. Starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, the NBC series was based on iconic characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising. It chronicled the odd couple relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a.k.a. the cannibalistic serial killer destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy as he pushes Graham’s already fragile sanity to the brink in an attempt to make him a killer too. The visually stunning series is widely known as one of the best and yet most underrated TV series of all time.
HOUSE, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Lisa Edelstein
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If you’re tired of regular medical dramas but still want some drama about medicine in your life, this award-winning, long-running series is the perfect binge. Hugh Laurie stars as the misanthropic, pain pill-addicted, arrogant genius that is Dr. House. Armed with a team of superstar doctors, his diagnostic team solves the cases that other doctors can’t. The Fox procedural takes a good, hard look at what’s wrong with modern medical practices – and people – while also serving up some of the most complex and heart-wrenching relationships on TV. House isn’t for the faint of heart – and we mean that literally and figuratively.
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AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans explores a world where robots called “Synths” have become integrated into society, but are they more alive than the humans who own these “gadgets” think? If you love science fiction, anything robot-related or artificial intelligence, this gripping drama is the perfect binge for you.
Talent: Gemma Chan, William Hurt, Will Tudor, Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, and Ruth Bradley
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is back with a new comic book adaptation series, but this one is a lot different. Invincible (premieres March 26) is an adult animated superhero show centered on teen Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). As Mark develops powers of his own, he soon discovers that his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.
Talent: Robert Kirkman, Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, and Mae Whitman
Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
What if the Nazis won WWII? That’s exactly what this Amazon Prime original series explores via a dystopian alternate history inspired by the novel by Philip K. Dick. The period drama begins when characters discover mysterious footage showing Germany and Japan losing the war (aka the real version of events) as they attempt to learn more about the unknown person believed to have made the newsreels.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel
Calling all Gilmore Girls fans – if you’ve been missing Amy Sherman-Palladino’s signature fast-talking, witty, plucky heroines, this Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Amazon Prime original is made just for you. Starring Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein, this period comedy follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife in late 1950s-early 1960s New York City who discovers her passion lies in stand-up comedy. Against the odds, she actually pursues a career in it, fighting misogyny and sexism in the comedy world every step of the way. (Don’t tell poor Midge how little things have changed for women in comedy in 2020.)
Talent: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Jane Lynch, Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Sam Esmail’s award-winning psychological and tech thriller Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker with social anxiety, dissociative identity disorder, and clinical depression, who gets recruited by an anarchist hacktivist group “fsociety” with plans to destroy all debt by hacking the financial data of E Corp, the largest conglomerate in the world. This dark series is one of the rare times that pop culture has gotten hacking right as it’s widely praised by coders, cybersecurity firms, and hackers for its accurate depictions of hacking scenes. And the extremely unreliable narrator will constantly keep you guessing in the best way, since not even Elliot knows what’s real.
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Graeme Manson and John Fawcett’s BBC series will leave you wondering: did they really clone series star Tatiana Maslany? The acting phenom plays more than five different characters, each more distinctive and different than the last, in this sci-fi series about the moral, ethical, and psychological implications of cloning. The five-season drama begins when Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. She assumes the woman’s identity and slowly uncovers the shocking truth about her own life – and that of all the other clones of her in the world. This dark and cerebral drama was incredibly ahead of its time, and it still holds up years later.
A scene from ‘Paradise City’
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Amazon Prime’s continuation of Ash Avildsen’s 2017 film American Satan follows a group of young rock stars who put their band the Relentless back together and hit the road for a tour. Equal parts musical and supernatural thriller, the series totally rocks.
Project Blue Book
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Do you like aliens? Do you like history? Do you like noir period dramas that are beautifully produced? Then check out HISTORY’s Project Blue Book!
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You don’t have to be psychic to foresee yourself loving this comedy that follows a guy with strong powers of observation to con his way into helping the police solve crimes. The hijinks of the cases of the week will have you laughing. But it’s the Odd Couple-like chemistry between the friend duo at the center of the show that will keep you coming back for more. Plus, there’s two sequel movies to enjoy once you finish your binge!
Small Axe – “Red, White and Blue”
Oscar-winner Steve McQueen’s anthology collection of films Small Axe is now a Golden-Globe winning series, so what better time to turn back the clock to the 1960s-1980s and dive into “Black Britain” and London’s West Indian community?
Let this canceled-too-soon, epic musical drama about Broadway be your star. It’s only two seasons but full of juicy drama, incredible performances, and oh-so-many scarves, and you can relive all the highs (and lows) of this NBC series (both onscreen and off!) now that it’s offered on the IMDB channel free (with ads) through Amazon Prime. Are you Team Ivy or Team Karen? Get ready to pick sides!
Talent: Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Brian D’Arcy James, Josh Safran
Gabriel Macht | (Editor’s note: writer was unavailable to opine about Macht at press time because she was suffering from full cardiac arrest).
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Ladies and gentleman, we present the show that turned an American actress into actual British royalty! Yes, the legal drama Suits is what introduced Meghan Markle to the world. But Aaron Korsh’s long-running USA Network series was so much more than that as it followed a New York City law firm after a talented college dropout starts working there as a law associate for one of the top lawyers, despite never having attended law school. As the two close case after case, maintaining the secret becomes more and more complicated.
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Survivor is one of the oldest and longest lasting reality shows in TV history. It just aired its 40th season featuring a cast of all winners. So while starting a binge-watch of the CBS series may seem intimidating, Amazon makes it easy by having the first season available for free for Prime members. See where it all began with the groundbreaking first season and join the passionate Survivor fanbase. And bonus: you don’t have to eat rice exclusively while watching.
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When this teen supernatural reboot was first announced, people laughed it off. A modern-day retelling of Michael J. Fox’s 1985 campy movie? There was no way it was going to be anything less than a joke. Then MTV debuted Jeff Davis’ new series starring Tyler Posey and Dylan O’Brien, and everyone was proven wrong. Teen Wolf was dark, sexy, hilarious, and downright terrifying as it found new ways to give you nightmares all while making you root for the star-crossed relationships and best friendships at the center of it all. Plus this is the show that gave us O’Brien’s Void Stiles. If you don’t understand what that means, start binge-watching this show. Now. You’ll thank us later.
Talent: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Shelley Hennig, Arden Cho, Dylan Sprayberry, JR Bourne, Linden Ashby, Melissa Ponzio, Jeff Davis
This Amazon Prime Video original anthology series is set in the ’50s and will scare the living crap out of you. Horror fans, THEM‘s for you! Executive-produced by Lena Waithe and created by Little Marvin, the limited series explores terror in America. Watch this one with the lights on.
Talent: Lena Waithe, Little Marvin, Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Melody Hurd, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Alison Pill
Rainn Wilson in Utopia
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Based on Dennis Kelly’s 2013 U.K. series of the same name, this eight-episode Amazon original series (premiering Sept. 25) follows a group of comic book nerds who come to believe a mysterious graphic novel may hold the key to saving the planet. Showrunner Gillian Flynn describes it as “Marathon Man meets The Goonies,” and “a story about truth, spin, conspiracy, friendship, courage, and bunnies.” Buckle up because this new conspiracy thriller is worth the ride.
Talent: John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, Dan Byrd, Ashleigh LaThrop, Jessica Rothe, Desmin Borges, Gillian Flynn
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Vikings is basically the Game of Thrones for – you guessed it! – Vikings. The perfect intersection between historical fiction and fantasy, this long-running History series created by Michael Hirst is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok and the Norse warriors of the 13th century. But don’t expect a snoozefest history lesson; all six seasons are violently action-packed, full of breathtaking drama, and will hook you from the start. Beware, this binge is savagely addictive.
World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji
World’s Toughest Race Eco-Challenge Fiji
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If you like Survivor, The Amazing Race, or The Challenge, or really any competition reality series, then Amazon’s fierce new odyssey World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, hosted by Bear Grylls, is worth a watch. The quick, 10-episode adventure series is executive produced by reality competition godfather Mark Burnett and follows the ultimate expedition race in which 66 teams from 30 countries compete non-stop for 11 days across hundreds of miles of rugged terrain with only a map and compass for navigation. The diverse competitors span all ages, races, sexual orientations, and fitness levels, and the event series will push them to their limits with activities like hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. “At its core, World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is about perseverance,” according to the official series description. All 10 episodes debut Aug. 14.
Talent: Bear Grylls, Mark Burnett
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