Amazon Prime Video is one of the most overwhelming streaming services out there: it’s overflowing with viewing options for Prime members, from originals to recent hit network and cable series to old-school classics. And then there’s the stuff you can pay for – which is basically everything.
To help you cut through the clutter, the Rotten Tomatoes staff trawled through Amazon Prime Video’s options to uncover 75 series we think are hidden gems worthy of your streaming queue. These are not the streamer’s highest-profile hits – if you need to be reminded that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel exists, check out our guide to the very best Amazon Prime series – but great and interesting shows that have flown under the radar, or which you might not know were available with your Prime subscription. (And we stuck to the shows available with Prime, leaving out shows you need to purchase or rent.)
In this guide, you’ll find Prime originals the critics loved but which haven’t gotten the attention we think they deserve (Hanna, The Tick, Britannia); acclaimed “peak TV”-era shows you may be surprised to find available with Prime (The Wire, Hannibal); classics you may be even more surprised to see here (The Outer Limits, The Addams Family, 3rd Rock from the Sun); and some foreign gems (British comedy Peep Show, French thriller The Returned).
We’ve divided the list up by genre to help you find the right show for your mood. And while many of the selections have multiple seasons, we linked to the page for each show’s first season because, well, that’s generally the best place to start and get a sense of whether the show is right for you. For more info on each show, and to read reviews, click into the show title.
For now, happy bingeing, and we hope you find something surprising and special in the list below.
Found a hidden gem on Amazon Prime Video that’s not on our list? Let your fellow fans know in the comments.
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