My Top 10 Amazon Prime Shows

In case you are looking for some new shows to binge watch you came to the right place. Here is my Top 10 list of my favourite Amazon Prime shows you can watch for free. I will also put together a similar list for Netflix soon.

Please let me know what you think of my list. Do you agree or disagree? What are your favourite shows and have I missed any?


10. LUCIFER.


Seasons: 3+
Episodes: 13, ~40 minutes
Production date: 2015-now
Starring:  Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro et al.


Features:

  • The Lord of hell taking a sabbatical
  • Angelwings
  • Daddy issues
  • The devil playing piano with a priest (best episode!)
  • The ugly and always funny truth
  • Devil’s Threesomes in every possible meaning of the word

You know these crime shows, right? Book author, mentalist or even a fucking cook helping the cops catch the bad guys. But have you ever seen the devil himself helping the cops? Let me tell you this makes far more sense than watching the former do it and it is way more fun. Lucifer is originally a character from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics published by VERTIGO. Lucifer Morningstar is sexy, sassy and arrogant, and fed up with his job – i.e. reigning hell. So he goes to LA (Where else? Hellmouth, anyone?) and opens a bar called Lux. But Lucifer is bored easily and so is intrigued by a young detective and decides to help her out and generally be a pain in her ass. Metaphorically of course. Unfortunately season 2 is not for free right now, but eventually it will be soon.


9. UNREAL.


Seasons: 2+
Episodes: 20, ~40 minutes
Production date: 2015-now
Starring: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko et al.


Features:

  • Cameras everywhere – everywhere!
  • Making problems and pointing cameras at them
  • Any kind of psychological issues you can think of
  • “Money. Dick. Power” wrist tattoos
  • watching porn on a mobile

If you enjoy watching The Bachelor just for the schadenfreude and guilty pleasure, UnReal is made for you. The series takes us behind the scenes of a bacheloresque show called “Everlasting”. Rachel Goldberg is back on set after crashing the last season of Everlasting. She is equally psychological unstable as the contestants of the show, but that makes her oh so good in manipulating the girls and the bachelor to make the viewing figures rise. It’s a shameless pleasure watching Rachel being worn down by what she does best and her self loathing. Although the series has it’s flaws, it’s great to watch the dynamic between the two female leads and just as The Bachelor and a very, very bad car crash, UnReal is so nasty you just can’t stop watching it.


8. Glitch. 


Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6, ~20 minutes + 22 short clips “Glitch – Bonus Life” (2016)
Production date: 2012
Starring: Jesse Lee Keeter, Conner Marx, Tessa Marie Archer, Thomas Brophy et al.


Features:

  • glitches
  • boss fights and side quests
  • death metal and burning Barbies
  • happy nerds and uber nerds
  • loads and loads of pop culture references
  • mirror universe

Maybe you ask yourself where is the geeky stuff in this list? Don’t worry here is a geeky escalation for you. Glitch, the hero of the show, is the Ally McBeal of pop culture and video games. Sorry for that reference.
Glitch is a very light-hearted fun to watch mini webseries. Don’t expect to much sophisticated character developments or twists. The fun part of it is to identify the numerous pop culture references as a fellow nerd. Mainly it’s just about Glitch, and his friends, who works as a game tester and faces the usual ups and downs of live, like meeting arrogant Trekkers, loosing convention tickets, being sucked into a mirror universe and flaking a date with his soulmate because he got stuck in a wall. Although the series is low budget it’s quite neatly made with talented actors depicting relatable characters for nerds like me 🙂

You can also watch all the episodes on YouTube, where you also find the original pilot, which is really not that good… 😉


7. PREACHER.


Seasons: 1+
Episodes: 10, ~45 minutes
Production date: 2016
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti et al.


Features:

  • Badass Ruth Negga
  • Sunglasses and leatherjackets
  • A drunken vampire
  • God’s answering machine
  • Arseface

If you haven’t seen Preacher yet, I order you to watch it right now! Get it? No?! Argh… Watch it… What can I say about Preacher? You will definitely ask yourself what kind of priest is that guy? He’s drunk, totally fucked up, he swears, he beats the shit out of people, he’s in love with an equally messed up woman and his best friend is a goddamn vampire. The show is based on the Vertigo comic series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen developed the series for AMC and did one hell of a job, if you know what I mean. This show takes you right to hell and hopefully back and a second season is on it’s way. Yihaaaa!


6. THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE.


Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13, ~30 minutes
Production date: 2016
Starring: Riley Keough, Paul Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub et al.


Features:

  • The King’s granddaughter
  • sex tapes and blackmailing
  • role play
  • very aesthetically filmed scenes and locations
  • 900$ bottles of wine

This series is based on Steven Soderberg’s equally named film. The mood and atmosphere of the show is unsettling and tense. And so is the protagonist Christine Reade, who appears to be strangely unconnected with her feelings, controlled to the point of appearing autistic. But despite that the series evokes a strange kind of fascination and is deepliy compelling. You literally can’t stop watching it till the end. Christine is a student, who recently started an internship but is pulled into the glamorous but dangerous world of escorts. The first season follows her fast ascent and her eventual downfall, and how she copes with it to rise again into the high end escort-business.


5. ONE MISSISSIPPI.


Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6, ~25 minutes
Production date: 2016
Starring: Tig Notaro, Noah Harpster, John Rothman et al.


Features:

  • A missing cat
  • Boobs in a trash can
  • Not technically related family members
  • Fecal transfer
  • A funeral in the sunshine
  • Cancer of the year

Tig is on her way back home to the deathbed of her mother where she meets with her stepfather and brother. The weirdness and unlikeliness of the family ties of this show make it so real and comprehensible. It depicts in a superb way the absurdity that life sometimes holds, especially when dealing with the death of a parent. The humour of the show is sometimes poignant, but never disrespectful and always hilarious. Using it’s fine sense of humour Tig Notaro deals with the question: What is your role in life and what the hell are you doing here?


 4. SHAMELESS.


Seasons: 6+
Episodes: 6, ~55 minutes
Production date: 2011-now
Starring: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Shanola Hampton et al.


Features:

  • Babysitting
  • Webcam Sex
  • Getting drunk
  • Being broke
  • Doing things you probably never ever have heard of

Never has a title be this appropriate and is definitely the only thing that is appropriate on this show. Actually Shameless is a remake of a British TV show, starring James McAvoy among others (Still on my To Do List to watch). In the american adaptation William H. Macy (Frank) shines as a hopeless alcoholic caring only for himself and leaving his six kids on their own. While we follow Frank on his daily adventurous struggles to getting high or drunk, his oldest daughter Fiona is desperately trying to be a mother for her younger siblings. Although the matter of the show is serious as fuck, it brilliantly balances hilariously funny moments with absolute realistic drama, believable characters and bat shit crazy stuff. So far every season raised the bar on the open-ended shameless-scale to a new level. Brace yourself, it’s getting dirty.


 

3. TRANSPARENT.


Seasons: 3+
Episodes: 30, ~30 minutes
Production date: 2014-now
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker et al.


Features:

  • Genderbending
  • Jeffrey Tambor in tights
  • Tig Notaro guest starring in 5 episodes
  • Lesbian BDSM sex (Go home, Mr. Grey…)
  • Jewish holidays

What I love about streaming services the most is their will to produce edgy and controversial shows without fear. Transparent is one of these shows. It’s so rich in depicting humanity, personality and psychology. It asks so many questions: Why people do the things they do, why they hurt each other, why they love, what keeps them moving, what is sane, what is insane, what is normal and what not?

The first few episodes of Transparent were quite hard for me to watch. I almost couldn’t bare the selfishness of the individual family members. But something caught me right away, I wanted to know where Maura was going. And it’s not only her you get to know. The more you get to know every single character, the more you understand them and their behaviour and actions and the process of developing a self-reliable identity and intimacy.


 2. STIEG LARSSON’s MILLENIUM TRILOGY


Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6, ~ 1,5 hours
Production date: 2009
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling et al.


Features:

  • Real Hard Candy
  • Kalle Blomquist 🙂
  • Dragon Tattoos, bikes and leather jackets
  • Secret cellars
  • Investigative journalism

You may know the american adaptation with Daniel Graig and Rooney Mara of the first book, which is absolutely brilliant. But this is the original TV production based on all of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling books. Actually it’s a movie trilogy cut into 6 parts, making it a mini series. I’ve seen both versions, but haven’t read the books. Although both screen adaptations are very well executed, I think the original adaptation is more raw and Naomi Rapace brings in a bit more physicality and brutality to the character, while still showing “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is vulnerable. If you like breathtaking thrillers, a lot of suspense and a real deep dive into the repelling depths of human nature, this mini series is made for you.


1. FLEABAG.


Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6, ~25 minutes
Production date: 2016
Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson et al.


Features:

  • 4th wall breaking title character
  • English accents ❤️
  • A guinea pig named Hillary
  • an accidental suicide
  • Cocks on a wall

You just have to watch a series about a woman who masturbates to Obama, steals toilet paper from her sister and jogs trough a graveyard on a daily basis. This BBC mini series explores and finds beauty and ridiculousness in tragedy. Fleabag exploits the banality and naked truth of friendships and sex and the anger you feel when you are grieving. The essence of the show is that people make mistakes and that’s the very reason they put rubbers on the end of pencils.

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