The Originals Season 1 8.2 2014 X-Ray TV-14 Simmering with supernatural elements and inspired by The Vampire Diaries, it's THE ORIGINALS, from executive producer/writer Julie Plec.
- Amazon Prime Instant Video launched in 2011 and released its first original series in 2013.
- Simmering with supernatural elements and inspired by The Vampire Diaries, it's THE ORIGINALS, from executive producer/writer Julie Plec. This sexy new series centers on the Original vampire family and the dangerous vampire-werewolf hybrid, Klaus Mikaelson, who returns to the magical melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - a town he helped build centuries ago.
- These comedies were not the first of Amazon Prime Video’s original shows to garner critical and award attention. That honor goes to the groundbreaking Transparent, which ended in 2019 after four.
While Amazon Prime Video's best movies of 2021 have been busy headlining social media and the awards circuit, the streamer's newest series have flown — undeservedly — under the radar. Well, considering the countless new TV shows that premiere each month, it's no easy task keeping up with it all. Never fear, though, we've collected the best of Amazon's newest original series roster for easy picking.
It's already a promising year for Amazon Prime Video with the release of the fifth season of the sci-fi seriesThe Expanse and an upcoming third season of the irreverent superhero show The Boys, but streaming sites thrive on fresh series, so here's what's new: Amazon Studios is covering a range of genres, including a thrilling mystery, an inspirational sports documentary, and a surprisingly bloody animated superhero cartoon.
It may still be another few months — or weeks — until stepping foot in a theater is a safe option for everyone, so now's the best time to binge a few series before re-entering the world. Here's the best Amazon Prime original series of 2021.
Tell Me Your Secrets tells a thrilling tale of a serial killer's ex-girlfriend
In Tell Me Your Secrets, American Horror Story's Lily Rabe plays Emma Hall — not her real name, but rather the one she got after she entered witness protection. She's the ex-girlfriend of a serial killer and spent time in jail as an accessory to his crimes, though she can't seem to remember what happened with the murders. Now, she's trying to start over in small town Louisiana and remember her past with the help of her psychiatrist. Unfortunately for her, Mary Barlow (Amy Brenneman), the mother of a missing girl, is convinced her daughter is still alive, and thinks Emma knows what happened to her. Mary hires the supposedly reformed rapist John Tyler (Hamish Linklater), who's trying to make something better of himself, to find Emma. Things only get darker and more chaotic from there, but we wouldn't want to spoil anything.
It's definitely a show to binge, as the ten episodes of twisty mystery and cliffhangers will keep you hooked. Tell Me Your Secrets may be over-the-top, a little silly, and unloved by critics, but audiences are eating it up regardless: The series holds a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It may be a bit confusing at times, but Rabe's acting is wonderful — seriously, reviewers can't stop talking about her — while Linklater succeeds at being terrifyingly creepy.
Need a reason to stay home all weekend? Tell Me Your Secrets is waiting.
Making their Mark charts the journey of Australian football through the pandemic
The documentary series — doco, if you're Australian — Making their Mark didn't set out to be about the Australian Football League's (AFL) efforts to keep the sport going during a pandemic. It already had a fair share of drama and action to chronicle between a young team trying to prove themselves and a forever-second-best team aiming for the top, but the 2020 season turned into a tale about coping with the COVID-19 pandemic on top of everything else.
In its seven episodes, Making their Mark takes an intimate look at the AFL. They play Australian rules football — a.k.a. footy — which is neither soccer nor American football, but a sport all its own that has similarities to both, with a little rugby thrown in. Anyone watching this series would probably benefit from being familiar with the AFL already, but the series is more about the hardships, families, and love of the players than the rules.
Making their Mark charts the journeys of a few members of the teams: Stephen Coniglio is the young player who suddenly finds himself as team captain; Rory Sloane is a fine leader, but has been dealing with the loss of his stillborn son; Eddie Betts faces racism, while struggling to be away from his family. It'll certainly bring up some fresh memories of the beginning of the pandemic, but Making their Mark shows a side of the AFL that fans rarely get to see, while still offering an emotional journey for those unfamiliar with the sport.
Invincible is a fun, bloody, animated superhero series
The newest addition to Amazon Prime's roster is the animated series Invincible, which takes dark superheroes à la The Boys and contrasts them with a cheery, colorful art style that's got enough blood and gore to earn it a TV-MA rating. But between the plot twists and subverted superhero tropes, Invincible has a cheeky sense of humor that keeps it massively entertaining.
The Oscar nominated Steven Yeun (Minari, The Walking Dead) stars as high schooler Mark Grayson, son of the Superman-like Nolan a.k.a Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons) and the human Debbie (Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh). The series is part family drama, part superhero action flick that begins when Mark's superpowers finally manifest. Character is central to the story here, and Mark is the unique point of view as he deals with his own strange coming-of-age: He's entering the superhero community, learning how to control his powers, and living his normal teenage life. But there are plenty of other fun characters, too, including a Justice League-like supergroup called the Guardians of the Globe.
Invincible is a close adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic of the same name — he's writing and producing the Amazon Prime series — which has higher stakes than most superhero comics. People stay dead; the world changes drastically, and it matters. Things are generally permanent in a way that's both surprising and refreshing. As of writing this, the first three hour-long episodes of Invincible are available on Amazon Prime, with the rest of the eight episode season releasing weekly. It's sure to be a wild, but emotionally grounded ride.
Prime has been a big hit for Amazon.
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The membership service -- which gives users access to free two-day shipping, music, movies and other perks -- has over 100 million subscribers. On Thursday, the tech giant announced it's hiking the annual price of Prime to $119 from $99.
Although the service launched in 2005, Amazon(AMZN) didn't aggressively start stepping up its offerings until years later.
Here are some of the major features Amazon has added over the years.
February 2005: Amazon Prime is born. Members pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping in the US on eligible purchases.
February 2011: Prime members are given access to over 5,000 movies and TV shows without ads for free.
March 2014: The annual Prime membership fee is raised to $99 from $79.
April 2014: Amazon announces Prime Pantry. Members can order non-perishable items, such as dish soap and paper towels, in one box for a flat fee of $5.99. The price is now $7.99.
June 2014: Prime Music is announced. Members have free access to commercial-free streaming of over two million songs and more than 1,000 playlists and stations.
September 2014: Amazon Studios' comedy series Transparent debuts. In 2015, the show won two Golden Globe awards -- the first major award for Amazon Studios.
November 2014: Amazon adds Prime Photos, which gives members free unlimited photo storage on the Prime Photos app.
December 2014: Prime Now launches in New York City with free two-hour delivery and one-hour delivery for $7.99. The service has since expanded to 32 metro areas, including Atlanta, Houston and Chicago.
May 2015: Prime members can now get free same-day and one-day delivery on qualifying orders over $35. As of 2018, the service is available in over 8,000 cities and towns.
July 2015: Amazon Prime Day was created to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary. The online shopping event featured deals only for Prime Members and drew comparisons to Black Friday.
July 2016: The company hosts a second Prime Day. Subscriber orders jumped more than 60% globally compared to the first Prime Day.
October 2016: Amazon introduces Prime Reading, which offers unlimited access to a rotating selection of over 1,000 books, Audible narrations and magazines.
December 2016: Amazon adds a Prime membership option for $10.99 per month for those who don't want to commit to a full year.
January 2017: Amazon partners with Chase on the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. It's only available to Prime members, and gets cardholders 5% back on all Amazon.com purchases.
June 2017: Amazon launches Prime Wardrobe, which lets Prime members try on clothing and accessories before buying them.
July 2017: The tech giant reports record sales for its third annual Prime Day, topping its numbers for previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping periods.
October 2017: The company unveils Amazon Key, a service for Prime members that lets delivery drivers into homes to drop off packages. Users have to buy a kit ($249.99) with an Amazon security camera and a compatible smart lock.
January 2018: Amazon announces the monthly fee for a Prime subscription is increasing to $12.99 from $10.99.
February 2018: Prime members in select cities can get free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods, which the company acquired in 2017.
April 2018: Amazon launches a new service in 37 US cities that delivers packages to the trunks of cars for free if you're a Prime member.
Amazon also raises the Prime membership fee to $119 from $99 per year.