UPDATE: New episodes of Preacher keep arriving every Tuesday which is great news as the second season is shaping up to be even better than the first. There is also a third season Bosch to devour and scroll to upcoming TV shows for a sneaky peak at The Grand Tour: Season 2 – AKA, the one where Richard Hammond loses another of his nine lives – and the first trailer for The Tick which looks both barmy and brilliant.
Netflix may well take most of the headlines when it comes to streaming, but Amazon has slowly but surely created a fantastic rival. This is our pick of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video. The TV series that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around.
Since the launch of Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse. Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix’s self-serving model to produce its own content Amazon now has a bevy of television shows that are begging to be watched on its own platform. The choice is expansive and that’s where we come in.
TechRadar has curated a list of the best Amazon Prime shows around. Chosen by the team, these are the shows streamed in the UK that are Instant classics primed to offer up hours of compulsive viewing.
It’s worth noting that these are the best Amazon Prime TV shows that can be watched instantly when you have Amazon Prime access. There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon but these have to be purchased to be viewed.
We will keep this list constantly updated if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included. So, click through the gallery to see our picks. And if you want to know what upcoming shows will be hitting Amazon Prime soon, then keep reading below.
Best Amazon Original pilots and upcoming shows
The plot of The Tick is a rather sad one. It’s about an accountant with mental health issues, who may or may not be a superhero – it could well be all a figment of his imagination. Peter Serafinowicz stars as The Tick and, despite the sombre plot outline, the pilot shows that this should be a darkly funny antidote to the glut of superhero flicks we’ve become accustomed to.
Finally, we have a trailer, too, which shows that the show isn’t afraid to shirk the surreal in its humour.
The Grand Tour: Season 2
Clarkson, Hammond and the other one are back for Grand Tour: Season 2. Well, we kind of knew that they would be as they all have massive contracts that mean we will be seeing quite a few seasons of the Definitely Not Top Gear But Quite A Bit Like Top Gear show. This season we will see Clarkson drive a fast car, Hammond drive a faster car and nearly die, and the other one drive a fast car considerably slower than the rest. It’s not confirmed if they’ve upgraded from the tent that they lived in last season, or if the first episode will just be a crowd cheering and fawning over middle aged men in the middle of the desert, like a scene out of Mad Max: Fury Road, but its probably likely.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Jean-Claude Van Damme already sent himself up brilliantly in the movie JCVD – this show goes off on its own riff, though. Van Damme plays, well, Van Damme. An actor cum spy. In the pilot, he comes out of retirement in pursuit of an ex girlfriend. The show is packed with references on JCVD’s movies and is genuinely funny.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel could well be the perfect antidote for those missing Mad Men. Set in the ’50s, it’s about a perfect housewife – in the eyes of what was a sexist era – who just happens to be trying to make it as a cutting-edge stand-up comic. Created by the folks behind The Gilmore Girls and starring House of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan, this is set to be one ‘marvelous’ show.
The works of Michel Faber nearly always translate well to the big and small screen. The The Crimson Petal and the White was given a great mini series adaptation by the Beeb in 2001. And Under The Skin is one of the most inventive films ever made. Another one of his works, The Book of Strange Things, has been given the Amazon Originals Pilot treatment. Called Oasis, the show is a twisty opaque look at a priest who is living in a human colony on another planet. Richard Madden, last seen in Game of Thrones, stars.
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