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We know, we know: there’s too much choice on streaming services these days. You can’t just sit down and watch a movie because there are too many to choose from, so you just spend hours scrolling through potential films and then go to bed.

Not now, you don’t – everything on this list is worth watching. And we know, because we’ve watched them all. The lengths we go to keep you guys happy, eh…

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Of course to watch the best things on Amazon Prime Video, you’ll need an Amazon PrimeVideo subscription. Come on, you didn’t think it was going to be free, did you? Well, in fact, some of the things below are exactly that, because we’ve expanded our scope to included the best things to watch on Amazon’s ad-supported Freevee service too.

You’re also going to need a player that supports it. Take your pick from any of the following: Roku players, Google Chromecast, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and of course Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick. Or maybe you have the Prime Video app built into your smart TV. You’re in a good place to check out the best things to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

Got Netflix too? Then you’ll want to check out our 40 best movies and TV shows on Netflix UK and New on Netflix UK lists.

The Zone of Interest

Set in Auschwitz during the Second World War, Jonathan Glazer’s Oscar-nominated film is unlike any other ‘Holocaust movie’ you’ve seen. And, despite there being no on-screen violence whatsoever, it’s profoundly disturbing and bleak – perhaps because its portrayal of evil applies just as much to today’s world as it does to the 1940s.

Through a naturalistic, almost documentarian recreation of the daily lives of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his family, who live in a house adjoining the concentration camp, The Zone of Interest depicts its horrors only through oblique reference and sound: the barely registered pop of a gunshot; a servant diligently washing blood from Höss’s boots; his wife trying on clothes looted from inmates; the glow from the gas ovens filtering through the curtains. By making us question how the family can live so comfortably alongside mass slaughter and suffering, Glazer seems to be prodding the viewer to ask the same of ourselves.

Watch The Zone of Interest on Prime Video

Fallout (S1)

In general, video game adaptations been received about as well as a Lego brick to the sole of the foot, but Fallout (like The Last of Us) bucks the trend – and how. Developed by Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy with the cooperation of Bethesda Game Studios, it not only captures the retro-futuristic aesthetic and knowing humour of the source material but succeeds in being a watchable, entertaining show – even for those totally unfamiliar with the games.

It achieves this via the old-fashioned arts of deft worldbuilding, relatable characters and an involving plot, which follows a naïve vault-dweller as she emerges into the irradiated post-nuclear wasteland that was once California to track down her kidnapped father.

Watch Fallout on Prime Video

Anatomy of a Fall

A man takes a fatal plunge from the window of a mountain chalet. Was it an accident? Did he jump intentionally? Or was he pushed by someone else?

If that summary makes Anatomy of a Fall sound like an episode of Quincy, we’re here to reassure you that this Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winning French film is far, far more than a simple whodunnit. While it takes the form of a procedural legal thriller, this film is a cerebral and sophisticated character study delving into the inner workings of a complex marriage between two imperfect people. Clichéd it is not – and by the end you will be questioning not only whether or not the truth was genuinely uncovered, but the objective nature of truth itself.

Watch Anatomy of a Fall on Prime Video

American Fiction

A black academic and writer, frustrated at what he sees as reductive, stereotypical representations of African Americans in fiction, decides to offer his own satirical contribution to the canon.

He begins penning the lurid memoirs of a convict, peppered with drugs, violence, deadbeat dads and other lazy tropes, sending it to his agent as a joke. But when it becomes his most successful piece of work by far, embraced by the public, publishers and critics alike, he’s forced to confront his own prejudices and assumptions.

With much to say about race, family and how art and life intertwine, this Oscar-nominated comedy-drama is among 2023’s smartest films – not to mention its most enjoyable. Jeffrey Wright is typically superb in the lead role, with Sterling K. Brown delivering brilliant comic support as his unruly brother

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Reacher (S1-2)

Lee Childs’ tremendously popular series of novels regularly describe their hero Jack Reacher as a 6’5” man mountain. His size and stature are pretty much the first thing anybody who meets him comments on – so casting the notably non-mountainous Tom Cruise as Reacher in two Hollywood movies always seemed like a misstep. Amazon’s original series remedies this by putting towering hunk Alan Ritchson in Reacher’s boots, but it’s also a brilliantly watchable, breakneck thriller that emulates the novels’ brisk, gripping pace.

Reacher is built like a brick outhouse and only marginally more talkative, but he’s blessed with a keen intelligence, a heart of gold and the ability to absolutely annihilate any lowlife who gets in his way. When he wanders into a small Georgia town and finds himself arrested for murder, all his wits, wiles and muscles are all called into action.

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Fargo (S1-5)

Not to be confused with the movie that inspired it – and from which it draws its winning blend of dark deeds, intricate plotting, looming dread and comic “Minnesota nice” dialogue – this is yet another TV series that begs to be binge-watched over a weekend.

Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman all deliver fine performances as residents of the snowbound titular town, but it’s Billy Bob Thornton, oozing malevolence and menace as drifter Lorne Malvo, who lingers longest in the memory.

Once that’s out of the way, the fantastic second, third and fourth series are also on Prime for you to devour too – and each features a different story, with a totally different cast, set at a totally different time.

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Invincible (S1-2)

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman brings another of his cult comic books to the screen. This adult animated series tells the story of a teenage superhero coming to terms with his newfound powers – and dealing with the fact that his father is the most powerful and famous masked crusader on the planet.

If that sounds like something you’ve seen a thousand times before in superhero fiction, we urge you to give it a chance anyway: the show throws a shocking curveball early on that is guaranteed to make you pay attention. Stephen Yuen, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Mahershala Ali and Mark Hamill are among the star-studded voice cast.

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The English (S1)

This moving and grimly violent miniseries (co-created by Amazon with the BBC) stars Emily Blunt as a British aristocrat brought to the American West in search of revenge. Her orbit collides with Chaske Spencer’s Eli Whipp, a Native American former army scout on his own journey, and the pair gradually uncover the shocking details of a shared past as they traverse the dust-covered, blood-drenched plains and prairies of the frontier. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, with a shock around every corner, The English is guaranteed to take you on an emotional rollercoaster over its six episodes.

Watch The English on Prime Video

Barbarian

Barbarian opens with a young woman arriving at her Airbnb in a dark, deserted and ominous Detroit suburb – only to find the house already occupied by someone else. He claims to have booked it through another short letting app and suggests she come in to work out how this transpired.

Does she take up the stranger’s offer or give up and look elsewhere for accommodation, with no guarantee that she’ll find anywhere to stay at all? It’s a situation it’s easy to imagine finding yourself in, which makes what happens next all the more disturbing. We’ll say no more, save to advise you to make sure you have some large sofa cushions nearby to hide behind while you watch what unfolds in this wildly inventive (and highly satirical) horror movie, which has swiftly reached cult status among fear fans.

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Daisy Jones & The Six (S1)

Loosely by the real-life shenanigans of Dreams-era Fleetwood Mac, this miniseries (based on the bestselling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid) recounts the rise and fall of a 1970s rock band, told as former members recount the truth about the group’s breakup for a documentary.

The series – an Amazon production – stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin as the band’s feuding lead singers and features a ton of original 1970s-style tunes, and overall it’s plush, shiny and pristine – perhaps a little too much for its subject matter, which desperately wants to be edgy but never feels quite as convincingly dark as it should be. Even so, the songs, production design and compelling inter-character relationships make it an addictive and enjoyable watch.

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Casino

Often dismissed as Goodfellas’ lesser cousin due to its casting of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese’s 1995 mob opus remains a brilliant crime movie in its own right. Detailing the mafia’s involvement in 1970s Las Vegas, it does sometimes feel like Scorsese is retreading old ground (in particular when it comes to Pesci’s character, who feels like a tribute act to his earlier Oscar-winning turn in Goodfellas), but there’s so much style and substance on show here that it never really matters. A masterpiece of mood and technical ability.

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Ex Machina

Lowly tech company worker Caleb wins a competition to spend a week at his boss’s high-security bunker home. That turns out to be the perfect way to test the CEO’s latest invention: Eva, a physical incarnation of the company’s AI software. But can she pass the Turing Test – even when the examiner is well aware that she’s a robot?

Caleb finds a lot to like in his artificial companion, with some incredible make-up and special effects making her equally appealing and believable to the audience. And that’s what makes the denouement of Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller all the more jaw-dropping.

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The Green Mile

Just like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile sees Frank Darabont adapt a prison-set Stephen King tale for the screen. Here, though, things cross over into the fantasy genre, thanks to the miraculous talents of enigmatic death row inmate John Coffey, a gentle giant seemingly blessed with the ability to heal the sick.

Tom Hanks plays the prison guard who grows to respect and seek to protect his charge – not only from the electric chair but the depredations of fellow inmates and cruel corrections officers. It’s moving stuff, and don’t blame us if you’re blubbing like a baby by the final reel.

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Jury Duty (S1)

One of the few Amazon originals made specifically for its ad-supported Freevee offshoot (which means you don’t need a full Prime account to watch – just the ability to sit through a few unavoidable commercial breaks), this brilliant reality show from the creators of the American Office is a fly-on-the-wall series about the ups and downs of serving on a jury.

The thing is, aside from a single member of the jury who’s not in on the joke, every person on-screen is an actor: the other jurors, the judge, the bailiffs, the lawyers and everyone else involved in the trial know exactly what’s going on. So, like some massively extended Beadle’s About skit, our unfortunate mark is dragged into all manner of awkward and embarrassing situations for the viewer’s amusem*nt. Cruel perhaps, but brilliant all the same.

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The Wailing

Don’t let this South Korean horror movie’s 2.5-hour runtime put you off. Atmospheric, disturbing and often incongruously funny, this is a masterpiece of disquiet and tension that’ll sit with you long after the final credits roll.

When a series of grisly killings occur in a quiet mountain community, suspicion and superstition run rife. The spotlight quickly falls on an eccentric Japanese man who lives out in the woods, but the investigation into the murders is far from straightforward, leaving both the protagonists and the audience in an almost permanent state of discomfort. As a horror film this really has it all, and goes to some extremely uncomfortable places, all while keeping you constantly guessing until the end. Masterful.

Watch The Wailing on Prime Video

The Office (U.S., S1-9)

It might have started life as a pale imitation of the British original, but NBC’s long-running sitcom swiftly found its feet and its own comedic voice. Even if Steve Carell’s Michael Scott is a bit broader and slightly less melancholy than Ricky Gervais’ David Brent, it’s hard to deny that Carell has made the role of “awkward boss at a mid-level paper company” his own, and himself into a massive star in the process.

You probably already know the setup: The Office is a sort-of mockumentary set in a dreary Pennsylvania workplace populated by a few normal folks – representing us, the viewers – and a bunch of caricatures. The comedy mostly springs from the interactions between the two groups, and the formula works so well that NBC managed to keep it going for an astonishing nine seasons.

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The Northman

Arthouse director Robert Eggers’ brutal retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – in which Viking warrior Amleth embarks on a journey of bloody vengeance after his father’s death – has the slightly off-kilter sensibilities of an indie movie, despite costing as much as a summer blockbuster. It certainly makes no attempt to coddle its viewers with easy-to-like characters, a fast-moving plot or frequent action scenes, and while it never feels like a chore it’s not always an easy watch.

It’s a glorious-looking piece of cinema, though, and few viewers will be left in any doubt as to Eggers’ commitment to making an interesting film rather than a crowd-pleasing money-maker.

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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (S1-5)

Hankering for a grown-up TV show in the vein of Mad Men? One also set in mid-century Manhatten? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel might be the new series for you.

Rachel Brosnahan stars as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a vivacious, quick-witted upper middle class housewife with what she thought was the perfect 1950s New York lifestyle: husband, kids, beautiful Upper West Side apartment; the works. When things take an unforeseen turn and flip that all upside down, she stumbles into trying out standup comedy – and discovers she has something of a talent for not only making people laugh, but for hitting upon life’s truths and enigmas while doing it.

The first season won three Golden Globes and five Emmys, suggesting this Amazon Original may have an even bigger future ahead than Transparent.

Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime

The Social Network

Has David Fincher’s movie about the creation of Facebook lost its bite? After all, in the years since the film’s 2010 release, Mark’s Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth (now known as Meta) has become even more all-encompassing. Directed by its creepily opaque algorithms, it now substitutes traditional news media for millions – to a point where many feel that it’s literally a danger to democracy.

There’s a sense that, while Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin may have not foreseen the extent to which Facebook would integrate itself into our lives, they were acutely aware of its dodgy moral underpinnings. Sorkin’s Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is a ruthless genius who’s more interested in building something big than building something safe, and watching his rise from college geek to tech billionaire is fascinating.

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Swarm (S1)

Created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, Swarm is a riotously creative comedy-horror series about the destructive potential of toxic fandom. Our anti-heroine Dre (superbly played by Dominique Fishback) is shy, quiet and socially inept, but feels empowered in her membership of ‘The Swarm’, the obsessive online fanbase surrounding global popstar Ni’Jah (clearly inspired by real-life idol Beyoncé).

When a family tragedy coincides with the surprise release of Ni’Jah’s latest album and video, the apparent relationship between the two events sends Dre over the edge into a deranged orgy of violent, psychotic behaviour. A dark, disturbing and entertaining exploration of ‘stan culture’ that’s among Prime’s best original series.

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Nathan For You (S1-4)

This brilliant spoof reality series, in which deadpan Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder swoops in to save ailing businesses with absolutely woeful (but somehow incredibly clever) advice, has largely flown under the radar this side of the pond, but do yourself a favour and give it a shot. Often so surreal, awkward and bizarre that it’s hard to believe Fielding’s unsuspecting clients aren’t in on the joke (they’re not), Nathan For You is a true comedy original.

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Mad Men (S1-7)

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Mad Men may be among the most painstakingly crafted television series of all time; it’s certainly among the best. Like The Sopranos, it succeeds in skirting the line between entertainment and “high art” brilliantly, all while being funnier than 90% of comedy shows.

On its most basic level, this is a drama series about people who work in advertising in 1960s New York. It succeeds on that front thanks to a brilliantly written cast of characters, an interesting plot and an almost absurd amount of attention to period detail, all of which make it an engaging and entertaining watch.

But just as The Sopranos used its mafia setting to interrogate wider themes about family, psychology and work, Mad Men uses advertising to explore capitalism, happiness and identity. You could probably call it existentialist if you were feeling fancy, and you’d be well within your rights – but it’s devilishly witty, moving and fun with it.

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The Boys (S1-3)

What if superheroes were not only real, but as messed up and prone to bad behaviour as the rest of us. That’s the premise behind this superb comic book adaptation, in the world’s most famous costumed crusaders are owned and controlled by Vought, a ruthless corporation that keeps their misdeeds – which range from voyeurism and drug abuse to outright murderous psychopathy – under wraps in order to keep the cash flowing.

When one outrage leaves a young man bereaved and hellbent on revenge, he joins a group of like-minded vigilantes with the aim of bringing down Vought once and for all. Effortlessly blending humour, action and drama, The Boys manages to be Amazon’s best original series in ages.

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Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller might arguably be a case of style over substance, but when the style – neon-lit noir meets synth-pop soundtrack – is this impressive, who cares? Ryan Gosling simmers as a reticent Hollywood stunt driver who supplements his income by working as a wheelman for a vicious gang of thieves, but soon finds his uncomplicated lifestyle upturned by the arrival of Carey Mulligan’s young single mother.

Watch Drive on Prime Video

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Fleabag (S1-2)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars in this beloved sitcom about a single woman’s attempts to navigate the many pitfalls of modern London life: love, family, work. Even if that sounds like a hackneyed synopsis, or one that could describe something in the region of 10,000 British sitcoms, you should delve into Fleabag anyway; Waller-Bridge’s eyes-open approach – acerbic, unashamed, raw – doesn’t feel unoriginal in the slightest. It’s also extremely funny, which is probably worth mentioning too.

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is one of the most iconic and influential horror movies of all time. When an outbreak of the undead ushers in the fall of civilization, a quartet of survivors decamp to an abandoned shopping mall in a bid for safety – only to discover that the shambling brain-chomping hordes have also found themselves drawn to this palace of consumerism.

You’d have to be braindead to miss the satire, sure – but there’s so much else going on here that it hardly matters. Zack Snyder’s 21st-century reimagining isn’t a patch on this for atmosphere, and the practical effects and prog-rock synth score give it an eerie atmosphere you simply don’t get with modern horror flicks.

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The Babadook

This Australian indie horror movie is likely to stick with you for some time. In addition to all the thrills, spills and chills you’d expect from a standard horror flick, The Babadook has something extra hidden in its basem*nt under the stairs: smarts.

Yes, this film will fray your nerves like wool dragged across a barbed wire fence, but it’s also a meditation on loss and trauma. Can widowed mother Amelia finally lay the repressed memory of her husband to rest and save her son Samuel from the malevolent force stalking them in the process? You’ll just have to watch this modern classic to find out.

Watch The Babadook on Amazon Prime Video

Bosch (S1-7)

Based on the novels by James Connelly, Bosch is among Amazon’s most reliable original series. A super-authentic (or at least it feels that way) police procedural set in Los Angeles following the travails of homicide detective Harry Bosch, it’s proof that sometimes sticking to a formula really does work.

Bosch himself sounds like a walking cliché: a grizzled, no-nonsense cop with dark secrets lurking in his past, a love of jazz music and a low tolerance for pen-pushing superiors – but thanks to strong writing and Titus Welliver’s game performance, rooting for him as he navigates political machinations, corrupt colleagues and murderous criminals is never a problem.

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Sound of Metal

Ruben is a noise-metal drummer, endlessly touring tiny venues with his partner Lou in a beaten-up RV, but the couple’s rootless but contented lifestyle comes to a sickening halt when Ruben begins to experience hearing loss. With the realisation that his career as a musician may be over, tempting him back to his old addict’s ways, Ruben checks himself into a rural deaf community – but he remains fiercely driven by a hope of fixing his affliction, getting back on tour and getting back to Lou.

Riz Ahmed is utterly fantastic in the lead role (Oscar-nominated, no less), but everything about Darius Marder’s debut movie works so well: the sound design that puts you in Ruben’s head; the supporting performances of Paul Raci and Olivia Cooke; and the themes of identity, dependence and acceptance that run through it.

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Palm Springs

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, strangers who happen to be guests at the same wedding, find themselves stuck in a seemingly infinite time loop in this offbeat romantic comedy. If they fall asleep or die, they simple wake up once again and have to live the entire day through. Trapped together, the pair decide to make the most of their predicament, indulging in wilder and wilder behaviour in the knowledge that, whatever might happen, they’ll be back at square one eventually. Everything, it seems, has become meaningless.

If might sound like something you’ve seen before (“Groundhog Day!” we hear you scream), Palm Springs manages to feel different by dint of focussing on a pair of people rather than just one. The relationship and tensions between the two keep the film nicely involving – and it’s very funny to boot.

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The Report

The political thriller sees Adam Driver’s character, Daniel Jones, set an assignment by the Senator Diane Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation’ methods during the Bush era.

The project engulfs Jones’ life, his relentless determination to complete his report almost jeopardizing his career and sacrificing any social or personal life, but the injustice and corruption at the heart of it are too important to ignore. The Report’s fast-paced narrative and sharp dialogue make it easy enough to follow, but some of the torture-scenes are hard to stomach. The fact it’s based on a true story is frightening.

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American Gods (S1-3)

Based on the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods (exclusive to Amazon Prime currently, and available in 4K Ultra HD) weaves together cords of ancient mythology, modern mythology, Americana and pop culture to create a modern fantasy tale – a tale about immigration, above other things.

The cast includes the classy likes of Ian McShane, Peter Stormare and Gillian Anderson, but British viewers will be shocked to see former Hollyoaks hunk Ricky Whittle in the leading role – and doing a very decent job along with it. After a long wait amidst behind-the-camera turmoil, the second season has arrived too.

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Bone Tomahawk

Genres get hacked up as much as the unfortunate characters in S. Craig Zahler’s brutal directorial debut. This film starts out in familiar Western territory, but gradually descends into a nightmarish, schlocky horror flick – albeit one with some tension-shattering comedic dialogue and character moments. There’s an old-school video nasty vibe to Bone Tomahawk that you don’t often see in modern movies, not to mention a refreshing tendency to take its time.

Kurt Russell leads the strong cast (familiar faces Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson also appear) as a stoic small-town sheriff spurred into action when a group of cave-dwelling Native Americans kidnap two of his townspeople. Resolving to rescue the victims and punish the perpetrators, a small posse ventures out into the dry, rocky wilderness, not realising what awaits them.

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The Vast of Night

A New Mexico switchboard operator hears a mysterious sound on her headset, sparking off a series of creepily escalating revelations in this retro sci-fi movie from first-time director Andrew Patterson.

From its late 1950s small town America setting to its sound design and music, The Vast of Night gleefully channels classic mystery shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and The X-Files, not to mention films like Super 8 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But it’s far from derivative, and its snappy dialogue and stylish camerawork give it a singular, stylish air. The plot might be fairly simple, the cast small and unknown, but Patterson makes the most of every cent of his tiny budget.

Watch The Vast of Night on Amazon Prime Video

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Suspiria (2018)

This Amazon-funded reimagining of the Dario Argento classic will divide audiences. Ponderously paced and tottering under the weight of more themes and ideas than it knows what to do with, Suspiria is peak arthouse horror – and many will find the eventual bloodshed too little reward for the investment. Others will appreciate the movie’s strong sense of place (late 1970s Berlin, a city riven with political turmoil) and the way it generates an atmosphere of oppressive discomfort throughout with its use of sound effects, strange camera angles and Thom Yorke’s krautrock-inspired score.

Dakota Johnson stars as an unworldly young dancer joining a prestigious all-female company that just might be a coven of witches, while Tilda Swinton impresses in three separate roles.

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The Expanse (S1-6)

Amazon Prime recently acquired the first three seasons of this beloved space opera series, in which humanity has colonised the solar system amidst a looming conflict between Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt. It then financed and produced a fourth and fifth, injecting a bunch of cash into the series and giving the production values (already pretty high) a boost. At least one more season is coming too.

But that’s not to say that this is a show that lives and dies on its visuals. The Expanse will likely appeal to anyone who appreciates sprawling, critically-acclaimed and morally complex dramas – it’s like Game of Thrones with rail guns and zero-g instead of dragons and Valyrian steel. Better yet, it’s all available to stream in beautiful 4K UHD – provided you have a TV with the prerequisite number of pixels, natch.

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Mr. Robot (S1-4)

An office drone by day, Elliott Alderson (played brilliantly by Rami Malek) is also a morphine-dependent keyboard vigilante who hacks the lives of everyone he meets. That is until he’s lured in by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to join the hacktivist group ‘F Society’, whose grand plan is to cancel world debt by attacking ubiquitous conglomerate E Corp (or Evil Corp, as Elliott calls it).

Cue a trip down a rabbit hole that twists through Lynchian dream sequences, episode-long musings about the hackability of human minds, and a mounting sense of paranoia that leaves you suspicious of everything down to Elliott’s malfunctioning radiator.

That Mr. Robot resists Hollywood’s ‘Computers for dummies’ approach to the Internet is just one of the reasons why it’s great. The others are that it’s stylishly shot, unpredictable and offers a new take on cyberpunk, while wearing its influences (The Matrix, Fight Club and American Psycho) as proudly as the badge on its title character’s shirt.

Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all available for binge-watching right now.

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Red Oaks (S1-3)

A hidden gem in Amazon’s catalogue, Red Oaks‘ unremarkable premise belies a nuanced show that blends humour and pathos with surprising aplomb.

Set in ’80s New York suburbia, the show (now running to three full seasons) follows the bumbling but tumultuous life of David Myers. From the aloof love interest to parental turmoil at home, all the classic teen drama tropes are covered, with just enough of a twist to sustain your intrigue.

What really elevates this show above the many others that riff off a similar tune is its riotous roster of characters. Sleazy yet f*ckless tennis coach Nash alone is worth the price of admission.

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The Man in the High Castle (S1-4)

What if the Allies had lost the Second World War, and America was currently ruled by Germany in its eastern half and Japan in its western half? Well, you can find out in this big budget Amazon Prime original series, a thriller which zips around a 1960s North America that’s more “Ja wohl!” than “Aw shucks!”.

Dealing with underground resistance groups, various plots and an alternative Cold War (waged between Imperial Japan and the German Reich, now the world’s only superpowers), it’s the kind of series that’ll appeal to history buffs, sci-fi fans and anyone who’s into high concept, high budget television.

Watch The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Instant Video

The Walking Dead (S1-11)

The zombie apocalypse scenario has now been covered so many times that when the dead do eventually start clawing their way out of the ground in a shambling tide of brain-hungry violence, it’ll hardly be worth mentioning. That’s not to say that it doesn’t make cracking TV, though, and if you’re one of the few people who hasn’t yet seen The Walking Dead, there are a full nine seasons’ worth of horrific violence, bad decisions, cannibalism, baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire and more to enjoy!

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Transparent (S1-5)

Amazon’s been trying to “do a Netflix” by creating its very own blockbusting TV shows for ages now, but this is the first time it’s got it right. For a start, Transparent is really bold – it tells the story of a sixty-something divorcee announcing to his three grown-up kids that he’s always felt different and is now going to live as a woman.

Sounds heavy, and it sort of is, but it’s also darkly funny, with a degree of wit and sharpness that’s still rare even in this golden age of TV. The bickering between the three kids (each of whom is riddled with their own individual problems and peccadillos) is as chucklesome as it is awkward and real. Amazing telly.

Watch Transparent on Amazon Prime Instant Video now

Patriot (S1-2)

This quirky espionage comedy-drama blends deadpan humour, action and a coterie of memorable characters into something that feels truly original. Michael Dorman excels as permanently put-upon CIA operative John Lakeman, who really just wants to be a folk singer – life, needless to say, has other plans for him. The smart plot takes in Iran, nuclear weapons, a single-minded Luxembourger cop and a lot more info about industrial piping than you’d ever need know. Patriot is one of Amazon’s best original series, which is why it’s a true shame that there are (currently) no plans for a third season.

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