Get access to an exclusive library of songs from Amazon Music without any ads. Free games and loot with Prime Gaming Gamers can get free games, in-game items, a free Twitch channel subscription every month and more with Prime Gaming. Best Amazon Prime shows: 20 fantastic TV series worth binge watching By Samuel Roberts, Gerald Lynch, Nick Pino, Tom Power 21 April 2021 The best Amazon Prime TV shows in the US.

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Even for those that don’t even use Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping, the $99 annual fee is becoming a more and more worth the price to access Amazon Video’s growing library of TV shows and movies. That library’s main attraction is a few of the best original series streaming series of the last few years, and with Prime coming to Apple TV later this year, there’s no better time to assess and rank that growing list of hits.

Original dramatic comedies make up the bulk of Amazon’s best exclusive streaming TV shows, with sub-genres that include alternate history dystopia, a long-form period piece biopic, and even a police procedural. Just about everything they do is adapted from some source material, be it a novel, play, book series, or real-world events. But that doesn’t stop much of this “original” content from being the most bingeable streams around.

Here are the seven best series that you can only get on Amazon Video:

7. Man in the High Castle

Loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, Man in the High Castle goes very off-book in imagining a dystopian alternate history in which the Nazis won World War II. It’s 1962 and the U.S. is subdivided into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States. After characters encounter propaganda revealing an alternate reality to their own, the series dabbles in the realm of sci-fi with the presentation of alternate dimensions.

The Man in the High Castle proved immensely popular with watchers in its first season, and the third is due out sometime in 2017.

6. Bosch

The titular Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is a renegade homicide detective in the Hollywood Division of the LAPD. He was honorably discharged from the military sometime after serving in Vietnam and since has developed a sort of weathered charm. Bosch is stern, serious, and brooding — almost too close to an overused stereotype in police procedurals. But the show’s gripping pace makes its tired cliches more than palatable.

The show adapts its stories from Michael Connelly’s best-selling crime drama novels, and considering the author has penned 20 novels featuring the character, the show could conceivably go on for a long time.

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5. Fleabag

Fleabag is a hilariously irreverent sitcom that’s supported entirely by the charm and comedic ability of its lead, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Its use of black humor and asides to the audience offer up tragic, poignant insight into her life as a single woman navigating life in London. It’s anything but wholesome, which is more than half the fun.

Fleabag is adapted from Waller-Bridge’s own one-woman play of the same name, and its first six-episode season was released in summer of 2016. It’s been confirmed for the second season, but if rumors of Waller-Bridge becoming the new lead on Doctor Who are true, it may have a delayed release.

4. Z: The Beginning of Everything

Fans of the Jazz Age will watch Z: The Beginning of Everything with glee, as it’s a biopic of detailing the relationship of two of its biggest figures: Zelda Sayre and The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The show is remarkable as a period piece portraying life in the early 20th century (Zelda is dubbed by her husband “the first American Flapper”), but its greatest strength is in shifting its focus away from the more-famous F. Scott Fitzgerald and instead focusing on the accurate life of Zelda.

Christina Ricci as Zelda is positively superb in her portrayal of an oppressed but impeccably strong woman. What ultimately emerges in the show is a startling exposé on the insecurities of Scott and his philandering ways, as well as how much of his relationship with Zelda was infused into novels like The Great Gatsby. To some extent, Scott “borrowed” Zelda’s own thoughts and writings for his novels, and he frequently pressured his wife against pursuing her own writing career.

3. Transparent

Perhaps Amazon’s flagship series, Transparent showcases the superb talents of Jeffrey Tambor as an aging father who finally admits to herself and her children that she’s a woman named Maura and begins to transition. While Tambor is an Emmy-winner for the role, Transparent is as much about Maura’s journey as it is the shortcomings of her three children, each of whom is uniquely charming and funny, but occasionally self-destructive.

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The mood in each of the show’s three seasons oscillates between cynical and optimistic, with its characters sometimes trying earnestly to be good people but at other times descending into self-destruction. Transparent deals with a wide cast in a measured, effective approach that balances comedy and drama to great effect with everything that makes a messy, big family like the Pfeffermans interesting. What emerges is an uplifting message on the importance of radical self-acceptance and open-mindedness that you can’t really find anywhere else.

A fourth season is currently in development.

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2. Mozart in the Jungle

This music-minded sitcom about the inner-workings of the New York Symphony is a sensory delight bordering on the pornographic; what Chef’s Table is to the “food porn” phenomenon, Mozart in the Jungle delivers on the auditory level. Its star, Gael García Bernal, delivers an immeasurable amount of brilliance and charm as Rodrigo De Souza, a young, handsome prodigy of a conductor based on Gustavo Dudamel.

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The entry point for viewers is the only slightly younger Hailey Rutledge, an ambitious and talented oboist who dreams of playing for the New York Symphony. Just as Rodrigo takes over as the new maestro of the Symphony, Hailey finds herself with an opportunity to get her foot in the door, and the series immediately takes off through various areas of New York City and far beyond.

Each of the currently available three seasons is uniquely nuanced, and the series was renewed earlier this year for a fourth go-round. It’s only fitting considering it took home two Golden Globes in 2016.

1. Catastrophe

Amazon Originals are often irreverent and brutally honest, with humanistic optimism buried underneath all that cynicism; nowhere is that more brazenly on display than in Catastrophe. When a casual sexual fling during a London business trip turns into an unexpected pregnancy for Rob and Sharon, the foul-mouthed, seemingly mismatched pair sort of shrug and decide to “make a go of it.”

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Catastrophe offers a brutal examination of what marriage can look like in the real world. Much of the series’s comedy comes from the crass things that Rob and Sharon say both about other people and to each other, but in between moments of fiery rage are tender moments of understanding.

Each of the show’s three seasons dives deeper and deeper into their relationship, saying something new each time about the difficulties of being in a modern relationship.

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It’s a commonly repeated mantra among the millions of pirates who download Game of Thrones and other popular HBO shows: I’d love to pay for HBO, if only there were a sensible way to do so. They swear up and down that if the premium HBO content was available separately from expensive and largely useless cable TV subscription, their money would follow shortly. Well, now we see what their words are worth.

At least, we will a bit, as the newly announced “multi-year deal” between HBO and Amazon is not quite what the pirates have been asking for. It will grant Amazon Prime subscribers access to HBO content, but most of that content is at least three years old. The deal also excludes anything currently tied up by distribution contracts. This means that while the deal encompasses some all-time classics like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers,and The Wire, it also excludes some others like Sex and the City, Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Happily, the deal does cover at least a few more modern shows, like Treme, and early seasons of some others, like True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.

Amazon’s Fire TV streaming hardware will now support HBO Go, as well.

The HBO content should go live to Prime subscribers on May 21. This deal also brings HBO Go to Amazon’s Fire TV service, making Fire TV a full-featured media device, basically lacking only in Apple’s proprietary services.

The deal brings with it an increase to the value proposition for Prime, and may help compensate for a price hike that kicked in just days ago. Netflix also confirmed this week that it will raise its fees for new subscribers — though existing customers can continue at the current rate for another two years. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been adamant recently that the streaming ecosystem is “very much not a zero-sum game,” and he’s probably right that right now the market is open and primitive enough to make adversarial practices unnecessary. That won’t continue forever, especially if Amazon continues to gain momentum.

This effectively splits HBO’s catalog into new content and legacy content, and twins the legacy portion outside of HBO’s own Go streaming service. Though HBO has a long-standing practice of selling old shows for re-airing on basic cable, or selling episodes directly through various online stores, this Amazon deal is getting far more attention because it concerns the much newer and less predictable streaming video market. So is HBO gearing up to release the Go we’ve all be demanding? Or is it looking to scrap Go in favour of an all-Prime model as soon as the broadcasters will allow it? (Read: Why Netflix streaming is getting slower, and probably won’t get better any time soon.)

To keep up its identity as the premiere streaming service, Netflix may double down on bleeding edge ideas like 4K streaming.

Both are unlikely. HBO’s library of older, high-profile content would be one of its main appeals to value in such a situation — a smaller but higher quality collection of programming than Netflix or Hulu. This deal with Amazon most likely shows that these older properties had simply ceased generating much income — and Amazon offered to monetize them again. It could also mean that a company which has never before handled its own content delivery is looking for a partner as experienced online as the cable companies are in the “real world.”

It makes sense that HBO would bypass Netflix for this deal — reportedly without even considering the streaming giant as a potential partner. Netflix has already carved out a substantial brand with its own original programming, and draws many of the same customers as HBO’s cable subscriptions. HBO’s inherent “specialness” would be diluted by inclusion on Netflix, and that specialness is its single most valuable brand identifier. Amazon, on the other hand, has produced a few mildly successful shows like Alpha House, and is badly in need of HBO’s shiny, high-class sheen.

In this, Amazon’s struggles might be working in its favour. Amazon has tried to style Prime as a direct Netflix competitor, but perhaps it should try to reinvent the service as a simple platform for content providers to host their unique programming without bleed from an aggressive second brand like Netflix. Other premium content providers like Showtime might consider following HBO into the Amazon breach, if the profits are there.

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It’s too early to see much of a reaction from Netflix itself, but the streaming giant is likely keeping calm; with good mindshare and solid stock performance, it’ll take more than Six Feet Under to topple the king of streaming.

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