The 23 Best Shows on Amazon Prime Video Right Now! (2021)

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Do not fear, Comedy.com's best shows on Amazon Prime list is here! From superheroes to love stories, comedies, or dramas, to true adaptations, these are some of the top TV series that we recommend when you're needing to kick your feet up and binge-watch.

Scrubs

Year: 2001-2010

IMDb Score: 8.3

The Amazon Prime series, Scrubs, features a mix of a vague Grey's Anatomy with absurd comedy as doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital take on patients. The medical building is a teaching hospital, where intern John "J.D." Dorian, played by Zach Braff, learns the tricks of the trade, forms strong friendships and learns valuable lessons about life. Braff is joined on screen by Sarah Chalke, Neil Flynn, Donald Faison, Ken Jenkins, and more exciting guest appearances. Lover's of the show and its creator, Bill Lawrence, felt that he certainly knew what he was doing when he combined comedic actors with real-life experiences.

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Modern Love

Year: 2019

IMDb Score: 8.0

With a cast like that of Modern Love, there's no denying that this 8-episode TV series was set to be one of the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime. Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, and several more talented personalities came together to bring us a captivating story based on a New York Times column. And, when this captivating collection came to life on the small screen, topics such as the different kinds of love, human connection, marriage, and children led many fans to fall in love with the stories that were taking place in the big apple.

Truth Seekers

Year: 2020

IMDb Score: 7.1

Actors and comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been a long-term duo when it comes to funny business. So, when they, along with Malcolm McDowell and Samson Kayo, appeared in the dark comedy series Truth Seekers, many fans were drawn to the unique storyline of the production. In the Amazon Prime TV show, a group of paranormal investigators, including Gus (played by Frost) and Dave (Pegg), took on a job that needed some extra eyes. In fact, after more otherworldly activity than they anticipated, the larger conspiracy they uncovered brought about a shocking collection of ghosts, surprises, and searching for answers.

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IMDb (2020) Truth Seekers via Sony Pictures Television & Stolen Picture

Alpha House

Year: 2013-2014

IMDb Score: 7.6

This addictive show is a political satire series starring John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, and Mark Consuelos, as 4 United States senators who share a home rental in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, things go (Slightly? Massively?) array amidst re-election drama, potential indictments, and well, 4 grown men sharing a house. While the show only ran for 2 seasons, fans of the series couldn't believe all of the shenanigans that went on. So, who's ready to see these entertainment legends in action? Oh! Did we mention there were recurring appearances from Bill Murray and Wanda Sykes, too?

Good Omens

Year: 2019

IMDb Score: 8.1

This comedy show stars actors Michael Sheen as Aziraphale the angel and David Tennant as Crowly, the demon. They partnered up to avoid an approaching apocalypse and according to IMDb, it's a series worth watching. In it, they live side by side as representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth. And what could match the excitement of this cast so far? Potentially only the news that Frances McDormand plays the voice of God and Benedict Cumberbatch plays Satan's! In this top Amazon Prime TV series, Sheen and Tennant pair up yet again to display their undeniable on-screen friendship, as well as, portray their classically opposing characters. In the end, the protectors of Heaven and Hell are put to the test.

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IMDb (2019) Good Omens via BBC Studios, Narrativia, & The Blank Corporation

BETAS

Year: 2013-2014

IMDb Score: 7.0

This single-season show on Amazon Prime included 11 episodes detailing the story of 4 good friends who believe they cracked the social media algorithm at large. In this twisting and turning story, actors Joe Dinicol (Trey), Karan Soni (Nash), Jon Daly (Hobbes), and Charlie Saxton (Mitchell) work tirelessly to create the perfect "dating app" coding system in hopes of finding an investor in their area of Silicon Valley. But, while they try to secure this financial stability, the buddies experience blocks, wrong passwords, error messages, and so much more. Even though the show only ran for one season, viewers seemed to like it based on the IMDb score it received!

Upload

Year: 2020

IMDb Score: 8.0

This Amazon original was created by Greg Daniels, the same man who brought us The Office and Parks and Recreation. But, unlike the two mentioned, this TV series mixed science fiction and comedy-drama to create a futuristic digital afterlife where consciousness is uploaded and stored, that is, if one can swing the high price tag. In the virtual world of this show, people can change seasons at the click of a button and reminisce on any stored memories the same way one would scroll through their Google Drive. A mere 7 days after the small-screen release, Upload was renewed for a second season, time to clear our schedules!

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IMDb (2020) Upload via 3 Arts Entertainment & Amazon Studios

Red Oaks

Year: 2014-2017

IMDb Score: 7.9

Red Oaks came out several years back and is still widely enjoyed by many. The comedy-drama tells the story of an assistant professional tennis player as he works hard to figure out how to plan the next steps in life. In the meantime, David, the athlete played by Craig Roberts, spends his time working at a New Jersey country club. Through juggling his adolescence, relationships, happiness, and financial state throughout the 1980s, David runs into numerous obstacles. The series ran for 3 seasons, and based on its IMDb score, has been rated one of the best TV shows to enjoy on Amazon Prime.

Catastrophe

Year: 2015-2019

IMDb Score: 8.2

Sporting one of the higher scores on our list is the dark-humor-filled series, Catastrophe. It ran for 4 seasons before being canceled, but viewers became hooked on the captivating plot before that. When Rob, played by Rob Delaney, hooks up with Sharon, played by Sharon Horgan, while on a business trip in London, both of their lives change forever. An unexpected surprise leaves the two strangers needing to get to know each other quickly to make some large life decisions together. This witty series not only kept viewers on their feet while watching, but encouraged a thought process that kept gears turning.

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IMDb (2015) Catastrophe via Avalon Television; Merman

Forever

Year: 2018

IMDb Score: 7.2

June and Oscar, played by the hilarious Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, act as a married couple who, at the time, live very comfortably in their suburban California home. But, when everything drastically changes 12 years later, the couple finds themselves in uncharted territory on a ski trip. Thus, all of the conversations they once shared for over a decade suddenly change to include long chats about the depths of love, marriage, and the afterlife. Even though the show was canceled after its first season, they definitely had a great run with such an exciting plot and comedic actors.

Community

Year: 2009-2015

IMDb Score: 8.5

When a suspended lawyer, Jeff, played by Joel McHale, has no other option but to re-enroll in school at a community college, he is met with an experience he could never have seen coming. As he settled into his new study group, he realizes that hitting the books might be the last thing he does. Not only is the group of people he now spends his time with full of eccentric ideas, but Jeff is finally given a platform where his ideas are valued! Community also shows the process of finding true friends, and reminds the masses that it's never too late to change up a plan.

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Fleabag

Year: 2016-2019

IMDb Score: 8.7

With one of the highest ratings on our list is Phoebe Waller-Bridge's hilariously relatable masterpiece, Fleabag. She wrote and starred in the play-turned comedy series as a mid 30's woman who had her moments of high highs and low lows like many of us. Unfortunately, she had been using her busy job to cope with the tragedies that occurred in her life. Despite that, she must have done something right because the actress went on to win several awards for her roles! This honest and to-the-point comedy series has been widely regarded as one of the best TV series on Amazon Prime.

30 Rock

Year: 2006-2013

IMDb Score: 8.2

Tina Fey laid all of her creativity cards out on the table when she brought TV lovers the hilarious, joke-filled show, 30 Rock. In it, Fey played Liz Lemon, who constantly tried to wrangle the unmanageable employees of her SNL-style comedy show, "TGS with Tracy Jordan." As Lemon attempted to balance her love life, work-life, and success, many viewers could relate to the daily struggles she experienced. To help her through the troubles of the time, Liz became close with her boss Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin. Together, their banter was enough to keep fans watching episode after episode.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Year: 2017

IMDb Score: 8.7

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a series that captivated audiences of all kinds. The show tells the story of a mid-'50s housewife-turned-stand-up-comedian who dazzles New York City in comedy. Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, is widely believed to have adopted the persona of her character so well that some fans grew to think of her as the only woman who could've played the character that spot on. The dead-ringer for a great production? Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino was the woman behind all of the Maisel magic! This soon-to-be 4-season show was a hit in 2017 and remains talked about since.

Mozart in the Jungle

Year: 2014-2018

IMDb Score: 8.1

The beauty of music is explored in the Amazon Prime TV series Mozart in the Jungle. The production is supposedly based on the memory of musician Blair Tindall. Thus, when sound fanatics and oboist Hailey, played by Lola Kirke, meets orchestra conductor Rodrigo, played by Gael García Bernal, audiences are given something they never expected. This show gained popularity as the audience experienced the charm, gorgeous music, and the edgier side of symphony members' lives. The twists and turns in this series kept viewers on their toes, and thank goodness for that, because wow, there is much to unpack here!

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One Mississippi

Year: 2015-2017

IMDb Score: 7.4

This story of a woman struggling to step through the tribulations that life has thrown her way is based on the true tale of Tig Notaro. After her mother suddenly passed away, Tig, who plays herself in the show, returns to her hometown in Mississippi while also dealing with severe health concerns of her own. The series follows Tig in her semi-autobiographical dark comedy as she tries to regain power over the events taking place within her life. Despite the sad events at the center of this production, Tig showed her audience just how much can be regained by taking a chance and trusting one's gut.

The Boys

Year: 2019

IMDb Score: 8.7

In a world where superheroes are modern celebs, Amazon's The Boys features Karl Urban (Billy Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie Campbell), and Antony Starr (Homelander). When a superbeing starts to behave badly, action has to be taken, and fast! Before diving into what is based on Garth Ennis's comic series, it's important to note that this show is not for the easily disturbed. Fans have described loads of gore and horror in the super comedy as well. However, many of the actors in this show have been reported to pull out all of the stops to wow viewers from beginning to end.

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IMDb (2019) The Boys via Sony Pictures Digital Productions Inc.

Transparent

Year: 2014-2019

IMDb Score: 7.7

It's typically not easy to make a TV show revolving around heavy topics that usually come with profound and emotional conversations. However, the Amazon Prime Original series, Transparent, does just that. When two siblings, the Pfefferman's, find out that their dad is in the middle of transitioning to a woman named Maura, the two have to learn to navigate the changes within and outside of their family. To many, this show is a great representation of acceptance, family bonding, strength, and perseverance. And, with actors such as Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, and Gaby Hoffmann, it's highly entertaining and heartwarming as well.

Psych

Year: 2006-2014

IMDb Score: 8.3

The hilariously entertaining 8-season show, Psych, quickly gained a following when it came out in 2006. Since then, James Roday Rodriguez (Shawn Spencer) and Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster) teamed up to solve mysteries and crimes via Shawn's "psychic" abilities and joint cop logic, all while keeping the audience giggling at every turn. Not only do the main characters portray a pair of best friends, but the series is full of many mind puzzles that can be solved as one is watching the shenanigans take place! If you're ever finding yourself thinking, 'hmmm, what to watch on Amazon Prime tonight' while aimlessly scrolling, we recommend this widely-loved comedy-drama!

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A Very English Scandal

Year: 2018-2021

IMDb Score: 7.7

In this show set in the late 1960s, sexuality and politics certainly do not mix. But, when Jeremy Thorpe, played by Hugh Grant, becomes the leader of the Liberal party, he must keep his deepest darkest secret hidden from the world. Norman Scott, known to us as Ben Whishaw, plays the secret lover in the dramatization of British politics. Though this Amazon Prime TV show took many roads less traveled, that was said to be the point of the series. As the politician does everything in his power to keep his secret safe while also gaining and maintaining the respect and responsibility of his position, the show follows his struggles in a captivating and crazy way.

Suits

Year: 2011-2019

IMDb Score: 8.4

Before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle starred in the hit TV series Suits as Rachel Zane! Within the 9-season show, Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) and Patrick Adams (Mike Ross) act as an attorney and his protégé, who has a big secret. Ross had begun practicing without a law degree. As the teammates worked to solve cases while keeping this secret, the pair encountered many close calls. While office drama ruled the screen, only taken over by courtroom arguments, the series was jam-packed with mystery, legal drama, comedy, romance, and more. The actors in the show and the production itself have since won awards for their captivating creations.

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IMDb (2011) Suits via Universal Cable Productions

The Tick

Year: 2016-2019

IMDb Score: 7.4

The Tick is a superhero that certainly stands out, even though, by the sound of his name, one might think he would burry in. In this comedic story, a superhero known as The Tick sports a bulletproof blue tick suit to conquer enemies with his moth-suit-wearing sidekick. Their biggest threat? No, not a fly swatter; The Terror, a supervillian that resides in the city's underworld. For some lighthearted super entertainment, this is the Amazon series for you! But, if this doesn't tickle your fancy, we are confident that some of the other titles on this list will do it for you in terms of getting the giggles going.

Workaholics

Year: 2011-2017

IMDb Score: 8.1

Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, and Anders Holm have made countless viewer's stomachs ache from laughter in their hilariously riduclous show, Workaholics. In the series, the trio work in a telemarketing office together where they basically do everything besides work. From clashing with their boss and nearly getting fired every week to throwing house parties on a Monday, these boys often wake up on their roof after a long night. Yes, they're roommates too! While they try to avoid adulthood at any cost, this comical Amazon Prime TV show follows Blake, Adam, and Anders as they try not to grow up.

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