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Best TV Shows and Movies on Amazon Prime Video May 2024

Prime Video carries over 26,000 TV shows and movies—so where do you start? We have some recommendations.

New on Amazon Prime Video in May 2024

  • The Idea of You (May 2)
  • Clarkson’s Farm (May 3)
  • National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) (May 3)
  • Maxton Hall – The World Between Us (May 8)
  • The GOAT (May 8)
  • Academy of Country Music Awards (May 16)
  • Outer Range (May 16)
  • WNBA (May 16)
  • 99 (May 17)
  • The 1% Club (May 23)
  • The Blue Angels (May 23)
  • DOM (May 23)
  • Die Hart 2: Die Harter (May 30)
  • The Outlaws (May 31)

Amazon Prime Video, one of the biggest on-demand streaming services in both reach and quantity of content, is slowly establishing itself as a competitor for original TV shows and movies. It’s no threat to Netflix or Hulu in terms of sheer numbers, but Prime Video is slowly catching up.

For every hit like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Boys, there are several Prime Video originals you probably haven’t heard of—like Electric Dreams, Prime Video’s solid-but-little-seen answer to Netflix’s Black Mirror. With the exception of Thursday Night Football and the streamer’s $465 million Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, most Prime Video content is under the pop-culture radar.

But we know what’s prime on Prime: Here are some of our favorite TV shows and movies currently on Amazon Prime Video.

Best shows on Amazon Prime Video

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | Comedy, drama

Prime Video’s most recognizable original, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a charming, fast-talking slice of 1950s/’60s Americana that’s won countless awards over five seasons. New York housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) stumbles into a standup comedy career, much to the dismay of her upper-middle-class Jewish family and, well, everyone. If nothing else, check it out for Midge’s dazzling array of period-perfect outfits.

The Boys (Prime Video)

The Boys | Action, drama

After a decade of blockbuster superhero movies featuring (mostly) infallible good guys, a dark backlash was inevitable—but we didn’t expect it would be this dark. The Boys presents a world wherein superheroes are narcissistic, unstable pawns of corporate interests, with one vigilante group (the titular Boys) bent on taking them down. The Boys evenly balances ultra-violence and dark comedy, and Antony Starr’s anti-Superman Homelander is terrifying. Also check out The Boys‘ spinoff series, Gen V.

Dead Ringers (Prime Video)

Dead Ringers | Drama, thriller

This gender-flipped miniseries take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 classic Dead Ringers might be even better than the original. Rachel Weisz inhabits the Jeremy Irons role(s) as Beverly and Elliot Mantle, twin OBGYNs who share everything (drugs, lovers, etc.), including a (somewhat warped) mission to push the boundaries of fertility science. Dead Ringers is Weisz at her actorly best, which is saying something

Wilderness (Prime Video)

Wilderness | Drama, thriller

British couple Liv (Jenna Coleman) and Will (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) are happily married New Yorkers—but then Will has an affair. To help make up for it, Will proposes a romantic cross-country trip through America’s national parks, but Liv has an agenda: Revenge (so many ways to “accidentally” perish in the Wilderness). The scenery is gorgeous, the tension burns, and you won’t guess what comes next.

Daisy Jones & The Six (Prime Video)

Daisy Jones & The Six | Drama

Daisy Jones & The Six is essentially The Fleetwood Mac Story, but it takes the usual rise-and-fall story of a 1970s rock band (fronted by Riley Keough and Sam Claflin) to glittering and sometimes surprising new heights. The cast even sings and plays instruments themselves, performing original songs by Phoebe Bridgers, Jackson Browne, and other artists who aren’t Stevie Nicks or Lindsay Buckingham.

The English (Prime Video)

The English | Drama, Western

Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt, the titular English) is out for revenge for her murdered son in 1890s Wyoming, with the help of a Pawnee scout (Chaske Spencer). The English is a beautifully-filmed-but-violent vengeance thriller, filmed in Spain (not Wyoming) and written/directed by a Brit (Hugo Blick). It’s a classic Western, right down to the opening credits and dusty soundtrack, and Blunt’s performance in The English is a career-best.

The Expanse (Prime Video)

The Expanse | Drama, sci-fi

The Expanse was too sci-fi for even the Syfy channel, which canceled it after three seasons, leading Prime Video to pick it up for three more. Even after humanity has colonized the entire solar system (aka the Expanse), class struggles and cold war tensions still prevail—the utopian future of Star Trek, this isn’t. The Expanse has been called “Game of Thrones in space,” and the dense writing and stunning cinematography back it up.

Goliath (Prime Video)

Goliath | Drama, thriller

After 40 years in the film business, Billy Bob Thornton finally landed a TV character to rival Sling Blade and Bad Santa: Billy McBride, a scrappy Los Angeles lawyer who litigates truth to power from his hotel home/office on the Santa Monica Pier. Show creator David E. Kelley knows legal drama, and Goliath’s supporting cast (including Tony-winner Nina Arianda and Lost’s Tanya Raymonde) is as compelling as its villains (like William Hurt, Mark Duplass, and Dennis Quaid).

More of the best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Carnival Row
  • Electric Dreams
  • Good Omens
  • Homecoming
  • Invincible
  • Jack Ryan
  • Reacher
  • The Rig
  • Them
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Best movies on Amazon Prime Video

Candy Cane Lane (Prime Video)

Candy Cane Lane | Comedy, fantasy

A good Christmas movie can be enjoyed any time of the year, and Candy Cane Lane certainly qualifies. In this fantastical riff on The 12 Days of Christmas, Chris (Eddie Murphy) strikes a deal with a devilish rogue elf (Jillian Bell) to win a holiday home decorating contest, with spectacularly disastrous results. The Christmas comedy also stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Nick Offerman, and David Alan Greer as Santa himself.

Totally Killer (Prime Video)

Totally Killer | Comedy, horror

Good Halloween flicks also never go out of season. In the hilarious Totally Killer, teen Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) encounters the “Sweet 16 Killer,” a knife-wielding psycho who carved up three kids decades ago. One weird science moment later, Jamie is transported back to 1987. She deduces that if she can stop the serial killer before he ever strikes, she can make her way back to the present (sounds legit).

Jolt (Prime Video)

Jolt | Action, comedy

Lindy (Kate Beckinsale) suffers from murderous rage episodes that can only be controlled by electrical shocks to her system—hence, the title Jolt (Crank was taken). When her boyfriend turns up dead, she’s the prime suspect, which only slightly hinders her revenge mission to get the real killers. If the idea of Beckinsale pummeling thugs twice her size sounds ludicrous, you’ve obviously forgotten Underworld.

Kids In the Hall Comedy Punks (Prime Video)

The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks | Documentary, comedy

Gen-Xers (and newbie fans), rejoice! The Kids are back with new shows and an amazing new documentary. With celebrity-comedian talking heads, archival footage, and exclusive interviews, we highly recommend “crushing” Amazon Prime Video’s documentary revival of our favorite comedy punks from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Sound of Metal (Prime Video)

Sound of Metal | Drama

Film festival favorite Sound of Metal follows the downward aural spiral of noise-rock drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a recovering drug addict who begins to lose his hearing while on tour. Sound of Metal, which makes pointed use of stark silence, has been nominated for over 40 film awards since its 2019 release, and it won two Oscars in 2021.

I'm Your Woman (Prime Video)

I’m Your Woman | Drama, thriller

In a critically praised departure from her Marvelous Mrs. Maisel character, Rachel Brosnahan plays a 1970s wife and mother on the run thanks to the criminal activities of her husband in I’m Your Woman. The tense neo-noir thriller rounds one unpredictable turn after another, culminating in the closest thing to a happy ending possible here.

Vast of Night (Prime Video)

The Vast of Night | Sci-fi, thriller

Andrew Patterson’s directorial debut The Vast of Night was filmed for just $700,000, but it has the technical and emotional ambitions of a mega-budget blockbuster. Small-town teens in 1950s New Mexico discover an alien invasion through radio frequencies, as well as a conspiracy to downplay the existence of UFOs. The Vast of Night is worth experiencing for the cinematography alone.

Somebody I Used to Know (Prime Video)

Somebody I Used to Know | Comedy, romance

After the cancelation of her show, L.A. TV producer Ally (Allison Brie) returns to her quaint hometown to get herself together but then runs into her ex-boyfriend (Jay Ellis). The sparks are still there, but Ally finds out that Jay is engaged to Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), a free-spirited woman who reminds her of when she was “cool.” Brie co-wrote Somebody I Used to Know with her husband, Dave Franco, and it’s not the predictable rom-com it looks like on the surface.

Gimme Danger (Prime Video)

Gimme Danger | Documentary, music

Gimme Danger, about the rise and fall of ’60s/’70s proto-punk cult band The Stooges, isn’t your typical rock documentary—because singer Iggy Pop isn’t your typical rock star. Director Jim Jarmusch blends archival footage, interviews, and cutout animation into an appropriately ragged ransom note of a storyline. Gimme Danger is a punk-perfect portrait of The Stooges.

More of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Brittany Runs a Marathon
  • Coming 2 America
  • The Goldfinch
  • Halston
  • My Spy
  • Saltburn
  • Sylvie’s Love
  • Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse
  • Uncle Frank

Best Amazon Prime Video original series

  • The Boys
  • The Expanse
  • Fortitude
  • Invincible
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Goliath
  • Good Omens
  • Hunters
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
  • The Wheel of Time

Best food and travel shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Chasing Zephyr: Iconic Islands
  • Discovering the World
  • Fluffy’s Food Adventures
  • Food Safari
  • The Foodie
  • My Greatest Dishes
  • Rick Steves’ Europe
  • A Taste of Travel
  • The Travel Detective
  • Truly Texas Mexican

Best true crime shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Becoming Evil: Serial Killers
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime
  • The Devil You Know
  • Forensic Files
  • I Don’t Like Mondays
  • Killer Mysteries
  • Lorena
  • Love Fraud
  • Murdertown
  • There Are No Fakes

Best reality TV shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • The Amazing Race
  • Changing Rooms
  • Gown and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Making the Cut
  • Married at First Sight
  • Next Big Thing NYC
  • The Pack
  • Savage X Fenty Show
  • Storage Wars
  • The Ultimate Mixologist

Best sci-fi shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Counterpart
  • Dominion
  • The Expanse
  • Falling Water
  • Fringe
  • Heroes
  • Humans
  • Invincible
  • Star Trek
  • Warehouse 13

Best documentaries on Amazon Prime Video

  • American Playboy
  • The Booksellers
  • Generation Wealth
  • Gimme Danger
  • Halston
  • American Tragedy
  • The Last Narc
  • Long Strange Trip
  • Pink: All I Know
  • Stop Making Sense

Best LGBTQ+ shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Arizona Sky
  • Be Mine
  • Eating Out
  • Gay USA
  • Gays in Prison
  • Intersexion
  • A Luv Tale
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Trans
  • Transparent

Best kids’ shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Bookaboo
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Danger & Eggs
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
  • Peppa Pig
  • Pete the Cat
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Stinky & Dirty Show

Best anime shows on Amazon Prime Video

  • Blue Submarine No. 6
  • Elfin Lied
  • Girls’ Last Tour
  • Lights of the Clione
  • Love and Lies
  • RWBY
  • Samurai Pizza Cats
  • Samurai Troopers
  • Vinland Saga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

What to Watch on Amazon Prime Video FAQ

Are there any good series on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video features an always-growing slate of excellent and award-winning original series, including The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of PowerThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Boys, The Wheel of Time, The Expanse, Good Omens, Reacher, and over 50 more.

Is Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime Video?

Game of Thrones episodes and full seasons are available to purchase through Prime Video but aren’t included with a Prime Video subscription. Episodes start at $2.99 each, and full seasons range from $19.99 to $24.99. It would be less expensive to subscribe to HBO Max ($9.99–$14.99 a month) to watch all eight seasons of Game of Thrones.

What is the most-watched show on Amazon Prime Video?

In early 2022, the most-watched show on Prime Video is action-drama Reacher, based on the Jack Reacher book series. Prior to that, The Wheel of Time fantasy series was the most popular Prime Video series. In fall 2022, Prime Video’s biggest series is The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, with a reported 25 million+ viewers.

How can I watch Amazon Prime Video for free?

Amazon Prime Video offers new customers a 30-day free trial, then reverts to its typical price of $8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr.. If you want to immediately watch some Amazon Prime favorites at no cost, check out Freevee. Freevee is a free, ad-supported streaming service that serves up previously-released TV shows and movies for free (but with ads).

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