The best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now (June 2024)

A woman talking to a man in a tank top on a ship in a scene from Battlestar Galactica.
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If you’re looking for something great to watch on Amazon Prime Video to make good use of your subscription, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an exciting roster of shows from which to choose. These include originals like the latest hit, Fallout, along with library titles from other networks. Most recently, the streaming service added Battlestar Galactica to its roster, so you can watch (or re-watch) every season to your heart’s content.

Amazon Prime Video comes as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, or you can sign up for access to the streaming content on its own. You’ll need to watch with ads unless you upgrade to the ad-free version Amazon added this year. Whether you opt for a standard subscription with ads or ad-free, the wide selection of titles will be worth it. With popular shows like The Boys returning with new seasons this month as well, June is shaping up to be a busy month for TV watching. Have a look at our picks for the best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on Disney+.

Battlestar Galactica (2004) [New]

Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 4

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama

  • Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

  • Created by: Ronald D. Moore, Glen A. Larson

If you’ve been looking to find where you can stream Battlestar Galactica since it left Peacock, Amazon Prime Video is the answer. A reimagining of the original series from 1978, Battlestar Galactica follows a group of humans traveling in space through planets known as the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. When an android race known as the Cylons launches an attack, however, it seems a small group aboard the title ship are the only surviving members of the military among the now almost fully decimated population. The fate of the human race is literally in their hands as they desperately try to locate the rumored 13th colony called Earth to where they might hopefully be able to survive.

The military sci-fi series has been ranked by outlets like Time and The New York Times as being among the best TV shows of this generation. The series has developed a following of die-hard fans who appreciate not only the high entertainment value but the deeper political themes and parallels; stories are often analyzed, dissected, and compared to real-life events from the past. When it comes to shows with great re-watch value, Battlestar Galactica ranks high on the list.

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The Fall (2013) [New]

The Fall
The Fall
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 3

  • Genre: Drama, Crime

  • Cast: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Niamh McGrady

  • Created by: Allan Cubitt

Gillian Anderson (Scoop) and Jamie Dornan are a perfect match in this crime drama from Northern Ireland that is a must-watch for any fan of the serial killer sub-genre. Dornan convincingly plays Paul Spector in The Fall, a respectable family man and, ironically, a bereavement counsellor who has a dark secret — he’s also a ritualistic serial killer. While Paul has been getting away with it for some time, he meets his match in Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson (Anderson). Slowly but surely, she starts to close in on him as being the unlikely perpetrator in a rash of deaths that all point to the same killer.

Intense, gripping, and wonderfully acted, The Fall will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire way through. While Paul’s identity as the killer is instantly revealed to viewers, the cat-and-mouse game as Stella’s acute instincts help her inch closer to catching him is absolutely nail-biting. If shows like Dexter and You are among your favorites, The Fall will be right up your alley, too.

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Eureka (2006)

Eureka
Eureka
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 5

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton

  • Created by: Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia

Earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series the year after its debut almost two decades ago, Eureka is one of those great sci-fi series you haven’t heard about. The show, which originally aired on Sci-Fi Channel (which later became Syfy) is set in a secret fictional town called Eureka that’s guarded by an electromagnetic shield and run by a company called Global Dynamics. The town is populated by mostly scientific geniuses who have worked on all the biggest technological developments through the decades. In each episode, there’s an accident or nefarious act involving technology that the new fish-out-of-water town sheriff Jack (Colin Ferguson), working alongside the eccentric residents, must solve.

Eureka has drawn comparisons to shows like Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure, and the show was cancelled after five seasons. It was, however, given an extra episode to wrap up the story for a fitting send-off, making it worth watching the entire way through. It’s one of those hidden gems that’s satisfying from start to finish.

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Clarkson's Farm (2021)

Clarkson's Farm
Clarkson's Farm
  • Rated: TV-PG

  • Seasons: 3

  • Genre: Reality, Comedy

  • Cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run a farm? British TV presenter, journalist, and writer Jeremy Clarkson, best known for shows Top Gear and The Grand Tour, owns a farm in the Cotsworld. He uses his experience as a TV presenter to bring viewers fully into the experience in a compelling, educational, and engaging way in Clarkson’s Farm. The thousand-acre farm had been growing barley, rapeseed, and wheat before Clarkson decided to venture into farming himself and take over.

Humorously, Clarkson renamed the farm Diddly Squat in reference to the fact that it wasn’t producing much of anything. But together with viewers along for the ride, he learns the ropes and tries to make something of it. Inspirational, entertaining, and educational, Clarkson’s Farm takes you right from the first stages of running a farm (think learning how to use a tractor and seed drill) to running a farm shop, dealing with unexpected challenges (including the COVID-19 pandemic), herding cows, and by the end of the second season, opening his own restaurant. It’s a fascinating watch that sheds light on the importance and hard work of farmers and the farming community.

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Outer Range (2022)

Outer Range
Outer Range
  • Metacritic: 60%

  • IMDb: 7.2/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Western, Mystery

  • Cast: Josh Brolin, Tom Pelphrey, Tamara Podemski

  • Created by: Brian Watkins

Outer Range stars Josh Brolin as a rancher in Wyoming who undercovers supernatural mysteries while investigating the outskirts of his land. Presented like Yellowstone meets Stranger Things, the mystery thriller is sure to excite fans of either (or both) shows as well as those who grew up watching Brolin on screen (remember The Goonies?), or just came to know him as Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.

With Brolin serving as an executive producer alongside a team that also includes Brad Pitt, there’s plenty of drama, intrigue, and chatter around this original show. While season one was shrouded in mystery, Amazon promises plenty of payoffs in the second season along with lots more twists, turns, and compelling character journeys.

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Fallout (2024)

Fallout
Fallout
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Action & Adventure

  • Cast: Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Walton Goggins

  • Created by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Graham Wagner

One of the most anticipated new series of the year, Fallout is a post-apocalyptic tale based on the popular role-playing video game franchise of the same name. When a nuclear exchange in an alternate history leads to the apocalypse, a retro-futuristic society emerges above ground. Beneath it, those who survived live in bunkers known as Vaults. Centuries later, a woman who grew up in the Vault and knows nothing about life above ground decides to venture outside into a sinister and dangerous world.

Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets) stars as Lucy, and Walton Goggins (The Righteous Gemstones) as The Ghoul, while the guest-starring cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Emerson, and Chris Parnell. With the story faithful to the game, gamer fans are excited to watch it play out in live-action form. Offering an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic scenario, however, Fallout will appeal to those who aren’t even familiar with the game, too.

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Them (2021)

Them
Them
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery

  • Cast: Deborah Ayorinde, Pam Grier, Luke James

  • Created by: Little Marvin

The black mirror anthology series Them from Lena Waithe (The Chi) is back this month with a second season called Them: The Scare. The first season was set in the ‘50s and followed a Black family moving into an all-white neighborhood during the Second Great Migration. While they try to acclimate, evil forces and otherworldly events begin to haunt them.

The second season, which comes three years after the first, sees actress Deborah Ayorinde return to the series but in a completely different role and time period, though it still takes place in Los Angeles. It’s now the ‘90s, and she’s LAPD Detective Dawn Reeve, who is investigating a horrific murder. She soon discovers a serial killer is on the loose, and her family becomes wrapped up in the evil that surrounds her. If you’re looking for a show with jump scares and are not against graphically violent scenes, curl up to the blood-curdling Them: Covenant (season one) and Them: The Scare (season 2).

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House (2004)

House
House
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 8

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery

  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps

  • Created by: David Shore

When it comes to surly, blunt doctors with special skills, none quite measures up to Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the pain med-popping doctor who also happens to be a medical genius. But his bedside manner leaves much to be desired, both with patients and staff. Each episode of House, like other medical dramas of its ilk, follows House’s examination of patients, often who have strange and unexplained illnesses. He always figures it out, however, usually using unconventional, sometimes questionable methods.

The complicated relationship and back and forth between Dr. House and his boss, Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), filled with tension because of his complete disregard for rules, is one of the most intriguing parts of the show. He refuses to listen and does things his own way, but there’s no one better. With a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Morrison, Omar Epps, Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, and Amber Tamblyn throughout various seasons, House is one of the best medical dramas of the 2000s. The series aired for eight seasons, all of which are available to stream.

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2024)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Donald Glover, Maya Erskine

  • Created by: Donald Glover, Francesca Sloane

A loose TV interpretation of the 2005 action comedy starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith stars Donald Glover and Maya Erskine. The spy series has been well received for its combination of action with comedy and romance. The pair, both spies, agree to pose as a married couple, assuming the names of John and Jane Smith. In each episode, they get a new case with instructions delivered by anonymous text. From intercepting a package to infiltrating a black-tie silent auction, the pair have skills they put to the test in unique scenarios. Through eight episodes, they complete various missions while also growing closer to one another, and their budding romance could complicate things.

The two leads, both comedic talents, are what make this show a fun modern-day interpretation of the story. If you love spy shows with comedic twists and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is worth checking out.

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Invincible (2021)

Invincible
Invincible
  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

  • Cast: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons

  • Created by: Robert Kirkman (screenplay), Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker

With a star-studded cast and Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead universe, behind it, it’s no surprise that this Amazon original series has received rave reviews. While it’s an animated superhero series, Invincible isn’t a show to watch with the kids. As per Kirkman’s signature style, there’s a lot of violence and gore. At the heart of the story is Mark Grayson (voiced by Beefs Steven Yeun), the teenage son of the world’s most powerful superhero, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). Once Mark turns 18, he begins to develop his own superhero skills and must balance becoming Invincible with being a typical teenage boy, as well as learning the truth about his dad.

Keep an ear out for the members of the Guardians of the Globe superhero team, loosely based on the Justice League, all of whom are voiced by Walking Dead cast members, past and present. Also lending their local talents to the series are A-listers like Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs, Walton Goggins, Seth Rogen, Mark Hamill, Mahershala Ali, and Zazie Beetz.

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Undone (2019)

Undone
Undone
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama

  • Cast: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie

  • Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy

From the creators of BoJack HorsemanUndone is an Amazon Original Series that tells a young woman’s complex journey to solve the mystery of her father’s death and uncover the keys to her past. A genre-bending animated series, Undone sees Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) come apart at the seams after a near-fatal accident induces visions of her late father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk). The persistent visions begin to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to pass through space and time, with the ultimate goal of stopping his untimely death.

As Amazon’s first-ever adult animated original series, Undone is a visual spectacle that uses a unique combination of live action motion capture and rotoscoping, giving a sense of fantasy to a very real and relatable story. After two seasons, the fate of Undone remains unknown, as the show has neither been renewed nor cancelled. Given the positive ratings, which includes a 97% score from critics on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, fans hope it will return for a third.

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Expats (2024)

Expats
Expats
  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo

  • Created by: Lulu Wang

Nicole Kidman stars in Expats, a gripping drama based on the Janice Y. K. Lee novel The Expatriates. The series follows a group of American expatriates living in an affluent community in Hong Kong. Their lives become intertwined and linked by tragedy, and each person is on the brink of a breakdown.

The series explores the complications when your personal problems are never just your own. The series follows one woman grieving the disappearance of her child, another who is dealing with the inevitable breakdown of her marriage, and finally, a young woman trying to make a living in the bustling gig economy. Observational, emotional, and tense, Expats is a look into how privilege plays into every situation.

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Hazbin Hotel (2024)

Hazbin Hotel
Hazbin Hotel
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Brightman, Keith David

  • Created by: Vivienne Medrano

Did we really need another adult animated sitcom? If the positive response for Hazbin Hotel is any indication, the answer is an emphatic yes. This musical comedy centers around Charlie Morningstar (voiced by Erika Henningsen), the princess of Hell. She’s a typical Gen-Z-er, seeing the best in everyone and believing she can rehabilitate these lost souls to grant them permission to enter Heaven. She calls her rehab facility Hazbin Hotel, and it’s where she gives demons a shot at redemption before they are killed in the next annual purge.

Naturally, there’s an antagonist, and that’s “Radio Demon” Alastor (Amir Talai), who joins her cause and helps her run the hotel, but secretly it’s just to amuse himself with the ridiculousness of her idea. Described as vibrant, colorful, fast-paced, potty-mouthed, and even sometimes grotesque by critics, Hazbin Hotel is a fabulous addition to the mix.

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Friday Night Lights (2006)

Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights
  • Metacritic: 83%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 5

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

  • Created by: Brian Grazer, Peter Berg

Follow the residents of the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, as they deal with everyday challenges centered around a high school football team. Friday Night Lights earned multiple Emmy awards and nominations during its run.

While Friday Night Lights is, at its core, a sports drama, it’s really a show about family, coming-of-age, and the typical issues facing residents of a close-knit rural community in the U.S. Bottom line: You’ll love it if you love football and will appreciate it even if you don’t. Based on H.G. Bissinger’s nonfiction book, Friday Night Lights is one of those shows with a message, tone, and depiction of everyday challenges that’s timeless and relatable to people from all walks of life. All five seasons of Friday Night Lights can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

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Reacher (2022)

Reacher
Reacher
  • Metacritic: 68%

  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery

  • Cast: Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald

  • Created by: Nick Santora

The character first popularized on-screen by Tom Cruise on the big screen is now on TV in the Amazon original action show Reacher. Except this time, Alan Ritchson (Smallville) plays Jack Reacher, the former U.S. Army major who has moved on to travel the U.S., looking for whatever odd jobs he can find to take down bad guys.

The series is based on the Lee Child book series, and like the first movie, season 1 of Reacher focuses on the storyline from the debut novel Killing Floor. After being arrested for a murder he did not commit, Reacher  finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy. In season 2, the story is based on the events in the book Bad Luck and Trouble. With danger at every turn, it’s a thrilling ride all the way through.

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American Horror Story (2011)

American Horror Story
American Horror Story
  • Metacritic: 65%

  • IMDb: 8.0/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 11

  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

  • Cast: Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

  • Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

The horror anthology that is Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, though novel, continues to surpass expectations with every passing season. Each essentially functions as a self-contained miniseries, focusing on a repertory cast of characters and a storyline that features its own beginning, middle, and end. Each season — whether it revolves around a coven of witches, an insane asylum, or a haunted house in the middle of Los Angeles — features lavish set pieces and campy aesthetics, which add to sterling performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning Jessica Lange. Many of the seasons even take jabs at current social issues, and they often leave a weird and wonderful impression. Well, that, and an awful taste in your mouth.

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Gen V (2023)

Gen V
Gen V
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure

  • Cast: Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway

  • Created by: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters

Fans of The Boys will want to put Gen V on their radar. The superhero series spin-off follows a group of students at the Godolkin University School of Crimefighting who are tasked with competing in various battles as part of the deadly, special powers-filled curriculum. The goal? To see who is worthy of becoming a member of the next generation of supes for Vought International.

The series has an entirely new main cast, but there will be cameo appearances from a handful of fan-favorite characters from The Boys. Expect the same bloody gore and political satire while exploring the idea of how Vought gets its greedy, selfish grips on young supes in training. Each one has their own unique superpowers, and combined with the drive and determination to succeed (and survive), and the naivety about what’s in store, Gen V will get the blood boiling at the absurdity of it all.

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Upload (2020)

Upload
Upload
  • Metacritic: 67%

  • IMDb: 8.0/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 3

  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

  • Cast: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson

  • Created by: Greg Daniels

In 2033, people who are near death can be “uploaded” into virtual reality afterlives of their choosing; but it will cost their families a pretty penny. These VR afterlives are run by six tech firms, setting up a new kind of corporate competition over human death. When Los Angeles party boy Nathan’s (Robbie Amell) self-driving car crashes, his girlfriend uploads him into the luxurious Lakeview digital afterlife. There, he meets Nora, a customer service representative for Lakeview, who onboards Nathan to his version of heaven.

The series follows their friendship as Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones while Nora balances her connection with the virtual Nathan with her real-life financial and personal struggles. But when Nathan, a talented coder who was on to something big before he died, discovers his death might not have been an accident after all, he must try to unravel what really happened. It all comes down to the economic disparity that continues to exist in Upload‘s afterlife just as strongly as it does in real life.

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The Wheel of Time (2021)

The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time
  • Metacritic: 61%

  • IMDb: 9.4/10

  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure

  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski

  • Created by: Rafe Judkins

Moiraine, the member of a magical, all-female organization known as the Aes Sedai, takes five young people from their small village to embark on a dangerous adventure. She believes that one of them could be a powerful child who, as the reincarnation of the Dragon, was given powers of prophecies that could save the world (or destroy it). Filled with the stunning visuals and high action one would expect from a show in the epic fantasy genre, The Wheel of Time, based on the Robert Jordan novel series of the same name, was renewed for a third season in advance of the release of the second.

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L.A. Law (1986)

L.A. Law
L.A. Law
  • Seasons: 8

  • Genre: Drama, War & Politics

  • Cast: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

  • Created by: Steven Bochco, Terry Louise Fisher

It’s the legal drama that arguably ushered in an entirely new subgenre. L.A. Law originally aired from 1986 to 1994 and centered around the staff, partners, and associates at a law firm in Los Angeles. Despite being from decades ago, L.A. Law touched on subjects that still remain topical today, from abortion to capital punishment, racism, sexual harassment, homophobia, and domestic violence.

Among its guest cast was a laundry list of unknowns at the time who have gone on to achieve superstardom, including Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, David Schwimmer, James Avery, Bryan Cranston, and Lucy Liu. Meanwhile, the main cast included actors like Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show earned 15 Emmy Awards through its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series. L.A. Law is worth a rewatch or a first watch for a new generation to see how crime was solved and tried long before the internet and cell phones.

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Good Omens (2019)

Good Omens
Good Omens
  • Metacritic: 66%

  • IMDb: 8.1/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Sam Taylor Buck

  • Created by: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Based on the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, Good Omens sees the main characters, a demon named Crowley (David Tennant) and an angel named Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), trying to prevent Armageddon. The show follows various Christian themes as angels and the devil fight for control of humanity and the future.

Initially developed only as a limited series, the star-studded cast (along with a voice cast that includes Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, and Benedict Cumberbatch) and compelling story have seen it extended beyond that.

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Jack Ryan (2018)

Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan
  • Metacritic: 64%

  • IMDb: 8.1/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 4

  • Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

  • Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Tom Clancy’s “Ryanverse” franchise makes the leap from film to TV with the spy thriller Jack Ryan that premiered in 2018 and casts John Krasinski as the titular CIA analyst who finds himself investigating one far-reaching international threat after another. Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse serves as co-creator and executive producer on the Amazon Original series, along with Krasinski and Michael Bay (among others). The show has been praised for its captivating action sequences and likable cast members. The show ends with its fourth and final season that sees Ryan as Acting Deputy Director of the CIA, back on his home turf to fight corruption, terrorism, and a drug cartel.

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I'm a Virgo (2023)

I'm a Virgo
I'm a Virgo
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Cast: Jharrel Jerome, Brett Gray, Kara Young

  • Created by: Tze Chun, Boots Riley

American film director, producer, screenwriter, rapper, and communist activist Raymond “Boots” Riley (Sorry to Bother You) is behind this absurdist comedy about a 19-year-old Black man who stands 13 feet tall. Cootie is played by Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight, When They See Us), who actually stands about 5 feet, 8 inches The illusion of height is achieved through the use of old-school camera tricks (think Will Ferrell in Elf), not CGI.

I’m a Virgo follows Cootie as he comes out of hiding for the first time to join a society he knows nothing about, with the support of a new group of welcoming teenage friends. Meanwhile, there’s a vigilante superhero trying to make the city right by using brute force against minor criminals, and Cootie has attracted his attention. I’m a Virgo is worth a watch even just to see how they pull off the special effects without any use of CGI. But it’s also a unique coming-of-age story like no other that will have you laughing the whole way through.

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The Grand Tour (2016)

The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 5

  • Genre: Comedy, Talk-Show

  • Cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May

For years, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond drove cool cars and clowned around with each other on the BBC’s Top Gear. Despite their departure from that series, however, the good times keep rolling on The Grand Tour, which reunites the three snarky hosts for a show that is very similar in format to Top Gear. Episodes often feature studio segments and test drives on the show’s test track, the “Eboladrome.” As with Top Gear, the best episodes are the ones where the hosts venture to foreign lands, testing unique vehicles on unfamiliar terrain. This includes The Grand Tour: Eurocrash, where they take a 1,400-mile journey across Central Europe in a Japanese Al Capone gangster car. For car enthusiasts or Top Gear fans not satisfied by that show’s new hosts, The Grand Tour is a welcome return to form.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Metacritic: 80%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 5

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen

  • Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino

If you want to watch a star being born, stop what you’re doing and immerse yourself in Rachel Brosnahan’s work as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on the 1950s-set comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Midge is a housewife who pursues a career in stand-up comedy after her husband, Joe Maisel (Michael Zegen), unexpectedly leaves her.

After a drunken, impromptu, and mile-a-minute stand-up set that ends with Midge being arrested, hard-nosed venue employee Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) takes Midge under her wing in hopes of molding a diamond in the rough. The show has won numerous well-deserved awards, solidifying its place among the best period comedy-dramas you can watch right now.

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The Devil's Hour (2022)

The Devil's Hour
The Devil's Hour
  • Metacritic: 70%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery

  • Cast: Jessica Raine, Peter Capaldi

  • Created by: Tom Moran

Nothing good ever happens at 3 a.m. If you have ever heard this saying, you know that the time between 3 and 4 a.m. is known as the “Devil’s Hour,” and this is precisely when Lucy (Jessica Raine of Call the Midwife) keeps waking up, night after night, following the same recurring nightmare. The event, in fact, has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. It doesn’t help that Lucy’s eight-year-old son appears to be lacking emotion and is socially withdrawn.

When Lucy becomes tied to a string of murders in town, she begins to question her own sanity and why so much darkness surrounds her. The British psychological thriller The Devil’s Hour also stars Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi as a reclusive, murderous nomad, and Nikesh Patel (Starstruck) as a detective named Ravi who is investigating the killings. This show is dark, ominous, and totally creepy.

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Jury Duty (2023)

Jury Duty
Jury Duty
  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Cast: Ronald Gladden, James Marsden, Alan Barinholtz

  • Created by: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg

A sleeper hit for Amazon one of 2023’s best comedies, Jury Duty is available through the streaming service’s Freevee channel, an ad-supported video-on-demand (VOD) option formerly known as IMDb TV. It’s worth sitting through the short ads, however, to enjoy the unique docu-comedy about those who end up called in for the most dreaded task: jury duty. But there’s a twist: the case isn’t actually real, and all but one person knows it.

Ronald Gladden stars as himself, a juror who happens to be the only one who doesn’t realize the trial is not actually real. James Marsden also stars as a parody of himself, an alternate juror, while the other jurors are up-and-coming actors with backgrounds in improv. Hailing from the producers of The Office, Jury Duty is not your typical workplace comedy. It’s a fun, semi-improvised series that critics have been mixed on, but fans seem to truly enjoy, giving it an almost perfect score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

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Dead Ringers (2023)

Dead Ringers
Dead Ringers
  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery

  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Emily Meade, Jennean Farmer

  • Created by: Alice Birch

Rachel Weisz takes on a dual role in this gender-reversed interpretation of the 1988 David Cronenberg psychological thriller of the same name. Playing the roles initially portrayed by Jeremy Irons, she’s a set of codependent twins named Elliot and Beverly who both work as gynecologists. They’re also unafraid to bend the rules in the name of delivering proper women’s health care.

The show is reportedly not for the faint of heart, with graphic depictions of childbirth and various medical procedures. But Dead Ringers combines hearty laughs with plenty of foul language, drugs, and debauchery. Elliot and Beverly are very different from one another, but both have the same goal: change the system, at any cost, in a way they think it should be done.

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Billions (2016)

Billions
Billions
  • Metacritic: 72%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 6

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad

  • Created by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin

Check out the first four of the current six seasons of this riveting Showtime drama that follows Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), a ruthless hedge fund manager in New York who continues to grow his wealthy portfolio, and increase the power that comes with it.

He doesn’t accomplish this on the up-and-up, though, and his sometimes illegal dealings have caught the attention of prosecutor Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who is intent on taking Axelrod down. With a mix of fiction and storylines that mirror real-life financial crimes, the series has been lauded for its fresh narrative each season and new character introductions that represent a who’s who of the A-list Hollywood scene.

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The Power (2023)

The Power
The Power
  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Cast: Toni Collette, Halle Bush, Ria Zmitrowicz

  • Created by: Naomi Alderman

Based on the Naomi Alderman novel of the same name, this British sci-fi drama takes place in a future world where teenage girls develop a strange power: they can electrocute others using nothing but their fingertips and sheer will. The mysterious power arrives without warning and becomes hereditary and unremovable. These young women feel the thrill of having a deadly power that can fend off attackers and effectively get them whatever they want. But when they discover that they can awaken the same power in older women, the world and its power dynamics change dramatically.

This raises the stakes considerably in The Power, which examines a matriarchal society and how tremendous power might corrupt, liberate, and change the course of the world. The Power stars Toni Collette, Auli’i Cravalho, and John Leguizamo. Ted Lasso’s Toheeb Jimoh also appears as Tunde, an aspiring journalist who becomes fascinated with covering the story.

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Class of '07 (2023)

Class of '07
Class of '07
  • IMDb: 7.5/10

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Emily Browning, Caitlin Stasey, Megan Smart

  • Created by: Kacie Anning

It’s like a more light-hearted version of Yellowjackets meets The Afterparty. When a group of women who attended an all-girls high school a decade prior come together again for a 10-year reunion, they wind up stuck at the school literally, and figuratively stuck in the past. A tidal wave hits causing the apocalypse, and the ladies must band together at the top of an island peak where their high school campus is located to try and survive.

The women, now grown, however, can’t help but revert to their adolescent selves. This forces them to deal with unresolved high school drama. A fun comedy, Class of ’07 will have you reliving your high school days and the friendships you made in an unbelievably absurd way.

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Swarm (2023)

Swarm
Swarm
  • Metacritic: 66%

  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Dominique Fishback

  • Created by: Donald Glover, Janine Nabers

Donald Glover is behind this horror thriller about a young woman named Dre (Dominique Fishback), who is obsessed with a pop star (that bears an eerie resemblance in look and style to Beyoncé). Dre isn’t just a member of The Swarm, the name coined for the pop star’s followers (once again, similar to Beyoncé’s “BeyHive” group of die-hard fans), she takes her obsession to dark and troubling levels.

Swarm also stars Chloe Bailey (Grown-ish), Damson Idris (Snowfall), Paris Jackson (American Horror Stories), pop singer Billie Eilish, and Rory Culkin (Under the Banner of Heaven). Interestingly, Swarm also counts Malia Obama, daughter of President Barack Obama, among its writers.

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Daisy Jones & the Six (2023)

Daisy Jones & the Six
Daisy Jones & the Six
  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Riley Keough, Camila Morrone, Sam Claflin

  • Created by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

While Daisy Jones & The Six is a fictional band created by author Taylor Jenkins Reid for her novel of the same name, the story is loosely inspired by Reid’s own experiences growing up watching the band Fleetwood Mac. The 10-episode miniseries is presented like a documentary, providing background interviews with the band members. Set in the ‘70s, the look and feel is that of the wild, hippie-centric world of music during that pivotal decade.

Follow Daisy Jones & The Six and their rise from unknown rock band to one of the biggest bands in the world, along with their subsequent downfall when the members shockingly decide to split at the height of their success. The series, which stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin and hails from Reeese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine, shares parallels with many other popular rock bands of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and beyond that music lovers will enjoy dissecting.

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The Terminal List (2022)

The Terminal List
The Terminal List
  • Metacritic: 40%

  • IMDb: 8.2/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama

  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu

  • Created by: David DiGilio

Based on the Jack Carr novel of the same name, The Terminal List stars Chris Pratt as Reece, a military man who is ambushed while his platoon is on a mission. Following his return home and his struggles with severe PTSD from these events, Reece begins to question what he remembers and what his role might have been in what happened. Through his investigation, Reece realizes that there might be more at play. And there are people working against him, which puts both himself and his family in danger.

The action thriller also stars Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Riley Keough, and Patrick Schwarzenegger. While it was met with mixed reviews, The Terminal List has been renewed for a second season.

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The Legend of Vox Machina (2022)

The Legend of Vox Machina
The Legend of Vox Machina
  • Metacritic: 81%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Cast: Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, Marisha Ray

  • Created by: Matthew Mercer

Fans of the game Dungeons & Dragons will love The Legend of Vox Machina, which is based on the D&D web series Critical Role. The adult animated fantasy series, which was initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, is set in the fictional world of Exandria, on the continent of Tal-Dorei. The team known as Vox Machina set out for their first “grown up” mission to avenge the murder of several town rulers, including their own offspring, by an evil lord and lady. Adapting many other classic story arcs, The Legend of Vox Machina was renewed for a third season ahead of its second season release.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama

  • Cast: Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Morfydd Clark

  • Created by: John D. Payne, Patrick McKay

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is one of the biggest fantasy franchises around that was turned into a movie franchise, and this new TV series brings back the story of Middle-earth and the characters that have become part of pop culture history. While only some of the original characters will appear in younger form, the show is set thousands of years prior to the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The time is the Second Age, when the Rings of Power were forged, the Dark Lord Sauron was rising to power and villainy, before the kingdom of Numenor had fallen. With a five-season order commitment worth $1 billion, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is officially the most expensive TV series ever made. And we’ll soon learn if it was worth that investment.

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Mr. Robot (2015)

Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
  • Metacritic: 80%

  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 4

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • Cast: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin

  • Created by: Sam Esmail

As information technology creeps into every aspect of life, one can’t help but look at the people controlling that technology (corporations, government agencies) with a wary eye. The modern world, at times, seems like the prelude to a cyberpunk dystopia, at least in the way Mr. Robot portrays it. The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a paranoid security engineer who, in addition to his day job working for a massive corporation, engages in acts of vigilante hacking. When Elliot is courted by a mysterious activist-hacker known as “Mr. Robot,” he has a chance to use his skills for more than acts of petty justice. Mr. Robot has a grand plan to topple society, and Alderson could play a key role. Mr. Robot is a cyber-thriller with a keen grasp of the technology it represents, but don’t mistake technical accuracy for realism — the show dives headfirst down a rabbit hole of paranoia and espionage, with a plot that constantly challenges the viewer’s perceptions.

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Downton Abbey (2010)

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
  • Metacritic: 80%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-PG

  • Seasons: 6

  • Genre: Drama, Romance

  • Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter

  • Created by: Julian Fellowes

Set in the English countryside shortly after the turn of the 20th century, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their hierarchy of servants. A fascinating look at the English aristocracy at the dawn of the modern age, Downton Abbey deftly balances historical drama with the steamy character-driven conflicts that exist within the family and the staff.

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Bosch

Bosch
Bosch
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 7

  • Genre: Crime, Drama

  • Cast: Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis

  • Created by: Eric Ellis Overmyer (developed for television by)

Titus Welliver plays Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch in this Amazon Studios original series based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels. The first season of the critically acclaimed series has Bosch standing trial for the killing of a serial murder suspect while simultaneously confronting his past when a cold case involving a missing boy suddenly heats up again. After six well-received seasons, Bosch was renewed for a seventh and final season in February 2020.

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The Kids in the Hall (2022)

The Kids in the Hall
The Kids in the Hall
  • Metacritic: 82%

  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Cast: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson

  • Created by: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson

From 1989 to 1995, legendary Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall delighted fans with their hilarious show that starred mainly the five members playing every character. Now, almost 30 years after the show originally ended, the five performers, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, have reunited for a limited eight-episode revival that will see many of the Kids‘ best characters once again resurrected, including Gavin, Kathie and Cathy, Head Crusher, and McCulloch’s psychotic squash player, The Eradicator. In addition to the new season, you can also stream the first five original seasons as well. Dubbed a continuation of the original show, The Kids in the Hall is the first Amazon Original series to hail from Canada.

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The Outlaws (2021)

The Outlaws
The Outlaws
  • Metacritic: 75%

  • IMDb: 7.7/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

  • Cast: Christopher Walken, Stephen Merchant, Darren Boyd

  • Created by: Stephen Merchant, Elgin James

Co-created by and starring Stephen Merchant, The Outlaws centers around seven very different, quarreling strangers fulfilling their community service time who find themselves embroiled in scandal when they come across a bag full of money. While it initially seems like they struck gold during otherwise unfortunate circumstances, it turns out the owners of the bag aren’t exactly kind — there are dangerous individuals who are out for blood and want their money back. With a strong supporting cast that also includes Christopher Walken, the BBC crime thriller comedy has been praised by critics for the portrayal of its “merry band of miscreants,” making it, if nothing else, a fun and entertaining watch.

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Mozart in the Jungle (2014)

Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle
  • Metacritic: 76%

  • IMDb: 8.1/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 4

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

  • Cast: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters

  • Created by: Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman

One of Amazon’s first original series was created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers and stars Gael García Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, and Bernadette Peters as luminaries in the modern classical music scene. Not a bad get for the platform’s first show. Bernal stars as Rodrigo, the brash new conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, whose style clashes with the more straight-laced symphony benefactors behind the scenes. However, his talent is undeniable, and as he strikes up a friendship with an up-and-coming oboist (Lola Kirke), it becomes clear that the two of them can bring out the best in each other.

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Fleabag (2916)

Fleabag
Fleabag
  • Metacritic: 92%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 2

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ben Aldridge, Sian Clifford

  • Created by: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

At times introspective and moody, at others absurd and raunchy, Fleabag defies easy categorization. In its funnier moments — such as the intro, which is an elegant, extended soliloquy ending in a sudden smack of a sex joke — it is one of the sharpest comedies around (season 2 won the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series), but underneath it, all runs a current of sadness. The show follows a lady known only as “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who took home Emmys herself for acting and writing), a neurotic woman juggling a failing business and disastrous personal life. The term fleabag immediately conjures images of filth, and the protagonist’s problems run deeper than her name. Selfish, wanton, and a compulsive liar, she fits in with the various antiheroes that have become popular on television. Uniquely, Fleabag does not keep its damaged lead at a distance; she frequently speaks directly to the viewer in frantic monologues, offering insight into her unquiet mind.

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The Expanse (2015)

The Expanse
The Expanse
  • Metacritic: 72%

  • IMDb: 8.5/10

  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 6

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

  • Cast: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper

  • Created by: Daniel Abraham, Mark Fergus, Ty Franck

Imagine a future in which humans have colonized every part of the solar system. The Expanse turns that hypothetical future into a powerhouse sci-fi drama. The series is set 200 years from now and centers on a conspiracy that threatens to wipe out the human race. Don’t let the CGI effects and space setting fool you — The Expanse is a riveting drama that tackles the nuances of human conflict in a way that rivals shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld. The sixth and final season completes the story. Here’s a list of the best sci-fi movies on Amazon if you’re looking for more like this.

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The Man in the High Castle (2105)

The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
  • Metacritic: 73%

  • IMDb: 8.0/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 4

  • Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

  • Cast: Alex Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Geoffery Blake, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

  • Created by: Frank Spotnitz

World War II seems to be the most common source for the “What if?” scenario in fiction. The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, starts with the premise that not only did the Axis powers win the war, but they also occupied the United States afterward, with Imperial Japan governing the West Coast and the Nazis controlling the territory east of the Rockies. The show follows a few different characters living in different regions as they try to endure the occupation and simultaneously investigate a mysterious film reel that depicts an alternate universe where the Allies actually won the war. Dick was a true visionary author, and The Man in the High Castle captures the otherworldly, authoritarian nature of the world he imagined. Rich with intrigue and superb direction, The Man in the High Castle is an exciting thriller. The series wrapped up its impressive run with November 2019’s season 4.

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The Boys (2019)

The Boys
The Boys
  • Metacritic: 49%

  • IMDb: 8.7/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 3

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

  • Cast: Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Jessie T. Usher, Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty

  • Created by: Eric Kripke

Of all the superhero TV shows and movies out there, none of them are quite like The Boys. It’s a dark, depraved deconstruction of super-powered heroes and villains. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series of the same name, The Boys follows a group of vigilantes who take it upon themselves to police the super-powered heroes who abuse their abilities and take advantage of the trust the public has placed in them. As grim and shockingly violent as it is clever, the series is set in a world in which superpowers, corporate greed, and media consolidation have bled together to create a particularly frightening form of corruption. The audience sees it all through the eyes of Hughie, an average guy whose chance encounter with a superhero changes his life forever.

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