One of the most infuriating things about the streaming giant Netflix is its lack of some of the biggest and best TV programmes out there. While it has some great shows and self-produced programmes on offer, there's no Family Guy, no The Simpsons, and for years, no Friends...
That's why it's good news that Amazon Prime has a whole heap of TV programmes hidden within its offerings for you to choose from, to help with all your coronavirus isolation-related streaming needs. It may not be the first place that you think of going when you're considering where to head for the best TV programmes, but it's got some seriously good box sets on offer, plus it's placed at a competitive price.
There's not only already-loved shows, but newer and original Amazon Prime content, too. Save yourself the hours trawling the site for the best things to watch, instead let us guide you through the 'must watches'.
14 Amazon Prime TV shows to watch
The platform is a goldmine of TV classics just waiting for you to watch. Choose from:
A classic US series following lead character Ryan Atwood and his foster brother Seth as they adapt to life after being adopted by seriously wealthy parents. Watch them come to terms with the luxurious lives that are lived in Newport Beach.
2. The Office US
An American 'mockumentary', the TV show documents the normal day-to-day lives of several office workers situated in Pennsylvania working in the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It's comedic genius, and there's a whole nine seasons to catch up on, so go, go, go.
From comedic author, actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge comes Fleabag, one of the UK's funniest sitcoms in a long time. It tells the story of a young woman navigating the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life in a Miranda-esque comedic fashion.
4. Downton Abbey
You've all heard of Downton Abbey, the six-season series following the Crawley family and their staff who live and work in a fictional Yorkshire country estate. It shares the lives of aristocratic family and their help during the post-Edwardian era, covering both historical and period drama, and starring actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt.
5. The Night Manager
Featuring Tom Hiddleston as—yep, you guessed it—night manager Jonathan Pine, the drama follows his journey as a hotel worker who gets caught up in the dealings of a local gangster. It's tense and full of suspense as he's ultimately recruited to infiltrate a wealthy and renowned arms dealer's inner circle.
A cult classic, Lost tells the story of a handful of humans who survive when a flight from Sydney to LA crashes and they end up stranded on an unknown island in the South Pacific Ocean. The American series spans six seasons of sci-fi-drama, so there's plenty to catch up on.
7. Parks and Recreation
Following the life of Leslie Knope, deputy director of the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana, and the stories of several nearby locals, Parks and Recreation is one one of NBC's original comedy shows and a must-watch if you're looking for a laugh.
8. One Tree Hill
Another cult classic that's gathered thousands of hard core fans over the years, based in Tree Hill in North Carolina, OTH tells the story of two brothers played by actors Chad Michael-Murray and James Lafferty. Follow their on-screen characters Lucas and Scott battle for places on the high school basketball team, work through their high school years and puzzle through teenage love, too.
9. Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Starring Billie Piper, Secret Diary of a Call Girl follows her as a call girl named Belle who keeps her 'night-time' profession from the friends and family she sees by day. It tackles the complications that having such a career can present.
10. New Girl
An American sitcom from Elizabeth Meriwether and Fox Broadcasting Company, New Girl stars Zooey Deschanel as Jess, an upbeat teacher living in a somewhat dysfunctional flat share, and documents the highs and lows of life after moving in with three guys as the only girl.
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
With its hard-core following, you may have already seen it, but this retro hit is worth a re-watch. Buffy Summers, a "Vampire Slayer" is chosen by fate to battle against evil in the form of vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness.
12. Ugly Betty
It made headlines around the world when it was first released in 2006 telling the story of Betty, a clever but chaotic 20-something trying to make her way in the cutthroat New York fashion industry. Her look—and character—is so unique it works against her, to begin with, but watch the whole series to uncover a tale of how being different is sometimes your biggest advantage.
13. The Tudors
History fan or just keen to watch something that's a bit more rooted in real life? Then you'll love The Tudors, a sumptuous drama based on the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. Featuring his wives Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and more, and with four seasons available to watch, it's kind of like Horrible Histories... but for grown ups.
14. Dawson's Creek
Revolving around a love-triangle set in the town of Cape Cod, watch Dawson, a film geek with a love for Stephen Spielberg, work out whether he wants to pursue popular girl Jen or best friend Joy. The American teen drama is six seasons long, and will have you hooked in no time.
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