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30 Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now: June 2024

30 Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now: June 2024

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This post is updated regularly to reflect the latest shows to leave and enter Amazon Prime. *New additions are indicated by an asterisk.

Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video has had a rocky run over its existence, sometimes failing to find an identifiable brand but also undeniably producing some breakout original hits. They rotate their catalog series more than most streaming services, and they have a few original shows that deserved a bigger audience than they found, so this regularly updated list should come in handy if you have Amazon Prime and are looking for something to watch on Jeff Bezos’s baby. Enjoy.

Year: 2024 
Length: 1 season, 6 episodes
Creator: Scott Frank

Who could have guessed there was still life in Sam Spade? Or that he would give Clive Owen a chance to do his best work in years? The creator of The Queen’s Gambit was behind this incredibly smart, character-driven mystery that sees a retired Spade brought into a case involving a young boy in the south of France. Owen is the perfect choice to follow in Bogart’s shoes, an actor who nails the sharp wit of this character without turning him into a caricature.

Years: 2014-2021
Length: 7 seasons, 68 episodes
Creator: Eric Overmyer

There are a few shows that could be called “Dad TV” in the Prime line-up, but this one is the best of the original Prime offerings that appeal to the patriarchs. We had to make room for the always-reliable Bosch, an old-fashioned detective drama with a charismatic lead performance from Titus Welliver, who transcends the stale anti-hero set-up to do something that feels grounded and subtle. The original is over, but the series continues in Bosch: Legacy too.

Year: 2023
Length: 1 season, 10 episodes
Creators: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

The hit novel of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid became one of Prime’s biggest hits in early 2023, earning raves and loyal fans. Sam Claflin and Riley Keough star in a drama that’s loosely based on the true story of Fleetwood Mac, complete with a tumultuous relationship at the center of an influential band in the ‘70s. It’s a sharp, character-driven drama that gets at the tough intersection of art and relationships.

Year: 2023
Length: 1 season, 6 episodes
Creator: Alice Birch

Rachel Weisz gives two stunning performances in one show in this update to the David Cronenberg film of the same name (which was loosely based on a 1977 novel called Twins). Flipping the genders of the twin gynecologists allows this Dead Ringers to unpack new ideas about bodily autonomy, motherhood, and sisterly rivalry. Directed by the great Sean Durkin, this is riveting, gruesome television that is easily among the top tier of original programming that Amazon Prime has ever produced.

Year: 2022
Length: 1 season, 6 episodes
Creator: Hugo Blick

Set in the late 19th century, this revisionist Western should appeal to anyone who likes their history a bit left-of-center. With a tone that recalls Quentin Tarantino, The English tells the tale of a grieving mother (Emily Blunt) and a member of the Pawnee Nation (Chaske Spencer) who are forced into an allyship to survive a brutal journey. It’s vicious, riveting television.

Year: 2024
Length: 1 season, 6 episodes
Creator: Lulu Wang

The writer/director of The Farewell delivered one of Prime’s most prestigious limited series in this 6-part emotional journey. The show digs into an expat community in Hong Kong, led by a grieving mother (Nicole Kidman) and father (Brian Tee) who have lost their child. The disappearance of their son ripples through an accomplished ensemble piece that also includes excellent work from Sarayu Blue, Jack Huston, and especially Ji-young Yoo, who nearly steals the whole show.

Years: 2013-2016
Length: 3 seasons, 17 episodes
Creator: Allan Cubitt

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan star in this Irish crime drama as a detective and serial killer, respectively. That’s really all you need to know because the brilliance of this series is in how carefully and cleverly it unfolds. As of now, it’s only 17 episodes, so you can watch it all relatively quickly, and then keep hoping that creator Allan Cubitt fulfills his promise to return to this story eventually.

Year: 2024
Length: 1 season, 8 episodes
Creators: Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet

One of Prime Video’s biggest critical and commercial hits to date has been this sharp adaptation of the Bethesda video game series about what happens after the end of the world. Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets) stars as Lucy, a young woman who has lived her whole life in a vault after the bombs fell. When her father (Kyle MacLachlan) is kidnapped, Lucy goes to the surface to track him down, meeting a soldier in the Brotherhood of Steel (Aaron Moten) and an unforgettable Ghoul (Walton Goggins). It’s quirky, surreal, hysterical, and terrifying – just like the games.

Years: 2006-2011
Length: 5 seasons, 76 episodes
Creators: Peter Berg, Jason Katims

“Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” TV hasn’t really been the same without Coach Taylor, the leading man of the NBC hit that aired for years. There’s a remarkable array of quality highs and lows in that five-year run, but when this story of smalltown life and sports-centric communities was at its best, it was very, very good. Progressive in the way it handled the lives of young people without talking down to them, it feels like a reappreciation of Friday Night Lights as one of network TV’s best modern shows is right around the corner.

Years: 2018-2020
Length: 2 seasons, 17 episodes
Creators: Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg

The Janelle Monae-led second season was a bit of a stumble but the first remains a masterpiece. Julia Roberts and Stephan James headline one of the most daring original shows on Prime, this thriller/drama about memory, conspiracy and connection. Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) directs this adaptation of the hit podcast about a social worker played brilliantly by Roberts. She’s the head of a project designed to help soldiers reacclimate to civilian life, but there’s something suspicious going on. Bobby Cannavale and Shea Whigham give wonderful supporting performances as well.

Years: 2004-2012
Length: 8 seasons, 177 episodes
Creator: David Shore

No offense to the ensemble of this FOX hit, which was pretty solid, but House is one of those network shows that lived and died on the strength of its charismatic leading man. In this case, it was Hugh Laurie, as Dr. House, the smartest man in any room and someone not afraid to wield his intelligence like a weapon. At a time when it felt like there were no new stories to tell in the medical drama subgenre, House proved that theory wrong.

Year: 2023
Length: 1 season, 7 episodes
Creator: Boots Riley

The genius behind The Coup and Sorry to Bother You made an original TV series in 2023, and it feels like not enough people talked about it. Boots Riley created and directed a 7-part surreal comedy about a Black teenager (Jharrel Jerome) in Oakland who just happens to be 13-feet-tall and it’s like nothing else on TV.

Years: 1990-1995
Length: 6 seasons, 110 episodes
Creators: Joshua Brand, John Falsey

For years, this CBS gem wasn’t available streaming at all, not even for purchase, so it’s actually a wonderful surprise to see it has been quietly added to the Prime Video TV section. Rob Morrow stars as an NYC physician who is forced to relocate to Anchorage, Alaska. The fish-out-of-water structure allows for some incredible character work and some of the sharpest writing of the ‘90s. Northern Exposure is a program that doesn’t get the credit it deserves for revealing the potential of its medium.

Years: 2022-present
Seasons: 1
Creator: Nick Santora

Sometimes you just want a good action show and Reacher gets the job done. Based on the series of books by Lee Child about a tough guy who ends up fighting crime even when he doesn’t really want to, this surprising smash hit for Prime features an underrated leading man turn from Alan Ritchson. He knows how to play old-fashioned action star like the ones that people fell in love with in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s high-quality escapism that has already been renewed for a second season. It feels like the kind of thing that could play on Prime for years.

Years: 2019-present
Length: 2 seasons, 16 episodes
Creators: Kate Purdy, Raphael Bob-Waksberg

The daring Rosa Salazar stars in this animated series that uses rotoscoping to tell its story, giving it a daring look like Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly or Waking Life. Salazar plays Alma, a woman who has a loose relationship with time after a car accident. Unlike anything else on TV, this is the kind of show that one wishes streaming services would produce more often — genuinely risky.

Years: 2017-2019
Length: 4 seasons, 24 episodes
Creators: Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan

Created by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, this British hit is one of the few relationship comedies that feels genuine. Horgan and Delaney are charming and believable as a couple who end up parents after they have a fling while he is on a business trip. A nominee for BAFTA, Peabody, and Emmy Awards, Catastrophe is one of the most acclaimed comedies of the ‘10s.

Years: 2016-2019
Length: 2 seasons, 12 episodes
Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Arguably the best original series yet produced by Amazon, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy went from good to great in its masterful second season, one of the best things you can watch on any service or any network. PWB plays the title character, a modern woman looking for stability in a tumultuous life, but that makes Fleabag sound like just another generic comedy when it’s anything but. Just see for yourself.

Year: 2023
Seasons: 1
Creators: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky

Sometimes it just takes a great idea. Two of the key voices behind The Office had one when they created this amazing smash hit that started life on the almost-unknown Freevee (which used to be IMDB TV before being integrated into Prime). Ronald Gladden is the only non-actor in this hoax show that sends the average guy to serve on an unforgettable jury. Ronald’s general kindness and agreeability are key to the show’s success, as is James Marsden’s willingness to poke fun at himself enough to earn his first Emmy nomination.

Years: 2017-2023
Length: 5 seasons, 43 episodes
Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Amazon’s Emmy winner for Best Original Comedy Series will come to an end in 2023 after a very beloved 5-season run. Rachel Brosnahan gives a delightful, charming performance as the title character, an unexpectedly great stand-up comedian, but it’s the ensemble that really elevates this show, including Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, and Marin Hinkle – all Emmy worthy in their own rights.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Years: 2024-present
Length: 1 season, 8 episodes
Creators: Francesca Sloane, Donald Glover

Forget the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt movie and watch this superior reboot of the flick that gave the world Brangelina. Donald Glove and Maya Erskine have stellar chemistry as a pair of agents who answer a call to become an undercover couple. Blending an overall story with great mysteries of the week that feature guest stars like John Turturro, Ron Perlman, and Michaela Coel, this is a funny, sexy, thrilling show.

Year: 2018
Length: 1 season, 3 episodes
Creator: Russell T. Davies

Prime Video doesn’t have as many stand-out mini-series as some of the other streaming giants, but they have one of the best in this dark comedy about one of London’s most notorious political scandals. The BBC One co-production details the saga of Jeremy Thorpe, unforgettably played by Hugh Grant, and how he tried to have his lover murdered. Ben Whishaw matches Grant in the acting department, and the direction by Stephen Frears and writing by Russell T. Davies are both award worthy,

Years: 2011-present
Length: 11 seasons, 123 episodes
Creators: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

American Horror Story is so popular and so long-lasting that it’s basically a brand of its own. Sure, it’s not as culturally vibrant as it once was, but fans of this anthology series are loyal to the twisted visions of Ryan Murphy and his team of regular collaborators. My personal favorites are the original (rebranded as Murder House), the demented Asylum, and the underrated Cult.

Years: 2003-2009
Length: 4 seasons, 76 episodes
Creator: Ronald D. Moore

Not the original, but the superior ‘00s reboot from Ronald D. Moore, which really put the Sci-Fi Channel on the map (before they became SyFy and lost the path). Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonell, Katee Sackhoff, and Tricia Helfer, this is an action-packed, philosophically complex look at what it means to be human that will likely be relevant for generations to come.

Years: 2019-present
Length: 3 seasons, 24 episodes
Creator: Eric Kripke

One of Prime’s biggest hits is this satire of superhero culture based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, someone intent on bringing down the collection of the most famous superheroes in the world known as The Seven. The dark comedy asks the question: What if superheroes were sociopaths? The first season is a bit rocky, but ultimately satisfying, and the show only gets more interesting in subsequent seasons.

Years: 2015-2022
Length: 6 seasons, 62 episodes
Creators: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

You know how when a show is canceled, and its fans rally with online petitions and angry tweets to save it? Every once in a long while, it actually works! When SyFy canceled this adaptation of James S. A. Corey’s books after three seasons, Amazon picked it up, and three more seasons ran from 2019 to 2022. Catch up with a smart sci-fi show that owes a great deal to Battlestar GalacticaBlade Runner, and some of the best of the Star Trek universe.

Years: 2019-present
Length: 1 season, 6 episodes
Creator: Neil Gaiman

It took almost three decades for Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved fantasy novel to be adapted to the big or small screen, after several aborted attempts to do so, but it may have been worth the wait just to have Michael Sheen and David Tennant in the shoes of the angelic Aziraphale and the demonic Crowley. They’re the main reason to watch this spotty, six-episode adaptation that ambitiously tackles the source material with clever gusto. (Note: This was a mini-series for a long time, but they’ve announced a second season is in production.)

Years: 2013-2015
Length: 3 seasons, 39 episodes
Creator: Bryan Fuller

It’s hard to believe this was ever on television. Bryan Fuller did the impossible, using the Thomas Harris books about Hannibal Lecter in a way that escaped the shadow of Sir Anthony Hopkins to become its own twisted thing. Mads Mikkelsen is perfect in the title role, a forensic psychiatrist who basically plays with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) like a cat would a mouse. More formally daring than anything that’s been on network TV since Twin Peaks, the only bad thing about Hannibal is that we didn’t get more of it.

Years: 2021-present
Length: 1 season, 8 episodes
Creator: Robert Kirkman

The writer of The Walking Dead brought another of his properties to television in this daring tale of superheroes gone awry. Yes, Prime already has a show like that in The Boys, but Invincible is arguably even more risk-taking as it tells the tale of a young man whose father happens to be this world’s version of Superman, and he makes Homelander look downright cheery. With voice work from Steven Yeun and J.K. Simmons, among many other talents, this is one of the best animated shows on TV.

Years: 2022-present
Length: 1 season, 8 episodes
Creators: J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay

Amazon notoriously spent an absolute fortune on this multi-season series that takes place in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. How much? Around $1 billion for five seasons. Only one season has aired, but the jury is still out as to whether or not it was worth the price-tag. The freshman year was promising but also clearly table-setting for better to stuff to come. Time will tell if that promise comes through.

The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power

Years: 2015-2019
Length: 4 seasons, 40 episodes
Creator: Frank Spotnitz

Now that this loose adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story has completed its four-season run, you can sort of watch it like a 40-hour movie. So many shows hook you without any promise of a resolution, but Man in the High Castle does legitimately wrap up a lot of its loose ends while ending ambiguously enough to make Dick fans happy. And Rufus Sewell gives arguably the most underrated performance on TV of the 2010s.

The Man in the High Castle

Years: 2022-present
Length: 1 season, 8 episodes
Creator: Brian Watkins

Josh Brolin and Imogen Poots star in this daring sci-fi/Western hybrid about an average Wyoming rancher who stumbles onto something extraordinary. He finds a mysterious black void on his property, and, well, things get weirder from there. A risk-taking, odd piece of television, a second season is currently in production.

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