Do you have Amazon Prime? I think it’s the best deal around. For $99/year you get so much. A few of my favorites are:
- Free 2-day shipping on most items ordered on Amazon. I do so much online shopping through Amazon, that I get reimbursed for that $99 through this feature alone!
- Prime Photos – Unlimited photo storage for you and 5 others.
- Amazon Household – Allows 2 adults and up to 4 children to share the best of Amazon Prime. We share our benefits with one of our daughters and her family.
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But my favorite Amazon Prime feature is their live streaming of TV shows and movies. In recent years Amazon has started producing their own original shows and they are outstanding. Here are my recommendations for shows on Amazon Prime that you DON’T want to miss!
Updated January 11, 2018
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13 Not To Be Missed Shows on Amazon Prime (Now Called Prime Video)
Amazon Prime #1 – Goliath
Goliath stars Billy Bob Thornton who is so fabulous in this role as an alcoholic, down and out, former high-powered defense attorney named Billy McBride. He gets talked into pursuing a wrongful death suit against a large munitions company represented by the mammoth law firm he helped create. Lots of twists and turns in this series, which also stars William Hurt as Donald Cooperman. Cooperman, who was formerly Billy’s partner, is now the creepy, controlling, kind of crazy managing partner of the firm who wants to beat Billy at all costs.
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Amazon Prime #2 – The Man In The High Castle
This series is set in 1962 and is based on Philip Dick’s book by the same name. Classified as alternative history, viewers are taken into a world where the Axis powers won World War II. The former US is now ruled on the East Coast by Nazi Germany and on the West Coast by the Japanese with a small neutral zone in the middle. My favorite character is Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith played by Rufus Sewell. Smith is the highest ranking Nazi in the U.S. and from the flashbacks, you get the impression that he was a U. S. Army officer during the war. On one hand, he is ruthless in maintaining order and squashing members of the resistance. But he has a soft side as a family man. John Smith, the family man, will do anything to protect his family including trying to hide his son who is in danger of being killed by Nazi doctors because of a medical “defect”. It’s all about preserving the “master race”, you know…
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Amazon Prime #3 – Good Girls Revolt
Good Girls Revolt is set in 1969 at a “Newsweek” type magazine called “News of the Week”. The series centers around issues that prompted the women’s movement in the 1960’s. Men were the reporters and all stories appeared under the man’s by-line. The women were relegated to being fact checkers and researchers. Although many times, the women were the ones who did most of the writing of a story, they got none of the credit and only a fraction of the pay. So they take their fight to an ACLU Lawyer. As the season ends, these women are giving a press conference announcing their lawsuit against News of the Week on the same day the magazine’s cover story is on the women’s movement. Other issues of the 1960’s are highlighted as well. The sexual freedom brought on by the Pill. Women who can’t conduct the regular business of life, such as signing a lease without their Vietnam-deployed husband’s signature. The plight of returning Vietnam veterans. Those who lived through these times will experience a sense of déjà vu while watching the show. Sadly, Amazon cancelled this great series after the first season. Watch it anyway. It’s a good story and some of the men (Chris Diamantopoulos and Hunter Parrish (Silas in “Weeds”) are easy on the eyes!
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Amazon Prime #4 – One Mississippi
One Mississippi is a semi-autobiographical, dark comedy based on the life of comedian Tig Notaro. Tig is an LA radio personality who has breast cancer and C. Diff. She has just been through a double mastectomy when she learns that her mother is about to be taken off life support after suffering a fall. Really sounds like a comedy doesn’t it? I said it was dark. Tig returns home to Bay St. Lucille, MS to deal with her mother’s death and it’s aftermath. Old family issues and pain, her mother’s secrets, what to do with her “stuff”. This show is funny and raw all at the same time. What makes it so endearing is that what Tig goes through is exactly the same things that most women in midlife go through in one way or another. You’ll see yourself and your family in this show. Amazon has picked up for a full season and I’m excited to see where it goes.
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Amazon Prime #5 – Mozart In The Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle is a comedy inspired by Blair Tindall’s memoir “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music”. The story centers around a young aspiring oboist, Hailey Rutledge, Rodrigo, the new, eccentric, charismatic conductor and a cast of orchestra members. The prima donna who has been in the orchestra forever. The union rep who makes sure breaks are given at the right time. The conductor emeritus played brilliantly by Malcolm MacDowell who is still trying to be relevant. The President of the orchestra played by the always charming Bernadette Peters who is trying to secure funding and maintain subscribers to keep it all afloat. I really liked Season 1 much better than Season 2. But I still think it’s a great show.
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Amazon Prime #5 – Mr. Church
After I binged watched all of these series in a little over a month, I was scrolling through trying to find something else to watch and came across a movie starring Eddie Murphy called Mr. Church. I will date myself and tell you that all I remember of Eddie Murphy is that he was a hilarious cast member of Saturday Night Live in the 80’s. I still laugh when I remember his portrayals of Buckwheat from Little Rascals, Gumby and Mr. “Robinson” (a parody of Mr. Rogers). In Mr. Church, he plays the cook who is hired to care for a single mother who is dying of cancer and her young daughter. He committed to 6 months (the amount of time the mother was given to live) but ends up being with this family for 15 years. This is a beautiful story and Murphy’s performance is tender and poignant. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this movie and was able to experience Eddie Murphy’s great range through his performance.
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Amazon Prime #7 – Home Fires
I seem to love British TV and especially shows that were featured on PBS’ Masterpiece. Home Fires is about a group of women living in a small rural village in England during WWII. These women lived under extraordinary pressure as they faced separation from their husbands and sons for years at a time, and lived through air raids, rationing and the constant fear of learning their loved ones would not be returing. You will inspired as you see these women rise to the occasion and contribute to the war effort in ways that would have been unthought of at the time, had it not been a necessisty.
Amazon Prime #8 – The Big Sick
This is a true life comedy based on a situation that could have been really tragic. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani falls in love with Amerian grad student Emily Gordon. Their courtship has its ups and downs and things really gets complicated with Emily comes down with a mysterious life-threatening illness. The culture clash between families is heart-breaking, yet not without humor. Also stars Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily’s parents. They are fabulous.
Shows you may have missed the first time around:
- Downton Abbey
- The Good Wife
- Covert Affairs
- Blue Bloods
Are you an Amazon Prime member? If not, join! For the same price as Netflix, you have access to some great shows!
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