9 Best Shows on Amazon Prime You’re Missing Out

January 16, 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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Based on the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods the show is an ambitious new take on visual storytelling. Set in modern day America, it follows Shadow (Ricky Wittle), a newly released ex-convict shaken by the sudden death of his wife, as he is begrudgingly introduced to a world of warring deities, where  the old gods’ existence is threatened by the rise of new gods. Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane), Shadow’s new employer, travels America as he recruits an army in preparation for this war.

The show’s extravagant set pieces and eerie long soundtracks offer a bizarre, otherworldly experience, backed by superb writing and a great cast. If you’re tired of unoriginal, formulaic stories and visuals in tv show, look no further: American gods is ambitious, unique, and definitely deserving of your attention.

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A coming-of-age comedy about David, a 20 year old assistant tennis pro at a country club in 1985’s New Jersey. As with most people his age, David (Craig Roberts) struggles with making important life choices; his parents want him to pursue a career he’s not interested in, he starts falling in love with a girl when he’s in a relationship with another, and so on.

Yet David’s story is not the only one driving the show; The excellent cast of side characters all struggle with their own dilemmas: His parents are getting bored of their relationship, his ex is doubting her imminent marriage, and his pothead friend is in love with a lifeguard he thinks is too good-looking for him.

However, Red Oaks never strays from being a comedy first and an excellent show for a chill binge.

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Based on the 1962 award winning novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High castle presents a world in which World War II concluded with the victory of the Axis powers, dividing the United States of America into two powers on the verge of conflict, the Greater German Reich and the Japanese Pacific States.
The show follows Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) and her boyfriend Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) as their lives quickly turn into chaos when they come across a film reel that shows a glimpse into the world that could have been, ours, bringing the couple to the restless attention of both governments and of the resistance.
The Man in the High Castle will captivate you with excellent writing, a superb cast, and a carefully crafted world that is as believable as it is terrifying.

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Hailey (Lola Kirke) is a struggling musician that has dedicated her life to the oboe. As the New York Symphony Orchestra reluctantly welcomes its new conductor, the controversial Rodrigo de Souza (Gael García Bernal), Hailey gives her all and tries to join the orchestra. But getting to play with some of the world’s best musicians isn’t only a difficult goal to attain, it is also a life-consuming struggle.
Inspired by the accounts of oboist Blair Tindall in her book Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music, the show follows the orchestra through its ups and downs , portraying the current state of classical music with all its power struggles, insane competitiveness , and reluctance to change.
While Mozart in the Jungle has a strong cast (Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows, Bernadette Peters), Gael García Bernal steals the show with a golden globe-winning performance that perfectly fits the charming, lighthearted nature of the series.

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There are no words to describe how good this show is, it’s such a perfect thing to binge watch. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who you may know from Broadchurch, has written the show and stars in it. She plays a freethinking young woman trying to deal with grief in a big city (London). This show is guaranteed to stay with you for a really long time. Exceptional acting and writing make it a must-watch.

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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.

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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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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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When a New York exec travels to London he has a quick affair with a local. He goes back to New York, is on another date, when he receives a call from said local: I’m pregnant.

Catastrophe is the cleverly-written portrayal of a man deciding to have the baby with a woman whose last name he doesn’t know, and in a country where he barely knows anyone or anything. Naturally, hilarity ensues, as Rob tries to find his way through both parenthood, a relationship, and a new culture all at once; and Sharon tries to deal with a sudden pregnancy, the looks of her friends and relatives, and most importantly a big useless and strange man who suddenly moves in with her.

The thing about Catastrophe is that you’re getting the full unfiltered and untouched package: It’s a show created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, written by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and staring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (as Sharon and Rob). And like the predicament the characters they created, wrote, and played, find themselves in–the show is Horgan and Delanay’s baby, a product of love, and it’s so beautiful.