Editors' Picks: Streaming TV and Movies on Prime Video

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

What are the best TV shows to watch on Prime Video today? Our editors pulled together the top picks.

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Idris Elba in The Wire (2002)

"The Wire" | Watch Now on Prime Video With an HBO NOW or HBO GO Add-On Subscription

"The Wire" is arguably the greatest cop show of all time. It's a multi-faceted examination of how drugs and crime touch all aspects of society, packaged as a serialized procedural. While there are tons of familiar faces in the cast (Idris Elba, Amy Ryan, Michael B. Jordan), the eighth graders of the stellar Season 4 will win your heart right before they break it.

Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Steven Strait, and Dominique Tipper in The Expanse (2015)

"The Expanse" | Watch Now on Prime Video

If your life is in need of more hard sci-fi, interplanetary standoffs, and extra-terrestrial threats to humanity, "The Expanse" is the four-seasons-and-counting series that will satisfy that need. The series had a solid run on SYFY until it was cancelled — and much like the plot-twists of the show — was saved at the last minute by Amazon who gave it a new home on Prime. If you're wondering what to do after you’ve binged the series, check out the source material with the 8+ novel series by writing team James S. A. Corey. It’s the series that keeps on giving!

Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous (1992)

"Absolutely Fabulous" | Watch Now on Prime Video

Grab a champagne bottle from the cooler and chug down all five seasons of "Absolutely Fabulous," the still highly quotable BBC comedy centered around the shamelessly hedonistic day-to-day lives of best friends Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. Savagely written dialogue fuels a never-ending bender of amoral conduct and questionable parenting. And all the while, poor Saffy, Edina's long-suffering daughter just wants to focus on her studies ...

Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation | Watch Now on Prime Video

We encourage you to visit — or return if you're already an Annihilation disciple — to the universe created by Alex Garland for Natalie Portman from the first book in novelist Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy. As you venture into "The Shimmer," know that the movie contains a scene that frightens us like few others ever have, as well as a bonkers-but-thinky ending that could leave you feeling completely free or wildly frustrated.

Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, and Jordan Patrick Smith in Vikings (2013)

"Vikings" | Watch Now on Prime Video

To date, everyone who’s heeded our call to check out "Vikings" has become a fan. That’s a bold statement to make, but the conversion rate has been stunning enough to keep on making the pitch for this show. If you’re looking for a compelling family drama, twisty political intrigue, massive land and sea battles, and women warriors who kick ass, this series deserves a spot on your watchlist. With 6-and-a-half seasons available to stream now, once you get hooked you'll have 90+ episodes to keep you entertained for quite some time.

Emma Roberts in American Horror Story (2011)

"American Horror Story" | Watch Now on Prime Video

If you've got time on your hands to dive into something new, but don't want to commit to a multiseason story arc, "American Horror Story" is a fun pick for horror hounds. While some details may go over your head, you can get away with watching this casually with long breaks between seasons. Or, as sacrilegious as it may sound, you could skip right to the best seasons, like "Asylum" or "1984."

Florence Pugh and Vilhelm Blomgren in Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar | Watch Now on Prime Video

Looking to watch a horror movie that will thrust you into a deep conversation with your friends about your personal and worldview? Then check out writer/director Ari Aster's 2019 critically acclaimed horror movie where a group of friends spend time in a rural Sweden village among a pagan cult.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sian Clifford in Fleabag (2016)

"Fleabag" | Watch Now on Prime Video

This Golden Globe-winning dark comedy sucks you into Fleabag's life as she's coping with tragedy. With loads of dry wit and sarcasm, we highly recommend this show to people that want to complete a new mini-series under 6 hours of total watch time and are fans of quirky, awkward, and complex family dramas.

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" | Watch Now on Prime Video

Simpler times? Not really, when you're a housewife living a posh life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the late 1950s who decides to completely dismantle her postcard-perfect existence and pursue her dream of being a stand-up comic. Through three seasons, Midge Maisel has graduated from the Gaslight Cafe's stage to life on the road, though her career, and her romantic and family lives, are all a bit TBD as we brace for the premiere of Season 4 later this year. For now, it's a fine time to go back to where it all began in Amy Sherman-Palladino's finest achievement to date — and we're true blue fans of "Gilmore Girls" and the underrated "Bunheads," mind you.

Dominique McElligott, Antony Starr, Nathan Mitchell, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, and Erin Moriarty in The Boys (2019)

"The Boys" | Watch Now on Prime Video

The show that dared to expose the underbelly of some seedy superheroes vulgared its way into our heart with a formidable list of action items and to-dos. And since, in the words of one of our co-workers, Season 1 ends on a few WTFs bigger than Homelander's ego, we highly recommend checking out the Garth Ennis penned graphic novels the series is based on if you can't wait for "The Boys" to return.

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