The 10 best shows on Amazon Prime Video

Unbeknownst to some, Amazon boasts a whole lot more than just ridiculously fast shipping. In fact, when it comes to streaming, Amazon Prime Video delivers one of the best libraries of critically acclaimed scripted television shows out there, including hundreds of award-sweeping series. If you’ve exhausted all there is to offer (for now) on big dogs Netflix, Stan and Disney+, maybe it’s time to dip your toes in another pond? Check out the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video in this Canstar Blue guide.

Best shows on Amazon Prime Video

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve taken the liberty to narrow down 10 of the best shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video:

American Gods

It’s the old gods vs the new gods in this bombastic adaption of Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods. Shadow Moon is released from prison and meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who extends an offer Moon can’t refuse, thrusting him into a world of magic and deities, forcing him to survive. The old gods, fueled by primal desires and motivations, are pitted against the sleek new gods Media and Technology, with all types of mayhem breaking loose. It might sound corny, but even the fans of the book are giving it two thumbs up, meaning it’s passed the ultimate litmus test.

Panic

Amazon Prime is ramping up its YA content, and it’s delivering the goods. In Panic, local teenagers compete in an annual competition of increasingly dangerous tasks in order to win $50,000. The money will allow them to escape, what they see, as their dead-end town of Carp, Texas. This year however, somebody has changed the game; the tasks are more deadly and the prize pot has grown – but who will be brave enough to go the distance? It might be overboard on teen angst, but Panic is the perfect mix of drama and horror for when you want to give yourself a healthy scare.

The Underground Railroad

Based on real events and the award-winning novel by Colson Whitehead of the same name, The Underground Railroad stars a number of Hollywood A-listers in this latest limited-series. Following Cora, an enslaved girl living on a plantation in Georgia, she escapes in search of the rumoured Underground Railroad with hopes of a new life, but she’ll have to avoid plenty of obstacles and threats along the way.

Tell Me Your Secrets

Tell Me Your Secrets is a thriller-drama series following a trio of characters, each with their own troubles and dark pasts. Created and written by Harriet Warner (Call the Midwife, Waterloo Road), Tell Me Your Secrets stars Lily Rabe as Emma, a woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer and lived to tell the tale, Amy Brenneman as Mary, a grieving mother looking for her missing daughter and Hamish Linklater as John, a former predator trying to redeem for his past. Each story intertwines and delves deep into human emotion as each of them look to move forward, and will be sure to leave you with chills.

This is Us

This Is Us will make you laugh, ugly cry, and pretty much feel like a member of the Pearson family. The show follows two generations of Pearson’s — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as new parents in the 1980s, and their children Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randal (Sterling K. Brown) searching for fulfillment and love in the present day. From the writers of Crazy, Stupid, Love, this is one family drama you can’t miss. Season four has just been added to Amazon Prime.

Sign up to BINGE

Looking for something more? Check out BINGE’s huge library of content, with three plans to choose from. Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. Check out the plan inclusions in the below table. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
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BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site

Back to Amazon Prime shows

The Boys

With such a saturated superhero market right now, it’s hard to standout if you’re anything but Marvel or DC. Luckily, The Boys take the whole traditional ‘superhero’ thing and throw it on its head. The Amazon Prime original series follow a misfit group called ‘The Boys’, who have all been wronged by ‘The Seven’: aka, the world’s most beloved and famous superheros.

The superheros are all secretly abusing their powers and working for the corrupt and powerful company Vought International, but because The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered individuals are viewed as celebrities by the general public, they’ve been getting away with it — until now. The Boys set out on a heroic quest to expose the corruption, Vought International, and bring down the good name of superheros.

Upload

From the mind of the brilliant Greg Daniels (creator of The Office and Parks and Recreation) comes a new binge-worthy comedy cross with science-fiction called Upload. The year is 2033, and humans can now digitally “upload” themselves into a virtual afterlife of their (and their bank accounts) choosing to live for eternity. Robbie Amell (The DUFF, Flash) stars as Nathan Brown, a 27-year-old broke coder who mysteriously dies in his self-driving car and is hastily uploaded by his girlfriend Ingrid under her account at ‘Lake View’, the overpriced best-money-can-get afterlife.

However, Nathan quickly finds himself stuck under the control of Ingrid (she is literally keeping him ‘alive’) and struggles to remember his past life as some of his memories seem to have been erased. The only person that he can seem to trust is Nora (played by Andy Allo), his living customer sales rep, aka his ‘angel’, who is struggling to juggle her own problems with her father, her growing feelings for Nathan, and slowly coming to believe that he was murdered.

Little Fires Everywhere

A Reese Witherspoon book-to-television adaption is usually hard to fault — and Little Fires Everywhere is no different. Based on the 2017 novel by the same name by Celeste Ng, the drama series is set in the 90s and follows the lives of two polar opposite women and their lives as they intersect and consequently combust. Witherspoon plays Elena, a rich, suburban mother and wife who lives a seemingly perfect life until she meets town newcomer Mia, (Scandal’s Kerry Washington), an artist living in her car with her teenage daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood).

Elena offers Mia a job as their family maid and the family a place to crash — which Mia reluctantly accepts. As the two women and their families get to know each other, little (metaphorical) fires start to form, setting off a chain of events that eventually result in Elena’s lavish home being burnt down. The show is pretty clever, mysterious, and much more than meets the eye. Think Scandal Pretty Liars Big Little Lies – oh and Dawson’s Creek, purely because the beloved Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is starring alongside Witherspoon as her husband.

The Test

Sport is really far away, and we’re struggling to even remember what a Labuschagne double century feels like. Luckily, Amazon have done us an absolute solid to help us hang in there until the first ball back with The Test. The eight-episode documentary follows the Australian cricket team dealing with the fallout from the South Africa ball-tampering incident of 2018 (dark times) on a path to redemption under the new captaincy of Tim Paine (god bless that man) and coach Justin Langer. The Test is no ordinary sports TV doco — a surprisingly wholesome watch for the whole family.

Fleabag

This was the show of 2019, and don’t even try to deny it. Much like Andrew Scott in season two, writer-actress Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag came in hot, and out of nowhere. The hilariously devastating show is a based on a 12-minute one woman show PWB created and performed in the same day at a small comedy festival in London back in 2011. Nine years later, the show and its stellar cast (Olivia Coleman’s portrayal of the awful Godmother and her ‘Sexhibition’ is permanently burnt into our memory) has picked up over 33 wins and 63 nominations for just about anything and everything you could think of, and its creator has signed a $20 million deal with Amazon.

Fleabag itself follows the life of, yep, Fleabag (played by PWB), a self-sabotaging woman in her late 20s living in London. She’s juggling a failing business, repressed pain from her mother’s death, her father’s horrendous new girlfriend and a recent personal tragedy. One of the most unique aspects of the show is the way PWB breaks the fourth wall – offering viewers insight to her mind by adding her own analysis to the scenes she was in directly to the audience as they occur. Basically, Fleabag is a masterpiece and Hot Priest was the best thing to happen to 2019.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Keen for some animated classics? Why note check out Disney+? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $11.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $119.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $11.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $11.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $119.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $119.99
Advertised Cost/year
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *

With a line-up that good, you can’t complain about having ‘nothing to watch’ quite frankly ever again. And if by some miracle you’ve seen them all, check out our list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video. You can thank us later.

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