If you’re looking for something good to watch, here are some Amazon TV shows that won’t disappoint. Keep reading to check out our list of Amazon Prime TV shows you need to binge now.
Amazon TV Shows You Need To Binge Now
1. Six Feet Under
Creator: Alan Ball
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths
Six Feet Under revolves around a funeral home and the lives of the people who run it — two brothers who inherited it from their father. This family drama deals with a number of heavy themes such as religion, infidelity and family relationships.
Throughout the show, the topic of death recurs and sets the theme for each episode. Character’s mature and progress by reflecting upon other people’s death.
This is a superb cast at the top of their game, and it’s a pleasure to watch them work.
Andrew Williams, Quickflix
2. Parks and Recreation
Creators: Michael Schur and Greg Daniels
Starring: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Paul Schneider, Jim O’ Heir, Retta, Rashida Jones
Probably one of the most hilarious comedy shows ever, Parks and Recreation tells the story of the people who work in the Parks and Recreation Department of a fictional town in Indiana. The show’s political satire is a fine balance of the cerebral and the emotional.
The strong acting from Poehler and the rest of the cast, as well as the well-written script, make this show a gem and a true must-see. It’s one of those comedies that really get it right on all levels, which is hard to find these days.
Possibly the most feel-good show of all time.
Lindsey Romain, Nerdist
3. Orphan Black
Creators: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavarsis, Kristian Brunn, Kevin Harchard, Skylar Wexler, Josh Vokey, Dylan Bruce, Ari Millen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Having the Emmy award-winning actress, Tatiana Maslany, onboard is a clear testament of how good the show really is. Orphan Black starts off with Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of a young woman on a subway station. To make things even more bizarre, the woman who jumps on the tracks looks exactly like her.
The show revolves around five women who discover they’re actually human clones. Maslany, who plays all of them, pulls it off with utter nuance and grit. In fact, throughout the show’s five-season run, she plays more than five characters, some of whom interact with each other in one scene.
The writers did an amazing job keeping the mystery of the premise gripping and ever-interesting, balancing real and reel science without shunning people who aren’t really that familiar with genetics. It’s also worth watching for those amazing feats of CGI where multiple clones appear next to each other in one scene.
The performance of its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, whose nuanced turns as a series of clones is nothing short of breathtaking.
Gem Seddon, SFX Magazine
4. Mr. Robot
Creator: Sam Esmail
Starring: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
91st Academy Awards “Best Actor” Rami Malek plays Elliot Anderson, an intriguing, troubled, and reclusive cyber-security engineer who also moonlights as a vigilante hacker. He was soon recruited by a group of “hacktivists” called the fsociety.
Add this to your Amazon watchlist for the mind-blowing twists throughout the seasons. Mr. Robot will make you question what is right and wrong despite society’s established moral standards.
A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
Hacktivist Definition: A combination of the words “Hacker” and “Activist”, hacktivists are people who hack into computers and networks for a social or political cause.
5. American Gods
Creators: Brian Fuller and Michael Green
Starring: Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Gillian Anderson, Bruce Langley, Orlando Jones
Based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same title, the plot revolves around mythical gods living in modern society. American Gods is about the battle between old and new gods — with the former trying to regain their power to rule present society.
The story sets off from the point of view of fresh-out-of-prison Shadow Moon who was recruited by a man called Mr. Wednesday. Little did he know this very job will get him caught right in the middle of a war among the gods.
The show boasts of beautiful cinematography, visual effects, and editing. The final work is a stunning magical world that fuses realism and the mystical. If you are a sucker for mythology, you better add this to your binge watchlist.
When you get right down to it, American Gods is simply a gripping, entertaining tall tale buoyed by a standout cast.
Chuck Barney, San Jose Mercury News
6. Boardwalk Empire
Creator: Terence Winter
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon
Set in the 1920s, Boardwalk Empire brings Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in the middle of his relationships with mobsters and his ties with politics, making him a target of the federal government.
Previously branded as “The Sopranos set in another timeline,” the creators managed to break out from that image and create their own impressive identity. This is a gripping crime drama that boasts of excellent writing, acting, and cinematography.
After all, it did win the 2011 Golden Globe for “Best Television Series,” which makes it a definite must-see.
The tension between the need to tighten the moral grip and the desire to act out in ever more grandiose, licentious ways gives the drama its pulse and its relevance.
Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
7. American Horror Story
Creator: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, David O’ Hare, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe
A TV series that gives audiences a peek into a murder house, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and a freaky hotel, American Horror Story is definitely perfect for someone looking for something different and exciting. This anthology brings a fresh perspective to horror each season.
With seven seasons down, creator Ryan Murphy has proven to be a horror mastermind with a style of his own. It also features an equally masterful ensemble who can perform Murphy’s twisted visions with the right energy and magic.
Engrossing and genuinely scary.
Tom Conroy, Media Life
Creators: Eli Horowitz and Michael Bloomberg
Starring: Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, Sissy Spacek
Homecoming follows Heidi Bergman, a worker in a facility run by Geist Group, an organization that helps soldiers transition into their normal civilian lives. The confusion starts when the reason they need help becomes muddled and unclear.
After leaving the facility, Heidi starts living with her mom and works as a waitress, but is unable to remember her work at the facility. When she gets questioned about her reasons for leaving, Heidi realizes she was misled during her tenure at the facility.
Homecoming is a mystery that is begging to be unfolded. The plot may seem to start off slow, but it delivers emotional punches upon the reveal of its twists and turns.
This is a well-executed mystery that avoids a lot of the pitfalls of both mystery shows and science-fiction-tinged shows: it’s not overdetermined, it’s not overcomplicated, and it’s not suddenly upending itself.
Linda Holmes, NPR
Creator: Brian Fuller
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Gillian Anderson
This psychological horror thriller follows the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Graham is assigned a case to hunt for a serial killer, which leads him to Dr. Lecter, who is also a serial killer.
Adapted from the series of novels by Thomas Harris, Hannibal has also been adapted into several films prior to the creation of this show. The writers gracefully retold the story in a brand new perspective, and it’s a fresh and equally (if not more) satisfying and engrossing adaptation.
Hyperstylized and, at times, hypnotically beautiful, it’s a nightmare masquerading as a dream, the rare cannibal story that has the smarts to back up its hunger for brains.
Andy Greenwald, Grantland
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