30 of the Best Shows on Prime Video Right Now

Including a few hidden gems

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Picking shows to watch on Prime Video can be an overwhelming process. Do you sift through the platform's top recommendations and randomly choose what grabs your attention? Do you opt for a deep dive into lengthy critic reviews about each series? Or do you scroll through countless options before settling on yet another rerun of a timeless classic?

We'll be the first to admit that we've taken the easy way out by making a beeline for our favorites, but if you're looking to update your streaming queue, consider our roundup of the best shows on Prime Video.

Fortunately, the streaming service offers binge-worthy shows that span multiple genres, from comedies like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to political thrillers like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. And if you've yet to sign up for Prime Video, the membership starts at just $9 per month.

Keep reading for 30 of the best shows to stream on Prime Video ASAP.

1. Bosch

  • Who’s in it: Titus Williver, Jamie Hector, Lance Reddick, Amy Aquino
  • How many seasons: 7
  • For fans of: The Wire, Luther
  • Genre: Drama, Suspense

At first glance, it looks like your typical, run-of-the-mill crime drama, featuring at least one detective with a mysteriously dark past. But guys, Bosch is so much more than that. You'll be impressed with the compelling storyline and Welliver's stunning portrayal of the central character, Detective Harry Bosch.

Based on a few crime novels by Michael Connelly, the series follows Bosch, a skilled detective who works with the L.A.P.D. and doesn't play well with authority figures. Aside from solving crimes, his top priorities include raising his daughter, solving his mother's murder and...well, doing this his way. While Welliver shines as Bosch, it's hard to ignore the talent of the rest of the talented cast. (Did we mention that the writing is also brilliant?)

2. Sneaky Pete

  • Who’s in it: Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Shane McRae, Libe Barer, Michael Drayer
  • How many seasons: 3
  • For fans of: ImpostersGood Behavior
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

Loosely based on the real life of Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston (who co-created the show), the series follows Marius Josipović, a released criminal who manages to pull off the ultimate con. After getting out of prison, Marius assumes the identity of his former cellmate (Pete Murphy) to avoid a gangster who's out for revenge. Meanwhile, Pete's real family has no idea that their relative is still behind bars.

The series puts a refreshing new twist on con artist plotlines, avoiding common cliches and balancing crime with humor. But perhaps one of the show's biggest strengths is its stellar cast.

3. Red Oaks

  • Who’s in it: Craig Roberts, Ennis Esmer, Oliver Cooper, Jennifer Grey
  • How many seasons: 3
  • For fans of: AcapulcoThe Goldbergs
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sports

Red Oaks is light-hearted, it's laugh-out-loud funny and it makes you feel like you've stepped into another decade, complete with retro clothing and '80s music. Set in New Jersey, the coming-of-age comedy follows the everyday life of a college student and tennis player named David Meyers, who works at a Jewish country club during his summer break. With a new romance, a stoner BFF and parents who are constantly at odds, his life is anything but simple.

It's worth noting that the series has quite a few big names in its cast, from Paul Reiser to Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey. '80s babies might also appreciate the nostalgic element, but we really love that it's a feel-good story that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Give it a chance if you need to unwind.

4. Jean-Claude Van Johnson

  • Who’s in it: Moises Arias, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kat Foster
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: BarryBurn Notice
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action

Jean-Claude Van Damme has no shame in poking fun at his career in this brilliant comedy drama. The actor stars as himself—a Belgian actor best known for his martial arts films. However, it's revealed that Van Damme is also a secret agent named Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which means his entire career is a front for secret missions.

It sounds far-fetched and a bit cheesy, but guys, it's unique and genuinely entertaining. The acting is superb, and it also has quite a few clever movie references.

5. Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

  • Who’s in it: Wendell Pierce, John Krasinski, Michael Kelly
  • How many seasons: 4
  • For fans of: The Night Agent, Homeland
  • Genre: Suspense, Drama, Action

Based on the fictional "Ryanverse" created by author Tom Clancy, this action thriller follows Dr. Jack Ryan, a Marine veteran and CIA analyst who transforms into an action hero. Expect to see all the fights, shootouts and explosions—but these are just the icing on the cake. Jack Ryan is filled with strong and engaging characters, and it challenges common stereotypes about terrorist groups. Clancy fan or not, you simply have to watch.

6. The Wilds

  • Who’s in it: Sophia Ali, Shannon Berry, Jenna Clause
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Yellowjackets, Lost
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama

Imagine Lost or Survivor, but with a younger cast and way more teen angst. The Wilds follows the aftermath of a devastating plane crash, where a group of teenage girls are left stranded on a deserted island. However, it's revealed that they didn't end up on the island by accident.

Surprisingly, it's not the mystery aspect that makes this show so addicting, but rather, it's the growth of each character and how their biggest challenges shape their perspectives. Are some parts predictable? Yes, but not so much that it causes you to completely lose interest.

7. The Expanse

  • Who’s in it: Cas Anvar, Thomas Jane, Dominique Tipper
  • How many seasons: 6
  • For fans of: Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Based on the novel series of the same name by James S. A. Corey, this gripping sci-fi thriller is set in the 23rd century, where the Solar System has been colonized by humanity and split into three factions: the United Nations of Earth and Luna, the Martian Congressional Republic on Mars and the Outer Planets Alliance. It begins with a police detective who works to find a missing woman, and by season five, the drama multiplies tenfold, with Earth facing a deadly conspiracy.

Even if you're not the biggest sci-fi fan, you'll be impressed with the storylines, character development and stunning visuals.

8. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

  • Who’s in it: Donald Glover, Maya Erskine
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: The Americans, Beef
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

Step aside, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Prime Video's remake follows John and Jane, two lonely strangers who take on a risky new job at a spy agency—one that involves posing as a married couple and completing high-risk missions. While there are quite a few parallels to the original film, the show expands on the original concept by exploring complex themes, like race, marriage and relationships.

In her review, Senior Editor Greta Heggeness wrote, "The plot is intriguing because it’s different from the original, offering a unique take on the classic storyline. But it has enough similarities to pique our interest and keep us wondering what’s next for the new spies." 

9. The Summer I Turned Pretty

  • Who’s in it: Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Dawson's Creek, Never Have I Ever
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

Sixteen-year-old Isabel, better known as Belly, gets caught up in a love triangle with two of her childhood friends, Jeremiah and Conrad, when she visits their family's beach house for the summer. The wildest part? Jer and Connie also happen to be brothers.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is lighthearted YA escapism at its finest, with charming characters and a gorgeous beachside town. But it doesn't shy away from heavier themes, like mental health, divorce, loss and grief.

10. Class of '07

  • Who’s in it: Emily Browning, Megan Smart, Caitlin Stasey
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: The Society, Yellowjackets
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

This underrated Australian comedy follows a group of Catholic school grads who attend a high school reunion. The celebration turns into a nightmare, however, when an apocalyptic tidal wave leaves them stranded on the campus. Worse yet, they learn that there's a mysterious creature swimming in the water, making it virtually impossible for the women to escape. Childhood trauma, mental health and female friendships are just a few themes explored in the series.

11. Harlem

  • Who’s in it: Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Girlfriends, Insecure
  • Genre: Comedy

Girls Trip director Tracy Oliver crafted this binge-worthy series, which follows the misadventures of Camille, Quinn, Tye and Angie—four Harlem-based friends trying to navigate love and their careers in their 30s.

In an interview with, Good, who stars as Camille, said, “People will really resonate with the authenticity of these characters. The fact that they don't always get it right. The fact that they are growing and getting new revelations and discovering themselves. They already were self-aware, but they're becoming even more self-aware.”

12. High School

  • Who’s in it: Railey Gilliland, Seazynn Gilliland, Cobie Smulders
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Freaks and Geeks
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

Inspired by Tegan and Sara Quin's memoir, High School, this coming-of-age series tells the story of teenage twins who try to find their identities as they navigate school, friendships, family and their budding music career during the '90s. Even if you're not a fan of the indie pop duo, you'll appreciate the show's realistic depiction of the high school experience and compelling main characters.

13. Sweet Kaaram Coffee

  • Who’s in it: Lakshmi, Madhoo, Santhy Balachandr
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Jane the Virgin
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

This witty, heartwarming comedy follows three generations of Indian women who embark on a spontaneous road trip, hoping to get a fresh start and escape their mundane lives. What starts as an adventure becomes an exciting journey of self-discovery, complete with a few surprising twists. Sweet Kaaram Coffee dives into themes like social taboos, cultural traditions, friendship and complicated family dynamics.

14. Tale of the Nine Tailed

  • Who’s in it: Lee Dong-wook, Kim So-yeon, Kim Beom
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Goblin, Alchemy of Souls
  • Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

If you're a fan of intense K-dramas with fantasy elements, then prepare for a treat. In Tale of the Nine Tailed, Dong-wook plays Lee Yeon, a 1000-year-old creature who lives his life in human form and spends his days protecting humankind from supernatural threats. His biggest goal, however, is to find and reunite with the reincarnation of his first love.

15. Catastrophe

  • Who’s in it: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney
  • How many seasons: 4
  • For fans of: Crashing, This Way Up
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

If you enjoyed the movie Knocked Up, you'll take a liking to this British comedy, which follows a similar plot. Sharon, a London-based primary school teacher, discovers that she's pregnant after she has a one-week fling with an advertising executive named Rob. When she tells him the news, he moves to London to be with her and help with the child, leading to a culture clash and plenty of awkward moments.

16. Daisy Jones & the Six

  • Who’s in it: Riley Keough, Camila Morrone, Sam Claflin
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: The Get Down
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

Told in a documentary-style format, the series follows the messy career journey of a fictional ’70s rock group as they navigate love, conflict and everything in between. Adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel of the same name, this miniseries will make you feel like you've stepped into another decade.

In his rave review, editor Joel Calfee wrote, "Daisy Jones & The Six is a tribute to the ’70s and a gift for music fans who are engrossed by backstage tales. Thanks to its groovy aesthetic, powerful performances and catchy bops, this miniseries will surely have viewers buzzing (and humming along), even if they may be a little weary of biopic-style stories."

17. Mozart in the Jungle

  • Who’s in it: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows
  • How many seasons: 4
  • For fans of: Bored to Death, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

Inspired by Blair Tindall's 2005 memoir, this comedy-drama offers some insight into the world of classical music. While Hailey, a young oboist, struggles to get her big break, the New York Symphony Orchestra gains an eccentric new composer who shakes things up with his unorthodox methods. With a charming ensemble cast, strong dialogue and a captivating plot, this quirky series is a must-watch. (FYI, you'll likely turn into a classical music fan.)

18. As We See It

  • Who’s in it: Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, Albert Rutecki
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: On the Spectrum, Atypical
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

The comedy follows Jack, Harrison and Violet, three roommates on the autism spectrum, as they navigate love, friendships and their careers in modern-day L.A. It's impossible to not root for the main characters as they strive to gain independence and find acceptance. Plus, As We See It does a phenomenal job of balancing laugh-out-loud humor with tear-jerker moments.

19. With Love

  • Who’s in it: Emeraude Toubia, Rome Flynn, Mark Indelicato
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Love Actually, Love Life
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Meet Lily and Jorge, two Mexican-American siblings who are searching for love and their true purpose. Over the course of five major holidays, the pair cross paths with seemingly unrelated people—not knowing that they're part of four interconnected love stories.

Vincent Rodriguez III, who plays Henry on the show, opened up about With Love's representation and told POC Culture, “We have such a refreshing new take on television that’s actually current to what the world is now. And we have a very special show that has a positive impact built into it with its message, which is centralized around love, acceptance and inclusivity and high levels of representation.”

20. The English

  • Who’s in it: Emily Blunt, Chaske Spencer
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Deadwood, Yellowstone
  • Genre: Drama, Western, Historical

Set in 1890, Lady Cornelia Locke, an aristocratic Englishwoman, travels to the West to avenge her son's death. When she crosses paths with Eli Whipp—a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout who’s trying to claim a plot of land—they form an unlikely friendship and deal with several threats as they embark on their journey.

Regarding her role in the Western, Blunt told Deadline, "She’s the most alive character I’ve ever read on a page. She was so spontaneous and free and really unpredictable. She was so odd in some ways. Hugo’s writing doesn’t follow the rules and this character doesn’t follow any archetype or character you’ve read before. But then you realize, oh, no, that’s real life, that’s what people are like." 

21. Patriot

  • Who’s in it: Chris Conrad, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Dorman
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Goliath, The Consultant
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

To prevent a nuclear disaster, intelligence officer John Tavner must assume a fake identity and work undercover as an average businessman at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. Aside from the stunning cinematography and top-notch acting, Patriot perfectly balances humor and dark subject matters. Not to mention the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.

22. Invincible

  • Who’s in it: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J. K. Simmons
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Super Crooks, Castlevania
  • Genre: Action, Adventure

Seventeen-year-old Mark Grayson may lead a normal life on the surface. But behind closed doors, he's the son of the world's most powerful hero—and he's developing a few abilities of his own. As he undergoes training, Mark must deal with the harsh realities of becoming the world's next greatest superhero.

While discussing his process of adapting his comic book series, show creator Robert Kirkman told Variety, "My main goal is to keep the skeleton intact…But while keeping the skeleton intact, the goal is to take what’s in the comics and enrich and deepen it."

23. A League of Their Own

  • Who’s in it: Abbi Jacobson, Chante Adams, D'Arcy Carden
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Glow, Bomb Girls
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Sports

Like the original classic, this remake centers on a group of women who join the Rockford Peaches as part of the newly developed All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1940s. It's sure to entertain newcomers and fans of the '92 film, thanks to compelling characters and strong storylines.

Editor Joel Calfee wrote in his review, "While functioning as a period piece, this show doesn't try to rewrite the past à la Bridgerton or give it a modern spin akin to the 2022 Persuasion. Instead, Jacobson's League highlights the experiences of players during this time who weren't made the focus of the nineties film, and it offers a rich expansion of these women's story."

24. Reacher

  • Who’s in it: Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: The Terminal List, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Suspense

Ritchson shines as Jack Reacher, a retired U.S. Army military police major. After being falsely convicted of murder, Jack teams up with two officers to investigate a local conspiracy that involves corrupt politicians and cops. The first season of this action-packed drama is based on Lee Child's The Killing Floor, while the second is based on Bad Luck and Trouble. The upcoming third season, which was announced in December 2023, will be based on Persuader.

25. Fit Check: Confessions of an Ukay Queen

  • Who’s in it: Kim Chiu, Jake Ejercito, Leo Consul
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Jane by Design
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

The Filipino miniseries revolves around Melanie, a young woman who aspires to be a famous fashion designer. Her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes when a handsome fashion executive takes notice of her talent and hires her to join his team. However, she struggles to find her footing in the fast-paced, cut-throat fashion industry. If you're drawn to funny storylines that feature quirky protagonists having a fish-out-of-water experience, add this one to your list.

26. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Who’s in it: Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, Rachel Brosnahan
  • How many seasons: 5
  • For fans of: Fleabag, The Queen's Gambit
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

After her husband leaves her for another woman, Midge Maisel discovers that she has a talent for stand-up comedy. So, with the help of a coffeehouse manager, Midge hones her skills and decides to pursue comedy full time, even with the odds stacked against her. Set in the '50s and '60s, the series tackles topics like divorce, gender roles and prejudice. Plus, Brosnahan delivers an unforgettable performance as the unconventional Midge.

27. Good Omens

  • Who’s in it: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: The Good Place, Preacher
  • Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel of the same name, this fascinating comedy follows the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley as they team up to prevent the coming of the antichrist and protect the Earth. Good Omens was originally supposed to be a limited series, but it became such a big hit that Prime Video renewed the show for two more seasons. The series incorporates a few Christian themes, tackling morality, destiny, free will and human nature.

28. Carnival Row

  • Who’s in it: Orlando Bloom, Caroline Ford, Cara Delevingne
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Penny Dreadful, Shadow and Bone
  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama

When mythical creatures flee their war-torn home, they seek refuge in a city filled with disapproving human citizens. Meanwhile, Inspector Rycroft—a half-fae passing as human—investigates a string of mysterious murders while dealing with his romantic feelings for a fae. While the series takes place in a fantasy setting, it tackles timely themes like xenophobia, intolerance, sexism and immigration.

29. The Boys

  • Who’s in it: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr
  • How many seasons: 4
  • For fans of: The Umbrella Academy
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction

Eric Kripke's Emmy-nominated series follows a team of vigilantes who try to take down corrupt superpowered individuals, even though they're seen as as heroes by the general public. There's a whole lot of gore and violence, but the show also explores timely themes, like the downsides of capitalism and the how power can change people.

Kripke told The Hollywood Reporter, "Just because we’re a superhero show, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t talk about the difficult things. In fact, we should use it to talk about the difficult things, because genre is not just for escapism and light, easy conversation."

30. Flack

  • Who’s in it: Anna Paquin, Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson
  • How many seasons: 2
  • For fans of: Ray Donovan, Scandal
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

The British series revolves around a group of London publicists who specialize in crisis management for celebrity clients in entertainment, fashion and sports. Unfortunately, their ability to fix other people's issues doesn't translate to their personal lives, which are spiraling out of control. We're still not over the fact that series ended on a major cliffhanger, but both seasons feature standout performances, great writing and plenty of jaw-dropping scandals.

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