10 Series You Should Watch on Amazon Prime Right Now
Amazon Prime Video offers a variety of series for its audience. Sometimes it can get difficult for us to decide what we have to watch from the options they provide. So here I would like to help you out.
Below I have listed the top 10 Series you should watch on Amazon Prime now.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-
airing on a broadcast network was nothing short of a minor miracle. After a stellar inaugural year,
and company dared to up the stakes for their second go-around, taking major creative risks in the process. These risks came in the form of (among other things) sealing the protagonist in jail for a third of the run, killing off a major character, and ending the season with what I can only describe as the visual equivalent of a mic drop. Even in its weaker moments, the show always offered something memorable, whether it be an impressive visual, or an intense dialogue exchange. And while some viewers no doubt came to
purely for its inventive, if highly gruesome imagery (there's certainly that
), chances are they ended up staying for the compelling writing, hypnotic performances, and luscious, evocative cinematography.
9) Curb Your Enthusiasm
Let's face it:
didn't have to do much of anything at all after
. He was pretty much set for life, so when
Curb Your Enthusiasm
debuted in 2000, we knew it was out of a genuine desire to tell new stories rather than simply "on to the next one." And what a delightful collaboration the David/HBO pairing has been. Given the freedom to create what's mostly an improvised comedy series, David put together some of the most hilarious comedy on television across the show's eight seasons. Its delightfully off-color and oftentimes cringe worthy, but always funny. And the show's seventh season was the absolute perfect way to address the prospect of a Seinfeld finale, providing Curb with some of its best comedy ever. Here's hoping Larry David's not done with this series just yet.
does a fine job within the revisionist Western sub-genre's traditional trappings, but ultimately it's less concerned with its setting and historical accuracy (though it has plenty to spare) than it is about accurately portraying humans. Why do societies and allegiances form, why are close friends betrayed, and why does humanity's best seem to always just barely edge out its worst? These are the real concerns that make
a masterpiece. David Milch created a sprawling, fastidiously detailed world in which to stage his gritty morality plays and with it has come as close as anyone to creating a novel on-screen. With assistance from some truly memorable acting by Ian McShane, Brad Dourif and Paula Malcomson,
s sometimes over-the-top representations never veer far enough from reality for its inhabitants to become "just characters."
Arguably the best comedy on television, and easily the smartest,
is the rare political satire that
works in the post-Trump political environment because it's not about electoral politics, it's about the
of politics. Its about how people stumble into positions of leadership, not because they are good people, or smart people, or even politically savvy people, but because the system rewards mediocrity and dysfunction. It is a sharp, profane, and intensely funny series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus - winner of three consecutive Emmy awards for her role in
- turns in the best comedic performance of the decade, and she is surrounded by television's best ensemble.
6) Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under
is a television show that attempts to find reason and order in death, but then, in every episode, totally fails. Through the eyes of the Fisher family, proprietors and operators of a funeral home in Los Angeles, death is an inevitability stripped of all romance, and yet the series, as it follows the lives of eldest brother Nate Fisher and his loved ones, can never escape the fear at the core of even the most jaded people's relationship with mortality. Opaquely funny, tender, heartrending and sometimes deeply uncomfortable,
Six Feet Under
balks, down to the marrow of its bones, at the idea that there is reason in death, and in turn, every episode begins with a functionally freak fatality, so much so that its nearly impossible to binge watch the series without concluding that death will find us when we least expect it, no matter what we do, or no matter how we hide. And yet, somehow
Six Feet Under
is never morbid, instead concerned with celebrating the lives of its ensemble however they happen to play out, sensitive to the fact that though they run a funeral home, they have as little insight into the meaning of life as anyone else navigating modernity at the turn of the century.
Much like its volatile lead heroine,
demonstrated a disorientating oscillation between intensely emotional naval-gazing and abrasive, cringe-worthy comedy. Having found the proper balance approximately halfway through the first year, showrunner/co-star Mike White found a groove. Perhaps more so than any show on TV,
s episodes were driven less by plot and more by character's interior lives. With its sunny, colorful visual palate masking an undeniable undercurrent of melancholy, the show was certainly never afraid to wear its heart (painfully) on its sleeve. Led by a career-defining performance from Laura Dern as the troubled protagonist, the show also milked great work from other series regulars, including White, Luke Wilson and Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd as Amy's own long-suffering mother. And while one can mourn the episodes and story arcs that will never be, the shows finale gives the entire series the poignant and conclusive crescendo it deserves.
The fifth season might have been the one minor letdown in its run, but
came back strong in its sixth and final season, making it one of television's best all-time complete series.
boasts not only the two most charismatic characters around in trigger-happy Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and its sly villain, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), but also the quickest 42 minutes on television. No hour-long drama flies by faster than
, which also makes it a great series to binge watch.
3) The Americans
follows Russian spies (Keri Russell and Mathew Rhys) posing as a married couple living in America, and while the missions are enjoyable, and the glimpse into the early 1980s is fascinating, the real pull in this show is the relationship drama, both between the married spies - who are often pulled between their love for one another and their love of country - an FBI agent (Noah Emmerich) who is pulled between his own relationship with his family and country, and the children of the Russian spies, pulled between their family and their love of America. Well-crafted, engrossing, and hypnotic,
is one of best TV shows.
2) The Sopranos
The godfather of prestige dramas, David Chase's series follows the life of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), as he struggles like so many of us with the work-life balance, only his work is running a criminal organization and his life involves a complicated, suburban Italian family. Spanning six seasons,
may be the best-written series of all time and often places first or second on lists of the greatest television series of all time. (This author would place it third, behind
, though both of those shows owe a great debt to
, which created the template for the modern anti-hero and kicked off the Golden Age of television.) Regardless of where it is placed among the greatest of all time, it is essential television viewing, a masterpiece rich with nuance, comedy, brutality, and emotion, as well as some of the best-drawn characters in any medium.
gave us Omar Little. It gave us Stringer Bell. And Bunk, McNulty, Kima, Bubbles, and so many other characters. The Wire examines the Baltimore drug scene from the perspective of the police and the drug dealers, and it humanizes both sides of the war on drugs. It confronts deep-seated problems in the inner city in accessible ways, and it unpacks the bureaucracy surrounding those issues in a way that makes us understand the struggles of law enforcement in their efforts to tackle the drug problem and the plight of the dealers. Spanning five seasons, The Wire is like a series of interconnected novels featuring deeply flawed, but deeply human characters. It's a one-of-a-kind series, a show that is not only entertaining, thoughtful, and insightful, but also necessary.
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