The 33 best TV shows to stream on Amazon Prime right now (April 2020) | #television | #elderly | #movies
If you’re running out of things to watch while staying at home and social distancing, we’re here to help. As we’ve noted, there are a ton of movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO (for free) and on and on.
But maybe you’re looking for a commitment longer than a two-hour movie and want to start a new TV show you can get really into. If that’s the case, Amazon Prime has a ton of options, ranging from original series to older classics to things that are still being produced.
So we’ve narrowed it down to 33 shows for you to pick from in a wide variety of genres. There’s something for everybody to watch while being responsible and staying away from other people as much as possible.
If you don’t have Amazon Prime, here are some other choices for you:
But if you do, here are our top picks for shows available to stream on Amazon.
The Wire: Seasons 1-5 — One of the greatest TV shows of all time, this incredible HBO drama is a must-watch.
30 Rock: Seasons 1-7 —This smart NBC comedy packs a joke into nearly every line while also rewarding viewers with running punchlines.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Seasons 1-3 — An Amazon Original, this award-winning comedy-drama is about a housewife in the 1950s who pursues a career in stand-up comedy.
Veep: Seasons 1-2 — This HBO comedy is one of the best political satires out there and is worth watching, even if only a couple seasons are available.
Workaholics: Seasons 1-7 — If you need some good, dumb laughs, this Comedy Central show will deliver.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — Seasons 1-5, 19, 20: Do we even need to convince you to watch one of the best and longest running shows ever? It’s easy to watch a few episodes, especially without commercials.
Mr. Robot: Seasons 1-3 — Only three of four seasons of this USA Network show are available, but it’s a fantastically crafted show.
All Or Nothing: Seasons 1-5 — Go behind the scenes with different NFL teams for this docuseries in which each season focuses on a new team. Seasons have been about the Cardinals, Rams, Cowboys, Panthers and Eagles.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1-8 — Larry David plays an idiot version of himself who’s perpetually annoyed and hilariously struggles to get through life without getting into unfortunate situations.
The Americans: Seasons 1-6 — Fans were devastated when this FX series ended, but you can watch the whole thing as much as you want on Amazon.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Seasons 1-2 — John Krasinski is the opposite of Jim Halpert in this thriller series, playing the famous action star.
Fleabag: Seasons 1-2 — This show is only two seasons, but it’s truly a work of art. Hysterical, edgy, smart, cunning — it’s amazing, and it’s easy to binge through the whole thing.
Sopranos: Seasons 1-6 — One of the earlier modern anti-hero shows, this classic is brilliantly done and always worth watching (or rewatching).
Parks and Recreation: Seasons 1-7 — This is Amy Poehler at her best on a show that continues to gain fans five years after it’s been off the air.
Free Meek: Season 1 — This documentary series explores rapper Meek Mill’s incarceration as he becomes an advocate for criminal justice reform.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Seasons 1-5 — RuPaul’s Emmy Award-winning competition show searches for the next drag superstar, and it’s just so much fun. However, only the first few seasons of this long-running show are available.
Six Feet Under: Seasons 1-5 —This dark but humorous HBO drama explores common family dynamics, while also focusing on death and mortality as the family runs a funeral home.
Luther: Seasons 1-5 — Idris Elba is brilliant in this British crime because of course he is.
Downton Abbey: Seasons 1-6 — Go back in time with this award-winning British historical drama. Maggie Smith is a treasure leading this talented cast.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Seasons 1-7 — All the Star Trek.
Star Trek: Voyager: Seasons 1-7 — Seriously, all of it.
Star Trek: The Original Series: Seasons 1-3 — So much Star Trek.
Star Trek: Enterprise: Seasons 1-4 — More Star Trek.
The Good Wife: Seasons 1-7: Julianna Margulies stars in this Emmy Award-winning legal/political drama, and every season is available on Amazon.
The Man in the High Castle: Seasons 1-4 — Already a dark topic, this might not be your first choice given the times. But maybe a show centered around the idea of an alternate ending to World War II is exactly what you’re looking for.
House: Seasons 1-8 — Hugh Laurie’s snarky, sarcastic, genius character is always a great choice.
3rd Rock from the Sun: Seasons 1-6 — Aliens on Earth, wacky John Lithgow and super young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this show is a ’90s classic.
Boardwalk Empire: Seasons 1-5 — All five seasons of HBO’s period drama are available on Amazon. It stars Steve Buscemi and is set in Atlantic City during Prohibition.
Magnum, P.I.: Seasons 1-8 — Gotta love old school Tom Selleck.
All or Nothing: Manchester City: Season 1 — It’s Amazon’s original series about the NFL except with soccer.
True Blood: Seasons 1-7 — Back when vampires were all the rage, this show, which starred Anna Paquin and was about vampires assimilating in society, was pretty popular.
Eastbound & Down: Seasons 1-4 — Another show with more dumb laughs, but Danny McBride is so ridiculous in it.
American Horror Story: Seasons 1-8 — The first eight seasons of this award-winning anthology are on Amazon with each season having an entirely different storyline.