UPDATE: Sick of the standard selection of TV available through Amazon Prime Video? Give Amazon's new Channels a try. It's a new add-on subscription service that plugs directly into your Amazon Prime Video account, letting you bolt on individual channels, such as Discovery and Nordic Noir, for an extra monthly fee. Here's why it's worth checking out.
Netflix may well take most of the headlines when it comes to streaming, but Amazon has slowly but surely created a fantastic rival. Its Amazon Prime Video service is bundled in with Amazon Prime and is packed with movies and, more importantly for this list, TV shows.
This is our pick of the best shows on Amazon Prime Video. The TV series that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around.
Since the launch of Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse. Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix's self-serving model to produce its own content Amazon now has a bevy of television shows that are begging to be watched on its own platform. The choice is expansive and that's where we come in.
TechRadar has curated a list of the best Amazon Prime shows around. Chosen by the team, these are the shows streamed in the UK that are Instant classics primed to offer up hours of compulsive viewing.
It's worth noting that these are the best Amazon Prime TV shows that can be watched instantly when you have Amazon Prime access. There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon but these have to be purchased to be viewed.
We will keep this list constantly updated if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included. So, click through the gallery to see our picks. And if you want to know what upcoming shows will be hitting Amazon Prime soon, then keep reading below.
Best Amazon Original pilots and upcoming shows
The plot of The Tick is a rather sad one. It's about an accountant with mental health issues, who may or may not be a superhero - it could well be all a figmant of his imagination. Peter Serafinowicz stars as The Tick and, despite the sombre plot outline, the pilot shows that this should be a darkly funny antidote to the glut of superhero flicks we've become accustomed to.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Jean-Claude Van Damme already sent himself up brilliantly in the movie JCVD - this show goes off on its own riff, though. Van Damme plays, well, Van Damme. An actor cum spy. In the pilot, he comes out of retirement in pursuit of an ex girlfriend. The show is packed with references on JCVD's movies and is genuinely funny.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel could well be the perfect antidote for those missing Mad Men. Set in the '50s, it's about a perfect housewife - in the eyes of what was a sexist era - who just happens to be trying to make it as a cutting-edge stand-up comic. Created by the folks behind The Gilmore Girls and starring House of Cards' Rachel Brosnahan, this is set to be one 'marvelous' show.
The works of Michel Faber nearly always translate well to the big and small screen. The The Crimson Petal and the White was given a great mini series adaptation by the Beeb in 2001. And Under The Skin is one of the most inventive films ever made. Another one of his works, The Book of Strange Things, has been given the Amazon Originals Pilot treatment. Called Oasis, the show is a twisty opaque look at a priest who is living in a human colony on another planet. Richard Madden, last seen in Game of Thrones, stars.
I Love Dick
This Amazon Originals pilot is the first of this list to head to a full series. Starting in May, the show stars Kevin Bacon and is based on the celebrated book that looks at a married couple who are having marriage issues and their relationship with college professor, Dick. Bacon is on top form as the charismatic Dick and the show's multiple POV storytelling works well.