When people ask me, “but are there any good TV shows to watch on Prime like there are on Netflix?” my answer is always a resounding yes, yes, yes!
Prime has got their hands on some of the best existing shows including American Horror Story, Homeland, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead. And in addition to that, they have an original line up that might get less press than the Netflix offering, but is definitely just as good.
Don’t believe me? Here is a list of what I think are the ten best Amazon Prime original TV series that are available to stream right now.
This series is both funny and moving as it approaches the question of what superheroes would be like if they existed in the world today. Of course, they would all have lucrative marketing contracts and their own reality TV shows, and no doubt some of them would fit the self-entitled celebrity mold. There would certainly be people out there that didn’t like them very much.
This show is a period drama fantasy. Set in the 19th century, “fairy folk” enter the moral world as refugees from the war in their own world. While they are accepted, they are also seen as other and treated with suspicion. When it is suspected that one is responsible for a series of murders, they are all put at risk. Orlando Bloom stars as a detective trying to find the real killer.
This sci-fi series, originally made by SyFy and bought by Amazon when it was canceled, is set hundreds of years in the future when human beings have colonized the solar system. But as mankind has never been one to live in harmony, the system is divided by location and faction.
Amazon has brought one of the most beloved Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman stories to life. Michael Sheen is the angel Aziraphale and David Tennent is the demon Crowley. They are quite happy on Earth. So, despite being on opposite sides of the ultimate battle, they team up to ensure that the world stays exactly the way they like it.
A young girl is raised in isolation in Europe by a man that she believes is her father, but is actually a CIA agent. When their hideout is discovered, they must enter society, which our protagonist Hanna is encountering for the first time. She also begins to discover that she is not quite like everyone else and that her father has been hiding things from her.
This is the first and only TV show that Julia Roberts has chosen to star in, so she must have been impressed by the script. She plays a psychologist charged with helping veterans reintegrate into society. However, we then jump four years into the future where she is working as a waitress and has forgotten her previous life. But events conspire to help her remember what has happened.
While this series is certainly fiction, it is inspired by true events, which gives it an edge. That and it stars the always incredible Al Pacino. Set in 1977, it follies a secret group with the mission of tracking down Nazis hiding in the United States. There is some controversy about the portrayal of war criminals and the historical accuracy, but it is a very well-made series.
Based on the popular Lev Grossman of the same name, this is a little bit like an American Harry Potter, featuring students from a magical university. It also looks at the idea of what it would be like to be locked out of this magical world.
The Man in the High Castle
While this show is probably a little dated now, being one of the first Prime Original series, it is still excellent. It is set in a version of the world where the Nazis won WWII, and occupied the United States along with the Japanese. The local resistance is driven forward by films from a world where they won the war.
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
This is a show that is so much better on the screen than it sounds like it should be. Set in New York in the 1950s, we follow Rachel Brosnahan as a young woman who decides to pursue her dream to become a stand-up comedian after she is left by her husband. The time period adds layers of both comedy and insight.