With high-speed internet widely available to most Americans on a variety of devices, instantaneous enjoyment of countless hours of television is more or less always a click away.
Like Netflix and other streaming services, Amazon Prime now produces original content. Their first effort was “Alpha House,” a political comedy starring John Goodman, that premiered in 2013. Since then, Amazon has produced a steady stream of comedies, dramas, comedy-dramas, and other types of series. (These are the best live-action sitcoms of all time.)
As with Netflix, the results have been missed, but some of their efforts really stand out. (Amazon is also known for its ever-changing library of new and classic films. See the best movies to stream on Amazon right now.)
To determine the best Amazon Prime original series, 24/7 Tempo audience ratings on IMDb – an online movie and TV database which happens to be owned by Amazon. Shows that were developed or co-developed by Amazon Studios and originally streamed on Amazon Prime were ranked based on IMDb audience rating as of August 2022. Only shows with at least 1,000 IMDb user votes were considered. Cast information also came from IMDb.
The list is rich in variety. From legal dramas and fantasy shows to romantic comedies and adult animated series that have run for multiple seasons. If your taste runs toward the noir genre, there is “Carnival Row,” pairing Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. If alternative history is your thing, check “The Man in the High Castle.” Like spy stories? Try “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” The possibilities are endless.
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