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Best Prime Video shows: 20 great TV series to watch in the US

Tiffany Quilkin has a concerned look on her face as she sits on her push bike in Paper Girls, one of the best Prime Video shows.
Paper Girls is a fun, heartwarming sci-fi adventure series on Prime Video. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

It's time to update our best Prime Video shows list for US viewers. We regularly bring you the biggest and most popular TV series around on Amazon's streaming service. So, if you're looking for something new to stream this weekend, you don't need to look anywhere else.

The newest entry in our best Prime Video shows article is All or Nothing: Arsenal. The latest addition to Amazon Studios' All or Nothing sports docuseries, the Gunners gave Amazon a behind-the-scenes, access-all-areas pass for the 2021/22 football season. Like other entries in the All or Nothing series, then, expect plenty of fly-on-the-wall drama and captivating soccer-based content to enjoy.

If that doesn't sound appealing, you shouldn't worry. Below, we've compiled a list of 19 other options for you to select from. Our best Prime Video shows list caters to every kind of TV aficionado, too. No matter what genres you prefer, then, there'll be something intriguing for you to check out if you're trying out a free Prime Video trial or are considering signing up for a subscription.

Without further ado, then, these are the 20 best Prime Video shows available to US audiences as of August 5, 2022.

All or Nothing: Arsenal

A screenshot of a promotional image for the football-based docuseries All or Nothing: Arsenal on Prime Video

Arsenal are the latest Premier League side to feature in Amazon's All or Nothing docuseries. (Image credit: YouTube)

The 13th sports side to feature in Amazon Studios' popular All or Nothing docuseries, All or Nothing: Arsenal gives soccer fans a peek behind the curtain of one of English football's biggest institutions.

Spanning the entirety of the 2021/22 Premier League season, All or Nothing: Arsenal follows Mikel Arteta's first-team squad as they look to quality for the Champions League for the first time since the 2016/17 season. The behind-the-scenes, access-all-areas show also charts their journey through English and European football's other cup competitions, with the North London side looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Like other All or Nothing series, such as Manchester City's, the Dallas Cowboys, and New Zealand All Blacks, All or Nothing: Arsenal is a must watch for any sports fan, even if you're not keen on the so-called Beautiful Game. Given how Arsenal's 2021/22 season actually went, expect fireworks to fly as the series progresses.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

Paper Girls

Mac, Tiffany, Erin, and KJ stare up at a purple, cloudy sky in Prime Video's Paper Girls TV series

Paper Girls is a wonderful Stranger Things meets Doctor Who-style TV show. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's graphic novel series of the same name, Paper Girls is a Stranger Things meets Doctor Who-style series that may be one of the best Prime Video shows of 2022.

Set around Halloween 1988, Paper Girls follows four 12-year-old girls – Tiffany, Mac, KJ, and Erin – who, during their usual paper round, get caught in the crossfire of warring factions of time-travelers. Unwittingly sent into the future, the quartet wind up meeting their future selves. And, after learning how their futures play out, the foursome must decide to accept the fate laid out in front of them – or choose to make a defiant stand, alter the course of their lives, and save the world in the process.

It's clear why Paper Girls has drawn comparisons with Netflix's hugely successful 80s-inspired series and Doctor Who. But it's much more than that – it's full of quirky humor, plenty of action, and speaks to the power of female friendship, particularly at a pre-teen time where previously strong relationships between friends may start to fade as you grow apart. With 30 comic issues to pull from, here's hoping Paper Girls gets renewed for a second outing.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Terminal List

Chris Pratt's James Reece looks shell shocked in an airport in The Terminal List

The Terminal List is Amazon Studios' latest action-thriller series. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Based on Jack Carr's novel of the same name, The Terminal List stars Marvel movie actor Chris Pratt as James Reece, a Navy SEAL suffering from survivor's guilt and PTSD after his entire platoon is wiped out during a covert mission.

Reece, whose PTSD causes him to flash back to that devastating event – episodes that make him unable to separate fact from fiction – blames himself for what happened. But, as new information emerges that puts the responsibility on morally gray characters within the armed forces and US government, Reece decides to take matters into his own hands and seek revenge on those who wronged him and his deceased squad members.

The Terminal List hasn't been well received by critics, with some Rotten Tomatoes reviewers calling it a by-the-numbers TV show that doesn't deliver thrills beyond what viewers have seen numerous times before. Others, though, have praised Pratt's performance, the show's action sequences, and its thematic resonance. In short: check it out for yourself and see if it deserves to be on our best Prime Video shows list.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Boys

Billy Butcher and Homelander have a tense conversation in The Boys season 3

The Boys is one of the most popular Prime Video shows of all time. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

The Boys is based on a simple premise: What if superheroes sucked? Like, really, really sucked? What if they were egotistical, selfish, corrupt and downright, well, unheroic? That's the crux of Amazon's live-action adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's R-rated comic series.

Now sure, many of those questions have been explored in other media, but Amazon's over-the-top series does it with visual panache, dollops of humor, plenty of gore and ultraviolence, and some tender moments. The first season showed plenty of promise, the second delivered on it, and the third went above and beyond its predecessors. We suggested as much in our spoiler-free review, so go and read it for more details on why that's the case.

We've got plenty of exclusive coverage concerning The Boys season 3, too. Read our in-depth chat with its showrunner and the main cast, or find out more about that cameo in the third season's opening episode. Alternatively, learn about showrunner Eric Kripke's favorite scene from this latest eight-episode run.

Oh, and while you're here, you may be interested in checking out The Boys' first spin-off series, aka Diabolical. Read our review first and then get the lowdown on its development in our exclusive chat with showrunner Simon Racioppa.

Seasons on Prime Video: 3

The Wilds

A promotional image of The Wilds season 1 cast standing on a beach by a campfire

The Wilds returns for its second season on Prime Video. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

The Wilds' premise is a familiar and simple one: what if William Golding's Lord of the Flies featured teenage girls instead of a group of boys? Throw in a Lost-style plane crash on a deserted island, plus a helping of Mean Girls, and The Wilds is a series that will certainly scratch an itch or two.

All of the girls survive, but find themselves stranded on a desert island and forced to work together to build new lives and establish a way of living on the island. What they don't know, though, is that they are actually part of a social experiment. The group's varying personalities lead to some expected-but-enjoyable clashes and, whilst The Wilds doesn't subvert the genres that it pulls from, there are a couple of intriguing twists and turns on route to its cliff hanger ending.

Disappointingly, The Wilds has been cancelled after two seasons. Still, it's worth watching one of the best Prime Video shows to date, even if we aren't getting any more episodes.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

Undone

Rosa Salazar's Alma sarcastically says she can't open a mysterious door in Undone season 2

If you liked BoJack Horseman, you'll love Undone. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

From the acclaimed minds of BoJack Horseman's creators, Undone is a beautifully animated comedy-drama series that weaves multiple genres and themes together with stunning and emotive effect.

Rosa Salazar (Brand New Cherry Flavor) stars as Alma, a Texas-based millennial who's struggling to find purpose in her life. That is, until she's involved in a near-fatal car accident and finds out she has a new relationship with time itself. Infused with the ability to travel back (or forward) in time, Alma begins to develop her newfound abilities to get to the bottom of the death of her father Jacob (Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk). At least, that's the plan – providing her loved ones don't interfere and try to make out that her new powers are linked to the family's history of mental health.

The show's melding of rotoscoping animation and live-action motion-capture really sets it apart. Meanwhile, Undone's exploration of relationships, mental health, and themes surrounding altering the past are expertly and sensitively handled. Here's hoping a third outing will be greenlit soon.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

Outer Range

Josh Brolin's Royal Abbott walks towards a mysterious black hold in Outer Range on Prime Video

Outer Range is an intriguing sci-fi western that'll pique your interest. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Billed as a sci-fi mystery thriller, Outer Range stars Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War, Dune) as Royal Abbott, a Wyoming-based rancher fighting to keep his land out of the hands of a rival herder.

When a mysterious black hole suddenly appears on the Abbott estate, Royal uses the seemingly infinite void to his advantage – including disposing of a body of one of his rival's sons following a tragic accident. But, when a drifter called Autumn (Imogen Poots) catches Royal in the act, the head of the Abbott family must fight for his family, to maintain their secret, and keep Autumn – who seems to have supernatural ties to the black hole – on side as his foes (and the police) close in around him.

Critical reception has been largely positive, with reviewers praising Outer Range as a "cosmic cowboy mystery (opens in new tab)" and "the best new show of 2022 (opens in new tab)". Despite its often muddled and weirdly paced plot, in our opinion, it deserves to be part of our best Prime Video shows article.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

Upload

Nathan and Ingrid wear different facial expressions after a revelation in Upload season 2

Upload is a whimsical but heart-warming Prime Video sci-fi series. (Image credit: Liane Hentscher/Amazon Studios)

Set 15 years in the future, Upload tells the tale of Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell), a 27-year-old computer programmer who's mysteriously murdered and uploaded to a 'virtual afterlife' location called Lake View. As he adjusts to his new life, Nathan finds himself romantically drawn to his customer service angel Nora Antony (Andy Allo), despite Nathan still technically being involved with living girlfriend Ingrid Kannerman (Allegra Edwards).

It isn't long, too, before Nathan and Nora begin to unravel the mystery behind his death. As the pair head down the rabbit hole, their lives become entwined in an elaborate game of cat and mouse as Nathan tries to find out who's responsible for his murder.

If that all sounds a bit dramatic and bleak, don't fret: Upload is one of the funnier Prime Video shows out there. With Greg Daniels – creator of The Office US – at the helm, Upload is an endearing TV series that straddles multiple genres including comedy, drama, whodunnit, and horror. It also offers an intriguing look into the real world's technological-based future, metaverse and all. Speaking of which, check out our chat with Daniels and Upload's cast concerning season 2, and how it leans even further into the metaverse's potential arrival. Amazon Studios has renewed the show for a third season, too.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

Dexter

A promotional image for Dexter's TV show with the main character emerging from a pool of red-colored water

Dexter is a crime thriller that many TV aficionados still enjoy to this day. (Image credit: Showtime)

Set in Miami, this crime drama series follows forensic technician Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), who leads a double life as a vigilante serial killer. By day, he works for the Miami Metro Police Department but, once the sun goes down, Dexter hunts down murderers who, in his eyes, didn't get the punishment they deserved from the US justice system. 

The original show ran for eight seasons – they're all currently available to stream on Prime Video – and received plenty of acclaim and awards for its compelling and superbly crafted horror-esque crime-drama tale. The show struggled to recapture its best form post-season four but, early on at least, Dexter was one of the best shows of the mid-2000s.

A 10-part limited series called Dexter: New Blood ran on Showtime from November 7, 2021 to January 9, 2022, too. There's no word on whether it'll come to Prime Video in the future, though.

Seasons on Prime Video: 8

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Midge Maisel lies down on some dresses while looking glum in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel will have you in fits of hysterics with alarming regularity. (Image credit: Amazon)

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel tells the story of '50s housewife Miriam 'Midge' Maisel as she attempts to become the best female stand-up comic in the US.

After her husband confesses he's been having an affair, 'Midge' drunkenly gets on stage at a comedy club and discovers that she's utterly hilarious. In a time when women aren't encouraged to be publicly funny, Midge pursues her new-found comedic talent in the male-dominated stand up comedy world. But, unbeknownst to 'Midge', the journey is far from a straightforward one.

The multi-award winning period comedy-drama's first two seasons drew plenty of critical acclaim. But, while season 3 was still pretty good, it didn't live up to the expectations set by its predecessors. The show's fourth season was a return to form for the series, so catch it while you can – season 5 is set to be its last instalment in one of the best Prime Video shows ever made.

Seasons on Prime Video: 4

Reacher

Alan Ritchson's Jack Reacher stares at some of his fellow prison inmates in the character's Prime Video TV series

Reacher is the first Prime Video show ever to top Nielsen's streaming charts. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Nearly six years on from Tom Cruise's somewhat unsuccessful movie stint as the ex-military operative, Amazon Studios brings Lee Child's iconic novel series to life for television.

Alan Ritchson (Titans) stars as the titular character – aka Jack Reacher – a drifter owning few possessions following his departure from the armed forces, Reacher arrives in Margrave, Georgia at the exact moment that the small US town is reeling from its first major crime in 20 years. Somehow, Reacher is wrongly framed for the crime and, following his arrest, agrees to help the authorities get the bottom of the case in exchange for his freedom. Given his army expertise and his hulking frame, it seems that those responsible picked the wrong guy to pin the crime on.

Many critics have praised Ritchson's turn as Reacher and showrunner Nick Santora's faithful retelling of Child's first novel. In our view, it's definitely one to check out if you're a fan of action and mystery thrillers. And, after it became the first Prime Video series ever to top Nielsen's streaming charts, it'll come as no surprise to learn that a second season has been greenlit. While wait for its next season, check out these six similarly styled shows.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Legend of Vox Machina

The Vox Machina crew prepare to fight in The Legend of Vox Machina

The Legend of Vox Machina is a superb animated series on Prime Video. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Set in the fictional Exandrian kingdom of Tal’Dorei, The Legend of Vox Machina tells the story of a band of mercenary misfits hired to eradicate an unnamed evil entity that’s plagued the realm. It isn't long before the seven-strong group, though, realize that they've become embroiled in a battle against a far more sinister and potentially world-threatening enemy.

Prime Video's adaptation of Critical Role's beloved D&D webseries retains plenty of what made the original show such a hit with fans. It's hilarious, action-packed, emotional and full of twists and turns. It's also pretty gruesome and horror-esque on occasion, so those of a grisly inclination will get a kick out of it as well.

The original Critical Role cast have returned to voice their characters, while there's a whole slew of famous actors who cameo as other individuals in this fictional fantasy world. Best of all, episodes are only 25 to 30 minutes in length, meaning that those lengthy sessions, complete with convoluted D&D terminology, has been removed to make for a freer, tighter narrative throughout. Season 2 is coming soon, so one of the best Prime Video shows of recent times will be back on our screens in the future.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Wheel of Time

Moiraine races on horseback to meet with some allies in The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time is a stunning fantasy TV adaptation. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Based on Robert Jordan's beloved book series, The Wheel of Time is a fantasy show that blends the best of Game of Thrones, The Witcher and Lord of the Rings.

Rosamund Pike (I Care A Lot, Gone Girl) plays Moiraine, a powerful sorceress whose quest to find the Dragon Reborn – a prophesised champion who can defeat the Dark One – leads her to the small village known as the Two Rivers. When Moiraine and her Warder companion Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) are forced to rescue five of the village's young adults from the Dark One's forces, they realize that one of this quintet is the so-called Dragon Reborn. Cue an epic quest to work out who this ancient warrior is, and whether they'll be able to save the world or not.

Expect plenty of drama, R-rated violence (it's not a family friendly show), a dashing of humor, and plenty of fantastical elements that'll wow and shock you. Season 2 has wrapped filming, while a third season has been greenlit. If you want to learn more about the show's overall production, our chat with the cast and crew is worth reading. Suffice to say, it's one of the best Prime Video shows around.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

Invincible

Mark Grayson looks angry as he prepares to engage some enemies in Invincible

Invincible's Prime Video return can't come soon enough. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Amazon's animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman's superhero comic series isn't for the faint of heart. Sure, it may not be a live-action production like The Boys, but Invincible is full of blood, gore, violence and other adult content.

Invincible tells the story of Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), a seemingly normal teenager - expect for the fact that his dad Nolan (J.K. Simmons) is the world's most powerful superhero. Soon after his 17th birthday, Mark develops abilities of his own and begins to train under his father's tutelage. It isn't long, though, before Mark realizes that his dad's legacy isn't what it appears to be.

It's a slow burn to begin with – well, apart from a specific scene in episode 1 that shocked viewers who haven't read the comics before. Its subversion of superhero tropes, emotional story beats, and ensemble cast will keep your attention until things really start to pick up from episode 4 – by which point you should be fully hooked. Be sure to check out our chat with Kirkman and some of the show's cast if you want the lowdown on season 1's development.

Invincible season 2, as well as a third instalment, is currently in development. That won't come as a major surprise to you once you've seen it, too, as it's one of the best Prime Video shows of all-time.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

Small Axe

John Boyega's Leroy Logan listens during a meeting of police officers in Small Axe on Prime Video

Small Axe is a heart-wrenching TV series that focuses on racial injustices in the UK. (Image credit: BBC/McQueen Limited/Will Robson)

Traversing the boundaries between film and TV, Small Axe is a set of feature-length stories centred around West Indian people living in London from the '60s to the '80s. 

Directed by Steve McQueen, the first starred Letitia Wright as the so-called Mangrove 9 faced trial following the harassment of a black-owned restaurant by racist police officers, with another featuring John Boyega training to be the first black police officer in the London MET. None of them, especially Lover's Rock, are to be missed due to their harrowing depictions of racial segregation in the UK that, in some instances, still exists today.

Another McQueen show – Uprising – is also available to stream on Prime Video. If Small Axe was an eye-opening experience for you, Uprising will hit similarly hard.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Expanse

A promotional image for The Expanse, which is available to stream on Prime Video

The Expanse may have ended, but it's still available to watch in its entirety on Amazon's streaming platform. (Image credit: Amazon Prime)

Arguably the best science-fiction show since Battlestar Galatica, The Expanse is based on the series of novels by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. 

It'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 'Belters', who reside on space stations beyond the asteroid belt. It's full of politics, heart-wrenching emotional stories and some of the most breath-taking scenes of outer space we've ever seen.

If you're a fan of sci-fi, you'll love this. The series' sixth and final season is currently available on Prime Video, so hop to it: there's plenty of catching up to do.

Seasons on Prime Video: 6

Good Omens

A promotional image showing Michael Sheen's Aziraphale and David Tennant's Crowley in Good Omens season 1

Good Omens is a top-tier Prime Video show. (Image credit: Amazon)

Good Omens came out of nowhere and swept us off our feet. Based on the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens is an addictive, bonkers yet heart-warming tale about good and evil, friendship, demons, angels and a future-gazing witch. It also doesn't hurt that it's pretty British (in a good way) and has an all-star cast. 

The series can be binged in one weekend, or one sitting if you can't face waiting a whole night for the final few episodes. For the bibliophiles out there, the TV series brings a few fresh characters and twists to the story, but is also faithful enough to the book to give those who have been fans for nearly thirty years a real treat.

Season 2 has just wrapped filming (opens in new tab), so hopefully it'll return to Prime Video soon. Best catch up on one of the best Prime Video shows to emerge in recent years, then.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

Star Trek

A promotional image of the main cast seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation

There are multiple Stark Trek TV offerings available on Prime Video US. (Image credit: CBS)

There's a lot of Star Trek on Prime Video, if you're in the mood to watch hundreds of episodes set in that universe. The original series is available, as are later entries The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. 

Star Trek: Picard season 1 is also available as part of an Amazon Prime package that includes Paramount Plus, while its second season arrived in March. Additionally, the animated Star Trek: Lower Decks series will return with a third season later this year, and Star Trek: Discovery season 4 is available to stream now.

Seasons on Prime Video: 3 of The Original Series (and many spin-offs)

Fleabag

A promotional image for Fleabag showing Phoebe Waller-Bridge's main character smiling at someone off camera

Fleabag is a quintessentially wonderful British comedy that's available to stream on Prime Video. (Image credit: Amazon Prime)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has created two of the best TV shows of the modern age in Killing Eve and Fleabag. The latter is her self-starring comedy drama, adapted from a stage show, and it's a hilarious but sometimes painful portrait of a damaged person trying to keep it together. 

The supporting cast, which includes Andrew Scott's 'hot priest' in season 2, helps make this one of the best shows around full stop. With six half-hour episodes per season, you could binge it in just a few days. 

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

The Grand Tour

A promotional image for The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond

The Grand Tour is a, well, grand Prime Video TV series.

Having departed the BBC years ago and struck up a deal with Amazon Studios, petrolheads Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have found similar levels of success on the streamer with The Grand Tour: an excuse to send the trio around the world, partaking in various challenges and sniping at each other for hours on end.

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 this is for you.

Seasons on Prime: 4

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