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The Best TV Shows on Amazon to Watch This Weekend

From hilarious comedies to high octane action, these are the shows you need to add to your must-watch list.

Change into your comfiest sweats and plate up a snack because once you start these addictive TV shows on Amazon, you’re not going to want to stop. Hundreds of absorbing dramas, inventive comedies, thrilling fantasies and guilty-pleasure reality series are ready to stream at the touch of a button, so get started with our picks for the best of the bunch.

Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime: Comedy

Fleabag

Witty, angry and sexually devious, Fleabag is an anti-heroine for the ages. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically acclaimed comedy follows the titular character as she navigates grief, desire and complex family dynamics while living in harsh modern London. Whip smart dialogue and nonstop wisecracks win us over in this portrayal of an imperfect woman trying her best to heal.

Two seasons, 12 episodes

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

In this impeccably styled drama, set in the 1950s, young housewife Midge Maisel seems to have it all – a busy social life, two kids and a beautiful Upper West Side apartment. But when her husband leaves her for his secretary, she takes the mic at a comedy club in a fit of drunken anger and accidentally discovers a talent for stand up. This charming comedy follows her journey from a sheltered life into the gritty nightclubs of New York, one laugh and heckle at a time.

Three seasons, 26 episodes

Forever

Inventive comedy Forever is a tender look at marital ennui and second chances. Restless June is unhappily married to unadventurous Oscar when he dies in a skiing accident, but the guilt has barely settled when she meets an untimely demise herself. Reunited in the afterlife, are they fated to repeat the same mistakes they did while alive? Or will this precious second chance make them wake up to what they were missing?

One season, 10 episodes

Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime: Drama

Homecoming

The one and only Julia Roberts plays her first lead TV role in Homecoming, an absorbing psychological thriller that gradually reveals its intrigue. Heidi is waitressing at an unassuming diner when an investigator from the Department of Defense shows up, asking questions about her past life as a social worker at Homecoming, a secretive facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Slowly, she begins to realise that the facility’s true intentions may be darker than she remembers.

Two seasons, 17 episodes 

Elementary

A contemporary rendition of the classic Sherlock and Holmes pairing, Elementary stars Johnny Lee Miller as the acerbic deductive genius. Fresh from a stint in rehab, he begins consulting for the NYPD with the assistance of a sober companion – Joan Watson – played by Lucy Liu. There’s no shortage of professional and personal chemistry between the pair as they gallivant around the city solving crimes while dealing with the demons of Sherlock’s past.

Seven seasons, 154 episodes

Netflix
Netflix
Homeland

A political thriller packed with suspense, conspiracy theories and endless twists and turns. Claire Danes gives a stellar performance as Carrie Mathison, an erratic, paranoid C.I.A. officer suffering with bipolar disorder, who single-handedly uncovers a terrorist threat that’s planned on American soils. But the brains behind the operation all point towards a marine war hero, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns to America after spending eight years in captivity. 

During the seven seasons the story – or multiple stories – develops brilliantly, reinventing itself over and over again. With the eighth and final series looming (it’s due to air towards the end of the year), there’s every reason to dive back in an indulge. 

All seasons available on Amazon Prime 

AMC
AMC
Mad Men

The epitome of coolness. Amid the gripping, cocktail-fuelled antics of Madison Avenue’s most debonair of advertising gurus, prepare to be hooked as a web of adulterous, dramatic misfortunes unfold. You’ll grow to love Peggy and find yourself loathing Pete, but Mad Men would be nothing without the magnetic, quick wit and wondrous wardrobe of Joan Holloway, and the charismatic, creative genius that is Don Draper. definitely one of our picks for best TV show!

Season 1-7

Amazon
Amazon
Mr. Robot

Tense cyber-thriller starring Rami Malek who plays Elliot, a paranoid asocial programmer who works as an info-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night. He finds himself at a crossroads when the leader of a mysterious underground hacker group (Christian Slater) recruits him to destroy the mega-conglomerate he’s paid to protect. Mind-bendingly addictive and full of dark, sinister twists, Mr. Robot is the ultimate weekend binge-fest. 

Seasons 1-3 available on Amazon Prime 

Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime: Action

Jack Ryan

A rugged-looking John Krasinski plays Jack Ryan, a rising CIA analyst thrust from the safety of a desk job into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East. After discovering suspicious bank transfers and patterns in terrorist communication he delves into the world of espionage, with devious plots and explosions aplenty.

Two seasons, 16 episodes

The Boys

This fresh, irreverent take on the superhero genre imagines a universe where instead of being paragons of virtue, many embrace the darker side of massive celebrity and fame. To keep the corrupt in check and expose the secrets of the powerful, a group of vigilante superheroes known as ‘The Boys’ set out to take them down, even if it means fighting dirty.

Two seasons, 16 episodes

The Expanse
The Expanse
The Expanse

Critically acclaimed sci-fi drama The Expanse takes viewers hundreds of years into a future where humans have colonised the solar system. Tensions are rising and Earth is on the brink of war with Mars when a young political activist goes missing. Expect incredible visuals and deeply realised worlds as a hardened detective and rogue spaceship captain uncover the greatest conspiracy in history.

Five seasons, 56 episodes

Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime: Reality

Making the Cut

They nurtured budding young designers on Project Runway, and now Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are challenging 12 established designers to become the next global fashion brand. A star-studded panel that includes Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie and Carine Roitfeld judge the fashionble creations each week as the show takes contestants around the world. The stakes are sky high, with the winner receiving a cool million to invest in their brand.

One season, 10 episodes

T-Pain's School of Business

Remember T-Pain? The Buy U A Drank rapper is performing a very different role in this reality show where he introduces viewers to innovators, creators and millennial entrepreneurs forging their own path in the startup world. Quirky dreamers and passionate doers are cheered on by the hip hop star as they bring to reality everything from healthy instant ramen and weed wine, to robot-made hamburgers and wearable UV sensors.

Two seasons, 14 episodes

Hungry for more bingeable content? Flick over to the best documentaries and movies on Netflix, or our favourite TV shows on Stan. Don’t forget to stretch out those pins too, perhaps with a quick home workout sesh or scenic walk.