57 Of The Best TV Shows To Stream On Amazon Prime Video In October

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1.The Affair (2014–19)

Dominic West, Maura Tierney, (Season 5, Episode 510 aired Oct. 27, 2019)

Allison (Ruth Wilson), who waits tables in a diner, is struggling in her marriage to Cole (Joshua Jackson). Noah (Dominic West) is a teacher vacationing at his in-laws’ in the Hamptons with his wife (Maura Tierney) and kids. Noah meets Allison at the diner, and the namesake affair of this critically acclaimed drama begins. Eventually, the indiscretion causes things to unravel in both of their lives. The series uses the memory biases and perceptions of each character to tell the story, flipping back and forth between perspectives. It is an unusual form of storytelling but works very well in taking the audience on an emotional journey as each character is broken down to grow anew.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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2.Alias (2001–06)

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, 'There's Only One Sydney Bristow' (Season 5, aired April 26, 2006)

I can always tell how good a series is going to be by how much story is packed into the first episode — and let me tell you, J.J. Abrams' Alias pilot could basically be a stand-alone film. Before she was kicking ass in Peppermint, Jennifer Garner starred as Sydney Bristow, a college student turned double agent working for the CIA to infiltrate and bring down an international organization. Garner’s performance is magnetic (as is her assortment of wigs) as she navigates her responsibilities as a super spy and her relationships with her coworker Michael (Michael Vartan) and her father, Jack (Victor Garber). This series earned 36 Emmy nominations throughout its five-season run (three of those were Garber's, by the way), and I’ll be surprised if you don’t make it through at least three episodes in the first sitting.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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3.American Horror Story (2011–)

Sarah Paulson and Wes Bentley in She Gets Revenge

Halloween is a hop, skip, and a jump away, which makes now the perfect time to dive into this Emmy Award–winning horror anthology series. Created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee), this show does a great job showcasing some of horror's most beloved tropes. Murder House, Coven, Freakshow, Asylum, Hotel — each season of the FX series is self-contained with its own storyline. In essence, you can start with any season, but there are some minor connections between the seasons as you continue through the series. Some seasons are noticeably better than others, but if you’re a fan of horror, you’ll find this show a treat. Not only does each season contain reimagined stories pulled from real headlines and passed-down folklore, but they’re also stacked with all-star casts. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, and so many more grace the screen throughout AHS via a solo feature or recurring appearance. If you’re looking for a show that comes with a massive cult following that’ll live-tweet through each episode, this one — now on Season 10 — is it.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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4.The Americans (2013–18)

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in The Americans

Keri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason) star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet spies deep undercover in America during the Cold War. Fully submerged in their suburban neighborhood with their two children, the Jenningses struggle to balance the relationships they’ve fostered over the years under their aliases and their loyalty to the missions of their motherland. Winner of four Emmy Awards, this spy thriller is a dynamic watch that always has you wondering who will betray whom and who will remain loyal. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but they don't feel overwhelming to the viewer. If you’re looking for a series that maintains a steady pace of story and characters, this is a great option for you.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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5.Bones (2005–17)

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz as Dr. Brennan and Seeley Booth on the set of Bones

Emily Deschanel (My Sister's Keeper) and David Boreanaz (Angel) star in this intriguing forensic drama based in Washington, DC. Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Deschanel) is a brilliant forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute. A bit stiff and somewhat awkward, she initially clashes with cocky yet empathetic FBI agent Seeley Booth (Boreanaz). Together with Brennan’s team, which includes her best friend, forensic artist Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin); forensic entomologist, aka “bug boy,” Jack Hudgins (T.J. Thyne); and a string of interns, they work together to solve murders where sometimes the only evidence is literally a bone. While the cases are interesting, the thing that really makes this show work is the character building that results. You’ll enjoy all 12 seasons of this one-hour drama series — the longest-running of its kind from 20th Century Fox Television.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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6.The Boys (2019–)

A still from the series The Boys

This Amazon Original series, based on the Garth Ennis–Darick Robertson comic books, offers a gritty subversion of black-and-white renderings of superhero morality. Granted, in the age of Jessica Jones and Watchmen — which examine a similar question of whether superheroes can also have flaws or even go so far as to commit evil — it's hard to say if we can really call this a "subversion." Where we can say the show paves its own exciting path is in its framing of capitalism as the greatest villain of all. The main group of superheroes in The Boys are known as the Seven — complete narcissists, interested only in helping people if it furthers their celebrity, influence, and pockets. Sometimes, as we see, that means committing crimes themselves. After Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) experiences a tragedy at the hands of a super, he links up with Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), a vigilante who provides Hughie with a chance to get payback. Enter the Boys, a group of nonpowered anti-supes hunting the Seven and looking to expose them and the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that's been covering their crimes.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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7.Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, 1997-03

So you’re super into Vampire Diaries, huh? Well, some would say that Buffy the Vampire Slayer walked so Vampire Diaries could run. In every generation, there is a chosen one. In this case, that “one” is Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a vampire slayer who, with the help of her friends, defends her hometown, Sunnydale, from vamps, demons, and other supernatural dark forces. The quotables alone will have you coming back to rewatch the action drama over and over again (I’ve seen it from start to finish at least five times). At the end of the day, Buffy just wants to be a regular high school student. But unable to outrun her destiny, she struggles to find the balance between slaying midterms and slaying vampires.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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8.Burn Notice (2007–13)

Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Donovan on the set of Burn Notice in Miami

Espionage and comedy converge in this Emmy-nominated USA Network original series. Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is a covert spy in the middle of an undercover operation when he gets a burn notice (or a pink slip for spies). Once you’re burned by the government, you’re cut off immediately, which, for Michael, means he’s stuck living out his days in his hometown of Miami. Forced to fly under the radar of the intelligence network, Michael uses his expertise to help others in need while he tries to find out who burned him and why. Thankfully, he has a few friends left in high (and equally low) places to help him in his quest, including his ex-girlfriend — an IRA spy name Fiona — and former spy Sam. (And let's not forget his hypochondriac mother, who makes certain there's never a dull moment.) The shotgun start continues throughout the seasons, which makes for a charming ride filled with witty humor and entertaining action sequences.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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9.Catastrophe (2015–19)

Rob Delane and Sharon Horgan on set shooting Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan (This Way Up) and Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2) wrote and starred in this Amazon Original comedy series about an American ad exec, Rob Norris, who has a fling with an Irish schoolteacher, Sharon Morris, during a business trip in London. Rob no doubt thought he’d never see Sharon again and is shocked when he receives a call from her telling him that their week together resulted in her becoming pregnant. Rob decides to move to the UK in order to figure out if this relationship could actually have a future. The Emmy-nominated series is a British import, originally airing on Channel 4. It could be compared to Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, as the two come from different worlds, and from the outside looking in, their current situation could seem like a catastrophe — staying true to its name. But the series does a great job incorporating realistic discourse, weighing out all the options, including the consideration of whether to have an abortion. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of turbulence in this story. Not only are they from two different cultures, but they don’t know anything about each other, including their last names. This makes for a truly adorable comedy that you’ll hope ends in anything but a total disaster.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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10.Community (2009–15)

the cast of community on set in halloween costumes

Art imitates life in this series created by Dan Harmon. Using his own community college experience as the blueprint, Community is one of the best shows to come out of the '00s. Joel McHale stars as Jeff Winger, an attorney who gets disbarred after his firm finds out he faked his bachelor’s degree. In order to get a real degree and redeem himself, he enrolls in Greendale Community College, where he develops a crush on classmate Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs). In an attempt to get close to her, he pretends to run a study group. Much to his surprise, Britta doesn’t come alone, and the pretend study group becomes a real thing full of interesting characters played by an incredible cast — Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Chevy Chase, and Ken Jeong. With its clever writing and use of meta-humor and pop culture references, all six seasons of this popular sitcom are a delight to watch.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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11.Dexter (2006–13)

Michael C. Hall as Dexter shooting a laboratory scene on the show

Crime dramas are often a big television hit. Following the detectives and crime analysts as they gather evidence to catch the bad guy is exciting to watch. But this Showtime original series is a little different. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) works with his sister, Detective Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), at the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood-splatter analyst. Charming, smart, and fun, Dexter leads a complex double life, using his expertise to help solve crimes and also to commit some of his own as a serial killer. But he doesn’t kill just anyone. His personal code of honor allows him to target only other bad guys who escaped justice. The inner turmoil Dexter experiences as he struggles with his compulsion to kill and his desire to be a good person carries this series for eight great seasons. Well, seven great seasons and one divisive eighth season that fans are still disturbed over. Catch them all now and be ready for the reboot, Dexter: New Blood, in November.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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12.Do, Re & Mi (2021–)

the animated characters from Do Re and Mi

In the midst of a pandemic where kids are stuck inside more than usual, a new animated series feels like a godsend. Do, Re & Mi centers on the musical adventures of three feathered besties voiced by Kristen Bell, Jackie Tohn, and Luke Youngblood. Each episode is split into two adventures that feature original songs that span across genres. Through music, preschoolers will learn not only a lot of fun tunes but also how to work through different emotions and solve problems.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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13.The Expanse (2015–)

Actor Steven Strait as James Holden in a still from the series The Expanse

We’re 200 years in the future. The UN controls Earth, and Mars is an independent military power. Air and water are scarce resources and are found only on the asteroid belt. Tensions are high at the series’ opening, and things quickly escalate. When a rich girl goes missing, a hardened detective and rogue ship captain come together to expose a larger conspiracy. This science fiction political thriller originally aired on Syfy but was canceled in 2018 after Season 3. Amazon, at the ready, scooped it up for Season 4, and the show hasn’t missed a beat. The series features an impressive cast, which includes Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist), Steven Strait (The Covenant), Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Punisher, Star Trek Beyond), Dominique Tipper (The Girl With All the Gifts), Cas Anvar (How to Get Away With Murder, The Strain), and Chad L. Coleman (All American, The Walking Dead). If your sci-fi palate has been underwhelmed since the end of BattleStar Galactica, you’ll be more than happy with this show.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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14.Fairfax (2021–)*

a still from the animated series Fairfax

If you’ve ever sat around with your friends poking fun at influencers on Instagram and all of the random trends that keep popping up, then you’ll find this new adult animated comedy series hilarious. The show follows four middle school best friends on their quest for clout in the heart of hypebeast culture, Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. The series pokes fun at today’s culture and the need to flex in order to seem cooler than you actually are. Created and executive produced by best friends Matthew Hausfater, Aaron Buchsbaum, and Teddy Riley, the series touches on everything from the pressure of establishing a social media presence to standing in line for the chance to cop the new sneaker drop. Main voices include Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet), Kiersey Clemons (Dope), Peter S. Kim, and Jaboukie Young-White. It also features actors Billy Porter, Zoey Deutch, Camila Mendes, Rob Delaney, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ben Schwartz, and more.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video beginning Oct. 29.

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15.Farscape (1999–2003)

Claudia Black, Ben Browder

If you’re a sci-fi fan who loves to dip into a good classic on a weekend, this show is a good contender. Farscape is an Australian-American science fiction epic series about an astronaut on an experimental space mission who gets lost after traveling through a wormhole right in the middle of an intergalactic conflict. With no time to figure out how to get back to Earth, he quickly has to figure out how to survive uncharted territories, navigating new allies and new enemies. The show ran in the late ’90s and early ’00s, so it’s filled with deliciously corny effects (you simply love to see). The series was canceled after its fourth season and fans rioted, leaving the Sci-Fi Channel with no choice but to offer a bit of fan service and create the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. If you’re a fan of the genre and you haven’t seen this show, you’re in for a special treat.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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16.Flack (2019–)

A still of actor Anna Paquin as Robyn in the series Flack

I’ve always wondered how far PR agents would go to protect the images of their clients. While I suspect this show is an exaggerated version (it is), something tells me it’s not far from the truth. Anna Paquin (True Blood) stars as Robyn, an American publicist working in London. Robyn is a great public relations flack, excellent at covering her clients’ bad behavior and protecting their public image. But when it comes to her own life, let’s just say she could use a crisis manager of her own. Originally the show aired on Viacom CBS’s Pop TV, but the network pulled the plug on the series days before its Season 2 premiere. Their loss is our gain — now we get Paquin in all of her antihero glory, stooping to some rather despicable (albeit entertaining) lows to protect her clients. Here she joins the ranks of Walter White in Breaking Bad, Nancy Botwin in Weeds, and Jason Bateman in Ozark.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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17.Fleabag (2016–19)

A still from the series Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays a maladjusted woman processing grief and guilt following the death of her friend in this bitingly funny series adapted from a one-woman play of the same name. While Fleabag's first season was a quiet, critical darling, its second (and last) had the whole internet clamoring for the "hot priest" and awards organizations lavishing it with every statuette under the sun. (This series is the first British-made show to win an Emmy for Best Comedy Series.) There's no doubt that the Amazon show served as a tremendous launchpad for Waller-Bridge, who has since acted in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story and, more recently, cough, a Harry Styles music video for his Fine Line track "Treat People With Kindness."

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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18.Goliath (2016–21)

Billy Bob Thornton in Season 4 of Goliath

I was three episodes deep before I realized I liked this show, mainly because the series propels you into a story that gives you no choice but to see how it unfolds. As an avid fan of legal dramas and a Law & Order: SVU connoisseur, I can’t promise you that this show will add something revolutionary to the genre. What I can say is that it is a competitive installment with a cast of characters that help the lead maintain the attention of the audience. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Billy McBride, a once-powerful, now-disgraced lawyer who jumps back into the courtroom to take on a wrongful death suit, which will lead him to face off against his former law firm. McBride has the gift of gab, as do most lawyers. He’s a sweet-talker and has a way of getting what he needs from people. A few things are clear at the start of the series: He was a big-shot lawyer, and for some unknown reason, he’s not anymore. Thornton isn’t new to the antihero role, which makes it no surprise that the Academy Award winner melts over the character effortlessly. Equally, if not more, delightful is the assortment of supporting cast members scattered throughout this gritty crime show, including William Hurt, Maria Bello, Dennis Quaid, Jena Malone, and J.K. Simmons. There’s no better time to sink your teeth into this series, wedged somewhere between Your Honor and The Good Wife.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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19.Good Omens (2019–)

Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Crowly and Aziraphale in Good Omens

After numerous attempts at an adaptation, the 30-year-old comic fantasy novel of the same name, cowritten by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, finally found its home on Amazon, and it was well worth the wait. David Tennant and Michael Sheen star as Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel who are trying to prevent Armageddon. The Antichrist has been born, and this unholy bromance is on a mission to sabotage the end-times by interfering in the child's upbringing with hopes of postponing the apocalypse so they can continue living the earthly lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. Nominated for three Primetime Emmys, this whimsical tale is filled with so many characters to fall in love with, played by top-notch actors including Frances McDormand (Nomadland), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), and Brian Cox (Succession). The series is beautifully shot, ridding us of the stereotypical dark and shadowy scenes where you can barely tell what’s happening. It’s comical, with witty scripting and British humor, turning what should be a perilous time for the world into quite an exciting ride.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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20.Grimm (2011–17)

David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby capture someone in 'Lycanthropia' (Season 5, Episode 14, aired March 25, 2016)

A police drama inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales? Yes, please! Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a homicide detective for the Portland PD. After a visit from his aunt, Nick’s world turns upside down when he finds out he’s descended from a long line of monster hunters known as Grimms. As a Grimm, Nick can see things that others can’t, including the half-human, half-mythological creatures known as Wesen. Now Nick has to figure out how to balance his role as a detective and his role as a Grimm, which doesn’t always leave him on the right side of the law. Each episode starts with an excerpt from a fairy tale that gives a hint at what the theme of the episode will be. If you’re into crime shows and the supernatural, this show offers a healthy serving of both. FWIW, Grimm was labeled TV's "most engaging" show by Nielsen back in 2011.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video (all six seasons are available to stream for free with a Prime membership).

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21.Half & Half (2002–06)

Actors Valarie Pettiford and Essence Atkins on Season 4 of the series Half and Half

This early-'00s sitcom focuses on the lives of half sisters who don’t have much in common except for their father. Rachel True (The Craft) plays Mona, a free-spirited music exec, and Essence Atkins (Marlon, A Haunted House) plays Dee Dee, a recent college graduate and aspiring attorney. The two become neighbors in their father’s apartment building in order to develop a closer relationship. Getting to know each other proves to be challenging as they navigate familial issues and heal old wounds. This is further complicated by the ongoing feud between their mothers, brilliantly portrayed by Telma Hopkins and Valarie Pettiford. With relatable sibling struggles and a great cast, it’s easy to see why this show was the second-most-watched show on its former network for four seasons.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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22.Hightown (2020–)

Monica Raymund on the set of Hightown

Hightown is a crime drama from Starz starring Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire) as Jackie Quiñones, a National Marine Fisheries Service agent who struggles with drugs and alcohol. She meets Detectives Alan Saintille (Dohn Norwood) and Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale) from the Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit after discovering the body of a murder victim on the beach. This discovery leads Jackie to the decision that it’s time for her to get sober and to involve herself with solving the murder. Overwhelmed by the weight of the investigation and her own struggles, she begins to lose control and runs into conflict with Ray, who is grappling with his own demons as he gets deeper into the investigation. Set in picturesque Cape Cod, this well-written series explores the complexities of sobriety and the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as the variances of addiction and how it affects all aspects of one’s life. Watch the first season now, and be ready for Season 2 on Oct. 17.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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23.Hoarders (2009–)

Janet, "Phyllis/Janet" (Season 4, aired June 20, 2011)

Now in its 12th season, Hoarders dives into the lives of adults who suffer from hoarding — a mental health disorder characterized by a persistent unwillingness to discard one’s belongings, regardless of their condition or value. The people in this show collect things like newspapers, plastic bags, and other items that most people would deem worthless or trash. It's certainly not an easy watch, but like Intervention and My 600-lb Life, it often rewards viewers with an upbeat ending. Teams of experts, including psychologists and professional cleaners, come to the aid of these adults in an effort to help them reclaim their homes and their lives. You’ll be glued to the television as you wonder with each episode if the homes and property can be salvaged.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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24.House (2004–12)

Hugh Laurie and Peter Jacobson, "Blowing the Whistle" (Season 8, ep. 815, aired April 2, 2012)

Two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie shines in this medical drama as Dr. Gregory House. Set in New Jersey at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, House and his team of young diagnosticians take on the most mysterious cases and work diligently to save their patients’ lives while simultaneously stressing out the dean of medicine. Although incredibly brilliant, House is also antisocial, arrogant, rude, and addicted to painkillers. With interesting cases, great character development, and a slew of celebrity guest stars (Michael B. Jordan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amanda Seyfried, and Evan Peters — just to name a few), this Emmy Award–winning show will not let you down. So settle in with some popcorn and get ready to find out why it’s never lupus.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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25.Humans (2015–18)

Gemma Chan and Sam Palladio (Season 2, ep. 205, aired in US on March 13, 2017)

Ah, nothing like having your half-baked fantasies of living among robots totally spoiled. In this series, humanoids — known as Synths — have been integrated into human society, and as it goes with most shows in this vein, things take a bit of a turn for the worst. Humans, which stars (a pre-Marvel and Crazy Rich Asians) Gemma Chan, will make you rethink how much you rely on technology and, ultimately, arrive at a definition of what it means to be human. While this AMC series drew obvious thematic comparisons to HBO's (mammoth in comparison) Westworld, some critics argued at the time that Humans was, in fact, the superior robot TV show. Not only does the series offer up a fresh perspective on “the rise of the machines,” but it may just have you questioning Alexa’s motives the next time she tells you the weather.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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26.*I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021–)

actor Madison Iseman on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer

I know what you’re thinking because I thought the same thing. Why are we still remaking cult classics? Some of us are still burned by the remake of The Craft. However, this Amazon original, while remaining true to the premise of the ‘90s horror franchise, has enough of its own spin to stand alone as a bingeable delight, just in time for Halloween. It’s graduation night, and everyone who's anyone is in attendance at a raging graduation party — a last hoorah before heading off to their prospective universities. Similar to the I Know What You Did Last Summer film (based on the novel of the same name), after a fatal car accident, a group of friends are bound by a secret that turns deadly as they discover they’re being stalked by a brutal killer one year later who ~knows what they did last summer.~ But figuring out who’s stalking them isn’t the only secret that’ll be uncovered. At Comic-Con@Home, writer, executive producer, and showrunner Sara Goodman (Gossip Girl, Outsiders, Preacher) said that fans of the film can expect a lot of blood, and little Easter eggs planted throughout the series for die-hards to enjoy. The series has also been touched by producer James Wan, co-creator of Saw and director of Insidious, The Conjuring, and Malignant. So it’s safe to say that if you’re a fan of horror, this series is worth your attention. You don’t have to watch the films in order to enjoy the series, but doing so won’t ruin your experience either.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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27.Inuyashiki Last Hero (2017)

Ichiro Inuyashiki in "Last Hero"

If you’re not someone who can handle violence, this won’t be the show for you. Whether you’re a diehard anime fan or someone new to the genre, as I am, this series will surprise you. We open with Ichiro Inuyashiki, a boring office worker who is pretty much invisible to everyone in his life. He just bought his family a home; they complain that it’s crap. He rides a crowded train to and from work and gets bullied by schoolkids. If that isn’t bad enough, he's recently been diagnosed with cancer. One night, he breaks down, sobbing, in a park. When he looks up, he sees a teenage boy standing there staring off into the distance, and boom — they’re both struck by an alien spacecraft. The aliens didn't intend to hurt them and decide to restore them using robotic weaponry. Now genetically altered, Ichiro decides to use his new abilities to help those in need. The same cannot be said for Hiro Shishigami, the teenage boy who was also given special abilities. Hiro is the total opposite of Ichiro. He has a family and friends who love him, he’s well off, and yet he torments simply because he can. The show is adapted from a comic by Gantz creator Hiroya Oku and carries a good-versus-evil plot, but with added exploration of human psychology. it’s not a surprise that this series — produced by MAPPA, the same studio behind Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Hajime No Ippo: Rising, and Dororo — has fans holding out hope for a Season 2. It even got a live-action release in July 2018. Again, I caution, some of the violence is hard to stomach, even in an animated series. However, once I started the first episode, I found it difficult to stop, just out of curiosity about what would become of Ichiro and his evil counterpart, Hiro.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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28.Invincible (2021–)

Mark Grayson voiced by Steven Yeun in a still from Episode 8 of the series

Adult animated superhero series? Before you roll your eyes at this concept, you'll want to consider that this critically acclaimed series is one of the most watched new shows on Amazon. Based on the comic series by The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, Invincible delivers a great story, action-packed sequences, and stellar performances. Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) is a 17-year-old boy whose father happens to be the world’s most powerful superhero, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). As Mark begins to develop powers of his own, he soon discovers the super life is not as heroic as he thought. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t just hand out a 98% rating for anything, and Invincible is well deserving of that score.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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29.Just Add Magic (2015–19)

A still from the series Just Add Magic

When Kelly and her two besties, Darbie and Hannah, find her grandmother’s cookbook in the attic, they're alarmed to learn that it's actually packed with potion recipes — from "shut 'em up" shortcakes (which work wonders on Kelly’s younger brother) to healing hazelnut tarts (that heal Darbie’s ankle). With great power comes great responsibility, and the girls now have to learn how to use the cookbook for good while keeping it out of the wrong hands. Think Charmed, but for tweens. If you have kids or younger siblings and you need a safe-for-kids show to watch that’s also interesting enough to hold your attention, too, go ahead and add this one to the queue.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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30.Lorena (2019)

A still Of Lorena Bobbitt in court from the series Lorena

This four-part docuseries from executive producer Jordan Peele revisits the notorious trial of the '90s involving a woman (Lorena Bobbitt) who was quick to be painted by the masses as hysterical after cutting off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis and tossing it in a Virginia field. Not unlike the recent doc Framing Britney Spears or the second season of the Slow Burn podcast, highlighting Monica Lewinsky and the Bill Clinton impeachment, Lorena is laser-focused on the media's failures in the '90s and '00s — specifically in its mistreatment of women. In dialogue with the #MeToo movement, the doc allows viewers to reexamine the incident with clear eyes decades later and understand how far we've come (and how much further we have to go) in our treatment of domestic violence survivors.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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31.Lost in Oz (2015–18)

A still from the series Lost in Oz

Who doesn’t love a good twist on a classic? Dorothy finds her mother’s magical journal beneath the floorboards of her house. The book triggers a tornado and begins to uproot the house with Dorothy inside, and transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the city of Oz. Sound familiar? Well, in this version of the story, Oz is a modern-day metropolis. In order to get back home, Dorothy has to follow the Yellow Brick Line train system to secure magic elements. But resources are scarce because Oz is in a magic crisis. So Dorothy sets out to find Glinda the Good in hopes that she can give Dorothy the magic she needs to get back home to Kansas. Though this series clearly has a younger demographic in mind, the show has just enough of a nostalgia factor to keep parents and older siblings engaged (and possibly feeling rather ancient).

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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32.LuLaRich (2021)

DeAnne Stidham and Mark Stidham giving an interview for the docuseries LuLaRich

From the documentarians who brought you Fyre Fraud, Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, this four-part docuseries chronicles the rise and implosion of LuLaRoe, a fashion brand known for its buttery-soft leggings and wild patterns. It was geared toward women, especially young mothers, as a work-from-home career that would allow them to spend time with their family and earn a lot of cash in the process. However, the fine print is that this company turned out to be a pyramid scheme in cheap clothing. I even know of a few people who sold and bought something from the brand in its early days. Through exclusive interviews, including eye-opening interviews with the CEOs, this docuseries yanks the thread of how one woman went from selling clothes out of the trunk of her car to growing a $1 billion company to being submerged in lawsuits. And if you google it, you’ll see the company is still alive. Yikes!

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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33.Making the Cut (2020–)

A model walking the runway

When Project Runway first hit the scene, it gave viewers a glimpse into the world behind high fashion, but it was heavy on competition. Making the Cut focuses more on the art of fashion, leaving behind traditional reality show storylines. Project Runway also featured entry-level designers, whereas Making the Cut tends to feature more seasoned designers with concrete style identities. The winners from this series, produced and hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, walk away with $1 million and a chance to sell their collection on Amazon Fashion. Season 1 features guest judges Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, and Joseph Altuzarra, while Season 2 brings in Winnie Harlow and Jeremy Scott. The designs sent out on the runway are reason enough to enjoy this title. I personally love that each designer has to make both a runway look and an accessible look, some of which are immediately available on Amazon after the episode. It makes what used to feel out of reach tangible for the average person. The styles sent out on the runway are absolutely beautiful and make each episode worthwhile.

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34.Married at First Sight (2014–)

Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice (Season 10, premiered Jan. 1, 2020)

Here's something wild: meeting your life partner for the first time at your own wedding. If you’ve been watching Marriage or Mortgage or 90 Day Fiancé or were completely enraptured by Love Is Blind last year, then Married at First Sight should be right up your alley. The marriages on this show are 100% real, and shockingly, many of the couples are still together to this day. But that's not to say there isn't drama along the way — this is a Lifetime reality TV show we're talking about, after all. Once the couples agree to tie the knot, they're shipped off on their honeymoon and then plunked back into the real world, where they must decide if it's *really* death do them part.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video (the first three seasons are available to stream for free with a Prime membership, while each of seasons 4–12 can be purchased for $2.99).

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35.The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–)

Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Midge Maisel

Enter one of Amazon’s most popular original series. Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is the quintessential '50s housewife living in an elegant apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Life is good until her husband, a wannabe comedian, leaves her for his secretary. Devastated, a drunk Midge finds herself onstage at a comedy club, where she tells her story in a way that leaves the audience in stitches. After moving with her two small children into her parents’ house, Midge gets a day job at a local department store and begins her unconventional career as a stand-up comedian managed by her new friend Susie (Alex Borstein). Winner of 20 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including Best Musical or Comedy TV Series, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a visual delight captivating viewers with incredible set design, costumes, and a well-written story.

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36.Moesha (1996–2001)

Mo to the E to the — Moesha is a coming-of-age story starring R&B icon Brandy. Following the life of a middle-class family in Los Angeles, it remains an important cultural text as one of the few major sitcoms to center dark-skinned Black girls with natural hair and address everyday, human issues outside the realm of trauma. In case you need reminding, it was also absolutely packed with great guest-star appearances, including Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show), who played Moesha’s uncle; Usher; Jamie Foxx (Soul, Project Power); Jason Winston George (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19); Kobe Bryant; Gabrielle Union (L.A.’s Finest, Being Mary Jane); Lil’ Kim; and Maya Angelou. Everything about this '90s sitcom, from the writing to the acting, feels authentic in its depiction of Black life.Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

Mo to the E to the — Moesha is a coming-of-age story starring R&B icon Brandy. Following the life of a middle-class family in Los Angeles, it remains an important cultural text as one of the few major sitcoms to center dark-skinned Black girls with natural hair and address everyday, human issues outside the realm of trauma. In case you need reminding, it was also absolutely packed with great guest-star appearances, including Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show), who played Moesha’s uncle; Usher; Jamie Foxx (Soul, Project Power); Jason Winston George (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19); Kobe Bryant; Gabrielle Union (L.A.’s Finest, Being Mary Jane); Lil’ Kim; and Maya Angelou. Everything about this '90s sitcom, from the writing to the acting, feels authentic in its depiction of Black life.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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37.Mozart in the Jungle (2014–18)

Gael Garcia Bernal on set of Mozart In The Jungle

Fill in the blank: Sex, Drugs, and _____. If you said “rock n roll,” you’re wrong! The correct answer is Classical Music, the title of the memoir this series is based on by Blair Tindall. Brought to the screen by Roman Coppola (yes, those Coppolas), Alex Timbers, and Jason Schwartzman, this half-hour comedy-drama series follows the experiences of the accomplished musicians who make up the New York Symphony. Hailey Rutledge (Lola Kirke), is an oboist with ambitions to make her mark in music as a member of the symphony that has a new, young, eccentric conductor Rodrigo De Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal). This behind-the-scenes look at the lives of musicians navigating the concrete jungle of New York is fresh and fun. The acting is superb, with interesting characters portrayed by some of the best in the business, like Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, and Bernadette Peters. Mozart in the Jungle sits at a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You’ll easily binge all four seasons of this engaging tale of self-discovery and love as the characters learn to balance what is best for themselves and what is best for the music.

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38.One Mississippi (2015–17)

A still from the series One Mississippi

There's nothing particularly new about a comedian mining their personal life for fodder — but how many can say they were able to spin the worst year of their life into a successful memoir (I'm Just a Person), Netflix documentary (Tig), and semi-autobiographical Amazon Original (One Mississippi)? This is the magic and singularity of the hilarious, straight-shooting comedian Tig Notaro. Co-created and written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult, Tully) and featuring direction by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), One Mississippi (the most recent iteration of Notaro's story) finds Tig "Bavaro" returning to her hometown of Bay St. Lucille, Mississippi, to take her dying mother off life support. While battling her own health issues, Tig is forced to deal with uncomfortable truths about herself and her family. This tale of grief feels real and relatable, thanks to input from people who know Notaro best, including her partner, Stephanie Allynne, and friend Rebecca Walker. If you’ve ever lost someone, you’ll be able to cry and laugh with Tig as she strives to move forward and reconnect with her family.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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39.Orphan Black (2013–17)

Joel Thomas Hynes and Tatiana Maslany (as Sarah), 'The Antisocialism of Sex', (Season 4, ep. 407, aired May 26, 2016

This Canadian sci-fi thriller follows petty criminal Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) as she assumes the identity of a dead woman she shares an uncanny resemblance with in hopes of making some quick cash. Little does she know, she is about to make the earth-shattering discovery that she's actually a clone. Unable to just walk away, Sarah searches for answers, meeting several of her sisters along the way. The closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her journey becomes. You’ll be blown away by Maslany’s portrayal of each clone, performances that earned her three Emmy nominations and a long-overdue win. While the show's ratings during its five-season run were nothing to write home about, it attracted a loud and dedicated fanbase online, known as #CloneClub.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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40.Panic (2021)

Jessica Sula as Natalie Williams in the series Panic

If you’re at the end of Cruel Summer and are panicking about what you’ll watch once the season ends, then look no further than Amazon’s latest YA series, Panic. The show is an adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s bestselling novel of the same name. She also wrote the adaptation and serves as the show’s executive producer, along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Adam Schroeder. The story is set in Carp, Texas, a small and unextraordinary town filled with recent high school graduates who are itching to get out. Each summer, a group of these teens compete in a secret game with dangerous challenges in hopes of walking away with the grand prize — enough money to hit the road and get a head start on their future. The game is unpredictable, and this year, the rules have changed, and the pot is the highest it’s ever been. In Panic, the only way to win is to face your deepest and darkest fears. How far will they go to take home the $50,000 prize? And is this secret game the only secret dwelling in this small town? Starring familiar faces Mike Faist (West Side Story, Dear Evan Hansen), Olivia Welch (Unbelievable, Modern Family), Jessica Sula (Split, Skins), and Ray Nicholson (Promising Young Woman), among others, this one-hour drama is made for fans of Nerve and The Hunger Games.

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41.Poldark (2015–19)

Aidan Turner as Poldark

Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home to Cornwall after the American War of Independence in 1783. His presence shocks family and friends, as they all assumed he was dead. In the three years since he left, his father has died, his estate is in shambles, and the love of his life is engaged to his cousin. Ross must begin the hard work of rebuilding his life with new alliances, business opportunities, and even new love. Adapted from the novels of Winston Graham, this historical drama series does more than give us one man’s story — it explores concepts like status, wealth, and familial bonds. Interestingly, this is the second adaptation of these novels, the first airing in 1975. I guess the BBC couldn’t get enough, and after watching all five seasons, you’ll know why.

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42.Psych (2006–14)

James Roday and Dulé Hill in 'S.E.I.Z.E. the Day' (Season 8, Episode 2, aired Jan. 15, 2014)

Phew, after that series, you’re going to need a pick-me-up. Enter Psych, which pushes the expression "Fake it till you make it" to its absolute comedic limit. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) cons his way into working as a detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department by making everyone think he has psychic powers that can help them solve crimes. He reels in his best friend, Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill), to help with the cases, and it's here where the show really throws away the tired procedural script and goes to some truly colorful places in the name of "buddy comedy." Take, for example, “Dual Spires," a favorite Season 5 episode that pays homage to Twin Peaks and brings in supporting cast members like Catherine E. Coulson, Sheryl Lee, and Ray Wise; or Season 2's “American Duos," which satirizes a particular reality television singing format that persists today.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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43.Reading Rainbow (1983–2015)

LeVar Burton with a dog

It would be wrong not to pass on the tradition of this beloved, LeVar Burton–helmed show to your littles. In it, Burton brings books to life and (rather discreetly) helps kids improve their reading comprehension skills in the process. Sure, you'll find plenty of content to keep young ones engaged, but a steady stream of celebrity guests (everyone from Patrick Stewart to Run-DMC to Jeff Bridges), popular music of the time, and a swell of nostalgia will keep adults invested too. Love for the show is still very much in the air — in 2014, Kickstarter history was made when a campaign to produce new Reading Rainbow interactive books and video field trips hit its initial goal of $1 million in just 24 hours ($5.41 million had been pledged by its close).

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video (the first two seasons are available to stream for free with a Prime membership, while each of seasons 3–12 can be purchased for $1.99).

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44.Scrubs (2001–10)

actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison on the set of Scrubs

This 2000s Emmy Award–winning series is both hilarious and one of the most medically realistic shows. Not simply because of the procedures depicted on the show, but because of the journey of its main characters. The show focuses on a group of medical students who are starting their internship at Sacred Heart Hospital, a teaching hospital. The slapstick comedy focuses mostly on the point-of-view of J.D., played by Zach Braff, who narrates most episodes and breaks off into inner monologues to talk through insecurities, much like a real medical student would. The series, which scored an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, also includes fantasy cut-aways, dancing, jokes, and so many quotables. Along with Braff, the cast includes Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, and Judy Reyes. And, as with any medical show, it is filled with guest star appearances from top-notch actors, including Brendan Fraser, Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Scott Foley, Colin Farrell, and more. If you’re a fan of medical dramas or comedies based on real professions like Parks and Recreation or Superstore, you’ll enjoy Scrubs too.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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45.September Mornings (2021–)

Liniker as Cassandra in September Mornings

Cassandra is an independent Afro-Latina transgender woman set on realizing her dreams. She’s working as a motorbike courier in downtown São Paulo, Brazil, and has finally landed her very own studio apartment, something she’s wanted for a long time. She has a boyfriend she adores and has fulfilled her dream of performing songs by Vanusa, a Brazilian singer who was a huge hit in the '70s. Hopeful about what the future might bring, she receives a knock at the door to find an old friend, Leide, standing with 10-year-old Gersinho, Cassandra’s son. Brazilian soul singer Liniker makes her acting debut as Cassandra, who has to decide if she’s willing to risk losing everything she’s worked for to make room in her life for her son, or if her life will be even more fulfilled by embracing the idea of having a child. The series is stripped down, filmed with a gritty style of storytelling that places you not only inside Cassandra’s story but also inside the culture of Brazil. The show delves into the experience of being a Black trans person as well as Cassandra’s struggle of reconciling who she is now with traditional norms of parenting. Cassandra just wants to feel free in who she is, and you’ll find yourself rooting for that freedom and her happiness, even if that means a sad ending for everyone else.

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46.Small Axe (2020)

A still from the anthology Small Axe

If you were shocked to learn how the royals treated Meghan Markle, then you'd probably benefit from a deep dive into Britain's racist history — and this anthology series is a great place to start. Academy Award–winning director Steve McQueen paints a brutal, necessary portrait of discrimination in London toward West Indian communities. The series title is a bold declaration derived from the African proverb “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” McQueen, who is both Grenadian and Trinidadian, crafted stories rich with Afro-Caribbean culture. The episodes don’t necessarily connect in their stories, but you'll find thematic through lines that trace police brutality, code-switching, and anti-Blackness. By its end, you'll have no problem seeing why this show, with powerful performances from Black Panther’s Leticia Wright and Star Wars’ John Boyega, won the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

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47.Solos (2021–)

Morgan Freeman and Dan Stevens in solos

From first-time director David Weil, Solos is an aptly named anthology series showcasing solo performances from some of your favorite actors. It's anchored in themes central to what it means to be human, including the strange, beautiful, heartbreaking, and hilarious moments we experience. The episodes dip into time travel, artificial intelligence bots, illegal memory transplants, sketchy smart homes, and more. And, not to brag, but the series includes performances by Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Constance Wu, Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black, Mrs. America), Dan Stevens (Downton Abby), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow, Miss Juneteenth), and your new fave, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). I mean, need I say more? Okay, I will. Viewers who loved both the original Twilight Zone and Jordan Peele's revival will definitely enjoy this show.

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48.Suits (2011–19)

Gabriel Macht, Meghan Markle in "Tiny Violin" (Season 7, Episode 715, aired April 11, 2018)

College dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) dazzles his way through an interview to become an associate for a high-powered New York City attorney in this guilty-pleasure USA Network series. Will his spongelike memory and natural brilliance be enough to carry him through the big leagues? Only time will tell! The series features a supporting performance from Meghan Markle — a marquee name that has no doubt contributed to its success as one of cable’s highest-rated programs — as Mike’s fiancé and coworker, Rachel Zane. After a seven-year run, Markle left the show to become a full-time royal, which changed the dynamic but gave room for new characters to be brought in.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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49.Teen Wolf (2011–17)

Tyler Pose as Scott McCall and Dylan O'Brien as Stiles in the series Teen Wolf

In this supernatural teen drama, Tyler Posey (Jane the Virgin, Smallville) stars as Scott McCall, a high school student who gets bitten by a creature while searching the woods for a dead body with his best friend, Stiles (Dylan O’Brien). Later, Scott turns into a werewolf and has to get a crash course in the supernatural, including how to control his animalistic anger around his high school crush, Allison. Scott is sucked into drama within a world he just recently became a part of. Unsure of whom to trust, Scott has to trust his instincts and his best friend to figure out what’s going on in Beacon Hills and how he fits into it. Teen Wolf is MTV’s longest-running scripted show — longer than Daria, even. The series wrapped up its sixth, final season around the same time as The Vampire Diaries, which left a nice space for CW’s Legacies to make a home among teen supernatural dramas. But Posey remains hopeful that they’ll be able to revive the series one day.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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50.Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018–)

A still from the series Jack Ryan

One of Amazon’s most watched original series stars John Krasinski (The Office) as Jack Ryan, a former Marine turned CIA analyst. Thinking he’s there to work a desk, Ryan uncovers a series of suspicious transactions that catapult him into a dangerous assignment that takes him from behind the desk and into the field. Although Krasinksi is not the first to portray Tom Clancy’s hero, this adaptation for television still feels fresh. There is no lack of action or special effects in this big-budget show. With Season 3 set to be released this year, this one should be at the top of your watchlist.

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51.Transparent (2014–19)

A still from Transparent

Despite the name of this series, the only thing that’s transparent about the Pfefferman family is that they are dysfunctional. After father Morton Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), announces to his family that he identifies as a woman and is now Maura Pfefferman, things begin to unravel as the secrets in everyone's life slowly start to be revealed. As Maura finds freedom in her fully realized identity, the rest of the family is forced to examine their own lives to discover what it is they truly want. The show was created by Jill Soloway, who is the child of a trans parent and served as inspiration for the story. Hailed as one of the first shows to put Amazon’s original programming on the map, this Emmy Award–winning series touches on family dynamics and gender and sexual fluidity through an ensemble cast including Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light (The Politician), Amy Landecker (Your Honor), Jay Duplass (Search Party), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Alexandra Billings (The Conners), Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision), and Melora Hardin (The Bold Type).

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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52.The Underground Railroad (2021)

William Jackson Harper as Royal holding hands with Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall

Academy Award–winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) adapts Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same name for this limited series, which chronicles Cora Randall, who has run away from slavery, and her journey to freedom in the antebellum South. In it, the Underground Railroad is reimagined into a literal locomotive that runs underground, stopping at different stations to transport Black people to freedom. The series incorporates fantasy, which helps alleviate the trauma of some of the harsher scenes and gives the viewer time to recuperate before continuing through the story. The first episode is a difficult one to digest, especially for Black viewers: It is filled with themes similar to those one would expect to see in stories of slavery — a whipping, an enslaved person being burned alive. However, Jenkins deviates from the trauma-porn norm of bloody torment to also portray Black resilience, Black love, and Black joy. Being mindful of everyone's mental health on set, Jenkins brought in a team of therapists to help the actors depicting this trauma. Jenkins' directing style is quiet and restrained, giving room for viewers to watch the story unfold. The series also touches on other real-life horrors Black people experienced beyond slavery, including sterilization, medical experimentation, and Oregon exclusion laws. The Underground Railroad is not meant to be binged in a day and wiped away when the next hot prestige series hits streaming. With that in mind, I suggest you really take in each episode — the sounds, the vivid colors, the sweeping landscapes — before continuing to follow Cora’s journey to freedom.

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53.Undone (2019–)

A still from the series Undone

Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg's (Bojack Horseman) deeply human genre-bending animated series is easily one of Amazon’s most underrated shows of all time. At its center is Alma, a woman who walks through life within a cloud of existential malaise. It isn't until she gets in a car accident that she's able to see the world clearly. Maybe a little too clearly, even: Visions of her dead father begin to follow her everywhere until she discovers that her consciousness can actually time-travel. What’s particularly unique about this series is the use of rotoscope animation, which draws over live-action footage, frame by frame, giving it a more realistic image (think Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly). The actors were shot in a black box studio; then computer animators created sketches of the set in which the actors would move through. Afterward, artists created actual oil paintings to use as the scene backgrounds, some of which were chopped with 3D animation. The result? A trippy yet beautiful image that blurs dreamscape with reality.

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54.Upload (2020–)

A still from the series upload

This dystopian sci-fi comedy from creator Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is set in the year 2033, when we have hologram cellphones, 3D food printers, and automated grocery stores. Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell) is an app developer who ends up in the hospital after an accident with a self-driving car. Forced to make a quick decision, he agrees to have himself uploaded to his girlfriend’s luxurious virtual afterlife, Lakeview. Which is kind of awkward because they aren’t exactly at the stage to be spending eternity together. Once uploaded, his customer service “angel,” Nora Anthony (Andy Allo), helps him navigate the digital afterlife. Eventually they become friends as they work together to sift through a few inconsistencies about his death. The best way to approach this show, it has been suggested, is to expect Black Mirror with some humorous flourishes, rather than another knee-slapping Greg Daniels project.

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55.Victoria (2016–)

Jenna Coleman, Daniela Holtz, "Doll 123" (Season 1, ep. 101, aired in US on Jan. 17, 2017)

If you like The Crown, then you’ll be equally fond of this British historical costume drama. Both tell the story of young protagonists navigating the spaces of their royal lives while soaring above their peers' expectations (and getting saddled with the responsibility of managing their husbands' bruised egos in the process). In Victoria, the titular character — England's longest-reigning monarch until Queen Elizabeth II — is played by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). The series follows her ascension to the British throne and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Sticklers will find comfort in the fact that biographer A.N. Wilson served as a historical adviser on the series, lending to the factually sound — albeit dramatically embellished — rendering of real-life events.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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56.Wayne (2019–)

A still from the series Wayne

This hidden gem from creator Shawn Simmons and Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick centers on Wayne, a 16-year-old on a mission to get back the ’79 Trans Am that was stolen from his dad before he died. Wayne isn’t afraid to take a punch, and often does while he’s trying to right the wrongs he finds in life. Along with his new friend Del, he embarks on a violent and hilarious journey that’s a real pleasure to watch unfold. Some will say that the show follows a similar formula as Freaks and Geeks, while others will find it belongs more in the spiritual universe of Deadly Class, The Boys, and Teenage Bounty Hunters.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

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57.The Wilds (2020–)

A still from the series The Wilds

What dramatic thriller do you get when you throw Euphoria and Lost in a blender? The Wilds! Here's the gist: Eight troubled teenage girls are flying privately to Kona, Hawaii, to take part in an empowerment retreat called Dawn of Eve when their plane crashes and leaves them stranded on a deserted island. The girls have to rely on each other for survival, and through this process, character backstories begin to reveal themselves to viewers through flashbacks. Just about every episode ends with a plot twist that'll keep you glued till the end. Could it be that these girls may not have wound up on this island by accident? The cast includes Oscar-nominated actor Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters), rising talents Sophia Taylor Ali (Truth or Dare, Grey’s Anatomy) and Reign Edwards (Snowfall, MacGyver), and breakout performances by newcomers like Sarah Pidgeon. This series is Amazon’s first YA series and has already been renewed for a second season.

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