If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’re entitled to free expedited shipping, free Kindle downloads, and lots of other perks. But some customers are perfectly content to relegate their use of the service to the company’s considerable streaming video options. Check out our picks for the best TV shows on Amazon Prime right now.
1. As We See It (2022-present)
This acclaimed series takes a look at life on the autism spectrum through the eyes of three roommates (Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki) living in Los Angeles and grappling with societal expectations of what it means to be "normal." Jason Katims, the show's creator, was also the creative force behind Friday Night Lights.
2. Reacher (2022-present)
Fans of author Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels who were dissatisfied with the casting of Tom Cruise as the physically imposing ex-military investigator, take note: Reacher star Alan Ritchson (Titans, Blue Mountain State) has the proportions to make for a convincing hulk. A drifter with a penchant for getting himself into trouble, Reacher spends the first season of this Prime adaptation clearing his name for murder, uncovering a conspiracy in Georgia, and finding the time to enjoy a piece of pie.
3. Invincible (2021-present)
Robert Kirkman's mature-audiences comic comes to (animated) life in this riveting series, which details the struggles of newly minted superhero Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who must come to terms with his abilities as well as the secrets of his Superman-esque father, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). By the end of the first episode, you'll either be horrified, hooked, or both.
4. Goliath (2016-2021)
David E. Kelley (The Practice) heads up this series about a downtrodden lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton) who brushes up against his former law firm when he tackles an accidental death case that turns into a sprawling conspiracy. Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance; William Hurt should've won something for his portrayal as the diabolical firm co-founder who keeps pulling Thornton's strings from afar. Seasons 2 and 3 up the ante, with the latter co-starring Dennis Quaid as evil California farmer Wade Blackwood; the fourth and final season adds J.K. Simmons as a villainous pharmaceutical czar.
5. Bosch (2015-2021)
The laconic detective of the Michael Connelly novels gets a winning adaptation on Amazon, with Titus Welliver scouring the seedy side of Los Angeles as the eponymous homicide detective. Don't expect frills or explosions: Bosch is content to be a police procedural in the Dragnet mold, and it succeeds. A seventh and final season premiered in 2021, but it won't be the end: Bosch: Legacy, a spinoff featuring Welliver and co-stars Mimi Rogers and Madison Lintz, arrived on Amazon's free (albeit ad-supported) streaming channel Freevee (formerly IMDb TV), which is available on Amazon Prime at no additional charge.
6. The Boys (2019-2022)
If you've had your fill of both superheroes and superhero meta-analysis, you'll still want to check out The Boys. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke's adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic imagines a world in which heroes are corporate tools, social media icons, and very, very morally bankrupt. The head of the vaunted Seven (think an ethically destitute Avengers) is Homelander, played with red-eyed menace by Antony Starr. When mortal Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) targets Homelander, the full scope of the hero industrial complex is revealed. The series's third season will premiere on June 3, 2022.
7. Undone (2019-present)
Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk star in this trippy tale of a young woman named Alma who's struggling with her sister, mother, and boyfriend—and then her dead father begins appearing to her with a request to master time travel. Filmed with actors and then beautifully rotoscoped to lend it an air of animated surrealism, Undone will take you for a spin.
8. Catastrophe (2015-2019)
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney write and star in this acclaimed British comedy about two strangers who have a fling that results in a pregnancy. As their lives intertwine in ways they didn't anticipate, the duo discovers the consequences of courtship. The series has been nominated for an Emmy, numerous BAFTAs, and the Peabody Award, with Horgan winning a BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance in 2016.
9. Fleabag (2016-2019)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge created and stars as the title character, a downtrodden Londoner with a too-perfect sister, a wicked soon-to-be stepmother (played by The Crown's Olivia Colman), and a lust for hedonism that masks the fallout of an unresolved emotional crisis. Like Ferris Bueller, Waller-Bridge interrupts the action to address the viewer directly, offering a biting running commentary on her own increasingly complicated state of affairs, including having the hots for a priest (Andrew Scott).
10. Homecoming (2018-present)
Julia Roberts stars in the first season of this critically acclaimed drama, which sees her working at a facility that helps soldiers reacclimate to civilian life. Years later, an investigation into the program reveals some startling truths. Janelle Monáe headlines season 2, which pushes the story in new directions.
11. Forever (2018)
The less you know going into this half-hour series, the better. Don't let anyone tell you anything beyond the fact that Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph portray a couple in a floundering marriage. Where it goes from there is best left to discover on your own.
12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-present)
Critically acclaimed and showered with praise by Amazon viewers, this dramedy stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1950s housewife who takes the bold (for that decade) step of getting into stand-up comedy. Brosnahan practically vibrates with energy, and so does the show, which captures period New York's burgeoning feminism. In Midge's orbit, Don Draper would have a heck of a time getting a word in.
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This story was originally published in 2019; it has been updated for 2022.