The best shows on Amazon Prime Video for your next binge session

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Amazon Prime Video isn’t just a place to rent that new movie that isn’t streaming anywhere yet; the platform also has a very powerful development arm that has created some of the most interesting original series out there. You might just not have heard of them. For each famous The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power type title, there are apparently another dozen great shows with excellent casts just begging to be binged. Below are some of the best Prime Video has to offer, including sci-fi tales, mysteries, thrillers, procedurals, comedies, and some shows that are kind of a mix of all of the above.

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Even though this show is only two seasons long, each one feels like it could stand alone as its own limited series. Fleabag is a woman who has been unraveling since the death of her mother, followed by the loss of her best friend. Created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the show (based on her stage play of the same name) is funny, devastating and also a love story. There’s a lot of fourth wall breaking as Fleabag lets the audience into her life, but in the second season we learn there’s a deeper meaning to it.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Based on JRR Tolkien’s extensive writings, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth – thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This is the prequel for people who want to know all about the rings, how they were forged, and how elves and men united to fight the rising evil in Middle-earth.

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The new show, created by Abbi Jacobson, takes the original film about the All American Women’s Baseball League and vastly expands its universe. It also openly discusses what is only hinted at in the original: that there were a significant number of queer women in the league, and many of them dated each other. The love story between Jacobson and co-star D’Arcy Carden takes the already meaningful story to another level.

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It seems like so many TV shows and movies have tried to create a realistic or gritty take on the world of superheroes. Yet The boys do well, and continue to outdo themselves. With its seemingly endless (yet creative) violent deaths, this show is not for the faint of heart. However, it is a very damning take on how capitalism and the media work together to create figureheads that they can so easily lose control of. Jensen Ackles has a significant role in the last season, for that Supernatural fans out there.

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In this half-hour comedy, Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is the new maestro of the New York Symphony, and he’s there to stir the pot. The show is about love, ambition, artistry and Rodrigo’s connection to a young oboist named Hailey (Lola Kirke), who has big dreams of her own.

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The popular New York Times column of the same name features so many stories of love found in all sorts of ways, making it the perfect basis for a TV show. And because there are so many stories, there are a million possibilities for actors, so the cast is incredible: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Anna Paquin, Minnie Driver, Kit Harington, John Slattery and Andrew Scott, Flea bag Hot Priest himself.

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The wonderful Mrs. Maisel

Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) undergoes quite a transformation in just the very first season of her show after her husband’s sudden departure. From housewife to stand-up comedian, Midge really manages to do everything 100 percent. Her stand-up may not be for everyone, but the incredible set design and costumes are absolute eye candy.

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Three roommates named Jack, Harrison and Violet are all in their twenties, a classic formula for any growing ensemble show. The difference is that these three leads are on the autism spectrum and navigate all the usual drama of these troubled years from a different, eye-opening perspective.

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A combination of Lost and Yellowjackets, The Wilds follows a group of girls who crash land on a remote island. Only this story is more of a mystery than a tragedy: it turns out that the girls are being observed by a pair of creepy psychiatrists for reasons that unfortunately remain unclear at the end of the show’s two seasons. But if enough people see it, we might get a reboot!

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Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin) lives and works in Wyoming as a rancher whose hometown has been plunged into mystery after his daughter-in-law disappears. Royal tries to hold on to his country, his family and his sanity.

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This sci-fi thriller is set two hundred years in the future as a grizzled detective and ship captain try to find out what happened to a young woman who has disappeared. The case takes them across the universe, and the mystery proves much more difficult to solve.

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For fans of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, The Wheel of Time will scratch the same itch. The show’s universe starts with a deity called the Creator, who creates the titular Time Wheel. It spins the Pattern of the Ages, and people make the threads, even when it hurts to go through the machine of life. As with many large venues, the show is about the battle between good and evil.

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Based on the books by Michael Connelly, this police procedural follows Harry Bosch, a detective in Los Angeles. More stylistically satisfying than your typical by-the-numbers cop show, the show will make you want to visit LA and avoid it in equal measure.

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Comedian Rob Delaney stars alongside Sharon Horgan in this show about two people in their forties who have a torrid affair, only to discover that they have very unexpectedly created a baby together. They ultimately decide to keep their child and start a life together. Both stars are hilarious, and seeing a couple in this scenario who aren’t in their twenties is a rarity in Hollywood.

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Another exciting sic-fi story, Night sky follows Irene and Franklin York, an elderly couple in Farnsworth, Illinois, who have traveled through time and space via a secret chamber in their backyard that takes them to a mysterious desert planet. The older couple are played by Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons, so their antics are definitely worth watching.

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The live-action version of the original cartoon is about a superhero wearing a blue cross suit who does everything a superhero does, like saving the city and fighting crime. And he does it all with a hysterical level of sincerity that will keep you laughing even when you’re really invested in his detective skills.

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In the fictional town of Mercer, Ohio, residents are connected through regular neighborhood politics and by the Mercer Center for Experimental Physics. The underground facility is called the Loop, and the scientists there are up to some not-so-great things. The strange experiments there begin to affect the lives of ordinary citizens in inexplicable ways.

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Alma is a young woman who has lost her father and whose bad luck continues when she gets into a serious car accident. One of the strange side effects of her injuries is a new relationship to time and space, which she uses to get to the bottom of her father’s death.

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Created by Bryan Cranston, Sneaked Pete follows a seasoned con artist who assumes the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, to avoid his comeback at the hands of a violent gangster. He eventually reunites with his family, but they are almost as dangerous as his enemies.

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Based on the book and film of the same name, the show follows Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke), a beautiful, charming and ambitious young woman. Determined to become the toast of London, Sharp has some success – but it comes at a high price for her most important relationship. This historical drama feels all too modern in its approach to interpersonal dynamics and fame.

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The predominantly Jewish country club Red Oaks is hiring, and 20-year-old David Myers starts as an assistant tennis pro. David is figuring himself out, as most men his age are. He ends up agreeing to be a member’s doubles partner for a match outside the club, and it turns his budding life upside down.

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This show is semi-autobiographical and based on some of comedian Tig Notaro’s most famous stand up sets. Tig has been battling cancer when her mother dies suddenly and she returns to her hometown to find out who she is after such a great loss.

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Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, The Periphery follows a talented young woman who basically kicks so much butt in video games that she ends up becoming a secret agent – but one who at first naively assumes she’s playing the world’s best VR game. It isn’t long before the dangers of this seemingly fictional world follow her home.

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John Tavner is an intelligence agent and he has a very messy life. Fortunately, it provides good entertainment for anyone who likes espionage stories and a complicated protagonist. Enjoy the chaos of his life along with lots of chase scenes.

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Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen as the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale respectively, Good omens is about two supernatural beings who have become a little too comfortable on Earth. They end up working together as the appearance of the Antichrist and the destruction of Armageddon approaches.

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