Have a Prime Video subscription and looking for the best TV shows to watch? You’ve come to the right place.
Prime Video, the streaming service from technological giant Amazon, can occasionally get overlooked within the vast realm of streaming services now available to us. But for outright value, at just AU$6.99 a month, it could be argued it’s actually the best one to spend your money. Not least because Prime Video has a huge library of content that is well worth watching across TV shows and movies.
But which TV shows should you be prioritising over the others? We’ve spent literal hours glued to our TV to check out everything Prime Video has to offer, to bring you a definitive list of the best TV shows on Prime Video right now.
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7.7 IMDb score, stars Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki & Ian McShane, Drama, Fantasy & Mystery, released in 2017, 3 seasons
Shadow, a recently released convict, learns that his wife has been killed in a terrible accident. On the flight to her funeral, Shadow is seated next to a mysterious man named Wednesday, who seems to know everything about Shadow’s life and past, and offers him a job.
Based on the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman, if you’re a fan of action-fantasies you’ll highly enjoy American Gods.
8.7 IMDb score, stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid & Antony Starr, Action, Crime & Drama, released in 2019, 3 seasons
The Boys is one of Prime Video’s hero shows. Set in a world where superheroes are real but aren’t necessarily the good guys, the series follows a group of vigilantes who are determined to prove to the world that most superheroes are in fact corrupt, evil and regularly abuse their powers. Original, compelling and wonderfully violent and graphic, The Boys is for anyone who loves a good action film or series.
Plus, The Boys also has rather relevant themes that are explored cleverly and every member of this ensemble cast gives a powerful performance; especially Antony Starr.
8.4 IMDb score, stars David Tennant, Olivia Colman & Jodie Whittaker, Crime, Drama & Mystery, released in 2013, 3 seasons
Broadchurch follows detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they attempt to solve the murder of an eleven-year-old boy that took place in their seemingly friendly small town. There is only three seasons of Broadchurch, spanning 24 episodes, so it shouldn’t take you too long to get through if you do commit.
And commit you should. Broadchurch is incredibly compelling, and whether you’re a die hard crime fanatic or just have a passing interest in the genre, Broadchurch is easily one of the best crime series of recent times.
7.9 IMDb score, stars Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Joe Thomas & Jack Whitehall, Comedy & Drama, released in 2011, 4 seasons
This British comedy show follows six young adults who have just started university and moved into the same share house. Fresh Meat is rather relatable and features clever humour as well as some raunchier moments. The show is reminiscent of The Inbetweeners but rather than being set in high school, it’s set at uni; plus, Thomas who starred in The Inbetweeners also stars in Fresh Meat.
If you’re after something easy to watch that’ll give you a few good laughs, Fresh Meat is for you.
8.2 IMDb score, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Nina Arianda & Tania Raymonde, Drama, released in 2016, 4 seasons
Goliath follows disgraced lawyer, Billy McBride who is given a chance at redemption; but it’ll be mighty hard. McBride is hired to take on the powerful law firm which he used to work at and helped to build, in a wrongful death lawsuit and soon discovers a huge but deadly conspiracy. Billy Bob Thornton gives an incredible performance is phenomenal (he won a Golden Globe for his performance in season one) and the series as a whole is a fantastic drama.
If you’re after something a bit gritty and compelling, Goliath is for you.
8.1 IMDb score, stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm & Frances McDormand, Comedy & Fantasy, released in 2019, 1 season
Based on Terry Pratchett’s 1990 book of the same name, Good Omens sees an angel team up with a demon as they both are fond of Earth and wish to save it from the impending Armageddon. All they have to do is find an 11-year-old who happens to be the Antichrist…
Funny and entertaining, Good Omens should definitely be added to your watch list. There is only one season of Good Omens for now, but a second, six-episode season was commissioned in June 2021.
8.8 IMDb score, stars Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison & Jesse Spencer, Drama & Mystery, released in 2004, 8 seasons
House follows Dr Gregory House, a brilliant but anti-social and prickly doctor who each episode has to treat a patient with a mystery illness. A classic procedural show but focusing on medicine rather than crime, House is extremely enjoyable because it’s clever and Hugh Laurie is simply a delight to watch.
Plus, the overarching story of House’s drug addiction is fascinating.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
6.9 IMDb score, stars Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Charlie Vickers & Ismael Cruz Cordova, Fantasy, released in 2022, 1 season
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is based on J.R.R Tolkien’s novels and set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies and focuses on the forging of the Rings of Power and the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, both of which feature heavily in the now-iconic movie trilogies.
The Rings of Power is currently the most expensive TV show ever made, with a multi-season deal worth a reported $1 billion. But, early indications of the first season appear to show it’s a worthwhile investment, as many critics have praised the cinematography and visuals, which stay true to that of the original trilogies.
The Man In The High Castle
8.0 IMDb score, stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank & Rufus Sewell, Drama, Sci-Fi & Thriller, released in 2015, 4 seasons
This dystopic series was loosely based on the best-selling Philip K. Dick novel of the same name and explores an alternative universe where the US lost World War II and is now run by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
The Man in the High Castle was with critical acclaim when it was released in 2015, with every successive season also proving to be received well. Regularly described as “unlike anything else on tv,” The Man in the High Castle is intriguing and thought-provoking, and well-worth watching, especially if you enjoy political dramas.
8.6 IMDb score, stars Rowan Atkinson, Comedy, released in 1990, 1 season
Mr Bean is a classic. If you’re wanting something simple that’ll make you laugh then this is the series for you. It’s incredible that with hardly any dialogue Rowan Atkinson can portray so much emotion and provoke viewers to cry with laughter at all of Mr Bean’s hilarious antics.
If you’ve had a tough day, put Mr Bean on and you’ll instantly cheer up.
The Night Manager
8.0 IMDb score, stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki & Olivia Colman, Crime, Drama & Mystery, released in 2016, 1 season
Based on the 1993 John le Carré novel of the same name, this mini-series follows the night manager of a hotel, Jonathan Pine, who is asked by an intelligence operative to spy on billionaire guest, Richard Roper – who’s suspected of illegal activity. The Night Manager’s plot is incredibly compelling and well-written and both Laurie and Hiddleston give terrific performances.
Originally shown on the BBC in the UK and AMC in America, The Night Manager has since been picked up by Amazon so millions more can enjoy it. Trust us, just watch one episode and you’ll be hooked.
8.2 IMDb score, stars Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin & Willa Fitzgerald, Action, Crime & Drama, released in 2022, 1 season
Based on the best-selling book Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child, Reacher follows veteran police officer, Jack Reacher, who is falsely accused of murder as soon as he arrives in a town in the middle of nowhere. Reacher quickly discovers a massive conspiracy filled with corrupt cops and scheming politicians and must use his wits (and his military training) to prove his innocence.
The Reacher TV series isn’t the first adaptation of Lee Child’s character. Tom Cruise has starred in two Jack Reacher movies, but many thought that, while the action was good, Cruise just didn’t embody Reacher’s towering figure enough. That isn’t the case here, as Alan Ritchson is an absolute unit of a man who captures the character far better.
The series itself isn’t overly complicated, is fantastically action-packed and, if you haven’t already read the book, will have you asking a ton of questions right up until the final episode.
8.1 IMDb score, stars Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland & Shane McRae, co-created by Bryan Cranston, Crime & Thriller, released in 2015, 3 seasons
After leaving prison, a con man named Marius finds himself on the run from vicious gangsters. He assumes the identity of his cellmate, Pete to evade the gangsters and even moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting and estranged family. But Marius soon discovers that Pete’s family could be just as dangerous as the world Marius wished to escape from.
Extremely entertaining, Sneaky Pete is smart, suspenseful and charming.
Star Trek: Picard
7.5 IMDb score, stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill & Michelle Hurd, Action, Adventure & Drama, released in 2020, 2 seasons
Alright, I’ll level with you. I think you’ll only truly enjoy Star Trek: Picard if you’re a Star Trek fan; especially The Next Generation and Nemesis. That being said, Star Trek: Picard is still entertaining for non-Trekkies. Patrick Stewart, as always, is brilliant and the show tackles tough but relevant themes with enjoyable finesse.
If you are a Trekkie, you’ve probably already watched Star Trek: Picard but if not, this is your sign to go and do it.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
8.1 IMDb score, stars John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce & John Hoogenakker, Action, Drama & Thriller, released in 2018, 2 seasons
When CIA analyst Jack Ryan notices a series of suspicious bank transfers he is thrust into a dangerous field assignment. No longer safely behind his desk, Jack must do all he can to protect the world from a new breed of threatening terrorists. This series is a reboot of all the previous films based on Tom Clancy’s books that have had Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine play Jack Ryan.
Krasinski does an excellent job and is actually considered by many as the best Jack Ryan. If you like action shows and films, you’ll love Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as it is action-packed.