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Best Prime Video shows: 20 great TV series for UK audiences

The Vox Machina prepare to fight in The Legend of Vox Machina, one of the best Prime Video shows
The Legend of Vox Machina is one of Prime Video's best TV shows. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Determining what the best Prime Video shows are is always a complicated affair. One person's favorite series may not be to the tastes of someone else, so working out what's worth streaming can seem like a daunting prospect.

Luckily for you, we've put the hard yards in and drafted up a definitive list of the best Prime Video shows around. We've catered for fans of every genre, as well as selecting a handful of TV series that are made by Amazon Studios and those created by other production companies. There's truly something for everyone on this list, so your latest binge watch is only a couple of paragraphs away.

Before we dive into the meat of this article, let's take a look at the latest addition to it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the newest entry on our best Prime Videos shows list is The Boys, which returned for its third season on June 3. Four episodes have been released so far, so we're already halfway through the R-rated satirical superhero show's latest round of episodes. We think it's the best season in the show's history so far, too, so you'll want to catch up ASAP if you haven't checked it out just yet.

If The Boys isn't something you'd particularly enjoy, there are 19 other options available for you to peruse in our best Prime Video shows list. From The Wheel of Time to The Grand Tour, you won't be found wanting for something new to stream this weekend.

Want to check out the latest news regarding Prime Video before you read on? Find out why Amazon's Lord of the Rings isn't looking to copy Peter Jackson's iconic trilogy, or read about Amazon's decision to save a Paramount-produced show from cancellation.

Caught up? Excellent, here are the 20 best Prime Video shows as of June 10, 2022.

The Boys

Billy Butcher, Kimiko, Frenchie, and Mother's Milk stare menacingly at the camera in The Boys season 3

The Boys is one of Prime Video's most popular shows. (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

Night Sky

Irene and Franklin York share a quiet, tender moment in their kitchen in Prime Video's Night Sky

Night Sky is a trippy sci-fi series that recently arrived on Prime Video. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Arriving on Prime Video to almost zero fanfare is Night Sky, the latest in Amazon’s long line of customarily trippy sci-fi series. 

Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons play Irene and Franklin York, a seemingly ordinary couple whose unsuspecting house harbours a secret: head into the shed in their back yard, and there's a portal to a far away planet. The pair have successfully kept this secret hidden for close to a decade, but the arrival of an inquisitive young man (and a number of nosy neighbors and the police) risks putting an end to their space-hopping ways.

Newcomers Holden Miller and Daniel C. Connolly helm this eight-episode show, which looks as unique and intriguing as Amazon’s similarly twisty sci-fi thriller, Encounter. Oh, and Night Sky has become the first TV show to be beamed into space (according to IGN (opens in new tab)), so maybe some aliens will be checking it out as and when new episodes drop.

Critical reception seems to be fairly positive so far (that is, if your opinions are shaped by Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab)), so it sounds like Night Sky is worth watching. 

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Kids in the Hall

The cast of the Kids in the Hall take part in a sketch where they find each other lying in a shallow grave

The Kids in the Hall are back after a near 30-year absence. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

27 years after the fifth and final season of the comedy sketch show aired, The Kids in the Hall has been resurrected by Amazon Studios for its streaming service.

The Emmy-nominated Canadian sketch troupe are back for rip-roaring comedy capers filled with mature and R-rated content, so this is one that's definitely (and ironically) not for the kids. Still, adults and teens should get a kick out of what's on offer from Dave Foley and company.

Amazon's The Kids in the Hall offering only comprises eight episodes – the original series' instalments had 20 or more entries – but we wouldn't be surprised if longer seasons are commissioned in the future. That is, if the show is a hit with audiences of today. To help ensure it is, The Kids in the Hall features guest appearances from the likes of Keenan Thompson, Jay Baruchel, Eddie Izzard, Catherine O'Hara, and many more comedians.

Reviews have (so far) been universally positive for this one, with the show landing a 100% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) among critics. So it's worth binge watching over a weekend if you're a fan of adult-oriented comedy.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Wilds

The boys in The Wilds season 2

The Wilds is one of the newer entries in our best Prime Video shows list. (Image credit: Amazon)

The Wilds returns for a second run on Prime Video after a critically-acclaimed first season landed in December 2020. 

The show's 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.

After watching the experiment unfold in the first season, the show ended on a bombshell with the reveal of the "Twilight of Adam", another island populated by male castaways. And that's what we'll be getting stuck into this new run of episodes in one of the best Prime Video shows to date.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2


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

If you loved BoJack Horseman, you'll want to check out Undone. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

From the acclaimed minds of BoJack Horseman creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg, 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 – delivered to beautiful effect by Tornante Studios – and live-action motion-capture really sets it apart from likeminded animated offerings. Meanwhile, Undone's exploration of relationships, mental health, and themes surrounding altering the past are expertly and sensitively handled, which you'd expect from Purdy and Bob-Waksberg.

If season 1 was all about introducing us to the mind-bending concepts that Undone brings to the table, its second outing is even more surreal and shocking. Even bigger family secrets emerge as Alma traverses the multiverse and branching timelines, and its finale all but ensures that a third season will be on the way. You know, if Amazon greenlights one. Stick this one your watch list immediately.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

Outer Range

Josh Brolin's Royal Abbott and his sons stare into the distance in Outer Range on Prime Video

Outer Range is a sci-fi mystery thriller that's worth watching. (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)". The whole series is available to stream right now and, 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


Andy Allo's Nora and Zainab Johnson's Aleesha look unimpressed on a trip out of the office in Upload season 2

Upload is a whimsical and heart-warming 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 his still-alive 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 (opens in new tab), so there's no better time to check this one out.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2


Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard stares off into the distance in season 1 of his standalone series

Picard has more than earned its place on our best Prime Video shows list. (Image credit: CBS)

Its first season was uneven at times, but this Star Trek series is an interesting contemporary take on that universe, where Jean-Luc Picard finds himself working outside of Starfleet, and at odds with what it's become. This is more than just expensive fan service for TNG diehards, though – it's a sci-fi epic that's loosely about the legacy of Data, who died back in Star Trek: Nemesis.

Picard is oddly paced in places, and spends a little too much time on redundant storylines. Not all of its new characters are winners, either, but like Star Trek: Discovery, it's well worth checking out for both fans and newbies. Season 2 just landed on Prime Video in the UK and, by all accounts, it's a tighter, more interesting affair than its predecessor. Season 3 is on the way in early 2023 but, with Paramount Plus launching in the UK soon, it remains to be seen if Picard will continue airing on Prime Video.

Seasons on Prime Video: 2

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan's Midge Maisel catches some rays in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

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

The latest series from Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, Bunheads) 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. And, while season 3 was still pretty good, it didn't live up to the expectations set by its predecessors. The show's fourth season shows that it's back to its best, though, so catch it while you can – season 5 is set to be its last instalment.

Seasons on Prime Video: 4


Jack Reacher and Roscoe Conklin study a map at night time in Prime Video's Reacher TV show

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 – in the show's first season, which is based on Killing Floor, the first book in Child's long-running crime thriller book series.

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.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

The Legend of Vox Machina

The Legend of Vox Machina crew look tired as they inquire about a new job

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 and Lan stand amid a burning wreckage in The Wheel of Time season 1

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. A second season is currently in production and, 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


Mark Grayson's superhero alter-ego stands on a crane in Invincible season 1

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're so inclined.

Invincible season 2 and season 3 are 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 


A number of the Vikings cast look on with smiles on their faces in the Prime Video show

Vikings is an historical epic that you'll want to stream on Prime Video. (Image credit: Amazon)

If you've spent your time tearing across 9th century Norway and England in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Vikings is essentially the TV version of that. 

It's that, crossed with Game of Thrones, just with a touch less rumpy pumpy. You've got six series of this bloody and addictive Norse adventure to plunder as you watch a simple farmer transform into a fearsome fighter ransacking European countries for treasure. With Netflix continuing the Vikings journey with its Valhalla spin-off, now is the perfect time to check one of the best Prime Video shows out.

Seasons on Prime Video: 6

Tales from the Loop

A boy takes a picture of some yellow flowers on an old camera in Tales from the Loop

Tales from the Loop is unlike any sci-fi show we've seen before or since its arrival. (Image credit: Jan Thijs/Amazon Studios)

Inspired by the extraordinary paintings of Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop is a thoughtful sci-fi anthology about a town living atop The Loop, a mysterious machine that materialises the impossible. The first season takes a tour of the town's citizens, gradually giving us a sense of what life is like in this strange environment.

It's certainly approaches the genre differently, so check out our interview with showrunner Nathaniel Halpern for more on what it's actually above. Most importantly, it's exactly the kind of hopeful television we need more of.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1


Professor Farnsworth points and talks to someone off screen in Futurama

Good news, everyone! Futurama is available to watch on Prime Video. (Image credit: Fox)

Evidently deemed too adult for Disney Plus UK – Futurama's year 3000 introduces itself with the existence of suicide booths – you can instead watch Matt Groening's animated favourite on Amazon Prime in the UK. 

It also helps that it's one of the best adult animated comedies ever made. Well, it is for its first five seasons, anyway. After the show came back with a series of movies and four new seasons on Comedy Central, it never quite found its early 2000s form again. At its peak, though, Futurama is easily a match for The Simpsons, and an obvious precursor to Rick and Morty

Seasons on Prime Video: 10

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 has finished airing 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)

Before he passed away in 2015, Terry Pratchett allegedly made Neil Gaiman promise he'd adapt Good Omens into a TV series, which is what Gaiman has been working on for the past four years. 

The result is an addictive, bonkers yet heart-warming tale about good and evil, friendship, demons, angels and a future-gazing witch.  It's brilliantly British, has one of the most stellar casts imaginable and can be binged in one weekend – or one sitting if you can't face waiting a whole night for the final few episodes. 

It 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 wrapped filming (opens in new tab), so it'll return to Prime Video soon. Best catch up on one of the best Prime Video shows to emerge in recent years, then, ahead of its anticipated return.

Seasons on Prime Video: 1

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. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The Grand Tour is everything that Top Gear used to be on the BBC. Well, Top Gear specials, at least. 

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 Video: 4

Parks and Recreation

The main cast of Parks and recreation look at someone off screen with stern looks on their face

Parks and Recreation is still a brilliant watch after all these years. (Image credit: Parks & Recreation / NBC)

Parks and Rec is a joy of a show. Originally seen as a quasi spin-off of the Office – using 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 comedy phenomenon that spanned a fantastic seven seasons. 

It's not just the script that makes it great, it's also the characters – headed up by the ever-brilliant Amy Poehler and now Marvel superstar (though sometimes derided) Chris Pratt. The show ended in April 2015, but it remains a core staple of many outlets' 'best comedy series' lists. Once you check it out, you'll see why it takes pride of place on our best Prime Video shows list.

Seasons on Prime Video: 7

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