The 10 best shows on Amazon Prime Video

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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?

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve taken the liberty to narrow down 10 of the best shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Take a look for yourself, and get back to us when you’ve binged them all.

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.

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.

Sign up to BINGE

If BINGE’s huge library of quality shows sounds like the perfect streaming service for you, there are three plans to choose from, with different inclusions on each plan tier. 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
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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.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Is there anything better than watching women succeed in the man’s world of the 1950s? (The answer is no). The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is the brainchild of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), follows the life of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a 1950s Jewish housewife who thinks she has it all – until her aspiring stand-up comic husband leaves her for his secretary. Angry and frustrated, Midge goes out in her nightie, gets drunk, tells some cracking jokes and then gets arrested (that’s actually just called Saturday night). Her big night out, however, leads her to discover a hidden talent for standup comedy and decides to pursue a career in it. The show has become a universal hit, sweeping the awards as audiences fall in love with Midge’s fight and determination to be taken seriously as comic and a single woman in the 50s.

Sneaky Pete

Believe it or not, but the Bryan Cranston-produced Sneaky Pete stemmed from an Emmy speech that Cranston himself once made. He dedicated his award to “all the Sneaky Pete’s in the world” and explained that was his nickname growing up because he used to scheme and look for the easy way out of everything. After that, he was approached to write a show about the life of a ‘Sneaky Pete’ – and that man became Marius, played by Giovanni Ribisi (who you may recognise as Phoebe’s brother from Friends), a convict who is released from prison and attempts to assume the identity of his chatty, over sharer cellmate Pete in order to escape his old life and his $200k debt to a gangster. The gangster, may we add, is played by none other than Cranston, purely because they couldn’t find anyone better than him – understandably.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, so how can you get a subscription? 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
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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
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Jim from The Office has swapped paperwork for jumping out of planes, and we are here for it. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan stars John Krasinski as Jack Ryan – Marine veteran and low-level CIA financial analyst. The casting of Krasinski raised some eyebrows (he’s no Henry Cavill) but his ‘everyday hero’ take on Jack Ryan has been refreshing and won over fans of Clancy’s fictional “Ryanverse”. The show follows Ryan in the earliest stages of his career, and we first see him working a desk job at the CIA. However, after discovering a series of dubious looking bank transfers, he is thrust into a dangerous field assignment and is forced to adapt to the deadly James Bond-esque world he knew little about. Very much the relatable ‘superhero’, Krasinski’s Jack Ryan is as wholesome as it is action-packed.

With a lineup 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 the rest of Amazon Prime’s impressive library (including its movie collection) for yourself – it might just become your new favourite platform. Also, see our list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video.

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