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Homecoming Season 2 has released on Prime Video, and while we make our way through the second season, we thought it was high time to add the first season to our top picks.
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This month, writer Nathan Lawrence has popped two more picks on our list of the best Prime Video series available to stream. The rotoscopic sci-fi trip Undone gets a look-in, as does the fantasy murder mystery Carnival Row.

Hoping to lure lucrative eyeballs away from the competition with exclusive content, streaming services are throwing squillions of dollars at in-house productions. Amazon ‘s Prime Video is no slouch in this department.

Here’s our pick of the 13 best Prime Video TV shows currently streaming in Australia.

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By Brodie Fogg

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Prime Video’s Homecoming was adapted from a radio-drama type podcast. We follow Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a social worker assigned to work at the mysterious Homecoming Transitional Support Center. Homecoming is split into two timelines. The present timeline follows Heidi’s efforts at Homecoming, assisting soldiers transition back into civilian life. But in the future, we meet a Heidi who has seemingly repressed all memory of working at Homecoming. Slowly over the first season, we learn more about the events that took place at the Support Center, what happened to the soldiers prior to returning, and what the Homecoming center’s true intentions were all along.

It’s a thrilling puzzle to piece together that’s made all the more watchable thanks to its magnetic main cast: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Wigham and Sissy Spacek.

Season 2 of Homecoming released in 2020, with an all-new mystery starring Janelle Monáe .

The Expanse

The best sci-fi on Prime Video

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Based on the hit novels by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse is, not to mince words, the best science fiction on television. When humanity began colonising space it didn’t leave its bad habits behind. The fragile peacekeeping the Solar System’s three largest powers – Earth, Mars, and “The Belt” – from all-out war is at risk of collapsing with the discovery of a mysterious entity, possibly alien of origin.

Framed as a noir tale that follows a detective searching for a runaway child, this smaller mystery serves as our way into the larger conflict. Essential viewing for space opera buffs.

The Boys

The best action series on Prime Video

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Why would superheroes, gods among mere mortals, care about the lives of average, everyday citizens? The Boys posits that they wouldn’t.

Set in a world where superpowers are common but dying uncles imparting wisdom like “with great power comes great responsibility” are all too rare, fame, sex, and money motivates the caped crusaders of this world.

It’s gruesome and nihilistic, but it’s also an interesting critique of the exploding superhero genre and the billion-dollar industries driving it.

Framed as a noir tale that follows a detective searching for a runaway child, this smaller mystery serves as our way into the larger conflict. Essential viewing for space opera buffs.


The best drama series on Prime Video

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Following the self-destructive exploits of a troubled but (extremely) liberated London woman coping with recent trauma, Fleabag is one of the funniest shows on television. Based on an Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is hilarious in the title role, it’s a fast-paced, bleakly comedic examination of modern life, grief, sex, and just generally not being at your best.

In the first episode alone Fleabag accidentally flashes a bank employee she’s trying to secure a loan from, steals a sculpture from her wicked step-mum, and gets dumped by a boyfriend after she’s caught masturbating to newsreel footage of Barack Obama. It’s a wild ride.

The Grand Tour

The best reality series on Prime Video

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After a public spat with former network the BBC, the rights to Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond’s four-wheeled shenanigans were promptly snapped up by Amazon.

The Grand Tour is the result.

It’s essentially Top Gear just without the legal right to call itself that (I would have called it Not Gear). Either way, petrol heads will guzzle it up. Expect fast cars, beautiful scenery from all across the globe, and an abundance of natural chemistry between the long-time co-hosts.

The Man in the High Castle

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It’s 1962. The Allies lost the Second World War. The USA has been divided between the Axis Powers; Japan rules the west from San Francisco, the Nazis the east from New York City, with a neutral zone buffer running through the middle of the former nation. Resistance is brutally quashed and xenophobia and racism are enshrined as official policy.

Based (loosely, we might add) on the classic novel by Phillip K Dick, proceedings get interesting when mysterious footage emerges of what appears to be an alternative reality – one in which the Allies were victorious in WWII. Tense, well characterised, and beautifully shot.

American Gods

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Neil Gaiman’s American Gods won both the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards upon the novel’s release. Blending magical realism, fantasy, and mythology, the Starz adaptation is a faithful retelling of some extremely weird source material.

Beginning on the day of his release from jail, it follows ex-con Shadow Moon and his gradual entanglement in a supernatural power struggle between the Old Gods and the upstart New Gods.

Though the second season doesn’t reach the same heights as the first, it’s uniformly gorgeous, with some of the most creative imagery on TV, and Ian McShane is magnetic as the meddling Mr. Wednesday.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The best comedy on Prime Video

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While the premise might not sound riveting – a 1950s New York housewife tries her hand at stand up comedy after her husband leaves for his young, dumb secretary – the writing and performances are never less than.

Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) is a revelation as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, the quick-witted, sassy, strong, mesmerising woman at the show’s heart – someone who never lets a 1950s America steeped in patriarchal tradition extinguish her spark.

Good Omens

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Good Omens, the second Neil Gaiman adaptation on this list, manages to turn one of the least funny topics imaginable, Armageddon, into a farcical, witty black comedy.

Against the orders of their respective bosses, the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) have become rather attached to life on Earth – so much so they set about sabotaging the apocalypse, delaying the inevitable by, among other things, trying to raise the Antichrist to be a decent fellow.

The banter between the two leads is worth the price of admission alone, and a great supporting cast including John Hamm, Frances McDormand, and Daniel Mays seals the deal.


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Few shows on streaming services make it past a second or third season. The sixth season of Bosch is currently in production, which should tell you all you need to know about how popular this police procedural has been for Amazon.

Based on Michael Connolly’s pulpy novels, it’s a slow burn carried by its noire tinges and Titus Welliver’s portrayal of Harry Bosch, an LAPD detective that doesn’t always play by the rules. It sounds clichéd, and in many ways it is, but by god, it gets results, chief!

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

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At the risk of it sounding like literally everything on Prime Video is adapted from a novel…. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is, well, you know. Over the years, Jack Ryan has been played by a glut of Hollywood A-listers: Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, and Ben Affleck. Here, John Krasinski (“Hey it’s that guy from the American version of The Office!“) gives the character a fresh, likeable, everyman feel. He might seem like an unusual choice on paper, but he’s clearly comfortable in the role and carries the show through its explosions and sometimes-questionable ruminations on the War on Terror.

It’s not brilliant by any means, but if you let it get its hooks in you’ll want to see how it all unravels


By Nathan Lawrence

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It would be very easy for the presentation of Undone to feel gimmicky in an attempt to stand out. Like A Scanner Darkly, Undone is rotoscoped: meaning, animation atop real-world acting.

But given the story it’s telling, the stylised and surreal technique becomes essential to the effective execution. That story is simple enough, too. Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) is almost killed in a car crash and wakes up with an ‘it’s complicated’ status slapped on her relationship with time.

Sure, it’s visually arresting, but it’s the unflinching storytelling of incredibly important topics (unsurprising given the Bojack Horseman creators behind it) and genuine humour that’ll constantly tempt you to watch “just one more episode” until it’s all done.

Carnival Row

By Nathan Lawrence

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Amazon continues to prove it doesn’t mind taking risks with its TV series. If the respective madness of The Boys, Fleabag and American Gods aren’t enough to convince you, then try on Carnival Row for size. The basic story is a human detective and his human-sized fairy (yes, of the Tinker Bell variety) ex-lover reunite in a Victorian-era world that’s part Once Upon a Time fantasy and part From Hell brutal murder mystery.

It takes a couple of episodes to warm up, but the big-budget world-building, grounded storytelling and quality acting mean this is closer to The Lord of the Rings in execution than Netflix’s Bright.

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