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The Best Amazon Original Series 

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Updated May 26, 2020 6.8k votes 1.2k voters 53.8k views 97 items

What are the best original series on Amazon? Amazon has become a major player in the original content game recently, creating unique one-hour and half-hour shows, as well as children's programming. Not only have Amazon original shows started cultural conversations, they've won Golden Globes and earned Emmy nominations. As the library of these shows on Amazon Instant Video grows, you're going to need a list to keep track of them all.

Creatively, Amazon originals take risks. From Transparent's progressive family comedy and drama to Bosch's deeper, darker police procedural, these series put fresh spins on TV tropes. Original Amazon shows have proven equal of any other television out there, and some of these original Amazon Prime shows are even better than much of what's out on network and cable TV today! Other must watch Amazon original series include Mozart in the Jungle, The Man in the High Castle, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, and Sneaky Pete. Finally, you also might want to check out the highly-anticipated Jack Ryan, the American anthology The Romanoffs, and Homecoming—starring Julia Roberts.

So take a look at our list of original shows on Amazon Prime. Vote up your favorites, vote down the ones that aren't up to snuff, and if you've seen them all, rerank to create your own Amazon original series list!

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. A 1960s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she has a ...more

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John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): History, Drama, Dystopian, Thriller, Sci-fi

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

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Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Police procedural, Detective fiction

Bosch (Amazon, 2014) is an American police procedural web television series developed by Eric Overmyer, based on the novels by Michael Connelly. An LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) works ...more

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Sneaky Pete Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Sneaky Pete (Amazon, 2015) is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to ...more

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Goliath Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Legal drama

Goliath (formerly known as Trial) is a 2016 legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a formerly brilliant and personable lawyer, left his ...more

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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Amazon Original Series
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more

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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Motoring

The Grand Tour is a British motoring television series for Amazon Video presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and produced by Andy Wilman. The four agreed to produce the ...more

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The Tick Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry
The Tick (Amazon, 2016) is an American television series based on the character The Tick from the comic book of the same name. In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an ...more

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Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Amazon Original Series
David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy

Good Omens (Amazon Video, 2019) is a six-part television serial based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. After being accustomed to life on Earth, the demon Crowley (David Tennant) ...more
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Lola Kirke, Gael García Bernal, Saffron Burrows

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Video, 2014) is a web television series developed by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers. It was inspired by Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and ...more

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Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller

Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility ...more

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Amazon Original Series
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action

Hanna (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the 2011 film of the same name. The story follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl, Hanna (Esme ...more

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Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Waj Ali

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Neo-noir

Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham. As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a ...more

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A Very English Scandal Hugh Grant , Ben Whishaw , Alex Jennings

Premiered: 2018

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Craig Roberts, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Red Oaks (Amazon Video, 2015) is a comedy web television series created by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs. David (Craig Roberts), a college student, begins working at a New Jersey country club ...more

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Michael Dorman, Terry O'Quinn, Kurtwood Smith

Genres (Tv): Political comedy

Patriot (Amazon, 2017) is an American comedy-drama series. To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman) must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous ...more

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John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Alpha House is an American political satire television series produced by Amazon Studios. The show stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four Republican U.S. ...more

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Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Horror, Anthology

Lore (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series developed by Aaron Mahnke, based on his podcast. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell ...more
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Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke

Genres (Tv): Historical, Drama

Good Girls Revolt is an American historical drama web television series. It is based on the book The Good Girls Revolt, written by Lynn Povich and based on real-life events. The series follows a ...more

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The ABC Murders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Amazon Original Series
John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, with Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Drama, Thriller

The ABC Murders (BBC One, 2018) is a British television serial based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name. Hercule Poirot (John Malkovich), receives a mysterious letter, signed ...more

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Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Andre Royo

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Psychological thriller

Hand of God (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American drama web television series created by Ben Watkins. A corrupt judge (Ron Perlman) suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a ...more
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Absentia Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger, Cara Theobold

Premiered: 2018

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Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama, Anthology

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American science fiction television anthology series developed by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Based on the works of ...more

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The Widow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Amazon Original Series
Kate Beckinsale, Alex Kingston, Babs Olusanmokun

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Thriller

The Widow (ITV/Amazon Video, 2019) is a joint American and UK thriller television series. Georgia Wells (Kate Beckinsale) is lead to the Congo on her search to uncover the mysterious ...more