Summer’s here and we’re all ready to laze around and go binge-watch. Don’t know what to watch or where to start? Scrolling through your phone, overwhelmed by all the viewing options? Netflix or AmazonPrime? What genre? What season? Fear Not! Let’s go one web series at a time. We have brought for you a comprehensive, crowd-sourced list of the must-watch shows on AmazonPrime.
#1: Mozart in the Jungle
You’re two years too late if you start on this GoldenGlobe and Emmy Award-winning series now. But what else are streaming platforms for. Based on Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by oboist Blair Tindall, the Amazon description promises that!
Amazon Description: “What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is stirring things up, and young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance.”
#2: American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story
As the name clearly states, the series follows the creation of the equal parts scandalous and enticing Playboy empire.
Amazon Description: “A fascinating docuseries chronicling Playboy magazine’s charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, and his impact on global culture. Told from his unique perspective with never-before-seen footage from his private archive, discover the captivating story about the man behind the bunny”.
#3: The Man in the High Castle
Amazon’s most watched original series, it follows a dystopian premise.
Amazon Description: ”Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.”
The acclaimed GoldenGlobe winning series is a mainstay be on all must watch lists.
Amazon Description: When the Pfefferman family patriarch makes a dramatic admission, the entire family’s secrets start to spill out, and each of them spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman.
#5: Amazon’s Comedy Specials
Amazon’s partnership with OML has resulted in 14 promised comedy specials, pick out your favourite comedian and get ready for some educational laughs! Here’s a list of all of them,
- Obsessive Comic Disorder featuring Sapan Verma
- My Dad Thinks He’s Funny featuring Sorabh Pant
- Kanan Gill
- Don’t Be That Guy featuring Kenny Sebastian
- Single Magar Haq Se featuring Zakir Khan;
- Biswa Mast Aadmi featuring Biswa Kalyan Rath
- Naveen Richard with Don’t Make That Face;
- Anuvab Pal with Alive at 40;
- Vicky This Side, Varun That Side featuring Varun Thakar
- Cometh the Hour featuring Azeem Banatwalla;
- Neville Shah;
- Stand Up – The Musical featuring Aadar Malik,
- Madrasi Da featuring S Aravind
- EIC Outrage special
#6: The Sopranos
If you’re feeling nostalgic, give what is arguably HBO’s best delivery a watch.
Amazon Description: See how it all started! Season One of HBO’s hit series ‘The Sopranos’ takes a realistic, darkly humorous look at members of a suburban New Jersey family, whose patriarch Tony Soprano happens to be a mob boss. James Gandolfini stars.
#7: Mr. Robot
One of the TV’s best offerings; the acting, the scenes, the plotting – all speak for themselves.
Amazon Description: “Mr. Robot” follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect.
#8: American Gods
Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel of the same name, follow Shadow and his cohorts and discover America in the process.
Amazon Description: Shadow Moon is hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard and finds himself in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.
#9: Six Feet Under
Before the Weekend’s eponymous song, Six Feet Under the show came about – filled with dark humour and dealings with grief, this is a must-watch.
Amazon Description: When death is your business, what is your life? The hit HBO series takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional L.A. family that runs a funeral business. In Season One, the death of the Fisher patriarch leads to big changes for the rest of the family.
#10: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Taking place 70 years after the events Nickelodeon’s beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender, this series follows the new Avatar Korra as she comes to terms with her power. It deals with issues of environment, sexuality and the tussle between the forces of good and evil. Don’t dub it childlike and put off watching it!
Amazon Description: Avatar Korra, a headstrong, rebellious, feisty young woman who continually challenges and breaks with tradition, is on her quest to become a fully realised Avatar. In this story, the Avatar struggles to find balance within herself.
Do tell us in the comments about any other shows you recommend!