9 Best Shows on Amazon Prime You’re Missing Out

May 17, 2019

At this point, Amazon Prime is becoming less of a crappy alternative to Netflix more of a wide and extensive catalog. However, not many people have been paying attention to this shift. 

Take Homecoming for example. It’s an amazing show starring Julia Roberts and directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot). If it was a Netflix Original it would have been one of the most talked about shows right now. 

But because it is on Amazon Prime, very few people have seen it. This list is a quick guide to similar titles. Below are the best shows on Amazon Prime you’re probably missing out on.

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Fleabag

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At 20 minutes per episode and boosting a funny and witty script, this show is such a pleasure to binge-watch.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who you may know from Broadchurch, writes and stars in the series. She plays a freethinking young woman trying to deal with grief in big-city London.

Her relationship with the city is complicated to say the least, but her relationship with her business might be even worse. The hipster-plagued café she runs is always on the verge of bankruptcy, her support system is almost nonexistent, consisting of a high-achieving sister and a nonchalant father, she has a lot to navigate on her own.

Her show is guaranteed to stay with you for a long time.

Long Strange Trip was originally a four-hour movie before Amazon cut it to a six-part TV show.

Produced by Martin Scorcese, it tells the full story of the band The Grateful Dead. It’s an account so detailed that it will satisfy the biggest Deadheads, but it also can be appreciated by anyone. The focus is the band, but it’s also the band’s significant impact on Rock history, and by extension, on American culture.

I didn’t know much about the band and I couldn’t stop watching.

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Goliath

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A TV show by David E. Kelley, the mogul that was also behind Boston Legal, Picket Fences, and recently the amazing HBO show Big Little Lies.

You’d think a name that big is enough to carry Goliath. But in comes Billy Bob Thornton in one of the best performances of his career.

He plays a big-time lawyer who fell down on his luck for unknown circumstances. A big case randomly comes his way that allows him to go against his former big law firm. With an escort as his legal aid, he embarks on a David and Goliath journey to find justice for the victims and redemption for himself.

A great supporting cast. Great writing. Old-school premise brought back to life. Goliath is the perfect binge.

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Sneaky Pete

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Created by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Sneaky Pete is a perfect thriller TV Show. 

A con man learns that a violent gang awaits his release from prison, so he decides to take his cell-mate’s identity and hide with his family. He immediately faces an array of threats that make the first season of Sneaky Pete so cut-throat gripping: the gang getting to him, his new identity being exposed, the police, and it doesn’t help that the only member left of his family, his brother, is also in all sorts of trouble.

Sneaky Pete is probably the Amazon Prime Original that suffers the most from the platform’s awkward branding. Had it been on Netflix, your coworkers wouldn’t be able to stop talking about it for years. 

Giovanni Ribisi who plays the main character is out-of-this-world amazing. 

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Forever

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Something happens in Forever episode three that I can’t tell you about. If I did it, I would spoil the show up for you. I don’t want to do this. So I will try very hard to sell you on the first two episodes, just remember, the show gets very different afterward. Both in premise, general vibe, and humor.

Here’s my best pitch: Fred Armisen. That face, that tone, that voice. How can you resist a TV show that doesn’t have many characters and yet he’s the main one.

Pitch No. 2: Maya Rudolph. She is funny, expressive, and whenever she looks at something, that thing instantly gains a lot of interest. This is the best performance of her career so far, I would wager.

Refreshing, classy, and absolutely hilarious — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a real triumph. 

Set in the 1950s, this is the story of a housewife and mother who, to everyone but herself, seems to fit very well into the patriarchal ideas of a woman of that era. In reality, she is a witty, funny, and strong woman — and someone who is willing to act on those attributes. After a series of events involving her mediocre cheating husband, she decides to become a stand-up comedian.

The costumes and the mastery with which 50s New York is portrayed are what really did it for me. Everything is so beautiful, so much fun, yet so gim. It’s the most satisfying to watch Ms. Maisel navigate all of it, with a few serious laughs here and there, and riveting dialogue.

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Homecoming

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This is the perfect dark TV show.

It’s no surprise that Julia Roberts’ performance is amazing here. She is the former director of a mysterious program for rehabilitating war veterans.

She perfectly blends into her first ever TV show and the world created by the show’s director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot). That is a world of dark colors and seemingly twisted motivations.

Her supporting cast is nothing short of amazing. Shea Whigham is BRILLIANT as the sad but honest detective trying to get to the bottom of things. Bobby Cannavale is also great as Julia Roberts’s old boss, a busy and eager man. This show’s surprise star is newcomer Stephan James, who plays one of the war veterans.

At around 30 minutes per episode, time goes by quickly and your hunger to figure out what’s happening increases with every episode.

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Patriot

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Patriot is about a secret agent who is assigned meddling with the Iranian elections to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Sounds serious? It is and it is not. What Patriot is really about are the bureaucratic pitfalls that involve such work. The secret agent’s team parks on the wrong street and he ends up killing the wrong guy. The bag of money he wants to use to meddle with the elections gets stolen by an airport worker in Luxembourg. Etc, etc.

For all of this, Patriot is a funny and clever show. the best part is that the secret agent in question is also a folk singer – and sometimes sings awfully honest and descriptive songs of his missions in open mics.

Patriot is a mix between real-life thrills and real-life laughs, and it’s a near-perfect TV show.

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Catastrophe

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This is hands down my all-time favorite sitcom.

Rob, a New York executive, has a brief affair with Sharon, a teacher, while he’s on a business trip to London. The resulting pregnancy upends their lives.

Sharon struggles to adapt to living with this unwanted, and mostly useless American, who suddenly moves in with her. Hilarity ensues as Rob tries to navigate the unintended relationship and his new life in Britain.

The thing about Catastrophe is that you’re getting the full, unfiltered and untouched package of creative expression by two very creative people: It’s a show created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, written by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (as, you guessed it, Sharon and Rob).

The show is Sharon and Rob’s product of love, and it’s just great.

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