The Best Amazon Prime Original Shows To Binge Watch Now
There are some amazing shows here.
Amazon has been turning out hit after hit with some amazing shows. While you can spend your days watching the best movies on Amazon Prime, why not check out some of the best Amazon Prime original TV shows to watch right now?
Some of these might even pop up on the 2023 TV premiere schedule, giving viewers more amazing seasons to stream. From superhero shows like The Boys to comedies like Upload or Fleabag, there are so many options to choose from. Here are some of the best that Amazon Prime currently has to offer subscribers.
Invincible (2021 - Present)
In a world where superhero shows like WandaVision and Loki exist, it’s nice to find a show that’s outside the norm. Invincible tells the story of the Grayson family, specifically Mark Grayson, who finds out that he has superhero powers, much like his dad, and he begins to train, trying to live up to his hero name – Invincible
Let me tell you, your expectations from this show will be subverted immediately. Invincible was created by the same mind behind The Walking Dead: that of Robert Kirkman. This show takes so many twists and turns that it’s almost impossible to keep your head on straight – and honestly, it’s become one of the best adult cartoons I’ve seen. Hopefully, we don't need to wait that long for Invincible Season 2.
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018 - Present)
One of the most original Prime Video series that there is, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan stars John Krasinski in the titular role, a CIA analyst whose life is turned upside down when he discovers a secret pattern in an underground terrorist organization that ends up putting his life at risk – and that’s just the first season.
With a third season coming soon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a great, fun-filled thriller. John Krasinski is great in the title role, and no matter what, you’ll be on the edge of your seat to see him be a total and complete badass. The enemies and guest stars have also always been pretty great too, so it makes the show that much more fun.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 - Present)
Another show to win several Emmys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the perfect series to make you laugh. This comedy follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, an energetic girl who had her life mapped out for her. But, when her husband leaves her for his secretary, she takes it upon herself to find her place in the world.
The story takes place in the 1950s and '60s, so the set design itself is spectacular. What really makes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tick is that the comedy is better than probably a lot of other shows I’ve watched. I mean, the whole entire show is about a woman who’s trying to make it as a stand-up comedian, so it better be funny, right? Even so, the comedy only becomes better when dramatic elements are added, creating an enriching story with a strong message on female empowerment and independence. With four seasons to watch, and a Season 5 on the way, it’s time for you to binge this show.
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The Boys (2019 - Present)
Ooh boy. This is my favorite. The Boys takes place in a universe where superheroes, commonly called “Supes,” are run by a corporation called Vought. Everything seems peachy keen on the outside, but when a new superhero is added to their team of fighters, the dark secrets of this industry begin to unfold, along with the titular "The Boys" forming to take them down.
The Boys is not a nice superhero show, and you get that notion almost instantly within the first couple of minutes. I won’t say what happened, but you’ll be shocked. The story is interesting and sometimes makes you want to throw your remote at the TV screen for how evil some of these characters can be, but that’s what makes this show so fun – you love to hate the Supes. Season 3 finished in July 2022, and now, Season 4 is on the way, so hopefully we’ll be able to see even more craziness soon. Or, maybe check out its spinoffs, The Boys: Diabolical, or the upcoming Gen V.
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Good Omens (2019 - Present)
Of course Amazon Prime needed to hop on the devils and angels train after shows like Lucifer got so popular. However, Good Omens does this exceptionally well.
This series, based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett book of the same name, follows the demon Crowley, and the angel Aziraphale, with the two of them being acquaintances who've grown to enjoy life on Earth, working as representatives of both Heaven and Hell, who seek to prevent the Antichrist from coming and bringing on the end of the world.
For something that uses religion as a premise, this show takes that and runs with it in a good way. The fantasy aspect is super intriguing and really builds on the world as the show goes on, but the jokes that land are even better. Michael Sheen and David Tennant work incredibly well together and have such great chemistry. And what makes it even better is that Neil Gaiman himself, one of the authors of the original book, created and wrote this series. That’s how you know it’s good.
The first season only had six episodes, so it would be a quick watch. It’s only a matter of time before Season 2 comes along.
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The Underground Railroad (2021)
As the only miniseries on this list, The Underground Railroad is definitely worth a watch. In this historical drama, based on the novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead, we get to see a fictionalized account of a group of people trying to escape slavery in the United States in the 1800s, utilizing aid from others.
The show itself is very different from the real-life version of the actual underground railroad, however, it’s still entertaining to watch. The Underground Railroad incorporates different aspects of several genres, really creating an enriching experience for everyone. You don’t even need to be into history to watch this – it’s genuinely just a super interesting miniseries to watch.
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Ten Percent (2022)
In this Amazon comedy, Ten Percent follows the story of workers who are all employed at a talent agency, and each have their own issues with their ridiculous celebrity clients - as well as their own personal lives that influence what they do on a daily basis.
Based on the French series, Call My Agent!, this version of the series is a fun as heck show, with a great cast. They all meld together so well and create a decently funny workplace comedy that isn’t afraid to offer itself up as a heartfelt drama at times too. There are moments where you’ll feel just like the characters and other times where you’ll be shaking your head in stunned silence at how silly they could be.
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Fleabag (2016 - 2019)
When this show aired, it won awards left and right. Fleabag, a British comedy, tells the story of a young woman who is trying to live in London and dealing with life while trying to accept a personal tragedy. This woman is known only as “Fleabag” in the series, and she wants to find her way in the world.
Let me just say first hand that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is brilliant in this series. Her comedic timing is on point and she deserved every award she got for portraying Fleabag. But, all the comedy in this is just fantastic. Every actor works well off of each other, creating some truly fantastic moments, alongside some real heartwarming ones, too. While it’s a shame that the show only ran for two seasons, it’s still the perfect example, in my eyes, of what a comedy should be.
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Sneaky Pete (2015 - 2019)
If you like antiheroes, Sneaky Pete is the way to go for you. In this series, we get to see the tale of Marius Josipovic, a conman who has just gotten out of jail after three years. Following this, he takes on the identity of his former cellmate, Pete Murphy, to con his estranged family – none of whom have seen Pete for 20 years.
Antiheroes are always some of my favorite characters, just because they are so complex. From people like Deadpool to Harley Quinn, even down to Walter White, they’re so interesting, and that’s exactly where Sneaky Pete takes you. I won’t give too much away about the series, but sometimes you’ll be cheering for the guy, and other times you’ll be yelling – but that’s what a good antihero does. With plenty of episodes to watch, this is a win for sure.
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You want an intense drama? Check out Reacher. Starring Alan Ritchson, this series, based on the book series of the same name by Lee Child, is all about the title character, Jack Reacher, a drifter and former military policeman. But when he arrives in a smalltown in the south of the United States, he finds himself thrown into more battles and more criminals than he ever thought he would experience.
As someone who actually used to read the Jack Reacher books, I can openly say I really love this series. They did such a great adaptation and Alan Ritchson is the perfect person to play the title character. The Reacher cast itself is outstanding, and honestly, I hope it gets renewed for a lot more than just a Season 2 in the future, because this series deserves it.
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The Wilds (2020 - Present)
If you’re looking for something with a bit more drama, and features an interesting story, check out The Wilds. At first, it seems like any normal survival story, where a group of teenage girls now have to find a way to make it out alive after their plane crashes on a deserted island. But soon, it’s revealed that they are secretly a part of a social experiment.
As someone who is fascinated by social experiments - and loves survival shows, like Showtime’s series, Yellowjackets - this Amazon Prime original sounds like the best combination of both. If any of these interest you, there are two seasons to stream right now on the platform - as well as an apparent “wild” Season 3 coming up soon.
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The Peripheral (2022)
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, The Peripheral is your next sci-fi binging favorite from Prime Video. This show, based on the book of the same name, is set ten years into the future and follows the story of a gamer who discovers a way to connect to a different, alternate reality through VR – and it creates a darker world than she ever could have imagined.
As someone who is a pretty big fan of video games and loves the idea of VR, this show kind of scared the crap out of me in the best way. The show itself isn’t super realistic, but it still makes for great sci-fi and something I seriously love to recommend to people who want a great show with some intense storytelling. Plus, the visual effects are really cool.
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The Wheel Of Time (2021 - Present)
Fantasy shows have truly run the world, and The Wheel of Time is a fantastic addition. This Amazon original series mainly follows Moiraine, a woman who is a part of a powerful group that is able to channel the One Power. With this ability, she gathers five strangers who are rumored to be the very legend that is meant to save the world from utter darkness.
I know that the premise sounds a bit wacky, but trust me when I say that The Wheel of Time is such a great show. The Wheel of Time cast is immensely talented, with leads like Rosamund Pike, Kae Alexander and more paving the way into a fantasy that is so complex. With Season 2 already in the works, now is the best time to watch this new show.
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The Expanse (2015 - 2022)
While it originally began as a Syfy network show, it moved over to Amazon and became one of the best shows there. The Expanse is set in the future, where humanity has found a way to colonize the Solar System and follows a group of people who place themselves at the center of a conspiracy that could ignite a war between planets and their people.
This science-fiction show is freaking awesome. The visuals are amazing, the characters are interesting and capture your interest, and the story is captivating in a way like no other. I mean, could you imagine ruling a whole Solar System? That’s what The Expanse dares to explore – and does it perfectly. The show came to an end with its sixth season, but all of the episodes are available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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The Devil’s Hour (2022 - Present)
You want a new supernatural series that will mix in with thriller and drama? The Devil’s Hour is for you. Starring Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi, this show tells the story of a social worker who is experiencing terrifying visions in the middle of the night between three and four a.m. – the Devil’s Hour, as well as supernatural experiences around her home and her family. And now, she has to deal with the fact that her name has been connected to killings where she lives, and has to try and clear her name while also find the real killer amongst the darkness of the world.
The Devil’s Hour is eight episodes of pure suspense and it is done so incredibly well. From the performances to the story to everything else in-between, it’s no wonder that this show was renewed for both Seasons 2 and 3 at the same time. People just love it. If you’re going to check out any series that will have you on the edge of your seat, this is the one.
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Upload (2020 - Present)
Created by the same man who made the U.S. version of The Office, this Amazon Prime series is brilliant in its comedic delivery. Greg Daniels’ Upload takes place in a world where when someone dies, they can upload themselves to their selected paradise. However, when someone dies suddenly, he has to find out what killed him from the beyond – while his girlfriend in the real world stays overly attached to him in a strange way.
Upload is definitely one of the standouts of Amazon Prime comedy, and while fans had to wait two years for Season 2, it was worth the wait, because they were given a Season 3 order not that long after. This series was made for people who want a great story but will also laugh their butts off. Be sure to check it out.
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Them (2021 - Present)
Lastly, we have the horror anthology series, Them. This Amazon original follows the story of a Black family from North Carolina who move to an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles, but as soon as they move in, they find that the world around them is a lot more evil than they ever could have predicted, both within their home and outside of it.
Them is a great anthology series and one of the best horror shows on Amazon Prime. While I do think that there are certain aspects of it that could be done better, what really makes it one of the best for me is its ability to share a social message that genuinely makes you think. The cast is also great as well, showing off how just talented they are as actors.
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With shows like these available, there’s no need to go browsing for your next series to binge. Truly, if you want a great show to watch, check out any of the Prime Video series on this list. You won’t regret your time, and you can look forward to the new seasons for some that are still to come.
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