Top Shows on Prime Video
From original series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Tick to popular licensed shows like Fuller House and Stranger Things, it’s never been easier to find something to watch on Prime Video. With new content being added all the time, it can be difficult to figure out what’s worth watching—and that’s where this list comes in handy. From comedies to dramas, thrillers to horror flicks, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone on this list of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This Amazon original series tells the story of a 1950s housewife named Miriam who, upon discovering that her husband of 10 years has been cheating on her, decides to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. The show has been praised for its authentic portrayal of the era, as well as for its complex, flawed, and fascinating protagonist. It’s also been recognized for the quality of its writing, with the show’s first season winning two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Critic’s Choice award. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s second season premiered on December 5, 2018. It will consist of 10 episodes, each running approximately 30 minutes long.
Based on the long-running fictional comic book character of the same name, The Tick is a light-hearted Amazon original dramedy with a sci-fi twist. The show follows the eponymous hero (played by Peter Serafinowicz), an absurdly quirky accountant who suffers from amnesia and thinks he’s a superhero, as he teams up with an unlikely ally—a young insurance salesman named Arthur (played by Griffin Newman). The Tick’s unlikely partnership with Arthur makes for some truly hilarious moments as the two attempt to save the city of “The City” from a variety of absurd villains. The Tick’s first season premiered on August 25, 2017, and concluded on October 21, 2017, with a total of 10 episodes. Its second season premiered on February 9, 2019, and will conclude on March 23, 2019, with 10 episodes as well.
Based on a true story, Derry Girls is a dark and witty coming-of-age comedy set in Northern Ireland during the peak of The Troubles, the decades-long conflict between the British government and Northern Ireland’s nationalist groups, particularly the Provisional IRA. The show follows a group of teenage friends growing up during this turbulent period, and it doesn’t shy away from some of the more uncomfortable realities of the time period. Derry Girls’ first season, consisting of six episodes, premiered on January 15, 2019.
Created by David Shore (of the hit medical drama House M.D.), Sneaky Pete follows a con man named Marius (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who, in an attempt to avoid being sent back to prison, imprisons his cellmate and assumes his identity. However, Marius’ plan gets more complicated when he discovers that the man he’s impersonating is the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company. Sneaky Pete is a clever, engaging psychological drama that’s drawn comparisons to shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Sneaky Pete’s third season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on September 28, 2018.
Based on the long-running comic book series of the same name, Preacher is a violent, darkly comedic thriller that follows the adventures of a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper), his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (played by Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun). The three unlikely allies team up to stop an otherworldly threat known as Genesis, which is housed inside the body of a small child. Preacher is a genuinely bizarre show that’s full of over-the-top humor and graphic violence. Preacher’s third season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on August 4, 2018.
Dark: Season 1
Dark, the first Amazon original German-language series, follows several interconnecting storylines as they detail the strange occurrences in the fictional German town of Winden. The show is a cross between sci-fi and horror: Elements of the supernatural, such as the use of time travel via a mysterious machine, are intertwined with stories of a missing child and a serial killer. Dark is a well-written and beautifully produced show that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Dark’s first season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on December 1, 2017.
The Walking Dead: Seasons 7 & 8
The world’s most popular TV show just keeps getting better with time. The Walking Dead, which follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, is the perfect show for anyone who enjoys gritty, violent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling. Set in the fictional town of Alexandria, Virginia, the show has featured many iconic characters, such as the fan-favorite Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. The show also has a massive following online due to its interactive nature: Fans can vote on the show’s story future via polls on AMC’s website. The Walking Dead’s seventh and eighth seasons, consisting of 16 episodes each, were added to Prime Video in September 2018.
Stranger Things: Season 2
The award-winning ’80s sci-fi/horror/mystery mash-up Stranger Things is back, and it’s better than ever. Following the disappearance of a young boy named Will, this show features an all-star cast, including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Millie Bobby Brown. The show has been praised for its nostalgic take on ’80s culture, as well as its engaging and emotional story that’s full of twists and turns. Stranger Things’ second season, consisting of eight episodes, was added to Prime Video on October 27, 2017.
13 Reasons Why: Season 1
Based on a best-selling novel, 13 Reasons Why follows a high school student named Clay (played by Dylan Minnette) as he attempts to come to terms with his friend’s suicide. He finds a series of cassette tapes recorded by another student, Hannah (played by Katherine Langford), who explains that she decided to take her own life due to a series of painful experiences, including sexual assault and bullying. This show deals with some very tough subjects, but it does so in a sensitive and thought-provoking way. 13 Reasons Why’s first season, consisting of 13 episodes, was added to Prime Video on August 31, 2017.
Lucifer: Season 2
The charmingly irreverent Lucifer is a must-watch for any fan of crime dramas or police procedurals (or both!). This show follows the eponymous character, the devil himself, as he leaves his own realm and comes to live in Los Angeles as a civilian consultant for the LAPD. The show’s self-aware tone and lighthearted charm have made it a cult favorite among audiences. Lucifer’s second season, consisting of 19 episodes, was added to Prime Video on May 8, 2018.
Based on the acclaimed comic book series by Brian K. Vaughn, Runaways is a coming-of-age story about a group of teenagers whose parents are secretly members of a supervillain organization called The Pride. The teens decide to team up together to bring down their parents’ evil organization, and they discover that they have extraordinary superpowers along the way. Runaways’ first season, consisting of 10 episodes, was added to Prime Video on February 21, 2019.
There’s something for everyone on this list of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now. From superhero shows to dramedies, thrillers to family-friendly content, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone on this list of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now. From original series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Tick to popular licensed shows like Fuller House and Stranger Things, it’s never been easier to find something to watch on Prime Video. With new content being added all the time, it can be difficult to figure out what’s