The 30 Best TV Shows on Prime Video
From A League of Their Own to The Boys, Amazon's original content is only getting better.
There are so many streaming services to choose from right now, but Prime Video continues to deliver binge-worthy content we can't get enough of. From British shows like Fleabag, to gritty superhero series like The Boys, to delightful comedy dramas like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Prime Video has options in just about every genre. Here, we round up 30 of the best shows to watch on Prime Video in 2023 (if you haven't already).
The Summer I Turned Pretty
From the author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty tells the story of 15-year-old Belly. For her entire life, Belly has spent every summer with Conrad and Jeremiah, the sons of her mom's best friend, at their beach house. But this summer is different, because Belly is about to turn 16, and she's starting to get noticed. Moms Susannah and Laurel are every bit as wonderful as the teen cast in this dreamy summer series, which has been renewed for Season 2.
Daisy Jones & The Six
Adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid's best-selling novel of the same name, Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of the titular band, which became one of the most popular acts of the '70s, before breaking up right after they hit their peak. Riley Keough and Sam Claflin play the two charismatic lead singers, whose antagonistic relationship eventually forms into an intense bond. The beautifully shot drama about the joy of music and the pressures of fame arrives on Prime Video March 3.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan has netted an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her performance as Miriam "Midge" Maisel in Amy Sherman-Palladino's comedy drama. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, Midge starts pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian after her husband leaves her. A fifth and final season will wrap up the adventures of Mrs. Maisel later this year.
The Boys is one of Prime Video's splashiest shows, with Seth Rogen serving as an executive producer. Based upon the comic book series of the same name, The Boys isn't your usual superhero fare. In this universe, superheroes routinely abuse their powers, so a group of vigilantes tries to stop "the Supes" from wreaking havoc. Expect gratuitous sex and violence.
A League of Their Own
Adapted from the 1992 movie, Prime Video's A League of Their Own was co-created by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson, who also stars. The series, which is set in 1943, focuses on women's baseball team the Rockford Peaches, and has already been praised for its strong LGBTQ+ content. While Jacobson plays Carson Shaw, the team's catcher, Chanté Adams stars as Max Chapman, a talented player who faces racist discrimination in her pursuit of the game.
Julia Roberts stars as social worker Heidi is this psychological thriller about soldiers adjusting to civilian life. However, it soon becomes clear that the Homecoming live-in facility Heidi works at is conducting scientific studies on her patients, and a high-level conspiracy unravels. A second season starring Janelle Monáe (who is superb) followed, but nothing could quite capture the quiet brilliance of Roberts's 10-episode stint.
This twisted thriller from BBC One and Amazon Studios stars The Crown's Erin Doherty as a lonely woman called Becky who can't stop thinking about her childhood friend Chloe, who recently committed suicide. In order to orchestrate a chance meeting with one of Chloe's friends, Becky adopts a new identity and starts to enjoy the conceit a little too much.
The Underground Railroad
Based on the novel by Colson Whitehead, and adapted by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad tells the story of two enslaved plantation workers traveling to freedom. The real-life network of people and safe houses that contributed to the abolition of slavery is represented by a literal underground railroad in Prime Video's stark and stunning adaptation.
This four-part documentary focuses on multilevel-marketing clothing company LuLaRoe, which was accused of being a pyramid scheme by some of its former workers. The series features interviews with LuLaRoe's owners, as well as multiple former employees and sellers, about the bizarre and questionable things they experienced while attempting to sell colorful leggings.
I Love Dick
There's only one season of I Love Dick, but don't let that distract from its brilliance. Based on Chris Kraus's inimitable novel, Kathryn Hahn stars as an unsuccessful artist who moves to Marfa, Texas, with her husband, who is undertaking a research fellowship. She quickly becomes infatuated with brooding artist Dick (played by Kevin Bacon) and struggles to contain her burgeoning sexual desires. To make matters complicated, Dick just so happens to be her husband's fellowship sponsor.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge burst onto the international scene, and won a plethora of awards, with Fleabag, an adaptation of her one-woman stage show. The series explores Fleabag's sexual exploits, her insecurities, and familial trauma, as she navigates life in London. Andrew Scott joins the second season as a priest with whom Fleabag falls in love.
Based upon the 2011 movie, Prime Video's Hanna ran for three seasons, with Esmé Creed-Miles shining in the titular role. This cat-and-mouse chase begins in the forest, where Hanna has been raised by her father, who has tried to protect her from a relentless CIA agent. The Killing's Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman reunite in this unexpected thriller.
Lee Child's incredibly popular character gets a faithful adaptation in Prime Video's Reacher. Retired military police officer Jack Reacher stumbles into Margrave, Georgia, at the start of Season 1 and quickly becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Luckily, Reacher is a skilled detective, and fighter, and he looks great in the shower. A second season is on the way.
Bryan Cranston co-created this crime drama that ran for three seasons on the streamer. Giovanni Ribisi stars a Marius Josipović, a convict who decides to impersonate his former cellmate, Pete Murphy, in order to avoid his own criminal past. It's not long before the protagonist finds himself in trouble again, while trying to maintain the pretense of his new identity.
Forever Summer: Hamptons
If you grew up watching summer-infused reality TV shows like Bug Juice and Laguna Beach, Forever Summer: Hamptons will feel like a blast from the past. This slick reality show follows a group of friends living and working in the Hamptons during the summer season. While their arguments are typically ridiculous, the decadent setting more than makes up for it. And fans will agree, Juliet Clarke quickly shows herself to be the MVP.
The Terminal List
Prime Video's glossy action thriller is based upon Jack Carr's 2018 novel of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as Navy SEAL James Reece, whose team is ambushed while on a mission. Upon returning home, Reece's friends start being killed, leading him to investigate and formulate a kill list of his own.
Fantasy series Carnival Row stars Orlando Bloom as a half-fae inspector investigating a series of unsolved murders. A group of mythical creatures are forced to flee their homeland, and tensions arise in the city as the fae immigrants attempt to live peacefully as residents. Cara Delevingne costars.
The Man in the High Castle
Dystopian series The Man in the High Castle ran for four seasons and explores a terrifying alternate history. Based upon Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel, the show explores what might have happened had the United States lost World War II. Despite being ruled by dictatorial powers, mysteries arise when video footage of Nazi Germany losing the war surfaces.
Amazon Studios produced this adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel in collaboration with British network ITV. Olivia Cooke is Becky Sharp personified, a ruthless social climber whose exploits range from devastating to hilarious. A period piece with modern flair, Vanity Fair is told over seven episodes in this version, and viewers will be utterly gripped.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
Emily Blunt's husband becomes an action hero of sorts in this TV adaptation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan's third season sees the titular hero on the run from government agencies after being wrongfully implicated in a conspiracy. Although the show is set to end with Season 4, Deadline reported that a spin-off starring Michael Peña is currently in development.
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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