The best Prime Video TV shows on Prime Video Australia

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The quality of Prime Video’s TV shows has improved significantly since the service first launched in Australia.

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 10 best Prime Video TV shows currently streaming in Australia.

The Expanse

The best sci-fi on Prime Video

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

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.

Fleabag

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 serieson Prime Video

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

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

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

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

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.

Bosch

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

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.

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