The 30 best shows on Amazon Prime Video to watch right now

The English is one of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video
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Narrowing down a list of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video can be a tough task. The streamer has upped their game with new original shows constantly releasing on the platform. In the past few months alone, we've been treated to the sci-fi series The Peripheral and the streamer's new Western, The English, which have both earned a spot on our coveted list of the best of the best. 

Our eclectic round-up also features some epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and some superhero drama like The Boys. For fans of Neil Gaiman, Prime Video has both Good Omens and American Gods while if you're an animation nut then check out The Legend of Vox Machina or Invisible.

Everything listed below is available to stream in both the US and the UK, so you can find something to watch from whichever side of the pond you're on. Look no further than our list to find the best of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video. 

The best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now

The English

Emily Blunt as Lady Cornelia Locke in The English

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Prime Video and BBC’s Western drama The English has been getting great reviews since it landed on the streamer. It follows Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke who comes to the West in 1890 looking for revenge over her son’s death. On her journey, she meets Eli Whipp, a former scout on his way to claim land he’s owed. The pair form an unlikely connection as it seems they may share a past. Emily Blunt leads the cast as Locke, while Chaske Spencer plays Whipp. Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Ciaran Hinds, Valerie Pachner, and Toby Jones all also star in the brutal and bloody show. 

The Peripheral

Chloe Grace Moretz as Flynne Fisher

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The Peripheral is another 2022 series that’s made it onto the list. The sci-fi thriller is the latest show from Westworld creators Christopher Nolan and Lisa Joy. Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by William Gibson, it centers on Flynne Fisher (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) who finds a connection to an alternate reality. However, what initially seems like an exciting new adventure also contains a dark secret about her own future. Critics have been calling it "propulsive, imaginative, and visually dazzling".

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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The Rings of Power paves the way for Frodo and Sam's journey in the Third Age, with the series starring a pre-Peter Jackson trilogy version of Galadriel, who, after the death of her brother, becomes the next sibling to don a suit of armor and take on the impending evil (namely Sauron and his army) that threatens to destroy life as they know it. Get ready to meet a whole load of new faces as we submerge ourselves back into the epic tales of Middle-earth.

Outer Range

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Josh Brolin stars in this mysterious Western, which follows the Abbott family. Their daughter-in-law Rebecca goes missing, and if that wasn't enough, a rival family is trying to muscle in on their land. Plus, there's the appearance of a strange black void, a sudden death, and rising tensions to contend with. 

Reacher

Alan Ritchson plays Jack Reacher in this new crime thriller series, a retired military police officer who's arrested for a murder he didn't commit and finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy involving corrupt cops and scheming politicians. Based on Lee Child's books, this season is based on Killing Floor, the first novel in the Jack Reacher series – Tom Cruise previously played the character in movie adaptations of other books. 

The Legend of Vox Machina

The Legend of Vox Machina

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Don't let the fact The Legend of Vox Machina is based on Dungeons and Dragons put you off – Amazon Prime Video's adult animated series is one of the best shows on the streaming service. The show adapts part of the web series Critical Role and tells the story of the Vox Machina team as that battle through the continent of Tal'Dorei.

The Wheel of Time

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Prime Video may be bringing us the Lord of the Rings TV show, but while we wait there's another epic fantasy show to watch. The Wheel of Time is also based on a series of books and stars Rosamund Pike as a member of a powerful organization of women who can use magic. She takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world, believing one of them might be the prophesied reincarnation of the Dragon. The fourth episode is where things really pick up, and it's well worth diving into.

Clarkson's Farm

Clarkson's Farm

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Love him or hate him, Jeremy Clarkson has proven that even controversial figures can release beloved TV shows. Because almost everyone really does love Clarkson's Farm. The series sees the former Top Gear presenter purchasing a substantial amount of land and trying to farm it. The purposely silly TV personality is put in his place by local, proper farmers who often steal the spotlight for themselves.

Seeing Clarkson being genuinely affected by the venture is surprisingly disarming. There's no getting around it: this one's a must-watch if you're after something light-hearted and easy-watching.

The Underground Railroad

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Underground Railroad

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Barry Jenkins’ last project was Moonlight, one of the best Oscar-winning movies of all time. Now, the director returns with a limited series on Amazon, The Underground Railroad, which has already won rave reviews across the board for its powerful storytelling. The series sees Thuso Mbedu’s Cora Randall attempt to escape slavery by riding on the eponymous underground railroad – however, in this alternative timeline, the railroad is not simply a connection of safe houses and hidden routes, but a physical railroad with trains and conductors. With an excellent ensemble cast and beautiful cinematography, The Underground Railroad tells a powerful, painful story that’s best watched over multiple evenings rather than all in one sitting.

Invincible

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Invincible is a superhero comedy based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, who co-created The Walking Dead comic. The adult animated series follows Mark Grayson (voiced by Steven Yeun), the son of the most powerful superhero on Earth, Omni-Man, AKA Nolan Grayson (J.K. Simmons). After Mark's 17th birthday, he starts to develop his own powers – but his father is there to help him learn how to handle them. The ensemble voice cast also includes Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, and Seth Rogen. Don't be fooled by the animated Saturday morning cartoon style – this is anything but family friendly, and there are more than a handful of twists in the first few episodes alone. A must-watch for fans of The Boys.

The Wilds

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Wilds

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A series that revolves around a group of people who crash land on an island and something mysterious is afoot. No, we're not talking about Lost, but The Wilds, which – while the premise may be familiar – goes down a different road. A group of teenage girls are en route to Hawaii for a women in power retreat, when their plane crashes and they are stuck on a mysterious island. Little do they know, that this is all part of a grander plan.

However, unlike Lost, which kept secrets back from viewers, The Wilds gives more answers, and we're more interested in how they survive being left alone. This is a YA series to devour.

Utopia

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Utopia

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In another timeline, Channel 4 would still be producing episodes of their acclaimed sci-fi series Utopia. However, we unfortunately do not live in that world. Luckily, the US remake looks set to be just as brilliant.

Gillian Flynn, the author of Sharp Objects and Gone Girl, has resuscitated the series for Amazon, and has done so with Sasha Lane, The Office's Rainn Wilson, and John Cusack. The series centres on a group of comic fans who meet online and bond over their obsession of a seemingly fictional comic called Utopia. However, things certainly are not what they seem... 

Truth Seekers

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Truth Seekers

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Get your night vision goggles at the ready – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join forces once again for the supernatural comedy series Truth Seekers. The eight-episode series follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators as they travel across the UK in search of evidence of the supernatural. However, it's all fun and games with their homemade gadgets and comedic hijinks until they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race. Yikes.

American Gods

Best shows on Amazon Prime - American Gods

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Based on Neil Gaiman’s phenomenally successful book of the same title, American Gods is incredibly unique. The series tells the tale of fading old gods as they are replaced by new gods with specialities familiar to us 21st-century pilgrims. There are the God of technology and media; ones who have risen from our devotion to the world-wide-web and unprecedented connectivity. 

Yet, the old gods aren’t leaving quietly. And when they're played by the likes of Ian McShane, who has the gravitas needed for such a role, then you can expect fireworks every episode. 

The Boys

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Boys

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In a world where superheroes are ubiquitous, it takes a lot to stand out. So, thank goodness for The Boys, a brutally funny adaptation of Garth Ennis' bloody (and bloody brilliant) comic book series. From the opening episode's lightning-quick setup of a corporation filled with corrupt Supes, to the finale's topsy-turvy cliffhanger, nothing Marvel or DC has cooked up on television has had us gripped the way The Boys' cacophony of blood, chaos, and c-bombs does.

The hero of the story is Hughie, a normal man whose partner is brutally murdered by a corporate Supe. Billy Butcher, who's also had his own run-in with the superpowered, has a vendetta, and he teams up (well, forces a team-up) with the reluctant Hughie. A few more other non-Supes join in the fun and form The Boys. It all gets even messier from there on...

Good Omens

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Good Omens

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Michael Sheen and David Tennant play an antagonistic angel and a devilish demon who were present at the beginning of the Universe. However, despite their obvious differences – and opposing bosses – the two strike up a lasting friendship, and, when the time comes, to team up to prevent Armageddon. Neil Gaiman’s worked on this adaption of his own 1990 book written with Terry Pratchett.

This BBC and Amazon co-production is a whimsical world full of that dry British wit that you’ve come to love from the two leads. The impressive cast is filled out also by Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Jack Whitehall and other familiar faces (including some delightful cameos from some huge A-listers). The series is overflowing with irreverent humour and fascinating mythology, making Good Omens' six episodes the perfect escape.

Tales from the Loop

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Tales From The Loop

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A local town of people in Ohio live above "The Loop", a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. The Loop makes the impossible possible, and each episode looks at the life of one of those it affects.

Inspired by the famed paintings of Simon Stalenhag, this sci-fi anthology explores the lives of those who live above The Loop in compelling and thoughtful ways. Stalehnhag has built a cult following due to his depictions of imaginative alternate realities, and this unconventional narrative pairs beautifully with his work. The stories are interconnected and the cast – including Rebecca Hall, Jonathan Pryce, and Paul Schneider – are great.

The Tick

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Tick

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Before The Boys, there was another superhero on Amazon. We are, of course, talking about The Tick, an invulnerable hero who fights crime and has a nervous, befuddled side-kick. When the villain The Terror returns, the pair must work together to save the city's citizens. With its tongue-in-cheek humour and meta-superhero antics, this one's a joy to watch from start to finish – and a huge shame Amazon didn't continue the adventure past season 2.

Vikings

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Vikings

A rough 'n' tumble period piece that's not a million miles away from Game of Thrones, Vikings serves up a similar amount of blood-drenched violence, but none of the rampant nookie. Travis Fimmel leads the series as noted Norse figure Ragnar Lothbrok, a lowly farmer who becomes a respected warrior. That's after years of sailing the seas of Europe, of course, along with his wives and chums, in search of vulnerable countries to ransack. 

The story itself is terrific, and along with its glorious production design, you’ll be drawn in and unable to stop yourself from one more episode. It's less concerned with the intricate political ties of the aforementioned HBO series, yet does err heavily on the side of fantasy. These are not the vikings you've read about at school; these are far more devious.

Mr. Robot

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Mr Robot

Mr. Robot came out of nowhere to become 2015's big watercooler hit. It's about hackers, yes, but the technology wunderkind at the heart of this story is unlike any other onscreen depictions. Rami Malek plays Elliott Anderson, a computer genius who joins the ranks of the mysterious Mr. Robot under the pretense that their band of digital vigilantes will free society from the grip of corporate America.

Paranoid and tense, Robot rolls out like a thriller cooked up in the mind of David Fincher then siphoned through the bizarre lens of David Lynch. Its creator Sam Esmail showcases his eye for detail here, that ropes in styles of all kinds to craft an entirely unique thriller.

Catastrophe

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Catastrophe

Being a first-time parent isn’t a picnic. Especially when your partner is from another country. And you don’t really know them that well... or have indeed only met them once. Throw these factors into the pot and you get the beginnings of one of Amazon’s most seriously underseen comedies. Sharon Horgan stars as an Irish schoolteacher in London who embarks on a week-long affair with Rob Delaney’s Boston ad exec. Their efforts to stay together after they discover they’re pregnant are what drive the series into hilarity and, at times, heartache.

Catastrophe is funny as hell. Horgan and Delaney, who also wrote the entire show together, make their experience relatable and humourous without resorting to silly gags. Plus, Carrie Fisher’s cameo as Delaney’s mom is divine. Her little dog Gary even cameos with her!

The Man in the High Castle

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Man in the High Castle

Imagining what the world might be like had the allied forces lost the second world war is terrifying. It’s an idea so frightful that sci-fi mastermind Philip K. Dick scratched out his 1962 novel based on that concept, from which this Amazon Original series takes its inspiration. The world no longer looks the same. Under Nazi rule the sprawling North American continent has been divided into three territories, and it's inside those borders that this gripping story of a small Resistance group unravels. 

As an alternate history, not necessarily a distorted reality, the show is gripping. It makes for such compulsive viewing because it bears so many recognisable emblems from the real world. As well as a few choice slips into genre territory...

Jack Ryan

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Jack Ryan

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John Krasinski plays the latest version of Jack Ryan, portraying the CIA Officer with enough grit that it will make you completely forget that Krasinski was, in fact, once Jim from The Office. Season 1 was a huge hit, while the second brought Wendell Pierce (The Wire), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) on board. This is a globe-trotting action adventure that's well worth a watch.

Downton Abbey

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Downton Abbey

Who doesn’t like watching a bunch of incredibly wealthy people from 20th century Britain swan about on an estate? Downton Abbey captivated the TV landscape when it debuted in 2010, capturing the hearts and minds of, well, millions of viewers. The fictional Crawley family lead the story, as their lives are interwoven with real-life historical events. The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 kicks things off with World War I coming to serve as a major plot point. All the while the drama and politics of the Crawleys - and their arsenal of servants - becomes all the more intriguing.

A British corset drama. An exceptional aristocratic affair. Whatever you want to call it, Downton Abbey is a darn good soap opera. With more twists, turns, and plot revelations that you’d expect from a period piece about a well-to-do English family, this is a compelling binge-watch in disguise.

Sneaky Pete

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Sneaky Pete

After his release from prison Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) decides to get creative with his new-found freedom. Instead of picking up where he left off, which is at the mercy of gangster Vince (Bryan Cranston) for the $100,000 he owes, Marius opts to take over the life of his cellmate Pete who remains behind bars. Pete’s estranged family welcome “Pete” back into the fold as if nothing’s happened, and Marius starts to discover that his new clan might be a source of further strife. 

Its well-written scripts and fantastic performances are what have turned Sneaky Pete into one of those sneaky shows that wheedles its way into your mind and refuses to let go until you’ve watched just one more episode. This is top-notch viewing that’s a relentlessly bingeable mix of crime, comedy and drama.  

Fleabag

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Fleabag

A BBC original that’s thankfully made its way onto Amazon Prime, Fleabag is the best show around that you’re not watching - yet. Phoebe Waller-Bridge pillaged her own one-woman theatre show to create the TV series, expanding the production into a small-screen format that luckily never shakes its theatrical origins (there’s a lot of brilliant fourth-wall-breaking). The story revolves around the experiences of Fleabag, a woman living life on her own terms in London. Despite possessing a savage wit, her day to day isn’t quite the barrel of laughs you’d expect, which makes this a bittersweet watch from the get-go as Fleabag deals with the heart slam of grief. 

On the surface, it might sound like any other comedy series - but it’s in a world of its own. Dabbling with most modern-day topics through Waller-Bridge’s immensely likeable persona, there are laughs to be had in every moment, bringing a wholly new style of black comedy to television. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best shows on Amazon Prime - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino hits another home run with a show that’s, on the surface, cut from an entirely different cloth. The late 1950s are a tough time for women everywhere, including those like Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) on the Upper West Side, who remains under the thumb of her husband. A devoted wife who supports her husband’s desire to be a stand-up comic, it’s soon revealed that Midge herself has quite a gift for the gag on-stage. The show won five Emmys and two Golden Globes in its first year, with Brosnahan snagging the same Globe the following year.

There is so much to love about Maisel. If you’re a fan of rich storytelling that’s not gloomy and doesn’t involve murder (c’mon, a LOT of prestige television is pretty downbeat) then you’ll get a kick out of this. Brosnahan is one of the best actors working today, bringing heart, warmth, humour and a fire in her belly to the role of Midge. The best scenes are the after-hours debriefs with her friend/manager Susie, played by Family Guy’s Alex Borstein. But make no mistake: this isn’t a fluffy series. It’s an R-rated show, with swears and nudity.

Homecoming

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Homecoming

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail takes a well-loved podcast and turns it into a TV series. Homecoming is technically created by its podcast authors, Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, yet its got Esmail’s stamp all over it; no surprise as he does direct every episode. Julia Roberts stars as Heidi Bergman, a counselor at a facility called Homecoming who helps veterans transition back into civilian life. Or so she thinks. The show flits back and forth between Heidi’s first day on the job, to a point in the future, where she’s back home with her mom, working as a waitress with a foggy memory of her time at Homecoming. 

Nabbing an A-list star like Roberts might be what draws your attention to a series like Homecoming. While this is her first dip into “event” television, and she is excellent, she’s not the only element that deserves acclaim. Season 2 focuses on Janelle Monae's mysterious leading woman, deviating from the podcast and following new characters altogether.

Undone

Best shows on Amazon Prime - Undone

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Undone hails from Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, but citing that series in comparison does a disservice to the originality of this genre-mashing comedy-drama. The story follows 28-year old Alma (Rosa Salazar) who can’t find her place in the world. Drifting along, feeling disconnected from the world as her younger sister is on the cusp of marriage, she finds herself thrown into an unexpected predicament following a car crash: she can jump through time. Her new gift allows her to commune with her deceased father, who requires her help in unraveling a mystery.

Undone is unlike anything else on television right now. Lifting themes from Lynch such as trauma, identity, and loss, and spinning them into a more coherent tale, the show also boasts ambitious animation work called rotoscoping. This technique involves artists and animators “drawing over” live-action footage. Not only does it lend Undone a dreamy visual, but it also meshes the story with the style as Alma’s dips into different realities are beautifully rendered. Plus, season 2 is streaming now. 

The Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall

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Billed as the first Canadian Amazon Original series, the sixth season of The Kids in the Hall – the comedy troupe consisting of Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson – might just be their best one yet.

The new season brings back beloved original characters like The Eradicator, McKinney's Head Crusher, Thompson's iconic Buddy Cole, office pals Cathy and Kathy, Foley's bald and mustached AT & Love Boss, and even good ol' Paul Bellini (clad only in his signature towel); introduces new characters like SuperDrunk, McCulloch's masked hero who gets his powers from booze; and stays true to their off-kilter, sometimes outright unsettling style of comedy.

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter. 

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