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Best Amazon Prime TV shows (May 2019): the best series to watch this month

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Amazon Prime Video is on a roll. The streaming service adds exclusive Tv presents and fresh new episodes to its TV catalogue every week. Although that means you& apos; ve always got plenty of old favourites and new series to binge on, it entails it can be tricky to choose which one to pick next. But this list is here to help construct that option a little bit easier.

Amazon Prime Video is part of the Amazon Prime membership, which means a lot more than just super fast deliveries these days.

For starters, there’s Prime Music, Audible freebies, the Kindle Lending Library, lots of photos storage and the chance to stream great movies and Tv shows through Prime Video, which is Amazon’s answer to an on-demand streaming service.

Although Amazon has a huge back catalogue on its Prime Video service, there are lots of mediocre TV options too, which might fool you into thinking they’d be worthy of a watch, as well as lots of genuinely terrible ones, which we& apos ;d prefer you didn& apos; t waste your time on at all.

We& apos; ve collected together a huge selection of TV shows for you to choose from, including shiny new series through to Amazon& apos; s own original shows.

In our guide you& apos; ll detect our pick of the best Amazon Prime TV shows that are currently on offer. We have options for fans of thrillers, jaw-dropping sci-fi, comedy fans and those who enjoy nothing more than a fantasy police drama.

Coming Soon: Although this list is full of great TV depicts, there are always some tantalising new series on the horizon that we can& apos; t wait to watch. You& apos; ll have to wait until the very end of May( May 31, to be exact) but this spring is all about Good Omens, the Tv display adaptation of the magical volume from the fantastical minds of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This month also welcomes the darkly funny season 2 of Fleabag( May 17 ), as well as the third season of Sneaky Pete( May 10 ).

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Amazon has been developing and creating titles itself over the past few years, who the hell is called Amazon Originals or Amazon Original Series.

These homegrown TV proves are arguably some of the best that the Amazon Prime Video service has to offer( believe The Tick and Transparent ), which you can watch instantaneously when you have Amazon Prime access. There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon too of course, but some of these have to be purchased in order for you to start streaming.

We& apos; ll be keeping this list constantly updated- if any paid proves become free that we feel need to be included, they& apos; ll be added too. Scroll through to see our pickings that we& apos; ve divided up into the following categories: drama, comedy and thriller.

If you can only watch one …

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The Tick

The Tick is a superhero TV show with a difference. It& apos; s chock full of brightly-coloured heroes, sarcastic villains, excellent tales and fantastic wordplay. Unlike the sagas in Marvel movies, the heroes and rogues in The Tick feel like they belong to our world. They& apos; re messy, funny and construct lots of terrible decisions. Luckily, the display was renewed for a second season, which manages to be even smarter, slicker and more heartwarming than the first, with noteworthy performances from Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman in the lead roles as The Tick and, erm, Arthur.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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Absentia

If you& apos; ve had a Stana Katic shaped hole in your life since Castle ended in 2016, you& apos; ll be glad to know she& apos; s starring in a brand new series on Amazon Prime. Katic takes up the role of FBI agent Emily Byrne who, six years after being proclaimed dead, returns to the world and has to try and piece her life and memory back together.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

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New Season Added: The Expanse

Arguably the best sci-fi show since Battlestar Galatica, The Expanse is based on the series of fictions by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. It& apos; s set in a future where humans have colonised most of the solar system, but there are big divisions between the occupants of Earth, Mars and& apos; Belters& apos ;, who reside on space station beyond the asteroid belt. It& apos; s full of politics, heart-wrenching emotional stories and some of the most breath-taking scenes of outer space we& apos; ve ever seen. If you& apos; re a fan of sci-fi, you& apos; ll love this.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Alias

US action series Alias ran for five seasons between 2001 and 2006 and fans will be happy to hear every single episode is now ready to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video right this instant! Created by J. J. Abrams, the Tv indicate starrings Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double agent who is working for the CIA, but also posing as an operative for an organisation called SD-6, which is a big criminal and espionage network.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

Update: Alias is still available via Amazon Prime Video, but it& apos; s no longer free. You& apos; ll have to pay PS2. 49 per episode, or buy a whole season for PS13. 99.

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Tom Clancy& apos; s Jack Ryan

The long-awaited latest re-imagining of Tom Clancy& apos; s Jack Ryan is now available on Amazon Prime, with the fantastic John Krasinski( best known for his role in the US version of The Office) playing CIA analyst Ryan. The indicate has received largely positive reviews and it& apos; s definitely worth devote the first few episodes a watch, particularly if you& apos; re a fan of political dramata, the Jack Ryan stories or Krasinski.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

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Ray Donovan

Set in LA, Ray Donovan is a drama about a guy called, you guessed it, Ray Donovan, who is a fixer for a top statute firm in the city. That entails he gets caught up in all kinds of drama, like threats, bribes and every other kind of shady activity you can imagine.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 6

Update: Ray Donovan is still available via Amazon Prime Video, but it& apos; s no longer free. You& apos; ll have to pay PS2. 49 per episode, or buy a whole season for PS13. 99.

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New Season Added: American Gods

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and brought to the screen by the ever-excellent Bryan Fuller, American Gods is an existential look at what would happen if deities were to walk the earth.

Starring Ricky Whittle( who has built the transition from Hollyoaks to Hollywood with ease) and Ian McShane, the show is both bizarre and brazen, cultish and controversial. It may take a while to figure out just what the hell is going on, but this is one smart, celestial slice of amusement that& apos; s already got us hooked.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 2

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Animal Kingdom

Looking for a new crime drama to get stuck into? Animal Kingdom could be what you& apos; re looking forward to. The depict follows adolescent J Cody who moves in with extended relatives in Southern California after the death of his mother. Far from being boring, Cody discoveries his relatives live a wild life of excess and it& apos; s all funded by crime.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Black Sails

Johnny Depp may have spend the latter half of his career convincing the world that pirates all look, stench and talk like a Rolling Stone but we prefer Black Sails& apos; interpretation. Exclusive to Amazon Prime, Black Sails treats the pirate legend with a touch more reality and this is pretty much all down to Shakespearean thesp Toby Stephens.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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New Season Added: Bosch

With 20 -something novels to mine for source material, Bosch is a character that was always destined for the small screen. Created by Michael Connelly but brilliantly brought to life by actor Titus Welliver, the series follows the exploits of LA Homicide detective Harry Bosch and features enough grit to pave the longest of driveways.

This is no surprise – the series has been created by Eric Overmyer, who was part of the alumni that created The Wire. Bosch is another show that has been put together by Amazon Studios – proving that streaming services are becoming just as powerful as the HBOs of the world when it comes to producing compelling drama.

Bosch Season 5 has now landed on Amazon Prime, continuing the saga of Harry Bosch and it comes with a nice uplift in quality too, building season upon season to become one of our favourite presents on Prime at the moment.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

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Goliath

Billy Bob Thornton stars as a washed-up lawyer looking for a big break who stumbles on to a big case that may well give him the solace he needs. Made by David E Kelly who loves a bit of courtroom drama, having already made Boston Legal, The Practice and Ally McBeal, the display works well as a standalone series but there& apos; s talk that it may get a second season. Goliath is part of Amazon& apos; s Original series of TV shows.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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The Good Fight

If you were a fan of US legal and political drama The Good Wife, then you& apos; re going to love The Good Fight. It& apos; s set one year after the events of the final episode of the The Good Wife and this time shifts the focus of the narrative to Diane Lockhart.

Season one has been a success and now the second season is available to stream via Amazon, but regrettably it& apos; s not free. But while you either wait for it to become free( it may take a while) or wait to decide whether it& apos; s worth it, catch up on the first season now to help you induce your intellect up.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3( The 3rd season is available, but you& apos; ll have to pay for it .)

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Hand of God

Last seen in Sons of Anarchy, Ron Perlman has moved from the mad world of biker gangs into the stranger world of law. Perlman plays a vice-riddled barrister who, after suffering a breakdown, starts to believe he is a messenger from god.

The full first season for Hand of God arrived on Amazon Prime, after a successful pilot. A second season is also available, which will sadly be the last as Amazon has decided to not renew the demonstrate. This is a shame as it may not be a light-hearted ride – but it is one drama that takes dark turn after dark turn and is all the better for it.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels sounds like it should be a Sons of Anarchy rival, about motorcycle gangs or the like. But it’s actually centred on the construction of the US’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The first season begins soon after the assassination of President Lincoln and from there the demonstrate plays out like a western, indicating myriad sides of the railway being built – from slaves to their owners, to the money me behind the strategy. It’s a show that’s been a massive hit for AMC – dropping just behind The Walking Dead in their ratings for original shows.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 5

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The Last Tycoon

F Scott Fitzgerald may be known for The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night but The Last Tycoon – his last and unfinished fiction – is perhaps his most ambitious piece of work. It peels away the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in the& apos; 30 s to show a period when backstabbing was the norm, fascism was on the rise and everyone had an unbelievable amount of money. Kelsey Grammer is superb as movie mogul Pat Brady, while Matt Bomer is also great as Monroe Stahr, the up and coming cinema exec who wants to make it big. The Last Tycoon is occasionally flawed but it& apos; s a sumptuous watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

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The Looming Tower

The 8th episode of The Looming Tower are now available on Amazon Prime Video, but despite the fact there still aren& apos; t many compared against most Tv presents, it hasn& apos; t stopped this narrative of threat and politics from proving to be a hit. Based on the book by the same name, it& apos; s about the unease around Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden in the 1990 s, as well as the rivalry between the CIA and FBI.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

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Downton Abbey

Like watching fictional posh people live their lives in early-twentieth century opulence? You& apos; re not alone- millions of people tuned in to Downton Abbey during its TV run, and it& apos; s now available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video.

Following the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family on the titular Downton Abbey estate, it& apos; s a kitchen sink drama of sorts- except all the cutlery is made of silver, and it& apos; s an army of servants doing the washing up.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 7

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Masters Of Sex

Yes, Masters Of Sex could have ended up being a Mad Men rip-off when it first arrived in 2013 but thanks to the brilliance of Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan the present soon elevated above being a copycat.

Sheen is Dr William Masters, a fertility expert who turns his hand to researching the world of sex. Turns out researching sexuality entails having a lot of it, which would all be rather gratuitous if it wasn& apos; t wrap in some of the most intelligent script work around.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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Outlander

Game of Thrones with kilts and time traveling, Outlander was a solid show in its first season – by the second it was a great one. Based on the eight-book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is about Claire Randall, a nurse who is transported from 1945 to 1743, where she satisfies a Scottish proscribe and a simmer romance ensues. Given it’s shot in the Scottish highlands, the prove seems fantastic, is well acted and should be your next binge watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

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The Path

Aaron Paul is back on Tv, thanks to The Path. And while his role might not be as enticing as Jesse in Breaking Bad, The Path is decent enough. Revolving around the Meyerist movement, and its’ not a cult/ definitely a cult& apos; cult, the show is a gripping and beautifully shot look at what happens when people genuinely believe.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Rogue

Now in its fourth season, Rogue has matured into a great crime drama. While it may not be the Sopranos in its scope, it has a realness to it that attains the violence that& apos; s shown on the screen hit home hard. Thandie Newton stars a Grace Travis, an undercover sleuth who is trying to balance being a wife and mother with the illicit affair of a crime boss. Gritty stuff.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

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Sneaky Pete

Sneaky Pete& apos; s plot maybe a little cliche – a con man presumes the identity of someone else to try and make a new break in the world – but Giovanni Ribisi is superb as Marius, the titular character and there& apos; s plenty of intrigue to keep you glued to this new Amazon Original.

Interestingly, the show is co-created by Bryan Cranston which builds him the streaming king, devoted he& apos; s done so well with Breaking Bad on Netflix. Don& apos; t anticipate Sneaky Pete to be as intense as Breaking Bad – it& apos; s a crime caper, yes, but it doesn& apos; t take itself too seriously.

The third season of the show is coming on May 10, 2019.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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Startup

Not content with becoming a Hobbit, starring in the Marvel universe or playing Dr Watson, Martin Freeman goes back to his TV roots for Startup – a great look at what happens when a bunch of tech entrepreneurs generate something that is much bigger than they ever thought it would be. It is sometimes be too gritty for its own good, but it& apos; s great to see Freeman hamming it up as the big bad.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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UnREAL

UnREAL focuses on the fictional goings-on behind the scenes of a fictional reality indicate. It& apos; s a show that holds a break mirror up to the vacuous and plentiful reality shows that litter TV channels at the moment and actually goes into some rather dark territory. Yes, it& apos; s melodramatic and will wave numerous moral flags at you while you are watching it, but it& apos; s nonetheless engrossing television.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Transparent

Anything Netflix can do, Amazon Prime can do better it seems, especially when it comes to winning a Golden Globe. Netflix may have induced history by being the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe, courtesy of the acting talents of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but Amazon ran and topped this by winning the Best TV Show prize in 2014 for Transparent.

It was much deserved. Transparent is everything you want in a Tv reveal. It& apos; s heartwarming, funny and packs a real punch about a subject that doesn& apos; t get enough attention: transgenderism. Jeffrey Tambor& apos; s Maura Pfefferman is a television character we hope will be around for a long time.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Fresh Off the Boat

The critically acclaimed series based on the memoirs of chef and food personality Eddie Huang is back for a fourth series. The show follows the hip-hop preoccupied Eddie and his family as they reconcile their Taiwanese roots with their new life in Florida, where they have moved to open a cowboy-themed restaurant.

Funny and heartwarming, Fresh Off the Boat is not only altogether binge-able, but it also represents an important milestone in the portrayal of Asian-American families on the small screen.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Black-ish

Black-ish is brilliant. Not brilliant-ish, but brilliant. It& apos; s just made by two Nightly Show writers and is about adman Andre, who thinks his children aren& apos; t, er, black enough because they& apos; ve lives in the very white suburbs all their life. This entails a( vehicle) crash course in black culture ensues. Two seasons of the display are on Amazon Prime and it& apos; s well worth a watch, filled with the warm humour ABC has brought to the world with the likes of Modern Family and The Goldbergs.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Casual

The final eight episode season of Casual is now available on Amazon Prime. It& apos; s about a newly divorced single mom who lives with her brother and daughter. The slapstick drama is about dating, romance, families and all kinds of other modern dramata with a funny, and sometimes dark, twist. It& apos; s received a fair bit of critical acclaim over the years, but won& apos; t be returning for a fifth season. So enjoy it while you can!

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Catastrophe

From the minds of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney comes one of the funniest, most well-written sitcom in years. The plot is slight: a one-night stand turns into a relationship once Sharon announces she is pregnant. But the series contains some of the most cut-to-the-bone humour seen on Tv. Combine this with a nice slab of pathos – nestled among many a sexuality joke – and what you have is a modern classic.

The third series, which recently aired on Channel 4, is now available on Amazon Prime Video – it features the last ever performance from the imitable Carrie Fisher.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Comrade Detective

Comrade Detective is a weird gem on Amazon. Starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the show is a parody of gritty American buddy policeman indicates and Communist Propaganda from the Cold War.

It& apos; s an unusual combining, but it works. Each episode is presented as though it& apos; s a remastered real episode of a lost Romanian Communist Propaganda series from the 80 s which was used to entertain and promote Communist ideals. The entire display was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors and then dubbed over by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

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New Season Added: The Tick

We like a dark twisting on the superhero genre as much as the next person, and The Tick delivers it: it& apos; s about an accountant with mental health issues, who may or may not be a superhero – it could all be in his head. Peter Serafinowicz is the eponymous Tick, and despite that instead sombre-sounding plot outline, this is a black and surreal slapstick worth attempting out.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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The Grand Tour

Clarkson, Hammond and the other one are back for Grand Tour: Season 2. Well, we kind of knew that they would be as they all have massive contracts that mean we will be seeing quite a few seasons of the Definitely Not Top Gear But Quite A Bit Like Top Gear show. This season considers Clarkson drive a fast auto, Hammond drive a faster vehicle and virtually die, and the other one drive a fast car considerably slower than the rest. If you enjoy watching middle aged men burn rubber in the middle of the desert, like a scene out of Mad Max: Fury Road, then “theyre for” you. And if we haven& apos; t quite convinced you yet – Gizmodo offered up this quote about the reveal: “Some men doing stuff for no clearly defined reason.” Lovely stuff.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3( new episodes weekly)

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I Love Dick

Graduating from Amazon Originals pilot to fully fledged TV prove, I Love Dick is a great subversive watch. The indicate starrings Kevin Bacon and is based on the celebrated book that looks at a married couple who are having marriage issues and their relationship with college professor, Dick. Bacon is on top form as the charismatic Dick and the reveal& apos; s multiple POV storytelling( Rashomon style) works well.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video TV: 1

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New Season Added: The Last Man On Earth

Not many people can find the funny in the post-apocalypse, but Will Forte has managed it with The Last Man On Earth. He writes and stars in this comedy where he is the only survivor on earth after a virus kills everyone else. The cast is brilliant, with the likes of January Jones and Kristen Wiig join him on his adventures and there’s a handful of decent cameos too – including Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm in season 3.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

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The League

Created by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer and starring Mark Duplass, The League is very much a US focused comedy – based around a group of friends in an American Fantasy Football league – but don’t let that put you off as it’s nearly always hilarious. The lengths the group go to to win The Shiva – the league trophy – is great to watch, as is there balancing of trying to win week in week out with their normal lives. All seven seasons of the prove are available on Prime Video.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 7

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

A new series from Gilmore Girls creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel tells the story of 1950 s Jewish homemaker Miriam Maisel. After her husband confess he& apos; s been having an affair, Midge drunkenly gets on stage at a comedy club and discovers that she& apos; s utterly hilarious. In a period when women aren& apos; t encouraged to be publicly funny, Midge seeks her new-found comedic talent in the male-dominated stand up comedy world.

Seasons to watch on Amazon Prime: 2

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Mad Dogs

The UK version of Mad Dogs was a breath of fresh air when it first aired. Well, the first season was then it all went a little too strange. This remake – green-lit from Amazon& apos; s burgeoning Originals series – takes very good from the UK version and mixtures it with a plot that& apos; s a little easier to follow and humour that& apos; s more laugh out loud than pitch black.

The premise is the same: a bunch of mates go and visit one friend at his luxury villa to celebrate his early retirement, only for murder, mayhem and mind-boggling plot developments to ensue. A touch of genius is the recasting of Ben Chaplin. While he played the rich, retiring Alvo in the UK version here he gets to try his luck in a bigger and better role.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

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Mozart in the Jungle

Now into its fourth series, Mozart in the Jungle was this surprise winner at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy Series. The show is a comedy set in the strange world of classical music. Gael Garcia Bernal plays young conductor Rodrigo who replaces a retiring conductor played by Malcolm McDowell. Based loosely on a true narrative and created by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, it& apos; s well worth a watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec is a joy of a indicate. Originally seen as a quasi spin-off of the Office – utilizing the same documentary style camerawork, awkward pauses, asides to camera – it soon grew from an amusing first season, about the goings on in the parks department of Pawnee, to a slapstick phenomenon that spanned a fantastic seven seasons. It& apos; s not just the script that stimulates it great, it& apos; s also the characters – headed up by the ever-brilliant Amy Poehler.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7

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Seinfeld

Seinfeld is comedy gold. It’s the sitcom that was self reflexive and knowing. It was about Jerry Seinfeld who was played by Jerry Seinfeld but was playing a version of himself. It’s a similar trick Larry David used when spinning off his character for the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He even took it a step further to make a whole season of Curb dedicated to bringing back Seinfeld. Over nine seasons this prove, which is essentially about nothing, will captivate you, make you laugh and think. It’s fantastic.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 9

Thrillers

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New Season Added: The Americans

The Americans was cruelly mishandled when it originally came to UK TV, so we are glad it has finally discovered a decent place to reside. The show is a cracking crime period thriller that follows the exploits of a couple of KGB agents posing as US citizens around the time Ronald Reagan became US president.

It may occasionally flit between the ridiculous and the sublime but you would expect nothing more from a is demonstrating that& apos; s main conceit comprises characters duelling with duality. The& apos; 80 s defining is fantastic, too, though there aren& apos; t enough shell suits for our liking.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 6

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The Crossing

This sci-fi thriller has a really interesting premise. A group of refugees trying to escape a war arrive in an American town looking for somewhere to live. The sci-fi twist? They seem to be from 180 years in the future. Gasp! The tale centres around a local sheriff, a federal agent and a mum looking forward to her missing daughter. It& apos; s full of conspiracy, mystery and there might be a superpower or two thrown in for good measure. But shh, we don& apos; t want to spoil anything.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

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The Exorcist

There has been an influx of TV adaptations of movies recently, with many of them actually reaching the mark. The ones that succeeded the most are those that take the theme/ feeling of the movies they are adapting and go in their own direction – Fargo is a perfect example of this. Another instance is The Exorcist. Although it takes a couple of episodes to to go in there, the Tv series is a decent spin-off of the movie, with only a slither of a thread attaching the two.

Don& apos; t anticipate full-on scares, as this is definitely a slow burner. But when the exorcisms come( and there are a few) they will send a chill down your spine. The show is now into its second season, too, so you can watch the first season with the knowledge that the narrative of terror is set to continue.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

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The Fall

Before he was whipping up a blizzard as Mr Grey, Jamie Dornan played an effortlessly charming and equally chilling serial killer in The Fall, a fantastic Irish drama that deserves all the acclaim it gets.

Dornan is Paul Spector, a care worker who has a sideline in killing woman. To help track him down, hard-nosed detective Stella Gibson( Gillian Anderson) heads to Belfast to try and capture the murderer. The Fall is a perfect blend of intelligent scripting, nuanced acting and a fantastic premise. Knowing who the killer is from scene one amps up, rather than releases, the present& apos; s tension.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead is a show that tries its hardest to be more than a spin-off. Set in Los Angeles, the indicate follows high school guidance counselor Madison Clark( a brilliant Kim Dickens fresh from Treme) and English educator Travis Manawa( Cliff Curtis) as they adapt to a life after the& apos; zombie& apos; outbreak. The show is slow paced, each episode is an hour and there& apos; s a 90 -minute pilot, but it manages to approach the Walking Dead world in a wholly different way.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Halt And Catch Fire

Now in its fourth season, Halt And Catch Fire is another surefire hit by AMC – the folks that brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Set around a fictionalised version of the computer revolution of the 1980 s and the rise of the web in the& apos; 90 s, Catch Fire is a fantastic look at how technology has improved all “peoples lives”, while nearly tearing apart the innovators at the same time.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

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Hap and Leonard

Filmed in Baton Rouge and based on the stories of Joe Lansdale, Hap and Leonard is a great swampy noir thriller of a show that’s based on the relationship of two friends and the sometimes violent scrapes they get into. James Purefoy and Michael K Williams are superb as the pair, one a Vietnam vet, the other a draft dodger. Set in the 80 s, the show is similar to Cold In July, the movie from the same writer and is only six episodes long, so perfect for a binge watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

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Haven

Stephen King has had a rocky journey to the big and small screen. For every adaptation that works( Misery, Shawshank Redemption ), there’s a dozen that don’t( The Langoliers, Under The Dome TV show ). Haven is a strange one – it’s a show that started as an adaptation of a Stephen King short story, The Colorado Kid, and has mutated into a love letter to King and his stories. Over the course of five seasons, the demonstrate has becomes a great watch – especially if you are a King fan and can spot the many references.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

Update: Haven is still available via Amazon Prime Video, but it& apos; s no longer free. You& apos; ll have to pay PS2. 49 per episode, or buy a whole season for PS13. 99.

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Into The Badlands

Into The Badlands is a heady mix of brilliant martial arts and high drama as developed fighter Sunny( Daniel Wu) takes a group of people on a distorted road trip-up through the mystical badlands, a post-apocalyptic landscape some 500 years after a devastating war. There& apos; s plenty of bite in each episode, and it also contains some of the best fighting seen on television.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Mr Robot

It was an agonising wait for Mr Robot in the UK – the first season had all-but ended in the US before we even got a sniff of it. But its popularity meant that there was something of a bidding war to see who would show it in the UK. Amazon, Netflix and other more traditional broadcasters fought for it, proving that even bean counters can see the worth in counter culture.

Amazon won in the end and is the perfect place for a show that focuses on the exploits of hacker Elliot( a superb Rami Malek ). Mr Robot is Fight Club for the Tor generation, lifting a lid on a world where what Linux kernel you use is not just a badge of honour but a way of life.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

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The Man In The High Castle

There have been a number of successful Amazon pilots that have built it to a full series but none have the epic potential that Man In The High Castle has. This Philip K Dick adaptation is finally available to river – with all episodes prepared for your consumption. High Castle imagines what the world would be like if Germany had won World War II and the Nazis had taken global control. Turns out it& apos; s a bit worse than us all driving around in VW Beetles and wearing Hugo Boss coats.

Season 2 is now available and expands on the mythos. Given this is a cautionary tale about what could happen when the hard right takes over America, things suddenly don& apos; t feel too far fetched.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

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Preacher

Amazon of a Preacher, man! Preacher is the next big comic-book adaptation and my deity it& apos; s good. It takes the deranged feel of the graphic novels and translates it well to the small screen. Dominic Cooper is great as small-town preacher Jesse Custer who, occupied by a strange spirit, starts to do God& apos; s work in a small America town with his ex girlfriend( a brilliant Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire, played by Misfits& apos; Joe Gilgun as his cohorts.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

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Ripper Street

For a show that’s steeped in murder, it’s pleasing to note that we all have Amazon to thank for breathing new life into Ripper Street. After two series of the depict, which focuses on the lives of the East End of London in the 19 th Century where there is a copycat Jack the Ripper on the loose, it was cancelled by the BBC. Amazon decided there was enough fan love out there, thankfully, and resurrected the show for three more series. Great acting masks some of the hokier moments of the script but this is all good, grizzly fun.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 5

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Sons Of Anarchy

Seemingly always vying for the top spot of Best Recently Finished Drama( we may have made up that award) with Breaking Bad, Sons Of Anarchy is a long brooding menace of a show that deserves your attention. Centred on a motorcycle gang that live by their own rules( you can probably guess what their name is from the title) the show is positively Shakespearean in its storytelling and will have you gripped from episode one.

While Ron Perlman steals the prove as Clay, Charlie Hunnam& apos; s Jax is one of the best tortured spirits you will see on any television depict. All seven seasons of the demonstrate are now streaming on the service.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7

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Vikings

If you have any interest in Norse mythology then the name Ragnar Lothbrok will entail a whole lot to you. Basically he was a king and powerful ruler that was a right git to the English and the French.

Vikings is a series that traces his Norse-based goings on with enough charm and scope to take on Game of Thrones in the sword and sandals stakes. Yes it takes a number of liberties with its source material but the acting is top class, as is the cinematography in a historical romp that& apos; s now deservedly in its fourth season – the second largest half of which is now available.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead has been reanimated more hours than the zombies that harruange the group of survivors we have all come to know and love. Initially created with Frank Darabont at the helm, just leave after the first season then his replacing was eventually replaced and their replacing replaced.

With this in mind, it& apos; s amazing that not only has the indicate consistently managed to improve season after season it has become one of the most successful series ever. Yes it sometimes slumps along slower than a zombie with its legs hacked off but give it hour and it will reward you with more drama than you can shake a bloody stump at.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 9

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The X-Files

The X-Files was one of the first shows that espoused event TV. Yes, it had many& apos; ogre of the week& apos; storylines but creator Chris Carter managed to produce a nine-season long myth arc that maintained viewers coming back for more. That and the brilliant casting of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and the ever-excellent Gillian Anderson and Dana Scully. With a new 10 th season on the horizon, Amazon has put all nine previous seasons on to Prime – all remastered in widescreen. Lovely stuff.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 9

The best of the rest, and coming soon

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All or Nothing

We definitely recommend you get stuck into All or Nothing, a football documentary that follows Manchester City behind-the-scenes during the Premier League winning and record-breaking 2017/2018 season. It& apos; s an 8-part series that features all forms of exclusive footage, from locker room pep talks with coach Pep Guardiola, and a look at the players& apos; lives off and on the pitching. It& apos; s a must-watch for everyone from die-hard Man City fans to even those with a vague interested in footy.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

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Batman: The Animated Series

You& apos; ve seen all the Nolan and Burton Bat flicks, and you& apos; re wisely avoiding the new Batfleck movies. If you& apos; re still hankering for a Batman fix, you could do far, far worse than jumping into Batman: The Animated Series. Kicking off back in 1992, it bridges the gap of the Burton aesthetic and the comic book series, and is regarded by Batman fans as having perhaps the definitive onscreen take over the Dark Knight.

It& apos; s ostensibly a kids cartoon, but the ongoing storylines are captivating and stylishly noir-like in delivery. And to cap things off, the voice casting is superb- Kevin Conroy is an assuredly-good Batman( reprising the role for the recent Batman: Arkham games ), while Star Wars& apos; own Mark Hamill is a fantastically unhinged Joker.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

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Grand Prix Driver

This new Amazon Original documentary takes spectators underneath the glitz and glamour that is the surface of Formula 1, to explore the inner-workings of the 2017 McLaren team. Narrated by Michael Douglas, this documentary follows rookie driver Stoffel Vandoorne over four episodes, as he and his squad prepare for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship.

Season on Amazon Prime Video: 1

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Grimm

Merge a fairy tale fantasy with a police drama and you get Grimm. It& apos; s all about Nick Burkhardt, a detective based in Portland in the US who discovers he& apos; s a Grimm. Which basically entails he& apos; s a kind of mystical protector who must keep the peace between humans and creatures called Wesen. As you might expect, a lot of the characters are inspired by Grimms& apos; Fairy Tales, but the prove describes from many other sources too to create a story that& apos; s a little like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but with fairy tale creatures.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 6

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Coming Soon: Good Omens

From the genius literary and fantasy minds of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett comes the Tv adaptation of their magical book Good Omens. Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen in the lead roles of a demon and an angel, the tale is told over six parts and is anticipated to be the hottest new TV display this Spring.

Release Date: May 31, 2019

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Coming Soon: Fleabag( Season 2)

Fleabag season 1 altered everything we knew about comedy, transgressing the fourth wall and bringing the very authentic, laugh out loud funny and, at times, altogether heartbreaking private moments of the lovable but deeply flawed lead character to our TV screens. Season 2 was a huge hit when it first aired earlier this year, and you can relive all the& apos; sexy clergyman& apos; magic on Amazon soon.

Release Date: May 17, 2019

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