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The TV Shows to Binge on Amazon Prime Right Now

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'Homecoming' | Amazon Studios
'Homecoming' | Amazon Studios

You already know about the best of the best on Netflix and Hulu. But what about Amazon Prime? In addition to its original TV series, the service perpetually stocks its library with a compelling mix of shows (including some by Thrillist).

This list leaves out gems like The Wire and Game of Thrones, which are only available if you pony up for the HBO add-on, as well as series only available through other add-on subscriptions. Below, you'll find everything you need for prime (sorry) viewing.

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Amazon Studios

A Very English Scandal (2018)

This miniseries dramatizes a notorious event in British political history that's likely obscure to Yanks. Hugh Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe, a Member of Parliament whose affair with a young man named Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) in the early 1960s spirals into acrimony when Norman refuses to keep quiet about their relationship after they break up. Increasingly feeling that his career might be threatened by Norman's persistence, Jeremy eventually considers murder. It's a scenario that would seem outlandish if it hadn't actually taken place, but Grant's and Whishaw's performances make this three-episode drama must-see viewing. Grant, especially, seems to have hit a new level -- the natural charm that allowed him to coast through so many rom-coms has curdled into something sinister.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Alpha House (2013-2014)

This two-season political satire series from Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau adds yuk-yuk sitcominess to the 47-year-old comic strip's policy wonk humor. Think Veep for the Cheers crowd. The show follows four Republican Senators (played by John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, and Mark Consuelos) who spend their days on Capitol Hill, their nights in a row house they rent together, and most waking moments trying to do as little work as possible. This proves difficult. If Sarah Palin isn't ripping them for being left of the Tea Party, LGBTQ activists are decrying their social indifference. With cameos from Hollywood veterans (Bob Balaban, Cynthia Nixon) and politicians (Elizabeth Warren, John McCain) alike, Alpha House is low-key lampooning that reminds us there was a time when TV could feel crazier than real life.
Watch it now on Amazon

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FX

American Horror Story (2011- )

Why do people love Ryan Murphy shows so much? Because they're infused with equal parts camp, drama, suspense, and humor -- even this ostensibly scary one. Whether you're watching the Murder House, Freak Show, Hotel, or Roanoke installment, you're in for unforgettable characters, stomach-curdling gore, jaw-dropping plot twists, and brutal finales. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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FX

The Americans (2013-2018)

By jumping ahead four years to September 1987, a few months ahead of the looming Washington Summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, The Americans set itself up for a killer conclusion. The final season finds Paige grappling with her new double-life as a Russian agent, Philip out of action and focused on making the travel agency work, and Elizabeth being, well, Elizabeth. But you can catch up on every season thanks to Amazon Prime.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal, Amazon's first original anime series and a remake of the 2008 series, is not fucking around. The opening minutes of this violent Tokugawa-era revenge tale features the flaying of human body parts -- severed arms, legs, a whole human split into chunks -- and the remainder of the episodes are no less graphic. Following the 16-year-old Rin and her hired bodyguard Manji, an infamous swordsman cursed with immortality, the series bounces between tone poem reminiscent of cerebral '90s anime (like Serial Experiments Lain) and samurai stories (like Samurai Champloo and Ninja Scroll), and is animated like a Satoshi Kon property, as Rin tests the limits of her desire for vengeance for her dead family against the ruthlessness of the world. There's at least one bloody battle, maybe against a sociopath who sews the stuffed busts of women he kills on his shoulders, per episode -- buckle up for the gory ride.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Bosch (2014- )

Bosch hits on all of the conventions of police detective dramas, and hits them hard (including having a handful of The Wire alums in its rotation), so you kind of want to dislike it. Yet the plot is good and quick, and makes you want to watch the next episode. It's essentially a summer beach-read TV show, for better or worse.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

The Boys (2019- )

Our cup runneth over with shows and movies about superheroes behaving badly, and The Boys, based on the darkly comedic comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and developed for TV by Supernatural's Eric Kripke, is one of the better ones, introducing an eclectic cast of high-powered humans and swiftly revealing how awful they all are. The Boys creates a world where superheroes are commodified into action figures and heroic publicity stunts so that giant corporations can make buckets of money -- why does this sound so familiar? It's biting social commentary with an extra-mean streak, and it's a lot of bloody fun.

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Amazon

Catastrophe (2015-2019)

Co-writers and co-stars Rob Delaney (Rob) and Sharon Horgan (Sharon) are an unlikely couple who stick together after a one-night stand. Despite their pettiness and gross-out banter, throughout the half-hour sitcom we realize that these people have a relationship rooted in genuine, deep affection, making their crassness feel inspirational.
Watch it now on Amazon

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ITV Studios

Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Inside the Downton Abbey estate, a high-society British family jostles against the hired help, but this early-20th-century period piece is no ordinary history lesson. Between arranged betrothals, sabotage among the support staff, an influenza epidemic, cancer scares, risky pregnancies, love triangles in perpetual motion, and even murder, the series is a soapy blast dressed up in 1900s finery. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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SyFy

The Expanse (2015- )

On the surface, SyFy's The Expanse has an un-mystery-like hook: It's Battlestar Galactica meets Game of Thrones. The ambitious series combines the tense, close-quarters naval space opera of the former with the sprawling, based-on-a-book-series storytelling approach of the latter. Easy enough. But then you see Thomas Jane playing a weary detective who won't quit, wearing a fedora over a stringy Macklemore haircut, and you realize this is actually an intergalactic neo-noir. Think Raymond Chandler with a pinch of Isaac Asimov. The special effects will draw you in, but the gumshoe-with-anti-gravity-boots narrative keeps you coming back for more. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Fleabag (2016-2019)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman-play-turned-12-episode-comedy follows the titular character as she wrestles with intimacy and recovers from a tragedy. The Brit import comes packed with dark surprises, Francis Underwood-esque asides, and side-splitting laughs. It's kind of like watching an Annie Hall character trying to survive in London, and its recent critically acclaimed second season builds on what made the initial run great while also finding new notes to hit. Like the Hot Priest, for example.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Forever (2018)

When the first promo for Amazon's Forever came out, something was missing. That something, namely, was any semblance of a plot. All the series seemed to be about was that Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph were playing a married couple who had reached a familiar stagnation. And when it finally debuted, the series was, in a way, just that -- but it was also so much more. Forever turns into an exploration of the afterlife and what paradise looks like for different people. For Oscar (Armisen), it's living in exactly the same way with his wife June (Rudolph) by his side. For June, there's a longing for something more. The first season, which sets some of the universe's ground rules, feels like just an appetizer for what's to come, but it's intriguing nonetheless. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon

Fortitude (2015-2018)

If you always wanted Twin PeaksLostFargo, and Let the Right One In to create an orgiastic love child starring Stanley Tucci, Fortitude is the show for you. Its most influential spiritual parent is Twin Peaks: A murder rocks a small, quiet town at the moment its business leaders are trying to sell investors on its future as a tourist destination. Add in mammoth-sized dashes of gruesome violence, infidelity, nudity, and alcohol-induced debauchery (plus an actual mammoth), and you'll find episodes of Fortitude go down as easy as a tumbler of vodka on a Norwegian night.
Watch it now on Amazon

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NBC

Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

Sure, the television adaptation of the movie adaptation of the book veers frequently into sentimentality, outright conservatism, and cheap melodrama, but it's these qualities that make it an essential piece of American television. High school football serves as the perfect medium to explore the 21st-century American experience, and the qualities above are part of the deal. With knockout performances from Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, it's almost too easy to get sucked into the Dillon Panthers' football life.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Good Omens (2019)

Most of the time, adaptations take too many liberties or switch up too many characters or generally just don't get what it was that made the source material great in the first place, so when one really works, it feels like a miracle. The Good Omens miniseries, adapted from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's cult classic 1990 apocalyptic farce, is one of the good ones, its best moments, naturally, centering around its two leads: slimy-cool demon Crowley, played by David Tennant, and his friend/frenemy/partner-in-crime the angel Aziraphale, played by Michael Sheen.
Watch it now on Amazon

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CBS

The Good Wife (2009-2016)

For those of us who have yet to spring for CBS All Access, Prime is a great place to catch up with Alicia Florrick's soapy exploits. Julianna Margulies stars as the titular spouse managing her high-powered career as a defense attorney while her family faces the fallout of her husband's very public political scandal.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Hanna (2019- )

Based on the 2011 Joe Wright action film of the same name starring Saoirse Ronan, this Prime Original follows a young girl who was raised in the wilderness and trained to be an assassin by her father. Once she and her father are discovered and separated by a CIA operative, she sets out on a journey alone across Europe to be reunited with her family, officially putting her skills to the test and coming to terms with who she is on her own. It’s a riveting and rough thriller as much as it is a compelling story of one girl’s journey through adolescence and family, and newcomer Esme Creed-Miles as the titular Hanna opposite Joel Kinnaman literally kills in the role. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Sony Pictures Television

Hannibal (2013-2015)

Sure, you've seen Silence of the Lambs -- but you've never seen Bryan Fuller's version of the titular Thomas Harris novel character, played to creepy perfection here by Mads Mikkelsen. Delve into the psychology of cannibalism with help from Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), and be warned: Gore levels are severe, though that's balanced out with the most gorgeous cinematography you've seen on the small screen.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon

Homecoming (2018- )

Adapted from the popular podcast of the same name, Homecoming tracks Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) as she tries to piece together her work as a therapist at a treatment center for veterans with PTSD. Over 10 fast-paced episodes (each one clocks in at around half an hour), the mystery of what a government contractor actually intends to do with the veterans unfolds in lockstep with Bergman's own investigation into the missing memories of her previous job. It's the rare streaming show that doesn't feel bloated, and leaves plenty of room for new storylines to develop in Season 2. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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FOX

House (2004-2012)

If you're tired of police procedurals and true crime docuseries, switch things up with House, the classic medical mystery that made Hugh Laurie a star in the States. This eight-season drama focuses on the most baffling medical mysteries, which are invariably solved by Dr. Gregory House, an asshole of a doctor who gets away with torturing his residents and treating his patients like chopped liver due to his well-deserved reputation for getting to the bottom of impossible cases. House is a classic anti-hero, an addict and a destructive personality you simultaneously root for and against. Just remember, at the end of the day: It's never lupus. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Hunters (2020- )

Amazon's Hunters is out for blood. The series from newcomer David Weil and co-executively produced by Jordan Peele is an unhinged grindhouse series about huntin' Nazis that surprises in more ways than one, from its wit, camp, and Blaxsploitation inspiration points, to the very graphic bloodshed that unfolds as a group of underdogs track down Nazis lurking in '70s America. The series drew Al Pacino to TV, as he plays Meyer Offerman, a man who sees it as God’s will to rally his group of Nazi Hunters and take his latest recruit, 19-year-old Jonah (Logan Lerman), under his wing as he feels the need to seek vengeance after a tragedy unfolds in his own life. While the show may not be what you expect, it has its power -- which is emboldening the disenfranchised -- and a sense of catharsis follows suit. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

I Love Dick (2016-2017)

Transparent creator Jill Soloway's second Amazon series is like screen-printed Warhol take on the fire emoji: syncopated, artful, and satisfyingly vicious. Based on Chris Kraus's 1997 art-world-dominating memoir of the same name, the show stars Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms) as Chris, a failing New York City filmmaker who follows her writer husband, Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), to Marfa, Texas, where he's earned a research fellowship academic sensation Dick (Kevin Bacon). His aura turns the community into a hotbed of intelligentsia and psycho-sexuality, which cracks Chris's world in half. The crass and poetic collide as she pieces it back together, giving Soloway, along with playwright Sarah Gubbins, the opportunity to throw convention out the window. From Louise Bourgeois references to episodes devoted to fourth-wall-breaking flashbacks, I Love Dick does everything it can to pierce the esoteric-yet-essential idea of art and its inseparable companion: sex.
Watch it now on Amazon

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NBC

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Seasons 1, 5-19 (1999-present)

If you have yet to binge Law and Order: SVU during one of its many weekend-long marathons on USA, now’s your chance to watch most of the series about New York City detectives on special victims cases. Led by Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), the devoted unit covers sex- and family-welfare-based crimes tirelessly, telling heartbreaking and riveting dramatic stories each episode. Though plot lines may seem repetitive after almost two decades of similar stories, there’s always a handful of (usually unpredictable) twists and turns, and this crop of seasons features some of the best with Bensons’ original partner, Detective Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Amazon's collection is missing seasons 2 through 4, but with anywhere from 19 to 25 episodes for each of its other seasons, SVU should have no trouble keeping you entertained for hours on end.
Watch it now on Amazon

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BBC America

Luther (2010-2016)

Idris Elba looks really good in a suit. There are plenty of reasons to watch Luther, but The Wire actor's calming sartorial presence has to be what draws most fans into this psychologically rich British detective drama. The Affair's Ruth Wilson also impresses as Alice Morgan, a manipulative murderer who becomes an obsession for Elba's weary cop John Luther. It's a cat-and-mouse game worthy of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. Plus, the whole Idris Elba-in-suits thing.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

The Man in the High Castle (2015-2019)

Amazon's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's alternate-history dystopia -- what if the Axis powers had won World War II? -- has picked up a solid critical reception for portraying a world where political events didn't turn out as expected, to disastrous effects. At times the pacing and plot drag, but there's enough mystery baked in to make bingeing exceedingly easy.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017- )

After putting her acclaimed revival of Gilmore Girls to rest, writer-director Amy Sherman-Palladino turned her attention to the story of a dumped 1950s housewife with a sailor's mouth and a stage, Greenwich Village's The Gaslight Cafe, on which to vent. Like a young Joan Rivers, "Midge" Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is on fire when she's performing stand-up for bohemian crowds, toasting her own wedding, or sparring with her father at synagogue. Sherman-Palladino once again provides her lead with a motormouth, but it's Broshahan's conflicted performance -- carried by comedy, reined in by the paranoia of body image and female expectations -- that makes it as compelling as it is riotous. With Mad Men behind us, it's time for the mad women of Mrs. Maisel to seize the period-drama spotlight.
Watch it now on Amazon

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BBC One

The Missing (2014-2017)

The horror of losing a child gets cranked up to 11 in this pan-European anthology series, with both seasons using dual timelines to unspool the mysteries surrounding British parents who lost children abroad. In Season 1, the questions pile up on top of each other when an unexpected clue reopens a missing boy's case after eight years; in Season 2, the missing child is reportedly found more than a decade after her disappearance. The panic and human folly inevitable in times of crisis pack each episode with tension, and you won't be able to resist hitting "Play Next Episode."
Watch is now on Amazon

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USA Network

Monk (2002-2009)

If you prefer comedy to drama, Monk is the mystery show for you. The genius main character, the eponymous Adrian Monk, may be an obsessive compulsive, multi-phobic former police detective who suffered a nervous meltdown that rendered him barely able to function in regular society, but with the assistance of a private nurse, he begins to lend his detective services to the San Francisco Police Department. Of course, this can pose a challenge given the 312 phobias that prevent him from performing many typical tasks. Each episode features a new criminal investigation served with a side of comedy.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Mozart in the Jungle (2014-2018)

Inspired by a memoir subtitled Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, this Golden Globe-winning show tracks the debaucherous antics of orchestra musicians when they step outside the pit. Thanks to Gael García Bernal's eccentric, hotheaded conductor Rodrigo De Souza, what could have been a one-note show about good-looking 20-somethings offers a fresh look inside a well-developed industry that's somehow gotten very little screen time.
Watch it now on Amazon

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USA

Mr. Robot (2015-2019)

If you weren't already terrified about the state of modern cybersecurity, drug-addled, mentally unstable hacker Elliot Alderson -- Oscar winner Rami Malek -- will have you taping over your webcam in no time. Elliot is pretty much the least reliable narrator you've ever seen on screen, which makes watching Mr. Robot an exercise in scrutiny and perpetual surprises. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

The Night Manager (2016)

If you've always wondered what it would be like to see Dr. House transplanted into a John le Carré novel, The Night Manager scratches your bizarrely specific itch. Hugh Laurie stars as a wealthy businessman and "philanthropist," while Tom Hiddleston plays a -- yep -- night manager at an upscale British hotel in Cairo. Hiddleston's character somewhat unwittingly gets caught up in the back-room espionage of the Arab Spring, and, like in most of le Carré's work, the tension arises from the personal and bureaucratic mundanities of the international spy game. It's less 007 and more Mad Men, in other words, and in six one-hour episodes, you'll be finished with it in less than a workday. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

One Mississippi (2015-2017)

There are a lot of big names attached to One Mississippi, Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical dark comedy. "Dark" probably doesn't do it justice: The opening episode features Notaro -- who's undergoing chemotherapy AND has a gastrointestinal disease -- returning home to take her mother off life support. Enter at your own risk, but the humor extracted from dire circumstances rewards viewers who stick with it.
Watch it now on Amazon

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NBC

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

Michael Shur and Greg Daniels takes this ensemble workplace comedy to an unsuspecting place: A small-town Indiana Parks and Recreation department, and thank goodness they did. This series, led by Amy Poehler as the devoted public servant Leslie Knope, features an incredible cast of characters that one would only be so lucky to find in a government office. There's the hands-off, libertarian boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), man-child shoeshiner Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), cynical intern April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), the glamorous Donna Meagle (Retta), fuckin' Jerry (Jim O'Heir), and so many others. Together, they put up with a lot of ridiculous bureaucratic bullshit, but ultimately they do it because of how much they love their strange town ("First in friendship, fourth in obesity!") and each other -- meaning, this comedy's got a lot of heart.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Patriot (2015- )

Featuring espionage, folk music, soliloquies on human fragility, and offbeat humor, Patriot tracks the increasingly unstable emotional state of John Tavner, aka John Lakeman, who's tasked with posing as a piping engineer so he can travel to Europe to prevent Iran from obtaining full nuclear capabilities. Also, he's a folk singer with a penchant for inserting classified information into his lyrics, and John Locke from Lost (Terry O'Quinn) is both John's dad and his boss. Patriot possesses an ironic sensibility and is just plain weird tonally, so if you're looking for something different, give it a shot. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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USA Network

Psych (2006-2014)

Another comedic take on the traditional police procedural, half the mystery of Psych lies in Shawn Spencer's (James Roday) ability to fool those around him into believing he's psychic. With highly honed observation skills, Spencer is able to identify clues that leave the police baffled, solving cases with panache and a comedic touch. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon

Red Oaks (2015-2017)

The '80s teen sex comedy of your dreams. Director David Gordon Green takes us to the country club where one college student spends his summer as a tennis instructor. Think of it as John Hughes meets Richard Linklater.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

The Romanoffs (2018)

Matthew Weiner's much anticipated follow-up to his near-perfect Mad Men wasn't the frothy, fun exploration into why so many royal pretenders are running around that we expected. It's partly that, but it's more a darkly mean study of the worst kind of people, the kind who lie and manipulate in their desperation to give their dull existences some impressive, esoteric meaning. The anthology series, with episodes rolling out weekly, rather than all at once like most streaming shows, isn’t for everyone, and it's made more than a few missteps in attempting to tackle timely issues (e.g., one episode revolving around false harassment accusations left more than a few viewers with a sour taste in their mouths), but if you're ever in the mood to watch some stylish, horrible rich people make utter fools of themselves on jury duty, on the sets of bad TV shows, and onboard a ridiculously ostentatious Russian Empire-themed cruise, this one's for you. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Sneaky Pete (2015-2019)

Perhaps the name turned you off. Maybe it was the idea of spending hours watching "that guy" actor Giovanni Ribisi play the titular conman. We get that. But Sneaky Pete's subtle charms materialize if you view it as a companion piece to Justified (Graham Yost serves as showrunner and Margo Martindale plays the wise matriarch of a rural bail-bonds business) and Breaking Bad (Bryan Cranston serves as executive producer and recurs as a Heisenberg-y gangster).
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Tales from the Loop (2020- )

Amazon's Tales from the Loop is a series drawn from of the work of Swedish visual artist Simon Stålenhag. That might seem like a pretentious topic for a show, but Stålenhag made a name for himself by painting primarily imaginative, abandoned robots, so this sci-fi series is actually opportune for some intriguing, artful TV. Each episode tells a story about a resident in a Midwestern town that interacts with the so-called "Loop" that's a facility that supposedly makes fantastical things come true. Tales from the Loop does exactly that -- make the impossible possible with its various storylines and gorgeous cinematography -- while covering the most human of topics, meaning this loose adaptation is able to create a beautiful, affecting series. 
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

The Tick (2016-2019)

When fans heard Ben Edlund's satirical big blue bug of justice was getting the Amazon treatment, many wondered: would anyone really be able to adequately replace original live-action star Patrick Warburton? Would this reboot be able to cut through all the other streaming superhero bullshit? The good news: yes. Peter Serafinowicz nails the bold airheadedness of the The Tick, helping Arthur (Griffin Newman) -- the real star, a poor, broken, obsessive man -- to tap into his potential and uncover a villainous conspiracy. Their story, more importantly, comes packed with legit emotion, action, and tons of weird fun. ("When destiny speaks, she speaks to me. She says, "Hi," by the way!") Watching this thing is like rediscovering your love of an old toy -- one that yells, SPOOOOOOOOON!!!! with an exhilarating sense of reckless abandon.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018- )

Whether or not you enjoy Jack Ryan depends largely on your preexisting beliefs: Do you enjoy firefights and believe the CIA is an institution Americans should "cherish"? Or do you think the media has gone way overboard in painting the military-industrial complex in a positive light? The former group of suburban dads will love this show based on the Tom Clancy character (played with scrawny-guy-discovers-creatine energy by The Office's John Krasinski), which takes place in a world where idealistic agents the public never sees protect innocent civilians from catastrophes like "another 9/11" and "a nuclear Venezuela." The latter group of Twitter activists will likely laugh at the supposed threat of nuclear Venezuela, and squirm uncomfortably when a CIA-backed coup in Latin America is portrayed as a necessary and noble act. Whatever your opinions, it's easy to see why Jack Ryan is one of Amazon's few big-budget successes: It doesn't skimp on shoot-em-up set pieces, it moves quickly, and it delivers the comforting fantasy of a spy service filled with humble saviors.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Too Old to Die Young (2019)

Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Ed Brubaker wrote every provocative, weird and gory episode of this Prime original limited series (Halley Gross joined them for the final two episodes), with director Refn shooting it all in his signature colorful and deliberately unhurried style. Some might argue that Refn cares more about style than substance, and it's fair to say that the plot is less compelling than its visuals. But Too Old to Die Young is like Only God ForgivesBreaking Bad and Twin Peaks: The Return put into a blender, with surprisingly awesome supporting performances by William Baldwin as a super-wealthy, super-creepy dad and by Die Hard scene-stealer Hart Bochner as a MAGA-inspired police chief, plus a compelling turn by Jena Malone as a conspiring spiritual healer. It also has a Drive-esque car chase, which should be reason enough to check it out.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Transparent (2014-2019)

When Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out as trans to her family, it sets off an intense reaction among her ex-wife and their self-centered children. Creator Jill Soloway has a trans parent of her own, so it's no surprise that the series does a masterful job of balancing the tense family dynamics and nuanced identity politics with some much-needed comic relief.
Watch it now on Amazon

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Amazon Studios

Undone (2019- )

It's rare to see Rotoscope animation outside of a handful of Richard Linklater movies, and Amazon's Undone is the first episodic TV series to utilize the surreal and trippy technique. It's more than a technological feat, though; the Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg-created series also tells a wildly compelling, funny, and heartbreaking mystery-box, reality-questioning story. After a horrible car accident puts Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) into a coma, she wakes with the ability to communicate with her quantum physicist father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk), who says he was murdered because of his research into time travel. Alma's younger sister Becca (Angelique Cabral), mother Camila (Constance Marie), and boyfriend Sam (Siddharth Dhananjay) all think she's losing it while she secretly experiments with bending time and dimension under her dad's guidance. Each 20-something minute episode is stuffed with an emotional spectrum that's draining, but Undone is so good that it's hard to stop watching until the very end.

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Comedy Central

Workaholics (2011-2017)

This Comedy Central workplace sitcom is like all of workplace sitcoms you know and love, and at the same time, not like them at all. The show from and starring friends and frequent collaborators Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, and Anders Holm is much more of the irreverent, stoner variety about three slacker roommates who work together as telemarketers. But don’t shy away from their outlandish brand of humor: It's not as bro-y as you'd think. In fact, just about everybody would find their misadventures through young adulthood are funny as hell.
Watch it now on Amazon

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