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The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime 

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List Rules Must be TV shows available for streaming on Amazon Prime

The best streaming Amazon Prime TV shows and television series feature many of the most memorable TV characters of all time as seen in some great television dramas, sci-fi/fantasy shows, sitcoms and reality TV programs. What are the best shows on Amazon Prime? With so many choices, how can anyone decide which show to watch? Some might opt to revisit old favorites, while other viewers are looking to check out some of the best TV shows of recent memory

What TV shows are streaming on Amazon Prime? This list is all about deciding which Amazon Prime streaming TV shows are the ones that are must-see television. Be sure to vote for your personal favorites and vote down any shows you just couldn't get through. Also, feel free to add any great streaming Amazon Prime shows that aren't listed.

Having a lot of options is not exactly a bad thing, but with the multitude of available Amazon Prime streaming television programs, it can be a little overwhelming. Sure, Amazon Prime "suggests" shows for you, but let's face it: sometimes that doesn't work out so well. Hopefully, if you're on the fence about committing to a particular streaming TV show on Amazon Prime, this list can help you out a bit.

Whether you're into heavier dramas, first-rate comedies or excellent science fiction TV programs, you can easily get sucked in to a new favorite show watching Amazon Prime streaming. There really is something out there for everyone!

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: ITV

Genres (Tv): Drama

Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
murphycat added Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Thriller

The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 134

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama

Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
JohnFrost added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
RochelleDunmore added Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: BBC Four, HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense, + more

Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Bosch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Keith Be added Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Premiered: 2014

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

Bosch is an American police procedural web television series created by Michael Connelly. An LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
JohnFrost added Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Black comedy, + more

True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, Legal drama

The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
LanaYoshii added Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Western, Drama, Historical fiction

Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
JohnFrost added Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Costume drama

Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
LanaYoshii added Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama

Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller

Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime
Charcoal added Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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