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The 56 Best Amazon Prime TV Shows  

Updated September 1, 2020

Looking for the best TV shows on Amazon Prime? We’ve got your covered with our guide to the best Amazon Prime Video original series and shows.

While The Boys commanded our attention in 2019 and the series has jumped higher on our list with its season 2 release. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel kicked up a TV awards storm the year before. These comedies were not the first of Amazon Prime Video’s original shows to garner critical and award attention. That honor goes to the groundbreaking Transparent, which ended in 2019 after four seasons and a musical finale.

The internet giant got into the original content business in 2013, when it began with a fan-voted “pilot season.” Users were able to watch TV pilots and give feedback to the powers that be, and the highest-rated pilots would be turned into Amazon Prime Video series. That process yielded both hits (Bosch, renewed for a seventh, and final, season) and misses (Betas, canceled after one season).

The company ended that process in 2018, but each year continues to release a variety of comedies, dramas, international co-productions, and acquisitions, including its pickup of fan-favorite space drama The Expanse, which in fall 2019 debuted original episodes on Amazon with its fourth season. This year the service caused a stir with the Jordan Peele-produced, Al Pacino-starring Hunters, which has thrilled — and divided — audiences.

Competition reality series World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji hosted by Bear Grylls, and sci-fi comedy Upload, from Greg Daniels (The OfficeParks and Recreation) are the latest title to join our list, which also includes some of the above-mentioned titles and Fleabag, Hanna, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Man in the High Castle, Homecoming, Good Omens, Mozart in the Jungle, and more.

For this guide, we set out to list Amazon Prime’s best TV shows to binge-watch, now from all of those titles the service has released since 2013. Below, find more than 50 titles that made the cut. To be included in our list of the best Amazon series, titles must be Fresh (60% or higher).

Keep this page bookmarked, as we will be updating our best Amazon Prime shows list as more series debut and more scores come in. And if you’re in the mood for a movie, check out our guide to the Best Movies on Amazon Prime.

Updated:  World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji added

The Last Post (2017)
64%

#56
Synopsis: The Last Post is set during the social and political unrest of the mid-sixties, in the simmering heat of Aden,... [More]
Directed By: Miranda Bowen

Hunters (2020)
64%

#55
Synopsis: From Executive Producer Jordan Peele, Hunters, follows a rag-tag team of Nazi Hunters on their quest for righteous revenge in... [More]

#54
Adjusted Score: 19.016%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Narrated by Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek), The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show invites fans in as Musgraves prepares for a most... [More]
Directed By:

Mad Dogs (2015)
67%

#53
Synopsis: A group of forty-something friends travel to Belize for a celebration that turns into a nightmare and puts their bond... [More]

Lore (2017)
68%

#52
Synopsis: Eerie tales of psychologically disturbing and paranormal true experiences are retold in this adaptation of the podcast of the same... [More]

The Grand Tour (2016)
69%

#51
Synopsis: A travel show features short films and studio segments from a large tent in different countries.... [More]

Synopsis: A beautiful and talented southern belle becomes the original flapper, an icon of the Jazz Age in the 1920s.... [More]

#49
Synopsis: A world-renowned martial arts expert and undercover agent for hire comes out of retirement after chance encounter with a long... [More]

#48
Synopsis: In one tragic night, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Martin Jones's life is blown apart, and he is forced into... [More]

#47
Adjusted Score: 25.93%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning will feature Ilana's thoughts on homophobes and Nazis, how crappy women's razors are, and... [More]
Starring: Ilana Glazer
Directed By: Ryan Cunningham

#46
Synopsis: A dramatic thriller based on novelist Tom Clancy's CIA operative as he begins his career in the spy game.... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Riggen

Synopsis: Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, each of the 10 stand-alone episodes are set in a different... [More]

Fearless (2017)
73%

#44
Synopsis: Fearless is a legal conspiracy thriller following human rights lawyer Emma Banville (McCrory), whose latest case will uncover a web... [More]

The ABC Murders (2018)
73%

#43
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, the series follows the famous detective Poirot as he faces a serial killer known as ... [More]

Good Girls Revolt (2015)
73%

#42
Synopsis: Set in 1969, a group of young women who work for a news program fight against sexual discrimination during an... [More]
Directed By: Scott Winant

Modern Love (2019)
75%

#41
Synopsis: Anthology Series based on the New York Times' column and weekly podcast.... [More]

Homecoming (2018)
78%

#40
Synopsis: A mystery series centered on an unconventional wellness company that helps troubled veterans return to civilian life. In Season 1,... [More]

Informer (2018)
79%

#39
Synopsis: Thriller about a British-Pakistani who is coerced by a counterterrorism officer into informing.... [More]

The Pale Horse (0)
79%

#38
Synopsis: When a murder investigation is launched into the death of a young woman, a mysterious list of names is discovered... [More]

Alpha House (0)
79%

#37
Synopsis: A comedy featuring John Goodman. Re-election battles, looming indictments, parties, their Party... these senators need a drink. And a new... [More]

#36
Synopsis: Appleyard College becomes the epicenter for this mystery when three schoolgirls and a teacher go missing.... [More]

Synopsis: A new narrative emerges as Ted Bundy's longtime girlfriend and her daughter break their silence.... [More]
Starring:

Hanna (2019)
80%

#34
Synopsis: In equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the... [More]

Lorena (2018)
82%

#33
Synopsis: Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life), Lorena reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of... [More]
Starring:

Goliath (2016)
82%

#32
Synopsis: A down-and-out lawyer seeks redemption.... [More]
Directed By: David Semel

Tales From the Loop (2020)
84%

#31
Synopsis: The townspeople who live above "The Loop," a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, experience... [More]

Fortitude (2015)
84%

#30
Synopsis: A brutal murder is investigated in a small Arctic town.... [More]

Good Omens (2019)
84%

#29
Synopsis: In this comedy, the year is 2018 and the Apocalypse is set to descend upon humanity. An angel and demon... [More]

Synopsis: An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.... [More]

Betas (2013)
85%

#27
Synopsis: The comic adventures of four Silicon Valley pals who are working on a mobile social-networking app.... [More]

Comrade Detective (2017)
85%

#26
Synopsis: Set in Romania during the 1980's Cold War hysteria, two detectives investigate the murder of a colleague.... [More]

#25
Synopsis: Documentaries, poems, films and interviews based on content from The New Yorker.... [More]

Doctor Thorne (2016)
87%

#24
Synopsis: Based upon Anthony Trollope's novel, this lavish drama follows Dr Thomas Thorne, and his charming niece Mary as she discovers... [More]

Britannia (2018)
87%

#23
Synopsis: The Roman Imperial Army invades Britannia, a land ruled by warrior women and powerful Druids.... [More]
Directed By: Sheree Folkson

Upload (2020)
87%

#22
Synopsis: From Emmy-Award winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) comes Upload, a new sci-fi comedy series set in... [More]

I Love Dick (2017)
87%

#21
Synopsis: A couple's relationship unravels as they obsess over a professor named Dick.... [More]

ZeroZeroZero (2020)
89%

#20
Synopsis: A huge shipment of cocaine traveling from South America to Europe brings clashes between rival groups of cartels, mafias and... [More]

Synopsis: This 10-episode adventure series, hosted by Bear Grylls and executive produced by Mark Burnett, tells the story of the ultimate... [More]
Starring:

Vanity Fair (0)
89%

#18
Synopsis: A period drama series adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel. Olivia Cooke is heroine Becky Sharp, who attempts to... [More]

#17
Synopsis: Set in the 1950s, Miriam "Midge" Maisel is a content wife and mother whose perfect life takes a sudden turn... [More]

The Boys (2019)
91%

#16
Synopsis: A fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's... [More]
Directed By: Evan Goldberg

Transparent (2014)
90%

#15
Synopsis: Following the goings-on of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.... [More]

Patriot (2015)
91%

#14
Synopsis: An intelligence officer takes an undercover assignment in Iran, but PTSD spells, incompetency in the federal government and the challenges... [More]

Red Oaks (2014)
93%

#13
Synopsis: An assistant tennis pro tries to figure out his future while working at a country club in suburban New Jersey.... [More]

The Expanse (2015)
93%

#12
Synopsis: A detective's search for a missing heiress in space coincides with the destruction of a freighter.... [More]

Ordeal by Innocence (2018)
94%

#11
Synopsis: The black sheep of the Argyll family resurfaces to deny accusations of killing the matriarch, which initiates the gang's hunt... [More]

Forever (2018)
94%

#10
Synopsis: Married couple June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, California. For... [More]
Directed By: Alan Yang

#9
Synopsis: Exploring the world of classical music.... [More]

The Tick (2016)
95%

#8
Synopsis: In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his... [More]

Sneaky Pete (2017)
96%

#7
Synopsis: After being released from prison, a con man hides from debtors by assuming his cellmate's identity and lands a job... [More]

One Mississippi (2015)
96%

#6
Synopsis: In this dark comedy based on the life of Tig Nataro, a young woman returns to her hometown following the... [More]

#5
Synopsis: It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party,... [More]

Bosch (2014)
97%

#4
Synopsis: A relentless Los Angeles homicide detective pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial himself on murder charges.... [More]

Catastrophe (2015)
98%

#3
Synopsis: An unplanned pregnancy turns a weekend tryst into a serious commitment for a British woman and an American tourist.... [More]
Directed By: Louise Archambault

Undone (2019)
98%

#2
Synopsis: From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes Undone, a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about... [More]

Fleabag (2016)
100%

#1
Synopsis: A hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, grief-riddled woman trying to make sense of the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Kirkby


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