Amazon Prime is one of the UK’s best streaming services, with a film and TV library to rival Netflix – not bad when you consider that it started life as a free add-on to a next-day delivery service.
Original shows like The Boys or The Man in the High Castle are backed up by fan favourites including The Office and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the company is also licensing plenty of big new American shows like The Walking Dead and Star Trek: Lower Decks.
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.
With a 30-day free trial and competitive pricing, it’s easy to see why it’s a great service to invest in. If you’re not yet signed up to Amazon Prime and want to know more about what it offers, how much it costs and more, then have a read of our article on the price and benefits of Amazon Prime.
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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.
Best of all? There’s a second season on the way, with Gaiman himself running the show based on a plot outline he and Pratchett created years ago for a second novel that never materialised.
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.
Tom Hiddleston stars in this brilliant mini-series based on a book of the same name by John Le Carré.
It’s the best kind of twisty-turny spy caper, with Hiddleston matched by Hugh Laurie’s villainous arms dealer, and a supporting cast that includes Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki.
There may only be six episodes, but The Night Manager is captivating beginning to end, with production values that’ll make you forget the show ever started life on the Beeb.
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.
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.
Season two is dropping in September too, so keep an eye on the latest news from The Boys.
“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.
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’.
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.
Lower Decks boldly goes where no Star Trek show has gone before: a goofy animated comedy in the vein of Rick and Morty.
As the name suggests, this new series takes a break from the bridge crew to follow a few red shirts instead. It’s very silly and surprisingly gory, but less nihilistic than its obvious inspiration – there’s still a lot of heart here, and a clear affection for classic Trek too.
Get the latest on Lower Decks season two, expected to arrive this month.
Nick Frost stars as an internet installation man cum ghost hunter & YouTuber in this surreal British comedy that also features Simon Pegg in a recurring role, and the brilliant Samson Kayo as Elton John. But not that Elton John.
It gets a little spooky at times, but not so much as to put off the horror-averse, but it’s mostly just unexpectedly funny, thanks in part to a dogged insistence to double down on even its dumbest jokes and carry them through.
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).
A show that really needs no introduction. This deep drama set in the world of a New York advertising agency in the ’60s was a key point in the early days of the so-called golden age of TV.
This is the show that made Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss stars, and much of the rest of the cast have gone on to big things since too.
More than that though, this is a thoughtful meditation on capitalism, gender norms, addiction, and more – and one that oozes style all the way through.
Comrade Detective is…a difficult show to explain.
The pitch is that this is a gritty detective series from behind the Iron Curtain in ’80s Romania, discovered, re-mastered, and dubbed by Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and more.
The reality of course is that there was never any original Romanian show, and instead this is a modern (and silly) imagining of what a communist ’80s detective series might look like, complete with capitalist plots, Ronald Reagan masks, and the devilish influence of American blue jeans.
This adaptation of the infamous Thomas Harris novels about Hannibal the cannibal manages to be at once shockingly grisly and curiously well-mannered, much like its titular character.
Choosing to focus on Hannibal’s earlier days (they had hoped to get the rights to tackle Silence of the Lambs in a possible fourth season, but never managed) the show tracks his work with the FBI hunting other killers while hiding his own true nature and playing psychiatrist to the agents assigned to work with him.
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 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.
Uplifting it isn’t, but The Handmaid’s Tale is perhaps essential television. This adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel takes the book as a starting point to weave its own ongoing story across three seasons so far.
Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss is the titular Handmaid, a house-servant in a version of the US where Christian values and outdated gender norms have been pushed to their limit in a nightmarish police state that exerts total control over who can love – and sleep with – who.
It’s unpleasant viewing, and may well challenge your views on gender dynamics, but it poses questions that all of us should be thinking about, now more than ever. And it’s damn compelling viewing to boot.
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