Top 10 Amazon Prime Original Series
With an influx of viewers to streaming services, there is much more original content out there for your viewing pleasure. On this list are just a few of the spectacular shows that are currently being offered on Amazon Prime.
10. Carnival Row
In this series, we see a growing population of mythical beings struggles to co-exist with their human counterparts after they are chased from their homelands. With a brutal serial killer on the loose, all is not what it seems. A fantasy world is set before the viewer where the fantastical creatures are not free to be who they are, instead, they are forbidden to love, live, and fly. These restrictions are enforced by the very same people who drove them from their lands. However, the darkness brings danger but also holds hope. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star.
This series is based on the novels by Michael Connelly and follows Harry Bosch (played by the formidable Titus Welliver) who is a homicide detective in Los Angeles, who just so happens to be on trial himself for ending the life of a notorious serial killer. He boasts a questionable thought process, but it usually gets him results. Ultimately stepping on a few toes along the way, he isn’t one to get phased by technicalities.
This series is based on the 2011 movie with the same name. Hanna (played by Esme Creed-Miles), is a young girl who was raised in a remote forest. She possesses extraordinary skills, that allow her to stay alert and alive. Hanna’s skill set makes her a force to be reckoned with, and a tough case to follow. As a direct result of her talents, she is relentlessly pursued by an off-the-book CIA agent, unable to rest until she uncovers the truth behind Hanna. Some things are better off hidden.
7. Jack Ryan
Based on a character created by author Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan (played by John Krasinski) is a former U.S. Marine who is now an up and coming CIA analyst. However, he is thurst into the maws of danger while on a field assignment where he uncovers an unsettling pattern in terrorist communication, exposing a new threat to them all. He deciphers a dangerous cat and mouse game through Europe and the Middle East, with threats leading to the U.S. He must put himself directly into the middle of the conflict, or die trying.
This series boasts a stellar cast (Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton to name a few). It follows a group of Nazi Hunters in 1977, New York, who take in a young Jewish man with penance for revenge. They are out to expose and exterminate high ranking Nazi officials who are hiding in plain sight, working to create the Fourth Reich.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a comedic genius, who plays the title character, Fleabag. Fleabag is a dry-witted woman with no filter, learning how to navigate life in London and all the challenges it can bring. It’s a poignant journey of a woman coping with tragic circumstances, pushing away anyone who tries to help her. Through it all, she never loses her spark and self-made bravado. Reminding us that even in those dark moments, laughter can be the best medicine.
4. Good Omens
This series is based on the book Good written by the unforgettable Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It follows the life and times of a Demon, Crowley (David Tennant) and an Angel, Aziraphale (Micheal Sheen), who have grown accustomed to humans and all they have to offer. The threat of end times disrupts their world, they must work together to prevent the Antichrist from discovering his true calling, and the inevitable Armageddon that will follow. There are only 6 episodes in this series and they are worth a watch, garnering a few laughs along the way.
3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This award-winning series has captivated the audience’s hearts, and there is a good reason why. At a glance, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) has the life that others only dream of, that is until a hidden talent (stand-up comedy) brings her a twist she didn’t quite expect. Set in the 1950s, the show pushes the boundaries and expectations of that time. This life-changing revelation takes her out of her comfort zone, and into a world, she never thought possible. She is living proof that it doesn’t matter who you are in life, anything is possible.
2. American Gods
Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods welcomes us into the world of the old, that have meshed with the new. As settlers came across the oceans, as did their beliefs. The story follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a former convict with a checkered past. A mysterious, mystical stranger, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), takes a liking to him, and it’s a grasp he can’t quite escape. Opening Shadow into a world where nothing is impossible, and gods are real.
1. The Boys
The Boys is adapted from the graphic novels, written by Garth Ennis (Hellblazer, Preacher). This is not your average superhero story. Those most powerful, are not necessarily there for the people. It’s all about maintaining an image, and as a result, corruption runs rampant among their ranks, innocent lives have been lost because of their complacency. In other words, the good guys aren’t always so good. Suffering from grief and pain from these losses cause “ordinary” citizens to strike back. Cue “The Boys”, a ragtag group of vigilantes, ready to expose the superhero world for the frauds they really are. This series is bloody, diabolical, and one hell of a ride. Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr (to name a few)
People are more and more of distractions these days, and streaming programs offer a bit of a reprieve from the real world. Other Amazon Prime series you may want to check out on are: The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Goliath, Red Oaks, Homecoming, and Forever, to name a few. They are constantly adding new content, and there tends to be a series for everyone.
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The Top 10 Amazon Prime Original Series is subjective and the direct opinion of the author.