One of the reasons that Amazon Prime Video hasn’t quite captured the zeitgeist like Netflix, Max, or Hulu is that the best Amazon Prime original series just aren’t quite as critically acclaimed or culturally popular. Even though Prime Video trails only Netflix in subscriber count, the original content library doesn’t quite excite people the same way.
Prime Video’s first show, Transparent, won multiple Emmys, but it has struggled to find its culture-capturing hit like Stranger Things. But with a heavier investment in original programming recently, Prime Video is working to close the gap both in quantity and quality. As more shows release, we’re here to keep you up to date on the best Amazon Prime original series.
Tom Clancy’s fan-favorite hero, Jack Ryan, has the distinction of being played on the big screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. However, it was John Krasinski’s take on the character that made Amazon’s Jack Ryan such a compelling show. Think of it as Jack Ryan Begins. This series follows Jack early in his career when he was simply an analyst for the CIA. Regardless, Jack’s ability to make connections and follow the money convinced the CIA to put him into the field long before he was truly ready for it.
Regardless of his lack of field experience, Jack grew into the role and personally took down a terrorist plot. Unfortunately, Jack’s personal life has suffered along the way. Thankfully, the series never disappoints when it comes to thrilling action scenes. Amazon has confirmed that a third season is on the way, which means Jack Ryan will be back in the near future.
A fictionalized tell-all about a rock band that abruptly called it quits, Daisy Jones & The Six is a creative examination of the real music and culture of the 1970s. In 1977, Daisy Jones & The Six — led by Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin) — had risen from obscurity to fame. They seemed poised for superstardom.
And then, after a sold-out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field, they disbanded. The limited series picks up decades later as the band members recount the true story of why it all fell apart.
The lines of real life and virtual reality blend together in this adaptation of William Gibson’s sci-fi novel The Peripheral. Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz) leads a dull life in a small Appalachian town. Her one escape is her side hustle, playing advanced VR games for others.
Her skills earn her notoriety and soon, a company sends her a new video game system to test. But the strange system transports her to an incredibly lifelike, futuristic London that seems to tap into all of her dreams of finding a purpose, romance, and fame. But it also carries very real danger.
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