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In the era of Twin Peaks and Game of Thrones, it’s hard to imagine running out of great shows to watch.

Apr 30, 2021 For this guide, we set out to list Amazon Prime’s best TV shows to binge-watch, now from all of those titles the service has released since 2013. Below, find more than 50 titles that made the cut. To be included in our list of the best Amazon series, titles must be Fresh (60% or higher) with at least 10 reviews.

But “Peak TV” isn’t just an American phenomenon. Incredible television is being filmed all over the world, and many of those award-winning foreign shows can be streamed in the U.S. Some are included with Netflix or Hulu subscriptions. Others are available on demand from Amazon, or through add-on services like MHz Choice.

  • From originals like Bosch and Fleabag to library series like Farscape and House, the selection of TV shows you can stream on Amazon Prime Video is pretty diverse. In fact, some of what’s available.
  • Mar 03, 2021 With a completely new animation style and a much more serious tone, Undone is one of 2019’s best shows, and perhaps the best work of animation we’ve seen in years. Undone follows Alma, a young woman who is trying to explore adulthood while navigating issues with her mother and sister. After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma begins to see visions of her father, and begins to dive through time in order to find out the truth about her father’s death.

The joy of watching foreign TV transcends great scripts and acting. It’s also a chance to explore another culture—flaws and all—with a depth that even a vacation can’t offer.

Here are ten must-watch shows from other countries, and how to stream them from home.

1. The Bridge (Sweden/Denmark)

At first, The Bridge might seem like a formulaic crime drama: When a body is found on the border between Sweden and Denmark, two mismatched detectives from each country set aside their differences to solve the crime together.

But that’s where the cliches end. In short order, the story shifts among multiple plot lines and an ever-changing cast of characters. Incomplete narratives sometimes end without resolution. Red herrings abound. Cliffhangers resolve unexpectedly. And the actual crime? You won’t even find out about it until halfway through the season.

A prime example of the “Scandinavian Noir” genre, The Bridge inspired American, British, and Russian remakes, although nothing holds a candle to the original. The characters are complex and real, the cinematography is captivating, and the gritty scenery and eerie music add to an atmospheric sense of dread.

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2. Crime Scene Cleaner (Germany)

Comedy rarely translates well across cultures, which is why most of the shows on this list are dramas. But this German show is a notable exception, thanks to a winning combination of absurd but lovable characters, cerebral humor, and visual gags.

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Heiko “Schotty” Schotte cleans up crime scenes near Hamburg, but often ends up tangled in the lives of those left behind. They include a man who speaks only in verse, a militant animal rights activist, a washed-up reality star, and a group with odious political views.

Even though Schotty would prefer to focus on beer, girls, and sports, he reluctantly engages with his antagonists. Imagine Louis C.K. in a Wes Anderson movie, and you’ll get the picture.

3. Spiral (France)

A cross between Law and Order and The Wire, this French drama is set in Paris—but it’s far from glamorous. Like many shows on this list, Spiral has what Netflix would call a “strong female lead”—Police Captain Laure Berthaud, a troubled flic who protects her team, even if it means obstructing justice.

There are plenty of love triangles, graphic displays of violence, and impossibly attractive lawyers. But there aren’t many happy endings. Judges screw up, criminals get away, and relationships end. Even though there are five seasons, it doesn’t take long before heroes blur into villains—and vice versa.

As Berthaud’s team takes on terrorists, human traffickers, and political corruption, Spiral explores the gray areas of the justice system, and lays bare the ugliness hiding in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

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4. Marcella (U.K.)

Want to enjoy a gritty crime drama with all the plot twists of Scandinavian Noir, but hate subtitles? Marcella follows a troubled British cop who, as her personal life crumbles, returns to the force to assist on an investigation she abandoned after a tragedy occurred.

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At least, that’s supposed to be the plot. But this show was created by Hans Rosenfeldt, the brains behind The Bridge, so all is not as it appears on the surface.

Most notably, Marcella Backland is the ultimate unreliable narrator. Prone to blackouts and vivid dreams, she spends much of the series investigating her own actions. Inevitably, that disrupts the search for a killer.

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5. Inspector Montalbano (Italy)

If you’re a fan of Murder, She Wrote or Columbo, you’ll love the old-school Montalbano. Filmed on location in Sicily, the breezy show follows an affable, hard-working cop trying to keep the peace in a small town where everybody knows each others’ secrets.

Things move slowly in Montalbano's hometown of Vigata

Even though it’s been in production since 1999, the early episodes still hold up—sort of. Things move slowly in the fictional town of Vigata, so you won’t notice the lack of computers or smartphones. You will notice the stereotypical stock characters, but that’s part of the fun. Montalbano even drives the same banged-up Fiat throughout the series.

6. Hotel Beau Séjour (Belgium)

Europeans love their murder mysteries, but they’re usually explored from the point of view of the living.

Not so for Kato, a young woman who finds herself in the improbable situation of investigating her own murder. After discovering her dead body in a hotel room, Kato encounters a small group of others who can see her, and attempts to find out who killed her. It’s a supernatural twist on a familiar plot, and it’s already subject to much critical acclaim.

7. Korean Peninsula (South Korea)

A topical choice given current tensions, Korean Peninsula takes place in a hypothetical future where North and South Korea have reunited.

But rivalries still exist between those who grew up on either side of the 38th parallel—including two scientists working together on an energy project. When one becomes politically active in the newly reunified Korea, old loyalties come to the surface, and the former North and South fight for control of their now-shared new technologies.

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8. Cromo (Argentina)

A scientist is murdered while investigating water contamination in a rural town. Her husband, her lover, and a former student improbably join together to find out why—and end up battling small-town politics and big business interests.

Filmed amidst the stunning scenery of both Antartica and Patagonia, anxiety and uneasiness build as the story unfolds. As human and environmental dramas collide, alliances are repeatedly formed and betrayed, and mysterious forces—including the pollution itself—seem to control the characters’ fates.

9. Umbre (Romania)

Relu, a Bucharest taxi driver, leads a double life as a mob enforcer, which he must hide from his wife and kids. Predictably, things start to go south—but in ways that inadvertently link Relu’s personal and professional problems.

Violent and foreboding, the HBO Europe-produced drama is set against the dynamic backdrop of modern Bucharest. The city’s rhythms go on as Relu’s life spirals further out of control, driving him to commit increasingly desperate acts.

10. Bukow & König (Germany)

Surprise! It’s another cop show. But this one is part of the long-running Polizeiruf 110 franchise, which started in East Germany back in 1971—a rare example of a show that survived the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The main characters are more developed than in most crime dramas

The six modern episodes with subtitles are all set in Rostock, a port city that was formerly part of East Germany. Even though decades have passed since German reunification, however, resentments linger. And they come to the surface when a new supervisor is sent from the former West to investigate a local cop.

History and culture aside, the main characters are more developed than in most crime dramas. That alone makes Bukow & König worth watching.

A plethora of statements have been made by now about the fast changing landscape with respect to television shows, enough to drive home a point, and what ‘Roma’ accomplished for Netflix last year was pretty unprecedented: an Oscar. However, the story is different when it comes to TV shows that pan out longer and struggle with retaining viewership season after season and maintaining significant public interest. The current market is brimming with giants, the obvious leader in the category being Netflix, followed closely by HBO originals, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, each of them fighting for that space in your watchlist, and each has some pretty exceptional shows that warrant it.

Prime Video in particular has been rapidly developing its model and expanding its library, eager to accomplish what Netflix did last year and is all set to do this year as well with Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’. However, over the years, Prime Originals have shown a remarkable jump in quality, with many of the shows in particular being Emmy favourites, and if the upward trends are any indication, Prime’s slate of upcoming shows and its exciting line-up including a host of returning favourites and a couple of interesting new ones for the year are set to inch it closer to its goal. Here is the list of the upcoming new shows on Amazon Prime in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that these latest Amazon Prime shows are as good as some of the recent series it produced.

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16. Costume Quest

Adding to its already long list of existing cartoon shows catering to younger viewers, Amazon looks to add an original animated series primarily focussed on viewers between the age groups of six to eleven, based on Double Fine Productions’ video game of the same name, wherein four kids must overcome obstacles by unlocking the power of magical costumes and mastering the unique abilities that come along with each of the costumes. Netflix currently has a host of original content for its younger viewers as well, and with ‘Costume Quest’, it is pretty evident that Prime Video may be prepping to add more original content in this domain for reasons of autonomy.

15. The Tick

The Tick primarily works owing to the first rate chemistry between its leads, Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest, his sidekick. Delightfully violent and true to its comic book roots, ‘The Tick’ is easy afternoon viewing at best, not breaking any new ground, neither intending to do so. After a divided first season, a second season of ‘The Tick’ airs on 5th April this year.

14. American Gods: Season 2

For reasons unexplained, I am instantly drawn to anything Ian McShane is in, however small a part, so it is on record as to why I caught this show. Discounting what got me into it, I’ll get into what made me stay. Quite simply, you will only enjoy the show if old gods, new gods, mythology, history and the sparse interlinkages both offer, coupled with an immense amount of fantasy gore, sex, and well, Ian McShane are your thing. Gladly so, the aesthetic and style (often given precedence over more substance in the show) added to the overall experience of watching ‘American Gods’, but I’m not completely sure if the same will hold for the second season as well. Nevertheless, we have virtually no waiting to do to find out since the second season is out in a couple of days.

13. Inside Edge: Season 2

Another one of Excel Entertainment’s foray into quality Indian television. Come to think of it, Excel Entertainment is the only major Bollywood production house that has made a sizeable contribution to bettering the plagued Indian television set, and most of their original shows on Amazon, a number of popular ones among them being renewed this year, have turned out to be pretty decent. Remarkable among them was 2017’s ‘Inside Edge’, diving into the filth behind the rampant match fixing in the T20 premiere leagues, and one businessman’s greed to have it all. Driven by committed performances from a well-rounded cast including Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha. Angad Bedi, Tanuj Virvani and the now heartthrob Siddhant Chaturvedi, we can’t wait for more inside murk on the cricketing world.

12. Mirzapur: Season 2

Apart from the vastly superior ‘Sacred Games’ last year, ‘Mirzapur’ was the only other Indian series to make a sizeable dent in the Indian streaming market, and more importantly so, with respect to the general viewing audience. Unfortunately so, the reason for that were the liberally peppered profanities, the sex scenes and the frequent violence in the show, more than the content itself and the strength of its credible cast, especially a stellar Pankaj Tripathi. However, owing to the immense popularity of the first season among Indian audiences especially, it was only a matter of time before the series returned for a second season, and it does towards the end of this year, reportedly.

11. Made in Heaven

Following closely on the heels of the success of the immensely well made ‘Gully Boy’, Zoya Akhtar quickly returns to the directing chair along with a triad of older Excel Entertainment comrades including Nitya Mehra, Prashant Nair and Alankrita Shrivastava to uncover the scandalous truths behind the famed big fat Indian weddings. Apart from the ridiculous amounts of capital invested, the series focusses on two young wedding planners in the capital city of Delhi trying to navigate their way through such weddings, pealing the layers of hypocrisy of the affluent upper classes. The promos have me sufficiently interested.

10. Sneaky Pete: Season 3

A man out of prison looking to reform his life assumes the identity of his cellmate and reunites with his estranged family, until things don’t go as planned and while running the family business, he is sucked back into the very world he was trying to escape. The highly original premise right there lead to an extremely promising pilot, an amazing first season, and a second season that was still good in parts, but pales in comparison. ‘Sneaky Pete’ showcases the highly underrated talent that Giovanni Ribisi is, especially in the extremely well built up tense moments in the first season, and develops an increasingly enticing narrative of crime and deceit around it. However, following a rather disappointing second season, the show seems to be headed downhill sadly. Here is hoping that the freshly slated third season can change that.

9. McMafia: Season 2

Organised crime goes global in this English thriller about a banker trying to escape the villains of his family’s criminal past. What’s most surprising about this series is how the title almost put me off into not watching the series, but I’m glad that I did. Think generous doses of ‘The Godfather’s family values in parts, coupled with the drive and desperation of the protagonist in ‘Breaking Bad’. ‘McMafia’ doesn’t aspire to the greatness of the aforementioned two, but in itself packs a somewhat solid punch, especially in the bits in the first season where it delves into the global network of organised crime, literally taking you for a ride with it, country after country, and the subtler, underplayed bits of thrilling tension. I for one, can’t personally wait to see the same spot of brilliance in the second season.

8. Goliath: Season 3

‘Goliath’ is the story of a downed lawyer, Billy McBride (played to excellent measure by Billy Bob Thornton) who is now an ambulance chaser after being fired from the very firm he helped build. However, in a twist turn of events, he is approached by a woman on one of these sites to represent her in a wrongful death case, against his former employers, offering him a shot at revenge in a classic David vs. Goliath scenario. It’s a promising premise that is breathed life into by Thornton’s intense performance. However, ‘Goliath’ is the latest in joining the long list of Amazon Prime Video shows that fizzle out following a strong pilot or a strong season, and the second season is testament to what I am talking about. The show has currently been renewed for a third season slated to hit Prime Video in the middle of this year.

7. Homecoming: Season 2

Watching Julia Roberts’ much talked about television debut was a total mixed bag of an experience for me. While I could genuinely appreciate the thought behind the concept of “homecoming” and the amount of visible hardwork put into the show, especially in the lush cinematography, I had a tough time closely following it. Despite that, there is much to appreciate in this espionage thriller, including Roberts who is a completely different story and the star of the show from the word go. Given the plot unfolded rather leisurely in the first season, we will have to wait to tune in to season 2 later this year to find out what sticks, and what doesn’t.

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6. The Man in the High Castle: Season 4

‘The Man in the High Castle’ is the one show I choose to represent “high concept” for me when asked. Based on another one of Philip K Dick’s dystopias, the series depicts an alternate history wherein the allied forces lost in the carnage that was the Second World War, and the combined forces of the Nazi regime and Imperial japan rule the United States and other parts of the world. While I am convinced that this is the history no one would want to be a reality, the show’s impeccable production design and atmospherics will make you believe so. However, as is the story with most great shows today, ‘The Man in the High Castle’ began its journey into steady decline with its third season, and we sincerely hope that the incoming fourth season can change that.

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5. Jack Ryan: Season 2 and 3

‘Jack Ryan’ was my guilty pleasure show last year, and John Krasinski proved to be an unlikely fire cracker of an action star with this show. Agreed that it didn’t go the conventional route as other ‘Jack Ryan’ outings, and is ironically pretty conventional in all respects otherwise, this 8 episode series is easy viewing and ridiculously binge worthy towards the middle with respectable action sequences, placing Krasinski at the centre of it all. It wasn’t a perfect season by a long shot, but it succeeded in entertaining me sufficiently to pine for more seasons. The pining however, finds an end as the second and third seasons of Jack Ryan’s global adventures hit home screens in 2019 and 2020, with undisclosed release dates.

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4. Good Omens

If angels and demons, judgment day, the antichrist and biblical apocalypses are your thing, then ‘Good Omens’ might just be the show of the summer for you. Michael Sheen and David Tennant star as Aziraphale and Crowley respectively, an angel and demon who must team up to stop the end of days. I have a lot of good faith in this show until it debuts in May, and the primary reason behind that would be the involvement of Neil Gaiman in the writing department, the name behind shows like ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Lucifer’ and ‘American Gods’, with his signature wry humour visible from the promos. And when Frances McDormand plays God and Benedict Cumberbatch is Satan, there are bound to be fireworks.

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3. Hanna

‘Hanna’ marries two improbably distant subgenres into a cohesive idea, the story of a mysterious 15 year old girl brought up in the wilderness and trained in various forms of combat, being relentlessly pursued by a rogue CIA agent. In that it is both an effective thriller and a coming of age tale for Hanna as she discovers the truth of her identity and existence, played with convincing badassery and a hint of vulnerability in the pilot by Esme creed Miles. From what is known from the synopsis, ‘Hanna’s basic premise is the same as the 2011 film of the same name, but it is yet unclear if the show builds on what the film has already established, or if it will follow a similar, episodically stretched out trajectory. The pilot on Prime Video that received a great response has led to the series being greenlit, and the remaining seven episodes will be available for streaming later this month.

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2. Bosch: Season 5 and 6

One of the very few show on television that has gotten better with each successive season. A great, great show for audiences who can appreciate a nicely made whodunnit, and at the centre of those, a rough around the edges protagonist. Fans of the Michael Connelly series of police procedural novels know and confide that Titus Welliver is nothing short of dream casting for portraying Harry Bosch, right out of the pages. ‘Bosch’ does full justice to its central character, and the crimes at the centre of every season adapted from the novels, bringing the world of Connelly’s novels and downtown LA to life. Following an explosive season 4 finale earlier last year, ‘Bosch’ returns with a fifth season this year, and has already been renewed for a sixth one, slated for 2020.

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1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3

It had been long until I had seen a show with genuinely feel good vibes all around it, and was equally charming and satiating in good measure. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has had a victorious run for Prime Video, being a succinct audience favourite as well, and it was only providence that the show be brought back for another season following two excellent, highly awarded seasons preceding it. Rachel Brosnahan is an absolute treasure in the show, her dialogue carefully structured, layered in the way she delivers it, and her stand up acts an absolute roar of hilarity. Undoubtedly the eponymous character is the spine of the show, and we can’t wait to see more of her rather inspiring story unfold. This is quality television that isn’t looking to strike you with a mallet to make you feel, instead taking glee in transporting you to a simpler time with its commendable production design of 50s America. Along with its aptly denoted “marvellous” protagonist, you will be happy to do so, one more time.

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