Far too many people don’t realise that Amazon Prime membership comes with way more perks than just super speedy deliveries.
There’s Prime Music, some Audible freebies, the Kindle Lending Library, lots of photos storage and the chance to stream great movies and TV shows through Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s answer to an on-demand streaming service.
Although Amazon has a pretty extensive back catalogue on its Prime Instant Video service, there are lots of mediocre TV options too that might fool you into thinking they’d be worthy of a watch, as well as lots of truly terrible ones, which we’d prefer you didn’t waste your time on at all, ever.
But don’t worry. That’s why we’re here to help you make that all important decision about which TV series you should binge watch this weekend and what we recommend you should skip for good. We’ve collected together a big selection of TV shows for you to choose from, including shiny new series through to Amazon’s own original shows.
In our guide you’ll discover our pick of the best Amazon Prime TV shows that are currently on offer. We have options for fans of thrillers, comedy lovers and those who enjoy nothing more than a fantasy police drama.
[Update: Last week Amazon launched Dietland, which is still proving to be a hit and will get a fresh episode each week. This week, season 3 of Ray Donovan has landed on Prime Instant Video, as well as new episodes of The Crossing.]
Amazon has been developing and creating titles itself over the past few years, which are called Amazon Originals or Amazon Original Series.
These homegrown TV shows are arguably some of the best that the Amazon Prime Video service has to offer (think The Tick and Transparent), which you can watch instantly when you have Amazon Prime access. There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon too of course, but some of these have to be purchased in order for you to start streaming.
We’ll be keeping this list constantly updated – if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included, they’ll be added too. Scroll through to see our picks that we’ve divided up into the following categories: drama, comedy and thriller.
If you can only watch one…
New Entry: Dietland: Amazon’s latest homegrown TV show Dietland is a TV adaptation of Sarai Walker’s popular novel of the same name. It’s about an obese woman called Plum (played by Joy Nash) who is ghost-writing a column for a magazine called Daisy Chain for the editor Kitty Montgomery (played by Julianna Marguiles). Plum is about to get gastric bypass surgery, but encounters a group of women under the blanket name Jennifer, who kill men accused of sexual assault. It’s a dark comedy that takes a very disturbing (and in many ways very real) look at diet culture, feminism and sexual abuse.
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