Amazon Prime may still be best known for next-day delivery, but it also bundles in a streaming service to rival Netflix and Disney+.
Amazon has used the platform as an excuse to make its own original TV content like Tales from the Loop or The Man in the High Castle, but it’s also grabbed the rights to plenty of existing favourites like The Office or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
As there’s so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to choose what you’d like to watch next. Fortunately, we’ve taken out the hassle of searching through the entire library and rounded up our top recommendations of TV shows. Whatever your interests, there should be something here to suit you.
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You’ll never know how much you wanted to see an angel and demon form a unique bromance across the history of time until you see Good Omens. Michael Sheen and David Tennant (playing Aziraphale and Crowley respectively) capture the essence of their characters and embrace the eccentric world created by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman wholeheartedly.
This series has a dog that’s secretly a hellhound, the impending doom of Armageddon and more hairstyles than you can shake a stick at. If that doesn’t pique your interest, we don’t know what will.
The Office (US)
Anyone who’s had a desk job at some point in their life will be able to relate to The Office. Steve Carrell stars as Michael Scott, a Regional Manager of a paper distribution company who lacks most of the basic skills needed to lead other employees discussing day-to-day life in this mockumentary.
The main ensemble cast does change during its nine-season run, but the deadpan humour and absurd situations are consistent. It’s certainly a different route to the British version – but we’ll leave you to decide which style of humour goes down better.
We’re not sure if there’s a show that breaks the fourth wall more than Fleabag. Phoebe Waller-Bridge both writes and stars as Fleabag, a middle-class woman who struggles with her career, her friends, her family, her love life… pretty much everything to be honest.
It’s a bit like a much bleaker and darker version of Miranda, filled with self-deprecating humour that gets you through the miserable events that are bestowed upon the characters of the show.
Bear in mind, only the first season is included on Prime right now, but you can find them both on iPlayer too.
Airing its fifteenth (yes, FIFTEENTH) and final season this year, Supernatural follows two brothers – Sam and Dean Winchester – who hunt monsters and demons across America in a Chevy Impala, tag teamed by a socially awkward trench-coat wearing angel, Castiel.
With over twenty episodes in nearly every season and the first thirteen of them currently included with Prime, there’s a lot to catch up on. Because of the nature of the show there are a lot of bizarre storylines to be explored, from creepy ghosts that inhabit machines to giant depressed teddy bears (don’t say we didn’t warn you).
However, beneath the crazy is a wonderful exploration of the concept of family, showcasing the close relationships between the characters.
The Walking Dead
Whilst the first word that comes to mind when you think of The Walking Dead is “ZOMBIES!!”, this series is actually a lot more nuanced than that. Character drama and development of relationships is key in this series – it just so happens that it falls in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
You’ll find moments of horror, action and drama all blended in this cult show. However, we advise you to not let yourself get too attached to characters. This isn’t a programme that’s destined to have a happy ending. See our full recap of the entire The Walking Dead series here.
We know that superheroes are all the rage right now, but you’ve never seen a group like the one that is in The Boys. Dubbed as ‘superheroes for the Trump era’, this show explores a group of vigilantes who are in fact the bad guys, having their egos fuelled by the mass public who sing their praises.
Based on the comic books by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, this show interweaves action and political satire perfectly. The characters are also very clear homages to iconic Marvel and DC icons, except with a dark and twisted spin.
“A group of people crash land on a mysterious island” sounds like an introduction to a naff joke, but this show is anything but bad… well, at least in the earlier seasons. Lost hones in on a number of different perspectives of the people stranded, exploring their backstories and how their surroundings change the way that they behave.
As time passes we start to discover the inner workings of this phenomenon, with every episode leaving you on tenterhooks. However, be warned. This is not a particularly straightforward story, and the ending may leave you scratching your head.
Tales from the Loop
Inspired by Swedish painter Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop is an anthology series that explores a town dominated by a mysterious research facility.
Set in a timeless version of small town America with more than a little Scandi inspiration, the show is melancholic to the core, using its science fiction concepts sparingly to explore its characters’ inner lives rather than set up action set pieces or light-hearted Stranger Things-style adventure.
With a cast including Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce, soundtrack work from Philip Glass, and even counting Jodie Foster among its directors, the pedigree is hard to resist. Just remember to set your expectations for ‘moody Scandi drama’ rather than ‘rollicking sci-fi romp’.
Parks and Recreation
Another one of Mike Schur’s brilliant comedic creations, Parks and Rec follows Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) as she and the city’s public officials try to make their hometown a better place to live.
Besides obviously dealing with political satire in the setting of a local government, Parks and Rec puts a very optimistic spin on the subject as a whole, and makes you root for each character to succeed. Plus, it’s great to see Chris Pratt in his role as Andy Dwyer prior to his induction into the cult of Marvel.
The Grand Tour
Do you long for the days of the old Top Gear, except on steroids? That’s basically what The Grand Tour is. Great viewing for any petrol head about the latest experiments and developments in the automotive world, with a bigger budget and more dangerous tricks.
Clarkson, Hammond and May travel to far-flung places across the world to take on races, builds, reviews and challenges. Of course there’s also the usual banter between the three in their pop-up studio tent to keep the show flowing nicely.
Love pop culture references and interesting relationship dynamics? Community follows former lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) as he is forced to enroll in a community college, where he forms a study group to get closer to a fellow classmate. However, more people attend that he planned, and he ends up being surrounded by some very eclectic personalities.
The show follows the group as they get involved in many convoluted plans to help the school’s reputation, and is littered with a plethora of pop culture references. If you’re a nerd, you’re almost guaranteed to love this.
The Man in the High Castle
Alternative history is always fascinating to think about, and no show has gone further into the subject than The Man in the High Castle, based off the popular Phillip K Dick novel. Imagining what would have happened if Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan had reined supreme over WW2, we see the United States held in the iron fist of the axis powers.
Whilst the series starts out focusing on the history and politics, it begins to dissolve more and more into the science fiction genre (and it’s no wonder, considering the author). Just something to be aware of if that style isn’t your cup of tea.
Some may know him as Gary from Miranda, but Tom Ellis is far from the lovable boy next door in his role as Lucifer. Based on the DC Comics character, the series follows the devil himself who abandons his post in hell to run a club in LA and become a consultant for the police force.
From wacky murder cases to an overarching celestial plot with a romance threaded throughout, Lucifer is a great fun fantasy watch to fill your time.
Into the Badlands
TV can feel a bit like a barren wasteland when it comes to good martial arts, so its fitting that Into the Badlands takes that for its setting.
This sprawling epic is a sort of sci-fi fantasy (it’s set in what’s sort of a post-apocalyptic future, but is also a bit magicky) that pulls its aesthetic from both the American south and Chinese wuxia movies. The story is mostly silly fluff, but it’s strung together by the best martial arts anyone has ever put anywhere near a TV series.
It’s also the only show yet to somehow turn Nick Frost into a martial artist, which deserves applause in its own right.
Psych makes a very good claim to be the silliest show ever made. The premise is simple enough – a conman tricks the police into hiring him as a psychic consultant, though he’s really just great at solving crimes – but the real heart of Psych is everything it does beyond that.
Jokes fly thick and fast, delivered to absolute perfection by the central duo of James Roday and Dulé Hill. Stunt cameos and theme episodes abound (from the requisite musical to an absolutely wild homage to Twin Peaks), and despite the daft humour most of the mysteries stand strong in their own right.
The Last Man on Earth
What would you do if you were the only living human being on the planet? Move into the White House and fill a paddling pool with margarita mix if you’re Will Forte’s Phil in The Last Man on Earth, one of the few sitcoms bold enough to kick things off with the elimination of the entire human race.
It’s probably fair to reveal now that Phil isn’t quite the last person on Earth – even Forte couldn’t sustain four seasons without a supporting cast – but the plot twists here as just as welcome as the jokes, and the cast the show builds up is genuinely phenomenal.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy shouldn’t really need any introduction. The show that made Joss Whedon’s career (and thus helped bring us The Avengers), this is the epitome of the high school drama slash fantasy action genre.
Seven seasons and a spin-off prove that the show had serious legs, and even if there are occasional dips in quality it’s amazing how much of it is still seriously strong – and a handful of episodes surely rank among the best of any TV ever. Whether you watched it as a teen yourself or missed it at the time, this is always worth another watch.
Tired of rewatching Friends for the millionth time to get your comedy fix for young adults? New Girl is a viable alternative, starring Zooey Deschanel as Jess, a quirky woman who moves into a flat with three single men following a breakup.
The unusual group deal with hook-ups, career moves, friendship drama and basically everything you need to relate to if you’re a twenty/thirty-something looking for a light-hearted distraction from the daily grind.
Whilst many hail The Simpsons as Matt Groening’s greatest animation, don’t discount Futurama. This space comedy has some laugh-out-loud moments, and a very different lineup in comparison to the citizens of Springfield.
Pizza delivery boy Fry accidentally gets himself frozen, and awakens at the start of the year 3000. There, he’s joined by kickass cyclops Leela, alcoholic robot Bender and a whole host of other colourful characters including a talking lobster and a mad scientist.
One of the OG superhero series (before it was cool), Smallville is a modern adaptation of the Superman mythology, showcasing how Clark Kent – a resident of a town in Kansas – gains powers to become a new hero.
But there’s lots to deal with on Clark’s end. Relationships, family drama and the tricky relationships with his ‘friend’, Lex Luthor. It’s certainly not consistently strong on the plot front, but it’s a different take to lots of the other superhero shows currently on the block.
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