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

A still taken from the Amazon TV show The Tick or Tick standing on a building
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It's official: Amazon Prime Video is going from strength to strength. The streaming platform has been adding exclusive TV shows and fresh news episodes to its already impressive catalogue of content every week. 

Although that means you've always got plenty of new series and old favourites to binge on, it also means it can be tricky to choose which one to watch next. But this list is here to help make that choice a little bit easier. 

For those not in the know, 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 truly terrible ones, which we'd prefer you didn't waste your time on at all.

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

In our guide you'll discover 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 lovers and those who enjoy nothing more than a fantasy police drama. 

Coming Soon: Although this list is full of great TV shows, there are always some tantalising new series on the horizon that we can't wait to watch. You'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 show adaptation of the magical book from the fantastical minds of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. During May we'll also be welcoming the darkly funny season 2 of Fleabag (May 17).

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

These homegrown TV shows are arguably some of the best that the Amazon Prime Video service has to offer (think The Tick and Transparent), which you can watch instantly 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'll be keeping this list constantly updated – if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included, they'll be added too. Scroll through to see our picks that we've divided up into the following categories: drama, comedy and thriller.

If you can only watch one...

A press shot for the second season of The Tick

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The Tick

The Tick is a superhero TV show with a difference. It's chock full of brightly-coloured heroes, sarcastic villains, excellent stories and fantastic wordplay. Unlike the sagas in Marvel movies, the heroes and villains in The Tick feel like they belong to our world. They're messy, funny and make lots of terrible decisions. Luckily, the show 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

Amazon Prime or Netflix? Check out our comparison video below!