Amazon Prime Video boasts a vast library of television favourites and new additions, with old classics mixed in with brand new titles.
In the current streaming age, TV watchers are spoilt for choice, with an endless selection of dramas, comedies, documentaries, sci-fi series and other shows available at just the touch of a button – including those on Amazon Prime Video.
Since launching almost 15 years ago, Amazon Prime Video has become a big-hitter in the on-demand world, becoming the home for award-winning shows like The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag (for those in the US), Good Omens and The Man in the High Castle to name just a few.
New horror anthology Them is the latest original series to drop, and follows a Black family who come face-to-face with horrifying forces both from our world and another.
With so much on the platform to choose from, we’re here to help, picking the best titles you can find on Amazon Prime Video and updating this list with two new entries every week.
This month, we’ve seen the arrival of brand new historical drama Leonardo, starring Poldark’s Aidan Turner as the legendary artist, as well as FlashForward – a 2009 sci-fi series featuring Joseph Fiennes, John Cho and Courtney B. Vance.
So without further ado, here are the top titles on Amazon Prime Video for UK viewers.
Last updated 7th May 2021
This brand new historical drama stars Poldark’s Aidan Turner as the iconic artist Leonardo Da Vinci, exploring his life in 16th century Italy and telling the stories behind his most famous works. Beginning with Leonardo’s arrest in 1506 over the poisoning of his muse Caterina da Cremona, Leonardo takes viewers inside the mind of one of history’s greatest figures, following the High Renaissance polymath’s tortured quest for perfection.
Featuring a star-studded cast including Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore, The Undoing’s Matilda De Angelis, Dunkirk‘s James D’Arcy and The Gentlemen’s Max Bennett, this period-piece-turned-murder-mystery isn’t completely accurate when it comes to historical facts, but makes for a compelling drama nonetheless.
The first and only series of US sci-fi drama FlashForward recently arrived on Amazon Prime Video, with UK viewers getting a chance to watch the ABC series almost 11 years after it first aired. Starring Shakespeare in Love’s Joseph Fiennes, FlashForward follows a team of LA-based FBI agents who begin investigating a strange global phenomenon, which caused almost everyone on the planet to lose consciousness and experience a premonition of their life six months in the future for 137 seconds.
With Searching’s John Cho and The Hunt for Red October’s Courtney B. Vance also starring, this complex sci-fi series from Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Generations) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) explores a complex yet captivating concept that’ll have you hooked from episode one.
Little Marvin’s brand new horror anthology is a must-watch for fans of Jordan Peele’s film Us (the series even stars Shahadi Wright Joseph, who plays the daughter in Us). Set in the 1950s, the film follows a Black family who move to an almost all-white neighbourhood, before experiencing both racism and supernatural horrors. Watch Them on Amazon Prime Video
Steve Yeun (The Walking Dead, Minari) leads the Invincible cast – a stellar line-up of voices also including JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Gillan Jacobs, Walton Goggins and Zazie Beetz – in this animated series adapted from the comic book of the same name by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirman. Yeun’s Mark Garyson is just a normal teenager – except for the fact that his father Nolan (Simmons) is the most powerful superhero on the planet. But Mark’s life grows even more complicated when he turns seventeen and begins to develop powers of his own… Watch Invincible on Amazon Prime Video
Fans of Neil Gaiman’s novels are bound to love American Gods, which stars Ricky Whittle as former criminal Shadow Moon who becomes the bodyguard for mysterious con-artist and secret god Odin – Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). With the likes of Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson, Betty Gilpin and Kristin Chenoweth starring as various mythical beings, this series has some very memorable moments indeed. And while its second season was considered something of a misstep, the third outing has fared better with critics. Watch American Gods on Amazon Prime Video
The Great Escapists
Arriving on Amazon Prime Video today is The Great Escapists – a brand new survival series from The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond. The six-part series, filmed on Panama’s San Jose Island, sees Hammond and MythBusters star Tory Belleci try to survive whilst stuck on a desert island. However, the pair soon begin competing against one another as they build home-made weapons, DIY vehicles and exploding booby trap to make the ultimate paradise island playground. Watch on Amazon Prime Video.
This anthology drama is like Black Mirror meets First Dates, set in a near future where a company has developed a test that can tell you who your soul mate is with 100 per cent certainty. Each self-contained instalment in the six-part drama follows a different pairing and explores the lofty question of whether love comes down to destiny or a personal choice. While some episodes are stronger than others, the performances are consistently good, with some big name guest stars including Sarah Snook (Succession), Bill Skarsgård (Stephen King’s It), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) and Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad). Watch Soulmates on Amazon Prime Video
Star Trek: Lower Decks
Star Trek fans on the look for a fun comedy should check out Lower Decks – the animated Prime Video original about the support crew on the U.S.S. Cerritos. Set in the year 2380, this Star Trek spin-off features the voices of Tawny Newsome (Space Force), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Noël Wells (Master of None) and Eugene Cordero (Tacoma FD) as ensigns aboard one of Starfleet’s least important ships, navigating intergalactic life. Watch on Amazon Prime Video.
This Is Us
The brand new fifth season of This Is Us is back on Amazon Prime Video after a brief hiatus, with episodes once again going up every Thursday. This warm comedy drama tells an emotional story about three siblings and their parents, jumping back and forth in time from their childhood in the 1980s to their adult lives today. The impressive ensemble cast features powerhouse performances from Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Mandy Moore (47 Meters Down), Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story) and Sterling K Brown (The People v OJ Simpson). This Is Us has received glowing reviews from critics since it began, racking up a considerable number of award nominations and wins. Watch This is Us on Amazon Prime Video
Much like the Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai, this is another YouTube Premium series that has found a new home since the video-sharing site cancelled much of its original programming. Wayne stars Irish actor Mark McKenna in the lead role as a teenager looking to retrieve the vintage car that was stolen from his father shortly before he died. This action-packed dark comedy has been favourably compared to Channel 4’s The End of the F***ing World, with many fans hoping that its arrival on Amazon Prime Video could bring about a second season.
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Luke Evans plays Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins in this gripping true-crime drama, which originally aired in the UK on ITV. The cold case three-parter follows Wilkins as he reopens an investigation into a pair of double murders that occurred on the Pembrokeshire coastline in the ’80s. The Pembrokeshire Murders, set in Wales, is based on the 2006 reinvestigation named ‘Operation Ottawa’, and the race to prosecute ‘Bullseye Killer’ John Cooper. Watch The Pembrokeshire Murders on Amazon Prime Video
Mads Mikkelsen had already proven himself as a superb cinema baddie with his brilliant performance in Casino Royale, but fans were nevertheless surprised at just how well he embodied the chilling Hannibal Lecter in this prequel series. Set before the events of Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, Hannibal finds the eponymous character as a successful forensic psychiatrist working with the FBI. Hugh Dancy plays the special investigator who serves as his primary contact at the bureau, while The Matrix star Laurence Fishburne also stars as head of Behavioural Sciences. Acclaimed throughout its run, this distinctive take on the Hannibal Lecter story comes courtesy of Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies). Watch Hannibal on Amazon Prime Video
This account of Viking life isn’t always historically accurate, but has nonetheless enthralled viewers with its action-packed and unpredictable story. The series began by adapting the Norse legend of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), but has since shifted focus towards other key figures in his tribe of warriors. The final episodes of Vikings debuted on Amazon Prime Video at the tail end of 2020, bringing the epic saga to a close after seven years of thrilling twists and turns – so there’s never been a better time to binge watch. Watch Vikings on Amazon Prime Video
One of the biggest dramas of the early 2010s, Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal stars Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere) as Olivia Pope – a former White House aide who nows heads a crisis management firm and is the first port of call for politicians who find themselves in trouble. Focussing on the lives of Olivia’s employees and the romantic relationship between Olivia and US president Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (Tony Goldwyn), Scandal is your next bingeworthy political thriller. Watch Scandal on Amazon Prime Video
Brand new dystopian drama The Wilds has just arrived on Amazon Prime Video, following a group of a teenage girls as they fight for survival after a plane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island. The 10-part series, which stars Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding), Shannon Berry (Hunters), David Sullivan (Flaked) and Reign Edwards (MacGyver), unfolds as the castaways clash and bond with one another whilst dealing with their past traumas and the steady reveal of secrets. Watch The Wilds on Amazon Prime Video
Leaving Prime Video this month
This crime drama is often heralded as one of the best television shows ever made, following an experimental division of the LAPD tasked with reducing crime in the troubled Farmington district. Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) leads a corrupt Strike Team who use illegal methods to sustain their remarkably high success rate, with superiors willing to ignore their doubts for political reasons. The Shield never lets up across its seven-season run, consistently delivering shocking twists and tour de force performances, with notable guest stars including Glenn Close and Forest Whitaker. Watch The Shield on Amazon Prime Video
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Based on the book and blog of real-life high-end call girl “Belle du Jour,” Billie Piper plays Hannah, a young woman leading a double life and concealing her career as a London escort from her friends, family – and boyfriends. The show breaks the fourth wall for comic effect long before Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag, and is full of screamingly hilarious encounters with clients (many of whom have extremely…. specific kinks). The series premiered in 2007 (so expect plenty of mid-Noughties fashion inspiration) and was written by Lucy Prebble, whom Piper collaborated on for the recent series I Hate Suzie. Watch Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Amazon Prime Video
Leaving Prime Video this month
The story of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, a married couple in Washington, DC in the early 1980s who are actually active Russian spies, came to an end in the US last year to widespread critical acclaim. It’s a fine balance of detailed marital drama and razor-edged espionage, anchored by incredible performances from Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. In the golden age of television, The Americans seems to have flown somewhat under the radar, but this gem of a series is one of the greatest of our time. Watch The Americans on Amazon Prime Video
This period drama from The Sopranos writer Matthew Weiner launched Jon Hamm to international stardom for his performance as womanising advertising executive Don Draper. Over the course of seven slick seasons, we learn more about the enigmatic man, including his complex personal relationships and troubled past, while also getting a snapshot of 1960s America and how attitudes evolved across the decade. The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss also appears as ambitious young career woman Peggy Olson, with John Slattery (Avengers: Endgame) as senior Madison Avenue businessman Roger Sterling. Mad Men was acclaimed throughout its run and every episode is available to stream now. Watch Mad Men on Amazon Prime Video
This comedy drama dominated the schedules when it first premiered, drawing in well over 20 million viewers per episode across its first two seasons. The action takes place on the now iconic Wisteria Lane, introducing the eponymous housewives Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria). The story begins when a neighbour tragically takes her own life, leaving the women shocked and left to uncover the truth behind her death. From there, the series embarks on a number of scandalous storylines, enlisting top talent like Alfre Woodard, Kyle MacLachlan and John Slattery. Watch Desperate Housewives on Amazon Prime Video
The Handmaid’s Tale
Elisabeth Moss stars in this harrowing dystopian drama set in an authoritarian regime called Gilead, where the few remaining fertile women are forced to have children for ruthless wealthy elites. Moss plays June, now known as Offred, whose timid persona disguises a desire to tear down the nightmare world she finds herself trapped in. The series follows her attempts to do just that, facing opposition from Ann Dowd’s formidable Aunt Lydia and Joseph Fiennes’ imposing Commander. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale delivered three (with the fourth currently airing in the US) stellar seasons featuring some truly unforgettable moments. Watch The Handmaid’s Tale on Amazon Prime Video
Halt and Catch Fire
This critically acclaimed drama consists of four seasons depicting a fictionalised version of the personal computer boom of the 1980s, as an entrepreneur attempts to capitalise on the revolution for his own gain. Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) stars as manipulative businessman Joe MacMillan, alongside Scoot McNairy (Batman v Superman) and Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate). Halt and Catch Fire never achieved the same viewership as its contemporaries, such as Mad Men, but it built up an avid cult fanbase and a library of glowing reviews nonetheless. Watch Halt and Catch Fire on Amazon Prime Video
Justified stars Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet) as Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, whose style of law enforcement brings the practices of the Old West into modern times. The series ran for six seasons and was beloved by television critics throughout. Olyphant recently reprised his role for an amusing scene in the final season of The Good Place, where Maya Rudolph’s omnipotent judge is a big fan of the show. Watch Justified on Amazon Prime Video
Little Fires Everywhere
Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) star in this brand new miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Celeste Ng. The story follows The Richardson family, whose seemingly perfect lives are turned upside down by the sudden arrival of a mysterious woman and her daughter. Watch Little Fires Everywhere on Amazon Prime Video
Fans of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds might enjoy this Prime original series, which follows a group of Nazi hunters operating in New York City in the 1970s. It falls on them to prevent a terrifying plan by despicable war criminals to build a Fourth Reich in the United States. High schooler and comic book nerd Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman) is ushered into this violent world after the death of his grandmother, with the enigmatic Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) acting as his mentor. The series packs some disturbing scenes, but has a darkly comedic streak running through it – perhaps the influence of executive producer Jordan Peele, whose other work includes Get Out and Lovecraft Country. Watch Hunters on Amazon Prime Video
Adapted from the bestselling novel series of the same name by Anthony Horowitz, orphan Alex Rider (Otto Farrant) believes that he’s an ordinary teenage boy – that is, until his uncle Ian Rider dies suddenly and Alex realises that his late guardian wasn’t a banker at all, but a spy.
Not only that, but Alex realises that his uncle has been secretly training him up for a life of espionage – a career that may arrive sooner than expected, when Ian’s old employers (played by Stephen Dillane and Line of Duty‘s Vicky McClure) come knocking on Alex’s door, asking for help in solving Ian’s latest – and final – mission. It’s a mission that will take Alex to the snowy French Alps, and a sinister boarding school where all is not as it seems… Watch Alex Rider on Amazon Prime Video
The final series of a drama that has been a blisteringly innovative take on late-stage capitalism and the digital age. The story of a hacker trying to smash the system is often thought-provoking and always visually bold. Since breaking out here, star Rami Malek has gone on to win an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as bagging a role in the upcoming Bond film No Time To Die. Watch Mr Robot on Amazon Prime Video
A delirious and eerie psychological thriller series from Mr Robot’s Sam Esmail, and an entity very much of its era: a web-based TV series led by a movie star, adapted from a podcast. Julia Roberts stars in Homecoming as Heidi, a social worker embroiled in a shady programme which purports to aid returning military veterans with re-immersion into society. Watch Homecoming on Amazon Prime Video
While Britain wasn’t paying attention, America discovered that Hugh Laurie was a brilliant dramatic actor. For a little while, House was one of the most popular shows in the entire world, thrilling viewers with its central performance and clever medical cases. Laurie plays Dr Gregory House, a medical genius with a bad attitude towards people, who struggles with a dependency on pain medication. All eight seasons of the hit medical drama are available to stream. Watch House on Amazon Prime Video
When BBC One prematurely axed this period crime thriller, Amazon picked up the police baton and went on to produce two additional seasons of Ripper Street exclusively for Prime Video. As the title suggests, the story takes place in 1880s London, where the recent killings of Jack the Ripper have shaken the city to its core, with the Metropolitan Police’s H Division expected to restore order under the leadership of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen). Watch Ripper Street on Amazon Prime Video
The Night Manager
It’s Laurie vs Hiddleston in this BAFTA-winning adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name. Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) takes some time out of his nocturnal lifestyle to take on notorious arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie) in The Night Manager. Watch The Night Manager on Amazon Prime Video
Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) stars in this visually striking animated series about a woman who finds she has a new relationship with time after surviving a near-death experience. From Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Netflix hit Bojack Horseman, Undone shares the same tragically funny sense of humour and was critically acclaimed upon its debut. Watch Undone on Amazon Prime Video
This sci-fi series is set hundreds of years in the future, where humankind has spread out to live all over the solar system. Thomas Jane plays a police detective tasked with finding a missing woman, only to find himself embroiled in a far larger conspiracy. After facing cancellation from its original network Syfy, The Expanse was picked up by Amazon Prime Video to the delight of its many fans. The streamer has just launched season five, which is currently airing weekly, while a sixth (and final) outing has already been confirmed. Watch The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, this two-season series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as Tandy Bowen/Dagger and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak, two teenagers connected by a childhood tragedy who discover they’ve gained superpowers – and that they complement each other perfectly. Watch Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Amazon Prime Video
While Netflix might be home to the latest episodes of Lucifer, Amazon Prime Video has retained the exclusive rights to the first three seasons of the fantasy series. Tom Ellis stars as the literal Lord of Hell, who decides to take an extended vacation in Los Angeles, where he soon strikes up a friendship with local police detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). Each episode presents a different murder case for the dynamic duo to tackle, while also exploring their complex relationship and other supernatural threats. Lucifer has built up a dedicated and extremely passionate fanbase with its playful sense of humour and romantic subplots. Watch Lucifer on Amazon Prime Video
It’s finally here! Season two of The Boys has arrived on Amazon Prime Video, with the first four episodes available to stream right now. Set in a world where a sinister corporation owns a team of superheroes, who are secretly awful people with nothing but contempt for those they claim to protect. A ragtag group make it their mission to take down the corrupt “Supes” once and for all, by any means necessary. The result is a violent, inappropriate, shocking and riotously entertaining new spin on the saturated genre. Look out for standout performances from Antony Starr as unstable Superman allegory Homelander and Karl Urban as no-nonsense brute Billy Butcher – and if you want more of an overview, you can read our The Boys season 2 review here. Watch The Boys on Amazon Prime Video
If you like The Boys, check out Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys
Aisha Tyler hosts this behind-the-scenes show dissecting all the action from The Boys. A new episode will be released to coincide with each instalment of season two, featuring interviews with the cast and crew. Four episodes are available to stream right now, including a premiere recapping all the memorable moments from season one. Watch Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys on Amazon Prime Video
The latest television series to spawn from the DC Universe tells the origin story of one of the publisher’s fan favourite characters, Stargirl. High school student and accomplished gymnast Courtney Whitmore moves to a sleepy town with her family, but soon discovers a magical staff that appears to have a mind of its own. By wielding it, she has the strength to face off against a team of sinister villains, but the consequences could be devastating if it falls into the wrong hands. Brec Bassinger and Luke Wilson star in a fun series that blends classic tropes of the genre with some fresh and exciting new ideas. Watch Stargirl on Amazon Prime Video
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DC Comics epic television universe kicked off with this exciting take on the character of Oliver Queen, better known by his crimefighting alias Green Arrow. After five years spent fighting for survival on a hellish island, the billionaire bachelor returns to his home city with some formidable fighting skills and a single mission: to save its citizens from criminals causing havoc. The first two seasons are some of the best superhero television in recent memory, but admittedly Arrow does become a tad inconsistent from that point onwards. Nevertheless, comic book diehards will no doubt enjoy seeing the show expand to include other big names from DC’s lineup. Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and John Barrowman are among the stars. Watch Arrow on Amazon Prime Video
The cult sci-fi show with the most recognisable theme song in TV history follows two FBI agents – supernatural believer Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and sceptic Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) – as they investigate strange phenomena across the United States. The X-Files became a genuine global sensation during its initial nine-season run, recently returning for two generally well-received revivals. Anderson is busy making a whole new generation of fans on Netflix’s Sex Education and winning awards for her powerhouse performance on The Crown, so don’t expect any more episodes. However, all 11 existing seasons are available to binge right now. Watch The X-Files on Amazon Prime Video
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The collected tales of vampire-slaying superhero Buffy are now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. This series comes from the mind of Joss Whedon, who would go on to write and direct Marvel’s Avengers and its sequel Age of Ultron, and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in a career-defining world. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is packed full of witty quips, heartfelt moments and, of course, lots of action. If you missed out on this hugely influential show when it first aired, it makes for perfect binge-watch material. Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Amazon Prime Video
One for the horror fans, this short-lived television series serves as a direct sequel to 1973’s all-time classic of the same name. Alfonso Herrera (Sense8) and Ben Daniels (The Crown) star as a pair of priests investigating cases of demonic possession, with each season focusing on a different terrifying case. While it wasn’t on the air for long, The Exorcist built up a cult fanbase and impressed critics with its suspenseful storylines and creepy visual effects. Hollywood stars Geena Davis and John Cho are among the supporting cast. Watch The Exorcist on Amazon Prime Video
Damon Lindelof (Watchmen) and JJ Abrams (Alias) join forces for this groundbreaking sci-fi drama, which begins as a plane crashes down on a seemingly deserted island. The survivors band together but soon discover there is more to their new home than meets the eye, with mysterious entities lurking in the darkness and secrets around every corner. While there were certainly a few wobbles across its six season run, Lost is widely regarded as one of the most influential shows of all time, unravelling a fascinating, experimental sci-fi saga. Watch Lost on Amazon Prime Video
The Walking Dead
Once one of the most popular shows on TV, The Walking Dead is now a zombie of its former self as it roams towards it final season. However, it was once absolutely gripping, with Andrew Lincoln leading a fine cast of survivors after a zombie apocalypse. Some soapy turns in its first few seasons made it must watch TV – and you can catch up on season one to nine now. Watch The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Video
If you like The Walking Dead, check out Fear The Walking Dead
Roughly halfway through its run, The Walking Dead launched its first spin-off which begins by taking viewers back to before the events of the first season, as a blended family struggles to adapt to a dangerous new world. While it took a little while to find its footing, Fear The Walking Dead eventually earned high praise, with some critics arguing it had exceeded the original series in terms of quality by season three. With the addition of Lennie James to the cast in season four, the show is now a key component of the expanding Walking Dead universe. Watch Fear the Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Video
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan lead this time-travelling romance about a WWII nurse who gets transported back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she strikes up an affair with Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. The fifth season of Outlander was added to Amazon Prime Video earlier this year, continuing their epic romance across the ages. Watch Outlander on Amazon Prime Video
Fans of The Good Place may be interested in this new original series, which takes a similarly irreverent look at the afterlife. Robbie Amell (The Flash) stars as Nathan Brown, a man who dies after getting into an accident, but has his consciousness uploaded to a virtual version of heaven. The series takes a satirical look at what such a place could look like, while Nathan struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with his living girlfriend. If you’re looking to kick back and relax with some brand new comedy, critics have praised Upload for its fast-paced jokes and endearing love story. Watch Upload on Amazon Prime Video
The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson takes on the title role in this action comedy from the creator of Misfits. It’s a distinctly daft take on the classic story of an underdog slacker called upon to do something extraordinary. Josh Futturman is a low achiever who does little besides play his favourite video game. But when two characters from the game show up in reality looking for him, he must follow them through time to prevent a disastrous future. The third season just arrived in a binge-friendly box set. Watch Future Man on Amazon Prime Video
Neil Gaiman adapts his and Terry Pratchett’s brilliantly witty fantasy novel about a devil and an angel (played in this iteration by David Tennant and Michael Sheen respectively) who band together to stop (or at least slow down) the end of the world. Good Omens is packed with stars – including Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm and the voices of Frances McDormand and Benedict Cumberbatch as God and the devil – and we rather liked it. Watch Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video
This sci-fi horror series is based on the cult-favourite DC Comics character Swamp Thing, a mysterious creature who dwells in the swamplands of Louisiana. This adaptation stars Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) as Dr Abby Arcane, a scientist investigating what she believes to be a deadly virus, but which turns out to be something even more terrifying. While it is sometimes guilty of the same melodrama found in most DC shows, there’s a bounty of interesting fantasy ideas at play here, not to mention some jaw-dropping practical effects akin to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Watch Swamp Thing on Amazon Prime Video
Tales from the Loop
If you’re in need of an exciting new science-fiction show, look no further than Tales from the Loop. The series is inspired by Simon Stålenhag’s art book and explores the lives of people who live above “The Loop”, a machine built with the purpose of unlocking the mysteries of the universe. It’s main aim is to turn things only possible in science-fiction a reality… but can the team succeed? Watch Tales from the Loop on Amazon Prime Video
The Man in the High Castle
This series plays with the biggest ‘What if?’ question of the 20th century: what if Germany had won the Second World War? It’s a simple premise that belies the devilish complexity of this counterfactual series, based on the novel by Philip K Dick. The fourth and final season of The Man in the High Castle is now available to stream. Watch The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Video
Marvel’s Agent Carter star Dominic Cooper plays Jesse Custer, a troubled Texas priest who discovers that God has abandoned His duties and sets off on a quest to find Him. Preacher packs some seriously edgy humour, brutal fight scenes and truly memorable performances from Ruth Negga (Agents of SHIELD) and Joe Gilgun (Misfits). Watch Preacher on Amazon Prime Video
Avatar: The Last Airbender
This animated hit from Nickelodeon follows a young Airbender called Aang, the last in a line of supernaturally gifted humans that has the ability to manipulate the elements. Avatar: The Last Airbender was adapted into a truly awful live-action movie by director M. Night Shyamalan, but don’t let that put you off. This source material is rock solid and features sophisticated storytelling that is suitable for all ages. Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender on Amazon Prime Video
This big budget series is set in Victorian fantasy world, where human beings live in an uneasy coexistence with mythological creatures. Against Carnival Row‘s dramatic backdrop, a human detective (Orlando Bloom) and a refugee faerie (Cara Delevingne) embark on a romance as he investigates a string of gruesome murders. Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video
One of the longest-running animated comedies on television, most fans agree that South Park is just as sharp as it always has been with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone still steering the ship. Its somewhat basic sense of style allows it to be produced at a faster pace than its rivals, meaning it is able to keep pace with events unfolding in the news (but of course, with an absurd satirical spin). The first 22 seasons are available to watch, with the most recent of the bunch tackling major talking points such as political correctness, climate change denial and even (gulp) Amazon itself! Watch South Park on Amazon Prime Video
Starring Abbi Jacobson (BoJack Horseman) and Ilana Glazer (Rough Nigh), this quirky sitcom follows two Jewish American women in their twenties as they embark on a series of ridiculously hilarious adventures whilst living in New York City. With Hannibal Buress, Paul W. Downs, John Gemberling, Arturo Castro, Susie Essman and D’Arcy Carden featuring throughout the Comedy Central show’s five series, Broad City is the perfect bite of chaotic comedy for those looking for something light. Watch Broad City on Amazon Prime Video
Seasons one to five of this excellent animated comedy were recently added to Prime. It follows the snarky but sleek Sterling Archer, who leads a dysfunctional intelligence agency, and seven of his colleagues as they consistently find themselves in difficult predicaments on their international espionage missions. Crude at times but always inventive and witty, this is the kind of show that once you start watching you just can’t stop. Watch Archer on Amazon Prime Video
The Office (US)
This US remake of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s beloved British sitcom managed to justify its own existence with well drawn characters like Steve Carrell’s painfully cringey boss Michael Scott, John Krasinski’s loveable paper salesman Jim Halpert, and Dwight Schrute, the eccentric antagonist, played by Rainn Wilson. It went on a little longer than it should have, but the golden years (seasons 2-5) are here to be savoured. Watch The Office (US) on Amazon Prime Video
Matt Groening’s second TV series – set in the year 3000 and following a dysfunctional, inter-planetary delivery crew – endured a troubled run over the course of 14 years that included a cancellation, four straight-to-DVD features and a revival run on Comedy Central. Despite this, many would argue that it is superior to The Simpsons… Watch Futurama on Amazon Prime Video
This beloved sitcom stars Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) as a quirky primary school teacher, who moves into the bachelor pad of three male friends led by Jake Johnson (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse). The unusual dynamic and likeable characters in New Girl lead to great comedy moments throughout its lengthy run, which features several notable guest stars including Jamie Lee Curtis, Megan Fox and Linda Cardellini. Watch New Girl on Amazon Prime Video
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
An award-winning, heart-lifting performance from Rachel Brosnahan makes this easily one of Amazon’s most accomplished original series. It really has a festive feel to it too, from the Broadway musical stylings of 50s New York to the fiery humour at the heart of every scene. The third season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel recently premiered to more critical acclaim. Watch The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon Prime Video
Frequent collaborators Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up with Jessica Hynes in this comedy series, about two people who pretend to be a professional couple to secure a flat. Decades since it initially aired, the show still has a passionate cult fanbase and anyone who lived the trio’s so-called Cornetto trilogy – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – should find this show caters exactly to their taste. Watch Spaced on Amazon Prime Video
While initially critics had a mixed reaction to animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers, over the course of its ten season run the series has hit a stride and earned some lofty praise, frequently touted as one of the best comedies on television right now. The series follows the Belcher family as they run a small burger restaurant and tackle the problems that life throws at them along the way. Watch Bob’s Burgers on Amazon Prime Video
This cheeky comedy took critics by storm across its two series, making a global star of its creator and lead actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Fleabag tells the story of a young woman living in London and her messy relationships with the people around her, most notably her sister Claire (played by Sian Clifford). The series won virtually every award it was nominated for, delighting with its risque sense of humour before breaking our hearts with that final episode. Watch Fleabag on Amazon Prime Video
The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt
Following their exit from the BBC’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond reunited for this follow-up series, which sees them getting up to more motoring antics. While the exciting challenges never fail to amuse, it’s the bickering and banter between the charismatic trio that keeps fans coming back time and time again. The main series has been put on pause for the time being in favour of a new format: feature-length specials set all over the world. The latest instalment, titled. A Massive Hunt, takes the team to Madagascar in search of treasure. Watch The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video
This star-studded series tells a different tale of love in every episode, each one inspired by true stories published in the popular New York Times column that shares its title. Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s 8), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Andrew Scott (Fleabag) are among the talented ensemble cast. Watch Modern Love on Amazon Prime Video
Parks and Recreation
One of the warmest, cosiest sitcoms to have graced our screens since the turn of the millennium. Originally created as an offshoot of the US Office, this dramedy from The Good Place creator Mike Schur focused on the efforts of a small branch of government in the fictional town of Pawnee, Illinois, and one dogged, well-meaning politician, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). It launched the careers of Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza along the way… Watch Parks and Recreation on Amazon Prime Video
Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph lead this pleasant, mixed bag of a series about a bored married couple, which reveals much grander intentions in the closing moments of Forever‘s second episode (let’s just say that if the first episode doesn’t excite you, the rest of the series might). Watch Forever on Amazon Prime Video
James May: Our Man in Japan
Former Top Gear and current The Grand Tour host James May goes on an adventure across Japan in this fun documentary series, which sees him sampling the cuisine and meeting locals as he learns more about the fascinating country. From the city streets of Tokyo to the icy terrain of Hokkaido, Our Man in Japan is a whistle-stop tour from the comfort of your home, with May’s usual dry wit keeping the tone light. Watch James May: Our Man in Japan on Amazon Prime Video
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney co-write this comedy about a holiday fling that leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and all of the fallout that this entails. All three seasons of Catastrophe are available to stream – and as the fourth is set to debut in the new year, it’s a good time to catch up. Watch Catastrophe on Amazon Prime Video
A sharp coming of age comedy starring up-and-coming British star Craig Roberts, 80s-set Red Oaks was the pick of Amazon’s pilot season in 2014. Ending in 2017 after three seasons, it remains one of the service’s hidden gems. Watch Red Oaks on Amazon Prime Video
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