Posted by Heather Snowden @heathers
Staff Writer at MP. Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona.
Heather Snowden

Move over Netflix, and take that chill with you — we're entering Amazon Prime time! A streaming service that may seem somewhat swamped under Netflix's shadow, Amazon Prime is coming into its own, boasting a wealth of fantastic videos and a growing amount of original content, all of which can be yours for a tidy $10.99.

However, similarly to all popular streaming sites these days, the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming; knowing what to pick and whether something will be to your taste has the power to suck the fun out of the whole process. Luckily for you then, we've done the hard work for you. Using Rotten Tomatoes, we've compiled the below list which chronicles the best shows on Amazon Prime. You're welcome!

14. Veep (2012 —)

  • Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale
  • How many seasons? 5
  • What's it about? Subtle jokes and sassy dialogue aplenty in HBO's political comedy Veep, a story centered around former Senator Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) as she picks up the bat to serve as Vice President of the USA. Needless to say, the job isn't quite as she imagined and the day-to-day happenings are as hilarious as they are poignant.
  • Why you should watch: The show has just won an Emmy for Best Comedy and Louis-Dreyfus got one for Best Actress. 'Nuff said.
  • Tomatometer: 90%

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*New In November* 13. The Night Manager (2016—)

  • Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman
  • How many seasons? 1
  • What's it about? James Bond in Egypt vibes, essentially. Based on a John le Carré novel of the same name, the plot follows a Cairo based night manager as he's enlisted to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.
  • Why you should watch: Did you not see the cast list?
  • Tomatometer: 92%

12. Orphan Black (2013 —)

  • Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris
  • How many seasons? 4
  • What's it about? In a rather complicated nutshell, BBC America's Orphan Black is a story about a shady corporation and the consequences of illegal human cloning. It focuses on a set of identical clones, all 11 of them, which as you might imagine leads to some pretty complex issues around personal identity.
  • Why you should watch: It's gripping AF, and Maslany just scored a Lead Actress Emmy.
  • Tomatometer: 92%

11. Vikings (2013 —)

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård
  • How many seasons so far? 4
  • What's it about? Inspired by the adventures of legendary Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking bros, the series tracks the saga of his quest to become King of the Vikings. Legend would have it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the God of war and warriors, which as you can imagine, makes for a very cool character.
  • Why you should watch: The show's steeped in Norse tradition, namely their devotion to the gods, so it's educational as well as just bloody (very, very bloody) good viewing.
  • Tomatometer: 93%

10. Rome (2005-2007)

  • Starring: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker
  • How many seasons? 2
  • What's it about? This British historical drama comes from the viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family and their political allies in the turbulent last days of the Roman Republic.
  • Why you should watch: Not only is the show surprisingly accurate (forgoing silly quibbles over accents and what-have-you), it's probably one of the best historical TV shows ever made.
  • Tomatometer: 94%

9. Deadwood (2004-2006)

  • Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
  • How many seasons? 3
  • What's it about? A Western tale of crime and corruption set in Deadwood, South Dakota. It's narrative centers around three men: the disillusioned Wild Bill Hickok, Seth Bullock — a man on a quest for reinvention, and Al Swearengen, a saloon owner and incipient boss of this uncivilized sinkhole.
  • Why you should watch: It's rough, it's gritty, and it's a pretty realistic portrayal of Western life back in the day.
  • Tomatometer: 95%

8. The Man In The High Castle (2015 —)

  • Starring: Luke Kleintank, Chelah Horsdal, Lee Shorten
  • How many seasons so far? 1
  • What's it about? Can you imagine how the world would look had the Nazis won WWII? No, probably not, but watching this Amazon Original production certainly gives an idea how how f**ked we could have been. The entire premise of The Man in the High Castle is to deliver us an alternate look at North America, should they have succeeded.
  • Why you should watch: Did you not read the description above?
  • Tomatometer: 95%

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7. The Wire (2002-2008)

  • Starring: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba
  • How many seasons? 5
  • What's it about? This groundbreaking show takes a look at the Baltimore inner city drug scene from two perspectives: the dealers and the law enforcement hot on their tail. However, The Wire definitely isn't your typical cops vs. bad guys fare, its storyline is incredibly detailed, expertly weaving plot points together as we explore the complex hierarchy that is the drug peddling bizz.
  • Why you should watch: So much more than the "gritty crime drama" it's pegged to be, it's a visually stunning story about the life and soul of a city.
  • Tomatometer: 96%

6. Mr. Robot (2015 —)

  • Starring: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday
  • How many seasons so far? 2
  • What's it about? The storyline follows a young, socially awkward programmer called Elliot who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and master hacker by night. His life takes an interesting turn when approached by Mr. Robot, the leader of a group of hacktivists looking to erase all debts.
  • Why you should watch: Suspense galore! If you think this is some sort of boring tech-fest, think again.
  • Tomatometer: 96%

5. Six Feet Under (2001 - 2005)

  • Starring: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy
  • How many seasons? 5
  • What's it about? A super dysfunctional family running an independent funeral home, dealing with a death of their own. It's a dark and funny look at how someone working in the grief management business copes with grief themselves.
  • Why you should watch: Perfect for anyone with a twisted sense of humor.
  • Tomatometer: 96%

4. Justified (2010 - 2015)

  • Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter
  • How many seasons? 6
  • What's it about? When an US Marshal is reassigned from Miami to his hometown in Eastern Kentucky, he employs his own brand of old-school justice, which, needless to say, doesn't go down so well in modern times.
  • Why you should watch: Not for the faint hearted, this show is super violent, but that's not to say it's gratuitous! The writing is excellent, as is the performance from Olyphant. Well worth checking out.
  • Tomatometer: 97%

3. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 —)

  • Starring: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
  • How many seasons? 8
  • What's it about? The life and times of Larry David as he manages to make every single encounter cringeworthy AF.
  • Why you should watch: Because Larry's pedantic, painfully awkward schtick is absolutely hilarious.
  • Tomatometer: 98%

2. The Sopranos (1999 - 2007)

  • Starring: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
  • How many seasons? 6
  • What's it about? The Sopranos follows the life of Jersey Mafia Capo Tony Soprano as he bounces between his aggressive "job," family life, and intimate sessions with his therapist.
  • Why you should watch: It's funny, it's action packed, it has an amazing cast, it's well written, has a slammin' soundtrack... need I continue?
  • Tomatometer: 97%

1. Transparent (2014 —)

  • Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker
  • How many seasons so far? 3
  • What's it about? This Amazon Original show focuses on an LA based family and the way their lives change on discovering the man they knew as their father is transgender. Think the Kardashian-Jenners except, y'know, classy.
  • Why you should watch: It's won a ton of awards including a Golden Globe for Best TV Series and an Outstanding Lead Actor for Tambor.
  • Tomatometer: 97%

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What do you think are the best shows on Amazon Prime?